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Angling: European Championships

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Gala dinner and presentation: A great night had by all.

Gala dinner and presentation: A great night had by all.

IT WAS the Dutch and not the Welsh anglers that swept virtually everything before them in European Federation of Sea Anglers 2014 European Shore Championships, organised by the Welsh Section, winning Individual Gold and Bronze as well as Team Silver and Bronze. Only German angler Volker Claus, winning the individual Silver and the Irish who won the International team competition, prevented the Netherlands from cleaning up completely It all started on the evening of Wednesday November 5 when 68 competitors, from 8 countries across Europe returned to Caernarfon to the Celtic Royal Hotel to attend registration for the event.

It was back to Llandudno’s northern foreshore, the only place it was possible to fish the opening Thursday 5 hour session, fished from daylight into dark. Following that gruelling session, not fish wise, but weather, as there were plenty to catch; the weather moderated and behaved itself for the second day of the competition when they could fish the intended beach at Pwllheli.

The final session, to be fished on the Saturday, again over 5 hours and entirely in the daylight, so that everything was done and dusted before the Gala Dinner, Presentation and Closing Ceremony that same evening, was again fished on the same stretch exactly as the previous evening so it was fair for all, none being able to snipe that someone only did well because they fished new ground during this last session.

At registration, on that first evening, the anglers were drawn 14 each into 5 zones, in which the matches would be fished, there being one angler from each international 5 man team in each zone, in this strictly catch, measure and release event, with individuals fitted in around them. Individual pegs were drawn on the beach in the zones 1 hour prior to the start, which worked and went down very well with all the anglers as a fair way to do things.

Where you finished in your zone would determine the points you were awarded with numbers of fish caught being used for count back purposes in the event of any ties. Fish caught were mainly whiting with quite a few Lesser Spotted Dogfish, with some Dabs, Flounder and the odd Codling.

So, how did the Welsh Lads and Ladies do? Well they had the winning Junior which was Daniel Tucker from Milford Haven and in the 5 man International Team event, in which the worst score is discarded each day, the Welsh A team, winners in 2010 at the same venue came a creditable 4th but by only 2 points, having held the lead after the first day.

This time the team consisted of, Philip Lustig (Stackpole), Haydn Cole (Lamphey), Derek Gregory (Milford Haven), Ken Gainfort (St Ishmaels) and John O’Connor (Llanycefn), Ken and Haydn finishing 7th & 9th respectively in the individual standings and Wales B team members Mike Flynn and Steve Lewis (Tenby) were 8th & 11th individually. Haydn was in the winning 3 and 4 man teams, Ken in the winning 2 man team. Mike was in the runners up 3 man and in the fourth placed 2 man team. Steve was in the runners up 2 man and in the third placed 3 man team. Tina Lustig (Stackpole), Derek and John managed a fourth in the Ladies, Senior and 4 man categories respectively. Finally, Daniel also had the longest round fish of the whole competition, a Bass of 43cm caught on the last day.

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Haverfordwest County ask fans to stay away as football returns to Bridge Meadow

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HAVERFORDWEST COUNTY has asked fans not to attend the Bridge Meadow Stadium today, March 6, as the club restarts its JD Cymru Premier campaign.

The Bluebirds take on Cardiff Met in a game that kicks off at 2:30pm but, like all fixtures in the Cymru Premier, the game is being played behind closed doors.

A club statement asks fans not to congregate outside the stadium and adds that there are ‘rigorous protocols’ for those who must attend.

A spokesperson said: “Haverfordwest County AFC would like to urge all fans to stay at home for (the) fixture against Cardiff Met. For the foreseeable future, all matches will remain behind closed doors.

“The club, along with Welsh Government guidelines, explicitly forbids the congregation of fans outside the stadium to watch the game. There are numerous precautions in place to ensure that those who must attend the game, stick to rigorous protocols to remain safe.

“All match highlights will be available post-match, via Sgorio. We look forward to welcoming fans back to the Bridge Meadow, when it is safe to do so.”

The Club says that this will apply to all future home matches.

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Signed Wales shirts gifted to RNLI go up for auction

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FOLLOWING a winning start to the Six Nations Tournament, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have scored a winning try for the RNLI, gifting six signed rugby shirts to help save lives at sea.

Each rugby shirt has been signed by the full WRU squad and are accompanied by a certificate of authentication – a winning prize for any Welsh rugby fan.

To avoid a ruck for the WRU shirts the charity has placed all six signed shirts on an online auction, ensuring a fair game for all who wish to win the golden prize. The auction will be live until Wednesday, March 31, which allows plenty of time for supporters to bid for the team in red.

Each signed shirt includes Wales Captain, Mumbles RNLI supporter and the most capped international player of all time Alun Wyn Jones; as well as Louis Rees-Zammit, the Man of the Match in the nail-biting Scotland v Wales game.

Nick Evans, RNLI Fundraising and Partnership Lead said: ‘On behalf of the charity I would like to say a big thank you to the Welsh Rugby Union for donating these fantastic prizes to the RNLI. RNLI volunteers are on call 24-7 and are often called away from important events such as family celebrations – or international rugby tournaments – to respond to the pager if someone is in trouble at sea.

‘Like all charities, 2020 was a challenging year for the RNLI when all traditional fundraising had to stop – all our shops were closed, there were no collections and all events had to be cancelled. This is why we at the RNLI are so grateful to all the team at WRU for their ongoing support. The auction is now live and we would like to encourage all Wales rugby supporters to throw the RNLI a lifeline and place their bid for the winning prize.’

To place a bid or find out more about the charity auction please visit https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/rnliwru.

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Five subs to be allowed for JD Cymru Premier clubs

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THE FAW’s National Leagues Board has confirmed that JD Cymru Premier clubs will be permitted to make five substitutions in matches, in accordance with the Laws of the Game, until the end of the 2020-21 top-flight season.

FIFA extended the use of the rule, which was first introduced following the COVID-19 outbreak, citing “player welfare” as part of the reason for the temporary amendment to Law 3 of the Laws of the Game.

FIFA stated that “Some competitions which resumed in 2020 may have a shorter-than-usual recovery/preparation period before the start of their next season.”

“For many competitions, the 2020/21 season will involve matches being played in a condensed period due to a delayed start and the inability to end later than usual because of major international tournaments.”

With the JD Cymru Premier set to restart on March 2, the National Leagues Board has approved the use of the rule in the JD Cymru Premier until the end of the current campaign.

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