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Blues made to work for win over Quins



HAVERFORDWEST maintained their 100% record in League 3 West A on Saturday (Jan 15) but they were made to work for their 17-11 win by a determined Pembroke Dock Quins side.

It was a pulsating encounter and the teams will do it again in the near future with their Pembs KO Cup quarter final at Bierspool still to be played.

The Quins kicked off on a very still day without an ounce of wind anywhere and went straight on the attack and forced a penalty after just 5 minutes.

Up stepped Outside Half Euan MacDonald and he made no mistake and put the Quins 0-3 in front.

From there on the Quins were in the ascendancy, and it seemed it was only penalties that was giving the Blues respite.

The Quins’ lineout showed a big improvement from previous weeks with Flanker Liam Scourfield winning some good ball.

Euan MacDonald tried his luck from a long range penalty but unfortunately for the Quins it just went wide of the upright.

The Blues started to hit back in the last ten minutes of the half and they were camped inside the Quins’ 5-yard line.

The Quins gave away a penalty try, and with only one minute of the half remaining that seemed to be that.

As the match went into added time, the Quins chased the ball down well and forced a Blues lineout 10 yards from their own line.

The Quins had clearly not read the script, and pinched the ball and went straight at the Blues line.

After holding on to possession well they finally recycled left and outflanked the Blues defence with a try for Full Back Sam (Rasher) James who dived over in the corner.

Euan MacDonald missed the conversion but the Quins, against the odds, went in at the break 7-8 in front.

The Quins recently have not had the best of starts after the break, but this time it was different. They were soon in the Blues’ half, attacking with some fine driving runs and some accurate kicking from the Half Backs.

They caught the Blues holding on, and up stepped Euan MacDonald to stretch the lead to 7-11.

The question now was could the Quins keep this intensity up and what were the Blues going to do about it?

We soon had the answer as the Quins were penalised and the Blues kicked to the corner. They won the Lineout and Prop Terry Lovell crashed over for an unconverted try to put his side in front at 12-11.

Now it was the Quins’ turn to answer some questions and they duly did, as once again they were camped in the Blues half. A drop Goal attempt from Scrum Half Jonathan Rogers went narrowly wide as the Quins desperately tried to regain the lead.

The Quins Scrum was struggling as the game was entering the final few minutes, which resulted in penalties which relieved the pressure for the home side.

Right on time Right Winger Jack Blockwell scored in the corner for another unconverted try. Could the Quins do what they did at the end of the first half? The answer was no but it was not for lack of trying.

The Quins can take a lot of Pride from this match, having lost No8 and Captain Harry Owen to a head injury, and without the ball carrying of Flanker Hywel Baker, which was a big loss to them.

The win moves the Blues up to second in the table and they are now the only unbeaten side in the division and they also have two games in hand on leaders St Clears.

On Saturday, January 22, Haverfordwest are in action in a preliminary round of the WRU Bowl competition as they take on Tylorstown.

The sides are next in league action on Saturday, January 29, when the Blues travel to Llanybydder while the Quins host Tregaron.


Duggie Morris Cup: Tish go through after beating Kilgetty



ST ISHMAELS booked their place in the quarter finals of the Duggie Morris Cup with a seven-wicket win over Kilgetty on Wednesday night (May 18).

Tish won the toss and chose to bowl first in tough conditions but they were able to bowl Kilgetty out for 104.

Kilgetty struggled early on and were reduced to 13-4 after three overs as Brennan Devonald claimed three wickets in four balls.

The visitors battled back well though and a score of 18 from Iori Badham and 46 not out from Ollie Gamble gave them something they could defend.

Devonald finished with excellent figures of 4-11 while Andrew Pawlett claimed 2-17 and Lewis Rhead also took two wickets.

Rhead then got Tish going with a score of 32 before he was sent back to the pavilion.

Devonald then finished not out on 17 and Philip Cockburn was unbeaten on 32 as Tish reached their target in the 17th over.

The win sets up a quarter final tie against the winners of the tie between Pembroke and Lamphey which is being played on Thursday, May 19, after being cancelled because of the rain on Tuesday.

The night’s other game between Pembroke Dock and holders Lawrenny was called off because of the rain and will be replayed on Thursday, May 19.

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Get Active with Pembrokeshire Leisure!



Haverfordwest Leisure Centre

PEMBROKESHIRE Leisure have launched their new streamlined membership and pricing structure.

Membership options on offer to new customers have been reduced to make joining easier.

If you are a current member with a live membership, you will not be affected by the change. The new Active Memberships include Active Individual, Active Junior and Active Household. They will replace the previous Gold, Silver and Bronze memberships.

The pricing will also be made simpler by removing loyalty options. If you’re an existing loyalty subscription user you will continue to benefit from the loyalty price until the current subscription expires.

Gary Nicholas, Leisure Services Manager for Pembrokeshire said; “In order to simplify our pricing structure and as a reflection of current cost of living challenges, we have reviewed and changed our charges to provide excellent value to all our users.

He continued: “Pembrokeshire Leisure continues to offer our Passport to Leisure scheme to support those most in need, as well as offering the Welsh Government funded Free Swimming for the 60+ and 16 & under, Active for Life Programme and the National Exercise Referral scheme.

“Our facilities and services are here to provide active and social opportunities to everyone in our communities as we aim to promote and support a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle.”

If you would like more information, please visit

You can now buy Active Memberships online or in any of our leisure centres.

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Mixed medal competition at Tenby Golf Club



SUNDAY 15th MAY 2022 – How lucky were we to be playing golf on Tenby’s magnificent links course on such a lovely day? The Mathias Thomas family have a long association with Tenby Golf Club, and the mixed competition today was to play for their trophy, donated by the daughter, Joanne Haigh, in 1978.

Her father, Mathias Thomas was a solicitor in Tenby, living in what is now Tenby House, and in 1907 he owned the golf club.

He and his son Byam and daughter Joanne were all category one golfers with illustrious careers in golf.

Today we played for their trophy which looks like our very own ‘Claret Jug’.

There were a few moans from the men when they realised, they had to play off the white tee boxes; a few moans from the ladies about it being a medal round; but once out in the sunshine that was all behind us.

The pin placements were very tricky having not been moved since yesterday’s prestigious Golden Eagle competition, so there were no twos recorded today.

However, four pairs were lucky enough to win their entry fees back in the draw. They were Idwal David and Sarah Waring, Mike and Nicola Anthony, Paul and Roz Jenkins and Rob Berry and Gill John. The dry conditions and a tricky wind made scoring quite difficult for us all, but our President Idwal and Sarah Waring (always the bridesmaids!) came third with 96-21=75. In second place were Fair Ball and Allan Morton with 90-17=73, just pipped at the post by husband John Ball and Maria Smith with 97-25-72.

With the touch screen out of use we must thank Ryan for feeding the results into the computer, but lesson learnt that we need to go back to our old system of marking cards as there was some confusion with who were players and who were markers. Apologies to the people who were wrongly informed! But as you can see from the photo, we had a good time which is what it is all about.

The next mixed is the Sam Ackermann Trophy which is a draw for partners. Great fun, and a chance for those who have never been in the mixed to put your names down and have a go. The competition is on Friday 24th June at 4pm and the draw will be done the week before. Just sign up on Masterscoreboard.

Then July 1st will be our second Friday Friendly Foursomes. Again, a draw but sign up on the mixed noticeboard at the back of the clubhouse.

A huge thank you to Laura for helping me sort out today’s competition on the computer, and thanks also to Lyn, Helen and Emma in the bar and kitchen and to Ryan in the Pro Shop.

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