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Rugby season arrives

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PEMBROKESHIRE rugby teams will get their seasons underway on Saturday, September 1, with all hoping to have a successful season.

Championship side Narberth had an excellent 2017/18 campaign, finishing second in the table behind runaway leaders Pontypool.

They had 14 wins from their 22 games and they will be looking to go one better this time around. Narberth have played two friendlies prior to the season beating Felinfoel 29-0 and Principality Premiership side Llanelli 17-12.

The Otters begin their season away to Beddau and have already named their team with Nick Gale, Jack Price, Jonathan Rogers and Tom Powell all starting.

In League 1 West, last season’s escape artists Crymych will be looking to achieve a finish similar if not higher than the sixth place they achieved in May.

Crymych were bottom of the table at the end of 2017 with just one win but a remarkable second half of the season saw them pick up ten wins to secure their place in the Division.

They also welcome back Tristan Lewis from Whitland and on Saturday, they get their campaign underway against Tenby United in an exciting Pembrokeshire derby.

Return: Lloyd Thomas

Tenby have had a busy pre-season, making a number of new signings including Lloyd Thomas, a former youth product, who returns at Outside Half. Lloyd transferred to Mahurangi Rugby Club in New Zealand in 2013, representing their premier team 84 times in the North Harbour league and became a firm favourite.

19 year old Second Row Tom Barrass, in his first year out of youth has followed Ossie Boswell from Pembroke Dock to Tenby United having impressed during his 1st XV appearances last season.

Jack Broadhurst, last season’s Narberth Youth Captain and Player of the Year, has also signed having previously represented the Swifts section before heading to Narberth.

Whitland, promoted from League 2 West last season, will be looking to get their season off to a flying start when they take on Gorseinon at home on Saturday.

Gorseinon finished fifth last season and will provide a good test for the Borderers on their return to league 1.

Marc Jones will captain the side for tomorrow’s opener, with Nico Setaro, Scott Buird, Jack Mason and Josh Thomas all in the starting XV.

Fishguard finished last season in ninth place in League 2 West and they will be aiming to achieve a higher finish this time around.

The Seagulls won 18-14 in the Pembrokeshire Cup against Haverfordwest on Tuesday, providing a good test before the start of the season.

Pembroke won the League 3 West A title with just one defeat to their name and they will be eager to get underway in League 2 on Saturday.

Pembroke have welcomed back James Skeels, Daffy Lewis and Mark Williams to their squad and they will be aiming to replicate the achievements of Saturday’s opponents St Clears in their first season at this level.

St Clears enjoyed a successful first season in League 2 last time around and they will be aiming to improve on their eighth place finish.

The Saints parted ways with Head Coach Mike Jones in the summer but have welcomed Tim Poole as their new first team coach with Lee Glanville joining as Defence coach and Rhodri Jones as attack coach.

League 3 West A will once again be a tightly contested league this season with Milford Haven, Laugharne and Haverfordwest again in contention for promotion.

Milford finished second last season and with Pembroke now a league above, they will aiming to get off to a good start against Pembroke Dock Quins at Bierspool.

Nathan Williams has returned to lead Milford while Jamie Lewis will captain the side on the pitch and they will be hoping to have a successful season.

Likewise will be the Quins who had six wins to their name last season but they will be looking to improve on their eighth place finish.

Haverfordwest will also be aiming for a return to League 2 and will be led by captain Matthew Clark.

He is joined by fellow new signings Adam Clark, Craig Barnett, Ashley George, Jamie Barnett, Jack Clancy, Kern Cunningham and Jamie Plumb. All will be hoping they can help the Blues to improve on their fifth place finish from last season.

They begin against a Llangwm side who will be determined to get off the mark early in the season.

The Wasps played Neyland in the Pembrokeshire Cup on Tuesday and pushed them all the way before succumbing to a 29-10 defeat.

Neyland will also be looking to get the season off to a good start on Saturday but they face a long trip to Ceredigion to take on Tregaron.

They had an excellent 2017/18 season with ten wins from their twenty games to achieve a sixth place finish but level on points with Haverfordwest and they will be aiming to improve on that.

St Davids are without a game this weekend but they get their season underway next week (Sept 8) when they travel to Llangwm.

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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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