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ATHLETICS EVENT SET FOR NEWPORT

 

Sep 18 - Newport has officially been announced as the host city for the Westfield Health British Transplant Games 2019. The event is expected to attract more than 850 transplant recipient athletes and more than 1,500 supporters, including donor families, to the city in the summer of 2019.
Organised on behalf of the charity Transplant Sport UK, the aim of the Games is to raise awareness of and increase organ donation. Title sponsor Westfield Health, a leading not-for-profit health insurer, has been involved in the Games for more than a decade.
Newport Council, Newport Live, Welsh Government and the Games organisers will work in partnership to make this the best event yet.
Councillor Debbie Wilcox, Leader of Newport City Council, said: “We are honoured to have been selected to host this prestigious event. Newport has an excellent record of hosting sporting events from the Ryder Cup, Velothon, track cycling championships to Olympic and Paralympic training camps – but this event will be something special for the city. These athletes are inspirational and the Games bring with it such an important message. Wales has led the way in the UK in its approach to organ donation, but there is much more to do to raise awareness of its importance and encourage commitment across the country. We hope as a city we can not only deliver spectacular Games but do justice to this worthy cause.”
Held over four days, the Westfield Health British Transplant Games include over 25 sporting and social events and competitions for all abilities, from fishing through to track and field, including the Donor Run, an inclusive event open to the public.
The Games will complement campaigns taking place at a local level to educate and raise awareness of organ donation and the importance of sharing your decision with your loved ones.

DRAGONS SECURE FIRST WIN

 

Sep 18 - The Dragons secured their first win of the Pro14 season beating Connacht by 21-8 at Rodney Parade in front of 5069 fans. Hallam Amos scored an early try to put them 5-3 up before Dee scored the second try and with Henson in good kicking form their lead extended to 18-3. They held despite a try from Roux for Connacht. The only sour note concerned a major injury worry for Jared Kirchner forced off with a shoulder problem in the first half.

 

TOUR OF BRITAIN

 

Sep 10 - The Tour of Britain pro-cycle race involves 120 of the best professional cyclists in the world and will travel through Newport today accompanied by motorcycle outriders and support vehicles.

The riders should take around 30 minutes to pass through Newport and a rolling road block will be used to keep traffic disruption to a minimum.

The route
•The race will enter Caerleon from Usk Road (approximately 2pm)
•Mill Street – Castle Street - New Road – Belmont Hill
•Catsash Road - Christchurch Road – Beechwood Road – Chepstow Road
•Wharf Road – George Street Bridge – Lower Dock Street – Usk Way
•SDR – Lighthouse Road B4239 to Cardiff (approximately 2.30pm)

 

DRAGONS CONTINUE LOSING RUN

 

Sep 10 - The Dragons continued their losing start to the Pro14 season with a defeat to Edinburgh at Myreside. Five penalties and drop goal from Gavin Henson saw them go down 35-18.

 

DRAGONS DOWNED IN FIRST CLASH

 

Sep 3 - The Dragons first fixture of the season ended in a predictable 39-16 defeat to Irish province Leinster. A crowd of 6,113 saw the Irish team stretch their lead as the match wore on for a comfortable victory.  Leinster nine Jamison Gibson-Park's converted try separated the sides at half-time, with two Gavin Henson penalties keeping Dragons in touch. Matthew Screech conceded a penalty try as Leinster took control. Jordan Larmour, Dan Leavy and Cathal Marsh all stretched the Irish lead, although Dragons did claim a consolation penalty try.
 

CARDIFF EDGE CRICKET TITLE

 

Aug 27 - Cardiff edged out Newport for the Cricket Premier League title on Saturday. Despite a convincing win for Newport at Ynysgerwn, Penarth capitulated against the leaders handing them the title by the narrow margin of five points. The previous weekend's game had proved conclusive in terms of determining the outcome.

 

NEWPORT NARROW GAP TO FIVE POINTS

 

Aug 20 - Newport had Cardiff on the ropes in their Forest Farm clash on Saturday but could not finish them off. Despite this they gained nine points on their rivals securing a winning draw. With one game to go they are five points adrift of top spot. Newport were all out for 200 in 49.2 overs, Cardiff collapsed to 152 for 9 from 110 for 2, if Newport had taken the final wicket they would have gone top.

 

NEWPORT EDGE CLOSER AS TITLE DECIDER BECKONS

 

Aug 13 - Newport beat Penarth by seven wickets at Spytty yesterdayin their South Wales Premier League clash to close the deficit to 14 points ahead of next week's title decider at Forest Farm against leaders Cardiff.

 

THE CHASE IS ON FOR CRICKET TITLE

 

Aug 12 - Newport Cricket Club are at home to Penarth in the South Wales Premier League today as they close in on leaders Cardiff, they are 18 points adrift of their rivals with three to play. They won the Macey Cup limited overs  competition beating Panteg by three wickets last Sunday. The under 13s girls won their Welsh level competition at the Swalec stadium last weekend confirming the strength of talent in women’s cricket at Newport.

CYCLE SPEEDWAY WIN AT POOLE

 

Aug 11 - A dramatic late come back saw Newport emerge victorious at Poole last weekend. Two 7-3 heat advantages in the final two heats saw Newport snatch victory 89-87.
 

MONTPELIER HAMMER DRAGONS

 

Aug 11 - The Dragons were downed 40-15 by French side Montpellier in their first pre-season friendly in Aveyron last night.

 

CYCLE SPEEDWAY BATTLE OF BRITAIN AT NEWPORT

 

July 31 - Newport played host to Cycle Speedway's Battle of Britain with the South West and Wales holding off the North and Scotland in front of a good crowd. Home star Ben Mould top scored with 23 points as a key part of the 102 - 93 home victory.

 

CARDIFF STEAL MARCH ON NEWPORT

 

July 31 - Newport have slipped 33 points behind Cardiff following two rain affected results against Ammanford and Bridgend.

