Schools / Ysgolion: Primary Schools Finale in Swansea & Welsh Schools youngsters head to Scotland for SIAB2018 Print
Written by Nathan Jones   
Sunday, 22 July 2018 07:05

It's been all about annual end of season schools competitions this week...Full Coverage & Results from the Inter County Primary Schools (Swansea) & SIAB Schools U17 International (Grangemouth Stadium) on Wednesday 18th & Saturday 21st.



The annual Dyfed v West Glamorgan Inter County Primary Schools Athletics match this year was hosted by West Glamorgan at Swansea University Athletics Track, the same area as the cross country fixture was held back in the middle of March. This friendly meeting has now become a fantastic event on the annual calendar, giving young athletes from across West Wales the chance to compete at county level. All those that took part in the competition were selected after finishing in the top 4 at the respective Dyfed Primary Schools and West Glamorgan Primary Schools events in Carmarthen and Swansea in June and early July.

The early evening sunshine attracted a good number of spectators to the venue to watch and support the near 100 children that took to the track and field.

Events on the evening included the 100m, 70m Hurdles, 800m, 4 x 100m Relay, Long Jump, Shot Put and High Jump with medals awarded to the top three presented by members of West Glamorgan and secondary school pupils who were on hand to assist with officiating duties.


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Round Up Event by Event:

70m Hurdles: The boys were the first to set off at 17:15 with the first hurdles race a close one. David Ejimofor (St Josephs) and Tomos Lewis (Y Dderwen) battled it out to the line. It was Ejimofor who sneaked it in an exciting finish. Drew Dodd (Penyfro) was the second WG on the podium, with Steffan Hopkins (Aberaeron), Ethan Davies (Gowerton), Hugo Douglas (Bro Pedr), Zack Burns (Grange) and Alfie Cuthell (Llangennech) making it a full race of eight. Unfortunately, race times weren't available for the boys 70m Hurdles.

Lily Rose Cornelius (Tenby Juniors) was the winner of the corresponding girls' event in a time of 14.2 just ahead of her Dyfed teammate Ellie Harries (Johnstown) in 14.3. Jayden Williams (Terrace Road 14.6), Georgia Weston (Sketty 14.8) and Imogen Spender (Bryncoch 14.8) got West Glamorgan's next three finishers. Anna Eyden (Y Dderwen 14.9), Sophie Hartley-Green (Newton 15.6) and Lowri Davies (Rhys Pritchard 16.0) were sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.

100m: There were some great sprinting out on show in the boys and girls' events. Firstly the boys, Llangennech's Rhodri Roberts followed up his Dyfed schools win by taking the gold medal here too in a time of 13.3. Tom Williams (Teilo Sant 13.7) and Evan Morris (Newton 13.7) crossed neck and neck with the Llandeilo athlete taking the judges' vote. Also finishing were Elis Penfold (Llangennech 14.0), Jack Gilbert (Cwmrhydyceirw 14.5) and Harry Mills (Lonlas 14.9)

Another Dyfed schools champion, Casi Gregson (Carreg Hirfaen) made it a double win in a month by taking this win in 13.9. Gorslas' Ellie Mai Williams was closely behind in 14.0 with Olivia Mackey (Newton) comfortably taking bronze 14.5. Fourth to seventh were filled by two of each county: Ruby Jones (Penyfro 14.5), Maddi Jones (Y Dderwen) 14.7), Lani Gregory (Teilo Sant 14.9) and Charlie Griffiths (Terrace Road 15.2)

800m: The boys' 800m Dyfed quartet took this one out from the starting whistle with a good race going on between the Carmarthen & Llanelli friends. Coming through in the final few metres was Macsen Toogood (Teilo Sant) in 2.26.8. Cai Prenderville (Llangennech) was second 2.28.2 and Liam Upton-Boorman (Johnstown) third in 2.33.7. Ifan Bowen (Y Dderwen) in fourth 2.39.3 made it a top four clean sweep here. The West Glamorgan trio of Will Miller (Cwmrhydyceirw 2.45.3), Tom Henderson (Knleston 2.49.7) and Joshua Delegado (St Joseph's Clydach 3.00.4) also ran well.

