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Smith stars as Pembroke beat Quins

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PEMBROKE won the bragging rights as they beat neighbours Pembroke Dock Quins 41-14 at Bierspool today (Sept 9), thanks to a hat trick of tries from Sam Smith.

The visitors were on top in the early stages but they couldn’t find a way through as both sides were guilty of giving away possession cheaply.

With fourteen minutes gone Pembroke were guilty of an offside and the Quins took the ball. Jake Griffiths then stepped inside a tackler before going on to score against the run of play. Griffiths then added the conversion for a 7-0 lead.

Try: Jake Griffiths scored the opening try of the game for the Quins

Ten minutes later Pembroke responded when Sam Smith bundled his way over but Luke Hartland’s conversion attempt went wide in the wind.

Moments later they had their second try as Dom Coleman went over but again Hartland’s conversion attempt went wide.

Smith was having a good game as he showed his strength, pushing away a challenger and making some excellent runs.

Scott Powell was next to go over for a try and this time Hartland was able to add the conversion for a 17-7 lead.

Pembroke were turning on the style and an excellent pass out to the right found Barry John who ran over to earn his side a bonus point but Hartland could not add the conversion.

On the stroke of half time Smith went over under the posts for his second try and Hartland added the extra two points to give the visitors a 29-7 half time lead.

The Quins looked to respond early in the second half and they were rewarded when the referee awarded them a penalty try.

There were some big hits going in as both teams battled well to put on a good show in front of a good crowd.

Smith grabbed his hat trick ten minutes into the second half as he emerged from a scrum to touch the ball down but Hartland could not add the extras.

Pembroke continued to play well and came close after a good kick saw the ball go out in the corner but they were unable to take advantage.

Seven: Billy Wood scores Pembroke’s seventh try

With four minutes to go Pembroke scored their seventh try as Billy Wood touched down just outside of the post giving Hartland an easy conversion.

That gave Pembroke a deserved 41-14 win and will give them confidence going into their next game away to Milford next week (Sept 16).

The Quins will be looking to bounce back when they take on Tregaron.

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New Radio series on remarkable rise of women’s football

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FROM hand-me-downs to heroes, a new three-part show celebrates the incredible growth of women’s football in Wales

BBC Radio Wales has today announced a new series Iconic: The Rise of the Women in Red, documenting the rise of women’s football in Wales. 

Presented by Jess Fishlock, Wales’ most capped footballer, the series offers an unprecedented look into the evolution of women’s football from its humble beginnings to its current status as a sporting phenomenon. With exclusive access to the Football Association of Wales (FAW), the series features in-depth interviews with prominent figures in the sport, including Welsh captain Sophie Ingle and midfield star Angharad James.

The series delves into the early days of women’s football when players wore hand-me-down kits from the men’s teams and played in front of modest crowds. It tells of the struggles of those who paved the way for the current generation of female footballers, to the present day where thousands of fans flock to stadiums to watch women’s football, and even more tune in to the television and radio coverage.

Jess Fishlock says, “I’m really excited that our story’s finally getting told and people can see how far this game has gone but also what has been sacrificed to get us to where we are right now in the women’s game.”

Carolyn Hitt, Head of BBC Radio Wales says “The series highlights how more women and girls than ever before are taking up the sport – as fans and as players.  It really showcases the FAW’s efforts to foster this growth and support the women’s game at all levels.  Jess Fishlock’s unique perspective and engaging storytelling brings to life the triumphs, challenges, and aspirations of the team whilst also providing a candid look at the professional journeys of these women.”

Sue Butler, Managing Editor, BBC Wales Sport, says “In the run-up to these crucial play-offs for UEFA Women’s Euro 2025, the series is a timely celebration of the progress and potential of Welsh women’s football. It will inspire and energize fans and players alike as the national team prepares for one of its most significant challenges yet.”

This three-part series will premiere on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Sounds this October.

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A new era for sport and health tech innovation in Wales

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SWANSEA UNIVERSITY has launched the National Network for Innovation In Sport and Health (NNIISH), a new initiative aimed at transforming the landscape of health and sport technology in Wales.

Led by the University and supported by Swansea Bay City Deal and local health boards, NNIISH aims to accelerate the growth of sport tech, med tech and healthcare innovation in the Swansea Bay City Region by bringing together local, national and multinational expertise.

NNIISH is set to be a constantly evolving, collaborative partnership between academia, industry and the NHS.  Its aim is to strengthen existing partnerships and forge new alliances, attracting talent and encouraging investment in order to boost the local economy and make Swansea a global leader in medical and sports technology innovation.   

Professor Keith Lloyd, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Science told Herald.Wales: “We are excited to introduce NNIISH, a groundbreaking initiative dedicated to enhancing sport and wellbeing across Wales and beyond. By fostering a community across sport, health and technology, we aim to drive forward innovative solutions that will revolutionise the sector.”

Anyone working in sports-tech, med-tech or healthcare who would like to be part of the NNIISH vision –to transform the landscape of health and sport technology in Wales – can sign up to the NNIISH mailing list now.  

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Pembrokeshire teenager to represent Wales in Golf – again!

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JEMMA NAND-LALN, a talented 16-year-old golfer from Tenby, has once again been selected to represent Wales in the Wales Schools squad. This marks the second consecutive year Jemma will don the Welsh colors, a testament to her skill and determination on the golf course.

Jemma will compete against the England Schools team at Stoke Rochford Golf Club in Lincolnshire in early September. This opportunity comes as a significant boost for Jemma, who has recently recovered from major surgery over the winter. Her selection also follows her recognition as the top girl player in Dyfed for 2023.

Her journey reflects not only her personal resilience but also her unwavering commitment to the sport she loves. Jemma’s family, friends, and local supporters are all thrilled with her accomplishment and will be cheering her on as she competes at the national level.

Jemma Nand-Lal’s story is an inspiration to many young athletes, demonstrating that with hard work and dedication, overcoming obstacles and achieving great success is possible.

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