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Pembrokeshire team to enter British Rally

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The team: With their Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

THE PEMBROKESHIRE-BASED Hyundai Genpower Rally Team are taking a step up to the British Rally Championship BRC2 class in 2016, with driver Roland Llewellin taking the wheel of a newly built Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X. 

Having spent the last few years successfully campaigning an Evo IX in the BTRDA and Welsh National Rally Championships, Llewellin and the team are keen to take that experience and pace into the new season.

Roland Llewellin, Managing Director of Genpower Ltd in Pembroke Dock, is optimistic: “We are looking forward to the new challenge and a new car too. SW Motorsport are putting together a great machine and we can’t wait to get out on the stages.”

Sitting alongside Llewellin for 2016 will be Manxman Mark Perryman, who himself is excited at the prospect of a busy year: “Doing the British Rally Championship is always something you aspire too, and being able to sit with someone with experience and pace like Roland will be great.”

The brand new car was unveiled last week in Birmingham at the Autosport International Show, with a livery that features the new Hyundai Power Equipment power tool range. Other sponsors include Morris Lubricants, Hall and Roche Logistics, Pureroom, Evans Waterless Coolant, BE Honda Powered Equipment and ThePowerSite.

The team’s first rally of the year will be at the Cambrian Rally in Llandudno on February 13, followed by the Red Kite rally in Llandovery on February 21, before tackling the first BRC round, the Mid Wales Rally in Newtown on March 5 – 6.

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Cyclists taking on Three peaks challenge to raise funds for Boxing Club

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A GROUP of Pembrokeshire cyclists are currently taking on the Welsh Three Peaks Challenge in order to raise funds for Pembroke Dock ABC.

On Saturday, June 25, six people, who belong to the Pembrokeshire Velo Cycling Club, will be walking the highest peaks in Wales, Pen y fan, Snowdon and Caer Idris.

And if that wasn’t hard enough the group will be cycling between the peaks and aim to have finished their mammoth journey in 18 hours.

The money raised will go to Pembroke and Pembroke Dock ABC Great Britain Disability Boxing who put on a FREE Inclusive Boxing club for children and adults with disabilities and adaptive needs.

It will help the club to buy specialist equipment which will enable them to carry out their sessions.

50% of donations will also go to Dementia UK, a national charity that aims to improve the quality of life for people with dementia.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so by going to the link to their crowdfunding page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sd-newbery-1?utm_id=107&utm_term=w56eGgaBq&fbclid=IwAR0JxRtKx97Wx9WBJOWrnKVmISmr13nKcBpecRFfSOvowo2CQ9m6GgZj8hg&fs=e&s=cl

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Haverfordwest through to semi-finals of Harrison Allen Bowl

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HAVERFORDWEST are through to the semi-finals of the Harrison Allen Bowl after they beat Kilgetty by 35 runs on Wednesday night (Jun 22).

Kilgetty won the toss and chose to field and they saw Town post 166-8 from their 22 overs.

Adam James and Ben Field started well for the home side as they shared 35 runs before the first wicket fell.

Field was trapped leg befoer by Richard Cope but James and Jake Merry added 54 runs for the second wicket.

James had clubbed four fours and seven sixes in his knock of 66 from 33 balls but he was then caught by Josh Bevan off the bowling of Jack Tucker.

Soon after Merry was stumped by Geoff Marsh off the bowling of Jack Parkinson.

Chris Phillips was also stumped off the bowling of Tucker and he also then caught and bowled Archie Thomas to leave Town on 117-5.

Tucker then claimed his fourth wicket as he bowled Jack Scriven to reduce Town to 124-6.

Ashley James and Dai Davies 34 runs for the seventh wicket to take their score past 150.

James hit a four in his score of 12 but he was then bowled by Richard Cope and Johnny White was then run out.

Davies took four runs from the final three balls to give Town their total and a score of 44 not out which included one for and one six.

Kilgetty lost Dafydd Bevan early in their reply as he was bowled by Johnny White.

Toby Poole and Jack Parkinson then shared 67 runs for the second wicket to put their side in a good position.

Poole hit four fours and two sixes but he was then bowled by Archie Thomas.

Wickets then began to tumble as Richard Cope was bowled by Clive Tucker and Parkinson was caught by Jack Scriven off the bowling of Thomas on a score of 16.

Jack Tucker was also caught by Scriven off the bowling of Clive Tucker and Josh Bevan was bowled by Thomas as Kilgetty fell to 97-6.

Ollie Gamble and Yom Lewis took the score into three figures but with seven overs remaining Kilgetty still needed 66 runs to win.

However, Gamble was then bowled by Thomas to make the score 106-7.

Lewis was also bowled by Johnny White as Kilgetty’s chances of victory began to fade away.

White also bowled Geoff Marsh as Kilgetty slipped to 127-9 with only two overs remaining.

They were all out for 131 as Thomas bowled Bevan to claim his fifth wicket of the game and figures of 5-30.

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Ryan Giggs quits as Wales manager with ‘immediate effect’

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EX Man-Utd winger has left his position as the manager of the national football team with ‘immediate effect’.

Giggs stepped back from his role in November 2020 following after being arrested.

49-year-old Giggs has been charged with assault and using controlling behaviour towards an ex-partner. A claim that Giggs has denied.

In a heartfelt statement on his decision, Giggs said: “After much consideration, I am standing down from my position as manager of the Wales men’s national team with immediate effect.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to manage my country, but it is only right that the Wales FA, the coaching staff and the players prepare for the tournament with certainty, clarification and without speculation around the position of their head coach.

“I do not want the country’s preparations for the World Cup to be affected, destabilised or jeopardised in any way by the continued interest around this case.

“I am sad that we cannot continue this journey together because I believe that this extraordinary group will make the country proud at our first World Cup since 1958.

“It is my intention to resume my managerial career at a later date.”

Following Giggs arrest in 2020, former Wales captain Robert Page took over as interim manager.

Under Page Wales beat Ukraine to earn themselves a place at Qatar World Cup for the first time in 64 years.

Giggs faces one charge of using controlling and coercive behaviour August 2017 and November 2020, one charge of assault causing actual bodily harm of his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville on November 1, 2020.

He also faces a charge of common assault on the victim’s sister.

Giggs denies all charges against him and will stand trial on August 8.

The trial is expected to last five days.

Following the announcement, a FAW spokesperson said: “The FAW places on record its gratitude to Ryan Giggs for his tenure as manager of the Cymru men’s national team and appreciates the decision he has taken, which is in the best interests of Welsh football,

“The full focus of the FAW and the Cymru men’s national team is on the Fifa World Cup in Qatar later this year.”

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