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Wynne’s winning ways

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Monday’s Team Prize: Bob Forrest (first Monday), Martin Davies (second Sunday), Wynne Richards (overall champion) and Paul Marsden

Monday’s Team Prize: Bob Forrest (first Monday), Martin Davies (second Sunday), Wynne Richards (overall champion) and Paul Marsden

FOR their 2016 annual away overnighter, 25 members of the Kilgetty Golf Society ventured east into England to the Hilton Puckrup Hall Golf Club and Hotel complex at Tewkesbury on October 9-10.

They were blessed with excellent weather, a great course, friendly and top class hospitality and accommodation and excellent food; suffice it to say that a good time was had by all.

On day one, all arrived in good time for coffee and bacon rolls (though Steve Jones cut it fine, uncharitably blaming his passenger John James for their nearly being late); the sun shone, and fast, true greens and dry fairways on which the ball ran and ran were enjoyed by all.

Bob Forrest topped the bill with a two under par 38 Stableford points, remarkably including a pair of blobs; his efforts helped his playing partners Paul Marsden, Martin Davies and Wynne Richards bag the day’s team prize.

At the other end of things, a usually ‘safe’ score of 25 points was insufficient for Jan Whiting to avoid the Sunday wooden spoon. Darrell Willington edged Anthony Ryan for second spot (both with 37 points), whilst Jan’s old fellow Ian Whiting was the best 20+ handicapper.

Wayne Connett struck the longest drive (though a steward’s enquiry might have altered things); Darrell’s second place effort was assisted by striking his shot to the seventh ‘nearest the pin’, whilst Simon Davies bagged a two at the second.

All enjoyed a relaxing drink on the terrace after their rounds, a super supper and a few drinks and Darrell’s ‘pub’ quiz in the bar to round things off for the evening.

After an excellent breakfast and with a few sore heads, off they went for their second rounds. Many, expressing enthusiasm for the courses playability, hoped to do even better on day two. Whilst the top three on the day just managed (one) more Stableford points than their endeavours on the first day, more than half of the team actually fared worse on Monday than on the day before.

Gratifyingly, Tom Woods was up to a full 18 holes having had to retire injured on Sunday.

Trevor Lewis pipped John James and Nigel Taylor for the day’s wooden spoon. Kelvin Boughey, Rob Nixon and John Richards were amongst the majority who could not improve on their efforts the previous day; Rob Poole and John Williams did better. So did Keith Leverton, who was the best 20+ handicapper on the day.

Bob didn’t, but hit the longest drive, whilst Darrell marked his day by being nearest the pin once again.

John Perrott and Shaun Taylor each bagged twos. Roger Handcock (third) was edged by Martin for second place. Roger lent his weight with Andy Bevans, Simon and Wynne (again) to scoop Monday’s team prize.

Wynne’s contribution was immense with his 39 points also winning him the day’s prize and, with his par golf on Sunday, making him the overall Puckrup Hall winner.

Next month’s meeting will be at Newport Sands Golf Club on November 9. All are welcome.

Visit www.kilgettygolf.co.uk for more information.

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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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