Robert Croft has admitted there will be more dark days ahead for Glamorgan as they pursue their policy of hoping youth players learn on the job in the Specsavers County Championship. The Glamorgan coach insisted there will be no U-turn in strategy in the four-day game that has left the county suffering five defeats in their eight matches so far this season. The latest of those came on Monday at Hove as Sussex romped to an innings and 154-run victory which Glamorgan skipper Michael Hogan described as “embarrassing.”
Team Wales Commonwealth Games track cyclist Ethan Vernon warmed up for his medal assault at the UCI Junior World Championships next month by cracking a world record in qualifying. The 17-year-old Bedford schoolboy stripped more than two seconds off the 3 kilometre Individual Pursuit Junior world record with a time of 3 min, 10.121 sec at the British junior championships in Newport on Monday evening.
How good is Welsh middle distance runner Jake Heyward? Good enough to be faster at 19 than Seb Coe, Steve Ovett and Steve Cram. That’s how good. Rob Cole tracks the Welsh teenager’s latest milestone. You would have thought the tension would be running high at the Team Thie track sessions this week after Jake Heyward’s latest personal best performance, but not a bit of it. Having seen his most talented teenager overtake him in the Welsh 1500 metre rankings with a magnificent 3 min, 36.90 sec time at the IAAF Diamond League Anniversary Games in London last weekend, there was one simple question to put to coach Thie – happy or fuming?
Over 100 players will take part in this year’s Welsh Amateur Championship, to be held at the Jack Nicklaus designed Machynys Peninsula Golf Club. David Wilson, championship manager for Wales Golf, said, “We are delighted to be able to bring the Welsh Amateur Championship to Machynys.
Some of Wales’ most promising athletics talent will be competing against the best young stars from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland at an international match in Swansea on Wednesday night. Wales Under-20s and Wales Schools will take on three England regional U-20 teams along with Scotland U-20s at Swansea University Athletics Stadium. Among those selected for the Wales Under-20s is James Tomlinson, who recently represented Great Britain in the discus at the World Junior Championships in Finland.
A one-man, one-night-only, show takes place this Friday at Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon, when Nicky Grist takes to the stage to talk about his career as one of the world’s top rally navigators. He’s often been told that he should write a book about his career, but in reality running Nicky Grist Motorsports and supporting British rallying doesn’t even give him enough time to accept all the after dinner speaking engagements he’s invited to do – so getting Grist to sit down and recall some of his famous rallying stories is a rare thing indeed! But on Friday (27 July), starting at 19.30, rally fans will have Grist’s undivided attention when he regales some of his incredible, funny and spectacular high-speed memories of co-driving for the likes of Dave Metcalfe, Malcolm Wilson, Mikael Ericsson, Armin Schwarz, Juha Kankkunen and Colin McRae.
Wales Under 18 head coach Lee Ible is hoping the second half fightback against tournament favourites Scotland by his side at the EuroHockey Youth Championships II in Cardiff will be the catalyst for some big wins in their upcoming games. Wales trailed by three goals a minute into the second half against the accomplished Scots at Sophia Gardens, but hit back brilliantly with two goals from senior cap Rhys Bradshaw and another from Miles Margetson to secure a priceless point on their opening night.
Rugby, football and boxing are the sports synonymous with the Rhondda Valley, but netball’s progress has often been denied through lack of opportunity. Not any more. Graham Thomas reports on a rousing Rhondda success story. The Celtic Dragons may have had their fires doused after another season of struggle in the Vitality Netball Superleague, but something is stirring in the sport at Welsh grass roots level. Nestled high in the Rhondda Valley at Gelli is the beating heart of Rhondda Netball where mass participation has become a crusade and the long-term vision has echoes of a previous effort to re-shape the sporting landscape.
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