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Fishguard see off battling Neyland in KO Cup

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FISHGUARD’s Chris Shousha scored a try hat-trick to help his side to victory over Neyland in the Pembrokeshire KO Cup on Saturday (Oct 30).

The Seagulls eventually ran away with a 26-0 scoreline but it was Neyland, who had a number of players unavailable, who started brightly and they were inches away from taking the lead.

Neyland won a Fishguard lineout and after the Neyland player was tackled in the air, the home side kicked for touch.

The resulting lineout from the All Blacks wasn’t straight and Fishguard had a chance to clear. However, they were adjudged to have been offside from the resulting kick and Neyland opted to kick at goal.

George Williams sent his kick just wide of the posts and they were soon made to rue that miss.

Shousha broke through the defence at the other end of the field and he touched down under the posts. James Griffiths added the extra two points.

Neyland’s Mark James was then shown a yellow card for an infringement and with Fishguard only five metres from goal it looked like they would pull further ahead.

However, good work from Neyland saw them win the ball back and they were able to clear for a temporary reprieve.

Back came Fishguard though and after Neyland were penalised for being offside, Shousha dived over the line for his second try. Griffiths then added the extras.

Neyland conceded just the one try whilst James was off the pitch but it wasn’t long before the Seagulls had their third try as Ben John powered his way over. Griffiths added the extras.

Fishguard’s Ryan McVeigh was shown a yellow card on the stroke of half time but the home side were unable to find a way over the line before the half time whistle was blown.

Early in the second half a great tackle from Ben Millward, who tackled his man into touch, prevented another try for Fishguard.

The Seagulls were not kept out for much longer though as Shousha went over on the left hand side for his hat trick try. This time Griffiths could not add the conversion as the score stayed at 26-0.

Neyland continued to look for a score and came desperately close when Mark James appeared to have touched down on the line but the referee ruled that he had been held up.

It finished 26-0 to the visitors but Neyland will be proud of their second half display which only saw them give away five points to their opponents who play their rugby in a division higher.

Fishguard will now look forward to their quarter final tie, against the winners of the game between Whitland and Cardigan.

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Free disability sports event heads to Pembroke Leisure Centre

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PEMBROKE Leisure Centre will play host to a free disability sports and physical event later this month with lots of sports and activities to try.

The insport series, in partnership with Disability Sport Wales, Sport Pembrokeshire and Pembrokeshire Leisure is an inclusive sport and physical activity event.

It offers opportunities for disabled young people (ages 5 years+) and adults across Pembrokeshire and friends and family are welcome.

On offer to try are: boxing, boccia, swimming (on a separate first come first serve booking basis), football, wheelchair rugby, target shooting, adaptive bikes, cricket, golf, multisport, and more.

The event takes place Pembroke Leisure Centre, on Wednesday May 29th between 10am-2pm.  

Booking for the event and swim places is required.

For more information please contact: Jess West from Sport Pembrokeshire byemail [email protected] or by calling 07795305871.

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Two changes to Scarlets side for Zebre match-up

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HEAD coach Dwayne Peel has made two changes to his Scarlets starting XV for Friday’s BKT United Rugby Championship round 17 clash with Zebre Parma at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi (19:35 BBC Wales).

Alex Craig has recovered from a hamstring issue to take his place in the second row, while behind the scrum Ioan Lloyd replaces fellow Wales international Sam Costelow at fly-half.

Ioan Nicholas, Tomi Lewis and Ryan Conbeer continue in the back three; Johnny Williams again partners Eddie James, while Lloyd links up with the experienced Gareth Davies at half-back.

In the pack, the front row of Kemsley Mathias, skipper Ryan Elias and Harri O’Connor get the nod to start again. Craig partners Morgan Jones at lock, while Taine Plumtree, Dan Davis and No. 8 Carwyn Tuipulotu are selected in the back row.

On the bench, Wales U20s centre Macs Page – part of Llandovery’s Indigo Premiership title-winning side last weekend – is set to make his URC debut.

Scarlets scrum and contact skills coach Emyr Phillips said: “We are looking to build some momentum in these last two games to fire us into pre-season. We are encouraging the boys to play high-tempo rugby and get the ball moving because that’s when we are at our best. We know Zebre will bring emotion to the game and we need to match that.”

Scarlets team to play Zebre Parma at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi on Friday, May 17 (19:35; BBC Wales)

15 Ioan Nicholas; 14 Tomi Lewis, 13 Johnny Williams, 12 Eddie James, 11 Ryan Conbeer; 10 Ioan Lloyd, 9 Gareth Davies; 1 Kemsley Mathias, 2 Ryan Elias (capt), 3 Harri O’Connor, 4 Alex Craig, 5 Morgan Jones, 6 Taine Plumtree, 7 Dan Davis, 8 Carwyn Tuipulotu.

Reps: 16 Shaun Evans, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Sam Wainwright, 19 Jarrod Taylor, 20 Ben Williams, 21 Kieran Hardy, 22 Sam Costelow, 23 Macs Page

Players unavailable because of injury

Tom Rogers, Sam Lousi, Vaea Fifita, Steff Evans, Joe Roberts, Josh Macleod, Teddy Leatherbarrow, Jac Davies.

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Charity football match scores big for mental health awareness

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IN an inspiring display of community spirit and sportsmanship on Friday (May 10), the Ogi Bridge Meadow stadium hosted a charity football match that saw local mental health charity, Give The Boys A Lift (GTBAL), triumph over 2Wish, with a final score of 5-1. The event drew a large crowd, who gathered to support both organizations dedicated to mental health and well-being.

GTBAL, a renowned Pembrokeshire charity known for its efforts in mental health advocacy, put on a strong performance, leading to a decisive victory that was met with enthusiastic applause and cheers from the spectators. The match not only provided an evening of thrilling sports action but also raised significant awareness and funds for the causes represented by the two teams.

Maria Elena Smith, a spectator and supporter, praised the event, commenting, “Amazing effort from everyone involved. As always, the charities that support so many families and individuals have come out in force. Well done all and thank you for all the support.”

Adrian Smith, another attendee, highlighted the importance of the charities’ work, stating, “Don’t underestimate what both these charities do. It was a fantastic evening raising awareness.”

The event served as a reminder of the vital role these organizations play in the community, offering support and resources to those facing mental health challenges. Congratulations to all involved for a successful event that went beyond just a game, fostering community unity and support for pivotal causes.

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