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Herald Sporting Achievements 2014

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Tenby win Senior Cup.

Tenby win Senior Cup.

IT HAS been another amazing year for Sport in Pembrokeshire. There have been many ups and downs and here are some of our top stories. Firstly, in February, Neyland retained their indoor cricket title for the sixth year running. They comprehensively beat Whitland in the final game of the season to take home the silverware. Then in April, Tenby won the Senior Cup at their first attempt with a 2-0 victory over Merlins Bridge at the Bridge Meadow.

A penalty from Billy Vaughan and an own goal in injury time gave Tenby their first triumph sparking scenes of jubilation after the game. In May, Hakin United retained their league crown with a stunning 6-1 victory over Goodwick United. The Vikings were in superb form throughout the season and were deserved winners. Also in May, a group of Welsh Anglers won gold medals at the Home Nations Shore Championships which took place in County Wexford. Danny Worrall was also celebrating as he won the singles title in his first year playing in the Pembrokeshire Snooker League. Cricket took centre stage in the summer months and Kilgetty were the first team to bag some silverware as they beat Camrose and Spittal by 26 runs to win the Alan Brown Cup.

In late July, Neyland’s cricket team were at it again as they beat Haverfordwest to win the Duggie Morris Cup. Patrick Bellerby smashed a six of the last ball of the game to give his side victory. Ashley Sutton was unlucky as he fell three runs short of a century in the process. Just a week later, the Cup winners added the 2014 league title to their trophy cabinet. A draw with Carew meant that they could no longer be caught by Haverfordwest. Neyland were fantastic throughout the season and thoroughly deserved to retain their title. The football season returned in August with league Champions Hakin taking on Senior Cup winners Tenby in the Jubilee Cup.

Hakin were again celebrating as they beat Tenby 4-2 thanks to a hat-trick from Nicky Woodrow. At the end of August, Haverfordwest had the last laugh in the cricket season as they won the Harrison Allen Bowl with a crushing victory over Cresselly. The win gave them their first Harrison-Allen title in ten years and it was a much welcome victory to end the season on a high note. In October, Hakin United had one of the more remarkable results of the year as they beat Saundersfoot by 17 (seventeen) goals to nil in a ruthless display. In rugby, Milford Haven overcame Neyland in a gritty derby game winning by 31 points to 20.

The Mariners dominated for large periods of the game but Neyland did not give up making for an entertaining game. One week later and football was the highlight for all the wrong reasons, as a game between Hakin and Merlins Bridge had to be abandoned after an alleged punch was thrown. Police are now investigating what happened during the game which was called off after just 25 minutes. On Halloween, Haverfordwest County had one of those nights as a freak goal and a double penalty miss cost them all three points in their league game with Afan Lido. Midway through the second half Jordan Follows saw a penalty saved but he sent the re-take wide as the game finished 1-1.

Rallying came to the fore in November as Osian Pryce geared himself up to take part in the Wales Rally GB. Pryce was in confident mood ahead of the rally and he went on to finish as the leading non-Priority driver in 18th overall. In September, Neyland’s Steve Arnold entered his first powerlifting UK Open Championship and he took the competition by storm coming home in first place. That earned him a place at the World Championships in November. Steve performed well again but had to settle for a silver medal at the event in France. What a year it has been for Sport in Pembrokeshire! Let’s hope that 2015 will be even better.

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Joyce set for second Olympic Games

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JASMINE Joyce has been selected to go to her second Olympic Games, representing Team GB at rugby sevens.

She is one of three female players who finished fourth in Rio – Natasha Hunt and Abbie Brown were also part of the squad five years ago. Brown will co-captain the side along with former Glantaf pupil, England international Megan Jones.

WRU CEO Steve Phillips said, “Huge congratulations to Jasmine Joyce who will fly the flag for Welsh Rugby in Tokyo next month. It’s a huge achievement to be an Olympian once, let alone twice and Jasmine will no doubt do her family, friends and Welsh rugby proud on the world stage once again. She has our full support and we will be watching the Tokyo Stadium action very closely.”

For Jasmine, from St David’s in Pembrokeshire, it’s the culmination of five years of hard work.

“After the amazing experience of competing in Rio, returning to another games has been front and centre of everything I’ve done for the past five years and being named in the squad makes it all worthwhile. The Olympic Games is the ultimate achievement for any sportsperson and that dream became so much more achievable for me when rugby sevens became a Olympic sport.”

At 20, Jasmine was one of the youngest players in the Team GB squad in 2016 and hadn’t been capped for Wales at 15-a-side. Five years on and with 19 senior Wales caps, she is looking to draw on her experience to help the side to come back with some silverware.

“I was the new girl in Rio with little pressure on my shoulders. I’ve definitely got a different mindset this time around. People know my game more and there is more pressure on me to perform but I’m happy with that. We were disappointed not to medal last time around and are definitely going for gold next month.”

