SCARLETS Development Skills Coach Dai Flanagan has been appointed Llanelli RFC Head Coach for 2015-16.
Since joining the Scarlets in the Summer of 2014 Flanagan combined his role within the region’s academy with mentoring the senior kickers before being given the opportunity to oversee backs coaching and attacking play for the second half of the season.
Alongside his work within the regional structure Flanagan was also Backs Coach with the Principality Premiership side.
Commenting on the news Cefn Hengoed born Flanagan, himself a former outside half with Pontyprid RFC, said: “I’m delighted to have been handed this opportunity to take a more senior role with Llanelli RFC. The development pathway at the Scarlets is particularly strong and we are proud of the work that we do in developing young local talent. This gives me further opportunities to work with the region’s next generation of talent.”
He went on to say: “I’m thoroughly looking forward to the challenges ahead. A strengthened squad will give us an opportunity to be more competitive within the Premiership and we will hopefully reap the rewards.”
The Principality Premiership side also confirmed last week that Llanelli RFC Head Coach and Scarlets Academy Manager Kevin George would take the reins from Anthony Buchanan who has stepped down to concentrate on his work as National Appointed Director on the WRU Board.
Commenting on the appointment of Dai Flanagan as Head Coach Kevin George said: “Dai has made a really good impression at the Scarlets and has been given his first opportunity to lead his own coaching team. Dai is very level headed and has a great way with the players. I have no doubts that he will develop quickly in the role going on to be a successful coach at all levels.”
Speaking about his change of role at Llanelli RFC George went on to say: “I feel that taking up the role of Head of Rugby is a natural progression for myself after six years at the helm as Head Coach with Llanelli. It is a fantastic opportunity for us as a team to further develop aspiring and up and coming coaches. An important part of my role as Head of Rugby will be to coordinate backroom and playing staff as well as working closely with the local clubs to continue the development of local talent within the area.”
Further coaching appointments will be announced in due course.
Pontarddulais Workmens seal fine victory in Snooker League
STEVE Dunn’s fine 73 break was the undoubted highlight of Pontarddulais Workmens’ solid 6-1 victory against Burry Port Legion in the Llanelli Snooker first division.
Mike Footman, Keri Davies, Adam Griffiths and Kevin Sullivan added winning support while just Rich Nurse averted the whitewash for the Legion, for whom Rob Davies made a 32 break.
Dan Wells also made a 70-plus break, a fine 74 knock as Matchroom Reds also won 6-1, R.Evans, J.Thomas, L.Grey and C.Price also on top against Upper Tumble Blues; only E.Rees won for the visitors.
Similarly, just Nigel Lewis won as his side, Ponthenri crashed 6-1 at Gorseinon Workmens’; D.Williams (47), J.Wilcox, M.Dodd and K.Murrells added wins for the Brighton Road cuemen.
It was closer at Trimsaran, where the home side edged a 4-3 win against Llandybie Social A, courtesy of J.Tudor, C.Thomas (30) and L.Lloyd; Lindsey Pugh, Huw Morgan and Wyn Major hit back for the latter.
Andrew Hatto and Gavin Lewis were on the ball for Morfa, who went down 5-2 at Snooker World Whites; Andrew Whitfield (51 break), B.Thomas, J.Gimblett and A.Krysa added wins for the Ammanford side ,who, in a busy week, also won 4-3 at Pontyberem, thanks to A.Krysa, C.Jackson and B.Thomas; E.Bowen, S.Caton and A.Harris replied for ‘Berem.
Pontyberem also during the week were beaten 5-2 at Cross Hands B, whose frame winners were A.Phillips, Dai Isaacs, Gary Stead and Paul Martin.
Llanesco enjoyed a 5-2 victory at Llanelli Cons A, following wins from P.Shoulder, L.Lloyd, D.Bohn and M.Stevenson; Cons’ winning duo were Mark Sargent and Gavin Quinnell.
