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Dock celebrate Allan Brown success

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PEMBROKE Dock lifted the Allan Brown trophy on Sunday (Jul 1), as they beat Lamphey in what was an excellent final held in Whitland.

Lamphey batted first but could only reach 107 before the Dock scored 161 in their first innings to lead by 54 runs.

Lamphey were then bowled out for 133 in their second innings meaning the Dock would need just 80 to win the game. They passed their target with nine wickets still in hand to spark celebrations amongst the Dock’s players and supporters.

The Stags won the toss and chose to bat but they lost opener Nick Johnson for a score of 9 when he was caught by Jamie White off the bowling of Billy Wood.

Scott Brunton was also out cheaply when he was bowled by Wood.

Lewis Haines played well for his score of 35 before also being bowled by White and James Skeels scored 19 before being bowled by Nick Daley.

Daley and White both picked up more wickets while Nick Shelmerdine finished the innings not out on 22 to take his side to an opening total of 107-7.

Daley was the pick of the bowlers taking three wickets for the loss of 22 runs while White took two wickets for the loss of 23.

Pembroke Dock began their reply well with Luke Murray making 10 before he was caught by Nick Johnson off the bowling of Hywel Gibbs.

Jake Griffiths batted well as he made 33 before being bowled by Peter McGilloway.

Nick Daley scored 26 before being bowled by James Skeels who later bowled Rob Hearn for a score of 1.

Peter Kingdom made 15 before also being bowled by McGilloway and Scott Griffiths was then run out on a score of 8 as Lamphey tried to restrict Pembroke Dock’s lead.

However, Billy Wood finished not out on 32 as he helped the Dock post 161-7 from their opening twenty overs, a lead of 54 runs.

Gibbs and James Skeels both finished with identical of 2-33 from their five overs.

Lamphey knew they would need to start well in their reply to make up that difference but Lewis Haines was bowled early on by Wood and Nick Johnson only scored 13 before being trapped leg before by John Camani.

James Skeels made 9 before he was caught by Craig Butland off the bowling of Jamie White but Scott Brunton and Peter McGilloway played well together as they shared 58 runs for the fourth wicket.

McGilloway smashed his way to 32 but he was then bowled by Daley and Nick Shelmerdine followed in similar fashion moments later.

Billy Wood then bowled Tom Powell and Grant Cole was bowled by Rob Hearn as the Dock hit back.

Scott Brunton made an excellent score of 43 but he was then stumped by Scott Griffiths and the same bowled then removed Gibbs for a duck to finish with excellent figures of 4-25.

Lamphey’s total was helped along by 27 extras as they were all out for 133, meaning Pembroke Dock would need just 80 to win the final.

The Dock lost Jake Griffiths as he was caught and bowled by James Skeels but Lamphey were unable to take any further wickets.

They were also guilty of giving away 25 extras before Luke Murray and Nick Daley guided their side to their target.

Daley finished not out on 9 but Luke Murray was the star of the show as he finished unbeaten on 43.

It sealed an excellent nine-wicket win for the Dock and afterwards captain Nick Daley was presented with the trophy and was also named the man of the match.

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Wales v Scotland postponed

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WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.

The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.

A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.

“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.

“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.

“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”

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Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended

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THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.

The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.

The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate.

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Walking rugby is a game for all ages and abilities

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WALKING RUGBY has taken off throughout Wales in the last 12 months and is benefitting participants in more ways than one.

The participants – male and female of all ages and abilities including one man who lost his sight 13 years ago – talk of clear benefits to their physical health and crucially, their mental health through being involved in the groups.

The number of Walking Rugby groups in Wales grew organically from two in December 2018 to 16 just twelve months later and new groups are starting up all the time.

A range of organisations from rugby clubs to charities, Health Boards and third sector bodies are seeing the benefit of the inclusive rugby format and engaging more than 300 participants on a weekly basis.
The Aneurin Bevan Mental Health unit has worked with the Dragons Community team to set up a team of their own, training weekly at Rodney Parade.

Kevin Hale, Community Support Worker for the Aneurin Bevan Health Board Forensic Psychiatry Service, who set up the Dragons NHS Walking Rugby team said, “From a mental health point of view it’s been priceless, the social benefits, in particular, are tremendous. Many of the players were very shy at the start and quite withdrawn but confidence levels and communication skills have grown massively and they have told us Walking Rugby has helped them in other areas of their lives.

“It started off as a means to get some of our service users active and also to have some social time afterwards to discuss any issues they’re having. It’s gone from strength to strength and we’ve opened up the opportunity so that anyone can join us at Rodney Parade on a Tuesday afternoon.

Christian Hyde now plays for the Dragons NHS team despite having lost his sight through diabetes.
“I played rugby from the age of 8 to 26. After losing my sight, I had to stop playing – and refereeing. You really miss being part of a rugby environment so being back involved in the game is huge for me and something I never thought I’d do.

“I’m already involved with the visually impaired rugby at Cardiff Blues but being a Dragons supporter, I’m thrilled to be able to train at Rodney Parade and to be involved in matches again like the recent festival. To have ten teams turn up shows the enjoyment we’re all having.”

Anne Jackson plays for Pontyclun Walking Rugby. She said “I’m the only woman at the club at the moment and we could do with more. It really is for everyone. It’s wonderful. It keeps you active – I’ve got fitter since playing Walking Rugby. We train twice a week on a Monday evening and Wednesday morning. We laugh most of the time, we all get on very well.”

Former Wales full-back and Cross Keys coach Morgan Stoddart coaches the Cambrian Walking Rugby group in the Rhondda. He said, “We regularly get 15 or 16 players at our twice-weekly training sessions, we had 12 teams at recent Walking Rugby festivals in Treorchy and Cambrian so it’s gaining popularity all the time.

“Quite a few of the players played rugby in their youth and others haven’t played much sport at all throughout their lives. One lady, Frances Jones, is a regular player and still going strong at 84!

“They enjoy the exercise and also the friendship and camaraderie they gain from it. I enjoy it too, it’s a real change from competitive league rugby as it’s so open to male and female players of all ages and abilities.”
While the format is fully inclusive to all ages, genders and abilities, its main appeal is to Wales’ older and socially isolated population. With more than 877 000 people over 60 in Wales (just under 30% of the population), and that figure set to rise to over one million by 2030*, social isolation and mental health issues are a real issue.

The Welsh Government Strategy for Older People in Wales (2013-2023): Living Longer, Ageing Well, states that loneliness is a real health risk – ‘the same as smoking and twice that of obesity.. that staying physically active protects mental and physical health and that older people say that if they are able to participate in social and leisure activities, they are more likely to say they feel well.’

Based on this evidence, it is no surprise that some GPs are now referring patients to Walking Rugby for the physical and social benefits it brings.

Greg Woods, WRU Enterprise Manager said: “Anyone can play Walking Rugby, whether you’re a lapsed rugby player or new to the game. It’s a social, enjoyable activity with obvious physical and mental health benefits. There is clearly a growing demand for more Walking Rugby opportunities around Wales and we are working with the current groups and a wide range of other partners to not only cater for that demand but provide support to the volunteers running the clubs and work with others to set up new outlets.”

WRU Community Director Geraint John added: “It’s exciting to see the growth of Walking Rugby and to think of its future benefits to the health and well-being of the people of Wales – both the current or recent rugby-playing population and those who could join the rugby family through the Walking Rugby format”.

If you want to start a walking rugby club, get in touch for advice and support participation@wru.wales

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