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Neyland seal Village Cup progress after winning Dyfed area final

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NEYLAND’s Village Cup journey will continue after they beat Cresselly in the Dyfea area final on Sunday (Jun 6).

Having already beaten Lawrenny in the previous round, Neyland faced a Cresselly side who came into the game off the back of a big league win over St Ishmaels on Saturday.

Neyland won the toss and elected to bat on home soil but they lost Patrick Bellerby early on when he was caught by Alex Bayley off the bowling of Ryan Lewis.

Nick Koomen and Ashley Sutton then shared 70 runs for the second wicket to put the home side in a good position.

Cresselly hit back though as Simon Cole bowled Sutton on a score of 24 and soon after, he also had Ross Hardy stumped by Jamie Goldsworthy.

That left Neyland on 96-3 but Koomen and Nathan Banner shared another 70 runs for the fourth wicket as they kept the scoreboard ticking over.

Koomen hit eight fours in his score of 81 but he was then caught by Matthew Morgan off the bowling of Tom Murphy.

Tom Arthur the bowled Brad McDermott-Jenkins for a duck but Nathan Banner began to take over as he reached his half century to push Neyland towards 200 runs.

Banner then reached his 50 and he had good support from Sean Hannon who scored 16 from 15 balls.

Hannon was caught by Morgan off the bowling of Murphy and soon after his brother Patrick was caught by Goldsworthy off Murphy.

Nathan Banner on his way to a half century

Banner made his way to a score of 75 from 55 balls after hitting seven fours and a six but he was caught by Izzard off the bowling of Arthur with the last ball of the innings.

It meant that Cresselly would need 228 to win the game but they lost both openers early in their reply.

Phil Williams was the first man out as he was caught by Lewis Page off the bowling of Patrick Hannon.

Morgan made a score of 21 but Hannon trapped him leg before wicket to leave the visitors on 36-2.

Simon Cole and Iwan Izzard then shared 54 runs for the third wicket as they looked to keep their side in the game and up with the required run rate.

Cole reached 22 before he hit the ball to Jack John to give McDermott-Jenkins his first wicket of the game.

Izzard then reached his half century as hopes of a Cresselly victory began to depend on whether or not he could stay in the middle.

Iwan Izzard hit three fours and a six in his half century

However, having reached a score of 51 he then hit the ball to George Evans on the boundary who took the catch to give Koomen his first wicket.

It was a big blow to Cresselly who soon found themselves five down when Alex Bayley was bowled by McDermott-Jenkins on a score of 21.

Ryan Lewis was doing his best to keep his team in the game but he saw Dan James suffer the same fate as Bayley.

Lewis hit three sixes in a score of 29 from 17 balls but he was caught by Bellerby off the bowling of Koomen.

Bellerby also ran out Tom Murphy late on as Cresselly’s chance of victory slipped away.

They finished on 189-8 to give Neyland victory by 38 runs. Neyland now go on in the competition with the draw for the next round yet to be made.

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Ultra-runner demonstrates to never give up on your dreams

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Rhys O’Mara (Left), Sanna (Centre) and Hollie Thomas (Right)

INSPIRATIONAL speaker Sanna Duthie recently inspired Military and Protective Services learners at the College with her story of running the 186 mile Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in a record breaking 51.5 hours without any sleep, to help raise money for the Welsh Air Ambulance.

Former College learner Sanna Duthie, an office manager by day and active runner by night, shared her experience of running the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in record breaking time. Sanna had participated in a few marathons over the years such as Tenby Long Course Weekend, the Gower 50 and the London Marathon.

However, the real adrenaline rush to complete the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path was when Sanna competed in a 100 mile race of the coastal path in 2017.

“I realised I wasn’t too bad at that distance and then that’s when I got it in my head about doing the whole thing.”

Running a coastal path isn’t the easiest challenge and Sanna had to be prepared with an extensive training programme running over 300 miles a month equivalent to 10 miles a day. Sanna also had strength and conditioning training at a local gym to ensure her successful recovery.

“Coast running is hard on your muscles and joints and you need to strengthen those in order to not get injured,” said Sanna.

Originally Sanna started to run the entire coastal path in August 2020 but after 63 miles had to abandon the race due to dangerous weather conditions. This only made Sanna more determined and she completed her ultra-run on 8 th May 2021.

Sanna explained the highs and lows of the run, “There were times when I just wanted to quit, and I even started to hallucinate but I used a tactic where rather than focus on the whole run I broke it down into sections – this made things less overwhelming. Close friends and family would join alongside me on different stages of my run, and this motivated me to get to the finish line.”

Protective services learner Rhys O’Mara was thoroughly inspired by Sanna’s story, “I feel like, from the talk, I’m more inspired to go out and push myself to take on bigger and better physical challenges, the talk really showed that you can achieve anything when you dedicate yourself to a task. After College I’m looking to join the RAF as a drone pilot and have a full career in the forces.”

Sanna was the first female to run the entire coastal path and breaking the previous record of 64 hours and 32 minutes and raised an impressive £5,768.14 for charity.

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Veteran Vikings beaten by Swansea

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HAKIN United Over 40s travelled to the Llandarcy Academy of Sport last Sunday (Nov 28) to play Swansea University.

Hakin took the lead inside 10 minutes as Matthew Price raced clear of the Uni defence before side footing the ball into the bottom corner.

A great start for the Veteran Vikings, but on the half hour mark, two quick goals for the Swansea men turned the game on its head.

A third goal just before half time put Swansea firmly in the drivers seat, but, the Hakin players felt that the goal was offside and that there was a handball in the build-up.

However, despite all of the protests, the goal stood.

Hakin looked far more purposeful in the second half, but they failed to find a goal that was going to get them back in the game.

Hakin are next in action on Sunday, December 12, when Church Village visit the Obs.

Hakin 40s: Jim Payne, Nick Jones, Adam Collins, Ali Davies, Paul Hannon, Marc Devonald, Simon Atyeo, Mark Riley, Paul Jones, Matthew Price, Phil Richards.

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Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League results

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IN the Pembrokeshire Junior Netball leagues on Saturday (Nov 27), there were wins for Sapphires White Under 12s and Pembroke Under 14s.

There was also a win for Fishguard Under 16s as they beat Pembroke 28-24.

Results for Saturday, November 27:

Under 12’s:

Sapphires White 7-4 Chaos Thunder

Players player:

Sapphires: Orla Maulio Martina

Chaos: Annabel Richards

Under 14’s:

Pembroke 23-17 Sapphires White

Players player:

Pembroke: Carys Kenniford

Sapphires: Florence Barker

Under 16’s:

Fishguard 28 v 24 Pembroke

Players player:

Fishguard: Evie Rands

Pembroke: Megan Bowen

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