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Seagulls progress in SWALEC Bowl

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Fishguard & Goodwick 76
St Clears 6

Barnstorming run: Fishguard’s number 8 Mark George sets off on a typical powerful run from a scrum (pic. Andrew Butler)

Barnstorming run: Fishguard’s number 8 Mark George sets off on a typical powerful run from a scrum (pic.
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THE SEAGULLS were the clear victors against St Clears in round two of the SWALEC Bowl, with a weakened Carmarthenshire side no match for a Fishguard’s oozing confidence. On form Fishguard winger Matthew George dropped out late due to illness, leaving skipper and back rower Simon James to move into the centre berth, as the backs moved around to accommodate the strong ball carrier.

It was St Clears who got onto the score sheet first, as Fishguard gave away a cheap penalty from a scrum, and Chris Rodenhurst stepped up to slot the penalty between the posts. Chris Shousha replied for the home side with a try under the posts after some strong forward play, which settled the Fishguard side. Ed Bendall added the next with a fantastic solo try, as he ran back a clearance kick, evading no fewer than four tackles to touch down.

Rodenhurst struck another penalty for the Saints before Fishguard scored another two tries from hooker Owain Morgans and bruising number 8 Mark George. All four Fishguard tries were converted by James Griffiths, leaving Fishguard 28-6 to the good at the break. Fishguard began the second half in the same vein, as blindside flanker Gavin Walsh touched down after some very quick feet for a man of his stature.

James Griffiths made use of the wind and pinned St Clears back deep, and this pressure resulted in points as Simon James scored out wide. Bendall, a man in form, manage his hat trick early in the second half, before he scored his fourth in the final move of the game, as winger Sam Kurtz broke down the blind side from his own half, and found Bendall in support.

Other tries were scored by Kurtz, Gareth Adamson and Owain Morgans (his second) as Fishguard powered their way through into round three of the SWALEC Bowl, a competition which they have a rich history in, having reached the final two years ago. These two sides meet again on Saturday at St Clears for the league fixture.

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Blues battle to win over Aberaeron in KO Cup

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HAVERFORDWEST booked their place in the quarter finals of the Pembrokeshire KO Cup, where they will meet Pembroke Dock Harlequins, after beating Aberaeron on Wednesday night (Oct 20).

Despite the atrocious weather conditions, which saw rain batter the Pembroke Road playing surface for much of the game, both sides played an excellent game.

In the end it was the Blues who came out on top with a 44-6 win.

Outside Half Jake Morgan got the Blues rolling early on with a penalty and Rhys Baker then scored the game’s first try to make it 8-0.

Second Row Jack Clancy got his name on the score sheet but the conversion was missed.

Aberaeron then got themselves on the board with a penalty but the Blues were soon back on the attack with Will Blackburn next to go over.

That was converted by Morgan to give the home side a 20-3 lead.

Lewis Tingay and Rhys Baker added further tries for the Blues while Aber added a further penalty as the sides went in at half time with the score reading 30-6.

Early in the second half Tingay added his second try of the night and Morgan added the conversion.

That all but ended any hopes the away side had of getting themselves back in the game and the Blues continued to play despite the pouring rain.

Tingay then completed his hat trick with a try under the posts giving Morgan a simple conversion to make it 44-6.

There was no scoring in the final twenty minutes but the Blues had done the job and booked their place in the last eight.

Their quarter final with the Quins will be played on or before January 22.

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Pembrokeshire Schools Under 10s get season up and running

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PEMBROKESHIRE Schools Under 10s played their first game of the new season last Sunday (Oct 17) against a strong OT Academy Squad.

The Pembrokeshire boys played four small sided games, drawing one and losing three. The boys are next in action next month when they hope to play Carmarthenshire Schools.

Pembrokeshire Schools Under 10s: Spencer James (Cleddau Reach), Noah Bicknell (Prendergast), Harri Jones (Holy Name), Jamie Cook (Pembroke Dock), Toby Jones (Holy Name), Isaac Jenkins (Narberth), Iori Williams (Narberth), Cai Price (Ysgol Caer Elen), Celt Edwards (Frenni), Joe Davies (Ysgol Glannau Gwaun), Jaden Petrie (Prendergast), Logan Lewis (Pembroke Dock), Zach Loveridge (Waldo Williams), James Burns (Lamphey).

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Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League results

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The results for the Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League for Saturday, October 16 were as follows:

• Under 12’s:

Chaos Thunder 11-1 Pembroke 2

Players player:

Chaos: Leah Davies

Pembroke: Holly Jones

Sapphires Whites 0-19 Pembroke 1

Players player:

Sapphires: Orla Maulio Martina

Pembroke: Skye Sutton

• Under 14’s:

Chaos Hurricanes 4-20 Sapphires Black

Players player:

Chaos: Bo Davies

Sapphires: Anya Beynon

• Under 16’s:

Chaos Blue 40-7 Pembroke

Players player:

Chaos: Lucy John

Pembroke: Megan Bowen

Sapphires Black 45-12 St David’s

Players player:

Sapphires: Ella Wainwright

St David’s: Skye Bramley

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