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FAW FACE ACTION OVER BRIDGE MEADOW BLUNDER

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Bemused: Kazakhstan’s players look to each other in confusion

Bemused: Kazakhstan’s players look to each other in confusion

THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF WALES (FAW) face disciplinary action after the Kazakhstan national anthem was not played before the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 qualifier at the Conygar Bridge Meadow on Thursday, November 26. Alarm bells were set ringing when the Welsh anthem was played first, as it is customary to play the visiting teams anthem before the hosts, but when a lengthy delay occurred it was apparent to all in the ground that a problem had arisen.

A panicked scuffle could be heard over the PA system before the opening notes of the Welsh anthem were played again, sparking muffled laughter in the stands. An embarrassed Haverfordwest official then announced that he was ‘very sorry, but there appears to be a problem with the Kazakhstan anthem.’

This left the referee Tanja Subotic to encourage the visiting players to sing ‘acappella’, much to the dismay of manager Kaloyan Petkov, who waved his arms in disgust at the bemused UEFA officials. This has led UEFA to open disciplinary proceedings against the Welsh FA, with the European football governing body also opening proceedings because fans were stood around the pitch, when all international games have to have all spectators seated.

This was also a subject of embarrassment for Haverfordwest as an announcement came over the PA system several times during the game urging fans to take their seats, with a desperate tone coming across in some of the latter appeals.  It was apparent though, that despite these pleas, numerous spectators were not going to be made to move to a seat, however at no moment did it appear that a steward approached those standing in order to encourage them to move to the stands.

It is unclear whether the incidents will affect Bridge Meadow’s chances of hosting future international games. UEFA will make its decision on 10 December and the FAW has declined to comment until it knows the outcome.  It is not the first time that the Kazakhstan anthem has been the subject of a gaffe at a sporting venue.

In 2012, the Kazakhstan national shooting team was left stunned after a comedy national anthem from the film Borat was played at a medal ceremony at championships in Kuwait instead of the real one.  Wales’ win at the Bridge Meadow Stadium, which included a hat-trick for Helen Ward, was their first of the Euro 2017 qualifying campaign and saw them climb up to third place in Group 8.

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Free multi-sports events for 5-7 year-olds in Haverfordwest

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SPORTS mad youngsters aged 5-7 and those looking to try out new sports and activities are invited to free multi-sport sessions in Haverfordwest.

The sessions run from 4.15pm to 5pm every Thursday during term time and are based on the Tennis Courts at Haverfordwest High VC School.

All sessions are free and there are a wide range of activities to try.

The sessions are run by Sport Pembrokeshire Staff and assisted by Young Ambassadors from Haverfordwest High

Local clubs also take part to run sessions and provide information on how to continue with any sport.

Parents/Carers who would like to sign children up for the session are required to complete the online form.

Dan Bellis of Sport Pembrokeshire, said: “It is great to see so many young people enjoying Sport and being physically active.

“The multi-sport sessions are great as they allow youngsters to try out so many different games and activities which really helps them to learn and develop.”

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Bike It 100: Kilgetty gears up for charity cycling event

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CYCLISTS from across the country are gearing up for the Kilgetty Bike It 100, a charity non-competitive cycling sportive set to take place on Sunday, 28th July 2024. Organised to support the Paul Sartori Foundation and Haverfordwest High School’s South Africa Rugby Tour 2025, the event promises a fun, friendly, and challenging day on the bike.

Participants can choose from three scenic routes of varying difficulty: 50.5 miles with an elevation of 3,400 feet, 77.8 miles with an elevation of 5,284 feet, and the full century route at 101.7 miles, climbing a total of 7,428 feet. Each route is meticulously planned with GPS guidance, direction markers, and designated water stops to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride.

Early bird entries are priced at £35 and are available until 31st May. Post this date, if slots remain, the entry fee will increase to £45. All participants will receive a commemorative Welsh slate medal upon completion. In addition to the ride, the event features organised outdoor BBQs, coffee stops, and well-earned drinks available for purchase at the finish, courtesy of Kilgetty Sports & Social Club.

The sportive has been a tremendous success in previous years, raising £12,000 in 2021 and 2023. Organisers hope to exceed this amount in 2024, bolstered by the community’s continued support and enthusiasm.

For more details and to register, participants can visit the British Cycling website or scan the QR code on the event poster. Queries can also be directed to [email protected].

Join us for a day of cycling through the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside, all while supporting two fantastic causes. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to ride, enjoy, and make a difference. Secure your spot today!

For more information, visit British Cycling Event Details.

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Pembrokeshire street footballers to represent Wales

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A WALES team full of Pembrokeshire footballers is heading to Dublin with their eyes on a major international prize.

Street Football Team Wales is taking part in the Irish Homeless Street League 20th Anniversary International Tournament between June 7th and 10th.

As well as a squad full of Pembrokeshire players, the Head Coach is also from the county.

Jo Price is a former Arsenal and Wales goalkeeper and now works as a Community Regeneration Officer for Pembrokeshire County Council.

Jo is a big advocate for Street Football, run through social inclusion charity Street Football Wales.

The squad train at The Garth Youth Project, known as the Hive, in Haverfordwest.

The national team training sessions have been taking place since February to prepare for the tournament.

Jo said: “It is always an honour to play for your country and to have a Wales team made up entirely of Pembrokeshire players is such a wonderful achievement for our county.

“Each of the players is an inspiration but a special shout-out must go to Captain Marie Tilley who has overcome cancer to lead her country.

“Last week the players were surprised with the news that when they take to the pitch in Dublin they will be wearing the official Wales football kit, their faces were a picture and our thanks goes to the Football Association of Wales who are also providing training and travel kit.”

Wales will take on Ireland, Spain, Romania, Poland and Scotland during the tournament.

Representing Wales are: Marie Tilley (C), Cerys Phillips, Freya Marshall, Niamh Mathias, Bryony Davies, Claire Mantripp, Shauna Bennett, Kayleigh Summers and Megan Tinley.

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