THE battle for the League 3 West A title continues as both Aberaeron and present leaders Milford recorded bonus point wins on Saturday (Apr 20).
Whereas Milford won at a canter, Aberaeron had to really grind out the result against a Quins side who totally belied their lowly league position, very often treading a very disciplinary fine line in the process and fortunate only to receive the 2 yellow cards in the first period.
Aberaeron were missing a couple of their regular front eight and this was compelled further with an injury to prop Owain Wozencraft in the opening minutes.
Replacement Ceri Dorian Davies would not have expected such an early introduction but he proved more than a capable sub and formed a solid row with captain Danton and hooker Sion Evans, the latter imperious in finding his lineout target.
That set play proved a good source of possession with target man Dan Lewis supreme throughout the afternoon, but despite the possession, it remained scoreless for a quarter into the game. Scrambling defence and the hosts indiscipline were finally overcome as a succession of forward surges released the backline and the big frame of Tom Slinger crashed over the line.
Rhodri Thomas who has taken the role of injured namesake Jenkins fired over the additional points to soothe the nerves and two further tries were registered before the break.
The close range thrusts of Gareth James was a constant threat and the burly scrum half recorded the first of his tries with several would be defenders in his wake.
The third try soon arrived with the football finally reaching Dyfrig Dafis on the wing after a clever overlap,the conversion by Thomas cementing a 19 point advantage at the break.
The second half became a dour and frustrating affair with the Quins constant bickering and indiscretions really testing the composure of the referee.
Fortunately James relieved the tension being on the end of a break by centre Ollie Sawyer, and well supported by the Llewelyn brothers.
Thomas duly added the conversion to secure the victory, but try as they might further scores failed to materialise and it was the home team who had the final say with a debatable consolation try by Jordon Kokolin,the touchline clearly crossed in the process.
Aberaeron are away to Laugharne tonight before visiting Neyland on Saturday (Apr 27).
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.”
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.
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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