League Three West B
ABERAERON hosted Penybanc on Saturday (Apr 16) with the visitors in search of a win that would pull them further away from the bottom 2 in the league, with the hosts all but condemned to their bottom two fate.
Skipper Adrian Pugh was missing with a broken arm for the visitors so flanker Mike Tench stepped up to the front row. Veteran wing Christian Hughes came into the side for a first start of the season.
Banc started well enough with fly half Mathew Lloyd kicking an early penalty for a 3-0 lead.
Aber defended very well in the early period with their forwards holding up the lighter Banc forwards and slowing down momentum. Some poor defence from the Tigers saw the hosts open their account to take the lead 7-3.
Banc however were looking really dangerous in attack. Prop Zac Rees was having a big game in the loose but after creating several chances with no end result, good work from centres Mathew Brayley and Dan Roberts saw full back Wayne Williams outstrip the defence to take the away team back in front.
Scrum Half Owen Williams was very busy around the breakdown and dangerous wing Callan Christie made ground every time he had the ball. Aber kicked a penalty to level the scores at 10-10 as the ref blew up for half time.
Banc must have had a severe talking to half time after leaving several chances on the field and were reappeared determined to put things right in the second half.
Aber kicked a further penalty shortly after but it was all Banc from there on. A barnstorming run from Tom Gale gave great go forward ball before the ball was spun out for Williams to claim his second after another trademark finish.
Williams was involved again shortly after, this time turning provider for Christie to register his first try for the club with a fine try. A solid shift from Tim Williams and Mark Tench contributed to a cracking final 20 minutes.
Brayley made his presence felt with a few late charges and it wasn’t long before No 8 Chris Jones popped up in midfield to score the bonus point try.
The final word though, was to go to the evergreen Williams, who completed his hat trick put the icing on the kick in a faultless performance from the full back and a great second half team effort.
Wales v Scotland postponed
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.”
Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended
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.
Exercise Referral Scheme doing more for health intervention than ever before
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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