Brianne Schools League 2017/18: Round Two in the mud and rain at Bro Myrddin... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 16:55

Round-Up from the second fixture of the 2017/18 Brianne Schools Cross Country League, as 220 pupils get involved as the host school makes home advantage count in round two win...

Round-Up from the second fixture of the 2017/18 Brianne Schools Cross Country League, as 220 pupils get involved as the host school makes home advantage count in round two win...

Three days after the big Welsh Inter Schools Championships up in Brecon, and a busy double-header of sportshall competition at the Leisure Centre in the past 10 days, the Brianne Schools Cross Country League returned for the second fixture of the 2017/18 arriving on the outskirts of Carmarthen town centre after the opening round down the A40 in Whitland. Results Round-Up as several athlete continue where they left off...


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On Tuesday 21st November, pupils in years 7, 8, 9 and 10 were back in action at the latest hosts, Ysgol Bro Myrddin's sports field. The races went ahead as planned at 1pm, despite the wet conditions on the day and heavy underfoot conditions, which only got much worse as the year groups progressed.

The seven schools: Ysgol Dyffryn Aman - Ammanford, Ysgol Maes Y Gwendraeth - Cefneithin, Ysgol Bro Dinefwr - Llandeilo, Ysgol Bro Myrddin - Carmarthen, Queen Elizabeth School - Carmarthen, Ysgol Dyffryn Taf - Whitland and Llandovery College - Llandovery again brought teams as the league approached the half way point.


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The course was split into two - with some running the full perimeter of the sports field with others adding in a half lap which took them around the top end of the rugby field. The Year 7 Girls got things underway with a full lap before the Year 7 Boys (1.5 laps); Year 8 Girls (1.5 laps); Year 8 Boys (2 laps); Year 9/10 Girls (2 laps) and Year 9/10 Boys got their opportunity to run. Following the five previous programmes of events, the latter had to contend with the worst of the underfoot conditions as the rain got heavier and the grass slowly fading.


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Here's a round-up of the races...Crynhondeb o'r rasys...


Year 7 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 7: Keira Carmody (QE High) took the win again with her Harriers & schoolmate Amy Greatrick (QE High) in second, but the finish was much closer this time with around a second or two to spare. Carmarthen Harriers in dominating also occupied the third, fourth and fifth places thanks to Milly John (Bro Myrddin), Megan Roberts (Ysgol Maes Y Gwendraeth) and Jessica Lee (Dyffryn Taf) who moved up after a 7th position in round 1.

Year 7 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 7: QE High are going strong in the year 7 age groups, with Jack Thomas another to gain successive wins with another strong run. In a change of order this time round, it was Steffan Davies (Bro Myrddin) who led the host school team in second place with their scoring completed in 6th, 7th and 8th from Cox, Peters and Elvy. The Dyffryn Aman duo Tiaan Sparrow and Sion Davies were the first two scorers of the Ammanford squad.

Year 8 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 8: Awen Roberts (Maes Y Gwendraeth) again won the year 8 girls and consolidated her place at the top. Bethany Davies (QE High) finished as the day's runner up with Sara Price (Bro Dinefwr) another to improve on her first match result. Amber McIsaac (QE High) and Caitlyn Jones (Maes Y Gwendraeth) completed the top five individuals.


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Year 8 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 8: It was no surprise to see the top 4 from Dyffryn Taf dominate at Bro Myrddin with Frank Morgan (Bro Myrddin) striding away to win comfortably, following his Inter Schools victory just three days earlier. The Harriers duo Ioan Cressey-Rodgers (Bro Myrddin) and Scott Price (Bro Dinefwr) showed how much they have developed recently with Morgan Lloyd (Bro Myrddin) coming in as third scorer to set the boys team on their way.

Year 9/10 Girls / Merched Blwyddyn 9 a 10: In a smaller field this time round of 19, another top three finisher at Brecon, Daisy Thompson (Bro Myrddin) repeated her result from the season opener with another clear win. Deryn Cressey-Rodgers (Bro Myrddin) completed a one-two for the school girls with Siwan Jones-Evans (Bro Myrddin) getting third position. Tanwen Moon (Maes Y Gwendraeth) started the scoring for her school with fifth placed Maddie Morgan (Bro Myrddin) ensured that Bro Myrddin scored three in five.

Year 9/10 Boys / Bechgyn Blwyddyn 9 a 10: Another one-two for Bro Myrddin which confirmed the day's result... Liam Edwards (Bro Myrddin) and Dafydd Jones (Bro Myrddin) found the mud not much problem with the latter just getting the edge on this occasion. The Dyffryn Aman duo consisting of Nico Sofiu and Jac Chapman gained valuable points in third and fourth respectively with Archie Hughes getting Llandovery College's highest placed finisher of the afternoon.


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It was a good team effort, particularly in the boys categories from the home school who made home advantage count as they won the fixture, but only just...by 34 points from Dyffryn Aman. QE High were third with the leaders Maes Y Gwendraeth finishing fourth on the day, but continue to lead the way at this early stage thanks to their big winning margain in round one. Dyffryn Taf, Bro Dinefwr and Llandovery College currently sit in fifth, sixth and seventh respectively at the moment.

After two matches of four: 1 Maes Y Gwendraeth 1,557; 2 QE High 1,467; 3 Dyffryn Aman 1,456; 4 Bro Myrddin 1,381; 5 Bro Dinefwr 1,356; 6 Dyffryn Taf 1,331; 7 Llandovery College 716

The Brianne Schools Cross Country League is covered in full this year in the local newspapers (Carmarthen Journal, & Carmarthenshire Herald) and this will be featured in two weeks' time (week 4th December)!

A date is yet to be confirmed for the third fixture, but this is likely to take place in the first week or two in January following the Christmas holidays, venue TBC. January will see a busy end of month for cross country pupils across Dyfed, as the four areas will host their Area championships at four locations before the top finishers will be selected to represent Brianne, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Llanelli at the Dyfed cross country championships at Parc Dinefwr, Llandeilo in February. This acts as a qualifier for the Welsh National championships the following month.


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