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Neyland keep pressure on leaders with big win

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NEYLAND kept the pressure on leaders Lawrenny on Saturday (Aug 7) as they beat Whitland by 168 runs.

Neyland batted first after winning the toss and they scored 241-9 in their 45 overs.

They lost opener Patrick Bellerby early on when he was bowled by Gethin Scourfield before Geraint Jones trapped Ashley Sutton leg before.

Steffan Lee then had Brad McDermott-Jenkins caught by Jack Bowen as Neyland were reduced to 60-3.

However, Ross Hardy and opener Nick Koomen shared 91 runs for the fourth wicket to put their side in a strong position.

Hardy thumped five fours and three sixes in a score of 55 from 44 balls but he was then caught by Scott Newton off the bowling of Jonathan Thomas.

Thomas also bowled Nathan Banner soon after and he eventually claimed the wicket of Koomen.

The Neyland opener had hit 11 fours and a six in his score of 68 but he sent the ball straight back to Thomas for a caught and bowled.

Andrew Miller and Scott Jones added another 25 runs for the seventh wicket before Miller fell on a score of 15 when he was trapped leg before by Thomas.

Thomas then picked up the wicket of Will Hughes for his fifth of the day as he went on to finish with figures of 5-43.

Scott Jones made a good score of 32 for the visitors but he fell to the bowling of Gethin Scourfield.

Sean Hannon finished unbeaten on 14 as Whitland were set a target of 242 to win the game.

Whitland were in trouble early on in their reply though as Nathan Banner bowled Kevin Pearce.

Ross Hardy then bowled Hywel Bevan and Geraint Jones for a duck to reduce the home side to 24-3.

That became 32-4 as Gethin Scourfield was caught by Nick Koomen off the bowling of Hardy.

Jonathan Thomas then fell to the same combination before Hardy trapped Scott Newton leg before for a first ball duck. That gave Hardy his fifth wicket as he finished with figures of 5-28.

That plunged Whitland into deeper trouble on 33-6 but Jack Bowen and Jacob Owen did their best to stem the flow of wickets.

They shared 31 runs for the seventh wicket but their resistance was broken by Andrew Miller who had Bowen caught by Banner on a score of 26 that included two fours and two sixes.

Miller then bowled Jacob Owen and had Jamie Thomas stumped by Sean Hannon as the hosts slipped towards defeat.

Steffan Lee was the last to fall when he was bowled by Geraint Rees as Neyland secured another big victory.

On Saturday (Aug 14), Neyland take on Cresselly while Whitland face Haverfordwest in a crucial game at the bottom end of the table.

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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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