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Team of the week: Cilgerran Rovers

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Cilgerran RoversIT has now been 18 months since Martin Williams was approached by various young adults of the village to reform a football club.

With help from Sam De’ath, Martin put the idea into motion and reintroduced Cilgerran Rovers senior team to the Costcutter League after an absence of 11 years.

Throughout the initial set up, the club was indebted to all the local businesses, organisations and individuals for their help, advice and donations, including last season’s team sponsor E and M Motor Factors.

Throughout the 2012-2013 season the newly formed club ‘held their own’ against some strong competition and this was noted when they reached the quarter finals of the South Cards Cup. Finishing the season in 9th place has given the team something to improve on and this year they have already achieved this by staying firmly in the upper echelons of the table.

Cilgerran Rovers senior team have helped with numerous community events, including assisting Cilgerran Festive Week during this summer’s festivities, during Harvest Festival in the church and perhaps more importantly playing a charity match as part of Kieran Sabiston-Williams Fun Day.

The team are excited by the impending visit of the Ground Hoppers, who are an organisation based in Manchester, Birmingham and London and other cities in the UK, who are visiting on March 8, 2014. They intend to use their visit as an insight, not only for the football played, but also a taste of the community, and they would like to invite everyone to join them when there will be plenty of food, drinks, entertainment, supporter merchandise and fun.

This will be a large event, and they would welcome any volunteers to help with cooking, serving and traffic control during the days leading up to the event. Should you want to help, please contact Liz Williams on (01239) 615500.

This season the club were kindly donated a new kit from sponsor Paul Edwards Ltd and for this they would like to express their thanks, and also to Francine Barber of the Masons Arms for serving the ‘after match’ refreshments.

There is one final person the club needs to thank and that is the late Mark Patterson, for his coaching on the team, enthusiasm and his advice. You are sorely missed Mark

Y.K.W.Y.B.R.

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Bush qualifies for Paralympic games

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PEMBROKESHIRE’s Para-taekwondo star Matt Bush has qualified for the Tokyo Paralympic games this summer.

At the European Paralympic Qualification tournament, Bush, who is the current world champion, beat Hungary’s Zoltan Kiss 29-1 in the +75kg final.

Para-taekwondo will make its debut at this summer’s Paralympics with the competition set to take place from September 2-4.

Bush, from St Clears, became Britain’s first ever world champion in the sport in 2019 began his latest tournament in fine style, seeing off Roman Ivaniuk of Ukraine 38-2 in the semi-final.

Matt told BBC Sport that it felt ‘so good’ to have secured his spot in the team.

The heavyweight athlete has made quite the mark on the mats. He has medalled at the Korean Open, Oceania Para Taekwondo Championships and the Pan America Para Taekwondo Open.

The GB team for Tokyo will be officially announced later this summer.

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Lawrenny through in Village Cup

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LAWRENNY are through to the next round of the Village Cup after they beat Llandysul on Sunday (May 9).

Both teams were rained off the previous day but some good work meant that the game was able to go ahead.

Llandysul batted first but were bowled out for 82 in 26.3 overs as Jamie Lewis took five wickets for the visitors.

He went on to finish with figures of 5-22 from his seven overs while the home side’s top scorer was captain Llew Hughes who made a score of 20.

Lawrenny did not have it all their own way in their reply as Rhys Jones bowled well to finish with figures of 3-10.

However, an excellent knock of 52 from Harry Thomas steered Lawrenny to their target inside the 24th over.

Elsewhere, Carew’s game away at Drefach was called off while Cresselly had already received a bye to the next round.

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Lawrenny earn big win over Whitland

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LAWRENNY got their 2021 season off to the perfect start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Whitland by 189 runs.

Whitland won the toss and elected to field but they could only watch as the home side piled on the runs before being bowled out for 264.

Kyle Marsh top scored with a score of 81 while Kurtis Mars also scored 45.

Tom Cole added 32 and James Phillips chipped in with a score of 29 as they batted well.

Wayne Howells and Jonathan Thomas finished with identical figures of 2-27 as Whitland’s bowling did at least keep the score below 300.

Whitland knew they would need to bat well to knock off the runs needed but came up against Ryan Morton who took four wickets for the loss of 17 runs.

Kurtis Marsh also claimed two wickets without conceding any runs as the visitors chances got smaller and smaller.

Geraint Jones did score 30 for Whitland but that was as good as it got as they were bowled out for just 75.

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