 

NEWPORT CHASING CARDIFF FOR CRICKET TITLE

 

July 15 - Newport and Cardiff are battling it out for the South Wales Premier Cricket League as we approach the decisive part of the season. The Spytty based team sit 12 points behind their rivals in the League within six games to play. Next week Cardiff play Neath and champions Newport play Ammanford.

 

 

VELOTHON WALES - JULY 9

 

July 8 - Velothon Wales will be passing through Newport this Sunday (9 July) residents are advised to plan their day accordingly. Thousands of cyclists are expected to take part in this year’s Velothon Wales 2017 event. The 140km closed-road event takes in some of the most beautiful scenery and challenging roads around South Wales, including some parts of the City of Newport.
Full details of road closures in Newport, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Torfaen and Caerphilly are available on the Velothon Wales website: www.velothon-wales.co.uk
To ensure cyclists’ safety it will be necessary to close roads and introduce parking restrictions along the route, including parts of Newport and Caerleon. A rolling road closure system will allow sections of the route to re-open between the amateur and professional cyclists giving residents an opportunity to move away from the event if they need to. There will be no all-day road closures.

 

CYCLE SPEEDWAY - NEWPORT WIN AT EXETER

 

July 2 - League champions Newport beat Exeter in a thrilling encounter at the latter's Cofton Road venue. In the first race after the interval, Exeter's star rider Craig Nethercott was instrumental in team riding Lauren Hookway to maximum points, as the Aces' swept into a 11-point lead. Newport reduced the deficit and, with just two of the eighteen scheduled races remaining, the scores were level.
In Heat 17 Newport grabbed a 5-1 and star rider Jack Harrold held on to win Heat 18. Result: Exeter Aces' 87; Newport Stars 91.
 

NEWPORT CONTINUE WINNING RUN

 

Jun 24 - Newport easily accounted for Ynysgerwn in the South Wales Premier Cricket League yesterday to sit seven points behind leaders Cardiff. Newport limited Ynysgerwn to 182 in their 50 overs with Charlie Stewart taking 3 for 22. Newport knocked off the required runs comfortably, in 36.3 overs, with Callum Taylor unbeaten again after a fine 81 from 72 balls. They face third placed Pontarddulais in their next encounter.

 

NEWPORT BEAT CARDIFF TO OPEN CRICKET LEAGUE

 

Jun 17 - League champions Newport beat Cardiff in the South Wales Premier Cricket League at Spytty to open up the title challenge. Leaders Cardiff set a challenging 225 from 50 0vers with Grant (66) and Milton (60) impressive. Newport's run chase was led by a fine 105 not out from Callum Taylor who saw them home with an over to spare.

 

NEWPORT CYCLE SPEEDWAY WIN BRITISH OPEN

 

Jun 4 - Newport Cycle Speedway won the final of the British Open beating off teams from Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Poole and Ipswich. Club Chairman & Team Manager Nicky Evans said:

“I am absolutely over the moon with what this group of riders achieved for our club. It is by far one of the proudest moments in my managerial career to date and one I will cherish for the rest of my life. We have just wrote history as the first Cycle Speedway Club in Wales to win an British Team Championship Open event. It is a reward for the hard work that has been put in over the years by everyone in our club from top to bottom and created a real good feel good factor across social media with our followers and club members throughout the night after the event.

The lads on the day were faultless. They were simply cool, calm, patient and collective. It was probably the most professional approach I have witnessed by us and one I am very proud of.
We had a fantastic team talk before the Final and used recent negative comments to fuel the fire in our hearts. It really worked and shows what this club is all about and what we can achieve when we stand shoulder to shoulder and buy into the same beliefs.
Thank you all for your continued support".

Final Team: 1: Adam Bennett 9 points  (3 rides), 2: Ben Mould 11 points (4 rides) Captain, 3: Jacob Soper 8 points  (3 rides), 4: Callum Goward 4 points  (2 rides), 5: Jack Harrold 16 points (4 rides) Maximum     points.

NEWPORT CC IN WINNING DRAW

 

Jun 4 - Newport CC outscored Port Talbot to achieve a winning draw away on Saturday. A similar result last week against Bridgend means they sit third in the League behind leaders Cardiff.

 

MOULD TAKES LEAD

 

May 24 - The Cycle Speedway Elite Grand Prix Series got underway on Saturday May 8 at the East Park circuit in Wolverhampton. British champion Ben Mould (Newport CSC) made a flying start to the season to lead the overall standings on 25 points after round one.
In heat 10 Mould dropped his first points of the afternoon, falling to third behind Josh Brooke and Matt Smith, but the British champion soon bounced back in heat 16, taking his fourth win of the afternoon and the round one victory. Round two of the new series will take place at Swindon on 10 June.

 

STEADY START FOR NEWPORT CC

 

May 24 - Champions Newport have made a steady start to the South Wales Premier Cricket League. They have won 2 and lost 1 of their opening four fixtures with 53 points. Leaders Bridgend have 71 points. The two teams meet at Spytty on Saturday.

LOCAL RUGBY

 

May 1 - Newport Saracens won 26-7 at bottom team Pontllanfraith in 3C. Bettws beat Hollybush 23-17. Rogerstone went down 66-0 at Blaina. In 3A Newport HSOB won 36-19 at Llanhilleth whereas Hartridge's game against Blackwood All Stars was called off. Hartridge remain top. Pill beat Blackwood in 2E 36-19.

 

TOUR OF BRITAIN CYCLING

 

May 1 - Stage 8 (the final stage) will route from Worcester to Cardiff via Monmouthshire and Newport on Sunday September 10.

 

SARRIES AND HARTRIDGE FIGHT FOR HONOURS

 

Apr 8 - Newport Saracens beat local rivals Malpas 54-29 to maintain third position in 3C, in the same division Whiteheads lost 32-21 at Panteg. In 3A top placed Hartridge won 33-13 at Fleur de Llys. Scores elsewhere Bettws 12 Girlings 26,Rogerstone 17 Machen 36, Caerphilly 37 Newport HSOB 21, 2 E Abertwsswg 8 Pill Harriers 35, Caerleon 7 Risca 28

 

NEWPORT CYCLE SPEEDWAY MAKE GOOD START

 

Apr 8 - Newport lead the way in the regional Spring Cup.

