Here at Niche, we’re delighted to support a range of professional, semi-professional and amateur sports teams throughout Newport and the surrounding area.
A key passion of ours is playing a big role in the community. While the very nature of financial advice means we’re always on hand to provide a key service for individuals at key moments in their lives, we also want to be there for our local sports teams.
A tough weekend for the rugby teams
Saturday saw both of our rugby outfits suffer heavy defeats in their respective outings.
Hartridge RFC faced a tough early-season test up against in-form Pontypool United. The newly promoted Newport-based National League Division 1 East outfit found the opposition that bit too much, going down 45-0 at the Memorial Ground.
Having secured their fifth consecutive promotion last season, the five-time Newport & District Cup winners will surely be focussing on acclimatising to their new level of competition and will no doubt be looking to make amends in their next outing.
The Dragons faced a similar fate, going down 52-10 away from home to defending Pro14 champions Leinster. With Ireland’s Johnny Sexton making his first appearance of the season, the Dubliners’ fluent display proved the Dragons’ undoing.
New partners Crindau fare better
You may have seen last week’s news that Niche IFA have become the Crindau Corries’ main club sponsor for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons.
With the Corinthians enjoying a promising start to the season, Saturday saw a more-than-impressive 5-2 victory over Recrite in the Premier X division. With a hattrick from Joey Carless added to by a goal apiece from Jake Lowe and Jack Reed, it was an afternoon to remember for the away team at Newport’s Glebelands.
Glamorgan stutter at home
With the cricket season fast approaching its conclusion, Gloucestershire beat Glamorgan by nine wickets last Monday evening, after dismissing the home side for 251 in the fourth and final day of the Specsavers County Championship encounter.
Timm van der Gugten gave the home side a headache, making an unbeaten 60, while the Dutchman also took the wicket in the away side’s second innings. With two tests to come before the season draws to a close, Wales’ leading outfit will be looking to avoid finishing bottom of Division Two.
The Corries face a home game against 2014/15 Division 1 league champions Riverside Rovers on Saturday 22nd September, while Hartridge welcome Brecon RFC on the same day. The Dragons are also in action on Saturday, returning to Rodney Parade as they host Italian side Zebre at 5.15pm.
Glamorgan head to Kent’s Spitfire Ground in St Lawrence on Tuesday 18th September for the first day of their penultimate 4-day test in the County Championship Division Two.
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