Stars put Pontyberem on the map

SPORT STARS PUT PONTYBEREM ON THE MAP

County Councillor congratulates Pontyberem sport stars as they put village on the map.

“In Johnny Clayton, Nigel Owens and Kieran Hardy, the younger generations in our communities have people to admire. People who have proven that hard work can lead to success, and people who are integral parts of their communities.

Cllr Liam Bowen
Councillor Liam Bowen

Pontyberem County Councillor Liam Bowen has congratulated and praised sport stars Johnny Clayton, Nigel Owens and Kieran Hardy for their recent success in the world of darts and rugby.

Last month, Johnny Clayton, partnered with Gerwyn Price, brought the World Cup of Darts home to Wales for the first time on what would be his first World title, following a fantastic display in Salzburg, including a 3-0 victory over England in the final.

The inaugural Autumn Nations Cup also put Pontyberem in the spotlight through Nigel Owens and Kieran Hardy. On the 28th of November, Nigel Owens made history, becoming the first referee to reach 100 test matches, as he took charge of the Autumn Nations Cup match between France and Italy in Paris.

The new competition also gave local scrum-half Kieran Hardy his first international cap on the 21st of November, against Georgia. Wales Head Coach, Wayne Pivac showed faith in Hardy and a second cap against Italy secured Kieran Hardy’s first try for his country.

Plaid Cymru Mid and West MS Helen Mary Jones added:
Our sport stars are an inspiration for many not just from the village that they are from but across Llanelli and Wales. Max Boyce used to sing about a fly half factory, now in Pontyberem we have a production line of international recognised sport icons. I want to make sure that our local council and the Welsh Government support grassroot sports because while not everyone will reach the heights of Johnny Clayton, Nigel Owens and Kieran Hardy it is from the community level they started out.

Speaking at December’s County Council meeting, County Councillor Liam Bowen praised the stars for putting the village on the map. The Plaid Cymru County Councillor said:
“Over the last month, I’m sure many of you would have followed Wales’ unsuccessful Autumn Nations Cup Campaign. During the competition, Pontyberem was put on the map by two incredible talents.
“Firstly, Nigel Owens. I don’t need to spend a lot of time going through his CV as I’m sure you’ve all followed his career over the years. Without a doubt, the greatest and most famous rugby referee in history. Nigel secured his place in the history books when he refereed his 100th test match in Paris. The first in history to reach 100 test matches.
“Nigel’s contribution goes much further than the rugby field and as he celebrates this milestone, I’d like to congratulate him on everything he has achieved on and off the field.

“As Nigel Owens nears towards the end of his international career, another of Pontyberem’s talents is just beginning on the highest level. On behalf of the whole village, I’d like to congratulate Kieran Hardy on his first international caps, gained during the Autumn Nations Cup.
“I’m sure, if the virus had not stopped fans from attending, the stadium would have been full and Pontyberem would have been empty. According to the historians at Pontyberem Rugby Club, the last time a man from Pontyberem received an international cap was between 1962-63 when Robert Morgan played on the wing.

“In Johnny Clayton, Nigel Owens and Kieran Hardy, the younger generations in our communities have people to admire. People who have proven that hard work can lead to success, and people who are integral parts of their communities.
“With the recent investment in a 3G pitch in the village, I’m looking forward to seeing our young people becoming the starts of the future.”

 


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  • Mari Arthur
    published this page in News 2020-12-10 14:48:44 +0000

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