Meeting 1 (Newport)

Newport 95pts
Ben Mould 22+2, Dan Bock 15+1, Adam Bennett 10+2, Mark Carmichael 20, Chris Davies 12, Sean Bennett 11, Callum Goward 3+1, Dan Wright 2+1.
Horspath 86pts
Zac Payne 21+1, Alice Neighbour 9, Jake Neighbour 16+2, Will Jeffrey 16+2, Jack Ellis 15, Andy Johnson 9
Poole 85pts
Dean Hook 16+2, Frazer Garnett 14, Jay Briggs 17+1, Macey schmit 10+1, Will Bristowe 18, Callum Smith 10+3.

The second round of the South West and Wales Spring Cup produced some great racing on a perfect sunny spring day at Horspath. Newport ran out very narrow winners with 93.5 points to Horspath's 92 with Poole on 82.5. Many youngsters were on show, along with the more experienced heads, which resulted in some cracking racing and plenty of racing incidents. A race between Newport’s Chris Davies and Dan Bock against Poole’s Will Bristow and Callum Smith gave the match that rare dead heat, where referee Colin Simmons couldn’t split Callum and Dan on the line.

HORSPATH 92
Jake Neighbour 21+2, Will Jeffery 17+3, Zac Payne 17, Dave Lieberman 11, Andy Johnson 14+1, Jack Ellis 9, Alice Neighbour 3
POOLE 82.5
Dan Hook 14+4, Fraser Garnett 18+1, Jay Briggs 12, Danny Byrne 12+1, Will Bristowe 15+2, Callum Smith 11.5+1
NEWPORT 93.5
Mark Carmichael 19+1, Adam Bennett 12, Dan Bock 12.5+3, Chris Davies 17+1, Jack Harrold 16, Callum Goward 14+2, Dan Wright 3

Newport Cycle Speedway Club stage their annual Welsh Open championships on Sat 15th April, with the women taking to the track first at 2pm, followed by the under 19 boys at 3.30pm.
Two first class fields have been assembled for what is sure to witness some excellent racing on the big open Welsh raceway. Both meetings are sponsored by Dig It Landscapes.
 

SARRIES LOSE OUT BUT HARTRIDGE GO TOP

 

Mar 26 - Newport Saracens lost out by 14-13 at home in League 3c against rivals Markham. Markham are now a point ahead with five games to play. Hartridge went to the top of League 3A winning 45-40 at Monmouth as rivals Chepstoe went down to Oakdale. Newport HSOB had a fine 57-15 win at New Tredegar. Elsewhere Bettws beat Rhayader 22-19, St Julians beat Crumlin away by 26-13, Rogerstone lost at home to Blaina 24-12. Pill Harriers went down 34-17 at Croesyceliog, Caerleon lost narrowly (37-32) to Brecon in League 1 East.

 

NEWPORT HALF MARATHON SUCCESS

 

Mar 5 - Just under two thousand participants took part in the Admiral City of Newport Half Marathon today. The winner was Chris Carpanini from Swansea who completed the course in 70 minutes, Ryan Whatley from Lliswerry Runners was second and Charles Davis third.

 

LOCAL RUGBY

 

Mar 5 - Caerleon fell at Ynysybwl in League One East yesterday going down 27-12. Leaders Hartridge pulled off a fine 26-21 win over rivals Chepstow in League 3 East A, Newport HSOB went down 25-0 at Usk.

 

LOCAL RUGBY ROUND UP

 

Feb 4 - Caerleon went down 38-22 at Rhydfelin in League One East. Hartridge continued their good run by beating Caerphilly 19-16. Games involving Pill, Rogerstone, St.Julian's and Newport HSOB were called off. Whiteheads won 27-5 at Malpas but Bettws went down 36-0 at Trefil.

 

CAERLEON WIN AT BLAENAVON

 

Jan 21 - Caerleon pulled off a fine 14-13 win at the Recreation Ground in Blaenavon to maintain their mid-table position in WRU League One East. It was a good day for Newport teams despite games involving Newport Saracens, Whiteheads and Newport HSOB being called off due to frozen pitches. Pill Harriers got a much needed victory by 16-13 over Garndiffaith in Division Two East. Unbeaten since April Hartridge HSOB beat Usk by 15 points to 9 in Division 3 East A. Rogerstone lost 8-3 at Brynithel in Division Three East B, St. Julians HSOB drew 10-10 with second placed Hafodyrynys.  In Division 3 East C Malpas beat New Panteg 16-13. Bettws lost their Division Three East D fixture at Hollybush by 26 points to 3.

 

DOUBLE TRIUMPH FOR NEWPORT CRICKET

 

Aug 28 - Newport are South Wales Premier League champions despite losing at Port Talbot. They pipped rivals Cardiff , who drew at Neath, by two points after gaining six points in defeat. In the second XI east Premier Division Newport repeated the success of the first XI again pipping Cardiff by 2 points in the final table!

 

STALEMATE AS SEASON DRAWS TO EXCITING CLIMAX

 

Aug 21 - The destination of the South Wales Premier League title remains unclear as rain washed out yesterday's games. Newport head to Port Talbot in the final game next Saturday 11 points ahead of Cardiff who travel to Neath.

 

NEWPORT INCREASE LEAD WITH FINE WIN

 

Aug 14 - Newport included Glamorgan spinner Dean Cosker in their line up as they beat Bridgend by 3 wickets. Cosker took 0-23 in 10 overs but Newport bowled Bridgend out for 170. Callum Taylor took 3 for 21. Newport reached 171 with 7 wickets down guided home by a fine 53 from Joseph Voke. Newport still head the table 11 points ahead of Cardiff. Newport travel to the Gnoll to face Neath next week.

