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Neyland regain Duggie Morris Cup after beating Pembroke

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NEYLAND reclaimed the Duggie Morris Trophy on Sunday (Jul 17) as they beat Pembroke in the final at Burton.

Sean Hannon’s men had held on to the trophy for much of the 2010s but, having seen Lawrenny win the trophy last year, Neyland were keen to get their hands on it once again.

They came up against a determined Pembroke side who hadn’t just come to make up the numbers and who had also beaten two Division 1 sides on their way to the final.

A special mention must go to umpires Gareth Brace and Dave Bonner who stood in the middle all day in the near 30-degrees temperatures.

The Division 2 side won the toss and chose to field, meaning they would have to chase in the final innings.

Neyland reached 180-all out in their first twenty overs, with Patrick Bellerby and Ashley Sutton providing an early platform.

They had lost Gregg Miller on a score of 10 (1 four, 1 six) when he was out to the bowling of Rob Smythe but Bellerby and Sutton shared 115 runs for the second wicket.

Bellerby had hit ten fours and two sixes in his score of 64 from 42 balls but he was then bowled by Andrew Price.

Paul Murray also hit a four and a six in his brief score of 14 before he was caught and bowled by Price before Sutton fell on a score of 55.

He had smashed three fours and four sixes in his score, which came off 35 balls, but he was then caught by Smythe off the bowling of Jack Harries.

That left Neyland on 157-4 as Pembroke began to hit back. Brad McDermott-Jenkins was caught by Luke Butler off the bowling of Price and Patrick Hannon was caught by Phil Hay off the bowling of Alan Webster.

That left Neyland on 159-6 but a stand of 18 between Sean Hannon and Andrew Miller took Neyland towards the 200-mark.

However, Webster had Sean Hannon caught by Andrew Price, Lewis Page caught by Andrew Hay before Jack John was run out.

Webster then bowled Gary Lloyd with the last ball of the innings to keepr Neyland’s score on 180.

Miller was unbeaten on 16 as Pembroke were given a tough task of trying to get a lead in the game.

Their task came even harder with the loss of two early wickets. Jack Harries was caught by Bellerby off the bowling of Gary Lloyd.

Phil Hay was then trapped leg before and, soon after, Luke Butler was trapped leg before by Gary Lloyd.

Luke Butler also fell to Gary Lloyd and when Andrew Price was caught off the bowling of Patrick Hannon, Pembroke were 39-4.

That soon became 44-5 as Alan Webster, on a score of 20, was trapped leg before by Patrick Hannon.

Andrew Hay scored 15 with a four and a six but he was bowled by Sean Hannon.

Paul White fell to Andrew Miller before Sam Davies was caught by Patrick Bellerby off the bowling of Sean Hannon.

Hannon then also bowled Steve Durston, who had scored 18 from 15 balls (1 four, 1 six), leaving Pembroke on 82-9.

Smythe was then trapped leg before by Patrick Hannon as Pembroke were bowled by 83.

That gave Neyland a first innings lead of 97, and with them coming in to bat again, Pembroke knew they were going to face an uphill task to keep their lead down.

Patrick Bellerby hit a six on the third ball of Neyland’s second innings and their lead was already over 100.

There were no signs of letting up from the Division 1 Champions as Bellerby and Gregg Miller added 43 runs for the first wicket.

Bellerby hit two fours to go with that six as he scored 19 from 12 balls but he was then bowled by Jack Harries.

Miller had hit four fours in a score of 30 from 22 balls but he was them stumped by Phil Hay off the bowling of Steve Durston.

Ashley Sutton and Paul Murray then shared 45 runs for the third wicket before Murray was bowled by Andrew Price on a score of 23.

Brad McDermott-Jenkins did not last long at the crease as he hit a four before falling to Sam Davies.

Ashley Sutton was only on 27 at that point but he began to cut loose, hitting five fours and three sixes in a score of 69 not out.

Ashley Sutton on his way to a half century

Neyland’s excellent second innings had set Pembroke an unlikely 272 to win the game but Pembroke were determined to see out their final innings of the day.

Luke Butler was the first to fall when he was caught and bowled by Sean Hannon and soon after he had Alan Webster caught by Gregg Miller.

