A record turnout in the disability event and two Anglesey golfers winning the chance to play at St Andrew’s in the week of the 150th Open Championship were the highlights of the Wales Golf Festival. Dion Lewis and Wyn Thomas of Baron Hill Golf Club won through in the R&A 9-Hole Challenge, with the remarkable prize taking them the to Home of Golf next month to represent Wales in the finals against players from England, Scotland, Ireland Australia and New Zealand.
There have been some seriously dark times in the rich, turbulent history that is Welsh rugby. You only have to recall the countless thrashings by New Zealand - some of which are too painful to remember without feeling embarrassed - but South Africa dished out the worst beating on June 27, 1998. In the last passage of play, replacement Springbok hooker Naka Drotske dropped a pass near the try line, which saved Wales from the humiliation of having 100 points scored against them.
Ospreys head coach Toby Booth insists he is looking forward to his team testing themselves against the best after their daunting draw for next season’s Heineken Champions Cup. The region’s reward for winning the Welsh Shield in the URC is a Heineken Champions Cup draw against French champions Montpellier and English champions Leicester Tigers. The draws for both the Champions Cup and the European Challenge Cup were made in Dublin, venue for both finals on 19 and 20 May next year, and included for the first time five teams from South Africa.
Gemma Grainger insisted Wales had taken some plus points from their draw with New Zealand in Spain, even if they came away with no goals. The Wales manager watched her team draw 0-0 in a friendly in Pinatar in their last game before their crucial World Cup qualifiers in September. Grainger’s squad are continuing preparations ahead of the final two qualifiers against Greece and Slovenia, where victories can guarantee a play-off place for the tournament.
Four Welsh athletes have been named as part of an initial Great Britain team of 64 heading for next month’s World Athletics Championships in Oregon. Melissa Courtney-Bryant, Jeremiah Azu and Joe Brier have joined marathon runner Josh Griffiths, whose selection had already been announced. A further group of athletes have been nominated for selection via a top 32 Road to Oregon qualification position and have been informed.
David Eaton set himself the goal of competing for Wales at the Commonwealth Games when he was 13 years old. It was the summer of 1994 and he was sat in front of the television at his grandparents’ house in North Wales. It was a goal the gymnast would go on to achieve – and a lot more besides.
Dragons chairman David Buttress – the man who launched Just Eat in the UK – reckons he has just listened. Buttress insists he took soundings from Dragons supporters as part of an exhaustive 10-month process surrounding the identity of the Gwent regional side. A new club crest, name and slogan was officially unveiled for the first time at Rodney Parade with the club now being known as Dragons RFC.
Taffs Well 1, Cardiff City 5 The Bluebirds visited FAW Championship South club Taffs Well for their opening pre-season match and 2,500 spectators turned out at the Rhiw’r Ddar ground. Cardiff City included new signings Curtis Nelson and goalkeeper Joe Day in their team and used 22 players over the 90 minutes. Nelson,... Read More
Cardiff City play their first pre-season fixture when manager Neil Warnock sends his Bluebirds out against Taffs Well at their Rhiw'r Ddar ground on Friday (7pm). Many first team players are due to attend the fixture, although City are likely to field members of their under-23 squad. This is the third successive... Read More
Bluebirds captain Sean Morrison reckons Neil Warnock could stay in football management for another two decades. ’Mozza’ insists manager Warnock, now aged 70, retains a burning desire for success with Cardiff City and a love for the game. “You only need to have 20 seconds with the gaffer to realise how much... Read More
Trefelin BGC are on the charge in Nathaniel Cars Welsh League football with two trophies in their sights. The team based in Port Talbot are top of Division Three and play Penydarren BGC in the League Cup semi-finals. Damon Thomas scored twice for Trefelin in their 4-0 league win against Newport City... Read More
Rhys Griffiths is on a Welsh League title mission at Penybont, while former Cardiff City goalkeeper Lee Kendall has started a survival battle with Pontypridd. Kevin Richards, meanwhile, has stepped down from his role as Ton Pentre manager. This was Richards second spell in charge at Ynys Park, having led the Rhondda... Read More
New signings Danny Williams and Aaron Bolger both made their Bluebirds debut in the 3-2 Professional Under-23 Development League defeat against Coventry City. They were sent on during the second half after Cardiff City found themselves 3-0 down inside the first half an hour. The fight-back was impressive and Cardiff showed great... Read More