 

NEW TENNIS COURT PLAN

 

Aug 13 - A derelict tennis court at Beechwood Park is to be refurbished under a project by Newport City Council.The work, which is due to start next month, will see a new perimeter fence being put up, a new surface complete with tennis markings and new nets and posts.In order for the new court to be used effectively, a number of conifer trees surrounding the old court which do not offer any horticultural or historical importance will have to be felled. The tennis court refurbishment work will be carried out for the council by W&M Garden Services Ltd.

 

PARALYMPIANS HEAD TO VELODROME

 

Aug 13 - Wales National Velodrome is still buzzing following hosting Team GB's Olympic Cycling camps, and the excitement isn't over yet. Later this month, the track cyclists selected by The British Paralympic Association (BPA) to represent Great Britain in Rio in September will be descending on Newport, for their final training preparations before they head out to Brazil to compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games. While many training sessions will take place behind closed doors, British Cycling and Newport Live, the Trust that runs Wales National Velodrome at Newport International Sports Village, will open their doors to members of the public who are encouraged to come along and show their support for ParalympicsGB.

 

CARDIFF NARROW THE GAP

 

Aug 7 - Cardiff narrowed the gap with Newport in the South Wales Premier League to four points with a winning draw at Forest Farm. They scored 201-7 in their innings but despite having Newport on the ropes could not bowl them out, the leaders finishing on 168-9.

 

NEWPORT INCREASE PREMIER LEAD

 

July 31 - Newport has increased its lead over Cardiff to 15 points following a win over Ynysgerwn. Bowled out for 222 Newport bowled their opponents out for 174. Cardiff struggled to a losing draw against Mumbles. Overall Newport increased their advantage by 11 points.

 

NEWPORT LAUDED BY GLAM CHIEF EXEC

 

July 20 - A hat-trick by Glamorgan bowler Ruaidhri Smith was not enough to prevent the county from losing by 123 runs in their touring match against Pakistan A in Newport.

A century by Babar Azam (119) guided Pakistan A to victory over Glamorgan after the tourists had been put in to bat in their one-day friendly at an overcast and drizzly Spytty Park. The return of county cricket to the city was welcomed by a morning shower where there was a 15-minute delay to play with the match getting underway at 10.45am.Despite the defeat, Glamorgan chief executive Hugh Morris praised the Newport facilities.“It’s great for Glamorgan to play in Newport again,” said Morris.“It’s been a long time, so long in fact that I played in the last one!It’s been a great occasion and what the club has achieved in 25 years here is fantastic.The facilities are something to really be proud of.”

FIRST CLASS CRICKET RETURNS TO NEWPORT

 

July 10 - Four internationals are set to be among the Pakistan A players trying to stake a claim for senior spots when they head to Newport next week. First-class cricket returns to the city on Friday when Glamorgan host the tourists for a one-day encounter (10.30am start) at Spytty Park. Entry to the game will be free – although the club are hopeful that spectators will pay £3 for a special souvenir programme – and it promises to be a special occasion.

 

NEWPORT EDGE FURTHER AHEAD

 

July 9 - Newport piled on the runs against Swansea yesterday at Spytty as they secured 19 points and increased the margin over nearest rivals Cardiff to five points. Newport scored 233-5 from 38 overs with Michael Clayden hitting 89 and Imran Hassan 59. Harry Powell took 3-30 as Swansea held out.

 

NEWPORT STILL OUT IN FRONT

 

July 2 - Newport Cricket Club are still out in front of the South Wales Premier League after securing a win at Ammanford yesterday. Newport secured 17 points after chasing down a reduced target. Kamau Leverock scored 68 runs not out off 45 balls. Nearest rivals Cardiff also won against Port Talbot securing 20 points, leaving three points adrift of Newport.

 

NEWPORT WOMEN WIN WELSH TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

 

June 26 - Newport Golf Club won the Ladies Team Championship of Wales for the second year running at Wenvoe Castle beating St. Pierre in the final. They beat Radyr, Royal St.David's, Newport Pems and Wrexham in the earlier rounds. They are captained by Judith Wenham.

 

NEWPORT GO TOP

 

June 19 - Newport Cricket Club are top of the South Wales Premier League after a 'winning draw' at home to Neath. Although they did not bowl their opponents out they scored more runs than them. Newport scored 150-7, Neath made 104-6 in response. Top scorer for Newport was Hassan (39) and best bowler, Taylor, 3-23.

Glamorgan face Pakistan at Newport on July 15, start 10.30. The first Glamorgan fixture in Newport since 1990.

 

SOLID START TO SEASON FOR NEWPORT CYCLE SPEEDWAY

 

June 10 - Newport Cycle Speedway has made a very solid start to the new season with the first team coming out on top in six of their opening seven fixtures. The only defeat to date was on May 22 away at Poole. The South and South Wales Champions have secured victories away at Leicester, Exeter and Horspath. Next weekend (on June 19 at 2pm) they face Exeter at the Velodrome.

The former Underwood club has now merged with Newport but retains the track for training purposes at Llanmartin.

 

WALES VELOTHON INFORMATION

 

May 15 - Find the information regarding next Sunday's Velothon here

 

HALF MARATHON SUCCESS

 

Mar 6 - The Admiral City of Newport Half Marathon brought over 1,500 participants on to Newport's streets on a cold but bright day today. The route took in Commercial Street, Pill, the Town Bridge, Caerleon, George Street Bridge the SDR Bridge and the Usk Footbridge. The leading athlete was Phillip Matthews from Swansea Harriers who finished the course in 1 hour 13 minutes and forty seconds. He finished a minute ahead of Newport Harriers athlete Mark Jones in second.

FIRST CLASS CRICKET BACK IN NEWPORT

Feb 10 - First class cricket will return to Newport for the first time in 26 years when Glamorgan entertain Pakistan A at Spytty Park this summer. Robert Croft's side will welcome the tourists, who will be warming up for a triangular series with England Lions and their Sri Lankan counterparts, to Wales on Friday, July 15.

