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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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Joyce set for second Olympic Games

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JASMINE Joyce has been selected to go to her second Olympic Games, representing Team GB at rugby sevens.

She is one of three female players who finished fourth in Rio – Natasha Hunt and Abbie Brown were also part of the squad five years ago. Brown will co-captain the side along with former Glantaf pupil, England international Megan Jones.

WRU CEO Steve Phillips said, “Huge congratulations to Jasmine Joyce who will fly the flag for Welsh Rugby in Tokyo next month. It’s a huge achievement to be an Olympian once, let alone twice and Jasmine will no doubt do her family, friends and Welsh rugby proud on the world stage once again. She has our full support and we will be watching the Tokyo Stadium action very closely.”

For Jasmine, from St David’s in Pembrokeshire, it’s the culmination of five years of hard work.

“After the amazing experience of competing in Rio, returning to another games has been front and centre of everything I’ve done for the past five years and being named in the squad makes it all worthwhile. The Olympic Games is the ultimate achievement for any sportsperson and that dream became so much more achievable for me when rugby sevens became a Olympic sport.”

At 20, Jasmine was one of the youngest players in the Team GB squad in 2016 and hadn’t been capped for Wales at 15-a-side. Five years on and with 19 senior Wales caps, she is looking to draw on her experience to help the side to come back with some silverware.

“I was the new girl in Rio with little pressure on my shoulders. I’ve definitely got a different mindset this time around. People know my game more and there is more pressure on me to perform but I’m happy with that. We were disappointed not to medal last time around and are definitely going for gold next month.”

Jasmine paid tribute to fellow Wales international and GB Sevens training squad member Hannah Jones who missed out on selection.

“Hannah is my best friend so it was great to train together in GB camp. She has put so much hard work into everything she has done in recent years too, as have all the players in the training squad and the fact she’s missed out shows the level of competition throughout the squad is insane.

“I’ve had so much support from my family, friends and coaches throughout my career. The fact that they won’t be able to travel to Japan is disappointing but I know that we will feel everyone’s support via social media over the next few weeks and that makes a huge difference.”

The women’s rugby sevens tournament takes place from July 29-31.

Team GB women’s squad:

Holly Aitchison

Abbie Brown

Abi Burton

Deborah Fleming

Natasha Hunt

Megan Jones

Jazmine Joyce

Alex Matthews

Helena Rowland

Hannah Smith

Celia Quansah

Emma Uren

Women’s reserve: Lisa Thomson

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Junior Cricket leagues round up

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THE Pembroke County Cricket Junior Leagues continued recently with some more excellent displays.

There were wins for Saundersfoot, Stackpole and Hundleton and St Ishmaels in the Under 11s leagues.

In the Under 13s league there were wins for Kilgetty, Llechryd and Hook.

Take a look below at all the best performances from the games.

Under 11’s

Saundersfoot 322 beat Lamphey 215

Saundersfoot:

Oli Cook 26 + 2-8

Olly Badham 20 + 2-1

Dan Broomhall 4-5, all 4 wkts in 1 over

Taylor Lewis 3-9

Saundersfoot

Lamphey:

Elliot 10 + 1-9

Iorri 11

Zed 11

Morgan 9

Pembroke 239-5 lost to Stackpole/Hundleton 280-4

Stackpole/Hundleton

2 wickets each for Summer Russant and Louis Dodson and 1 for Ossian Ridgeway

Summer Russant – 12

Ollie Frearson – 10

Louis Dodson – 9

Sam Adams – 7

Cresselly 219-10 lost to St Ishmaels 264-6

 St Ishmaels:

Dillion Lewis 15

Morgan Brittain 15 & 3-4

Rossi Ninnis 10

Caydyn Mcguire  2-7

Cresselly:

Griff Jenkins 16

Dylan Taylor 14

Ieuan Prout 8

Corrin Thornton 2-17

Under 13’s

Laugharne 55 all out lost to Kilgetty 61-2

Laugharne:

Issac Joliffe 7

Liam Morley-Trivett 6

Alfie Blewitt 5

Sam Lynch 1-5

Ellis Harvey 1-8

Kilgetty:

Lewis Rossiter 21

Logan Hall 21

Olly Badham 3-15

Kiaran Sine 2-6

James Keating 2-10

George Morgan 2-10

Llechryd 124-3 beat Neyland 122-7

Llechryd:

Evan Wyn Jones 29

M Williams 26

Y Harries 21

Evan Lewis 15

Ellis Gill 2 wickets

Neyland:

Korey Arran 25

Leo Power 25

Corey Riley 13 & 2 -6

Mason Kerrison 10

Hook 111-3 beat Haverfordwest 80-4

Hook:

Rhys Phelps 26* (retired)

William Harries 20 not out

Callum Nutty 16

Jamie Gray 1-3

Haverfordwest:

Sidak 25* (retired)

Finley 16 not out and 2-16

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Carew too strong for Kilgetty in Harrison Allen quarter final

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CAREW booked their place in the semi-finals of the Harrison Allen Bowl on Tuesday night (Jun 22) as they beat Kilgetty.

For Carew it will mean a first appearance in the semi-finals since 2012 (when they went on to reach the final).

Carew batted first against Kilgetty and they made an impressive total of 236-3 from their 22 overs.

Nick Davies scored 55 and Lewis Hicks made 65 as the visitors began well.

There were two wickets for Matthew Lewis (2-63) but he was expensive, while the only other wicket to fall went to Levi Hughes (1-42).

Tim Hicks finished unbeaten on 38 for Carew and Rhys Davies was not out on 40 as Kilgetty were set a target of 237 to win the game.

Richard Cope scored 39 for Kilgetty in their reply but he was his side’s top scorer.

Jordan Gorman added 24 and Tom Lewis scored 20 while there were scores of 10 from Max James and Sam Rossiter.

Shaun Whitfield did the damage for Carew with figures of 4-38.

Sam Harts (3-28) also claimed three wickets while Iori Hicks took two for 38.

There was also a wicket for Rhys Davies as Carew bowled Kilgetty out for 137 to seal victory by 99 runs.

It will mean a first semi-final for nine years and they will be keen to make sure that run won’t be repeated.

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