Penarth Hockey Club’s 1st XI came up empty-handed in their pursuit of a fourth successive promotion in the Verde Recreo League, missing out on a spot in UK hockey’s National League as a result. Team Bath Buccs 4-2 PENARTH The 1st XI began the week still in with a shout of promotion, but ultimately travelled to Bath for their last league game of the season knowing that the fixture was effectively a dead rubber with results elsewhere ensuring that neither side was a candidate for promotion or relegation.
Tania Hoffman believes the Celtic Dragons are reaping the rewards of their fresh start as they claimed their first home victory of the season. The Dragons coach watched her team beat London Pulse 62-51 at the Sport Wales National Centre on Monday night – their fourth victory of the season. It means in little more than half a campaign, Hoffman’s side have earned as many wins as they did in the previous two years – a measure of the progress they have made in what the New Zealander has claimed was almost a complete rebuilding programme.
The 2019 ABP Newport Wales Marathon will be beamed to televisions and devices across the globe. English and Welsh highlights programmes will showcase the second instalment of Wales’ premier marathon event on Welsh, nationwide UK and international television - putting Newport’s recently regenerated city-centre and the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside firmly in the spotlight
Elfyn Evans heads into this weekend’s Tour of Corsica with a lot of confidence. It’s the event where he led a round of the FIA World Rally Championship for the first time, he’s always gone well there and it follows a podium finish in Mexico. At long last, things are most certainly looking up! Corsica is one of the most technical rounds of the WRC, as road condition and surface temperature change as the long stages twist and turn there way around the mountainous Mediterranean island. The event has a long history in the sport, and it’s gained the nickname of The Rally of 10,000 Corners for good reason. Maybe it’s driving the legendary Welsh rural mountain roads, like the Abergwesyn Pass, in his youth that has fine-tuned Evans’ asphalt driving technique, but whatever it is the 30-year old from Dolgellau has always been on top form in Corsica – finishing a career best second in 2015.
Daniel James has yet to sign a new contract with Swansea City but is happy to let his football attract admirers from wider afield. The Wales hero is still in discussions with his current club, but any deal will not reduce the likelihood of the Swans deciding to sell him for anything up to £20m this summer. The winger’s value is rising steeply after Premier League clubs were given more evidence of his talent when he struck a superb winner as Wales opened their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win over Slovakia in Cardiff on Sunday.
West Wales motorsports squad Spencer Sport has started the 2019 Toyo Tires British Rallycross Championship is style, with victory in the opening round of the season at Silverstone. Julian Godfrey, driving the Penrhiwllan-based team’s Mitsubishi Mirage RX Supercar, won all three Heats and the Final to clinch a dominant victory. Starting from the middle of the front row for the first Heat, Godfrey reacted well to the lights and using the superlative traction of the Mirage to his advantage, led the pack into the opening corner. It was an advantage he was never to lose and after four laps he went on to cross the line nearly two-seconds ahead of his closest rival, Derek Tohill in a Fiesta.
Tesni Evans could end 2018 with another title in Monte Carlo, consolidating her status as one of the leading squash players in the world. But if it’s fame and fortune she’s after, she’s probably in the wrong game – at least for a while - as she tells Graham Thomas.... Read More
Wales start their November series against Scotland on Saturday and if there’s a dryness in the air, it’s not just the autumnal conditions. The new “dry” no alcohol section of seating is the Welsh Rugby Union’s trial to counter growing complaints. Graham Thomas drank coffee only in the North Stand... Read More
Want to know where one of the fastest growing and inspiring sports stories is creating a real buzz? Then, head up to Treorchy, or Ferndale, or Tonypandy, or Porth. Rhondda Netball – creators of a tidal wave of female participation - are bridging the generation gap with five to 65-year-olds... Read More
Last Sunday’s Wales v Italy game was marked by more drink-related discontent inside the Principality Stadium. Graham Thomas says it’s time the WRU stopped being Cardiff’s worst pub landlord. Michael Caine reckons the Sixties were ruined by drugs, an entire decade unreliably half-remembered by those who were actually there in... Read More
It's Not Just Warren Gatland's Beard That's Bristling Again . . . As Wales Bid To Rub Out Eddie Jones' Unbeaten Home Run
Wales take on England at Twickenham on Saturday and recent history will inform bookmakers this should be a home win. But Graham Thomas argues the mood and demeanour of the coaches might mean momentum is travelling in the other direction. In many ways, Warren Gatland and Eddie Jones have reflected... Read More
Be afraid and be mesmerised, the All Blacks are in town. Except that script won’t wash this time, says Graham Thomas, who suggests a bit more boldness and belief would serve Wales well. Warren Gatland had a chance to put New Zealand in his cross hairs this week when he... Read More