SARRIES WIN DERBY

Dec 12 - Leaders Newport Saracens edged out Whiteheads 14-8 in their Swalec League 3C local derby clash yesterday.

VELOTHON SET FOR MAY 22

Nov 23 - Up to 18,000 riders will be able to take part in the UK’s third-biggest sportive along a spectacular 140km route on May 22 2016 on closed roads through South Wales including Newport. As in 2015, riders will be able to take a ‘short cut’ on the day to reduce the distance to 110km if necessary but this will not be an entry option, although those who take the 110km route will be given an official time for this distance.

The 50km route has been removed for 2016 due to lack of demand and to reduce the impact of the extensive road closures that were in place to facilitate two routes in 2015. Full details of the 2016 route and road closures will be released in early 2016.

The 140km route is a challenging route, incorporating two famous and notoriously difficult climbs. Riders will leave Cardiff to the east, visiting Newport (via the SDR) and Usk, before entering the Brecon Beacons National Park to tackle the legendary Tumble climb – a highlight of stage 3 at this year’s Tour of Britain and home to Velothon Wales’ King of the Mountains challenge. The route then heads south via Pontypool and Newbridge on its way to Caerphilly for one final climb up the stunning Caerphilly mountain, before finishing with a fast decent towards the finish line located in the heart of Cardiff city centre.

SELBY WINS OPENER

Nov 1 - Andrew Selby made a great start to his professional career, beating Tanzanian Haji Juma at Newport Centre on Friday. Selby forced his opponent down in the first and third rounds. He then stopped Juma two minutes into the fourth round.

NEWPORT HIGH SCHOOL LOSE TO GOWER

 

Oct 17 - Newport High School look forward to the start of the college rugby season proper next week but were beaten 14-10 by Gower College in their latest match. A driving maul from a line out was Newport's undoing.

Newport's try came from Connor Edwards with a conversion and penalty from Joshua Malson. Newport beat Llandrillo College 34-24 in their opener.

 

LOCAL RUGBY - BIG WINS FOR NEWPORT SIDES BUT BETTWS AND HSOB STRUGGLE

 

Oct 10 - In yesterday's fixtures Caerleon beat Abertysswg 39-3 in League 2 East and Pill Harriers overcame Pontypool United 22-14. In League 3A a better effort from Newport HSOB saw them lose at home 34-13 to leaders Abercarn. In League 3B bottom placed Bettws lost 43-0 to Machen, Rogerstone put 69 past Beaufort and leaders Hartridge beat Brynithel 60-5. In 3C Sarries lost 22-15 at home to Aberbargoed, St Julians hammered New Panteg 63-0 and Whiteheads clash with Crickhowell was called off, one of many postponements yesterday. In 3D Malpas beat Aberbeeg 52-10. 

 

LOCAL RUGBY - PILL AND CAERLEON SEAL WINS, NEWPORT HSOB STRUGGLE.

 

Sept 20 - In League 2 East both Newport teams recorded victories on the weekend, Pill Harriers beat Abergavenny at home by 13-10 and Caerleon cruised to a big victory, 43-10 at Pontypool United. Newport HSOB continued their disastrous start to League 3A yesterday by losing 90-0 to Oakdale. This followed an 83-5 defeat at New Tredegar and 84-7 loss to Caerphilly. Tredegar in the same division have managed only one fixture, a 92-0 defeat to RTB Ebbw Vale. Newport Saracens beat Hollybush 81-7 in League 3C in Duffryn, their first win of the season. Whiteheads beat previously unbeaten Trefil 36-17. St Julians HSOB played their first fixture, going down 21-24 to Trinant. In League 3B Hartridge have played three won three, their latest victory 46-6 over Rhymney. Rogerstone are also unbeaten and won the local derby at Bettws yesterday 31-19. Bettws were playing their first fixture.

 

NEWPORT CS DEFEATED AT IPSWICH

 

Sept 20 - Newport lost their latest Elite League cycle speedway match at Ipswich by 104-73. Wednesfield were crowned champions.

 

WINNING DRAW AT NEATH

 

Aug 30 - Newport Cricket Club earned a winning draw at Neath yesterday. They narrowly failed to bowl Neath out having posted 212 with Clayden getting 90. Neath scored 175-9 batting out the final two overs and one ball to save the game. The men from the Gnoll had an astonishing collapse prior to this, losing five wickets in seven balls. Powell took four wickets for 26 for Newport.

 

 

PRO FEMALE BOXER TO FEATURE ON NEWPORT BILL

 

Aug 23 - Female Ebbw Vale boxer Ashley Brace will make her professional debut at the Newport Centre in October – on the same bill that sees Jamie Arthur return to the ring. The 24-year-old will become the only active professional female boxer in Wales after signing with Sanigar Promotions. The ten fight show takes place on October 30.

 

MOULD WINS TITLE

 

Aug 5 - Newport cyclist Jon Mould has been confirmed as the winner of the British Cycling Elite Series at this evening's Chepstow Grand Prix. The 24-year-old One Pro Cycling rider led the Series heading into the race and had only one rider who could realistically catch him - David McGowan.But with McGowan not starting due to illness, Mould was assured of success from the off. The race finished with JLT Condor's Graham Briggs in first, his teammate Tom Moses in second, and Jon Mould's teammate Chris Opie in third. The series concludes in Abergavenny on Friday night, where the 2015 Elite Circuit Series champion will be crowned

 

NEWPORT LOSE AT CARDIFF

 

Aug 3 - Newport lost heavily in the South Wales Cricket Premier League at Cardiff scoring 138 all out in reply to the home side's 236-9 at Forest Farm.

