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Carew win Jubilee Cup

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CAREW claimed the 2017 Jubilee Cup on Tuesday (Jul 31), as they beat Neyland by six wickets.

The game had been called off last year due to bad weather and had been re-arranged to take place this year.

It is the penultimate the time the trophy will be played for after it was confirmed that the 2018 Jubilee Cup Final will be the last one to be played between the Division 1 winners and Harrison Allen Bowl winners.

Carew won the toss and asked Neyland to bat first with light rain sprinkling the pitch on a couple of occasions throughout the game.

Paul Murray and Patrick Bellerby got Neyland off to a steady start in their innings with a stand of 20 before Carew’s Max Brindley bowled Murray on a score of 9.

Bellerby and Scott Jones shared another 18 runs before Bellerby was also bowled by Tudor Hurle on a score of 14.

Jones then shared an excellent stand of 36 with Nick Koomen before the former was trapped leg before by Tom Davies.

That left Neyland on 74-3 and it was so nearly four but Koomen was dropped on a score of 25. He then made them pay for that drop, clubbing the next ball for four.

Koomen and Andrew Miller brought up Neyland’s 100 in the fourteenth over before Koomen reached his fifty with a six at the start of the sixteenth over.

It looked as if Neyland would go on to post a good total but they then lost three quick wickets.

Miller edged behind to Tom Scourfield on a score of 16 to give Shaun Whitfield his first wicket and Davies then bowled Henry Durrant on a score of 1.

Whitfield then claimed his second as he bowled Koomen on a score of 64 as Neyland slipped to 135-6.

A no ball gave Neyland a free hit which they scored three off as George Evans finished not out on 10 and Sean Hannon not out on 4 to see Neyland to a total of 147-6.

Tim Hicks and Shaun Whitfield then got the Rooks off to a flying start in their inning as they shared 61 runs for the first wicket.

Whitfield hit seven fours as he scored 38 but he was then run out by a good bit of fielding from Patrick Hannon.

Hicks scored 25 but he was then bowled by Andrew Miller as Neyland hit back.

Tom Scourfield scored just four before he was caught by Sean Hannon off the bowling of Henry Durrant reducing Carew to 84-3.

Tom Davies then shared 31 runs with Luke Hicks as they edged towards their target. That partnership was broken when Hicks was bowled by Koomen on a score of 16.

Carew reached 122-4 after seventeen overs needing 26 to win off eighteen balls. Davies kept his cool with a number of fours and then two sixes in the nineteenth over to reach his half century.

He finished not out on 52 to see Carew to victory.

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Nigel Owens hosts virtual rugby quiz for Pembroke Panthers

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PEMBROKE Panthers RFC enjoyed a rugby return during lockdown after winning a competition which saw international referee Nigel Owens host their own virtual clubhouse quiz, thanks to Principality Building Society.

The women’s squad at the Pembroke club beat more than 1000 entries to win Principality’s Clubhouse Quiz competition. With many clubs affected by widespread flooding at the start of this year and now closed indefinitely due to coronavirus, the building society is continually looking for ways to support grassroots rugby clubs in Wales.

Pembroke Panther Lucy Neale, 30, entered her team with the hope of bringing the players together online. She said: “We’d usually see each other up to five times a week between training sessions, matches and socials, so it’s been a really strange time. I thought I’d enter the club thinking it would be a nice pick-me-up for us all, but never actually expected to win so it was an amazing surprise.”

The team were tested on their rugby knowledge by world cup referee Nigel Owens over video conferencing platform Zoom, where players won tickets to Welsh internationals at Principality Stadium, signed rugby shirts and balls, and tickets for a tour around Principality Stadium. The quiz included a guest appearance from former Welsh international Tom Shanklin.

Lucy continued: “It was such a memorable and special evening for us all. We’re usually quite a lively bunch but we behaved well for Nigel. We’re so thankful to Principality for putting on the quiz and allowing us to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience as a team.”

As sponsors of Principality Stadium and the National Youth Leagues for grassroots clubs in Wales, Principality has a strong relationship with the Welsh Rugby Union and knows how much rugby means to communities across the country. With matches on hold currently, the building society wanted to be able to bring the buzz of the clubhouse to the home.

Clubhouse Quiz host, Nigel Owens, said: “Principality’s Clubhouse Quiz was a fantastic way to bring one team closer together and Pembroke Panthers really showed off their rugby knowledge. Rugby plays such an important role in Welsh communities and I know they’ll be missing the action on the field right now, so it was lovely to have been part of this experience to bring this team together. Thankfully, I didn’t have to sin bin any of them either.”

Julie-Ann Haines, Chief Customer Officer at Principality Building Society, said: “Many rugby clubs across Wales have had a really difficult year, with flood damage to pitches and clubhouses now followed by coronavirus. This was our chance to recreate the camaraderie of the clubhouse for one team and we hope that it brought plenty of laughs and memorable moments for Pembroke Panthers at this challenging time.”

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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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