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Otters earn win in first game



IN the first half of the game against visitors Ystrad Rhondda, Narberth were under pressure in the first 20 minutes with Ystrad threatening to break through at any moment. Plucky defence held them out.

Eventually a penalty after 16 minutes, taken by Full back Nick Gale, notched up 3 points for Narberth.

Narberth played in their green/black striped shirts because the visitors wore the blue/black stripes normally worn by Narberth.

At this stage the rain started to arrive which got stronger as time went on making the ball a bit slippery in the windy conditions.

At 18 minutes into the game Ystrad replied with their own kicked penalty but it was wide of the posts.

Lewis Gibby the OTTERS No.9 went off for head wound at 22 minutes and young George McDonald came on to replace him but Gibby came back on bandaged up after 10 minutes on the side-lines.

30 minutes in Ystrad scored a penalty from the right hand side to make it 3- 3.

Two minutes later, another penalty to Narberth was taken by Nick Gale from left-hand side, followed at 37 minutes with another penalty kick from left hand side just inside the half way line. 9-3 was the score at the end of the first half.

In the second-half at 48 minutes Narberth were attacking strongly but gained no penetration. Ten minutes later new-signing Ewan Badham came on to replace Rhys Williams at No.8.

Finally at the 61 minutes point, a break out from Loose play in the Ystrad half of 10 metres out on the right side Lewis Gibby got through and scored under the posts with a conversion to follow which was Successful score 16-3.

Narberth made a number of additional substitutions and in the closing minutes of the game replacement hooker Kyle Hamer was yellow carded for some infringement in the defensive ruck just 5 metres out from Narberth’s try line. So, the last minutes of the match Narberth played with only 14 men.

Sadly, with only dying seconds left in the game Ewan Badham breaking out from the 5m defensive line suffered a suspected ankle injury and his left leg had to be splinted and he was then taken off to hospital.

The backs coach Deiniol Evans was asked to sum up his view of this first Championship game in the new season.

“it’s always a very difficult game against Ystrad Rhondda. Twice before we have beaten them but twice they’ve beaten us on their home ground. It was always going to be a tight game, and I was difficult to control the ball in the conditions of strong wind and rain”.

He added: “There were loads of turnovers which means we couldn’t quite get into the flow we wanted for a possession game and multiple phases”.

The coach felt that the Narberth defence was the deciding factor in the outcome of the game.

He commented that: “ there’s a few development boys who have played a part of the last couple of weeks so especially seeing youngsters playing again today it was really good to see those coming through and hopefully give them more opportunities as the season progresses”.

Man of the match was given, by main match sponsor Hywel Griffiths, to flanker No.7 Caine Rees-Jones. Well deserved for his play around the rucks.


Sporting achievements celebrated at the Sport Pembrokeshire Awards 2023



The remarkable achievements of Pembrokeshire’s sporting community were celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony on Friday evening, November 24th.

The Sport Pembrokeshire Awards 2023 were held at Folly Farm and paid tribute to efforts both on and off the pitch by sports people, coaches and volunteers alike.

Record nominations had been received as the awards continue to go from strength to strength.

The judges had an extremely difficult task to whittle the numbers firstly down to finalists and then deserving winners.

The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award was race walking star Heather Warner who has represented both Wales and Team GB at the highest levels.

A Pembrokeshire Harrier, Heather soon discovered a natural talent for race walking and it was no surprise that a collection of local and national titles followed.

Welsh and Team GB vests at both junior and senior level were the natural progression in her career.

Heather collected a fantastic seventh place in the Commonwealth Games in 2018 on Australia’s Gold Coast and a British record followed in Birmingham four years later to go with a brilliant sixth place.

While competing around the world Heather has always continued to coach at Pembrokeshire Harriers and passing on the breadth of her knowledge and experience and is a worthy winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2023.

“Heather’s outstanding success, coupled with an obvious desire to one day guide others, can only help raise the profile of the sport in a positive way,” said Geoff Williams from BBC Wales, who presented Heather with her award.

The winner of the Chairman’s Special Achievement Award, presented by Cllr Thomas Tudor, was Makala Jones.

Makala has taught cold water confidence and a proper swimming technique to countless people of all ages in Pembrokeshire, enabling them to enjoy the coastline all year round. She also successfully swum the English channel solo in July this year.

She has been described as a legend, an inspiration, a real-life super hero, great fun to be around, a role model proving you can achieve your dreams and an incredibly strong and helpful human being.

In presenting her award, Cllr Tudor said what makes her so special is her passion for sharing the benefits of outdoor swimming for improved mental health.

This year the School Award was won by Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi.

The judges were impressed by the wide range of sports and activities provided by and hosted by Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi and how the school is a focal point for sports health and wellbeing in the St Davids community and surrounding areas.

Under Headteacher Rachel Thomas and Head of Wellbing Bruce Evans, young people are given the opportunity to try a wide variety of sports and activities to embed a love of staying active and protecting the natural environment from an early age.

It was also a significant evening with the announcement that host Bill Carne would be retiring after 17 years presenting the awards.

Matthew Freeman, manager of Sport Pembrokeshire, paid tribute to his dedication and professionalism over the years.

“Bill Carne has become synonymous with the Sport Pembrokeshire Awards and is rightly regarded as the voice of sport in Pembrokeshire,” he said.

“Sport Pembrokeshire are truly honoured to have had his support at the awards for all these years along with his wider support in advocating and raising the profile of the work that Sport Pembrokeshire team do across the county.

“Bill can now retreat from the stage and enjoy the evening from the audience’s vantage point and enjoy the spectacle that is the Sport Pembrokeshire awards.”

