Rhondda Netball are calling on supporters to back their bid for a share of £1m as they aim to develop more role models and leaders within their organisation. Having already become a regional winner, the Valleys netball charity – one of the largest female sports participation programmes in Wales – need online votes to win the top cash prizes on offer. Rhondda Netball have already made the shortlist to win a share of Persimmon Homes’ Building Futures £1million pot, supporting under-18s across the UK.
Newport County manager Michael Flynn believes he has taken an important step in rebuilding his squad for the new season, having re-signed defender Scot Bennett. Having already seen Jamille Matt slip through his fingers when the striker moved to League Two rivals Forest Green Rovers, Flynn was determined to secure Bennett as the first keystone to his reconstruction job following the shutdown of last season. There remains a great deal of re-shaping for the County manager to do before the new campaign, but he views the retention of Bennett – who seemed destined to leave after the running down of his previous contract – as crucial to those plans.
Jamie Clarke has confessed he thought he would be going home after round one of the Betfred World Championship. The world No. 89 from Llanelli – the lowest ranking player in the tournament in Sheffield – is instead preparing a second round match on Friday after beating world number four Mark Allen, 10-8. Clarke produced a superb display on Tuesday night but admitted: “I haven’t looked at the draw. I just looked at Mark Allen and thought, I’m going home.
You’ve waited five months for racing to restart, you fly to Italy for the Covid-19 delayed opening round of the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup and then one of your team-mates crashes the car before you get the chance to drive it. The situation doesn’t bare thinking about, does it?
The Welsh Assembly Government has today pulled the plug on what was going to be the long awaited return of motor racing at Pembrey Circuit – even though this weekend’s now postponed BTRDA Rallycross Championship event was going to be run behind closed doors.
Multi-talented Lewis Binns believes believes Merthyr Town will flourish in the Southern League Premier Division during the 2020-21 season. The former Cardiff City and Newport County youth midfielder is among 15 senior players who have committed to the Martyrs and said: “The manager has signed a few young players who have been at professional clubs and they will be quick and technically extremely good. “We’ll have a good mix of experience and youth and I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can do and how we can develop as a squad.
New Ospreys head coach Toby Booth has been backed to take them to the top of Welsh rugby again and competing for the Pro 14 title. The commendation has come from the region’s former Wales prop Paul James, who believes Booth is the man to bring the good times back to the Liberty Stadium. The Ospreys currently lay bottom of Conference A of the Guinness Pro 14 and their two remaining matches, when the re-start happens later this month, will not lead to them being involved in the shake-up for the play-offs.
Swansea City are keen to strengthen their squad by signing former Liverpool defender Daniel Ayala from Middlesbrough. The centre-back is a free agent after refusing to sign a short-term extension to his Middlesbrough contract when football returned from the coronavirus shutdown in June. But Swansea head coach Steve Cooper is likely to face competition from a number of clubs – including those in Ayala’s homeland of Spain - for the 29-year-old.
Jamie Roberts’ decision to join the Dragons has been taken just weeks after he said he would “struggle” to join any Welsh team other than Cardiff Blues. The former Wales centre – arguably the only current Welsh player who can boast a career to compare with that of Alun Wyn Jones – has left the Blues wondering how his return to the Arms Park somehow escaped them. Roberts, 33, has opted to join the Dragons following a seven-year stint outside of Wales during which he played for French club Racing 92, English giants Harlequins and Bath, before a brief spell in South Africa with the Stormers.
Oliver Farr achieved his best finish on the European Tour - and biggest pay day - with a tie for third place at the Hero Open at the Forest of Arden Golf Club, near Coventry. The Welsh golfer, who spent time growing up in the Midlands, enjoyed his most impressive performance on the tour so far at the age of 32 and took home prize money of £47,000. Farr’s third placing alongside Chris Paisley from England and Swede Alexander Bjork came after a consistent display at the tournament which was won on Sunday by England’s Sam Horsfield.
Celtic Dragons suffered a heartbreak defeat against Surrey Storm in their first match of the Vitality Netball Superleague season at Arena Birmingham. Cardiff-based Dragons led through the first three quarters, but found themselves in the eye of a Storm during the final 15 minutes. Almost 9,000 spectators watched Surrey hit back from... Read More
Celtic Dragons are ready to storm into the new Vitality Netball Superleague season in front of a sell-out crowd at Arena Birmingham this afternoon. Cardiff-based Dragons play Surrey Storm in their opening fixture of the 2020 season and defender Abby Tyrrell says: “The mood and vibe in our squad is really... Read More
Dai Young has found an ally in Dragons director of rugby Dean Ryan following Young’s removal from front line duties at Wasps. Ryan – a former captain of Wasps before he went into coaching – was surprised to learn that his old club had made the switch, with backs coach... Read More
The Sunshine girls are heading to South Wales - and mid-court player Shona O’Dwyer is beaming her brightest smile after being signed by Celtic Dragons. Rebekah Robinson and Latanya Wilson, both Sunshine Girls from Jamaica, have committed to Cardiff-based Vitality Netball Superleague club Dragons - and English-born O’Dwyer is delighted to... Read More
Celtic Dragons Head Into Pulsating Fast5 All-Stars Netball Tournament Aiming To Pull The Plug On Bath
Celtic Dragons are on a fast track to netball success, starting against Team Bath at the Copper Box Arena in London on Saturday. They have qualified for the British Fast5 All-Stars competition for the first time and the draw has pitted Dragons against Bath in the quarter-finals. The Fast5 tournament, a fast,... Read More
Shaun Edwards appears to heading to France after rejecting a Wales contract offer to stay on as defence coach after the World Cup. Peter Jackson says he should go with no regrets and no recriminations from his employers, either. One morning in early August last year, hot on the heels... Read More