Over to the girls, and this saw another Dyfed vest cross the line first, this time being Katelyn Sharp (Glannau Gwaun) in a time of 2.37.8. Erin Morgan (Y Dderwen) made it two in three for Dyfed 2.47.0 with Libby Hale (Newton) in between in silver 2.45.9. Next to all make it to the finish were: Kaitlyn Jones (Lonlas 2.49.4), Carys Henessy (Gowerton 2.50.8), Seren Davies (Aberaeron 2.56.4), Ellie-May John (Y Castell 2.56.7) and Chloe Lewis (Bishopston 3.12.0)

4 x 100m Relay: Scoring and guest relay teams went off in the same race with all eight lanes being used for boys and girls. Dyfed took gold both the genders in respective times of 57.6 and 59.8. West Glamorgan's boys and girls getting the baton round in 59.1 and 60.8 won silver medals.

Long Jump: Six boys and six girls were jumping into the sand with 4.43m and 3.94m winning performances going to Eddie Waring (Tenby Juniors) and Ffion Clarke (St Thomas). Rhys Williams (Aberaeron having travelled from Ceredigion made it worthwhile in second jumping 4.12m and Jack Gilbert's best of 4.05m (Cwmrhydyceirw) was enough for bronze. The next trio of Toby Williams-Ford (Llangennech 3.91m), Finn McIntyre (St David's 3.88m) and Callum Jones (Lonlas 3.88m) were not too far off 4 metres either.

It was West Glamorgan's turn to take a clean sweep this time in the girls' long jump, backed by Sophie Taylor (Hendrefoilan) 3.82m and Matilda Quick 3.74m. Mared Jones (Y Dderwen), Charlie-Jay Spure (Griffith Jones) and Ella Greenaway (Bishopston) all jumped over 3 metres with bests of 3.56m, 3.40m and 3.32m.

High Jump: One performance to note came over in the boys high jump competition. Event winner Dion James (Y Dderwen) jumped a clearance of 1.40m and as a result secured a new personal best in the process. After winning gold earlier on in the hurdles, David Ejimofor (St Joseph's 1.35m) won his second medal of the evening in second spot and Tom Whitehouse (Sketty 1.30m) completing the top three. In a field of eight, James Llyewelyn (Pontarddulais) also jumped 1.30m with the Dyfed duo of James Furness (Griffith Jones) and Joseph Franklin (St Mary's) getting over 1.20m. Zack Burns (Grange) and Oliver Jones (Llangennech) both cleared the 1.15m mark.

A total of six girls were competing and it was Ruby Jones (Penyfro) who came out on top with 1.30m. Her teammate Olivia Mackey shortly after winning a track medal took silver in this field event 1.25m and Mari Raw-Rees' journey from Aberaeron was rewarded with bronze 1.20m. Esme Barclay (Bishopston) went over 1.10m with Aoife Pickersgill (Griffith Jones) and Efa James (Y Dderwen) clearing 1.05m and 1.00m respectively.

Shot Put: Ysgol Llangadog's Ioan Thomas took victory over at the shot circle with his throw of 8.20m winning by 50cm. West Glamorgan took the next three positions thanks to Solomon Dillygore (Lonlas 7.72m), Brandon Cleary (St Thomas 7.05m) and George Davies (Pontybrenin 6.95m). Callum White (Gelli Aur) completed the boys' discipline in fifth position with 6.89m.

West Glamorgan enjoyed another gold winning performance on the field with Emily Beth O'Brien taking this win by throwing out to 6.89m. Two Dyfed girls from Aberaeron and Llangunnor Cerys Davies 6.68m and India Skone 6.55m were in second and third ahead of the fourth, fifth and sixth placings of Lola Mitchell (Talycopa 6.10m), Menna Bennett (Rhys Pritchard 6.00m) and Charlee Nicholas (St Thomas 5.87m)


Congratulations to those from both districts that contributed to the cross country and athletics fixtures in making sure that they were again very successful in 2017; we look forward to next season. Our thanks to all those who spent hours and days putting on all the qualifying and group matches during the year which led to this final event as well as those who supported Wednesday's event, it wouldn't have been possible without them!


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From the primary schools to secondary and U17 competition...

