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Blues too good for Tregaron

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Scrum: Tregaron take the ball from a scrum against Haverfordwest

Haverfordwest • 64
Tregaron • 3

TREGARON slipped to their fourth defeat of the season last Saturday (Oct 21), as they were beaten 64-3 by a strong Haverfordwest side.

Storm Brian had taken its toll on many other games across the county and although the Blues’ pitch was deemed playable, conditions were still tricky for both sides.

Tregaron made the long trip down to play their first game against Haverfordwest for a very long time following their move into the league.

The Blues could only draw with Pembroke Dock Quins in their last outing and they were keen to put that right with a win against Tregaron.

They started the game well and went ahead when Matty Phillips crossed over and Centre Gareth John added the extra two points.

Tregaron hit back and Gwion Phillips scored with a penalty to narrow the deficit.

The Blues had a number of chances to score again but were guilty of giving the ball away on a couple of occasions.

However, when Tregaron had a penalty, the kick didn’t go as far as they would have hoped because of the strong winds and the ball stayed within their half of the field.

That allowed the Blues to keep the pressure on and John was again involved who offloaded to Outside Half Matthew Davies who ran on and he just managed to get the ball away to young Full Back Ollie Hughes who went over on the right for their second try of the game. John then added the extras for a 14-3 lead.

Morgan Layton was next to over for the home side and John added the conversion to make the score 21-3.

It didn’t take the Blues long to score early in the second half as Rhys Baker picked up the ball and ran over for their fourth try of the match to earn his side a bonus point and John again converted.

Hughes then scored two tries in as many minutes as he completed his hat trick.

Baker then grabbed a second try while Mike Griffiths and replacement Liam Manwaring also got on the scoresheet.

John added three more conversions to complete an excellent win for the Blues who will now be looking to challenge at the top end of the table.

Tregaron are without a fixture on Saturday (Oct 28), as other sides take part in the WRU Bowl competition and their next game is next Saturday (Nov 4), away to Neyland.

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Wales v Scotland postponed

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WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.

The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.

A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.

“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.

“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.

“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”

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Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended

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THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.

The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.

The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate.

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Exercise Referral Scheme doing more for health intervention than ever before

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A record 35,069 participants attended Exercise Referral classes during 2640 hours of health classes in 2019.

The National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) is an evidence-based health intervention scheme which incorporates physical activity and behavioural change techniques to support referred clients to make lifestyle changes to improve their health and well-being.

NERS Ceredigion has seen a dramatic increase in demand over the past year. A coordinator and four full time exercise professionals work to deliver the scheme, delivering 73 classes per week. The age of participants range from 16 years old, with the eldest participant in Ceredigion being 95.

Exercise class options include Gym, Circuit, Postural Stability (seated), Spin Bikes, Aqua Aerobics, Tai Chi and Pilates. Venues include council and community centres in Aberystwyth, Aberaeron, Lampeter, Tregaron, Cardigan and Llandysul.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure, highlighted the benefits of the scheme, “There are many physical, psychological and social benefits to being part of the scheme, including confidence-building, better self-esteem, meeting new people and being generally fitter and healthier. Ceredigion Actif’s highly qualified Health Intervention Team provide opportunities to exercise that are fun, rewarding and that can be incorporated into everyday life.”

NERS Ceredigion targets people with a medical condition through various pathways including generic, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary, PSI falls, stroke rehabilitation, mental health, cancer and weight management. The 16 week tailored programme of exercise is delivered by a team of specialist Level 4 qualified exercise professionals who guide referred participants towards realising their individual goals.

A participant in Aberystwyth said, “This has been the best thing I have ever done. I have thrived from doing different activities and pushing myself out of my comfort zone which has not only helped my self-esteem but also my depression and everything else including my pain. I have also made new friends which I didn’t even consider would happen and we’re not only being social but we’re having fun too which is a bonus”.

There is ongoing monitoring from the instructors with follow up assessments at 16 weeks as well as on completion at 52 weeks. Long-term ‘maintenance’ options are available post 16 weeks which include the continuation of exercise classes as well as opportunities to join clubs such as walking basketball, walking football, golf sessions and walking rugby.

During 2018-2019 there were 913 referrals to the scheme. To gain access to the scheme, a person needs to be referred by a Health Professional, usually a GP, Practice Nurse or a condition specific Physiotherapist.

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