Phil Hay was trapped leg before by Gary Lloyd before Sean Hannon bowled Andrew Price as Pembroke slipped to 40-4.

Andrew Hay was also bowled by Andrew Miller as Pembroke’s score became 52-5.

Whilst those wickets were falling, Jack Harries had three fours and a six in his score of 37 but he was then caught by Brad McDermott-Jenkins off the bowling of Andrew Miller.

Steve Durston was stumped by Sean Hannon off the bowling of Miller and Patrick bowled Aidan Fraser as Pembroke slipped to 89-8.

They were determined however to see the game out and Paul White finished unbeaten on 16 while Sam Davies was unbeaten on 7.

It meant that Pembroke had finished their second innings on 102-8 but also that Neyland were victorious by 169 runs.

Ashley Sutton was named as the player of the match for his two excellent batting displays.

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Wales 10 – Ireland 34: Clinical Ireland outfox wasteful Wales

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RUGBY is often described as a game of inches, where the tiniest errors significantly affect games’ outcomes. That was the case on Saturday, where Ireland won convincingly by making fewer unforced errors than Wales.

As a contest, the game was all but over in the first 25 minutes. Ireland did nothing flash, nothing extraordinary. They were just better at the basics. It’s what you’d expect when the first-ranked team in the world play the ninth.

Conceding a try after two minutes was a bad start, but again and again thereafter, Wales either coughed the ball up or conceded penalties in clutch positions.

Ireland’s game management showed the confidence of being a settled group under a single coach with a defined game plan. Ireland’s players constantly worked off the ball to close gaps and shut off running lines. The Irish slowed down the Welsh ball and applied pressure with clinical precision. The Irish scrum and lineout gave the visitors’ backline time to play.

Whatever the Welsh game plan was before Wayne Pivac left as the coach (answers on a postcard for that one), on Saturday, Wales showed signs of trying to create a pattern of play based on phase play creating the space to allow Wales’s backs to punch through stretched defensive formations. However, a plan is only as good as its execution. And Wales repeatedly created good positions only to make sometimes desperately disappointing mistakes.

Twice Wales had the throw near the Irish line, and twice Irish forwards picked off the ball. On another occasion, Wales went long at the lineout in their half, only for the ball to land on the Irish side. Add that to a crooked throw in a promising position, and Wales lost momentum at crucial stages.
Ireland stormed into an early lead with their first attack ending with Number Eight Doris smashing his way over from close range. It got worse six minutes later when James Ryan scored with almost a carbon copy play.

Wales’s best chance of the opening quarter came when Irish full-back Hugo Keenan got to a loose ball over the Irish line before Welsh winger Rio Dyer.

Although Biggar got the home side off the mark with a penalty, within minutes, a telegraphed pass ended in the hands of Lowe, who streaked over unopposed for Ireland’s third try.

24-3 down soon became 27-3 following another Sexton penalty following Welsh indiscipline at the breakdown. Realistically, that score ended the game. However, in the half’s dying moments, Wales again applied pressure. Jac Morgan, who had a good game in a losing cause, crossed the Irish line only to be held up by a strong Irish defence.

It looked grim at half-time. Wales had been disorganised and disjointed, while every time the Irish got the ball in the Welsh half, they looked like they would come away with points.

Whatever Warren Gatland said at half-time got the Welsh players’ attention.

Wales came steaming out of the blocks in the second half, looking better organised and less frantic. Good phase play opened a gap in the Irish midfield, and Liam Williams sped through the gap to touch down near the posts, making Biggar’s conversion a formality. Wales continued to work through the phases, and only an uncharacteristically poor pass from Justin Tipuric spoiled a good chance for Rio Dyer to get a clear run at the Irish line.

Wales still tried to keep up the pressure but lacked accuracy at key moments when cooler heads might have produced more. As if that wasn’t bad enough, with fifteen minutes of normal time to go, Liam Williams was – maybe a little unluckily – yellow-carded for making contact with the ducking, bobbing and weaving Jonny Sexton’s head.

