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All Blacks and Blues share epic draw

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NEYLAND and Haverfordwest shared an excellent 19-19 draw on Saturday (Nov 18), despite the game being played in tough conditions.

Light rain throughout the match had made it tough for both sets of players who both looked to play rugby in light of the wet conditions.

It was the Blues who made the brighter start to the match as with two minutes gone they were awarded a penalty which Gareth John sent through the posts, using the wind that was blowing across the pitch to good effect.

Moments later another good move, started by John and sent on to Matty Phillips and then Rhys Baker to go over for the first try of the game. The conversion was wide and the score stayed at 0-8.

Neyland hit back and had a chance to put some points on the board but Mark Riley sent his kick wide of the posts when it looked easier to score.

From the restart, Neyland were penalised for holding on and John took the chance to kick at goal and was successful to give the visitors a 0-11 lead.

With quarter of an hour gone, Neyland were awarded a penalty and they used the wind to good effect as they sent the ball from the right over to the left to earn a line out.

From that they ran the ball out back to the right hand side for George Williams who ran over to score and Riley added the conversion to cut the deficit to 7-11.

However, the Blues responded well and another good move saw Baker turn provider for Josh Atherton go over for the try. This time John was unsuccessful with the conversion leaving the score at 7-16.

With seven minutes to go until half time, Neyland did well at a Blues scrum to push the Blues back and win the ball and it was Dan Goodridge who went over in the corner to cut the gap once more.

Mark Riley had a difficult looking conversion and it proved to be so as the ball fell short of the posts.

On the stroke of half time, the home side were given a penalty after what appeared to be a deliberate knock on by the Blues. Rather than going for touch from just inside the Blues half, Riley decided he would go for goal.

The All Blacks kicker was extremely unlucky to see his effort bounce back off the bar and the score stayed as it was.

The Blues again had a good spell of pressure at the start of the second half and six minutes in they were given another penalty which John sent through the posts to make it 12-19.

However, just two minutes later a speculative kick ahead from Mark Riley was well taken by Stephen Martin and he made his way over to score an excellent try.

Riley then kept his nerve to add the extra two points to level the scores at 19-19.

Both sides had chances to add to the scoring but the constant rain made the ball slippy and the players were guilty of dropping the ball forward on a number of occasions.

With ten minutes to go, Neyland were awarded another penalty in a similar position to the one they had at the end of the first half. Riley again took the kick but the ball again fell short.

The Blues came forward late on but were unable to get through and the score remained 19-19 when the full time whistle was blown.

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Ultra-runner demonstrates to never give up on your dreams

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Rhys O’Mara (Left), Sanna (Centre) and Hollie Thomas (Right)

INSPIRATIONAL speaker Sanna Duthie recently inspired Military and Protective Services learners at the College with her story of running the 186 mile Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in a record breaking 51.5 hours without any sleep, to help raise money for the Welsh Air Ambulance.

Former College learner Sanna Duthie, an office manager by day and active runner by night, shared her experience of running the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in record breaking time. Sanna had participated in a few marathons over the years such as Tenby Long Course Weekend, the Gower 50 and the London Marathon.

However, the real adrenaline rush to complete the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path was when Sanna competed in a 100 mile race of the coastal path in 2017.

“I realised I wasn’t too bad at that distance and then that’s when I got it in my head about doing the whole thing.”

Running a coastal path isn’t the easiest challenge and Sanna had to be prepared with an extensive training programme running over 300 miles a month equivalent to 10 miles a day. Sanna also had strength and conditioning training at a local gym to ensure her successful recovery.

“Coast running is hard on your muscles and joints and you need to strengthen those in order to not get injured,” said Sanna.

Originally Sanna started to run the entire coastal path in August 2020 but after 63 miles had to abandon the race due to dangerous weather conditions. This only made Sanna more determined and she completed her ultra-run on 8 th May 2021.

Sanna explained the highs and lows of the run, “There were times when I just wanted to quit, and I even started to hallucinate but I used a tactic where rather than focus on the whole run I broke it down into sections – this made things less overwhelming. Close friends and family would join alongside me on different stages of my run, and this motivated me to get to the finish line.”

Protective services learner Rhys O’Mara was thoroughly inspired by Sanna’s story, “I feel like, from the talk, I’m more inspired to go out and push myself to take on bigger and better physical challenges, the talk really showed that you can achieve anything when you dedicate yourself to a task. After College I’m looking to join the RAF as a drone pilot and have a full career in the forces.”

Sanna was the first female to run the entire coastal path and breaking the previous record of 64 hours and 32 minutes and raised an impressive £5,768.14 for charity.

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Veteran Vikings beaten by Swansea

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HAKIN United Over 40s travelled to the Llandarcy Academy of Sport last Sunday (Nov 28) to play Swansea University.

Hakin took the lead inside 10 minutes as Matthew Price raced clear of the Uni defence before side footing the ball into the bottom corner.

A great start for the Veteran Vikings, but on the half hour mark, two quick goals for the Swansea men turned the game on its head.

A third goal just before half time put Swansea firmly in the drivers seat, but, the Hakin players felt that the goal was offside and that there was a handball in the build-up.

However, despite all of the protests, the goal stood.

Hakin looked far more purposeful in the second half, but they failed to find a goal that was going to get them back in the game.

Hakin are next in action on Sunday, December 12, when Church Village visit the Obs.

Hakin 40s: Jim Payne, Nick Jones, Adam Collins, Ali Davies, Paul Hannon, Marc Devonald, Simon Atyeo, Mark Riley, Paul Jones, Matthew Price, Phil Richards.

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Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League results

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IN the Pembrokeshire Junior Netball leagues on Saturday (Nov 27), there were wins for Sapphires White Under 12s and Pembroke Under 14s.

There was also a win for Fishguard Under 16s as they beat Pembroke 28-24.

Results for Saturday, November 27:

Under 12’s:

Sapphires White 7-4 Chaos Thunder

Players player:

Sapphires: Orla Maulio Martina

Chaos: Annabel Richards

Under 14’s:

Pembroke 23-17 Sapphires White

Players player:

Pembroke: Carys Kenniford

Sapphires: Florence Barker

Under 16’s:

Fishguard 28 v 24 Pembroke

Players player:

Fishguard: Evie Rands

Pembroke: Megan Bowen

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