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Quins edge Saints as rugby returns

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PEMBROKE DOCK HARLEQUINS claimed victory in their first game of the season on Saturday (Sept 4) as they beat St Davids 12-7 at Bierspool.

The Quins came out on top in the end in a game that could have gone either way. Both sides seemed a shadow of themselves that performed over the last few Seasons, with total commitment and no little skill right up to the final whistle, in which the result was always in doubt.

The Saints kicked off against the wind and were soon in the ascendancy, after just 10 minutes it looked like they had touched down, but unfortunately for the visitors they were held up.

With the new law applying the Quins relieved the pressure. It took until the 25th minute for the first score of the match, when it was the Quins turn to force their way over the line, Blindside Flanker Rhys Roberts duly obliged, Jake Griffiths, fresh from a very successful Cricket campaign, missed the Conversion.

The Quins after 10 minutes of Pressure soon found themselves on the defensive, and once again the Saints got over the line only to be held up for the second time, the new law once again came to rescue as the half time whistle sounded with the Quins 5-0 up.

The second half started with the Saints attacking for all they were worth and the Quins conceded a Penalty wide out but Saints’ Outside Half Aaron Foster’s kick was short.

However, the Quins knocked on in front of the posts and the pressure was now mounting big time and it was no surprise when Scrum Half Owen Swain got over from close range. Aaron Foster added the extras to put his side in front, 5-7.

The Quins at this stage were in great danger of losing the match. The Quins were intent on running everything they could which was not always a best option, but it proved in the end to be their saviour.

A quick tapped Penalty 5 yds from their own line set them in motion and the ball reached Left Wing Aaron Treweeks who took the right decision kicking the ball deep into the Saints Half. He looked to be taken out off the Ball but the Referee let play go on and it0 ended with young 18yr Scrum Half Tom Wheeler who had an outstanding match running round to touch down behind the posts for Outside Half Euan McDonald to slot the simple conversion.

In the end it was good performance by both sides seeing the situation that everyone was in.

The Quins had much improved line out with, Captain Liam Scourfield and Ben Gibby coming to the fore.

The Young Outside Halfs Kieran Machin and Euan McDonald showed great potential and with Jake Griffiths playing at Centre always a handful.

There was a worrying moment shortly after the Quins scored their second try as Saints’ second row Tommy Reynolds went down whilst setting up for a scrum. After some treatment he was able to sit before being helped off the field. The Herald has been told he is ok.

The Saints also lost centre Nathan Foster who suffered a broken collarbone and the Herald wishes both players a speedy recovery.

On Saturday (Sept 11), the Quins travel to Neyland while St Davids go to Haverfordwest.

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Blues battle to win over Aberaeron in KO Cup

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HAVERFORDWEST booked their place in the quarter finals of the Pembrokeshire KO Cup, where they will meet Pembroke Dock Harlequins, after beating Aberaeron on Wednesday night (Oct 20).

Despite the atrocious weather conditions, which saw rain batter the Pembroke Road playing surface for much of the game, both sides played an excellent game.

In the end it was the Blues who came out on top with a 44-6 win.

Outside Half Jake Morgan got the Blues rolling early on with a penalty and Rhys Baker then scored the game’s first try to make it 8-0.

Second Row Jack Clancy got his name on the score sheet but the conversion was missed.

Aberaeron then got themselves on the board with a penalty but the Blues were soon back on the attack with Will Blackburn next to go over.

That was converted by Morgan to give the home side a 20-3 lead.

Lewis Tingay and Rhys Baker added further tries for the Blues while Aber added a further penalty as the sides went in at half time with the score reading 30-6.

Early in the second half Tingay added his second try of the night and Morgan added the conversion.

That all but ended any hopes the away side had of getting themselves back in the game and the Blues continued to play despite the pouring rain.

Tingay then completed his hat trick with a try under the posts giving Morgan a simple conversion to make it 44-6.

There was no scoring in the final twenty minutes but the Blues had done the job and booked their place in the last eight.

Their quarter final with the Quins will be played on or before January 22.

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Pembrokeshire Schools Under 10s get season up and running

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PEMBROKESHIRE Schools Under 10s played their first game of the new season last Sunday (Oct 17) against a strong OT Academy Squad.

The Pembrokeshire boys played four small sided games, drawing one and losing three. The boys are next in action next month when they hope to play Carmarthenshire Schools.

Pembrokeshire Schools Under 10s: Spencer James (Cleddau Reach), Noah Bicknell (Prendergast), Harri Jones (Holy Name), Jamie Cook (Pembroke Dock), Toby Jones (Holy Name), Isaac Jenkins (Narberth), Iori Williams (Narberth), Cai Price (Ysgol Caer Elen), Celt Edwards (Frenni), Joe Davies (Ysgol Glannau Gwaun), Jaden Petrie (Prendergast), Logan Lewis (Pembroke Dock), Zach Loveridge (Waldo Williams), James Burns (Lamphey).

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Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League results

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The results for the Pembrokeshire Junior Netball League for Saturday, October 16 were as follows:

• Under 12’s:

Chaos Thunder 11-1 Pembroke 2

Players player:

Chaos: Leah Davies

Pembroke: Holly Jones

Sapphires Whites 0-19 Pembroke 1

Players player:

Sapphires: Orla Maulio Martina

Pembroke: Skye Sutton

• Under 14’s:

Chaos Hurricanes 4-20 Sapphires Black

Players player:

Chaos: Bo Davies

Sapphires: Anya Beynon

• Under 16’s:

Chaos Blue 40-7 Pembroke

Players player:

Chaos: Lucy John

Pembroke: Megan Bowen

Sapphires Black 45-12 St David’s

Players player:

Sapphires: Ella Wainwright

St David’s: Skye Bramley

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