WRU Bowl – Round 1
Cefneithin see off Wasps in Bowl
CEFNEITHIN progressed to the second round of the WRU Bowl on Saturday (Sept 21) as they beat Llangwm 14-50 at Pill Parks.
The visitors scored an unconverted try early on and they continued to put pressure on the Llangwm defence.
The League 3 West B side soon found themselves 26 points to the good after a series of tries.
Llangwm looked to get themselves back in the game and shortly before the break, Adam Williams went over for the try which was converted by Lewis Murphy.
That made it 7-26 at half time but Cefneithin scored early in the second half as they dived over on the right hand side.
The Wasps were not giving up and from a scrum inside their own half, Josh Hicks picked up the ball and beat off a couple of tacklers to run in under the posts.
Murphy again added the extras but the visitors soon extended their lead again with another unconverted try.
With time running out Cefneithin ran in two more tries to cement their win and their place in the next round.
Will Dickie, Jack Rogers, Chris Davies and Cameron Collins all scored two tries while Rogers added two conversions for Cefneithin.
Sion Walker added the other three conversions for the visitors who will now look forward to their second round tie.
Before then, both sides will return to league action on Saturday (Sept 28), with Llangwm taking on Pembroke Dock Quins in League 3 West A and Cefneithin travelling to Penygroes in League 3 West B.
Magpies thump Stars
New Dock Stars 7-55 Tumble
TUMBLE progressed to the second round of the WRU Bowl on Saturday (Sept 21) as they saw off New Dock Stars with a thumping 7-55 win.
After last week’s disappointing defeat at Cefneithin the coaches shuffled the squad and made nine changes, one positional to the starting fifteen.
The boys responded fantastically to that defeat with an excellent win which saw them safely into the draw for round 2.
Tumble came out of the traps quickly and saw wing Mike Edwards go over for an unconverted try within the first five minutes.
The lead was further extended when captain and centre Steffan Price went over for a try which was converted by his co-centre Owain Williams.
Dock soon pulled the score back to 7-12 with a converted try of their own before wing Sam Jones went over for a try to make the score 7-17 to Tumble at the interval.
The second half saw the Magpies cut loose and put some great attacking moves into play in addition to some outstanding work in defence with a number of big hits.
Half backs Iwan Morgan and Steven Hewitt were now controlling the game with Hewitt kicking well out of hand to give Tumble a territorial advantage.
It didn’t take long for the Magpies to extend their lead when number 8 Nathan Willard (who carried well all afternoon as did his younger brother Liam) powered over for a try which was converted by Williams.
The Tumble backline was now in confident mood and looking sharp and it wasn’t long before fly half Hewitt went over for another try. The extras were added by Williams’ conversion to make the score 7-31.
With Dock on the rack wing Mike Edwards was the next to go over for a try, his second of the afternoon making it 7-38.
The Magpies back row was working well in combination with the Willard brothers carrying well and young Tom Miles busy at number 7 helping recycling quick ball for the dangerous looking backline.
Next to get in on the score sheet was front rower Rhys Lewis who put in a great shift playing out of position at tight head prop, Williams again added the conversion to make it 7-43.
Elusive full back Nicky Allinson was next to get over the whitewash when he scored his first try since returning to playing after a three-year break from the game. The conversion was missed making it 7-48 to the Magpies.
The final score of the game came in the dying moments when openside Tom Miles forced his way over for his first senior try for the club.
Williams added the conversion to complete the scoring.
On Saturday (Sept 28) Tumble are at home to Furnace United while New Dock Stars travel to Trimsaran.
Llany edge past Saints
St Clears 17-22 Llanybydder
LLANYBYDDER travelled to Parc Griffith Jones to play Division 3 West A rivals St Clears in the first round of the National Bowl on Saturday (Sept 21).
It was a close, entertaining match with the visitors eventually going through to the next round.
Llanybydder had a solid scrum and an effective line out to ensure half-backs Jac Thomas and Llyr Tobias had a plentiful supply of ball.
After sustained pressure, the visitors scored tries through mobile prop Mathew Evans and No 8 and skipper Ricky Davies.
Llyr Tobias converted one and added a penalty to give Llanybydder a 15-10 half time lead.
Young winger Daniel Lewis sealed victory with his first try for the Club, again converted by Tobias.
St Clears gave maximum effort throughout the match, but Llanybydder just about held on for a 22-17 victory to progress to the next round.
On Saturday (Sept 28), St Clears travel to Aberaeron while Llanybydder travel to Lampeter Town.
Furnace leave it late
Cardigan 14-16 Furnace United
A LATE penalty from Scrum half Dan Rees gave Furnace United victory over Cardigan in their WRU Bowl first round encounter on Saturday (Sept 21).
