A year ago, Evan Hoyt was preparing for Wimbledon and an impact that would propel him into the sporting spotlight. But with the 2020 tournament cancelled, Wales’ No.1-ranked player is having to find different ways to keep busy this spring as he told Owen Morgan. With the world tennis tour on shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, Welsh star Evan Hoyt has been keeping busy by making guides on mental toughness and staying motivated during the crisis. So it's no surprise the man from Llanelli is maintaining a positive attitude despite being unable to continue his rise up the world rankings or earn any prize money.
Community support has helped Milford Haven to win the Wales Golf Junior Club of the Year Award. There were 10 incredible junior sections shortlisted for the award, but the flourishing junior section of Milford Haven came out on top thanks to the sheer volume of provision for all ages and abilities within their junior section 52 weeks a year. Milford Haven run around 70 competitions a year for all abilities, regular adult and junior competitions, New2Golf beginner schemes, Wednesday Night Girls Golf, using a six-hole mini course as well as the main course in summer, and an indoor bowling green in winter.
Two of Wales’ more recent Grand Slam heroes, Gavin Henson and Ryan Jones, were always big hits on the field, but now they are proving their worth off it. With the country gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, the two former Ospreys, Wales and British & Irish Lions team-mates have been revealing a different side to their champion nature. Henson, now 38, runs The Fox pub in the Vale of Glamorgan. They are still doing takeaway meals to help support the local community in the current crisis and deliveries are being carried out by the former world class centre.
Former Glamorgan and England cricketer Peter Walker – who went on to become a leading broadcaster in Wales – has died aged 84. Walker – who suffered a stroke - was born in England, but raised in South Africa. He spent two years in the Merchant Navy before joining Glamorgan and making his home in Wales. He played for the Welsh county between 1954-1972 and became the 10th player from Sophia Gardens to join the Roll of Honour.
It’s probably the most repeated try in rugby history. But ‘what happened next?’ as they say. Harri Morgan – born some time towards the end of the following decade – decided to watch the entire Seventies classic of the Barbarians v the All Blacks as the next part of mission to ‘re-live’ matches that occurred well before he was born. This is what he discovered. “This is Gareth Edwards - a dramatic start - what a score!” The immortal words of commentator Cliff Morgan as Gareth Edwards dived over in the left corner at the Taff End of the national stadium to send the Barbarians into an early lead against Ian Kirkpatrick’s seventh All Blacks.
London Welsh are back on track in their climb up the English League system after the RFU confirmed they will be promoted despite the suspension of rugby due to the coronavirus epidemic. It means Cai Griffiths’ side will move up into London North 1 next season after completing three successive promotions. The RFU had spent several weeks in trying to resolve the promotion and relegation issue before finally confirming both the Exiles and Hammersmith & Fulham will move up.
Jack Anthony is not a name that gets tossed into the conversation too often when you debate who is the greatest Welsh sportsman. ‘Jack who?’ is more often the query, but he was part of a pretty amazing family and on this weird and wonderful day, when the Grand National is being run as a ‘virtual race’ he deserves a mention. A century ago he made it a hat-trick of wins in the big race at Aintree as he guided the Irish horse Troytown to victory by 12 lengths.
By Liz Byrnes Georgia Davies – world, European and Commonwealth medallist and Energy Standard athlete – has welcomed the International Swimming League’s financial package for swimmers as good news amid the relentless darkness of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The ISL has unveiled a £9million ($11million) lifeline which guarantees all 320 swimmers from the 10 teams £1,200 ($1500) per month from September to July.
It’s 10 years since Bill McLaren died at the age of 86, a passing so significant for so many it required the memorial service that followed to be held at Murrayfield Stadium. Owen Morgan salutes the voice of rugby who provided the soundtrack to a childhood in Wales. Scrolling through Twitter the other day, in search of something to cheer my mood during these worrying times, I stumbled across a nugget of pure gold. Inspired by the boredom of having no sport to commentate on, the BBC's multi-talented maestro of the microphone Andrew Cotter decided to transform his Labradors' feeding time into a sporting event.
With both Cardiff City and Swansea City mothballed, it’s time to look back again into the archives. Former Wales international Alan Curtis is one of the few players to have represented both clubs as he tells Terry Phillips. Rhondda-born Alan Curtis played a major role for Cardiff City when they won a promotion and cup double more than 30 years ago, while he served Swansea City for over four decades. Wales international Curtis made the move from Southampton to the Bluebirds and slotted into a team that went up from the old Division Four and won the Welsh Cup.
Two games, no points and Wales U20 are rock bottom of the Six Nations table after a record four successive tournament defeat. A second-half fightback in Cork against last season’s Grand Slam champions, who were enjoying their record-breaking seventh win in a row, saved the blushes of the Welsh side,... Read More
Gareth Williams has shaken up half his Wales U20 team to face Ireland in Colwyn Bay on Friday night. The coach’s response to a disappointing defeat to Scotland is to bring in five new starters and make two positional changes for their final match of the age group Six Nations.... Read More
Two-try man-of-the-match Keiran Williams consigned the Ireland Under-20s to their first defeat of the season as Wales triumphed 41-27 in a pulsating eight-try contest. The Under-20 Six Nations has mirrored the senior tournament in that England - thanks to their 33-5 bonus point win over Scotland - have secured the... Read More