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Pembroke win thriller against Tumble

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A GREY Sunday (Oct 3) at Crickmarren was brightened by an excellent game of rugby between Pembroke Ladies and Tumble ladies.

Both sides played positively but it was Pembroke who came away with a thrilling 35-34 victory.

Pembroke kicked off playing towards Lamphey and immediately showed that they had come to play rugby, winning the turnover and with the return of blockbusting Fi Griffiths at centre combining with the ever improving Zoe Priestley to form a powerful partnership in midfield, there was a sharp edge to the attack.

Both made good ground with their carries before Macey Bowen and Angharad Scourfield showed the forwards were also willing to carry hard. Only some very good defense from Tumble held Pembroke out in the early minutes of the game. Forcing a penalty turnover at the ruck, Tumble attacked quickly and using good handling and clever support lines they scored an excellent try to open the scoring. 0-5.

From the kick off, Tumble again looked to move the ball into space, but good work by Pearl Griffiths and Carys Slack, in particular with some top quality tackling held them out. But, with the pressure building and the Tumble pack starting to build a head of steam up, they forced their way over for another well-deserved try. 0-10.

The Pembroke team were determined to avenge the defeat from 2 weeks ago, which found them losing 92-0 and continued to play some very good rugby.

With Gunner Faye Stratford home on leave, and starting to show she knows how to vary the game, with clever kicks, and good offloads to her powerful centre combination things were looking bright for a long spell leading onto half time.

With the forwards rolling up their sleeves and really working hard, a long march up the field was undertaken. The back 3 of Jenny Tanner back in her favorite position on the wing, Isabel HD having her best game to date and Carys Slack at full back the Panther attack had real bite on the wide channels. Eventually, the ball was worked to Zoe Prestley to score her first ever try on a really good outside break. Converted by Faye Stratford the score at half time was 7-10.

The kick to start the second half was caught well by Zoe Priestley who made good yards which was followed by several forward carries with Tyenne Morgan and Kirsty Fisher really catching the eye, good ground was made. But Tumble showed their quality in forcing a turnover and looking for space to counter attack, and despite fine tackling by Gail John and Fi Griffiths in particular, the try came for Tumble. 7-15.

During the next stage, there was a series of particularly fine carries from the Pembroke forwards with Tyenne Morgan having a storming game, but Angharad Scourfield, Kirsty Fisher, Jamie Moseley, Jennifer Harvey Siân Rees and Hayley Clark also showing how hungry they were for work and driving Tumble backwards.

Eventually, the cracks appeared and Pearl Griffiths set off on one of her fine runs into open field, which after good support work led to Zoe Prietley taking the final pass to score her second try of the game. 14-15.

A big carry by Isabelle Dufresnoy who was having a huge game as captain and setting a great example for everybody else to follow, opened the field up and led to a try for Macey Bowen. 21-15.

Tumble kicked off and within moments were back under their own posts after a superb long range strike from Faye Stratford, showing she is also a threat with the ball in her hands. 28-22.

Tumble again kicked off, but showed they were still in the game and defended strongly, but Pembroke continued to build pressure and a long process of working the ball up field, with both forwards and backs being used to good effect eventually broke through with a smartly taken try from Fi Griffiths showing that her new centre partnership with Zoe Priestley looked very strong already. 35-22.

Again, Pembroke looked to attack, with Jenny Tanner showing how good a winger she is making a quality break and only very good tackling stopped her, but Carys Slack, having her best game to date, was there in support and continued the attack and if it hadn’t of been for a top quality last ditch tackle she would surely of scored. But with the Pembroke support having been left behind by these 2 speedsters, Tumble looked to attack. They quickly moved the ball into space and only a ferocious trade mark tackle from Fi Griffiths prevented a try.

However, Tumble showed that they weren’t finished and continued to hammer away at the Pembroke goal line, and despite the determined defence from all players the try had to come. 35-29.

Again, it was Tumbles time to build pressure with the clock ticking down they worked the ball clear to find a gap and scored another try which led to a nail biting final few minutes with the scoreline 35-34 to Pembroke.

However good work by the team in managing the clock and Isabelle Dufresnoy showing how much she has developed into a leader, led to Tumble not being allowed another chance. The final act of the match saw Isabelle Dufresnoy securing the ball and kicking it into touch.

Coach Rob Griffiths said: “We’ve had a tough spell of rugby over the last 2 months and it was nice to see some players returning from the injured list. This was a proper game of rugby with both teams showing some quality touches in attack and some ferocious defence.

