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Aaron Boswell: On the charge.

Aaron Boswell: On the charge.

PEMBROKE DOCK HARLEQUINS RFC U16’s continued with their run of good form over the weekend after travelling to Narberth to face last year’s Pembrokeshire Cup Champions in an U16’s league game.

With the Quins pitch out of action and the home fixture reversed the Young Quins travelled to Narberth looking to carry their previous weeks good work to this tough encounter.

Quins Coaches, Keith Boswell & Gareth Lewis continued with the mix and match option and due to the Heavy to Slow pitch conditions, moved the burley midfield partnership of Hywel Baker & Arron Boswell into the Back Row.(Ossie Boswell would have been pleased with this). This proved decisive, as the powerful Quins forwards dominated throughout, driving and rucking their counterparts in every face.

The forwards were well marshalled by the ever present terrier Ollie Lewis who commanded the break down and scrum causing his opposite number all sorts of problems. The Quins were first to score with some powerful surges by the Pack. Narberth rallied well and put in some brave attack phases only to be met by some stout Quins defence, with Jordan Palmer, Ben Lascelles working hard in the midfield. Narberth attacked using some of their strike runners, with Ryan Conbeer, Jack tucker and Kemsley Mathias always in the thick of it. With the Quins Power pack in total control it wasn’t long before they crossed the line to make it 10 – 0. Narberth responded well and worked the ball wide to score, with the conversion duly slotted the Scores stood 10 – 7 at the 1/2 oranges.

The Quins restarted and took the game to Narberth and once again it was great power work by the Quins forwards saw a pick and drive with a 3rd score to the Quins. Ieuan Jenkins used his fantastic boot to great effect and slotted the conversion. 17 – 7 to the Quins. Play exchanged hands on several occasions with both sides battling it out in the boggy conditions, and it was great to see a large and vocal crowd of supporters cheering everyone on. The Quins Powered on spurred on by the loud and vocal support and with more powerful surges from Tommy Clarkson, Joe Gray, Tom Watson the Quins soon found themselves camped inside the Narberth 22. Line out jumpers Jordan Davies & Tom Rowe took the spoils in the line-out battle with some pin point accuracy from hooker & Captain Tom Barrass, who was frustrated not to be allowed to show off his scrummaging skills as Narberth opted to go uncontested at the Scrum. The Quins Power Pack took the driving lineout forward and moved the ball out to the ‘Jinky’ No 10 Aaron Cookson who made some ground before being well tackled by the Narberth Midfield. The Quins ‘Burley’ back row were quick to support with Mathew Washbourne the rest of the forwards close behind drove over to score, the conversion went wide making the score 22 – 7.

Narberth attacked well and a better 10 minutes were they managed to hold onto possession and used the boot to great effect with Jac Watters putting in a neat cross field kick which was collected out wide and Narberth scooted over to score. Conversion went wide – 22 -12. Narberth now had their tales up and started to put some pressure on the Quins, but some good defence by Gareth ‘Sparky’ James, Leighton Hart and Will kept the Narberth surges a bay.

Narberth managed a late score by pacey winger Ryan Conbeer which was slotted over making the final score at the Whistle 22 – 19 to the Quins. This was a great game by both Teams and a win that the Pembroke Dock Harlequins Coaches were all proud off. The game was expertly Refereed by one of the fitness Referee’s in the County Mr Charley Watts, who had already referee’s 2 Games on Saturday before this well fought U16’s battle. Well done to both teams and supporters for the entertaining and enthusiastic game.

 

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Joyce set for second Olympic Games

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JASMINE Joyce has been selected to go to her second Olympic Games, representing Team GB at rugby sevens.

She is one of three female players who finished fourth in Rio – Natasha Hunt and Abbie Brown were also part of the squad five years ago. Brown will co-captain the side along with former Glantaf pupil, England international Megan Jones.

WRU CEO Steve Phillips said, “Huge congratulations to Jasmine Joyce who will fly the flag for Welsh Rugby in Tokyo next month. It’s a huge achievement to be an Olympian once, let alone twice and Jasmine will no doubt do her family, friends and Welsh rugby proud on the world stage once again. She has our full support and we will be watching the Tokyo Stadium action very closely.”

For Jasmine, from St David’s in Pembrokeshire, it’s the culmination of five years of hard work.

“After the amazing experience of competing in Rio, returning to another games has been front and centre of everything I’ve done for the past five years and being named in the squad makes it all worthwhile. The Olympic Games is the ultimate achievement for any sportsperson and that dream became so much more achievable for me when rugby sevens became a Olympic sport.”

At 20, Jasmine was one of the youngest players in the Team GB squad in 2016 and hadn’t been capped for Wales at 15-a-side. Five years on and with 19 senior Wales caps, she is looking to draw on her experience to help the side to come back with some silverware.

