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Scott is best boxer on the night

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PEMBROKE ABC had a successful night on Friday, November 17, with three wins out of three and sixteen year old Dylan Scott being awarded Best Boxer of The Night by the Judges.

Five of Trostre ABC’s boxers also appeared in the Club’s annual fundraising event at the Gate Inn, Bynea.

The first home boxer was 12-yr-old Finley Davies (Trostre) matched with Marcel Sesevic from Alway ABC, Newport.

It was decided that this was a “skills bout” to give the young boxers greater experience. No declared winner. However, Finley showed considerable improvement, with good use of the left jab, head movement and footwork. Finley dominated parts of the action, but Marcel showed good commitment, in his first ring experience. A bout enjoyed by a good crowd.

Next up for Trostre, in a battle of 14-yr-olds, was Jay Evans, weighing in at 55k against Michael Evans of Aberystwyth.

Both boys were having their first outings. At the first bell, Jay opened with a double left jab, followed by a good right cross. However, Jay did not pursue the initial advantage, allowing Michael to come back at him with a flurry of punches.

Jay Evans of Trostre ABC

The bout developed into a really good contest, with Jay, sometimes on the back foot, but countering well with a powerful left hook.

The Trostre boy blocked several of Michael’s attacks, behind a traditional high guard, and earned a unanimous verdict from the judges, in what had been a well-contested bout. The two Evans boys are due for a return bout, at Aberystwyth this weekend.

The next Trostre boxer on show was 18-yr-old Cameron James, whose bout with 25-yr-old Corey Griffiths of All Saints ABC, Caerphilly was run as an exhibition contest, due to the age difference. Both boys weighed in at 69k.

The age difference did not detract in any way from the commitment shown, with both boys putting in maximum effort. Cameron started with a good series of left jabs, and showed good footwork on the retreat. Griffiths fought back well with straight punches, forcing James, occasionally, to cover up and take evasive action.

Cameron also showed good skill in counterpunching from defensive positions, with his left-hook achieving frequent success. A no-decision contest, but Cameron more than held his own against his senior rival.

James’ team-mate, 17-yr old Harley Fox came up against Liam Trinder from Heads of the Valleys ABC, Ebbw Vale, in a match made at 59k.

Fox came out, not knowing that Trinder was a southpaw. It took a few seconds for Harley to adjust his tactics, then he opened up with a series of fast punches, from both hands, including a very effective right uppercut. The referee was forced to give Liam a standing 8-count.

On resuming, Harley tore into his opponent with a further series of punches to head and body. The referee called a halt with a first stoppage win for Fox, in his 3rd. amateur bout.

The final bout of the night saw heavyweights, Oliver Didcott (TrostreABC), up against Harly Vatsaloo of Penarth ABC. Didcott at 5ft. 9ins. gave away almost 7 inches in height and reach. Vatsaloo scored with an early sharp left jab. Oliver scored well with strong left jabs to the body.

In the second, the Penarth boxer landed a powerful left hook, which knocked the Trostre boxer across the ring, more off-balance than hurt and Oliver came back with strong right hands over the 6’ 4” Vatsaloo’s left hand.

The third and last round became even more exiting, as Didcott found his range, trying to make up lost ground. The Penarth boxer kept cool and countered with long left jabs and the occasional straight right. The winner of a good closing bout – Vatsaloo, on points.

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Scarlets make five changes for Cardiff Blues clash

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Scarlets show five changes to their starting line-up for Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup clash with Cardiff Blues at Parc y Scarlets (15:00; Premier Sports),

Interim head coach Dai Flanagan has reshuffled his side, giving opportunities to centre Ioan Nicholas and lock Josh Helps.

It will be 23-year-old Nicholas’s first PRO14 appearance since October 2019, having been frustrated by injury this season. Helps comes into the starting XV for the first time since November.

In the back three there is one change with Johnny McNicholl replacing fellow Wales international Steff Evans on the left wing. The only other switch behind the scrum is the inclusion of NIcholas for Tyler Morgan to partner Jonathan Davies in midfield. Angus O’Brien and Kieran Hardy continue their half-back partnership.

Up front, Ryan Elias again swaps with Ken Owens and resumes the captaincy after leading the side for the first time in the opening round match against the Dragons. He packs down in between Rob Evans and Alex Jeffries, the scorer of the only try of the game in last weekend’s 22-6 win over the Ospreys.

Helps and Lewis Rawlins combine in the second row, while injuries to Blade Thomson and Uzair Cassiem see Ed Kennedy handed the No. 8 jersey. Kennedy, Aaron Shingler and Jac Morgan make up the back row.

There are two of Warren Gatland’s 2021 Lions selections on the bench in Ken Owens and Gareth Davies. Steff Thomas, Javan Sebastian, Morgan Jones, Iesyn Rees, Dan Jones and Joe Roberts provide the rest of the replacement cover.

Both the Scarlets and Blues have a win apiece after the opening two rounds of the Rainbow Cup.

