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Catches up on last year in Amroth

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Winners: Presented with prizes in Amroth

Winners: Presented with prizes in Amroth

THE 9TH Felinfoel Brewery Double Dragon RNLI Annual Fishing Open, organised by members from Pembroke & District Angling Club, Osprey Sea Angling Club and Neyland Sea Angling Club, was held on Sunday (Feb 7) on Amroth beach in South Pembrokeshire.

This year, despite the date, the rugby and the weather, all of which one might have thought may have contributed to a decrease in both attendance and catches compared to last year and just four weeks earlier but, though attendance was indeed down, there were nearly as many fish caught at this match, despite the testing conditions, which though lovely at the start deteriorated during the day into a lot of wind and a raging surf.

However, the match was blessed in a way, in that it was fished in a just long enough break between storm Henry and storm Imogen.

The match also finished in time to watch the rugby on the big screen in the Amroth Arms, though the presentation and raffle had to wait until half time. Anyway, 22 out of the 68 anglers, compared to only 15 out of 78 in 2015, that fished, which included 3 ladies & 8 juniors (7 boys and a girl), managed to weigh in 26 sizeable fish as compared to 2015 when 21 were recorded and four weeks earlier when 23 anglers, from an entry of 91 weighed in 28 fish. So, as it turned out it, not a bad day all round.

The winning angler who managed to land 3 flounder for 1 Kg 160gms was a regular visitor from Bridgend, Jeff Stephens, netting him the first prize of £250. He also had the biggest flounder at 515gms taking the pool of £68. In second was a local angler, from Kilgetty, Andrew Jones, who landed 2 flounder for 885gms, allowing him to pick up the runner’s up prize of £75. In third place was another local and one of the organisers, Andrew Skeels who also had two flounder, but for 690gms, winning him £50.

No lady managed to weigh in but a couple of the Juniors did with John Mansbridge taking the £25 first prize with a fine Flounder of 500gms and Andrew Jones’s nephew Ryan taking the £15 second prize (both kindly donated by Shane Tucker) with a Flounder of 295gms. This, along with his uncle’s catch, was enough to give them the pair’s competition also, picking up another £60 for their combined 3 Flounders for 1 Kg 180gms. Second in the pairs was the other Andrew along with another of the organisers, John O’Connor, from Llanycefn, also with 3 Flounder, but for 1 Kg 085gms, giving them £40, with Jason Davies and Jamie Evans, third with 2 flounder for 830gms netting them £20.

However, the most important result on the day was that the event, which by the time the money is all in, will have raised over £800 for the Angle & Tenby lifeboats.

Thanks for this sterling effort go to our main sponsor Felinfoel Brewery along with their rep Jamie Owen for continuing to sponsor this event and congratulate the anglers from the organising clubs, you know who you are, together with Roger Harris of the Amroth Arms who always puts his premises and valued support at this event’s disposal, together with Liz Tallboys from the Tenby Lifeboat support group who ran the raffle.

Finally, we must again thank all the kind and generous sponsors of the event, including those already mentioned, who donated cash, made collections and donated prizes for the mega raffle which ensured continuation of the event’s great success. These were, in no particular order, Neyland and District Angling Club, Shane Tucker, Andrew Skeels, Steve “Paddy” Parry, Robbie Scale, Denis, Simon and Alex Nicholas, Haydn Cole, Roger Harries (Amroth Arms), John O’Connor, Leigh and Andrew Rogers, Andy Luxford, County Sports, Haverfordwest, Grainger Tubolt, Pembroke Dock, Country Stores, Gowerton, Ken Gainfort, The Brook Inn, St Ishmaels, The Sports Club, St Ishmaels, Peter Dunn Electrical, The Taberna Inn, Herbrandson, Dent Steel, Glyn Edwards Office Equipment, Milford Haven, and John and Sheila Mason. If anybody feels aggrieved that they have been missed off this list and we hope there isn’t, we are truly sorry, but thank you, most warmly, for your continued support.

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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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