2021 Sport Pembrokeshire Awards - Part 4

PembrokeshireSport.co.uk is very pleased to once again recognise the magnificent achievements of our talented sporting people who were honoured at the 2021 Sport Pembrokeshire Awards evening at Folly Farm Theatre.
Today we continue with the ‘’Unsung Hero’ and ‘Team of the Year’ categories, both of which show terrific activity in our sporting fraternity, the former being one of my favourite sections.
As usual in this series, we would like to thank Drew Buckley Photography for generous use of his fantastic photographs.
The descriptions have been edited from the ones seen by the voting panel – but still reflect what commitment and effort is shown by those mentioned below!

Unsung Hero - Sarah Keogh, Lukas Gamble, Simon Morgan
Lukas Gamble has given so much to Kilgetty AFC and his current list of jobs include Chairman, Secretary, committee organiser, groundsman, first team coach, lead girls coach, welfare officer, covid officer, lead junior coach as well as other jobs!
Without his dedication the club would surely have gone under long before now.
After the lockdown ended he was approached by some parents to restart the girls section and the club now have over 80 girls involved.
The club have many new coaches coming into the sport, all supported by Lukas and he has given so much to help youngsters on their own coaching journey.
Everyone within the club would love to see him get this award just as a small token of their appreciation for all he does.
Sarah Keogh has lived and breathed Haverfordwest Tennis Club for over 30 years.
A multiple Pembrokeshire open champion, she has held almost every position on the committee, including a long-running secretary.
She is at the heart of everything that goes on at the club, from tournaments to fun days, and can often be found in the kitchen or out weeding the courts.
Sarah’s dedication to volunteering isn’t just confined to tennis, she spent most of lockdown helping out at the Covid vaccination clinics and before that at the Paul Sartori charity shops. She is an absolute gem and worthy of recognition.
As Neyland Club chairman, Simon Morgan oversees the successful running of a Club with nearly 300 members. He is Club Covid Officer and the Comet champion for the junior section, and has co-ordinated the registration of over 200 junior players.
Simon also completes pitch inspections, organises kit orders, equipment orders, winter training venues and many other duties. As a coach Simon runs 2 boys teams along with 2 girls teams.
Simon also helps coach the Under 11s Pembrokeshire Schools side.
Simon stepped in to support the running of the Pembrokeshire Girls league when the Committee stepped down, and is now acting Chairman.
He does all of this despite suffering with epilepsy which impacts on every day activities but doesn’t stop his total involvement.

Team of the Year - Neyland CC, Cresselly CC Ladies, Saundersfoot Over 55 Bowls

Neyland Cricket Club 1st X1 has had the most successful-ever season in its history spanning 132 years.
The commitment & attitude of all and prestige they have brought to the Club, Town, Pembrokeshire and Welsh Cricket has been 1st class.
The League and Harrison Allen double was achieved. The league title was won on the last game of the season in a game which showed the resilience and never say die attitude of the team.
In the National Village Cup they came through the regional rounds and three long away trips before bowing out one game from a Lord’s Final. In the Welsh Cup they reached the last eight against Wales’ very best. It shows that Neyland Cricket Club can compete with the best Wales and England.
Cresselly Cricket Club Ladies’ team have been running for a very long time and in 2021 were rewarded for their dedication and hard work by winning the league and cup double.
Lauren Arthur has led the team extremely well, building on the work of previous captains Megan Arthur and Louisa Perridge.
Over the last ten years Cresselly have invested time into specifically building girls and ladies cricket and that hard work came into fruition with what is the best achievement by the ladies.
The club are so proud to have the ladies as an equal part of their club, indeed six of them representing the third XI in senior cricket and will be recognised by everyone at the club as a truly memorable team performance throughout the season of 2021!
Saundersfoot Bowling Club’s Over 55s team of Alan Brain, Dai Davies, Myrddin Dennis and Steve Dick won the Welsh National Finals age group before going on to represent Wales in the British Isles 2022.
It all started when they played their first-round games in Pembrokeshire, winning all their games and winning the county final against a very strong Pembroke Dock rink.
They then went on to represent Pembrokeshire in the Nationals in Llandrindod Wells against all the other county winners, playing four games including the final, which  was one of the easiest games, winning 21-7.
They will go on now to represent Wales in the British Isles, which will be played in Llandrindod Wells 2022.