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Evan Hoyt Is Grounded In Portugal . . . But Mind Over Matter Is Keeping Him Busy

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 The Key For Award Winning Milford Haven Golf Club

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.

Ryan Jones And Gavin Henson Both Go The Extra Mile

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.

Peter Walker - Cricketer, Broadcaster And Glamorgan President - Dies Aged 84

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.

A Dramatic Start! . . . And The Rest Of The Match Wasn't Bad, Either

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 On The Rise . . . Despite The Season Standing Still

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 Was The Ultimate Welsh Aintree Hero

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.

Georgia Welcomes ISL'S Backing In Choppy Waters

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.

Two Labradors And One Hat Tip To The King Of Commentary . . . Bill McLaren

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.

The Day Curt Crossed The Great Divide . . . And Got Booed By Both Cardiff And Swansea Fans

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.

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Elynor Backstedt Storms To Bronze At World Championships

Elynor Backstedt claimed Great Britain’s second bronze medal of the UCI World Cycling Championships in Yorkshire on Monday morning. The 17-year-old Pontyclun cyclist finished third in the junior individual time trial despite almost crashing out when she skidded on an early bend in the slippery road conditions. Backstedt produced a... Read More

Geraint Thomas: Cycling Inspiration For Welsh Nation

Max Boyce had better get his pen out and write a new sporting song because the Welsh outside half factory is being replaced by an international cycling production line. While the nation waits to see if Geraint Thomas can make it back-to-back Tour de France titles, the signs are that his... Read More

Merson Back In Wales For Second Caerau Appearance

Former Arsenal and England playmaker Paul Merson is returning to Welsh League football at the age of 50. Merson, who won two First Division titles and the FA Cup during his professional career, has agreed to make a second appearance for Caerau when they play Trefelin Boys and Girls Club on... Read More

South Wales Warriors Handed Opening Day Trip To Somerset

The South Wales Warriors will open their British American Football season away to league newcomers the Somerset Wyverns. The Taunton-based outfit will have a tough introduction to the British American Football Association's (BAFA) Southern Football Conference Division Two West as they face the Warriors in their first fixture since completing... Read More

Merson's Magic Inspires, But Caerau Match Abandoned

Paul Merson made his Welsh League debut and Caerau FC’s regular attendance multiplied by 10! The Maesteg club usually attract around 40 spectators for their Third Division fixtures, but with former Arsenal and England playmaker Merson in their starting line-up 400-plus people set a ground record crowd. Caerau FC had printed 300... Read More

Paul Merson Confirms: 'I'll Make Caerau Debut Tonight'

Paul Merson has confirmed: “I’ll make my Caerau FC debut tonight.” The former England and Arsenal playmaker has committed to making his Welsh Football League debut at the Caerau Athletic Ground in Maesteg on Wednesday (October 18, 7.30pm). “Paul is in regular contact with us and he’s looking forward to playing for... Read More
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