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Primary Schools Season conclusion...West Glamorgan v Dyfed season finale at Swansea... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 21:01

Wednesday Evening, 21st March saw the final midweek school fixture of the season take place at Swansea University. It was the West Glamorgan v Dyfed Primary Schools inter county match with results and images available online.


Nathan Jones reports from the afternoon's action in Sketty...

On a dry but a bitterly cold Wednesday evening at Ashleigh Road Playing Fields near Swansea University campus this week (21st March), the busy schools cross country season in West Wales came to a close for another campaign with the final midweek fixture of the winter: the annual West Glamorgan Primary Schools v Dyfed Primary Schools in the inter county match.

Ar nos Fercher sych ond oer ar Gaeau Chwarae Ffordd Ashleigh ger campws Prifysgol Abertawe yr wythnos hon (21ain Mawrth), death y tymor traws gwlad prysur yng Nghorllewin Cymru i ben am ymgyrch arall gydag ysgolion cynradd Gorllewin Morgannwys ac ysgolion cynradd Dyfed yn cystadlu yng nghystadleuaeth dwethaf canol wythnos y hydref.


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It took place this evening hosted by the West Glamorgan schools on the field directly in front of the athletics track which will next look forward to welcoming hundreds of athletes of all ages to competitions throughout the summer months to Sketty.

Around 10 to 12 primary schools league meetings took place throughout the past few months in West Glamorgan and Dyfed, and the finale all came down to the inter county match which was previously held at Parc Dinefwr, Llandeilo in 2016 followed by the fixture incorporating into the SIAB Schools & Home Countries International last year (March 2017) over at Margam Park near Port Talbot, as the curtin raiser ahead of the main races. Many of the top secondary school cross country runners in Wales, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland were watching what was on offer by the future generation on home soil.

With many of the athletes involved last year having moved up an age group, it was the ideal opportunity for several new faces to represent their district with up to 24 athletes in years 5 and years 6 featuring in both of the afternoon's races at 5pm and 5.10pm respectively. Athletes in action at Swansea in the boys and girls categories qualified to attend after high-place finishes at their respective county championships held last week.


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Six days back on Thursday 15th March, Dyfed primary schools turned out in their numbers as more than 1,400 children from 75 schools took part at the United Counties Showground in Nantyci. Whatever their ability, the programme of eight races were open to everyone. It was the ideal chance for those new into the sport to give it a go and get involved in running while enjoying the race day atmosphere.

Meanwhile on the same evening, the top West Glamorgan cross country runners battled it out against each other at the primary schools county final, taking place at the same venue as Wednesday's match. With a number of area events featuring between eight to twelve schools having been held over the winter period, the winning teams from each of the six to eight area fixtures as well as pupils who finished as top 3 individual in any of the 3 league matches, progressed to the county final. Up to 12 boys and 12 girls in both counties received selection letters and automatically qualified.

The course was the same for boys as it was for girls...with competitors running around the edge of the two rugby pitches equalling 1360m before the finishing line near the Swansea University Indoor Athletics Track end, where parents and supporters were waiting to welcome them across the line.


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Medals were awarded to the first three individuals along with the first place team members. The scores at the end of the match were Dyfed 21; West Glamorgan 88 in the boys and Dyfed 21; West Glamorgan 79 in the girls. Our very own Ben Thomas was on hand to act as "hairs" and lead the athletes around the course.


GIRLS / MERCHED: 1 Erin Morgan (Y Dderwen); 2 Eleanor White (Y Garn); 3 Frances Mackie (Y Castell); 4 Maddy James (Lamphey); 5 Katelyn Sharp (Glannau Gwaun); 6 Carys Wood (Stepaside); 7 Carys Hennessy (Gowerton); 8 Kaitlyn Jones (Lon Las); 9 Bessy Hill (Y Ddwylan); 10 Seren Davies (Aberaeron); 11 Anna Joyce (Penllwyn); 12 Katie David (Cleddau Reach); 13 Megan Walters (YGG Bae Baglan); 14 Holly John (Roch); 15 Martha Brandy-Phillips (Aberaeron); 16 Mari Stephens (Castell Nedd); 17 Eve Bessent (Gowerton); 18 Ella Edwards (Lon Las); 19 Lola Thair (YGG Pontardawe); 20 Sophie Hartley Green (Newton); 21 Nia Thomas (Castell Nedd); 22 Roxie Ch'ng (Bishopston)

BOYS / BECHGYN: 1 Ifan Bowen (Y Dderwen); 2 Macsen Toogood (Teilo Sant); 3 Finlay Tarling (Aberaeron); 4 Rowan Dixon (Milford Haven Juniors); 5 Tomos Lewis (Y Dderwen); 6 Jake Lynock (Rhys Pritchard); 7 Finley Bruce (Gelli Aur); 8 Rhys Caygill (Llandudoch); 9 Iwan Thomas (Parc Y Tywyn); 10 Kian Jones (Blaenbaglan); 11 Finn Whitton (Lon Las); 12 Thomas Searle (Lon Las); 13 Evan Morris (Newton); 14 Steffan Hopkins (Aberaeron); 15 Joshua Delegado (St Joseph's Clydach); 16 Jac Jones (Llanddarog); 17 Nathan Devonald (St Thereses); 18 Aaron Mathias (Pontarddulais); 19 Morgan Burgess (Grange); 20 Callum Jones (Lon Las); 21 Reuben De Val (Pen Y Fro); 22 Charlie Hill (Crwys); 23 Ashton Parry (St Joseph's Clydach); 24 Harry Mills (Lon Las)




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Congratulations to all the athletes who qualified to compete at tonight's event. Da iawn pawb!

Next up is the track and field summer, kicking off at the end of April and running through until the end of August. The West Glamorgan Primary Schools v Dyfed Primary Schools track and field competition will head back to Swansea at the end of July where there will be selection for the 60m hurdles, 100m sprint, 800m, 4 x 100m relay, Long Jump, High Jump and Shot Put.

Both counties will have up to four boys and four girls in each of the events on that occasion.