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Hakin claim title and cup double with draw in Goodwick

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HAKIN United are the Champions of Division 1 of the Pembrokeshire League after they came from behind to draw 4-4 with West Wales Cup Champions Goodwick United on Thursday night (May 17) in a game that just about had it all.

Going into the game Goodwick were six points behind with two games left to play and knew they needed to win to keep their title hopes alive.

Anything less would mean that Hakin would be crowned champions with a game still to come and it seemed the Vikings were determined to get the job done on Thursday.

The draw means Hakin have sealed a League and Senior Cup double, the first time they have done so since the 2010/11 season.

Hakin took the lead early as Justin Harding poked the ball home from close range.

Goodwick’s hopes of getting back into the game were then dealt a blow as Kieran O’Brien was sent off.

Harding then grabbed his second goal of the game as he scored to give the Vikings one hand on the title.

The visitors continued to press and it was soon 3-0 as Nicky Woodrow scored with a delightful chip over Goodwick keeper James Gwilt.

It remained 3-0 at half time and it seemed there was no way back for Goodwick, but no one told them that.

Moments after the restart the ball was sent into the box and after an almighty scramble the ball eventually nestled in the net, seemingly coming off a Hakin player last.

The home side were then awarded a penalty and Adam Raymond stepped up to take it, scoring to make it 3-2.

The Pheonix Boys were then level as the ball fell kindly for top scorer Jordan Griffiths who volleyed the ball home.

Their remarkable comeback was complete as Adam Raymond slotted another penalty into the net to put the home side into the lead for the first time at 4-3.

Hakin knew that they only needed one goal to claim the title and they came agonisingly close when Ryan Wilson’s close range shot cannoned back off the bar.

Just as it looked like Hakin might have to wait until Monday for the title, Shane Walsh popped up in injury time, like he did against Merlins Bridge the previous week, to score the equalising goal.

It was an excellent game from both sides and a fantastic advert for Pembrokeshire football.

Goodwick’s comeback from 3-0 down was the stuff of champions but Hakin showed why they have been up at the top for so long to get the point they needed to seal the title.

The two teams must do it all again now on Monday (May 21), as they play the reverse fixture at the Obs in the final game of the season, with Hakin receiving the title following the game.

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Wales go with experience for World Cup opener

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WALES have named an experienced side to take on Georgia in their Rugby World Cup opener in Toyota on Monday (KO 19.15 local, 11.15am UK).

Captain Alun Wyn Jones will equal the record of most test appearances for his country when he draws level with Gethin Jenkins on 129 Welsh caps.

Jones will pack down in the second row alongside Jake Ball with Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric and Josh Navidi named in the back-row.

Wyn Jones, Ken Owens and Tomas Francis comprise the front-row.

Ten of Wales’ starting XV have RWC experience and that includes at half-back where Gareth Davies will line-up alongside Dan Biggar.

Hadleigh Parkes and Jonathan Davies are named in the midfield with Josh Adams, George North and Liam Williams named in the back-three for Wales’ opening test.

On the bench Elliot Dee, Nicky Smith and Dillon Lewis are named as the front row replacements with Aaron Shingler and Ross Moriarty completing the forward cover. Tomos Williams, Rhys Patchell and Leigh Halfpenny complete the matchday 23.

WALES TEAM TO FACE GEORGIA, MONDAY SEPTEMBER 23 KO 19.15 (11.15am UK)
1. Wyn Jones (Scarlets) (13 Caps)
2. Ken Owens (Scarlets) (67 Caps)
3. Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (43 Caps)
4. Jake Ball (Scarlets) (36 Caps)
5. Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (128 Caps) (CAPT)
6. Aaron Wainwright (Dragons) (12 Caps)
7. Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) (66 Caps)
8. Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues) (19 Caps)
9. Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (44 Caps)
10. Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints) (73 Caps)
11. Josh Adams (Cardiff Blues) (14 Caps)
12. Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets) (18 Caps)
13. Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) (76 Caps)
14. George North (Ospreys) (86 Caps)
15. Liam Williams (Saracens) (58 Caps)