A team of 68 young Welsh Schools athletes made the long 940-mile round trip by road up to Grangemouth Athletics Stadium over the weekend for the traditional showpiece event of the Schools Track & Field calendar this year hosted by Scottish Schools AA.

Selectors had chosen a team of 68 athletes (33 boys and 35 girls) from across Wales with the majority having shone at the Welsh Schools National Track & Field Championships in Cardiff earlier this month, where the middle champions were automatically selected for the trip up North.

The majority of athletes selected were from the Middle age grouping (years 10 & 11 in under 17 category) with a small number of outstanding juniors (under 15s) given the opportunity to gain experience of this level of competition for the first time.


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The team made up of 59 South Wales athletes were joined by 9 from the North and travelled to Scotland on Friday, with our club sponsors Ffoshelig Coaches providing the transport for the West, East & South Wales athletes. Starting at 7am in Lammas Street Carmarthen, it travelled up the M4 to pick up along the route at Swansea West and Sarn Services before arriving to meet the other coach at Cardiff West Services. After an overnight stay nearby the venue at Falkirk's "The Scottish Police College", battle commenced on Saturday morning from 10.30am on an overcast day with a strong breeze.

It turned out to be a very high standard of competition with a large number of champions from their respective country in attendance. In 2018 on another successful trip, Welsh Schools picked up 3 silver and 4 bronze - making a total of seven. In addition, there were several new personal bests recorded and close fourth places.

Silver: Bethany Moule (Dwr Y Felin) - Javelin (45.90m)

Silver: 4 x 300m Relay - Isabel Davies, Caitlyn Mapps, Sacha Didcote, Macey Morris (2:42:31)

Silver: Samia Jones (Syr Hugh Owen) - 1500m (4:37:13)

Bronze: Grace Morgan (Radyr) - 80m Hurdles (11.34)

Bronze: Harry Davies (St Michael's) - Discus (45.22m)

Bronze: Tomos Rees (Dyffryn Aman) - 1500m Steeplechase (4:35:44)

Bronze: Caitlyn Mapps (Islwyn High) - Long Jump (5.66m)


It was the perfect opportunity for Welsh youngsters, in particular those making their debut in a Welsh vest, to test themselves against the best at this top level and compete against athletes they would have not come across before in league fixtures. It wasn't all about on the track but also off it - it was great to see all the athletes from different clubs across Wales making new friendships and supporting one another. They will sure treasure these memories from SIAB & Celtic Games for years to come as they continue into the under 20 age group.

This was a team competition with four countries competing against each other - Welsh Schools, English Schools, Irish Schools and Scottish Schools. Once again, the English and Irish teams proved very strong with the white vests of England coming out on top as they did 12 months ago in Dublin, winning by a margin of 200 points (511). Irish Schools were runners-up for a successive year (326pts) with hosts Scottish Schools coming third (255pts) and Welsh Schools in fourth (201pts).

Female: 1 England 253; 2 Ireland 152; 3 Scotland 136; 4 Wales 106

Male: 1 England 258; 2 Ireland 174; 3 Scotland 119; 4 Wales 95

Each of the four countries awarded the best girl and best boy a Meritorious Award for Best Performance over the course of the day, with this decision made by the team management of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Picking up the honours for Welsh Schools were: Bethany Moule (Girls) for her silver medal performance in the javelin while in the boys, it went to Pole Vaulter Mark Mellor.


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Carmarthen Harriers' Fab Four:

Congratulations to the four club athletes who was part of the 2018 squad as well as another eight athletes from the Dyfed district, including six Pembrokeshire Harriers and two Llanelli AC young stars. Seven have already been announced earlier this week to head to the Celtic Games on Saturday 4th August.

Lili Church: Lili was the first of the four to compete at 13:00 at the high jump. Performing consistently over the course of the summer season after coming back from a long term injury, this continued at SIAB as she cleared another best of over 1.60 at 1.61m.

Beca Roberts: After only trying triple jump for the first time a few months back, Beca has already improved significantly and selected to represent Welsh Schools in this event. She improved her previous best by 1cm to 10.75m, her best jump on the day.