Jasmine paid tribute to fellow Wales international and GB Sevens training squad member Hannah Jones who missed out on selection.

“Hannah is my best friend so it was great to train together in GB camp. She has put so much hard work into everything she has done in recent years too, as have all the players in the training squad and the fact she’s missed out shows the level of competition throughout the squad is insane.

“I’ve had so much support from my family, friends and coaches throughout my career. The fact that they won’t be able to travel to Japan is disappointing but I know that we will feel everyone’s support via social media over the next few weeks and that makes a huge difference.”

The women’s rugby sevens tournament takes place from July 29-31.

Team GB women’s squad:

Holly Aitchison

Abbie Brown

Abi Burton

Deborah Fleming

Natasha Hunt

Megan Jones

Jazmine Joyce

Alex Matthews

Helena Rowland

Hannah Smith

Celia Quansah

Emma Uren

Women’s reserve: Lisa Thomson

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Junior Cricket leagues round up

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THE Pembroke County Cricket Junior Leagues continued recently with some more excellent displays.

There were wins for Saundersfoot, Stackpole and Hundleton and St Ishmaels in the Under 11s leagues.

In the Under 13s league there were wins for Kilgetty, Llechryd and Hook.

Take a look below at all the best performances from the games.

Under 11’s

Saundersfoot 322 beat Lamphey 215

Saundersfoot:

Oli Cook 26 + 2-8

Olly Badham 20 + 2-1

Dan Broomhall 4-5, all 4 wkts in 1 over

Taylor Lewis 3-9

Saundersfoot

Lamphey:

Elliot 10 + 1-9

Iorri 11

Zed 11

Morgan 9

Pembroke 239-5 lost to Stackpole/Hundleton 280-4

Stackpole/Hundleton

2 wickets each for Summer Russant and Louis Dodson and 1 for Ossian Ridgeway

Summer Russant – 12

Ollie Frearson – 10

Louis Dodson – 9

Sam Adams – 7

Cresselly 219-10 lost to St Ishmaels 264-6

 St Ishmaels:

Dillion Lewis 15

Morgan Brittain 15 & 3-4

Rossi Ninnis 10

Caydyn Mcguire  2-7

Cresselly:

Griff Jenkins 16

Dylan Taylor 14

Ieuan Prout 8

Corrin Thornton 2-17

Under 13’s

Laugharne 55 all out lost to Kilgetty 61-2

Laugharne:

Issac Joliffe 7

Liam Morley-Trivett 6

Alfie Blewitt 5

Sam Lynch 1-5

Ellis Harvey 1-8

Kilgetty:

Lewis Rossiter 21

Logan Hall 21

Olly Badham 3-15

Kiaran Sine 2-6

James Keating 2-10

George Morgan 2-10

Llechryd 124-3 beat Neyland 122-7

Llechryd:

Evan Wyn Jones 29

M Williams 26

Y Harries 21

Evan Lewis 15

Ellis Gill 2 wickets

Neyland:

Korey Arran 25

Leo Power 25

Corey Riley 13 & 2 -6

Mason Kerrison 10

Hook 111-3 beat Haverfordwest 80-4

Hook:

Rhys Phelps 26* (retired)

William Harries 20 not out

Callum Nutty 16

Jamie Gray 1-3

Haverfordwest:

Sidak 25* (retired)

Finley 16 not out and 2-16

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Carew too strong for Kilgetty in Harrison Allen quarter final

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CAREW booked their place in the semi-finals of the Harrison Allen Bowl on Tuesday night (Jun 22) as they beat Kilgetty.

For Carew it will mean a first appearance in the semi-finals since 2012 (when they went on to reach the final).

Carew batted first against Kilgetty and they made an impressive total of 236-3 from their 22 overs.

Nick Davies scored 55 and Lewis Hicks made 65 as the visitors began well.

There were two wickets for Matthew Lewis (2-63) but he was expensive, while the only other wicket to fall went to Levi Hughes (1-42).

Tim Hicks finished unbeaten on 38 for Carew and Rhys Davies was not out on 40 as Kilgetty were set a target of 237 to win the game.

Richard Cope scored 39 for Kilgetty in their reply but he was his side’s top scorer.

Jordan Gorman added 24 and Tom Lewis scored 20 while there were scores of 10 from Max James and Sam Rossiter.

Shaun Whitfield did the damage for Carew with figures of 4-38.

Sam Harts (3-28) also claimed three wickets while Iori Hicks took two for 38.

There was also a wicket for Rhys Davies as Carew bowled Kilgetty out for 137 to seal victory by 99 runs.

It will mean a first semi-final for nine years and they will be keen to make sure that run won’t be repeated.

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