 

CYCLE SPEEDWAY - WOMEN WIN ASHES AT NEWPORT

 

July 29 - Great Britain's women made it 2-0 in the three Cycle Speedway test series by beating Australia 91-58 at Newport tonight. Laura Watson scored 16 paid 19 and Michelle Whitehead 15 paid 17 at the head of the British team. In the men's meeting Australia won to tie the series 1-1 going in to the final match next week in Coventry. They beat Great Britain 88-87. In a dramatic final heat unbeaten Ben Mould (GB) and Joel Chadwick (Aus) were both excluded leaving Britain's Lee Aris to beat Cody Chadwick but finish a tantalising single point short of the Australians. The British team head to Poole tomorrow for a World Team Cup qualifier against Poland.

 

NEWPORT WIN AT ST. FAGANS

 

July 26 - Newport pulled off a fine 22 run victory at St. Fagans in the South Wales Premier League. Norris hit 70 as Newport made 198 for 8. Leverock took 4 for 29 as they bowled St Fagans in 48.5 overs to claim the victory.

 

DRAGON PARK STAND PLAN

 

July 26 - The Welsh Football Association has submitted plans for a 250 seat stand for its main pitch at Dragon Park in the Sports Village. This will sit directly opposite its Headquarters building.

 

SPORT IN THE PARK

 

July 26 - Every Thursday during the summer holidays a team of qualified sports coaches and sports club volunteers will be visiting different parks and outdoor spaces in Newport, as part of Sport in the Park. These visits are being organised by Newport Live, the new trust responsible for public sport and leisure in the city.

Offering a whole host of sports, activities and games for you to have a go at, all ages are welcome from children to grown-ups. The aim of the event is to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends, to try different sports, get active, maybe take part in an old school sports day, or simply try something new with your children.

At the events there will be sports clubs and national governing bodies such as Golf Wales and Welsh Netball, as well as taster activities such as a golf inflatable, football target shoot out, inflatable netball pitch, pop up tennis, fun bouncy castles, football, basketball, cycling, tots sports sessions, sports day activities and lots more.

Dates and times are as follows, all are on Thursdays 11am – 4pm

  • 30 July: Caerleon at NHSOB Rugby Club, Yew Tree Lane, Caerleon NP18 1LL
  • 6 August Rogerstone at Rogerstone Welfare Grounds, Tregwilym Road, Rogerstone NP10 9EQ
  • 13 August: Beechwood at Beechwood Park, Beechwood Road NP19 8AJ
  • 20 August: NISV Stadium at Newport International Sports Village, Spytty, NP19 4RA
  • There is a small charge on entry of £3 per child, or £5 for a family pass (*includes 3 children) - adults go free! All activities to take part in are free from then on. Check Newport LIVE! on the web, Twitter anf Facebook for more details.

    NEWPORT DRAW WITH MUMBLES

     

    July 19 - Newport have drawn their latest South Wales Cricket League match with Mumbles at Spytty Park. The Swansea side amassed 273-8, Newport scored 246-8 with Hassan scoring 105.

     

    SPYTTY TO HOST MINOR COUNTIES CRICKET MATCH

    June 18 - Newport Cricket Club will host the Wales three day Minor Counties Championship Match Against Cheshire on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (June 21st-23rd). The match will start at 11.00am each day.

    BALE SIGNS UP FOR CELEB GOLF

     

    June 16 - Welsh soccer hero Gareth Bale has signed for the Celebrity Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort. The Real Madrid star will play in the tournament scheduled for July 4-5.

     

    FOUR IN A ROW FOR NEWPORT

     

    June 7 - Newport Cricket Club made it four South Wales Premier League wins in a row by defeating Ynysgerwn by seven wickets. Matt Morris (62)  and Imran Hassan (97) led Newport to a fine away victory. Last week they beat Cardiff at Spytty Park by four wickets.

     

    SELBY TRIUMPHS IN WORLD TITLE FIGHT

     

    May 31 - Lee Selby has won the IBF world featherweight title after a superb win against Russia's Evgeny Gradovich at the O2 arena.

    A clash of heads opened a nasty cut over Gradovich's right eye in the seventh and the doctor called the fight off in the following round.

    The 28 year old is based at Newport with Tony Borg but originally hails from Barry. But he has been at St. Joseph's Boxing Club since he was a youngster and is their finest prospect “We aren’t a valleys gym, we are based right in the centre of Newport and Selby had made a big impact in this city,” Borg told the Argus recently “We have local builders and shop workers coming in to ask us what time he’s sparring and we generally always have a big audience. "

     

    CELEBRITY TOURNAMENT REACHES TIPPING POINT

     

    May 28 - The Celtic Manor Celebrity Cup Golf tournament has signed up two more famous faces for the event on July 4-5. Television presenters Ben Shephard and Zoe Hardman will tee up with Mike Tindall, Vernon Kay and Peter Jones for Team England in the event from July 4-5. Tipping Point and Good Morning Britain anchor Shephard was at Celtic Manor as an on-course commentator for the All*Star Cup a decade ago but will now play an active part in the Celebrity Cup, taking on rivals from Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

     

    NEWPORT BEAT ST FAGANS

     

    May 26 - Newport CC beat St Fagans comprehensively in their latest fixture in the South Wales Premier League. They bowled St Fagans out for 191 in 45.4 overs with Leverock and Thornton taking three wickets apiece. Matthew Norris (83) and Matthew Jones (89) knocked off the required runs in 38 overs.

     

    NEWPORT WIN AT MUMBLES

     

    May 17 - Newport CC won away at Mumbles by 15 runs in their latest league fixture. Mike Clayden scored 73 as Newport amassed 199. They reduced the home side to 184, Kamau Leverock taking 4-41.

     

    NEWPORT GO DOWN AT PONTARDDULAIS

     

    May 11 - Newport lost their opening South Wales Premier League fixture at Pontarddulais by 9 runs. Having bowled the home side out for 131 they could only manage 122 runs. Their next match, on Saturday, is away at the Mumbles Cricket Club in Swansea.

     

    CYCLE SPEEDWAY TEAM IN STRONG START

     

    May 11 - Newport made it four out of four in a strong start to their campaign in the South and South West League. After a tight start on Sunday they pulled away to win comfortably as follows - Newport 101, Poole 89, Exeter 79.  In the Elite League they have played two lost two, going down 100-77 on May 3 at home to Horspath who included three Polish riders.

