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Herald Sporting Achievements 2014

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Tenby win Senior Cup.

Tenby win Senior Cup.

IT HAS been another amazing year for Sport in Pembrokeshire. There have been many ups and downs and here are some of our top stories. Firstly, in February, Neyland retained their indoor cricket title for the sixth year running. They comprehensively beat Whitland in the final game of the season to take home the silverware. Then in April, Tenby won the Senior Cup at their first attempt with a 2-0 victory over Merlins Bridge at the Bridge Meadow.

A penalty from Billy Vaughan and an own goal in injury time gave Tenby their first triumph sparking scenes of jubilation after the game. In May, Hakin United retained their league crown with a stunning 6-1 victory over Goodwick United. The Vikings were in superb form throughout the season and were deserved winners. Also in May, a group of Welsh Anglers won gold medals at the Home Nations Shore Championships which took place in County Wexford. Danny Worrall was also celebrating as he won the singles title in his first year playing in the Pembrokeshire Snooker League. Cricket took centre stage in the summer months and Kilgetty were the first team to bag some silverware as they beat Camrose and Spittal by 26 runs to win the Alan Brown Cup.

In late July, Neyland’s cricket team were at it again as they beat Haverfordwest to win the Duggie Morris Cup. Patrick Bellerby smashed a six of the last ball of the game to give his side victory. Ashley Sutton was unlucky as he fell three runs short of a century in the process. Just a week later, the Cup winners added the 2014 league title to their trophy cabinet. A draw with Carew meant that they could no longer be caught by Haverfordwest. Neyland were fantastic throughout the season and thoroughly deserved to retain their title. The football season returned in August with league Champions Hakin taking on Senior Cup winners Tenby in the Jubilee Cup.

Hakin were again celebrating as they beat Tenby 4-2 thanks to a hat-trick from Nicky Woodrow. At the end of August, Haverfordwest had the last laugh in the cricket season as they won the Harrison Allen Bowl with a crushing victory over Cresselly. The win gave them their first Harrison-Allen title in ten years and it was a much welcome victory to end the season on a high note. In October, Hakin United had one of the more remarkable results of the year as they beat Saundersfoot by 17 (seventeen) goals to nil in a ruthless display. In rugby, Milford Haven overcame Neyland in a gritty derby game winning by 31 points to 20.

The Mariners dominated for large periods of the game but Neyland did not give up making for an entertaining game. One week later and football was the highlight for all the wrong reasons, as a game between Hakin and Merlins Bridge had to be abandoned after an alleged punch was thrown. Police are now investigating what happened during the game which was called off after just 25 minutes. On Halloween, Haverfordwest County had one of those nights as a freak goal and a double penalty miss cost them all three points in their league game with Afan Lido. Midway through the second half Jordan Follows saw a penalty saved but he sent the re-take wide as the game finished 1-1.

Rallying came to the fore in November as Osian Pryce geared himself up to take part in the Wales Rally GB. Pryce was in confident mood ahead of the rally and he went on to finish as the leading non-Priority driver in 18th overall. In September, Neyland’s Steve Arnold entered his first powerlifting UK Open Championship and he took the competition by storm coming home in first place. That earned him a place at the World Championships in November. Steve performed well again but had to settle for a silver medal at the event in France. What a year it has been for Sport in Pembrokeshire! Let’s hope that 2015 will be even better.

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Signed Wales shirts gifted to RNLI go up for auction

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FOLLOWING a winning start to the Six Nations Tournament, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have scored a winning try for the RNLI, gifting six signed rugby shirts to help save lives at sea.

Each rugby shirt has been signed by the full WRU squad and are accompanied by a certificate of authentication – a winning prize for any Welsh rugby fan.

To avoid a ruck for the WRU shirts the charity has placed all six signed shirts on an online auction, ensuring a fair game for all who wish to win the golden prize. The auction will be live until Wednesday, March 31, which allows plenty of time for supporters to bid for the team in red.

Each signed shirt includes Wales Captain, Mumbles RNLI supporter and the most capped international player of all time Alun Wyn Jones; as well as Louis Rees-Zammit, the Man of the Match in the nail-biting Scotland v Wales game.

Nick Evans, RNLI Fundraising and Partnership Lead said: ‘On behalf of the charity I would like to say a big thank you to the Welsh Rugby Union for donating these fantastic prizes to the RNLI. RNLI volunteers are on call 24-7 and are often called away from important events such as family celebrations – or international rugby tournaments – to respond to the pager if someone is in trouble at sea.

‘Like all charities, 2020 was a challenging year for the RNLI when all traditional fundraising had to stop – all our shops were closed, there were no collections and all events had to be cancelled. This is why we at the RNLI are so grateful to all the team at WRU for their ongoing support. The auction is now live and we would like to encourage all Wales rugby supporters to throw the RNLI a lifeline and place their bid for the winning prize.’

To place a bid or find out more about the charity auction please visit https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/rnliwru.

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Five subs to be allowed for JD Cymru Premier clubs

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THE FAW’s National Leagues Board has confirmed that JD Cymru Premier clubs will be permitted to make five substitutions in matches, in accordance with the Laws of the Game, until the end of the 2020-21 top-flight season.

FIFA extended the use of the rule, which was first introduced following the COVID-19 outbreak, citing “player welfare” as part of the reason for the temporary amendment to Law 3 of the Laws of the Game.

FIFA stated that “Some competitions which resumed in 2020 may have a shorter-than-usual recovery/preparation period before the start of their next season.”

“For many competitions, the 2020/21 season will involve matches being played in a condensed period due to a delayed start and the inability to end later than usual because of major international tournaments.”

With the JD Cymru Premier set to restart on March 2, the National Leagues Board has approved the use of the rule in the JD Cymru Premier until the end of the current campaign.

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Haverfordwest County’s remaining phase 1 fixtures released

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HAVERFORDWEST County will return to action on Saturday, March 6, with a home game against Cardiff Met University.

The JD Cymru Premier has been granted elite status by the National Sports Group once again and the FAW has announced the rescheduled fixtures.

The first fixture upon the return will see Newtown AFC host Penybont on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 live on Facebook via Sgorio’s platforms.

Bala Town travel to The New Saints on Sgorio on March 6, 2021 with a 5pm kick off.

This will be followed by a full host of fixtures on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

The new calendar sees clubs play their final six matches of Phase One, which is now due to be completed on April 4, 2021.

Haverfordwest County’s remaining fixtures for phase 1 are listed below.

March 6 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v Cardiff Met University FC

March 9 – 19:45

Aberystwyth Town FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 13 – 14:30

Haverfordwest County FC v The New Saints FC

March 20 – 14:30

Connah’s Quay Nomads FC v Haverfordwest County FC

March 27 – 14:30

Newtown AFC v Haverfordwest County FC

April 2 – 17:00

Penybont FC v Haverfordwest County FC

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