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Otters seal bonus point victory

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By Jonathan Twigg

A GD Harries sponsored Narberth maintained their second place in the Championship at the Lewis Lloyd Ground on Saturday (October 28) with a bonus point 27-3 victory over bottom side Glynneath.

Head coach Sean Gale was delighted with the result saying his players ‘delivered all I asked of them’.

He added: “We were expecting a gritty performance from Glynneath but we knew we had a strong set piece which would allow us to maintain enough possession to press for victory. We are a developing side with many new faces gelling together and we are in the same position as last year. We could have been more clinical with our execution as we tried to keep the ball in hand but it’s important to remember we took maximum points.”

Defending into a strong breeze the dominant set piece came to the fore from the start as the Otters forwards disrupted their opponents scrum with captain Alex Jenkins and his fellow second row Ryan Banner winning the early line out battle.

Glynneath were robust in their tackling, rowing very close to a line which referee Chris Oliver monitored carefully. Full back Ianto Griffiths pinged over his first penalty attempt for an indiscretion after ten minutes when visiting hooker Craig Tennant was deemed to have committed a high a tackle.

Flanker Pat Roberts alongside props Bradley Davies and Tom Slater made inroads into the visitors’ territory and the pressure of swift hands and a visionary performance from outside half Jack Rogers eventually saw the game’s opening try just beyond the quarter of an hour mark.

Jenkins again won clean line out ball before picking up a pass after his fellow forwards went through several phases of gaining yards close to the halfway line. He made 20 metres before finding wing Liam Hutchings on the outside who drew the final man after a 25 metre blast, putting number 8 Richie Rees clear into the 22 and a 10-0 lead thanks to the trusty left boot of Griffiths extended.

Glynneath got themselves on the scoreboard five minutes later when centre Jack O’Reilly kicked a penalty in front of the posts after the home pack were guilty of putting hands in a ruck after Tennant and flanker James Perry drove the red and blacks back into the game.

Narberth’s game management suited the conditions as they defended a strong breeze, working around scrum half Nick Gales lead with close passing to their surrounding ‘pods’.

This frustrated the visitors with further indiscretions conceded as their passion affected their play and hooker Tennant saw yellow for holding the ball after a tackle ten metres short of his own line, from which Rogers set up an attacking line out.

The ball was moved around the field as the Otters burrowed for a try, which came with a minute of the half remaining.

Glynneath were punished after their scrum disintegrated without Tennant and Gale took a quick penalty to thrust towards the line, Roberts on his shoulder to set up time for Rogers to put a cross field kick into the hands of winger Hutchings to cross wide out, for a 15-3 half time lead.

An expectant home crowd anticipated the blue and blacks to cruise towards victory in the second period although this didn’t materialise as rugged defence accompanying a plethora of stoppages for injuries sustained by Glynneath prevented any continuity.

They failed to take the ball further than the home 22 yard line not allowing much action for the ‘Balcony sponsors’, The Glenn Hotel to watch over as their ‘mine host’ Slater plied his trade below.

For the final fifteen minutes the side who have popular entertainer Max Boyce as their President opted for uncontested scrums which diminished a threat from the back row of Roberts, Rees and flanker Tom Powell playing off the front foot.

Griffiths at full back was playing with a skills set which would fit at a higher level and the introduction of a dynamic replacement scrum half Lewys Gibby asked questions of a tiring side, with Hutchings and centre pairing Paul Davies and Joe Hutchings finding space to run into.

Replacement Ryan Davies finished off a move after man of the match Roberts again did the hard yards for a 20-3 lead and the finale was completed to cement the bonus point victory as the game edged towards its end as the flanker claimed a try of his own. He intercepted the ball as Glynneath ran the ball from deep and coasted in under the posts for Griffiths to convert.

Narberth make the trip to Port Talbot on Saturday (Nov 4) to take on Tata Steel, two places and two points below them.

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Wales supporter from Pembrokeshire dies in Qatar during World Cup

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A WALES fan has passed away while following his team with his friends and family at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

Kevin Davies, a 62-year-old from Pembrokeshire, has sadly died while in the Middle East with his son and some pals to witness Wales’ first World Cup campaign since 1958.