Back row Andrew Evans and Outside half Dafydd Green had scored earlier tries for the Cherries.
Rees also added a second penalty but with the score at 14-13, it looked as if Cardigan would have been going through.
Llyr Jones and Michael Richards scored tries for the Teifisiders, converted by Jones and Iwan John, as they led 14-5 at the break.
Furnace responded well in the second half with 11 unanswered points and it was Rees’ second penalty that put them into the hat for the second round.
On Saturday (Sept 28), Furnace return to action in League 3 West B as they take on Tumble away.
Public Services Board seeks views to improve local well-being
CARMARTHENSHIRE’S Public Services Board (PSB) is seeking residents’ views to find out what matters to them and their local communities.
The PSB has developed its Well-being Objectives and draft actions to deliver them, based on feedback received on its Well-being Assessment. The results of a survey at that time gathered views and helped shape the PSB’s understanding of the economic, social, environmental, and cultural factors that impact the well-being of individuals and communities within Carmarthenshire.
Once again, residents are being asked to contribute to help public service partners develop Carmarthenshire’s Local Well-being Plan for 2023-28.
To help shape the future of well-being please visit: Current Consultations (gov.wales)
The survey closes on 25 January 2023.
Cllr Darren Price, Chair of the Carmarthenshire PSB and Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “To deliver what is important to our communities, we need to their feedback and input. This survey is an opportunity for our residents to tell us if we, as public services, are on the right track to help create a better future for our children’s generation, and the generations to follow, as we strive to reach this goal.”
Andrew Cornish, Vice-Chair of the PSB andChief Executive Officer / Principal of Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion said: “Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our work so far. Our Well-being Assessment gives us a strong foundation on which to build our Well-being Plan and I would like to encourage everyone to take part in our involvement work for the preparation of the Plan.”
Carmarthenshire’s Public Services Board is a partnership of public and third sector organisations working together to improve well-being across the county and includes Carmarthenshire County Council, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Natural Resources Wales and other organisations.
Llanelli prepares for Sunday’s Remembrance Day parade
LATER TODAY (Sunday, November 13) the town will honour those who have fallen in service over the decades.
A number of roads will be closed on the day, including Murray Street, Church Street and Vauxhall Road from its junction with the mini roundabout.
These will be shut for the parade between 8.30am and noon, however, pedestrian access for those wishing to reach individual properties in those streets will be maintained where possible throughout the duration of the closure.
Traffic will be diverted to Robinson Street, Arthur Street, Columbia Row, Anne Street, Bigyn Road, Stepney Place, Water Street, Thomas Street and Gelli Onn.
At 10am, police, organisations and others not marching in the parade will take up their respective positions in front of the cenotaph in the town hall grounds, while the civic party will assemble inside Llanelli Town Hall.
At 10.15am the parade leaves Drill Hall for the town hall with the mayor Cllr Philip Warlow proceeding to the Boer War Memorial where he will lay a wreath.
When the parade arrives at the town hall, the civic party will proceed to the cenotaph where the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed Sara Edwards, will lay a wreath.
This will be followed by the chair of Carmarthenshire Council Cllr Rob Evans, laying a wreath on the Royal Welch War Memorial and then on the town’s cenotaph.
More wreaths will be laid by dignitaries and politicians and ex-servicemen and women A two-minute silence will then be observed at 11am.
Any service groups or individuals who wish to lay a wreath on Remembrance Sunday can contact Paul Wickers via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While community organisations are to contact Llanelli Town Council at email@example.com.
Contact should be made by Monday, October 31 at the very latest to confirm arrangements as no additional wreaths will be able to be accommodated on the day.
Llanelli choir launches fundraising naked calendar
MEMBERS of a Llanelli female choir have bared all to raise money for the town’s Ty Bryngwyn Hospice.
Côr Curiad has created a cheeky fundraising calendar for 2023 – the second one they have done.
With around 50 members, photos were taken across Llanelli with strategically placed items to spare their blushes – all in the name of a good cause.
Llanelli photographer Graham Harries was behind the lens for the project.
The choir’s musical director Alex Esney, who is Miss December in the calendar said: “Local businesses sponsored the calendar and so many of the photos were taken at their premises.
“So for example we went to LTC Mobility Ltd and had scooters carefully positioned in front of us, it was a lot of fun.
“I also want to thank Ffwrnes Theatre for opening up especially for me to go and have my photo taken with the piano there.”
Alex said the aim is to raise as much as possible for the hospice, adding: “We did a calendar a few years ago but we now have more members so we thought it was time to do it all again.
“The ladies decided to ‘bare all’ to raise money for the hospice which provides such great care and support for families in their time of need, including two of our own.
“I think we pulled out all the stops this year, getting their clothes off at local businesses in and around Llanelli.”