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Cardigan through to last 16



screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-11-06-31CARDIGAN are through to the last 16 of the WRU National Bowl after an excellent 13-8 win over Betws last weekend.

The Teifisiders kicked off their Bowl campaign with an easy first round win against St Davids, winning by 90 points to seven.

In round two, they were given a much sterner task as they beat Laugharne 45-29.

The third round also saw them come up against tough opponents in the form of Usk, but they eventually came out on top, winning 10-7 after extra time.

The Ceredigion side have also been going well in the league so far this season and currently find themselves in fourth place but, on Saturday (Dec 10), they turned their attentions to Betws for an exciting Bowl match.

Betws are based just outside Ammanford and currently play in Division Three West B. However, they have struggled this season, winning just two of their eight league matches.

Despite that form, they were still a threat to Cardigan in the cup and the Tiefisiders knew they would have be on top of their game to progress.

Going into the game, Cardigan have won six of their eight league matches so far, with one draw and one defeat to their name.

Cardigan’s team for the game against Betws:

15. John Lumb, 14. Alun Jenkins, 13. Marcus Castle, 12. Emyr Harries, 11. Dafydd Watkins, 10. Luke Rogers, 9. Aaron Evans

1. Tomos Evans, 2. Bedwyr Davies, 3. Richard Jones, 4. Dean Harries, 5. Rob Connolly, 6. Gethin Jones, 7. Kieran Hurley, 8. Llyr Griffiths

16. Aled Phillips, 17. William Bryce, 18. Gareth Clifford, 19. Sion Hughes, 20. Iestyn Crompton

Cardigan have shown their battling qualities throughout the league campaign and they have the players to hurt Betws, which they were hoping to use to good effect.

The weather for the game on Saturday (Dec 10) wasn’t great but both sides put on a good display for the fans.

Rob Connolly scored Cardigan’s only try of the game in the first half and Luke Rogers added the extra two points.

Rogers then scored two further penalties to increase his side’s lead.

Betws’ Tom Williams responded with a penalty to reduce the half time score to 3-13.

As conditions worsened in the second half, try scoring opportunities were limited but the home side scored when Ashley Evans went over to close the gap further.

However, the conversion was missed and Cardigan hung on in the closing stages to book their place in the last 16 of the Bowl.

Cardigan will now look forward to taking on Denbigh at home with that game taking place on Saturday, January 14.

Denbigh play their rugby in National League Two North West, where they currently sit second.

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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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