Postponements, prices and plastic – what’s the state of pitches in Wales? With the winter bringing the state of our sports pitches in to ever sharper focus, Graham Thomas and Paul Batcup provide a snapshot of the current picture in Wales. Anyone familiar with playing community football or rugby at this time of year will know the feeling. The rain falls, the wind howls, and as you peer through your living room window to assess the conditions for the weekend game, your phone pings with a message: “postponed – see you next week.”
Mike Ruddock insists Toby Booth convinced the Ospreys players he was the man to take the region out of its desperate slump. The current Harlequins assistant coach will take in charge at the Liberty Stadium for the start of the 2020/21 season after their long search for a replacement to sacked Allen Clarke came to an end. Ruddock – hired as performance director earlier this season – has revealed that senior Ospreys players were involved in the assessment process and gave their thumbs-up that Booth was the man for the job.
Neil Harris admitted Cardiff City’s play-off hopes have taken a nose-dive after a defeat to Nottingham Forest which ended with Callum Paterson and Leandro Bacuna literally at each other’s throats. The Bluebirds boss insisted there were no serious issues between the pair who clashed at the end of the 1-0 defeat and had to be pulled apart by teammates. Tiago Silva scored the only goal of the game as Harris’ side suffered his first Championship defeat at home since he took over from Neil Warnock in mid-November. The result leaves the Bluebirds six point
The Celtic Dragons began their Vitality Netball Superleague campaign with an agonizing, but encouraging 44-43 defeat to Surrey Storm at the weekend. But despite a huge turnaround in players, former Dragon Suzy Drane tells Graham Thomas she feels optimistic about this season. The Celtic Dragons can overcome the loss of key players and prove themselves a surprise package in netball’s Superleague this season – according to the woman who was once their heartbeat. Suzy Drane – a key player for the Dragons for over a decade and a Wales legend who reached the 100-cap mark last season – believes the team’s youngsters can rise to the challenge created by major change at the club over the past few months.
Hal Robson-Kanu has paid thanks to Slaven Bilic for making him a recall option for Wales again at this year’s Euro 2020 finals. The 30-year-old striker has become the central figure in West Brom’s revitalised promotion surge and underlined his influence for the Championship leaders with two goals in their 3-0 victory at Bristol City at the weekend. The Baggies are now nine points clear of third-placed Fulham after going seven matches without a win at the turn of the year.
Neil Harris has told his Cardiff City players to show they are “serious” about promotion as they begin life without Lee Tomlin on Tuesday night. The Bluebirds manager is demanding a reaction from his side who were beaten 2-0 at Stoke City last weekend, a result which stalled their play-off surge and allowed Swansea City to climb back above them in the Championship. With 12 matches of the season left, Cardiff are six points adrift of the play-off places, giving the visit of fifth-placed Forest a critical feel in the eyes of Harris.
Jeremiah Azu was involved in a dramatic 60m final at the England Athletics age group championships in Sheffield at the weekend. The Cardiff teenager got off to a relatively slow start, but soon got into his stride to challenge Liverpool’s Henry Nwoke for the title with a late dip for the line in a desperately close finish. The commentators initially called Azu as the winner, but it soon became evident no-one could be certain whether the Welshman had retained his title or if Nwoke had just held on to earn the crown.
Blair Riley, Cardiff Devils powerful, high end forward, has been called up by Team Canada for their Spengler Cup challenge over the festive period. The man from Kamloops, British Columbia spent seven successive seasons playing American League hockey, making more than 330 appearances for Stockton, St.John’s and Bridgeport, before joining Belfast. Riley... Read More
There is good news for captain Joey and captain Jake as Cardiff Devils prepare to start their domestic season with back-to-back fixtures at their Viola Arena home venue this weekend. Newly-appointed captain Joey Martin is closing in on a playing return following a minor muscle injury, while immediate past captain Jake... Read More
Devils' Canadian Owners Planning Far Into The Future For The Benefit Of Professional Ice Hockey In Wales
Dai Sport has been in Europe with Cardiff Devils. Ice hockey journalist Terry Phillips travelled for Champions Hockey League matches in the Czech Republic and Austria - and was among more than 250 Devils fans for the away win at Graz 99ers. After the match against Mountfield in Hradec Králové,... Read More
Devils In Europe - The Big Lordo Interview As Cardiff Take On Tests In The Czech Republic And Austria
Dai Sport is heading into Europe with Cardiff Devils. Ice hockey journalist Terry Phillips is with the team for two huge fixtures. Head coach Andrew Lord and his team earned two sensational Champions Hockey League results at home, beating Czech team Mountfield HK 3-2 plus Austrians Graz 99ers 4-3 after... Read More
Cardiff Devils 3, Mountfield HK 2 Cardiff Devils stand top of their group, one point ahead of Graz 99ers, after the opening Champions Hockey League fixtures. Blair Riley, Mike McNamee and Charles Linglet scored Cardiff’s goals on a memorable evening at the Viola Arena in Cardiff Bay. The next CHL test for Devils... Read More
Welsh duo Remi Adebiyi and James Tomlinson have booked their places in Sunday’s finals at the European Athletics Under-20 Championships in Sweden. Adebiyi will run in the 3,000m steeplechase, while Tomlinson will be throwing in the discus. [caption id="attachment_45896" align="alignnone" width="2370"] Newport's Remi Adebiyi. Pic: Owen Morgan[/caption] Newport Harrier Adebiyi clocked a new... Read More