The man advantage was all Ireland needed to break Wales’s stranglehold on the match. They kept kicking for space behind the Welsh midfield and used Bundi Aki as a midfield battering ram to keep the Welsh players tied in at the breakdown. With Wales stretched and gaps appearing in the defensive live, Van der Flier had the simplest of tasks to add a fourth try for Ireland.

As the clock ticked down – and with Wales 34-10 down – the Irish pressed for the score that would give them a record win in Cardiff. Wales tried again to break out for a consolation score, more in hope than expectation, and it was all Ireland when the final whistle blew.

Warren Gatland said he was “strangely not that disappointed” after the game.

The Wales coach said: “The things I’m disappointed with are things we can put right: the slow start and giving away needless penalties. When you look at the game we put ourselves in positions we could’ve taken advantage of. We can take away the positives, look at our second half performance and improve on that.”

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Welsh Government Rural Affairs Minister congratulates this year’s award winners

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EVERY nominee for this year’s Lantra Cymru Awards scheme has demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning and maintaining the highest standards across all areas of working, Welsh Government Minister Lesley Griffiths has said.
The Minister has thanked and congratulated all this year’s award winners as well as the training providers who had nominated them.
The Minister said: “The Lantra Cymru Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the commitment and passion of individuals across Wales. A huge well done to all the nominees, winners and training providers for all of their hard work including to increase efficiency and introduce further innovative ideas into their ways of working.”
Leading Welsh agriculturalist Mr Peter Rees, chair of Lantra Wales, presided over this year’s selection panel, which included Kevin Thomas, Director of Lantra Wales, Dr Nerys Llewelyn Jones, founder and Managing Partner of Agri Advisor solicitors and agricultural Health and Safety expert Brian Rees, a former chair of the Wales Farm Safety Partnership and a Farming Connect farm safety mentor.
Mr Rees said that the Lantra Cymru Awards was always one of the highlights of the annual Welsh farming calendar, adding that it was testament to all the industry’s rural stakeholders, including colleges and training providers, that despite the current economic challenges within the industry, they had again identified and nominated many outstanding individuals.
“The Lantra Cymru Awards scheme, now in its 28th year, rewards the lifelong learning achievements of the many workers who, through their significant skills and abilities, contribute not only to farming but to the wider rural agenda in Wales, our rural economy and to the communities where they live and work.
“Each nominee’s clear commitment to continuous professional development and achievements within the environmental and land-based sectors, is doing so much to maintain professional, up to date standards within our industry.
“Each one of them is making a significant contribution, not only within their own particular area of working, but to the sustainability and modernisation of Welsh agriculture long term,” said Mr Rees.
Farming Connect is delivered by Menter a Busnes and Lantra Wales and funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

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Funding boost on offer for local sports groups

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INVESTING in grassroots and community sport has led to more than £300,000 being accessed by local clubs in 2022 and this year it could be your chance for a share.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s Sport Pembrokeshire helped 55 sports clubs receive a share of £335,388 from Sport Wales via the Be Active Wales Fund grants system last year.

In 2023 there are grants available for a variety of schemes or activities including coach education courses, essential items of equipment, new team start-ups and developing ‘on field’ activities.

Examples from last year include a Sea Cadet unit receiving £16,522 to buy a new safety boat as well as powerboat and safety boat courses, a table tennis club that got £700 for two new tables and a local football club accessed a grant of nearly £8,000 for training courses, balls, bibs, cones and goalposts.

Graham Willcocks at Trefloyne Junior Golf Academy, said: “The grant we received from the Be Active Wales Fund got us off to a flying start. We didn’t have much in the bank so it was a massive leap for us when they provided all the equipment we needed to get youngsters starting to play golf.
“With the support of Alan Jones at Sport Pembrokeshire, it was easy, with a straightforward application process and a really fast turnaround. Without that grant we wouldn’t be anywhere near where we are today.”

Sports Development Link Officer at Sport Pembrokeshire, Alan Jones added: “We would love to hear from any clubs and sports groups, large or small, to see if we can help access some grant funding to support community sport, and encourage people to get in touch.”  

Any sports clubs interested can find out more about the grants from Sport Pembrokeshire and the Sport Wales websites.

Email sport@pembrokeshire.gov.uk for more information and to tell the team about what your club needs and what you would like to do.

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