WRU League Two West
UNDERHILL PARK overlooking Mumbles Bay was the venue on Saturday for Aberystwyth’s last league match of the 2015-16 season.
The performance at Pontyberem the previous Tuesday had very properly resulted in the Aber selectors naming an unchanged starting line-up and anticipation was high for the match in which a victory would give them the League 2 West championship title.
There was some disappointment before the start when the home side announced that they had suffered several injuries during two games in the previous week, and were unable to field a front row, meaning that scrums would be uncontested from the start.
Aber’s mighty pack has been a major part of their success this season and losing the chance to exercise their skills one last time weakened their armoury. But there was still a job to be done and they set about it in a professional fashion.
The first score came in the seventh minute of play; Mumbles were penalised inside the Aber 22 and a good touch finder gave the visitors a lineout way upfield. Number eight Lee Gower took the lineout ball and initiated a classic one-two with Gower touching down for the opening try near the left corner.
The middle period of the first half was a nervous affair, frequent blasting of the referee’s whistle breaking the flow of the game.
There was an exchange of penalties during this period, scrum half Andrew Evans landing a 35 metre kick for the home side, Aber skipper Jason Rees duly retaliating with a 45 metre effort to make the score 3-8 in the visitors’ favour.
A yellow card reduced Aber to 14 men on the half hour, and similarly Mumbles were down to 14 just before the break. The score had been the same for the whole of the second quarter in a tight, well-contested match.
Four minutes into the second half a promising Aberystwyth attack ended with a knock-on; the Mumbles clearance was however charged down, wing Carwyn Evans gathering and tearing towards the line when the skipper himself was in support to score the second try, putting Aber into a 3-13 lead.
With Aber getting on top, an upfield streak from Adam Carvell in the 47th minute led to the winger looking around for support, finding the ever-present Paul Stubbs who suffered a muscular injury going for the line, but managed to demonstrate some acrobatic skills in reaching over the line for the try. It was unfortunately the end of Stubbs’s afternoon but he had scored yet another try and left the field a happy man as his captain’s conversion had just put them 3-20 ahead.
Aberystwyth only needed a win to claim the title but a fourth try in the 58th minute added icing to the cake and a bonus point to boot. A very spirited attack led to a score for lock Lee Evans which Rees again converted making it 3-27.
They made that five tries in the 70th minute when centre Rhodri Richards flew out a long overhead pass to replacement centre Myles Hamilton, the Kiwi skilfully taking the ball and finishing off.
Full back Llŷr Thomas added the conversion to make it 10-34 to the visitors and initiating the preparations for the WRU presentation proceedings. Mumbles did not give up however and were rewarded with a consolation try for centre Stuart Fletcher just before the end, converted by full back Matt Hughes.
The final whistle finally came and the Aberystwyth contingent burst into congratulatory mode, the playing and coaching squads clearly euphoric in their achievement. WRU District Director Phil Thomas presented the Trophy Bowl to Aber skipper Jason Rees, and the champagne spray started!
Aberystwyth started their National League career in the then eighth division (the lowest possible) in the inaugural season.
Their rise has been steady, never once having suffered relegation. Promotion to the first division is therefore an achievement to be proud of; to go along with that they have this year notched up 114 League tries, believed to be a League record surpassing the 113 scored by Tonmawr some four years ago.
There is a lot of rugby yet to be played in Wales this season – there are still some 18 games left in Aberystwyth’s own division – so Aber have done very well to have completed their full league programme already.
They can therefore enjoy the next few weeks whilst other teams battle out, invariably for relegation places, but Aberystwyth and Penclawdd can then look forward to the First Division where the Ceredigion side will re-encounter many of their opponents of the last few years. Things are looking up at Plascrug.
Omicron: Sporting events to be played behind closed doors from Boxing Day
SPORTING events in Wales will be played behind closed doors from Boxing Day in a bid to combat the spread of the Omicron variant.
The Welsh government said the new measures apply to both indoor and outdoor sporting events, with economy minister Vaughan Gething confirming a £3m “Spectator Sports Fund” will support clubs and venues affected.
The decision comes after a number of postponements affecting Welsh sides in the Football League.
Cardiff City have called off their Boxing Day match against Coventry City due to several Covid cases among their players and staff, while Newport County will no longer face League Two leaders Forest Green.
In the United Rugby Championship, Cardiff Blues are scheduled to play Scarlets at Cardiff Arms Park on Boxing Day, although Ospreys vs Dragons at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea has been called off due to Covid.
“Sporting events over the Christmas period are one of the big highlights of the year,” Gething said.
“Unfortunately, the new Omicron variant is a significant development in the pandemic and could cause a large number of infections.
“We need to do everything we can to protect people’s health and control the spread of this awful virus.
“Throughout the pandemic we have followed scientific and public health advice to keep people safe. The advice is clear – we need to act now in response to the threat of omicron. We are giving people as much notice of these decisions as we can.
“Crowds will come back as soon as possible. We want everyone to be here to enjoy their favourite sports.”
Latest figures show Omicron cases are rising in all parts of Wales, while the overall rate of coronavirus infections is at just under 550 cases per 100,000 people.
Cardiff City have called off their Boxing Day match against Coventry City due to several Covid cases among their players and staff; Ospreys vs Dragons also off in United Rugby Championship; Welsh economy minister says clubs and venues would be supported through a £3m fund.
An EFL spokesperson said: “The EFL notes the disappointing news that fans of Welsh clubs competing in the EFL will be unable to watch their team play live at home over the festive period, but we appreciate there are many factors influencing each administration’s decision.
“Looking forward, the League will continue to work with our broadcast partners and other relevant stakeholders throughout this difficult period as we consider how we can appropriately support our Welsh clubs and their supporters so they can watch their team while matches are played behind closed doors.
“In addition, we will engage with the authorities in Wales to determine what type and or level of financial support they can provide our clubs in Wales whilst they are unable to welcome supporters through the turnstiles.”
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: https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/your-council/consultations/physical-activity-development-plan/
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 email@example.com.
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: https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/eich-cyngor/ymgynghoriadau/cynllun-datblygu-gweithgaredd-corfforol/.
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.”
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