The Sports Pages

My principal sporting love is and always has been Rugby; but that doesn’t stop me commenting on other sports when I feel the need to.

Wales set for another great Grand National

by Alan on December 26, 2014

in Sport

The Coral Welsh Grand National is the biggest horse race of the year in Wales, bringing people together in a wonderful social occasion which is a highlight of the festive season.

Initial entries for this year’s race include the last two winners Mountainous and Monbeg Dude. [click to continue…]

Ken Owens’ future hangs in the balance

by Alan on October 1, 2014

in Adverts, Sport

File:Ken Owens. Wales Grand Slam Celebration, Senedd 19 March 2012.jpg

Welsh rugby union stars the Scarlets celebrated recently after a heart-stopping win over Italian rivals Treviso.

The Pro12 in Llanelli on 20th September saw the Scarlets winning seven tries to nil, with Welsh internationals Gareth Davies and Liam Williams touching down twice.

It was the first win for hosting team Scarlets since new coach Wayne Pivac was drafted. Having coached Auckland to the National Provincial Championship in 2002 and 2003, Pivac has clearly shown his skills as a coach and could promise a bright future for the Scarlets.

Other stars to light up the game were hooker Emyr Phillips, who went over in the opening minute, while Gareth Owen and Johan Snyman scored tries in the second half. Davies’ try was assisted by second row Joe Snyman and flanker Aaron Shingler.

While it was a team effort for the Scarlets, one player’s absence was particularly noticeable – Ken Owens. The 27-year-old recently suffered a neck injury while training and was deemed unfit for Guinness PRO12 game.

Now, the Scarlets have told press that Owens has been assessed by their own medical team and has also had consultations with specialists. The Scarlets’ head of training Andrew Walker said: “We have undergone a thorough process of consultation with specialists over the last few days in regards to Ken’s injury, and will decide on the best course of action in the coming days.”

The news does not bode well for the Welsh team, whose odds in the autumn tests could drop dramatically if Owens continues to be absent. The star has started in Wales’ last three tests and is a key facet of national coach Warren Gatland’s plans. He first appeared on the scene with his international debut during the 2011 World Cup. Since then, he has gone on to win 26 caps.

Wales will have cause to worry now that Owens could be out for an undetermined amount of time. Their autumn Test schedule begins against Australia on 8th November, before the national team take on Fiji, New Zealand and the Springboks.

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac said: “It’s a shame for Ken on both a personal level and the team as a whole that he will require surgery on the injury he received earlier this week to his neck.

“Ken had been playing well but the focus now is to get see him through the surgery and get him back here with us for rehabilitation.”

What is the point of Baseball?

by Alan on May 5, 2014

in 100 hours, Sport

baseballWhen I knew I was going to visit Boston, I thought I’d take advantage of the trip and see those things I couldn’t see at home and try to understand a little more about America.
Consequently almost my first reaction was to check if the Boston Redsox were playing a match whilst I was there. I was lucky, not only were they playing, they were playing the New York Yankees. Even though I know nothing about baseball, I had an inkling that this was a “big one”. So I booked the tickets for an evening of entertainment at Fenway Park. [click to continue…]

Plus ca change, mais c’est la meme chose

6 February 2013 Sport

Will it be the same 15 as started for Wales last Saturday or will the selector(s) stick with the same team? That’s a question that’s been kicked around in many a bar ever since the middle of the first half of the match against Ireland where the performance was pretty woeful. Here’s my plan for […]

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Scrums are ruining the game of Rugby

12 January 2013 Sport

Earlier today I was watching yet another repeat of the timeless 1973 classic match between the Barbarians and New Zealand. It seemed so refreshing to see a game where scrums existed to help restart the game after a breakdown in play. I reckon that on most occasions it took about 40 seconds from the referee […]

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Is this the fastest man to play rugby?

19 December 2012 Sport

There’s an old adage in rugby that there’s no way to deal with speed on the field, this sums it up really well: httpv:// The Player is Carlin Isles, who sadly doesn’t appear to have any Welsh blood in him.

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#SPOTY poem – It Couldn’t Be Done

16 December 2012 Sport

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done, But he with a chuckle replied That maybe it couldn’t, but he would be one Who wouldn’t say so “till he tried.” So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin On his face. If he worried, he hid it. He started to sing as he […]

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