Scarlets team v Cardiff Blues (Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup; Parc y Scarlets, Sat, May 15, 15:00 Premier Sports)
15 Leigh Halfpenny; 14 Tom Rogers, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Ioan Nicholas, 11 Johnny McNicholl; 10 Angus O’Brien, 9 Kieran Hardy; 1 Rob Evans, 2 Ryan Elias (capt), 3 Alex Jeffries, 4 Josh Helps, 5 Lewis Rawlins, 6 Aaron Shingler, 7 Jac Morgan, 8 Ed Kennedy.
Reps: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Steff Thomas, 18 Javan Sebastian, 19 Morgan Jones, 20 Iestyn Rees, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Dan Jones, 23 Joe Roberts.

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Newtown hold on to beat Haverfordwest

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NEWTOWN secured seventh place in the JD Cymru Premier Play-off conference as they beat Haverfordwest County 2-1 at the Bridge Meadow.

The Robins had beaten the Bluebirds 6-1 at Latham Park a few weeks ago but it was much different this time around.

Newtown took the lead as early as the second minute as they won a corner which was sent into the box for Tyrone Ofori who flicked the ball in.

The Bluebirds battled for a way back into the game and came close when the ball was played over the top for Jack Wilson but it just ran away and the Newtown keeper Dave Jones was able to gather the ball.

On 17 minutes, the Bluebirds won a corner which Elliot Scotcher sent into the box and Danny Williams headed in to the far corner to make it 1-1.

Newtown were then given a free kick in a dangerous position which captain Craig Williams sent into the box. Kieran Mills-Evans chested the ball down at the back post and Bluebirds keeper Wojciech Gajda made a good save to push the ball away.

There was another chance for Newtown soon after as Tyrone Ofori saw his header pushed wide by Gajda.

From the resulting corner, Shane Sutton headed home to put Newtown back in front.

The Bluebirds then had a chance to get level but Dan Summerfield sent a rasping drive just over the bar.

With half an hour gone, Alaric Jones sent a ball into the box but Corey Shephard saw his header saved by Dave Jones.

Both sides battled away with Scotcher sending a drive over from the edge of the box.

However it remained 2-1 to the visitors as the half time whistle went.

Newtown had a great chance to extend their lead at the start of the second half as Williams sent a corner into the box but Mills-Evans headed just wide.

The Bluebirds looked to get back in the game but despite getting into some promising positions, they were unable to test the Newtown keeper.

With twenty minutes to go a Bluebirds throw was headed on to the back post. Danny Williams headed towards goal and thought it had gone over the line but Dave Jones made a fantastic save to keep Newtown ahead.

Sub Cameron Keetch then had a great chance to level for the home side but he headed wide.

As the game entered the final stages, rain became harder making things difficult for both sides. Newtown were still searching for a third and nearly had it when the ball was played in to Breese into the box but he shot wide.

The Bluebirds were also looking for a late equaliser but as time ran out they resorted to long balls which Newtown were able to deal with.

The visitors kept the ball in the corner late on but the Bluebirds were able to get the ball out as they looked for one last chance.

It never came and the visitors held on to secure seventh place in the table.

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Neyland through in Village Cup after beating Bronwydd

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NEYLAND made it through to the next round of the Village Cup as they beat Bronwydd by 98 runs on Sunday (May 9).

No cricket had been possible in Pembrokeshire on Saturday because of heavy and persistent rain but some great work meant that their cup game could go ahead.

Before the game got underway, a minutes silence was held in respect of former Bronwydd CC player Aled John, who recently passed away.

Bronwydd won the toss and elected to field first which came as no surprise and they were able to restrict Neylad to a score of 160-9 in their 40 overs.

After losing Patrick Bellerby and Ashley Sutton early on, to the bowling of Clive Tucker, Neyland were sitting on a score of 23-2.

However, a stand of 54 between Nick Koomen and Brad McDermott-Jenkins put the hosts in a good position.

Koomen had reached 38 with six fours but he was then bowled by Josh Rencken and wickets continued to fall.

Nathan Banner departed for a second ball duck when he was bowled by Matthew Bagshaw and the same bowler then did the same to Ross Hardy.

McDermott-Jenkins had hit six fours in his score of 40 but he then fell to the bowling of Rencken and Neyand had slipped to 99-6.

Andrew Millers (1), George Evans (11) and Lewis Page all fell to the bowling of James Dickson as Neyland were in danger of being bowled out.

It was left to brothers Sean and Patrick Hannon to steady the ship as they shared 29 runs for the final wicket.

Both finished on scores of 15 not out with Sean hitting a six while Patrick’s score came from only 14 balls.

It meant that Bronwydd would need 161 to progress to the next round.

They made a steady start to their reply but when Josh Rencken was caught by Patrick Bellerby off the bowling of Nathan Banner on a score of 19, wickets began to tumble.

Jacob Jenkinson made a score of 15 but he was then stumped by Sean Hannon off the bowling of Andrew Miller.

Miller also picked up the wicket of Oliver Furneaux before Ross Hardy trapped James Dickson leg before to leave the visitors on 51-5.

Hardy then did the same to Carwyn Jones and he also bowled Iwan Davies as the game started slipping away for Bronwydd.

Miller then picked up his third to finish with figures of 3-11 from his eight overs while Hardy returned to pick up his fourth to finish with impressive figures of 4-5 from seven overs, five of which were maidens.

McDermott-Jenkins wrapped the game up with the wicket of Colin Tucker as the hosts secured an excellent win.

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