Replacements:
16. Elliot Dee (Dragons) (22 Caps)
17. Nicky Smith (Ospreys) (31 Caps)
18. Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues) (15 Caps)
19. Aaron Shingler (Scarlets) (20 Caps)
20. Ross Moriarty (Dragons) (34 Caps)
21. Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues) (9 Caps)
22. Rhys Patchell (Scarlets) (13 Caps)
23. Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets) (82 Caps)

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Captain Nick and daughter Nel nail 125 Anniversary Shield

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TENBY Golf Club has now been affiliated for 131 years – the oldest in Wales – and six years ago the then Captain, Chris Beecher, introduced the 125 Anniversary Shield to our Mixed calendar.

A tough format of Greensomes Medal, but the weather could not have been better, and the course, after a lot of hard work by our green staff, was playing beautifully.

Numbers were down on previous years with the Hamilton Cup players returning from Biarritz this week, and the men off to Ireland tomorrow, but there was still a high standard of play, with some very good scores in the winnings.

First the Bag Draw, where pairs can win back their entry fee. Three pairs were lucky, drawn by Chris Beecher’s wife Carol: Maura Davitt and Keith Hubbard, Maria Smith and Adrian Palmer, and Laura McQueen and David Morgan. Then the twos today, there were only three. Pam and Steve Cole had a nearly hole in one on the 6th, Angie Gottwaltz and Roger Schooling had one on the difficult 12th, and Heather Morgan and Mervyn Tucker had one on the 17th.

So to the trophy. In third place with 90-15.2-74.8 were Gill John and Neil Moffatt; in second place with 86 – 14.0 – 72 were Pam and Steve Cole; in first place and winners of the magnificent Anniversary Shield were Club Captain Nick Allen and his daughter Nel, 87 – 17.0 – 70. Chris presented the prizes and both he and Nick thanked the organisers, and Nick praised the diligent work that has been done on the course to restore it to championship quality.

Finally thanks must go to Matt in the Pro Shop, Lee and his staff in the bar, and Laura in the office. Our next event is the Christmas Charity Mixed which is a fun event on Sunday, December 29, when members may invite a non-member to play with them. All money raised goes to the two new Captains’ charities to kick-start their year.

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Vikings too strong for Wizards

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Hakin United 3-1 Merlins Bridge

HAKIN United secured victory over rivals Merlins Bridge on Saturday (Sept 14) as they won by three goals to one at the Obs.

The Vikings began the game well and went ahead when Justin Harding scored after being played in by Nicky Woodrow.

Woodrow again provided the assist as he set up Adam John to double the home side’s lead.

Adam Hawkins pulled a goal back for the Wizards to keep them in the game with the Vikings holding on to their 2-1 lead until half time.

In the second half, Woodrow completed a hat trick of assists as Shane Walsh scored the home side’s third goal of the game.

Woodrow came close to scoring after he latched on to a forward ball but his shot was pushed wide by the Wizards’ keeper.

Hakin then saw a free kick blocked wide and even a momentary respite when a dog ran on to the pitch failed to help the Wizards.

The visitors twice had free kicks in good positions but both went straight to the arms of the Hakin keeper.

Woodrow then brilliantly controlled a high ball on the bounce before shooting low towards goal but his shot was again saved.

With time running out, Cameron Thomas ran into the box but was upended leaving the referee with no choice but to point to the spot.

With Woodrow having been subbed moments earlier, it was left to Leon Luby to take the penalty but he saw his effort saved before John sent the rebound wide.

The Vikings saw the game out and they are now one of four teams with a 100% record from their opening two games.

On Saturday (Sept 21), Hakin travel to Goodwick United for Senior Cup First round game.

The Wizards are also in Senior Cup action as the holders travel to Camrose. Both games kick off at 1:45pm.

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