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Quins work hard for bonus point win

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PEMBROKE DOCK Quins had to work hard for their bonus point victory against a very durable and committed Tregaron side who fought hard right till the end.

The game got off to a dramatic start when the Quins scored under the Curlews posts with just 5 minutes on the clock.

After a suspected knock on and a mix up under the uprights Quins Flanker Danny Wilkes, who had a magnificent match, dived on the ball for his first try for the Quins, Outside Half Euan Macdonald knocked over the conversion to put the Quins 7-0 up.

The Quins though were starting to give away too many penalties, after 10 minutes Tregaron forced three lineouts on the Quins 5 yd line and from the third Lineout Flanker Dewi Jones scrambled over after the Quins had defended the first two admirably. Outside Half Rhyddian Jones missed the conversion.

For the rest of the Half, which was littered with errors, there was no more scoring, but one could sense the Quins were getting on top.

With the game in the balance, it was the Quins who struck first, with probably their best try of the season. A beautifully weighted pass from Euan Macdonald on Half way line sent Quins Right Winger Jamie Topp scorching up the touch line, he got within 5 yds of the Curlews line before popping a pass to the Full Back Thomas Wheeler who scored in the corner, Euan MacDonald converted with a magnificent kick from the touchline to extend the Quins lead 14-5.

On the hour, the Quins added their third try when young 2nd Row Ben Gibby crashed over from a tap penalty for his second try of the season, Euan MacDonald missed the conversion.

Tregaron had looked threatening if they got a sniff of the Quins line, and indeed with just 10 minutes left Prop Geriant Jones forced his way over the Quins line close to the posts, Rhyddian Jones converted and suddenly with the score at 19-12 the Curlews looked back in it.

Five minutes from time came the decisive moment, as the visitors tried to move the ball on their own 25, but replacement Sam (Rasher) James intercepted a wayward Pass and raced away to score and grab the all important bonus point for his second try in a fortnight. Euan MacDonald added the extras.

The visitors had the last laugh though when Hooker Dorian Pugh crashed over for the Curlews third close range try of the match, Rhyddian Jones converted to give his side a well deserved losing bonus point to end the Scoring, as the Referee blew for full time.

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Osasuna welcomes Haverfordwest County A.F.C.

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THE PRESIDENT of Haverfordwest County AFC, Rob Edwards, visited the Navarrese club to learn more about the work the Club is doing on and off the field

Pamplona (Wednesday, June 19, 2024) – Club Atlético Osasuna welcomed Haverfordwest County A.F.C. president Rob Edwards this morning. During his visit, the president of the Cymru Premier team, the top tier of Welsh football, met with Rojillo president Luis Sabalza to talk about the work Osasuna is doing on and off the field. Later, he visited the Tajonar Sports Complex to learn more about the job done at the academy level. Today’s meeting was the Union of European Clubs Board members’ first meeting.

For the president of the Navarrese club, this type of encounter is essential as it showcases the growth Osasuna is having at a global level. “I think it is crucial because, recently, it seemed as if Osasuna only had relevance in our region and our community. However, Osasuna has gained worldwide notoriety through the Spanish Supercup and the Conference League. It has brought us a ton of joy that many clubs and executives want to come to know Osasuna and the work we do on and off the field and with our academy because it shows that we are not only doing good; we are doing great. Our goal is to make Osasuna known worldwide,” Sabalza said.

Haverfordwest County A.F.C. sees Osasuna as a model club for growth. “We are a small club, and we are looking to grow on and off the pitch, as well as our infrastructure, fan engagement, and community reach. It is always fascinating how bigger clubs can fix these problems… The objectives and solutions are very similar despite the size of the club compared to ours. Many clubs outside the elite European group will have the same challenges. It is great to understand how they overcome them and how they continue to grow and develop,” Edwards mentioned.

It is not only Osasuna’s front office work that caught the attention of the Haverfordwest County A.F.C. chairman but also the club’s work at the academy level. Edwards visited the Tajonar Sports Complex to learn more about the academy. While in Tajonar, he met with Tajonar director Ángel Alcalde and Tajonar technical director Patxi Puñal, who presented him with ‘Método Tajonar,’ the academy’s work method.

“[Osasuna and Haverfordwest County] share the same ethos of bringing through young players to the first team and giving young players a pathway into a career in football. I think the mindset of a club like Osasuna and what we are trying to achieve in Wales at our club is very similar. It’s been really interesting to come and understand how you work with the local community and how you engage to fill up the stadium and create such an amazing atmosphere,” Edwards highlighted.

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Haverfordwest County officials to visit Atlético Osasuna for strategic discussions

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NEXT week, Haverfordwest County A.F.C. chairman Robb Edwards and COO Beccy Nuttall will travel to Spain to visit Club Atlético Osasuna. During their visit, they will engage in high-level discussions with Osasuna’s upper management, focusing on community and fan engagement strategies.

In April, both Haverfordwest County A.F.C. and Club Atlético Osasuna were appointed to the Executive Board of the Union of European Clubs (UEC), an international organisation established in April 2023. The UEC was founded to provide a voice to the 92% of professional football clubs that often go unheard. The Union aims to democratise decision-making processes in European football, ensuring that each club has a vote and that the destiny of the sport is not determined solely by the wealthiest clubs on the continent.

“We look forward to this meeting with Osasuna and hope our collaboration with other clubs continues to grow,” said Edwards. The upcoming visit underscores the commitment of both clubs to fostering stronger ties and working collaboratively to shape the future of European football.

The discussions will likely cover a range of topics, from enhancing fan experiences to developing community outreach programmes, reflecting the shared values and objectives of both clubs within the UEC framework.

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Free multi-sports events for 5-7 year-olds in Haverfordwest

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SPORTS mad youngsters aged 5-7 and those looking to try out new sports and activities are invited to free multi-sport sessions in Haverfordwest.

The sessions run from 4.15pm to 5pm every Thursday during term time and are based on the Tennis Courts at Haverfordwest High VC School.

All sessions are free and there are a wide range of activities to try.

The sessions are run by Sport Pembrokeshire Staff and assisted by Young Ambassadors from Haverfordwest High

Local clubs also take part to run sessions and provide information on how to continue with any sport.

Parents/Carers who would like to sign children up for the session are required to complete the online form.

Dan Bellis of Sport Pembrokeshire, said: “It is great to see so many young people enjoying Sport and being physically active.

“The multi-sport sessions are great as they allow youngsters to try out so many different games and activities which really helps them to learn and develop.”

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