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Williams and Webb shine for PCS

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Top performing girl aged 13-14 category: Abbey Williams

PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY SWIMMERS travelled up to Cardiff International Pool for the Torfaen Open Meet during the weekend of June 16-17.

In session one, Rory Andrews 400 IM swam enabled him to get a Silver medal whilst Jayden took Bronze just behind Rory. Lauren Omnet took another Bronze medal for PCS, whilst sixteen year old Rhys Davies had the same colour medal in the 50m butterfly.

Session two started the boys 100m backstroke and Rhys took hold Gold medal, followed by Abbey Williams getting a silver medal in the 50m backstroke.

In the 200m freestyle, Rory Andrews smashed a personal best of 2:25.6 to get a bronze medal, as the excitement built for the girls 200m IM Bethan Jones gained a silver medal to be pipped by her Pembroke and District team mate Abbey Williams to the Gold medal. In the last event of the afternoon session seventeen year old Tom Webb rounded off the medal haul with gold in the 50m breast stroke.

The evening session began with Bethan Jones taking a bronze medal in the 100m butterfly, Abbey Williams got another Silver medal in the 200m backstroke and Webb Gold in the 100 breast stroke. The second last event of the day was the100m freestyle where Abbey Williams finished her day off with a by winning Bronze and 12-year-old Lotty Whalley getting a Gold medal. Webb couldn’t secure his third gold of the day taking home a silver medal in the 50m freestyle.

Day two began with Rory Andrews compete in his second 400m event of the weekend winning yet another Bronze medal, this time in the freestyle. In the 400 IM Bethan Jones got herself a bronze medal and was pipped once again by Abbey Williams who took the Silver medal. In the 200m breast stroke Henry White won a Bronze medal as did Rory Andrews before Tom Webb delivered his third gold medal, all in the breast stroke.

The final event of the morning was the 50m butterfly where Bethan Jones got her hands on the Gold medal after Webb delivered his fourth gold of the weekend in the 200 Individual Medley and Abbey Williams got the same colour medal in the 50m breast stroke.

In the final session of an exhausting weekend, it was fitting that Abbey Williams got another Gold medal, this time in the 50m freestyle and with it secured the prize of being the top performing girl [13-14 age group].

Unsurprisingly Tom Webb, of Haverfordwest Seals won the best performing boy, in the Open category whilst his ‘Seals’ team mate Rory Andrews finished as the third best boy in the 11-12 age category and is certainly one to watch in the future.

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Young jockey joins Henderson’s yard

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PEMBROKESHIRE jockey James Bowen will join Champion trainer Nicky Henderson’s yard as a conditional from next month.

The 16-year-old riding sensation had been the subject of much speculation as to where he would end up but Henderson was the number 1 choice.

Bowen, who has been touted as a future champion jockey, earlier this year set a new record with 30 winners as a novice point-to-point rider this season.

That was five more than the totals managed by Nick Scholfield in 2007 and Rhys Flint in 2008, who both went on to become professional riders.

Henderson has partnered ten winners under rules so far this season and will be looking forward to having James join his team from October 1.

Speaking to the Herald, James said: “It is a big opportunity for me, it’s a big stable owned by a Champion Trainer. There are plenty of great horses so I’m hopeful it will go well.

“My parents are trainers so I was always brought up around race horses, I started at the age of 9 and then moved to pointing at the age of 16 and it has all been a good experience.”

James also said that there were a number of other places that he could have gone too but added: “At the moment, Nicky’s seemed like the best place to go. I had a day at his yard last Friday where we sorted it out and I’ll be starting at the beginning of October.”

He is looking forward to starting there and wants to ride as much as possible and told us that he would have liked to have won more races than he has.

If the opportunity came up James says he would love to ride in the Grand National but keeping his feet on the ground he said “I’m a long way off being at the top at the moment.”

Brother Sean is also a jockey and James says he is constantly talking to him about tactics for different races.

James adds: “My parents are up for it so that’s good and they’re backing me all the way.”

Coming up James has a couple of rides at Newton Abbot on Friday and another at Plumpton on Sunday before making the move to Nicky Henderson’s yard.

All at the Herald would like to wish James all the best in his time with Mr Henderson.

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Bowl second round draw made

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THE draw has taken place for the second round of the WRU National Bowl and has once again thrown up a host of interesting and competitive fixtures for the weekend of October 7.

All the teams are dreaming of staying to the end of the road that leads to Finals Day at the Principality Stadium. With reigning champions Amman United now playing in the WRU National Plate there will be a different winner.

Neyland’s reward for beating Llandovery Seconds is a home tie against the side who knocked out their local rivals Milford, Cefneithin.

Pembroke, who beat Haverfordwest 31-24 on Saturday (Sept 16), are at home to Aberaeron.

Nantgaredig head west to meet Pembroke Dock Quins looking to build on their unbeaten start to the new season. They currently top Division 3B West with a maximum 10 points along with Burry Port and Lampeter Town.

Lampeter will host Llangadog, a team they beat 55-10 in the second round of their league campaign. The 2016 champions, Burry Port, head to league rivals New Dock Stars.

WRU National Bowl – Round 2 – selected ties

(Matches to be played the weekend 7 October)

Ferryside or Cardigan v Crymych II or Newcastle Emlyn II

Lampeter v Llangadog

Laugharne v Llangwm

Neyland v Cefneithin

New Dock Stars v Burry Port

Pembroke v Aberaeron

Pembroke Dock Quins v Nantgaredig

Penybanc v Llandeilo

Trimsaran v Furnace Utd

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County publishes best figures for 2017

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THE Pembroke County Cricket Club (PCCC) has once again published the first division batting and bowling averages for the 2017 season.

Top of the runs scored column is Johnston’s Daniel Sutton (pictured) who scored a staggering 936 runs over the course of the 18 game campaign to help his side avoid the drop into Division 2.

Behind him is Iwan Izzard with 618 runs and another Johnston player, Lee Summons, was third.

It is a different story in the batting averages as Cresselly’s Dan Cherry scored at an average of 159.5.

Tim Hicks of Carew was second and Johnston’s Sutton was third with an average of 72.

The top bowler for the 2017 season was Neyland’s Andrew Miller who took 37 wickets, one more than Carew’s Tom Davies while Daniel Flynn of St Ishmaels was third with 34 wickets.

Top of the bowling averages was Whitland’s Iestyn Scourfield with an average of 10.23 with Shaun Whitfield of Carew in second and Haverfordwest’s Simon Holliday in third.

Tom Davies: Batting for Carew, took the second most wickets in 2017

Batting (Runs Scored)

  1. Dan Sutton – Johnston – 936
  2. Iwan Izzard – Cresselly – 618
  3. Lee Summons – Johnston – 532

Batting averages

  1. Dan Cherry – Cresselly – 159.5
  2. Tim Hicks – Carew – 72.14
  3. Dan Sutton – Johnston – 72

Bowling (Wickets taken)

  1. Andrew Miller – Neyland – 37
  2. Tom Davies – Carew – 36
  3. Daniel Flynn – St Ishmaels – 34

Bowling averages

  1. Iestyn Scourfield – Whitland – 10.23
  2. Shaun Whitfield – Carew – 10.46
  3. Simon Holliday – Haverfordwest – 11.08

Congratulations to all on an excellent season and as always a thank you to Paul and Janice Webb for their hard work.

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