“I know our players are battered and bruised because they’ve put their bodies on the line and I’m sure Tumble feel the same. The game was played in the right spirit with both teams giving all they had.

“It was nice to get the win, but it was game that could have gone either way to be fair. We’ll continue to try and develop our new players, and manage our injuries. But the squad has a strong sense of self belief and some fine leaders. The Big Red Bus goes on.”

Pembroke team: Jennifer Harvey, Jamie Moseley, Angharad Scourfield (VC), Hayley Clark, Tyenne Morgan, Siân Rees, Pearl Griffiths, Isabelle Dufresnoy (C), Gail John, Faye Stratford, Isabel HD, Zoe Priestley, Fi Griffiths, Jenny Tanner, Carys Slack, Kirsty Fisher, Gemma Clulow, Charlotte Lucy Johnson, Rhiannon Griffiths, Macey Bowen

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Ammanford sign Kurtis Marsh from Lawrenny

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LAWRENNY’S Kurtis Marsh will play for Ammanford Cricket Club in the 2022 season after the two clubs agreed a deal.

Marsh was one of Lawrenny’s stand out performers in Division 1 of the Pembrokeshire League this year.

He scored a number of important centuries and fifties as his club just missed out on securing the league title.

In total he scored 1070 runs in 15 innings while his highest score was 140 not out.

He was the Division’s highest scorer by just over 200 runs and was unbeaten in five innings.

On Twitter, Lawrenny Cricket Club said: “Absolutely gutted to lose Kurtis Marsh to Ammanford but he absolutely deserves this opportunity to play at a higher level. An unbelievable player and a top, top bloke. Go and smash it up there Kurt!!”

Marsh will now look forward to testing himself in Division 1 of the South Wales Premier Cricket League.

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Carew and Hakin earn big wins in West Wales Cup

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CAREW and Hakin United were big winners on Saturday (Oct 9) as they booked their places in round two of the West Wales Cup.

Carew travelled to Neath Premier Division side Cilfrew Rovers and it didn’t take them long to settle as James Hinchcliffe scored in the opening minute.

Cilfrew’s task became ever harder three minutes later as Adam Muskett scored to put his side in a strong position.

Matthew Evans pulled a goal back for the Rovers after 16 minutes but with five to go until half time Carew scored their third through Sam Christopher.

Muskett and Hinchcliffe scored in quick succession in the second half to all but seal the win for the Rooks.

Goals continued to come as Muskett completed his hat trick before Shaun Whitfield, a Dylan Morgan penalty and two from sub Jack Christopher took Carew’s score into double figures.

Muskett then got his fourth of the game to make it 11-1 to Carew.

Hakin also made the trip to Neath to face Division 1 side Resolven and, like Carew, they did not have to wait long for the first goal of the game.

It came from Justin Harding after four minutes and it was soon 2-0 as Jaden Chapman scored.

Ben Aldred then scored two goals in the space of two minutes, both assisted by Ryan Wilson, to effectively win the game for the visitors.

Harding added his second and Hakin’s fifth shortly before half time.

Twenty minutes into the second half, the Vikings added a sixth as sub Laurie Haworth found the back of the net.

Aldred and Chapman added to the scoring before Shane Walsh scored with three minutes to go to seal a 9-0 win.

Kilgetty bowed out of the competition as they were beaten 4-2 by Giants Grave. St Ishmaels were also sent packing after they were beaten 7-3 by CKSV.

Merlins Bridge’s game away at Treboeth was postponed because of a positive covid-19 case amongst one of the Neath teams’ players.

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Saints go through to round two

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ST Clears booked their place in the second round of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Oct 9) as they beat Llangyfelach 3-0.

The Saints started the game slowly with most of the squad having been at captain Danny Peters’ wedding the day before.

Swansea Senior League Division 2 side Llangyfelach hit the post early on in what was their only real chance of the first half.

The Saints had quite a few chances to take the lead as Steve Thomas hit the bar with a good header from Ben John.

They slowly got on top and and they finally took the lead when the Llangyfelach keeper spilled a corner and Kyran Lewis nodded in from close range.

The second half was tight with more chances coming for the visitors but it was also heated at times with a number of yellow cards shown.

The second goal for the Saints when Nick squire hit a 30 yard effort from outside the box into the top corner, assisted by Martin Thomas.

Shortly before full time, the home side had Michael Matwychuk sent off for an apparent off the ball elbow.

Nick squire scored his second of the game from close range not long after to seal the victory.

The Saints’ reward for their win is a home tie against Felinfoel in the second round.

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