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.
Cardiff Devils are in Coventry today aiming to complete a six-points return from three Elite League matches in five days. Captain Joey Martin and his team follow wins against Fife Flyers 3-2 and Guildford Flames 4-2 on Saturday by taking on Coventry Blaze in the English Midlands. Devils are one point behind... Read More
Cardiff Devils can move to within a point of Elite League leaders Sheffield Steelers this evening - if they beat Fife Flyers at the Viola Arena. Steelers have to wait and watch this evening with title-chasing rivals Devils, Nottingham Panthers and Belfast Giants all in action. Head coach Andrew Lord and his... Read More
Cardiff Devils fan Martyn Joseph, a renowned singer-songwriter says it in one of his most recent releases - ‘Here Come The Young.’ Steve King and his fellow owners agree and have handed over control of match night to children aged 12 and under when Dundee Stars play at the Viola Arena... Read More
Canadian forward Jamie Crooks produced a high five for Guildford Flames - and left Cardiff Devils in disarray. Crooks scored five of Guildford’s goals in their 6-3 win at the Spectrum, a result which is a blow to Devils Elite League title hopes. The damage, though, was limited because leaders Sheffield Steelers... Read More
Evan Mosey returned to action for Cardiff Devils and helped his team earn a thrilling Elite League victory in front of a sell-out 3,000-plus attendance at the Viola Arena. Devils roared back from 3-1 down to force the match into overtime and won 4-3 after a penalty shootout. It took eight rounds... Read More
Welsh Pain For Great Britain Kitman Jason And Welsh Pleasure For Matthew In Ice Hockey Olympic Qualifiers
There has been pain and pleasure for Welshmen during the Olympic ice hockey qualifying tournament in Nottingham. Great Britain kit manager Jason ‘Taffy’ Ellery suffered when he was hit in the face by a puck during the 4-3 win against Romania, while Cardiff Devils’ Matthew Myers scored for GB from a... Read More