Iwan Glynn: Iwan went in a tough heat of the 400m final with a number of strong athletes involved in particular from England and Ireland. However, Iwan ran a strong race to cross the line in 51.13 which gives him a new lifetime best. He then joined in the 4 x 400m boys relay, which was the very last event on the track.

Tomos Rees: In the last hour of competition came the 1500m Steeplechase. Following Ben Thomas' recent success in the discipline at the European Athletics Championships and elsewhere over recent months, Thomas watched on in Scotland as Tomos came through to win a bronze medal in the race in 4:35:44. This was a 5 second personal best as a result.


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Remainder of the Welsh Schools Team SIAB 2018:

Emmanuella Kone (Cathays); Issie Tustin (Radyr); Jennifer Townley (Creuddyn); Macey Morris (Caldicot); Sacha Didcote (Prestatyn); Isabel Davies (Bassaleg); Nia Riley (Radyr); Nia Clatworthy (Porthcawl); Sioned Cordiner (Brynhyfryd); Samia Jones (Syr Hugh Owen); Mia Roberts (Brynhyfryd); Ashleigh Willis (Olchfa); Grace Morgan (Radyr); Caitlyn Mapps (Islwyn High); Flavia Jenkins (Dyffryn Taf); Niamh Roberts (Coedcae); Bronwen Stratton-Thomas (Olchfa); Ffion Higginson (Archbishop McGrath); Amy Jenkins (Risca); Lili Church (Aberaeron); Carys Poole (Gwyr); Beca Roberts (Bro Pedr); Charlotte Campion (Olchfa); Maddison Hamer (Caerleon); Evie Lawrence (St Joseph's); Chloe Fox (Emlyn); Jamie Holland (Gwyr); Bree Cronin (Cwm Rhymni); Cassey Grimwade (Whitchurch); Bethany Moule (Dwr Y Felin); Holly Pemberton (Darland); Lara Spacey (Bishopston); Ella Wintle (Y Preseli); Mollie Dainton (Coedcae); Kasia Cook (Llandovery College)

Thomas Payne (Bishopston); Nathan Scott (Hawthorn High); Owain Lloyd-Hughes (Ystalyfera); Josh Nott (Corpus Christ); Steffan Jones (Rhydywaun); Iwan Glynn (Bro Myrddin); David Locke (Lewis School Pengarn); Sebastian Lewis (Bishop Vaughan); Ben Reynolds (Cwm Rhymni); Louis Spencer (Stanwell); Dafyd Jay (Cwm Rhymni); Lloyd Sheppard (Blackwood); Joseph Alexander (Plasmawr); Ben Hillman (St Teilo's); William Lloyd (Y Preseli); Harvey Reynolds (Caldicot); Tomos Rees (Dyffryn Aman); Cai La Trobe-Roberts (Tryfan); Iwan Rees (Cwm Rhymni); Daniel Murathodzic (St Illtyd's); Christ Thompson (Whitchurch); Kristo Ellis (Barry); Sam Fenwick (Olchfa); Mark Mellor (Cardiff High); Dylan Bevan (Newbridge); Dylan Phillips (Y Preseli); Harry Davies (St Michaels); Lloyd Clarke (Stanwell); Brett Parkinson (Brynrefail); Rhys Barkley (Corpus Christi); Kyle Davies (Builth Wells); Evan Morgan (Barry); Daniel Gilbert (Brecon High)

Many thanks to Dai Gatehouse (International Secretary) and Gareth Oldham (Welsh Schools Chairman) along with the team management of Delyth Brown, Sioned Harris, Steve Jones, Peter Walton, Joan Goldsmith, Michelle John, Zane Maynard & Dai Williams for all their hard work in front of and behind the scenes, as well as looking after and encouraging all the athletes. Also, to the army of parents and coaches who followed their children up to Scotland to support.

Several of those in action on Saturday will return to familiar territory in 14 days' time, when the Welsh Athletics U16 and U18 age groups will head back to Grangemouth for the 2018 edition of the Celtic Games International where Scotland, Ireland and an Irish Development Team will provide the opposition.



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Find the press coverage from the SIAB 2018 in the local Dyfed (Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire & Ceredigion) newspapers week commencing 30th July. Inter County Primary Match from Swansea will be featured a week later at the beginning of August.