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Carew back on top

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CAREW are the only side to have won their opening two games in Division 1 after they beat Lawrenny by 61 runs on Saturday (May 4).

Lawrenny elected to field after winning the toss and they watched on as Carew got off to a good start.

Openers Tim Hicks and Tom Davies shared a good stand before the latter was caught by Joe Kidney off the bowling of Harry Thomas on a score of 53.

Ian Sefton followed up his century from the previous week with another good score of 47 before he was run out.

Rhys Davies scored 28 before he was also run out while Hicks continued to bat well as he closed in on a century.

However, he was then caught by Jamie Lewis off the bowling of Brad McDermott-Jenkins for a score of 87.

With the last ball of the innings, Ryan Morton bowled Nick Davies and it meant that Carew had finished on 240-5 from their 45 overs.

Lawrenny looked to get off to a good start in their reply but lost batsmen cheaply as Tom Davies and Ceri Brace both claimed four-wicket hauls.

James Phillips was first to fall as he was caught by Nick Davies off the bowling of namesake Tom on a score of 16.

Steven Campbell made 17 before he was trapped leg before by Brace who then caught Steve Lewis on a score of 10 off the bowling of James Hinchcliffe.

He then picked up his second wicket as he bowled James Skeels on a score of 15.

Harry Thomas had batted well as he made 55 but he also found himself trapped leg before by Brace.

Brace then bowled Joe Kidney and Ryan Morton for single figure scores as the game began to slip away from Lawrenny.

Brad McDermott-Jenkins offered some resistance with a score of 33 but he was then bowled by Tom Davies.

The same bowler then had James Buckle caught by Hinchcliffe and he wrapped up the innings when he bowled Rob Williams.

It gave Carew victory by 61 runs and another maximum thirty points.

On Saturday (May 11), Carew travel to Burton while Lawrenny will look to get back to winning ways as they host Saundersfoot.

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Spotlight – Milford United

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We recently sat down with Milford United manager Steve Parks, we timed it well on the back of an outstanding 7-1 win at Marble Hall. The season has started extremely well for Parks’ men, many may have predicted a relegation dog fight this season. However as the weeks and games tick by this seems to be very unlikely as the boys from Marble Hall prove they belong in the top division.

Herald Thanks for your time Steve, a fantastic win for you yesterday beating Tenby 7-1, how do you reflect on that?

Steve Yesterday was a great win against a good Tenby side who have been strong this season. To win this tie and score 7 was a true reflection of our ability as a team and our willingness to play the ball through the right channels.

Herald Assuming stabilising division one status is your priority this season? You seem to have had a very positive start, is that how you see it?

Steve To progress into the last 16 of the West Wales Cup is a true reflection of our cup performances this season beating three first division teams, one from Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire with 21 goals scored and only 2 conceded.
This seasons objective was to remain in the 1st Division and gain valuable experience along the way . We have a mixture of youth and experience in our squad and potential to improve as a team as the season progresses.

Herald Who have been your stand out players so far this season?

Steve As a Manager I am conscientious about
naming stand out players, all squad members have had a part to play this season. We have a young talented goalkeeper who is growing with confidence with every game he plays. We are very strong in defence and have creative midfield players that offer our forwards plenty of opportunities in front of goal.

Herald With the two cup competitions still alive for you and mid table in the league so far. What would be deemed a successful season for you this season?

Steve A successful season for Milford united would be to finish mid table in the League, have a good Senior Cup and West Wales Cup run. The season started well winning the Joe Lennon Cup which we haven’t won for a very long time. We as a club are looking forward to the challenges ahead of us for the rest of the 23/24 season and hope to be as competitive as we can.

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West Wales Cup Round Up 02/12/23

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Unfortunately the weather got the better of the majority of fixtures this weekend in Pembrokeshire and indeed West Wales. However the games that did go ahead provided us with plenty of action and plenty to talk about.

In the West Wales Cup, Milford United hit 7 in a huge victory over Tenby. We expected this to be a close affair with both clubs having similar records so far in the league and having drawn earlier in the season. However yesterday was a complete dominance for the hosts, Scott Reid with a hat-rick, two penalties for Liam Parr and a goal a piece for Grimwood and Parks. It sees Milford into the next round of the competition and it’ll be a shock to the system for Tenby. Milford host Monkton Swifts in the league next week and it’ll be another opportunity to make a statement in their first season back in the top division.

A brace for Anthony Couzens ensured Fishguard Sports’ progressed to the next round of the competition, as they defeated AFC Glais 4-3. The cup proved a nice break from what has been a tricky season in the league so far for Phil Jones and his men.

Carew came out on top of the all Pembrokeshire tie in the West Wales Cup at the Gerald Hicks Recreation Ground. They defeated Pennar Robins 6-2, as they welcomed Sam Christopher back to the club after a spell elsewhere. Christopher was on the score sheet along with Hinchcliffe (2) who also got an assist and is in top form. Curtis Hurlow also popped up with a rare goal for the defender, youngster Archie Smith also getting on the score sheet in a win sure to please manager Scott Richards.

The West Wales Cup fixtures that didn’t take place yesterday will be re scheduled for next Saturday, taking precedence over any scheduled fixture.

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Sporting achievements celebrated at the Sport Pembrokeshire Awards 2023

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The remarkable achievements of Pembrokeshire’s sporting community were celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony on Friday evening, November 24th.

