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Harding the hero as Rovers win



Cilgerran Rovers 3

Felinfach 2

screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-09-45-01PRIOR to kick off, both sides held a minute silence in memory of the Aberfan disaster to show their respects.

Team news going into the game wasn’t brilliant due to the retirement of captain Gary Evans and brother Barry Evans following injuries. The Rovers had more unavailability in the likes of Craig Poole, Grant Colmer and Callum Plowright. However, Rovers were still able to name a full squad with many 16/17-year-olds able to get a chance to stake a claim in the squad.

A brand new kit, courtesy of Geth Davies of Grow it Mow it, was a fantastic morale boost for the Coraclemen. Diolch yn fawr Geth from all at the Rovers! Much appreciated!

Rovers took the game to Felinfach, eager to set the record straight, having been knocked out in a penalty shootout a couple of weeks ago. The high tempo start came at a cost as Oli Evans had to be withdrawn following a pulled hamstring.

This didn’t dampen Cilgerran’s spirits as Louis Harding managed to tuck the ball underneath the keeper to give Rovers the lead. More chances occurred for Cilgerran but they were unable to capitalise on the opportunities. Felinfach threatened very little; however, they were quick to get on any mistakes made by Cilgerran, forcing stand-in keeper Michael Williams into several great saves throughout the game.

Leading 1-0 at the break, the Rovers knew their lead wasn’t safe and Felinfach were capable of scoring, especially from set pieces.

The Coraclemen pressed for the next goal with numerous attacks but it didn’t come. The visitors were the ones to score the game’s next goal; it came in a shape of a direct free kick, which Michael Williams saved well but palmed it into oncoming traffic as Cilgerran left runners in to poach a tap in.

Annoyed at conceding such a sloppy goal, Cilgerran went direct from a free kick, taken by Steff Davies, to find the head of Louis Harding whose flick on managed to take the keeper by surprise straight through his legs.

With the lead intact, confidence grew and the hunt for the next goal was key. Louis Harding went in search for his hat-trick with full confidence, tearing the defence apart with tricks and flicks. It wasn’t long until Louis bagged his third goal of the game with a strike outside the box into the bottom left corner, having beat a couple of men.

Cilgerran were cruising and the back four looked solid from open play.

Management then began to give many youngsters a chance and valuable playing time went to Matty Williams, Jonathan Ridley, Dion and Joe ‘Pits’ Hill.

This made the game a bit scrappy, which suited Felinfach more. The youngsters worked hard but failed to be a focal point as striker Louis Harding had been rested. Felinfach got the goal they had wanted via a corner which went into the back post as it fell awkwardly to clear, with oncoming attacking players rushing in to bundled over the line.

However, stand-in captain Dan Bellis and his men managed to weather the storm and pick up the three points they deserved.

Next week’s fixture is home in the cup, where Newbridge-on-Rye travel down to Parc-Y-Dre.

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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.”

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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.

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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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