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Kilgetty face Neyland in Duggie Morris Final

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KILGETTY and Neyland are set to face each other in the final of this year’s Duggie Morris tournament on Sunday (Jul 15).

The final will be played at Oatfield Park, home of Burton Cricket Club, and is set to start at 12pm.

Neyland have had a close affinity with the tournament in recent years, winning it four years in a row between 2013 and 2016.

Their 2017 run was only halted by defeat in the semi-finals to holders Whitland but they will be keen to get their hands back on the trophy.

Kilgetty have not been in the final of the tournament since 1997, the last time they picked up the trophy, having also won it the previous year.

Now in their first final for 21 years, they will certainly want to show that they are not just there to make up the numbers.

The two teams have also met in the final once before, way back in 1972, and on that occasion it was Kilgetty who came out on top.

Route to the final

Neyland made it through to the semi-finals as they beat Cresselly by five wickets thanks to an excellent century from Paul Murray.

Cresselly batted first and made a good total of 161-4 from their innings.

Although the home side took five wickets they were unable to stop Murray who finished not out on 100 to see Neyland through.

In the semis they met Haverfordwest and came out on top with a four wicket win. Town batted first but could only reach a total of 100-9.

Andrew Miller took four wickets for Neyland and he then scored 20 in their reply before being run out while Paul Murray scored 21.

Ashley Sutton then finished not out on 15 to see Neyland into the final.

Kilgetty began their route to the final with an excellent win over Hook in the first round after they smashed 227-4 from their 20 overs.

Hook were unable to match that total as they fell short on 116-8.

Kilgetty made it through to the last four as they beat Lawrenny by 18 runs and, batting first, they scored 125-7 with Kurtis Marsh top scoring on 66.

Lawrenny’s Harry Thomas took two wickets and Brad McDermott-Jenkins finished with figures of 2-16.

Thomas then scored 26 in Lawrenny’s reply but some excellent bowling restricted them well as they finished short of their target.

Marsh took three wickets for the loss of 18 runs while Toby Poole claimed two wickets for the home side.

They met holders Whitland in the semi-final and it was an excellent game. Whitland scored 181-3 in their innings only for Kilgetty to surpass that total.

They had scores of 46 from Kyle Marsh, 35 from Ross Hardy and 36 from Dafydd Bevan as they made it through to their first final since 1997.

Sunday’s final will be contested over two twenty over innings for each side and it will be important for both teams to hold an advantage at the halfway stage.

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Swifts upset the odds

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MONKTON Swifts pulled off a shock result on Saturday (Oct 13) as they beat former Senior Cup winners Goodwick United 3-2 to progress to the third round of the tournament.

Storm Callum had done its best to disrupt the football programme but the pitch in Monkton was in excellent condition.

Chris Richards scored to put the Swifts ahead and Ben Steele then slotted in a penalty to put the home side in control.

Thomas Powell scored to give Monkton a 3-0 lead and Goodwick knew they would need to play well in the second half to stand a chance of going through.

Jordan Griffiths had a chance to bring his side back into the game when he was brought down in the box and a penalty was given. However, he was unable to put the spot kick away.

Goodwick pulled a goal back early in the second half as Steven Dockerty’s shot was deflected into the net by a Monkton player.

Monkton could have scored a fourth when Steele’s cross across the face of goal just evaded everyone. Steele then also saw a shot saved by the Goodwick keeper.

Goodwick did pull a second goal back though when Lee Hudgell sent a fine long range effort into the bottom right hand corner to make it 3-2.

Griffiths came close late on with a free kick but he sent his effort wide of the post and they were unable to find a goal which would have sent the game to extra time.

It was an excellent win for the Swifts and they will now look forward to their third round tie.

Before that they will return to league action on Saturday (Oct 20) as they travel to Clarbeston Road. Goodwick will look to bounce back when they take on Milford United at Marble Hall.

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Tasker announces retirement

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OLYMPIC Bobsledder Bruce Tasker has announced his retirement from the sport after eight ‘rollercoaster years’.

The former Ysgol Greenhill pupil took to his Instagram account to share the news and he thanked those who have been involved with him throughout his career.

He said: “I have been meaning to post this for a while, but I guess I’ve been putting it off, but I have to announce that after 8 rollercoaster years in the sport of bobsleigh, I am retiring as an athlete.

“It has been a ridiculously fun few years where I’ve met and worked with some incredible people, made life-long friends, travelled to some amazing places and if I may try to be profound, grown as a person.

