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Biggest game in club’s history

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Aaron Evans: With the ball in hand against Pembroke earlier in the season

ON SATURDAY (Mar 25), Cardigan take on Amman United in Lampeter for a place in the WRU National Bowl final.

It is arguably the biggest game of their lives for both teams and both will be eager to book their spot in the final which takes place at the Principality Stadium on Sunday, April 16.

Cardigan and Amman United have both done tremendously well to get this far in the competition and it is a shame that one team’s run will come to an end on Saturday.

Cardigan will be in a confident frame of mind as they go into the semi-final as they have already shown many qualities in their run to this stage of the competition.

They beat Laugharne 45-29 in the second round and they also needed extra time to beat Usk in the following round as they won 10-7.

Another narrow victory followed against Betws before they beat Denbigh 23-7 in round 5.

They came up against Pembrokeshire side Milford Haven in the quarter finals and in a tough game they eventually came out on top with a 16-6 win.

Amman United will also be in a confident frame of mind going into the game having beaten holders Burry Port 13-3 in the quarter finals.

They also beat Monmouth 18-7 in the previous round and beat St Albans 39-5 in round 4.

In round 3 they beat Hartridge 22-5 after being given a walk over against Llandeilo in the second round.

Cardigan posted on their Facebook page: “Great energy and buzz in training tonight (Mar 21)! Boys are bouncing for Saturday’s big game.”

Amman United’s Tony Williams described the game as the ‘biggest in the club’s history’ and said they are really looking forward to the game.

He added: “We’ve trained well this week and we’re looking pretty strong. At this stage of the season we have a few missing but we are really looking forward to it.

“We’ll just be concentrating on ourselves, we know Cardigan have been doing well but we are confident in our game.

“It will come down to the best team on the day and it is also good for us to have someone like Shane Williams in the squad.”

Cardigan spokesperson Hefin Harries told the Herald: “We have had good training sessions this week with a full squad and we are confident of winning against Amman United. We realise that it will be a tough encounter against them and we will have the utmost respect for Amman United on the day.

“We will be missing two players because of a wedding and travels but the players coming are more than capable of filling in for them. The coaches are happy, we have never gone this far before and it is a big game for both teams.”

Cardigan will be without centre Emyr Harries as he is getting married but two players who would have been going to the wedding have said they will be playing.

One of their wingers is also on his travels to Australia but Cardigan are confident they have ample cover in place and will be giving their all to reach the final and make west Wales proud.

The winners of the game will play the winners of the other semi-final between Caerphilly and Cilfynydd with the final being broadcast live on S4C and kicks off at 1pm.

Both teams are just eighty minutes away from a place in the final and Saturday’s game is sure to be an exciting encounter.

Good luck to both teams and may the best team win!

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Have your say on how Ceredigion becomes a more physically active county

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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 clic@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Dweud eich dweud ar sut y daw Ceredigion yn sir fwy egnïol yn gorfforol

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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.”

Am fwy o wybodaeth neu os hoffech gael yr arolwg mewn fformat arall, cysylltwch â’n Canolfan Gyswllt Gwasanaethau Cwsmeriaid ar 01545 570881 neu clic@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Three summer tests announced for Wales

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WALES will play three summer tests in Cardiff this July as revised international fixtures have been announced.

Wayne Pivac’s side will face Canada (July 3) and back-to-back games against Argentina (July 10 & 17) at Principality Stadium.

These tests replace the scheduled summer tour to Argentina which has had to be cancelled due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty around travel restrictions.

The Pumas will now travel to Cardiff for two tests against the Six Nations Champions.

Wales will kick off their summer campaign on July 3 at home to Canada. The Canucks who are coached by former Wales captains Kingsley Jones and Rob Howley will visit Cardiff for the first time since 2008.

“We are looking forward to this summer, the opportunity it presents, and we are delighted to have three tests confirmed,” said Wales head coach Wayne Pivac.

“It is disappointing not to have the opportunity to tour Argentina, especially on the back of our 2020 tour to New Zealand being cancelled, but in the current climate it is completely understandable.

“What is important is we have games and as we have said all along, this summer is a huge opportunity for us.   We are delighted and proud to have 10 players selected for the British & Irish Lions, it is reward for all their hard work and we wish them all the best this summer.

“With those players away we always earmarked this summer as an important development opportunity for us.

“It is an opportunity to bring players into this environment, look at them closely and expose them to test match rugby.  It is also an opportunity for current internationals to step-up into further leadership roles, so on both counts it is an important camp for us looking ahead to RWC2023.”

WRU CEO Steve Phillips added: “It is a huge credit to World Rugby that a full schedule of summer international rugby has been achieved against the backdrop of the global pandemic.

“Whilst it is obviously disappointing not to tour, we are delighted in Wales to be hosting Canada and to be able to honour the 2017 San Francisco agreement by hosting the Pumas for back-to-back matches, which will be hugely important to our international player development.

“Wayne has been adamant that his squad needs matches this summer and World Rugby have certainly delivered on that front.

“We are, of course, acutely aware of current restrictions and the ongoing and complex global COVID-19 picture. We will continue to monitor the situation in terms of any potential spectator access, but will remain entirely compliant and vigilant of all restrictions.

“In the current circumstances we are simply delighted to be able to play international rugby and any advance on that will be a bonus.”

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