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All Blacks keep Quins at bay

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NEYLAND sealed a fifth win of the season on Saturday (Feb 17), as they beat Pembroke Dock Quins 36-15 in an entertaining game.

However, the Quins were well in contention for the first hour before falling away in the latter stages, with All Blacks Outside Half Steve Martin pinning them back with some fine tactical kicking.

The Quins with the wind behind them and playing down the slope had hoped for a fast start, but it was the home side who struck first when Steve Martin popped over a simple penalty to put his side in front.

It was soon going to get worse for the Quins when Neyland Flanker Iestyn Evans crossed wide out for Steve Martin to add the extras.

The Quins though were giving their hosts a few problems with some determined running especially Captain Thomas Doyle who was a thorn in the Neyland side all afternoon.

On the half hour the All Blacks struck again when No8 Scott Buirds forced his way over, Steve Martin added the extras to seemingly put the All Blacks in a comfortable position at 17-0.

The Quins simply had to score next and that is exactly what they did when Full Back Liam Hargreaves-Gibson dummied his way over to put the Quins back in contention. Outside Half Lewis Davies just missed the conversion and the half ended with Neyland 17-5 to the good.

The Quins started the second half with the slope and the Wind against them, as well as a 12 point deficit, but it did not prevent them producing their best try of the Season.

No 8 Sam Dolling started it off with a determined run from his own 10yd line before linking with Thomas Doyle and with some fine offloading the Quins finally outflanked the Neyland defence for young Loose Head Prop Jack Brown to crash over in the Corner, Lewis Davies missed the Conversion.

With the score at 17-10 the Quins tails were up, but it was ex-Quins Scrum Half Adam Cawley who sneaked over near the uprights to finish off some All Black pressure, Steve Martin Converted, and with 15 minutes to go things started to look very difficult for the Quins.

With 10 minutes left Scott Buirds added his second try, which went unconverted before the Quins hit back with an unconverted try of their own from replacement Jordan Palmer.

With five minutes left and the score at 29-15 a converted try would have given the Quins two Bonus Points, but with Steve Martin pegging the Quins back with some accurate kicking it became an impossible task.

In the last minute, talented Centre George Williams crossed for a converted try to give the hosts a 36-15 victory.

As for the Quins they can look to the future, the young front row of Tom Clarkson, George Bellmaine and Jack Brown were outstanding as they improve with every game.

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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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