They play every week and bid to outdo each other as much with their names as on the scoreboard. Base Invaders v Son Of A Pitch. Drum and Bases v Saved By The Balls. Bats Hit Crazy v The Merry Go Rounders.
Gemma Grainger has insisted Wales can still stay in the top tier of the Nations League despite suffering her biggest defeat as manager in front of her own fans. The Wales boss was left looking for crumbs of comfort after her team were demolished, 5-1, by a slick Denmark side at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Tributes have been paid from across Welsh rugby to Glanmor Griffiths, the founding father of the Principality Stadium, who has died at the age of 83. During his time as treasurer, chair and president of the Welsh Rugby Union he became a towering and sometimes controversial figure who became known throughout Wales simply as ‘Glanmor’.
Matthew Maynard insists it will be the business of winning and not emotion driving him through his final match as Glamorgan coach which starts on Tuesday. The Glamorgan stalwart – as superb batsman, trophy-winning captain and in recent years in coaching – will end his time as head coach at Sophia Gardens when the county play their final match of the County Championship season at home to Derbyshire.
Gemma Grainger insists she will send her Wales team out against Denmark on Tuesday night, convinced they can score the goals for success in the Women’s Nations League. Wales lost 1-0 in their opening fixture of the tournament away in Iceland last week, a failure in front of goal that has become a recurring theme against higher-ranked opposition.
Gareth Anscombe admits there is an element of relief after Wales avoided a fight to the finish in their quest for a Rugby World Cup quarter-final place. Wales’ record-breaking 40-6 victory over Australia meant they got the job done early in Pool C.
The Welsh fans ran out of songs to sing long before the celebrations ran out, after watching Australia routed in a way none had seen in their lifetimes. The helplessness of Wales against Australia on occasion down the years was replicated, but in mirror image.
Wales record victory over Australia has seen their odds on winning the World Cup almost halve overnight. Warren Gatland’s red wall shut out the Aussies with a record 40-6 triumph that has seen their price on lifting the trophy drop from 40/1 before the game to just 22/1 this morning (Mon).
Andy Cook scored a hat-trick as he helped to bury Newport County, 4-1 at Rodney Parade. Bradford City smashed Graham Coughlan’s team’s unbeaten league record. The 32-year-old striker, whose 31 goals last season enabled the Yorkshiremen to reach the play-offs, hadn't scored this season, but grabbed two in the first half and then bagged his hat-trick in the 92nd minute.
In a tale of redemption and raw rugby spirit, Aberavon roared back to life after a recent defeat by Pontypool. The Wizards conquered the same team this time round with a triumphant 20-10 victory at the formidable Talbot Athletic Ground.
Welsh trainers Phil Dando, Tim Vaughan and Dai Rees all saddled winners at Bangor-on-Dee (writes Brian Lee). Dando, who trains at Peterston-super-Ely, took the Broxton Gates Handicap Hurdle with his home bred Driftwood Haze which scored by half-a-length from bottom weighted Samson's Reach, ridden by James Bowen. Driftwood Haze, a 5-1 chance, was... Read More
Welshman Connor Brace, a 7lb claiming jockey attached to Fergal O'Brien's Cotswold yard, has been in cracking form (writes Brian Lee). He won the opening Juvenile Hurdle on 14-1 outsider Phoenican Star for O'Brien at Stratford. Star was Connor's sixth winner since the end of last month, having won at meetings all... Read More
Landsman, trained by Aberthin's Tim Vaughan and ridden by stable jockey Alan Johns, landed the maiden hurdle at far flung Musselburgh. His backers had little to fear as the strongly fancied six-year-old came home 12 lengths ahead of Animore ridden by Ross Chapman. Vale of Glamorgan trainer Vaughan, his stable jockey Alan... Read More
Have horses will travel seems to be the motto of Aberthin trainer Tim Vaughan (writes Brian Lee). He sent two horses on a 760-miles round-trip to Kelso in Scotland and landed a Sunday winner. Vaughan then secured a first place at Ffos Las on Monday, Briac taking the honours, and on Tuesday... Read More
Have horses will travel is the motto of Vale of Glamorgan trainer Tim Vaughan (says Brian Lee).. At far flung Carlisle his seven-year-old LooksnowtlikeBrian, a winner of its only race this season, landed the £15,640 Cumberland Handicap Chase when coming home 10 lengths ahead of Bako De La Saulaie. The 4-1 favourite in... Read More
dai-sport’s horse racing column - by Brian Lee Welshman Simon Rowlands has been appointed general manager at the Ffos Las racecourse near Llanelli. Rowlands, from Bargoed, moves from the Chepstow course to Ffos Las and will take up the reins for his new role in November. Both Welsh courses are owned by the... Read More