“There are too many people to thank in one post so I will try to keep the dust off my Instagram account and work my way through them in the next few weeks.

“But now though I must thank my Girlfriend for always supporting me and being the backbone of my career.

“Much like people to thank there are so many photos that I could post, but I will use one from where it all started, Lake Placid World Champs. We only finished 10th but it was the most important result of my career, for it was the one that allowed me to stay in the sport for 7 more years! The other handsome devils are Stu Benson, Joel Fearon, John Jackson.

“To all the selected athletes going away in a few weeks, have an amazing season, and enjoy every minute of it.”

Tasker and his team finished fifth in the Bobsleigh at the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014 but two Russian athletes were disqualified meaning he and his teammates have been elevated to the Bronze medal position.

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Watch Wales for free in open training session

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WARREN Gatland’s Wales will train at Principality Stadium this half-term, from 2pm Monday, October 29, and the nation is invited to come and watch, for free.

Wales have hosted open sessions at their national ground ahead of the last two Rugby World Cups, with around 10,000 fans attending in 2013, before England2015, and also in both 2011 and 2012, before travelling to the tournament in New Zealand.

With 13 matches in less than 12 months to go until Japan2019 the build-up begins in earnest when head coach Gatland’s side face Scotland at home on Saturday, November 3, followed by Australia, Tonga and, finally, South Africa on consecutive weekends thereafter in this year’s Under Armour Series.

Over 200,000 tickets have already been sold across the four match campaign, with remaining tickets starting at £45 per head for adults (£15 concession) and £10 (Tonga), for the games – but supporters now have a fifth opportunity to see their heroes in action in Cardiff for free courtesy of the invitation issued by Gatland today:  visit www.wru.co.uk/tickets to register for your free ticket.

“We have some of the game’s most passionate and dedicated supporters in Wales and it’s fantastic that they are able to watch us train at the world’s best rugby stadium,” said Gatland, who is Wales’ longest serving and most successful coach, entering his final year at the helm.

“The open session kicks off our Test week ahead of the opening Under Armour Series encounter against Scotland and it should give supporters a great insight into the squad and our preparations.

“We know we will be well supported this autumn against Scotland, Australia, Tonga and South Africa, and fans will come out in force during the Six Nations, and for our warm-up matches next summer, but I can’t think of a better way to begin a huge year than by inviting everyone into the Stadium for free at the very start of it all?

“It’s not often supporters get the chance to see the players train in this way and as a squad we are looking forward to the session and hopefully training in front of a big crowd.”

Gatland will take charge of the kind of a typically intense training session he has become famous for, with fellow coaches Rob Howley, Shaun Edwards, Robin McBryde and Neil Jenkins all involved in various elements.

Gates open at 12.30pm and the squad is due to take the field soon after 2pm, with all of the action due to be played out live on Stadium big screens and commentary and ‘special guest’ interviews providing the backdrop to the day.

The format will evolve whilst the squad are in camp, as new formations are perhaps built and the opposition continues to be analysed, but the sessions usually last around 50 minutes.

Individuals who may not be involved and back room staff will be available to speak to the crowds via the Stadium PA system to give unique insight into the day’s proceedings and catering outlets will be fully stocked and available for supporter’s use.

Tickets are free at the point of registration online at www.wru.wales/tickets and can be printed at home right up until event day on Monday, October 29, with a six person limit applying to each registration.

When accessing tickets supporters will be given the opportunity to automatically donate to the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation and Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust, although there is no obligation to do so with £0, £1, £2, £5 options available.

The Welsh Rugby Union and Scottish Rugby Union have joined together to create the Doddie Weir Cup, to be contested when Wales and Scotland meet, and are fundraising in the name of the former Scottish international at the fixture to support research into Motor Neuron Disease, donations to the charity can also be made directly online via myname5doddie.co.uk/donate

The Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust is the WRU’s permanent designated charity which supports players who have been injured through rugby.

“We are extremely grateful to our partner Ticketmaster for their help in making sure 100% of donations made will transfer over to the Doddie Weir Foundation and the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust and helping us ensure access to the training session is entirely free of charge,” added a WRU spokesperson.

Under Armour Series 2019 at Principality Stadium:

Wales’ open training session, Monday, October 29 (Gates open 12.30pm), FREE

Wales v Scotland: Sat, November 3 (KO: 2.45pm)

Wales v Australia: Sat, November 10 (KO: 5.20pm)

Wales v Tonga: Sat, November 17 (KO: 2.30pm)

Wales v South Africa: Sat, November 24 (KO: 5.20pm)

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