Elsewhere, C.Jones and L.Jones (31) were on top for Reading Room Blues in the Burry Port side’s 5-2 defeat at Matchroom Whites, with C.Davies, D.Roberts, L.Davies and W.Bowen on song for the “Gwyns”.
In Division 2, D.Jones, D.Sigsworth and S.Wright edged an aggregate win by just 12 points for Llandybie RFC in a 4-3 result against Upper Tumble Reds, who hit back via Mike Sainty, S.Marsall and N.Allinson.
T.Rawlings, J.Dean and C.Hurley claimed a similar 4-3 win for Burry Port Reading Room Reds against Snooker World Blues; Chris Waters, Callum Fuge and Steffan Rees were on song for the visitors.
It also needed the aggregate to split the sides as Llandybie Social B saw off Cross Hands A 4-3, Steve Pearson, Ian Matthews and Howard Wood winning; Adam Rees, Scott Bundfuss and Elwyn Williams were on the ball for the latter.
Matchroom Blacks returned from their visit to Upper Tumble Reds clutching a 5-2 success, after Rhys Morgans, Dean Shoulder, Ryan Maides and James Anthony had all won their frames; Steve Marshall and R.Williams replied for the hosts.
Bern Price, Ray Barney, G.Stollery and K.Gronow gave the Gremlin Club A a 5-2 victory against Bryn A; J.Townsend and J.Jones replying.
In other news, there were Cup wins for Llanesco (4-1 against Cross Hands A), also Llanelli Cons A (5-2 at Matchroom Blacks), and for Llandybie Social B (5-2 over Bryn B).
Bury Port withstand Tenby fightback
BURY PORT had to withstand a strong second half comeback from Tenby United on Saturday (Nov 27) as they earned a 27-21 victory.
The Blacks had raced into a 27-0 at half time with tries coming from Lewis Daniel, David Booth, Bradley Crossman and Joshua Evans
Lee Evans added two conversions and a penalty as they built up a commanding lead.
In a game of two halves it was the Seasiders who started well in the second half and their play was soon rewarded.
Luke Dedman, Yannic Parker and Jack Broadhurst all scored tries for Tenby in the second half as they looked to get something from the game.
Gwion Jones converted all three tries from under the posts as the visiting Seasiders at least earned a losing bonus point for their efforts.
They were however left feeling that they could have won the game following their second half display.
They will look to put that right on Saturday, December 4, when they travel to Pontarddulais.
The win for Burry Port puts them top of the League 2 West table with 9 points from their opening two games.
On Saturday they will look for another win as they travel to Pontyberem.
PHOTO by Darren Harries
Legg departs Llanelli Town
MANAGER Andy Legg has left Llanelli Town as the club seeks to make a number of changes.
Lee departed on Thursday evening (Nov 25) while coaches Gary Lloyd and Chris Thomas have also left their roles.
It comes just hours after the club announced that captain Kyle Copp had also left the club.
Kyle made 42 appearances for the Reds scoring 8 goals. He made his debut against Goytre back in August 2019.
The club had also announced on Tuesday that Zac Brown was leaving the club. He had played 41 times for the Reds scoring nine times.
Speaking of Legg’s departure a statement on the club’s social media pages reads: “Although not an easy decision given his club status and what he has achieved over the years here at Stebonheath Park we would all like to wish him the best and he will always receive a warm welcome here.
“With our club vision set out by chairman Wayne Stephens many changes will be made throughout the whole club over the Christmas period.
“We will announce Andy’s successor in due course. Thanks again Leggy.”
Commenting on his departure on Twitter, Andy said: “Just a quick message to say thank you the supporters for you support during my time at the club. We wish the club well.”
Llanelli Town currently sit in sixth place in the JD Cymru South table with six wins, five draws and four defeats in their 15 league games so far this season.
Legg’s last game in charge of the club was a 3-0 loss away at Goytre United.
They are next in action on Friday, December 3, when they face Goytre United in the reverse fixture at Stebonheath Park, kick off 7:30pm.
PHOTO by Llanelli Town
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