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THE HERALD FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 02 2016


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77 Sport Aberaeron let two goal lead slip West Wales win championship Aberaeron Llandrindod


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THE SCORELINE would


suggest an entertaining game, but in truth, much like Aberaeron’s performance, it only came in fits and starts. Llandod travelled with a bare 11


for this game, lamenting injuries and last minute work commitments, and Aberaeron spared little thought for their visitors as they tore into their opponents, racing into a two goal lead. The home side started on the front


foot and were soon ahead when Mattie Davies scored with a half volley from the edge of the box, which was just reward for Aberaeron. They doubled their lead soon


after when David Evans was played in to the box and finished well at near post and it felt that this game could be a cricket score at this point, given Aberaeron’s dominance. More chances were created


with shots off target or blocked by the visiting defence and it seemed the game would draw out rather comfortably for Aberaeron. Llandrindod, sensing that the


foot was off the pedal, lofted a ball in behind the defence who had pushed up too far and the striker was in, lifting the ball over keeper Barry Edwards


who was caught in no man’s land and made the task easier for the Llandod player. The players walked back out onto


the pitch with the words of Head Coach Jason Jones ringing in their ears: “Play at a high tempo, make sure of quality possession and a win will ensue.” Aberaeron went 3-1 up with an


excellent shot by the hard working Gareth Evans and the game was, seemingly, ‘in the bag’. Llandod, however, had other


plans and continued to be dangerous in us when breaking forward. Aberaeron were unable to play


quality football and looked vulnerable to the Llandod break-outs. A free kick brought them their


second goal and Aberaeron continued to press; however, a swift break and an excellent overlap by the Llandod right back brought a very good cross which was dispatched in to the net by Llandod. Aberaeron have only themselves to blame for the lost points. The team’s performance swung


from scintillating to pedestrian and lackluster and manager Jason Jones will be furious that his team couldn’t close the game out with a two goal cushion at home. On Saturday (Sept 3), Aberaeron are away to Radnor Valley.


Record turnout for Parkrun ANOTHER fantastic day was


had at Aberystwyth Parkrun with a record turnout of 131 finishers (with the previous best being 104 back in April), who were no doubt spurred on by Team GB’s fantastic medal haul in the Olympics and the inspired ‘I AM TEAM GB’ campaign. Many visitors came from afar,


including Jessica Bruce, who is the current holder of the world record marathon time whilst pushing a buggy. Impressive stuff! The Parkrun organisers would


like to thank everyone for starting the weekend the right way.


Male placings: Gary Wyn DAVIES (SM30-34) of


Aberystwyth AC, was first over the line in 17:09 - 11th time in 16 appearances. Aled HUGHES (VM35-39) of


Aberystwyth AC, was second over the line in 17:10 - has been first to finish on four previous occasions. Gethin HOLLAND (SM25-29) of


Aberystwyth AC, was third over the line in 18:15 - has been first to finish on nine previous occasions.


Current standing in the Men’s annual points competition: Mark LEWIS (Unattached) 4043


pts. Evan (Mel) HOPKINS


(Unattached) 3993 pts. Balázs PINTÉR (Aberystwyth AC) 3839 pts.


This week there were 131 runners,


of whom 30 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different athletics clubs took part.


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Female placings: Jessica BRUCE (SW30-34) of


Bristol and West AC, was first (15th overall) over the line in 19:57 - first appearance. Maggie


COLLINGBORN


(VW50-54) (Unattached) was second (28th overall) over the line in 21:32 - has been first to finish on 24 previous occasions. Lisa PHIPPS (VW45-49)


(Unattached) was third (31st overall) over the line in 22:01 - was first to finish once before.


Current standing in the Women’s annual points competition: Leo LEWIS (Unattached) 3849


pts. pts.


Karen DAVIES (Unattached) 3788


the best Age Grade scores: Maggie


Anke C (Unattached) 3413 pts. The following runners recorded COLLINGBORN


(VW50-54) was graded 79.80% for the time 21:32 (28th overall). Aled HUGHES (VM35-39) was


graded 78.93% for the time 17:10 (second overall). Balázs PINTÉR (VM45-49) was


graded 78.83% for the time 18:16 ( fourth overall).


WEST Wales’ Athletics Region


squad came through a competitive competition on Saturday (Aug 27) to have more success on the track and field to win the 18th Welsh Inter- Regional Athletics Championships overall trophy at the end of summer season fixture again during the August Bank Holiday Weekend. A strong squad of 130 West Wales


Under 15, Under 17 and Under 20/ Senior competitors selected last month travelled up to Mid Wales to compete in the red and black vest. West Wales had won the overall


team trophy every year since 1999 except in 2011 when the North Region won, when it was held in Deeside. Throughout


the six hour


programme and 105 events, it was a very close battle between the West and South, with points vital in each event. A number of fantastic performances


and good relay results enabled the team to win by 50 points in the end. 1 West 999.5; 2 South 948.5; 3 North 672; 4 East 585


The overall winning team trophy


was presented to the two West Wales region captains, Peter Maitland (Swansea Harriers) and Caryl Granville (Swansea Harriers). The West region also collected the overall male along with the Under 15s and Senior Men individual age group trophies. In addition, the athletes altogether


won a big total of 124 medals, including many winning performances along with a few new championship records. At Brecon, there was an excellent team spirit in the West Wales team


and most were present for the winning team photograph at the end of the competition as the evening arrived and darkness fell. The six team managers, Hedydd


Davies, Peter Walton, Nathan Jones, Jo Salmon, Jeff Cooze and Dai Jones, thanked all the West Wales athletes on their superb performances, commitment and their willingness to represent West Wales during the busy period in the year. Some of the victorious West Wales


athletes celebrate with the overall trophy at the end of the competition.


Olympic star challenges sevens hopefuls OLYMPIC silver medallist Sam


Cross challenged all the Principality Premiership players competing at the National Foster’s Sevens on Sunday (Aug 28) to grab the opportunity with both hands. Cross was a student at Cardiff


Met in 2013 when he represented a Wales Students side in the first Foster’s tournament. He was spotted by Paul John and Gareth Williams and immediately fast-tracked into the Wales Sevens set-up. The rest, as they say, is history. Sam said: “Representing Wales


Students in the first Foster’s Sevens, we beat a good Carmarthen Quins team in Round One, then played Pontypridd. I had a good tournament, and within a week, Paul John and Gareth Williams got in touch and the next thing I knew I was on my way to Middelburg in


South Africa with Wales Sevens. “That was in 2013 and I went on


to play for Team GB in Rio, so with four years to Tokyo, this is the perfect opportunity for players to impress. The national coaches will be at the Arms Park on Sunday looking ahead at the coming season, and the next two year cycle leading to the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast starting with Dubai in December.” Cross missed out on selection for


the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, and admits that spurred him on to work harder. “After not making that squad, I


knuckled down with Newport in the Premiership. I grafted hard to get another opportunity with Wales Sevens and played in every tournament since, bar London this year. I think that experience gave me the edge I needed


to get into Team GB.” Cross is about to enjoy a well-


earned holiday after returning from South America. “It’s been such a memorable experience, and great to come home and hear how people enjoyed watching us during the Olympics. It was good to get back to Brynmawr and see how much everyone there shared in our performances too.” With rugby sevens one of the


success stories at the recent Olympic Games, the Welsh public experienced the action-packed, fast-paced game for themselves on Sunday when the 16 Principality Premiership sides competed for the fourth Foster’s 7s title.


The four regional women’s sides


also fought it out for the Women’s National Sevens title at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.


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