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Narberth hosts Mayday rugby tournament



ON Sunday May 1, the Narberth Rugby ground was invaded by hundreds of Parents and grandparents as seven visiting clubs came to play in the under-age end-of-season rugby tournament.

Some had travelled from the South Wales valleys and Narberth neighbours Whitland also were present.

The age groups that played were under 8’s, 9’s,10’s, 11’s 13’s 14’s and 15’s. They represented Narberth (hosts), Whitland, Oakdale, Taibach, St Peter’s, Risca and Newbridge.

Whilst the weather was cool over the Bank Holiday, the drizzle did not dampen the enthusiasm of the players, coaches, support staff and parents.

The Otters Lair food cabin was staffed by young stalwarts Lily Bowen and Blossom Young who prepared non-stop coffees and bacon rolls for the visitors.

The servery had a permanent queue for the refreshments from the start of proceedings at 10.00am right through to the last game at 2.00pm.

Equally, the main clubhouse Lounge Bar, and Members bar, was staffed by committee members volunteers Martin Bowen and Treasurer John Llewellyn to assist the kitchen and bar staff on an extremely busy day.

So, if parents from the Narberth Town and neighbouring districts want to get their children into an active sport for boys and girls there will always be a warm welcome in Narberth, Contact Martin Bowen 07811 049989 or Bobby Simon 07521 577609 for more details.

Older persons, male or female, wishing to take part in Walking Rugby to participate in an active outdoor pursuit have the opportunity to take part on Tuesday evenings at 5.45pm.

For details email  or contact Mr Mark Richards and he can be contacted on his mobile 07929 096 977.

The photographs of some of the games capture the ambience of the Mayday festival which was a credit to the players and the their supporters.

Chris Reynolds, also known as Decker, coach of the under 14’s gave the following brief report of one of their two games which was between Narberth u14’s v Oakdale u14’s. 

This was a good quality game played by both teams. The game started off with Oakdale kicking off followed by a positive run of the OTTERS Morgan Bethel and an early try by Charlie Reynolds, converted by Callum Goeman.

Then another positive move from the kick off with Callum scoring and converting his own try. The game was well contested with Oakdale working hard. A hard fought scrum near the Oakdale 22 lead to an opportunity for Gethin Llewellyn to manage a try, Callum then hit the post with his conversion which brought the score to 19-0 to Narberth at half time. 

In the second half Oakdale kicked off to a positive Narberth team with the OTTERS Will Ford the prop gaining huge yardage, forcing Oakdale backwards and gaining another try by Will Ford, converted by Callum. Oakdale then had some good possession a but strong defence by Narberth held them back. There was some real sting in the OTTERS play from Tyla Beeken and  Noah Jenkins. 

In the final 10 minutes Narberth pressed hard in Oakdale’s half with Callum Reynolds scoring another breakaway try, this time converted by Gethin Llewellyn. The final score a home win for Narberth 33-0. 

The Narberth team players were Will Ford, Max Mathias, Noah Jenkins, Jake Leavitt, Rob Simpkiss, Tyla Beeken, James Owen , Callum Goeman, Gethin Llewellyn , Deian James, Charlie Reynolds, Morgan Bethel, Jack Hook, Archie Griffiths, Rowan Watson and Dan Coaker. 

The coach expressed his thanks to Thanks for Selina and Sharalyn for working tirelessly on the cake stall today and also to bhis fellow coaches Darryl and Dean.


Harrison Allen: Lawrenny go through to quarter finals



LAWRENNY booked their place in the quarter finals of the Harrison Allen Bowl on Wednesday night (May 25) as they beat Burton by nine wickets.

Lawrenny won the toss and elected to field and they were able to bowl Burton out for just 93.

Burton lost James Davies early on as he was caught by Tom Cole off the bowling of Jamie Lewis.

Ryan Morton also claimed two wickets as Burton slipped to 58-3.

That brought Luke Hayman into the middle with brother Toby and the pair took the score to 67-3 after 13 overs.

Toby reached a score of 37 before heading back to the pavilion while Luke added 12.

Steve Lewis was in fine form for Lawrenny as he took five wickets to finish with 5-13 while Ryan Morton finished with 2-26.

There were also wickets from Jamie Lewis (1-14) and Finley Lewis (1-7).

In reply, Steve Lewis scored 23 before he was sent back. Harry Thomas finished unbeaten on 23 while Troy Purslowe was not out on 45.

It sets up a quarter final against the winners of the game between Hundleton and Cresselly.

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Llangwm edge past Tish to book Harrison Allen quarter final spot



LLANGWM secured their place in the quarter finals of the Harrison Allen Bowl on Wednesday night (May 25) as they beat St Ishmaels by 4 runs.

Tish won the toss and chose to field and they restricted Llangwm to 146-9 in their 22 overs.

Noah Davies and Joe Kiff made a good start for the hosts as they shared 67 runs for the first wicket.

Kiff was the first man to go as he was caught by Ieuan Hawkins off the bowling of Brennan Devonald on a score of 27 that had included two fours and two sixes.

Soon after, Davies, who had hit one of each boundary in his score of 27, was also following Kiff back to the pavilion after being bowled by Jonathan Pawlett.

Pawlett also claimed the wicket of Will Beresford before Steven Mills departed on a score of 16 (1 four, 1 six) when he was caught and bowled by Devonald.

That left Llangwm on 107-4 but scores of 15 from Matthew Kiff and 16 not out from David Lewis saw them to their total.

For Tish, Pawlett finished with excellent figures of 4-41 while Devonald finished with 3-25.

Peter Bradshaw hit two early fours in his score of 12 but he was run out.

Karl Rhead and Andrew Palmer shared 42 runs for the second wicket as Palmer made his way to a score of 35.

Rhead was bowled by Steven Mills who then did the same to Brennan Devonald moments later.

Palmer had reached 42 with five fours and a six but when he was brilliantly caught by Luke Brock off the bowling of Mills, Tish had slipped to 77-4.

Phil Cockburn and Jonathan Pawlett then shared 23 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to keep Tish in the game.

Pawlett hit a six but was then caught by Oliver Davies to give Mills his fourth wicket and figures of 4-28.

Cockburn and Andew Pawlett then shared 37 runs for the sixth wicket as they took the tie down to the final over of the game.

They scored 17 runs off the 20th over and 18 runs off the 21st over meaning they would need 11 off the final over to win it.

Cockburn took a run off the first to bring Pawlett on strike. After missing the third ball he went for a run that wasn’t there and keeper Beresford ran out Cockburn.

He had hit two fours and three sixes in his score of 39 from 30 balls.

Andrew Pawlett and Andrew Williams could only take five runs from the next five balls but it wasn’t enough for victory.

Pawlett finished unbeaten on a score of 20 from 11 balls with one four and two sixes.

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Crymych Panthers hold Boccia competition



CRYMYCH Panthers Boccia Club recently held their first in-house Boccia competition, with eight members competing in two categories: BC1&2 (participants with a physical impairment) and BC8 (participants with an intellectual impairment).

Games were played in a round robin style competition. The final of the BC1&2 between Racheal Bailey and James Pugh was a very close game with James winning by 3 points to 1. The BC 8 final was between Yvonne Berry and Dewi Evans. Dewi won by 10 points to nil, back on form as a former Welsh international Special Olympic team member.

The competition was sponsored by Andrew Scott Davies of Pembroke who took part in the 2021 CARTEN 100 bike to assist the club.

Andrew Scott Davies presenting the winners and runners up with their trophies. All participants received a certificate of attendance.

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