     

    CAERLEON WIN LEAGUE 3 EAST

     

    Apr 26 - CAerleon RFC secured the League 3 East title of the Swalec National Leagues with a 29-27 victory over RTB Ebbw Vale in Ebbw Vale. A late penalty by fly half Morgan secured the nail biting win and the title.

     

    NEWPORT CRICKET CLUB PRE-SEASON CONTINUES WITH CARDIFF FRIENDLY

     

    Apr 22 - Newport Cricket Club continue their pre-season on Saturday with a home friendly against Cardiff as they look forward to a better season in the South Wales Premier League. Last year they struggled to stave off relegation. They are captained by the experienced Michael Clayden. Their allocated player from Glamorgan is Andrew Salter. Salter played 3 games for Newport in 2014, and was instrumental in helping the club to win 2 of the 3 matches he played in with great contributions. He scored 163 runs in just 3 innings averaging 54.33, scoring 56 against Swansea and 69 against Port Talbot. While bowling, he claimed a match winning 5-36 against Port Talbot, and bowled a superb spell of 10 overs claiming 1-15 against Swansea. Newport play their first league match against Port Talbot at Spytty on May 2.

    Off the field the Cricket Club has secured a 25 year lease on the cricket ground and the adjacent squash club. The latter it is hoped will provide improved changing facilities for players of both sexes.
     

    CYCLE SPEEDWAY LOSE OPENER

     

    Apr 22 - Newport Cycle Speedway lost their Elite league opener against Wednesfield Aces by 107-67 in Wolverhampton.

     

    CYCLE SPEEDWAY GETS UNDER WAY WITH OPEN MEETING

     

    Mar 14 - Newport Cycle Speedway get their season under way with an open meeting at the Velodrome track on March 28 at 2pm. The following day at the same time their South and South West League fixtures commence with a match against Swindon and Horspath. Their Elite League fixtures start at Wednesfield in Wolverhampton on Sunday April 19 at 2pm. The senior team for the new season includes Jacob Soper, Chris Davies and Matthew Davis.

     

    NEWPORT TO FORM PART OF VELOTHON ROUTE

     

    Mar 6 - Newport and its surrounding towns and villages will take to the world stage this year as 15,000 cyclists gear up to cycle past some of Newport's most iconic landmarks as part of the inaugural Velothon Wales. With just 100 days to go, organisers have today (Friday 6 March) confirmed the exact details of the two completely closed road routes that will take riders on an unforgettable journey through South Wales on Sunday 14 June.

    The televised event is set to become one of the biggest dates in the Welsh sporting calendar, with a 140km route and a shorter 50km route giving riders a chance to experience a truly safe cycling experience on traffic free roads. There will also be a UCI sanctioned professional race taking place after the amateur event, which will see many of the world's best riders taking on the very same route. The added loops of The Tumble and Caerphilly Mountain will take their full distance up to 194km.

    Starting in Cardiff city centre, the confirmed route will take riders out of the capital via the Docks and along a 7.5km stretch along the coast road through the Levels. Passing through the villages of Peterstone and St Brides, cyclists will reach Newport taking in stunning views over the River Severn and will witness city centre highlights such as the Transporter Bridge and Newport City Footbridge.

    Leaving the city centre via Langstone towards Caerleon, cyclists will pass the old steelworks and climb 1.6km to enjoy spectacular views of the Celtic Manor and surrounding area. The route continues as a descent down Belmont Hill and then through the picturesque villages of Caerleon and Usk, then up to Abergavenny through Little Mill before heading up to Llanfoist for the The Tumble climb, a famously challenging 6km stretch of road with an average gradient of 9%.

    ROCKET RIPS IN TO CARDIFF VENUE

     

    Feb 17 - Ronnie O'Sullivan has slammed Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena, the new venue of the BetVictor Welsh Open, comparing it to "a car boot sale", "an aircraft hanger" and "a shopping mall". O'Sullivan is the reigning champion, having turned on the style last year at the Newport Centre.

    But despite easing to a 4-1 victory over first-round opponent Vinnie Calabrese in Cardiff, he was scathing about the surroundings.

    "I don't like the new venue here at Cardiff, I thought the old one at Newport was one of the best venues I ever played at so I was gutted to see it go," the five-time world champion told BBC Sport. "You wouldn't look forward to playing in these conditions with the 128 players, the venues can't really handle it and it is like a car boot sale. You just have to scrummage your way through the first two or three rounds and put up with the sub-standard conditions. I had played here and knew what sort of venue it was, it is like an aircraft hangar, the atmosphere is not as great and the acoustics not as good. You can't take it too seriously out there. There is so much going on it is really difficult to concentrate on your shots. It is like playing in a shopping mall, there are people just walking around all over the place, getting up, it is hard to get your head around. It is hard to focus on your game. But what it means is you don't take it seriously because if you do it would really annoy you, so you just smash a few balls around."

    ROLLER DERBY CHAMPIONSHIPS AT CENTRE

     

    Feb 15 - A three match round of the British Roller Derby Championships is at Newport Centre today promoted by Cardiff's Tiger Bay Brawlers.

    The schedule is as follows -

    • 1.30pm: Middlesbrough Milk Rollers MMR vs Auld Reekie RollerGirls ARRG

    • 3.30pm: Glasgow Roller Derby GRD vs Rainy City Roller Girls RCRG

    • 5.30pm: Tiger Bay Brawlers TBB vs Central City Rollergirls CCR

    Tickets are available at the Centre.

    WALES SENIOR OPEN SET FOR CELTIC MANOR AGAIN

    Feb 15 - The Celtic Manor in Newport is to host the Wales Senior Open from 29-31 May, 2015.  Royal Porthcawl Golf Club previously held the European Senior Tour event when it was last staged in 2013.

