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Narberth play out draw in friendly with Trebanos



NARBERTH’s second pre-season match was played on Saturday (Aug 27) on a hot, sultry afternoon in bright sunshine at the Lewis Lloyd Ground.

Spectators were treated to a fast running game on the hard pitch but neither side to gain full dominance. The score at the end of the first half was 7 Nil to Narberth. A peel off try from the pack led by the No.8 from the 10m line saw the try under the posts of Trebanos within the first 10 minute period and this was converted by full back Nick Gale.

In the second half, Trebanos were unable to respond until the final quarter of the game. Having conceded a penalty Narberth were slow to retreat 10m and a swift tap penalty from the Trebanos scrum half set their backs racing down the left side of the pitch to score close to the posts and their conversion was equally successful levelling the score at 7-7.

The spectators witnessed a game in which both teams fitness was good although both teams suffered some knocks and cramps which is understandable at the beginning of the season.

Narberth Coach Sean Gale agreed that the Narberth defence stood up well throughout the game and several chances of breaking out were missed through players overrunning the pass or some forward passes being disallowed. Several of their lineouts were also overthrown giving the ball back to Trebanos.

On the visitors side their strong pack excelled in cleaning out at the rucks and they secured the majority of possession from turnovers throughout the game. However, whilst they were generally stronger in breaking out and had a strong  back line their attacking structures could never dominate the narberth defence. All in all the draw was a fair result.

Sean Gale commented: “We started well and we defended particularly second half but it was a bit around a broken game. We now know where we  are  with all 13 new boys in the squad  today. So it was a game of chances but he new faces acquitted themselves well. Some of the new names to watch out for in future games are Evan Sheldon from West Wales raiders; Ewan Badham from Llandovery and Caine Rees Jones from Llanelli.”

The coach had a strategy of introducing new faces who have come up through the Narberth development teams of Youth and seconds. Notable amongst them for their efforts were Tom Clarke and Kyle Hamer rotating their Hooker duties with stalwart veteran hooker Dan Smith. Brother of Kyle, Josh Hamer had a great game at flanker.

Sean added: “We have given these new faces game time to introduce them to the rigours of Championship rugby. Next week on Saturday, September 3, at home we play Ystrad Rhondda so we now have to step up our intensity. We have had some tough games against them in the past but this is a new season , so it is all to play for”.

The first team will kick off at 2.30pm at the Lewis Lloyd ground but prior to that Narberth Athletic will also be at home playing Pembroke Tigers with kick off at 2.00pm.


New Radio series on remarkable rise of women’s football



FROM hand-me-downs to heroes, a new three-part show celebrates the incredible growth of women’s football in Wales

BBC Radio Wales has today announced a new series Iconic: The Rise of the Women in Red, documenting the rise of women’s football in Wales. 

Presented by Jess Fishlock, Wales’ most capped footballer, the series offers an unprecedented look into the evolution of women’s football from its humble beginnings to its current status as a sporting phenomenon. With exclusive access to the Football Association of Wales (FAW), the series features in-depth interviews with prominent figures in the sport, including Welsh captain Sophie Ingle and midfield star Angharad James.

The series delves into the early days of women’s football when players wore hand-me-down kits from the men’s teams and played in front of modest crowds. It tells of the struggles of those who paved the way for the current generation of female footballers, to the present day where thousands of fans flock to stadiums to watch women’s football, and even more tune in to the television and radio coverage.

Jess Fishlock says, “I’m really excited that our story’s finally getting told and people can see how far this game has gone but also what has been sacrificed to get us to where we are right now in the women’s game.”

Carolyn Hitt, Head of BBC Radio Wales says “The series highlights how more women and girls than ever before are taking up the sport – as fans and as players.  It really showcases the FAW’s efforts to foster this growth and support the women’s game at all levels.  Jess Fishlock’s unique perspective and engaging storytelling brings to life the triumphs, challenges, and aspirations of the team whilst also providing a candid look at the professional journeys of these women.”

Sue Butler, Managing Editor, BBC Wales Sport, says “In the run-up to these crucial play-offs for UEFA Women’s Euro 2025, the series is a timely celebration of the progress and potential of Welsh women’s football. It will inspire and energize fans and players alike as the national team prepares for one of its most significant challenges yet.”

This three-part series will premiere on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Sounds this October.

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A new era for sport and health tech innovation in Wales



SWANSEA UNIVERSITY has launched the National Network for Innovation In Sport and Health (NNIISH), a new initiative aimed at transforming the landscape of health and sport technology in Wales.

Led by the University and supported by Swansea Bay City Deal and local health boards, NNIISH aims to accelerate the growth of sport tech, med tech and healthcare innovation in the Swansea Bay City Region by bringing together local, national and multinational expertise.

NNIISH is set to be a constantly evolving, collaborative partnership between academia, industry and the NHS.  Its aim is to strengthen existing partnerships and forge new alliances, attracting talent and encouraging investment in order to boost the local economy and make Swansea a global leader in medical and sports technology innovation.   

Professor Keith Lloyd, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Science told Herald.Wales: “We are excited to introduce NNIISH, a groundbreaking initiative dedicated to enhancing sport and wellbeing across Wales and beyond. By fostering a community across sport, health and technology, we aim to drive forward innovative solutions that will revolutionise the sector.”

Anyone working in sports-tech, med-tech or healthcare who would like to be part of the NNIISH vision –to transform the landscape of health and sport technology in Wales – can sign up to the NNIISH mailing list now.  

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Pembrokeshire teenager to represent Wales in Golf – again!



JEMMA NAND-LALN, a talented 16-year-old golfer from Tenby, has once again been selected to represent Wales in the Wales Schools squad. This marks the second consecutive year Jemma will don the Welsh colors, a testament to her skill and determination on the golf course.

Jemma will compete against the England Schools team at Stoke Rochford Golf Club in Lincolnshire in early September. This opportunity comes as a significant boost for Jemma, who has recently recovered from major surgery over the winter. Her selection also follows her recognition as the top girl player in Dyfed for 2023.

Her journey reflects not only her personal resilience but also her unwavering commitment to the sport she loves. Jemma’s family, friends, and local supporters are all thrilled with her accomplishment and will be cheering her on as she competes at the national level.

Jemma Nand-Lal’s story is an inspiration to many young athletes, demonstrating that with hard work and dedication, overcoming obstacles and achieving great success is possible.

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