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Aberaeron seal first Conference title



ABERAERON clinched the West Wales Conference title for the first time on Saturday (Aug 18), as they beat second placed Talybont by five wickets.

With just one game left they are now ten points clear of Talybont and cannot be caught.

Aberaeron won the toss but chose to field first and they made a good total of 212-7 from their 40 overs.

Talybont lost opener Ben Harper early on when he was bowled by Hywel Rees and he then picked up his second wicket as he had Andy Copeland caught by Chris Strange.

Josheff Joshi and Dave Barrow batted well together with the former hitting five fours and a six in his score of 42 before he was caught by Chris Strange off the bowling of Paul Hughes.

Barrow was joined by Vinod Mathew and the pair put on another good partnership. Mathew hit six boundaries in his knock of 34 but he was then caught by Josh Roper off the bowling of Paul Graham.

Graham then ran out Phil Abraham on a score of 6 while Anish Kuriakose was also run out by John Fice on a score of 21.

Dave Barrow was the mainstay of the innings as he scored 75 with seven fours and a six before he was bowled by David Grinszpan.

That set Aberaeron 213 to win and they made a good start with John Fice scoring 27 before he was caught off the bowling of Milton John.

John then also bowled Alexander Pitchford on a score of 1 as Talybont looked to keep the pressure on.

Chris Strange added 22 with three fours and a six before he was bowled by Dave Barrow.

David Grinszpan and Hywel Rees then turned the game in Aberaeron’s favour with an excellent partnership.

Grinszpan eventually fell, when he was bowled by Phil Abraham, for a score of 70 which included eight boundaries.

Josh Roper scored just 1 before he was caught by Anish Kuriakose off the bowling of Josheff Joshi.

Rees and Dave Floyd then held their nerves to see Aberaeron to their target. Floyd was not out on 14 while Rees was not out on 46 as they secured the West Wales Conference for the first time.

Aberaeron will look to close their season in style when they take on UWA Commoners at home on Saturday, Setepember 1.

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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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