The Pembrokeshire Herald understands that Mr Davies died of natural causes on Friday but he was not at the stadium to watch Wales’ 2-0 defeat by Iran.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office confirmed it was “supporting the family of a British man who has died in Qatar”.

His family is being offered UK consular assistance.

The Wales Football Supporters’ Group said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Kevin Davies, of Pembrokeshire, who sadly passed away in Doha yesterday.

“The Red Wall are a family and we are here for you.”

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Pembrokeshire Adult and Junior Netball league results

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THE Pembrokeshire Adult and Junior Netball Leagues continued last week with more exciting fixtures.Games in the Adult Leagues were played on Wednesday, October 19, while Junior league games were played on Saturday, October 22. DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Sapphires Black 27 v 20 Chaos
Players player:
Sapphires: Kelsey Corrick
Chaos: Lucy John

Fishguard 24 v 13 Pembroke
Players player:
Fishguard: Evie Rands
Pembroke: Meg Bowen️

PERFORMANCE LEAGUE

Jets 24 v 26 Chaos 2
Players player:
Jets: Sally Chester
Chaos: Sophie NoottJUNIOR LEAGUE – Oct 22

• UNDER 12’s:

Chaos Lightning 12 v 5 Pembroke
Players player:
Chaos: Elen Harries
Pembroke: Neve Davies

• UNDER 14’s:

Fishguard Eagles 17 v 14 Pembroke 1
Players player:
Fishguard: Mari Williams
Pembroke: Mia DaviesChaos Hurricanes 23 v 7 Pembroke 2
Players player:
Chaos: Lily Richards
Pembroke: TBC

• UNDER 16’s:

Fishguard Ospreys 20 v 24 Chaos Blues
Players player:
Fishguard: Cerys Adamson
Chaos: Ella Joyce
(Fishguard officially forfeit the game 10 v0)

Under 14’s Fishguard Eagles
Under 12’s Pembroke
Under 14’s Pembroke 1

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Pembrokeshire Netball: Latest results from Performance and Junior Leagues

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THE Pembrokeshire Netabll Junior and Performance leagues continued last week with more exciting games.

Games in the Performance League were played on Wednesday, October 12, while the Junior Leagues played their games on Saturday, October 15.

PERFORMANCE LEAGUE

Sapphires Silver 14 v 24 Chaos 2
Players player:
Sapphires: Jazz Hughes
Chaos: Sophie Noot

Fishguard Falcons 26 v 12 Pembroke
Players player:
Fishguard: Ella Sturley
Pembroke: Ella Fromant

Sapphires Black 38 v 13 Narberth
Players player:
Sapphires: Polly Scotcher
Narberth: Jess Williams

Jets 21 v 14 Chaos 1
Players player:
Jets: Charlotte Armstrong
Chaos: Anna Bosenius

Junior League – Saturday, October 15

U10’s

Chaos Flash 6 V 2 Sapphire Black
Players player
Chaos: Scarlet Chandra
Sapphire: Scarlet Hodgson

Pembroke 3 v Sapphires White 0
Players player:
Sapphires: Mia Joseph 
Pembroke: Chloe Dennison

U12’s

Chaos Thunder 6 V 13 Sapphire White
Players player
Chaos:Abbie Selly
Sapphire: Poppy Canton

U14’s

Pembroke (1) 27 v Chaos 3
Players player:
Chaos: Charlotte Bojanovski
Pembroke: Bethany Kenniford
(Game officially forgotten 10-0 by Pembroke)

Chaos Hurricanes 18 V 5 Sapphire Black
Players player
Chaos: Katie Brazier
Sapphire: Layla Rose

Fishguard Buzzards 10 V 15 Pembroke (2)
Players player
Fishguard:Caitlyn Boulton
Pembroke: Freya Cooke

U16’s

Pembroke 15 V 34 Sapphire Black
Players player
Pembroke: Carys Kenniford
Sapphire Lily Corneleous

Fishguard Ospreys 20 V 18 St Davids
Players player
Fishguard: Cerys Adamson
St Davids: Skye Bramley

Under 16’s Fishguard Ospreys
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