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Hakin champions after thrilling draw

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HAKIN United have been crowned Champions of the Pembrokeshire Football League after a thrilling 3-3 draw with Goodwick United on Wednesday night.

Champions: Hakin United celebrate their third title in a row

Champions: Hakin United celebrate their third title in a row

Goodwick needed to win to keep their slim title hopes alive but Hakin were in the mood to win their third league title in a row as they raced into a 3-0 lead.

However, the visitors hit back to earn a 3-3 draw but the point gives Hakin the title.

There was a tense start to the game as both sides knew what was at stake.

Ashley Bevan had the first real chance with ten minutes gone but his shot was well saved by Goodwick’s keeper.

Some neat play between Adam Davies and Nicky Woodrow saw the latter cross into the box but Justin Harding was unlucky to see his header bounce wide off the post.

At the other end Rhys Dalling squared the ball for Llyr Tobin but his shot hit the side netting.

Rain and wind did not make conditions easy and it looked like the sides would go in at the break with the score 0-0.

Hakin had other ideas and stunned their opponents with two goals in as many minutes.

Firstly, Nicky Woodrow latched on to a long ball forward and his first time shot flew into the bottom corner despite the Goodwick keeper getting a hand to it.

Then on the stroke of half time Nathan Banner’s mishit shot fell to Adam Davies six yards out and he calmly placed the ball into the bottom right corner to make it 2-0.

Strike: Nicky Woodrow scored two goals for the Vikings

Strike: Nicky Woodrow scored two goals for the Vikings

Goodwick were shell-shocked but came out fighting at the start of the second half as Rob Morgan saw a free kick hit the bar within a minute of the restart.

Then shortly before the hour mark Hakin made it 3-0 as Nicky Woodrow broke through before firing low into the net.

The visitors had a great chance to get back in the game moments later when the ball fell to Llyr Tobin but his shot was blocked onto the bar and over.

Jonathan Bennett had a chance to make it four with twenty minutes to go but after he was put through by Adam Davies, his shot was saved by keeper Dean Mopson.

Three minutes later Goodwick did get themselves back in the game as Rob Morgan took the ball down before slotting into the corner of the net.

Goodwick had the wind in their sails and with twelve minutes to go a pass back was sliced horribly by Hakin keeper James Manson and the visitors had a corner. It was taken by Rob Morgan and the ball caught the wind hitting the back post and going in.

A minute later Goodwick equalised as Johnny Horgan crossed into the box where the unmarked Rhys Dalling headed in.

They almost spoilt the party moments later as the same duo combined once more but Dalling headed inches wide of the post.

Hakin held on for their first draw of the season and the point seals the title for the Vikings.

Delighted: Captain Jonathan Bennett lifts the trophy

Delighted: Captain Jonathan Bennett lifts the trophy

After the match Hakin manager Gary Dawes said: “It has been a long, hard-thought season. We may have underperformed in the cups but the most important thing in Pembrokeshire is to win the domestic league and we are doing that consistently. We are over the moon.”

Hakin United: James Manson, Adam Davies, Leigh Broome, Michael Cooper, Nathan Banner, Jonathon Bennett, Justin Harding, Nicky Woodrow, Ashley Bevan, Steven Mathias, James Stanmore. Subs: Ally Greenish, Paul Jones, Scott Reynish.

Goodwick United: Dean Mopson, Scott Delaney, Steff Hayes, Llyr Tobin, Wayne O’Sullivan, Lewis Banks, Kieran O’Brian, Karl Hedley, Rob Morgan, Rhys Dalling, Johnny Horgan. Subs: Jordan Griffiths, Darren Devonald, Patrick Hughes.

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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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