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Old rivals meet again – Football update



AS WE LOOK ahead to another weekend of Pembrokeshire football, we’ve learnt that Hakin and Goodwick will meet in third round of the West Wales Cup in another mouthwatering match up.

The ‘big two’ are not the only Pembrokeshire teams to be drawn against local opponents. Milford United host Tenby, while Carew host Pennar Robins. It means we are guaranteed a good representation of local teams in the next round. With Merlins Bridge, Clarbeston Road, Fishguard, St Ishmaels, Johnston and Kilgetty all still in the competition.

This coming weekend provides another exciting schedule as the leagues have taken shape and teams have a good idea of their objectives. High flying Goodwick United will have to stay switched on this weekend as they host Matthew Fox’ impressive Clarbeston Road team who’ve proved they are very capable of an upset already this campaign. Hakin meanwhile host Carew, in a game they must win to keep the pressure on their rivals. Neyland, who are in need of points sooner rather than later host newly promoted Milford United, and will target this game as one they need something from. In the only other division one fixture this weekend Tenby who’ve started strongly host Carl Vincent’s Pennar Robins, who like Neyland will be keen to pull away from the wrong end of the league.

The second division cup kicks off this weekend with two ties, high flying Herbrandston take on Broad Haven. A late Broad Haven equaliser denied unbeaten Herbie a win when they met in the league. A draw won’t be the outcome tomorrow though, as both teams look to progress into the next round. Ashley Bladen is a key player for Broad Haven and much of their attacking play comes through him. Leigh Galdo will hope his team reproduce the excellent attacking display from last weekend in the senior cup where they netted 9. Elsewhere Camrose host St Clears, the hosts have started this season stronger than the visitors. However both teams will be hoping for a cup run and both have the ability to go all the way. Camrose will be hoping Jordan Raymond has his scoring boots on again, the Camrose attacker has 10 league goals so far this season and is a key player.

In division two league action, leaders Monkton Swifts Reserves face Hakin United Reserves. It’ll be a good test for the league leaders and a win for the visitors would put them level on points at the top of the league. A really tasty fixture which I’m sure will be full of passion and desire from both sides. Meanwhile Cosheston host Merlins Bridge Reserves, the hosts sit rock bottom with one point, and it feels like they need to start winning very soon if they have any chance of avoiding the drop.

There are also three senior cup fixtures:

  • St Ishmaels vs Fishguard Sports
  • Johnston AFC vs Pembroke Borough
  • Merlins Bridge vs Narberth AFC

All senior cup games kick off at 13:45. Johnston, Bridge and Fishguard go into these ties as favourites so to speak, however as we know cups are made for upsets and it’s worth keeping a close eye especially on ‘Tish’ who will be a tough opponent for Fishguard.

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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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