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Ten-try Quins sink Saints

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Pembroke Dock Quins 64-5 St Davids

THE Quins kept up the momentum that they have built up over the last few weeks with a resounding victory over St Davids on Saturday (Oct 5).

The home side laid down their intentions with a blistering start with two tries in the first three minutes. The first came from Full Back Aaron Treweets in the opening minute, which was his first try for the Club and was converted by Outside Half Ben Hathaway.

That was followed by a second try from Jordan Asparassa straight from the restart which went unconverted.

It looked ominous for the Saints at this stage and on 15 minutes a third try was scored from Right Wing Will Nicot, which also went unconverted.

The Quins did not have to wait long for the bonus point try, and that duly arrived in the 25th minute again from Aaron Treweets after he finished off a quickly taken tap penalty on the half way line, this time Ben Hathaway added the extras.

With the visitors now 24 Points adrift and looking down the Barrel, they started to threaten the Quins line, with the Quins giving away a series of penalties it looked like they could break down the Quins defence, but unfortunately for the Saints the the Quins rearguard stood firm.

The half time whistle went with the Saints threatening the Quins line but the home side kept their line intact as they turned round 24-0 to the good.

It was the Saints who started the second half on the front foot, and with just 5 minutes gone Outside Half Gavin Walsh went through at least three Quins tackles to touch down wide out. He missed the Conversion.

This seemed to wake up the Quins who were soon back on the offensive as the Tries started to flow, first Mark Van Rhyn playing out of position at No 8 forced his way over, replacement Prop Liam Smith found himself in his old position on the Right wing to finish off a fine move, before Centre Jack Price added his customary try. Ben Hathaway found his range and Converted them all, and in the process passed 50 points for the season.

The Quins then with just 15 minutes to go scored the best try of the Match when Flanker Sam James passed the ball out the back door, on the Quins 10-yard line, it was brilliantly picked up by Quins Man of the Match Flanker Jordan Palmer who linked with the threequarters before sending Liam Smith powering down the Touchline for the Quins’ eighth try.

The Quins added two more tries with Aaron Treweets finishing with a hat trick of tries and Scrum Half Gethin Bradney also scored his first try for the Quins, Ben Hathaway Converted the former to end with a haul of 14 Points.

Team: Aaron Treweets, Will Nicot, Jack Price (Capt), Jordan Asparassa, Dan Donavan, Ben Hathaway, Gethin Bradney, Dai Moseley, Carl Williams, Tom Clarkson, Ben Gibby, Dan McCloud, Jordan Palmer, Sam James and Mark Van Rhyn.

Replacements: Elliot Lewis, Jack Davies, Marcus Phillips, Liam Smith, Harold Owe

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New Radio series on remarkable rise of women’s football

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FROM hand-me-downs to heroes, a new three-part show celebrates the incredible growth of women’s football in Wales

BBC Radio Wales has today announced a new series Iconic: The Rise of the Women in Red, documenting the rise of women’s football in Wales. 

Presented by Jess Fishlock, Wales’ most capped footballer, the series offers an unprecedented look into the evolution of women’s football from its humble beginnings to its current status as a sporting phenomenon. With exclusive access to the Football Association of Wales (FAW), the series features in-depth interviews with prominent figures in the sport, including Welsh captain Sophie Ingle and midfield star Angharad James.

The series delves into the early days of women’s football when players wore hand-me-down kits from the men’s teams and played in front of modest crowds. It tells of the struggles of those who paved the way for the current generation of female footballers, to the present day where thousands of fans flock to stadiums to watch women’s football, and even more tune in to the television and radio coverage.

Jess Fishlock says, “I’m really excited that our story’s finally getting told and people can see how far this game has gone but also what has been sacrificed to get us to where we are right now in the women’s game.”

Carolyn Hitt, Head of BBC Radio Wales says “The series highlights how more women and girls than ever before are taking up the sport – as fans and as players.  It really showcases the FAW’s efforts to foster this growth and support the women’s game at all levels.  Jess Fishlock’s unique perspective and engaging storytelling brings to life the triumphs, challenges, and aspirations of the team whilst also providing a candid look at the professional journeys of these women.”

Sue Butler, Managing Editor, BBC Wales Sport, says “In the run-up to these crucial play-offs for UEFA Women’s Euro 2025, the series is a timely celebration of the progress and potential of Welsh women’s football. It will inspire and energize fans and players alike as the national team prepares for one of its most significant challenges yet.”

This three-part series will premiere on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Sounds this October.

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A new era for sport and health tech innovation in Wales

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SWANSEA UNIVERSITY has launched the National Network for Innovation In Sport and Health (NNIISH), a new initiative aimed at transforming the landscape of health and sport technology in Wales.

Led by the University and supported by Swansea Bay City Deal and local health boards, NNIISH aims to accelerate the growth of sport tech, med tech and healthcare innovation in the Swansea Bay City Region by bringing together local, national and multinational expertise.

NNIISH is set to be a constantly evolving, collaborative partnership between academia, industry and the NHS.  Its aim is to strengthen existing partnerships and forge new alliances, attracting talent and encouraging investment in order to boost the local economy and make Swansea a global leader in medical and sports technology innovation.   

Professor Keith Lloyd, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Science told Herald.Wales: “We are excited to introduce NNIISH, a groundbreaking initiative dedicated to enhancing sport and wellbeing across Wales and beyond. By fostering a community across sport, health and technology, we aim to drive forward innovative solutions that will revolutionise the sector.”

Anyone working in sports-tech, med-tech or healthcare who would like to be part of the NNIISH vision –to transform the landscape of health and sport technology in Wales – can sign up to the NNIISH mailing list now.  

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Pembrokeshire teenager to represent Wales in Golf – again!

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JEMMA NAND-LALN, a talented 16-year-old golfer from Tenby, has once again been selected to represent Wales in the Wales Schools squad. This marks the second consecutive year Jemma will don the Welsh colors, a testament to her skill and determination on the golf course.

Jemma will compete against the England Schools team at Stoke Rochford Golf Club in Lincolnshire in early September. This opportunity comes as a significant boost for Jemma, who has recently recovered from major surgery over the winter. Her selection also follows her recognition as the top girl player in Dyfed for 2023.

Her journey reflects not only her personal resilience but also her unwavering commitment to the sport she loves. Jemma’s family, friends, and local supporters are all thrilled with her accomplishment and will be cheering her on as she competes at the national level.

Jemma Nand-Lal’s story is an inspiration to many young athletes, demonstrating that with hard work and dedication, overcoming obstacles and achieving great success is possible.

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