The Sport Pembrokeshire Awards 2023 were held at Folly Farm and paid tribute to efforts both on and off the pitch by sports people, coaches and volunteers alike.

Record nominations had been received as the awards continue to go from strength to strength.

The judges had an extremely difficult task to whittle the numbers firstly down to finalists and then deserving winners.

The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award was race walking star Heather Warner who has represented both Wales and Team GB at the highest levels.

A Pembrokeshire Harrier, Heather soon discovered a natural talent for race walking and it was no surprise that a collection of local and national titles followed.

Welsh and Team GB vests at both junior and senior level were the natural progression in her career.

Heather collected a fantastic seventh place in the Commonwealth Games in 2018 on Australia’s Gold Coast and a British record followed in Birmingham four years later to go with a brilliant sixth place.

While competing around the world Heather has always continued to coach at Pembrokeshire Harriers and passing on the breadth of her knowledge and experience and is a worthy winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2023.

“Heather’s outstanding success, coupled with an obvious desire to one day guide others, can only help raise the profile of the sport in a positive way,” said Geoff Williams from BBC Wales, who presented Heather with her award.

The winner of the Chairman’s Special Achievement Award, presented by Cllr Thomas Tudor, was Makala Jones.

Makala has taught cold water confidence and a proper swimming technique to countless people of all ages in Pembrokeshire, enabling them to enjoy the coastline all year round. She also successfully swum the English channel solo in July this year.

She has been described as a legend, an inspiration, a real-life super hero, great fun to be around, a role model proving you can achieve your dreams and an incredibly strong and helpful human being.

In presenting her award, Cllr Tudor said what makes her so special is her passion for sharing the benefits of outdoor swimming for improved mental health.

This year the School Award was won by Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi.

The judges were impressed by the wide range of sports and activities provided by and hosted by Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi and how the school is a focal point for sports health and wellbeing in the St Davids community and surrounding areas.

Under Headteacher Rachel Thomas and Head of Wellbing Bruce Evans, young people are given the opportunity to try a wide variety of sports and activities to embed a love of staying active and protecting the natural environment from an early age.

It was also a significant evening with the announcement that host Bill Carne would be retiring after 17 years presenting the awards.

Matthew Freeman, manager of Sport Pembrokeshire, paid tribute to his dedication and professionalism over the years.

“Bill Carne has become synonymous with the Sport Pembrokeshire Awards and is rightly regarded as the voice of sport in Pembrokeshire,” he said.

“Sport Pembrokeshire are truly honoured to have had his support at the awards for all these years along with his wider support in advocating and raising the profile of the work that Sport Pembrokeshire team do across the county.

“Bill can now retreat from the stage and enjoy the evening from the audience’s vantage point and enjoy the spectacle that is the Sport Pembrokeshire awards.”

The other winners are as follows:

  • Girls (U16) Sporting Achievement: Josie Hawke
  • Boys (U16) Sporting Achievement: Ramon Rees-Siso
  • Club of the Year: Pembroke Cricket Club
  • Junior Disability Sport Award: Saskia Webb
  • Disability Sport Award: Bleddyn Gibbs
  • Young Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Clissold
  • Junior (U16) Team Achievement of the Year: South Pembs Sharks U14
  • Unsung Hero: Dave Astins
  • Team Achievement of the Year: Haverfordwest County AFC
  • Male Sporting Achievement: Mickey Beckett
  • Female Sporting Achievement: Gracie Griffiths
  • Club Organiser of the Year: Stefan Jenkins
  • Coach of the Year: Samantha Feneck

List of Finalists and Winners

Girls (U16) Sporting Achievement

  • Josie Hawke – Winner
  • Chloe John-Driscoll
  • Nina Marsh

Boys (U16) Sporting Achievement

  • Finley Bruce
  • Reuben Lerwill
  • Ramon Rees-Siso – Winner

Club of the Year

  • Haverfordwest Tennis Club
  • Pembroke Cricket Club – Winner
  • Tavernspite Short Mat Bowls Club

Disability Sport Award

  • Bleddyn Gibbs – Winner
  • Michael Jenkins
  • Jules King

Junior Disability Sport Award

  • Lewis Crawford
  • Saskia Webb – Winner
  • Ioan Williams

Young Volunteer of the Year

  • Elizabeth Clissold – Winner
  • Ellie Phillips
  • Lukas Tyrrell

Junior (U16) Team Achievement of the Year

  • Pembrokeshire Schools Football U14’s
  • South Pembs Sharks U14’s – Winner
  • Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi Tennis Team

Unsung Hero

  • Dave Astins – Winner
  • Piers Beckett
  • Sam Rossiter

Team Achievement of the Year

  • Haverfordwest County AFC – Winner
  • Haverfordwest Ladies Rugby
  • Llangwm RFC Youth

Male Sporting Achievement

  • Micky Beckett – Winner
  • Jeremy Cross
  • Moritz Neumann

Female Sporting Achievement

  • Katie Dickinson
  • Gracie Griffiths – Winner
  • Seren Thorne

Club Organiser of the Year

  • Rachel Grieve
  • Stefan Jenkins – Winner
  • Huw Jones

Coach of the Year

  • Sam Feneck – Winner
  • Daisy Griffiths
  • Michael Newman

School Award

  • Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi

Special Achievement Award

  • Makala Jones

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Heather Warner
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