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Pembroke open with a win

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PEMBROKE put in an excellent display on Saturday (Sept 1), as they kicked off their League 2 West campaign with a 29-20 win over St Clears.

There were new faces among both sides and a good crowd gathered to watch the game.

Pembroke opened proceedings and enjoyed the best of the opening exchanges although the visitors were not helped when one of the new faces, Rhys Strawbridge was presented with an early ten minute rest on the sidelines when he incurred the referee’s displeasure after only six minutes of play.

In a rare visit to the home side’s half after seventeen minutes, scrum half Owain Davies scored an opportunist try for the visitors to record the first of the new season but within a minute Pembroke struck back when fly half Toby Smith touched down close to the posts allowing an easy conversion for full back Luke Hartland to edge into the lead.

Pembroke continued to press and with Smith controlling affairs with excellent tactical kicking varied with good interplay with his lively backs another try was no surprise ten minutes later from prop Dom Colman and although the kick from the touchline was not successful a useful lead of 12 points to 5 was established at half time.

Two minutes into the second half fly half Dan Griffiths reduced the arrears for the visitors with a penalty and the balance of play shifted with the visitors matching the host’s efforts, particularly up front with the pack much the stronger.

Despite this improvement however the home backs looked dangerous whenever in possession from anywhere on the park and within ten minutes two tries orchestrated by outside half Smith exposing the Saints defence stretched the lead to 22 points to 8.

The visitors kept on battling and they were rewarded for their efforts with a try from second row Dafydd Walters converted by Dan Griffiths.

With the final whistle imminent Pembroke settled matters with another try thanks to their back division once again and at 29 points to 15 recorded the bonus point.

Saints responded once again and outside centre Will Davies touched down to reduce the arrears but with a losing bonus point maybe the only consolation available, perhaps providing some consolation, unfortunately the conversion was missed and the visitors left reflecting on a curious game when the result could have been worse that it was.

On Saturday (Sept 8), Pembroke are away to Pembrokeshire rivals Fishguard while St Clears will look to bounce back as they host early league leaders Carmarthen Athletic.

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Welsh Government Rural Affairs Minister congratulates this year’s award winners

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EVERY nominee for this year’s Lantra Cymru Awards scheme has demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning and maintaining the highest standards across all areas of working, Welsh Government Minister Lesley Griffiths has said.
The Minister has thanked and congratulated all this year’s award winners as well as the training providers who had nominated them.
The Minister said: “The Lantra Cymru Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the commitment and passion of individuals across Wales. A huge well done to all the nominees, winners and training providers for all of their hard work including to increase efficiency and introduce further innovative ideas into their ways of working.”
Leading Welsh agriculturalist Mr Peter Rees, chair of Lantra Wales, presided over this year’s selection panel, which included Kevin Thomas, Director of Lantra Wales, Dr Nerys Llewelyn Jones, founder and Managing Partner of Agri Advisor solicitors and agricultural Health and Safety expert Brian Rees, a former chair of the Wales Farm Safety Partnership and a Farming Connect farm safety mentor.
Mr Rees said that the Lantra Cymru Awards was always one of the highlights of the annual Welsh farming calendar, adding that it was testament to all the industry’s rural stakeholders, including colleges and training providers, that despite the current economic challenges within the industry, they had again identified and nominated many outstanding individuals.
“The Lantra Cymru Awards scheme, now in its 28th year, rewards the lifelong learning achievements of the many workers who, through their significant skills and abilities, contribute not only to farming but to the wider rural agenda in Wales, our rural economy and to the communities where they live and work.
“Each nominee’s clear commitment to continuous professional development and achievements within the environmental and land-based sectors, is doing so much to maintain professional, up to date standards within our industry.
“Each one of them is making a significant contribution, not only within their own particular area of working, but to the sustainability and modernisation of Welsh agriculture long term,” said Mr Rees.
Farming Connect is delivered by Menter a Busnes and Lantra Wales and funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

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Funding boost on offer for local sports groups

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INVESTING in grassroots and community sport has led to more than £300,000 being accessed by local clubs in 2022 and this year it could be your chance for a share.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s Sport Pembrokeshire helped 55 sports clubs receive a share of £335,388 from Sport Wales via the Be Active Wales Fund grants system last year.

In 2023 there are grants available for a variety of schemes or activities including coach education courses, essential items of equipment, new team start-ups and developing ‘on field’ activities.

Examples from last year include a Sea Cadet unit receiving £16,522 to buy a new safety boat as well as powerboat and safety boat courses, a table tennis club that got £700 for two new tables and a local football club accessed a grant of nearly £8,000 for training courses, balls, bibs, cones and goalposts.

Graham Willcocks at Trefloyne Junior Golf Academy, said: “The grant we received from the Be Active Wales Fund got us off to a flying start. We didn’t have much in the bank so it was a massive leap for us when they provided all the equipment we needed to get youngsters starting to play golf.
“With the support of Alan Jones at Sport Pembrokeshire, it was easy, with a straightforward application process and a really fast turnaround. Without that grant we wouldn’t be anywhere near where we are today.”

Sports Development Link Officer at Sport Pembrokeshire, Alan Jones added: “We would love to hear from any clubs and sports groups, large or small, to see if we can help access some grant funding to support community sport, and encourage people to get in touch.”  

Any sports clubs interested can find out more about the grants from Sport Pembrokeshire and the Sport Wales websites.

Email sport@pembrokeshire.gov.uk for more information and to tell the team about what your club needs and what you would like to do.

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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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