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Sevens season kicks off



Plate Winners: Young Gulls (pic: Gareth John)

Plate Winners: Young Gulls (pic: Gareth John)

AS the rugby season came to a close, it was time for the speedsters to dust off their boots as the rugby sevens season kicked off at the 30th annual Newport 7s on Sunday, May 24.

With 6 teams entered, the sides were split into two groups of 3, with Group A including Daionic Crusaders, Cardigan Exiles and hosts Newport and Group B included defending champions Carmarthen Warriors, Fishguard RFC’s Young Gulls and Preseli Ba Ba’s.

The tournament kicked off in very wet weather and it was the Daionic Crusaders who topped Group A winning 5 out of 5 group games. The Preseli Ba Ba’s topped group B, after winning 4 out of 5 games, losing once to the Young Gulls but going through as the top placed side on try count.

The next round saw the Daionic Crusaders beat the Carmarthen Warriors, the Preseli Ba Ba’s beat Newport and the Young Gulls beat Cardigan Exlies.

This, after some complicated mathematics meant the Daionic Crusaders would meet the Preseli Ba Ba’s in the Cup final and the Young Gulls would face off against the Cardigan Exlies in the Plate final.

The Plate final was the curtain raiser to the Cup final, and the Young Gulls stormed off into an early lead and ever looked like losing, winning the Plate by five tries to Cardigan Exiles’ one. The Young Gulls walked away with £150 for winning the Plate.

The Cup final had £500 prize money on offer, and it was the Ba Ba’s who made the stronger start under the sunshine which had broken through the clouds. The Crusaders were not dampened though, and fought their way back as the final result was 4 – all, resulting in sudden death.

To complete their fantastic comeback, the Daionic Crusaders scored the first points during sudden death, meaning they lifted the cup and walked away with £500.

Crusaders’ player Dafydd Williams received £100 for being named player of the tournament, and all sides went on to celebrate a successful day of running rugby.

Group A:

Daionic Crusaders 5-1 Cardigan Exiles

Newport 0-4 Daionic Crusaders

Cardigan 7-1 Newport

Daionic Crusaders 4-2 Cardigan Exiles

Newport 0-10 Daionic Crusaders

Cardigan Exiles 6-1 Newport

Group B:

Carmarthen Warriors 1-3 Preseli Ba Ba’s

Carmarthen Warriors 1-2 Young Gulls

Preseli Ba Ba’s 2-3 Young Gulls

Carmarthen Warriors 1-6 Preseli Ba Ba’s

Carmarthen Warriors 3-6 Young Gulls

Preseli Ba Ba’s 3-1 Young Gulls

‘Bonus’ group games:

Daionic Crusaders 7-3 Carmarthen Warriors

Preseli Ba Ba’s 9-0 Newport

Cardigan Exiles 2-5 Young Gulls

Plate final:

Young Gulls 5-1 Cardigan Exiles

Cup final:

Daionic Crusaders 5-4 Preseli Ba Ba’

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Have your say on how Ceredigion becomes a more physically active county




A CONSULTATION is currently underway on how Ceredigion is becoming a more physically active County. 

There is a plan to follow the “Sport & Recreational Activity Strategy 2014-2020” which is being developed, with an opportunity for Ceredigion residents to have their say.

Your feedback will be essential in supporting Ceredigion County Council’s production of a new development plan and in helping determine its priorities from 2022 to 2027. This will ensure that Ceredigion residents have access to quality opportunities to become more active, benefiting their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

The new plan will identify how becoming a more active county can contribute to the Council’s Corporate Strategies and the Local Wellbeing Plan.

To ensure that the plan meets the needs of all its residents, the Council would like as many people and organisations as possible to complete the survey. Residents have until 17 October to complete the survey:

Councillor Catherine Hughes, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member for Porth Gofal, Early Intervention, Wellbeing Hubs and Culture said: “The physical and mental health and well-being of Ceredigion’s residents is very important. This is a chance for residents to have their say on how they want to receive sport and physical activities for the years to come. We recognise the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on sport and physical activity in the county and this is an opportunity to let us know how we can build back stronger.”

For further information or if you would like the survey in an alternative format, contact our Customer Services Contact Centre on 01545 570881 or

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Dweud eich dweud ar sut y daw Ceredigion yn sir fwy egnïol yn gorfforol




MAE YMGYNGHORIAD yn cael ei gynnal ar hyn o bryd ar sut mae Ceredigion yn dod yn Sir sy’n fwy egnïol yn gorfforol. 

