The Red Dragons on tour in Sweden sounds like a heavy metal gig, but it’s international sport and the Wales national Aussie Rules team who are there this weekend have big ambitions to make a noise. Graham Thomas spoke to veteran Euro Cup player Scott Jones. Scott Jones is an international sportsman and even if over 99 per cent of the Welsh population has never heard of him, his best mate is proud of his buddy. “I’ve a got a mate,” says Jones, a 33-year-old smart meter engineer from Cardiff. “He always tells people he’s got two friends who play for Wales – one in netball and one in Aussie Rules.”
Barry Town United manager Gavin Chesterfield has told his players their return to European football must be more than a one-season fling. The new season in Wales begins on Thursday evening with Barry poised to revive memories of continental adventures from yesteryear when they host Cliftonville in the Europa League - a match that will be streamed live online by S4C. For Barry fans the preliminary round tie – against Northern Irish opponents – will be a nostalgic nudge towards their glory days of two decades ago. That was an era when Barry rubbed shoulders with Aberdeen, Dynamo Kiev and Porto as they proudly carried the Welsh flag into European battle.
The Welsh Sports Hall of Fame will induct new faces into their number tonight (Wed) at their annual dinner in Cardiff. Lynn Davies – one of the originals - tells Graham Thomas why this particular honours system is worth the effort. When Lynn Davies jumped into history in 1964 he did more than simply become the first Welsh athlete to win an individual Olympic gold medal. Lynn the Leap – a nickname he was famously given then and is still stopped in the street by now – also provided the perfect illustration of why a sporting nation should honour its heroes.
Pembrokeshire discus thrower James Tomlinson is racking up the Great Britain vests at a rare rate of knots. Having been named yesterday morning in the GB squad for the European Under-20 Championships in Sweden, Tomlinson was named in a second GB team later in the day. The 19-year-old was named in a 20-strong GB squad heading to the Mannheim Gala in Germany this weekend.
As he prepares for his senior debut at Wimbledon, Evan Hoyt tells Owen Morgan how his doubles campaign can help fuel his ambition for continuing the climb up the world rankings. Still reeling from defeat in the biggest singles match of his senior career, Welsh tennis number one Evan Hoyt received the perfect phone call to raise his spirits. The 24-year-old had lost in the first round of men’s singles qualifying for Wimbledon - his dream of playing in the main draw at the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament apparently on hold until next year.
Wales 1 Belarus 2 Wales finished sixth after losing their final game of the FIH Series Finals in Valencia. Skipper Leah Wilkinson netted with around 90 seconds left from a penalty corner with her fourth goal of the tournament.
Coming back from serious spinal surgery and attempting to regain your place among the elite of world sport is a difficult enough prospect. Doing so having just become a mum for the second time, and combining training with the demands of looking after two children aged under two, makes it even more daunting. Yet, that is exactly what Helen Jenkins, Wales' most successful triathlete, is attempting to do as she looks to win back her spot in the British team for next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo.