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Cardis through to semis



WRU National Bowl

Cardigan 16

Milford Haven 6

Excting match: Cardigan came out on top (pics. Julie John Photography)

CARDIGAN are through to the semi-finals of the WRU National Bowl after they beat Milford Haven 16-6 on Saturday, February 18.

For both clubs it was their biggest ever game with a place in the last four up for grabs but it was Cardigan who came out on top.

They can now look forward to a semi-final tie with the winner travelling to the Principality Stadium in Cardiff for the final.

On Saturday, it was Cardigan who drew first blood when Llyr Jones sent a penalty through the posts.

Milford levelled the scores soon after with a penalty of their own from Craig Barnett.

However, Cardigan ensured they would hold a lead at the break as Daf Watkins raced over for a try but the conversion was missed as the ball bounced off the post.

That gave the home side a slender 8-3 lead at the break and the game was very much still in the balance.

In the second half the Tiefisiders continued to put the pressure on and they were rewarded when John Lumb scored Cardigan’s second try of the match. Jones missed with the conversion.

The lead was increased further when Jones scored a second penalty giving the home side a 16-3 lead.

Milford’s task was made even harder soon after as they were reduced to 14 men when they had a man red carded for a high tackle on Garerth Clifford.

Cardigan’s Emyr Harries was then also sent off as he was given a second yellow for a late tackle making it 14v14 for the remainder of the game.

Milford looked to mount a response and Barnett reduced the gap with another penalty to make it 16-6.

They were still in with a chance of claiming victory but Cardigan had other ideas and their defence held out to stop the Mariners from scoring.

The final whistle sparked scenes of celebration amongst the home players and supporters while Milford were left to reflect on what might have been.

Cardigan posted on their Facebook page after the match: “Great performance and result by the boys today! Fantastic atmosphere! Thank you to everyone that came and supported!”

Both sides now return to league action with their next fixture coming on Saturday, March 4, as Milford travel to Laugharne and Cardigan travel to Pembroke Dock Quins.

The draw for the last four was made on Tuesday, February 21, with Cardigan being drawn against Amman United.

That tie will take place on Saturday, March 25, at a neutral venue still to be arranged.

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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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