Mae yna gynllun i ddilyn y “Strategaeth Chwaraeon a Gweithgareddau Hamdden 2014-2020” sy’n cael ei ddatblygu, gyda chyfle i drigolion Ceredigion ddweud eu dweud.

Bydd eich adborth yn hanfodol i gefnogi Cyngor Sir Ceredigion i greu cynllun datblygu newydd er mwyn pennu ei flaenoriaethau rhwng 2022 a 2027. Bydd hyn yn caniatáu i drigolion Ceredigion gael mynediad at gyfleoedd o safon i ddod yn fwy actif a fydd hefyd o fudd i’w hiechyd a’u lles corfforol a meddyliol.

Bydd y cynllun newydd yn nodi sut y gall fod yn sir fwy egnïol gyfrannu at Strategaethau Corfforaethol y Cyngor a’r Cynllun Lles Lleol.

I sicrhau bod y cynllun yn diwallu anghenion ei holl breswylwyr, hoffai’r Cyngor i gynifer o bobl a sefydliadau â phosibl gwblhau’r arolwg. Mae gan drigolion hyd at 17 Hydref i gwblhau’r arolwg:

Y Cynghorydd Catherine Hughes yw’r Aelod Cabinet Cyngor Sir Ceredigion ar gyfer Porth Gofal, Ymyrraeth Gynnar, Canolfannau Lles a Diwylliant. Dywedodd: “Mae iechyd a lles corfforol a meddyliol trigolion Ceredigion yn bwysig iawn. Dyma gyfle i’r trigolion ddweud eu dweud ar sut maen nhw eisiau derbyn chwaraeon a gweithgareddau corfforol am y blynyddoedd i ddod. Rydym yn cydnabod yr effaith y mae pandemig y coronafeirws wedi’i chael ar chwaraeon a gweithgarwch corfforol yn y sir ac mae hwn yn gyfle i roi gwybod i ni sut y gallwn ailadeiladu’n gryfach.”

Am fwy o wybodaeth neu os hoffech gael yr arolwg mewn fformat arall, cysylltwch â’n Canolfan Gyswllt Gwasanaethau Cwsmeriaid ar 01545 570881 neu

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Three summer tests announced for Wales



WALES will play three summer tests in Cardiff this July as revised international fixtures have been announced.

Wayne Pivac’s side will face Canada (July 3) and back-to-back games against Argentina (July 10 & 17) at Principality Stadium.

These tests replace the scheduled summer tour to Argentina which has had to be cancelled due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty around travel restrictions.

The Pumas will now travel to Cardiff for two tests against the Six Nations Champions.

Wales will kick off their summer campaign on July 3 at home to Canada. The Canucks who are coached by former Wales captains Kingsley Jones and Rob Howley will visit Cardiff for the first time since 2008.

“We are looking forward to this summer, the opportunity it presents, and we are delighted to have three tests confirmed,” said Wales head coach Wayne Pivac.

“It is disappointing not to have the opportunity to tour Argentina, especially on the back of our 2020 tour to New Zealand being cancelled, but in the current climate it is completely understandable.

“What is important is we have games and as we have said all along, this summer is a huge opportunity for us.   We are delighted and proud to have 10 players selected for the British & Irish Lions, it is reward for all their hard work and we wish them all the best this summer.

“With those players away we always earmarked this summer as an important development opportunity for us.

“It is an opportunity to bring players into this environment, look at them closely and expose them to test match rugby.  It is also an opportunity for current internationals to step-up into further leadership roles, so on both counts it is an important camp for us looking ahead to RWC2023.”

WRU CEO Steve Phillips added: “It is a huge credit to World Rugby that a full schedule of summer international rugby has been achieved against the backdrop of the global pandemic.

“Whilst it is obviously disappointing not to tour, we are delighted in Wales to be hosting Canada and to be able to honour the 2017 San Francisco agreement by hosting the Pumas for back-to-back matches, which will be hugely important to our international player development.

“Wayne has been adamant that his squad needs matches this summer and World Rugby have certainly delivered on that front.

“We are, of course, acutely aware of current restrictions and the ongoing and complex global COVID-19 picture. We will continue to monitor the situation in terms of any potential spectator access, but will remain entirely compliant and vigilant of all restrictions.

“In the current circumstances we are simply delighted to be able to play international rugby and any advance on that will be a bonus.”

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