Wales teenage star Ryan Astley has signed his first professional deal with Everton Football Club. The 17-year-old from Llanfair Caereinion in Powys has been hailed by the club's Under-23s coach David Unsworth as one of their greatest ever prospects.
For some, retirement means rest and relaxation but Wales' Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Dani Rowe will take on the London Classics challenge in her first year of retirement from professional cycling. The 28-year-old, who won Olympic team pursuit gold in London 2012, will run the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 28 April, pedal the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday 4 August and swim the two miles at Swim Serpentine on Saturday 21 September to complete the iconic London Classics, the ultimate mass participation challenge.
As the Welsh regions rake through the ashes of another European campaign where all four got burned, envious glances are again aimed over the Irish Sea. Geraint Powell isn’t the only one turning green as he considers how Irish rugby has left the Welsh domestic game so far behind. Older readers will recall the 1991 Five Nations Championship, and a 21-21 draw in Cardiff between Wales and Ireland. It was the era when the annual fixture had become the “Wooden Spoon” decider, and a draw in 1991 saved both countries from the ignominy of a “whitewash” that season.
Cardiff Met’s Cup hero Adam Roscrow has paid tribute to former Swansea City defender Christian Edwards and the impact he has made on the striker. Roscrow’s two goals helped the students beat Cambrian and Clydach 2-0 to lift the Nathaniel MG Cup on Saturday. The victory ended the Met’s run of three defeats in showpiece finals and according to Roscrow highlighted the work done by Edwards as director of football.
Daniel James has been urged to reject any move to Leeds United and remain with Swansea City to lead their promotion challenge. Swans striker Oli McBurnie believes James can be a focal point around which a successful team can be built at the Liberty Stadium, having moved back up to ninth in the Championship table – six points off the play-offs – at the weekend. Leeds are keen to recruit James and any offer above £5m is likely to tempt Swansea’s owners to sell as they plead penury following their relegation from the Premier League.
Tesni Evans produced a dominant display to win her first match at squash’s JP Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York. The Welsh world No.10 beat England’s Millie Tomlinson in three games to make it through to the last 16 of the prestigious event and its iconic location at Grand Central Station. Evans had recently played Tomlinson at the Monte Carlo Classic in December and had been taken to five sets by the world No.25.
Rising Welsh marathon star Natasha Cockram has celebrated being named among the elite field at this year's Virgin London Marathon by setting a new personal best in America. The Micky Morris Racing Team athlete sliced a minute-and-a-half off her lifetime best for the 26.2 mile distance at the Houston Marathon on Sunday. Cockram, who only ran her first marathon last April, has now lowered her best mark by over 10 minutes since winning the Newport Marathon on her debut.
Lee Valley Lions, the London club Doug McEwen joined for two seasons before switching to Cardiff Devils, are the next National Ice Hockey League visitors to Ice Arena Wales on Sunday (6pm). Lions take on a Cardiff Fire team who have won their last three matches and are focused on continuing... Read More
Welshman Phil Manny was Cardiff Fire captain for their first win of the National Ice Hockey League season in Kent on Saturday. The versatile Manny, who can play on defence or in the forwards, wore the C on a night when Alan Armour was not in the team. Fire defeated Gillingham-based Invicta... Read More
Player-coach Chris Douglas and his Cardiff Fire team are preparing for a huge weekend of National League ice hockey. Fire opened the new season with high hopes of making a bold bid for a play-offs place in South Two (Wilkinson Conference). But they suffered a 4-3 home defeat against Basingstoke Buffalo before... Read More
Chris Douglas and his Cardiff Fire team played far better at Ice Arena Wales than the 7-2 National League defeat suggests. Player-Coach Douglas was between the pipes for Cardiff and his team played some fluent ice hockey against Slough Jets without being able to punish their visitors. Jets were twice punished for... Read More
Cardiff Fire have added five players to their ice hockey roster for the 2018-19 National League season. Their opening fixture is against Basingstoke Buffalo at Ice Arena Wales this Sunday and Fire are planning a big push for honours. New head coach Chris Douglas works alongside former Cardiff Devils defenceman Mark Smith... Read More
Cardiff Fire are ready to set the National Ice Hockey League alight during the 2018-19 season. Fire have one team playing in NIHL Division Two South and they open the campaign with back-to-back home fixtures at Ice Arena Wales. Basingstoke Buffalo are in Cardiff Bay on Sunday, September 23, while Slough Jets... Read More