North Gwynedd and An­gle­sey Sun­day League is dis­banded due to lack of clubs

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SUN­DAY foot­ball lo­cally, on a for­mal com­pet­i­tive ba­sis, has come to an end with the dis­band­ing of the North Gwynedd and An­gle­sey League af­ter al­most 40 years.

Sec­re­tary Merfyn Ed­munds re­ported only five teams had come for­ward pre­pared to com­mit for the new sea­son, which is about to kick-off, and clearly that tiny num­ber would not be vi­able.

“Very re­luc­tantly, we have had to pack in”, said Ed­munds, who had been the orig­i­nal sec­re­tary in the mid-1970s, when the league was formed at an in­au­gu­ral get-to­gether of en­thu­si­asts at a Llan­fair­fechan pub.

“Now, I have be­come the last sec­re­tary as well”, he added. “Although we live in hope that per­haps we could re-form the league for next sea­son, if there is re­newed interest”.

Only four years ago, the league was thriv­ing, hav­ing 20-plus teams in two di­vi­sions, but the alarm­ing down­turn de­vel­oped last sea­son, when the initial 10-mem­ber sides were re­duced by res­ig­na­tions to LLANGEFNI Golf Course has launched a new ju­nior club to at­tract and coach young­sters into the game.

The ven­ture is un­der the man­age­ment of Llangefni So­cial En­ter­prise.

Fund­ing through the Golf Foun­da­tion un­der the HSBC Golf Roots project has al­lowed the club where 2016 Masters cham­pion Danny Wil­lett started his game to be­gin a much-needed youth de­vel­op­mentscheme.

Bewryn Owen, one of the So­cial En­ter­prise di­rec­tors and lead on the golf group, said: “These are ex­cit­ing times for the Llangefni Golf Cen­tre, and now we have es­tab­lished a fan­tas­tic new ju­nior sec­tion.

“These tal­ented young play­ers will hope­fully de­velop into golf­ing stars of the fu­ture and the is­land’s main clubs will also ben­e­fit when they want to join and de­velop into the sport.”

1st Lowri Roberts76+72=148, 2nd Jane O’Hare 77+75=152, 3rd Gill Williams 77+76=153.

1st Lowri Roberts 44 pts, 2nd Mar­garet Stret­ton 39, 3rd Gill Williams 38.

1st Val Hall, and Gill Williams 35pts, 2nd Mar­i­anne Jones and Gaynor McDaid 34, 3rd Hilary seven at the end.

An­other dam­ag­ing blow late on last sea­son was the sud­den with­drawal of back­ing from the league’s spon­sors.

Ed­munds said: “Hav­ing just five teams in­ter­ested for the new sea­son was nowhere near enough and it would have meant the league pro­gramme would have been com­pleted by the end of Oc­to­ber, and that is not on.

“I feel gutted by what has hap­pened but we were left with no choice but to bow to re­al­ity.”

The five teams who had ap­plied for 2016-17 were: Ar­riva Buses Ban­gor, new­com­ers Aml­wch Port, King’s Head Bethesda, Tree­tops Ben­l­lech (to be re­named Y Dreigiau Pen­traeth) and the re­turn­ing stu­dents UMCB (to be known as Cymru FC).

Four of those sides – the ex­cep­tion be­ing the stu­dents – have switched to join the Rhyl and Dis­trict Sun­day League and will have ac­cess to the North Wales Coast Sun­day Chal­lenge Cup. Cross­ley and Anne Peters 34. Texas

1st Vall Hall, Di Hardy, Lowri Roberts and Gill Williams 61.9, 2nd De­lyth Wal­ley, Linda Vaughan, Jenny Owens and Mary Brown (Rhud­d­lan) 64.0, 3rd Magi Jones, Iona Skin­ner, Janet Jones and Jeanette Gar­ner 68.0.

1st My­fanwy Owen, Efrys Crowther, Mag­gie Har­ri­son and Val Hall 138, 2nd Iona Skin­ner, Iona Purves, Wendy Jones and Magi Jones 139, 3rd Hilary Pugh, Kath Davies, Ann Peters and Val Grif­fiths 142.

1st Deb­bie Roberts and J Roberts (Baron Hill) 46 pts, 2nd Lowri Roberts and Trefor Roberts 46, 3rd El­wyn Rod­dickand Pat Rod­dick 46. 1st Mar­ian Ashcroft 89-17-72, 2nd Wendy Jones 109-32-77, 3rd Claire Peters 104-27-77.

1st Gareth Jones 41, 2nd Howyn Roberts 40. 1st Tim Davies 36, 2nd David Williams 36.

Div One: 1st Mike V Owen 70 2nd Kash Jos­son 71. Div Two: 1st Rob Pritchard 64, 2nd Ken Cook 72.

1st Nigel Crane 36 pts, 2nd Dafydd Roberts. 1st Janet Davies, 2nd Ann Lloyd Jones.

Ju­nior club mem­bers at Llangefni Golf Course

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