“I was the new girl in Rio with little pressure on my shoulders. I’ve definitely got a different mindset this time around. People know my game more and there is more pressure on me to perform but I’m happy with that. We were disappointed not to medal last time around and are definitely going for gold next month.”

Jasmine paid tribute to fellow Wales international and GB Sevens training squad member Hannah Jones who missed out on selection.

“Hannah is my best friend so it was great to train together in GB camp. She has put so much hard work into everything she has done in recent years too, as have all the players in the training squad and the fact she’s missed out shows the level of competition throughout the squad is insane.

“I’ve had so much support from my family, friends and coaches throughout my career. The fact that they won’t be able to travel to Japan is disappointing but I know that we will feel everyone’s support via social media over the next few weeks and that makes a huge difference.”

The women’s rugby sevens tournament takes place from July 29-31.

Team GB women’s squad:

Holly Aitchison

Abbie Brown

Abi Burton

Deborah Fleming

Natasha Hunt

Megan Jones

Jazmine Joyce

Alex Matthews

Helena Rowland

Hannah Smith

Celia Quansah

Emma Uren

Women’s reserve: Lisa Thomson

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Junior Cricket leagues round up

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THE Pembroke County Cricket Junior Leagues continued recently with some more excellent displays.

There were wins for Saundersfoot, Stackpole and Hundleton and St Ishmaels in the Under 11s leagues.

In the Under 13s league there were wins for Kilgetty, Llechryd and Hook.

Take a look below at all the best performances from the games.

Under 11’s

Saundersfoot 322 beat Lamphey 215

Saundersfoot:

Oli Cook 26 + 2-8

Olly Badham 20 + 2-1

Dan Broomhall 4-5, all 4 wkts in 1 over

Taylor Lewis 3-9

Saundersfoot

Lamphey:

Elliot 10 + 1-9

Iorri 11

Zed 11

Morgan 9

Pembroke 239-5 lost to Stackpole/Hundleton 280-4

Stackpole/Hundleton

2 wickets each for Summer Russant and Louis Dodson and 1 for Ossian Ridgeway

Summer Russant – 12

Ollie Frearson – 10

Louis Dodson – 9

Sam Adams – 7

Cresselly 219-10 lost to St Ishmaels 264-6

 St Ishmaels:

Dillion Lewis 15

Morgan Brittain 15 & 3-4

Rossi Ninnis 10

Caydyn Mcguire  2-7

Cresselly:

Griff Jenkins 16

Dylan Taylor 14

Ieuan Prout 8

Corrin Thornton 2-17

Under 13’s

Laugharne 55 all out lost to Kilgetty 61-2

Laugharne:

Issac Joliffe 7

Liam Morley-Trivett 6

Alfie Blewitt 5

Sam Lynch 1-5

Ellis Harvey 1-8

Kilgetty:

Lewis Rossiter 21

Logan Hall 21

Olly Badham 3-15

Kiaran Sine 2-6

James Keating 2-10

George Morgan 2-10

Llechryd 124-3 beat Neyland 122-7

Llechryd:

Evan Wyn Jones 29

M Williams 26

Y Harries 21

Evan Lewis 15

Ellis Gill 2 wickets

Neyland:

Korey Arran 25

Leo Power 25

Corey Riley 13 & 2 -6

Mason Kerrison 10

Hook 111-3 beat Haverfordwest 80-4

Hook:

Rhys Phelps 26* (retired)

William Harries 20 not out

Callum Nutty 16

Jamie Gray 1-3

Haverfordwest:

Sidak 25* (retired)

Finley 16 not out and 2-16

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Carew too strong for Kilgetty in Harrison Allen quarter final

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CAREW booked their place in the semi-finals of the Harrison Allen Bowl on Tuesday night (Jun 22) as they beat Kilgetty.

For Carew it will mean a first appearance in the semi-finals since 2012 (when they went on to reach the final).

Carew batted first against Kilgetty and they made an impressive total of 236-3 from their 22 overs.

Nick Davies scored 55 and Lewis Hicks made 65 as the visitors began well.

There were two wickets for Matthew Lewis (2-63) but he was expensive, while the only other wicket to fall went to Levi Hughes (1-42).

Tim Hicks finished unbeaten on 38 for Carew and Rhys Davies was not out on 40 as Kilgetty were set a target of 237 to win the game.

Richard Cope scored 39 for Kilgetty in their reply but he was his side’s top scorer.

Jordan Gorman added 24 and Tom Lewis scored 20 while there were scores of 10 from Max James and Sam Rossiter.

Shaun Whitfield did the damage for Carew with figures of 4-38.

Sam Harts (3-28) also claimed three wickets while Iori Hicks took two for 38.

There was also a wicket for Rhys Davies as Carew bowled Kilgetty out for 137 to seal victory by 99 runs.

It will mean a first semi-final for nine years and they will be keen to make sure that run won’t be repeated.

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