The other winners are as follows:

  • Girls (U16) Sporting Achievement: Josie Hawke
  • Boys (U16) Sporting Achievement: Ramon Rees-Siso
  • Club of the Year: Pembroke Cricket Club
  • Junior Disability Sport Award: Saskia Webb
  • Disability Sport Award: Bleddyn Gibbs
  • Young Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Clissold
  • Junior (U16) Team Achievement of the Year: South Pembs Sharks U14
  • Unsung Hero: Dave Astins
  • Team Achievement of the Year: Haverfordwest County AFC
  • Male Sporting Achievement: Mickey Beckett
  • Female Sporting Achievement: Gracie Griffiths
  • Club Organiser of the Year: Stefan Jenkins
  • Coach of the Year: Samantha Feneck

List of Finalists and Winners

Girls (U16) Sporting Achievement

  • Josie Hawke – Winner
  • Chloe John-Driscoll
  • Nina Marsh

Boys (U16) Sporting Achievement

  • Finley Bruce
  • Reuben Lerwill
  • Ramon Rees-Siso – Winner

Club of the Year

  • Haverfordwest Tennis Club
  • Pembroke Cricket Club – Winner
  • Tavernspite Short Mat Bowls Club

Disability Sport Award

  • Bleddyn Gibbs – Winner
  • Michael Jenkins
  • Jules King

Junior Disability Sport Award

  • Lewis Crawford
  • Saskia Webb – Winner
  • Ioan Williams

Young Volunteer of the Year

  • Elizabeth Clissold – Winner
  • Ellie Phillips
  • Lukas Tyrrell

Junior (U16) Team Achievement of the Year

  • Pembrokeshire Schools Football U14’s
  • South Pembs Sharks U14’s – Winner
  • Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi Tennis Team

Unsung Hero

  • Dave Astins – Winner
  • Piers Beckett
  • Sam Rossiter

Team Achievement of the Year

  • Haverfordwest County AFC – Winner
  • Haverfordwest Ladies Rugby
  • Llangwm RFC Youth

Male Sporting Achievement

  • Micky Beckett – Winner
  • Jeremy Cross
  • Moritz Neumann

Female Sporting Achievement

  • Katie Dickinson
  • Gracie Griffiths – Winner
  • Seren Thorne

Club Organiser of the Year

  • Rachel Grieve
  • Stefan Jenkins – Winner
  • Huw Jones

Coach of the Year

  • Sam Feneck – Winner
  • Daisy Griffiths
  • Michael Newman

School Award

  • Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi

Special Achievement Award

  • Makala Jones

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Heather Warner
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It’s all eyes on the Obs’ once again – West Wales Cup preview



THE TWO top teams in the county clash once again however this time in the West Wales Cup. Hakin are the hosts and arguably the underdogs as they hope to end Goodwick United’s remarkable unbeaten run.

It was 3-3 in the league fixture, however a draw won’t be the outcome Saturday one way or another we will have a winner. Both teams will have aspirations of reaching the final of this competition and perhaps it’s a bit early in the competition for these two to meet in an ideal world. A mouthwatering prospect however and one I’m sure will draw a huge crowd come 13:30 this Saturday.

The other all Pembrokeshire ties are Carew vs Pennar Robins and Milford United vs Tenby. Both ties could easily go either way and all four clubs will be hoping for a run to the latter stages of this competitive cup competition. Nothing could separate Tenby and Milford in their league tie and it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top here.

Kilgetty, Johnston and Merlins Bridge are all on the road. Dafen Welfare are Kilgetty’s opponents and play in the West Wales Premier league, they will provide a good test. Johnston’s opponents Penlan are in the same league and have a similar record thus far this season, a tricky fixture for both clubs. Bridge however travel to Llangennech as favourites, the hosts are struggling in the Carmarthenshire Premier Division this season.

Fishguard Sports are at home to AFC Glais who breezed past Monkton in the previous round 5-1. While Clarbeston Road host Evans and Williams who are unbeaten and top of the West Wales Premier League. However Matthew Fox’ team are a dangerous one as they’ve shown this season, the question will be can the visitors do it on ‘a cold winters afternoon in Clarby’

Good luck to all Pembrokeshire teams once again this weekend.

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This week’s Pembrokeshire rugby round up – 25/11/23



THERE was plenty of rugby to choose from up and down the county last weekend. We round up the latest results, as Pembrokeshire based teams experienced mixed fortunes. At the very top the Otters are unstoppable as they win again at home to Ystalyfera 57 points to 5. Gibby, Powell and Griffiths all impressed and the Narberth bench was full of quality and experience at this level demonstrating the strength in depth at the club. Key players like Slater and Rogers on the bench is a great sign for the Otters’ squad’s depth and options. 

Meanwhile in division two Tenby continued their good form as they beat Amman United 79-12. Dan Colley was the star of the show getting across the line an unbelievable fives times. Former Pembroke contingent Toby Smith, Tom Lewis, Luke Hartland and Geiraint Powell all also crossed the whitewash for the Seasiders. Twelve tries in total for the hosts and they look in formidable form. 

Also in the second division, Fishguard are looking strong as they had a much closer game but still came out on top beating Carmarthen Athletic 20-17. Having lost only two league games this season Fishguard will hope the keep up the pressure on the teams at the top of the league in the coming weeks. 

In the third division there wasn’t much success at all for Pembrokeshire based teams. Pembroke Dock Quins and Llangwm losing to Aberaeron and Cardigan respectively. While Laugharne comfortably beat Neyland. 

St Davids however were the exception to the rule as they had a day to remember scoring over 50 points against Llanybydder. It’s not very often the Saints hit those kind of numbers and is a huge positive for the club. Owain Swain crossed twice for the saints as well as Joyce and Raymond. Outside half Foster added points with the boot and all in all a great day at the office for the Saints. 

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