    The Wales Senior Open will be played on the Roman Road Course, used for the Wales Open from 2005-07.

     

    PARACYCLING INTERNATIONAL AT VELODROME

     

    Jan 31 - The Great Britain paracycling team is back in action this weekend at the Newport Velodrome. On Friday world champions Sophie Thornhill and Rachel James collected silver in the women's tandem kilo. Neil Fachie and Craig McLean also claimed gold yesterday. The event is a qualifier for the 2016 Rio Olympics and continues until Sunday.

     

    NEWPORT CYCLE SPEEDWAY TEAM RETAIN TITLE

     

    Oct 28 -  Newport Cycle Speedway team successfully defended their South and South Wales Division One title, after recording a comfortable 82-95 victory at Exeter.

    Exeter 82 - Aaron Herbert 20, Sam Riddle 5, Craig Nethercott 15+1, Jack Herbert 5, Rob Croal 17, Will Tidball 8+2, Joe Avery 4, Dan Winchester 8.

    Newport 95 - Colin Simmons 8+1, Chris Davies 14+1, Nicky Evans13+1, Oli Sidwick 17+2, Mark Carmichael 19, Dan Bock 7+2, Mathew Davis 7+1, Shaun Rudman 10+2.

    SWIM INSTRUCTOR HONOURED

     

    Oct 18 - Martyn Taylor, senior swim teacher for Newport City Council, was awarded Swim Teacher of the year at the Swim Wales awards held last Saturday.

    He has been teaching for more than 20 years and continues to show the energy he had as a 20 year old never tiring of delivering lessons on a daily and weekly basis. His philosophy is that he is getting paid for something that he loves to do, and therefore refreshingly does not see this as a job.

    Newport City Council cabinet member, Councillor Deb Davies, said: “I would like to congratulate Martyn on this award which is in recognition of his hard work and dedication in teaching youngsters to swim. His passion and enthusiasm for the role is infectious to all around him including colleagues and swimmers alike.”

    TENNIS ON THE RISE IN CITY

     

    Oct 16 - Newport City Council’s indoor tennis centre has seen a 300 per cent rise in people attending the tennis programme on a weekly basis since June 2014. Since the re-launch of its tennis programme in Newport earlier in the summer and the appointment of Rhys Jones as tennis development officer, tennis has gone from strength-to-strength and is proving one of the most popular sports in the city.

    Newport indoor tennis centre has seen lots of visitors over the summer and during the Lawn Tennis Association Great British Tennis weekend it was one of the top five most visited venues in the UK out of more than 1,500 nationwide. Rhys Jones, said “The response from the community has been amazing. We are have one of the best tennis facilities in Wales and a growing following that is passionate about the game. Tennis is back in the ‘Port and it’s here to stay.”

    The tennis sessions are proving popular and have also attracted former Olympic 200m runner Christian Malcolm who is a regular visitor to the Saturday family morning sessions. Christian Malcolm said: “There is a great buzz at the indoor tennis centre and a real sense of community with families from all over Newport taking part.

    NANDO'S GETS THE SPORTING TOUCH AT OPENING CEREMONY

    Oct 9 - Wednesday morning saw the official opening of the eagerly awaited Nando's restaurant in Newport Retail Park, Newport. County players Lenny Pidgeley, Adam Chapman, Danny Crow and Shaun Jeffers were present at the opening alongside Sean McGoldrick to cut the tape on the official opening.

    County Season Ticket holders can look forward to receiving 10% discount at the brand new restaurant on showing their season tickets whilst dining.

    A city centre version of the restaurant opens next October.

    MAN UNITED 'KEEN' ON POOLE

     

    Oct 6 - Manchester United are said to be keen on making their next defensive addition by making a move for teenage Newport County defender Regan Poole, according to Sky Sports.

     

    The 16-year-old has impressed whilst on trial at United’s Carrington training ground last week and the club are now believed to be content to see more of him.

     

    LUITEN HOLDS ON TO WIN OPEN

    Sep 22 - Joost Luiten held on to win the final Wales Open at Celtic Manor. Dropped shots on his opening two holes cost him his two-stroke overnight lead but a birdie on 15 put him back in front. In the end it was just enough, he scored a 71, leaving him 14 under and one ahead of England's Tommy Fleetwood and Shane Lowry of Ireland and two ahead of Welshman James Donaldson..

    "It was tough, it was hard work down the last," Luiten told the BBC.

     

    COUNTY YOUNGSTER IN FRAME FOR MANCHESTER UNITED

     

    Sep 21 - Manchester United are looking to steal a march over their Premier League rivals by offering Newport County youngster Regan Poole a trial at Old Trafford. Newport youth development coach Mike Flynn has confirmed the Red Devils have made the “first move” for the player.

    Poole, 16, is extremely highly-rated at Newport and Man United have been watching him for a while and have now decided to take him on a trial to give him the opportunity to shine before a potential permanent move.

    The central defender will now head to United’s Under-18 team and train with the club’s current youngsters. He could even appear for the team before the club make a decision on whether to sign him. “United have been very impressed with him and decided to make the first move,” Flynn revealed.”Regan can go on and become a top player.’He’s very good on the ball.”He’s got a great spring on him, he’s fit, he’s strong.

    EVANS SIGNS NEW CONTRACT AT WOLVES

     

    Sep 21 - Another Newport born footballer Wolves midfielder Lee Evans has signed a new three-year contract at the club, with an option for a further year. The 20-year-old signed from Newport County in January 2013 and has made 34 appearances since then for the Molineux club, scoring twice.

    Evans also netted for Wales' Under-21 side in their draws against Finland and Lithuania this month. "I'm delighted to have signed the new deal. I see it as the next stepping stone in my career," he said. "I know sometimes people think that players get a new contract and start to relax - that's not what I am going to be doing. I want to kick on now, keep improving and trying to keep my place in the team,"

    LUITEN TAKES LEAD AT WALES OPEN

     

    Sep 21 - Dutchman Joost Luiten holds a two-shot lead going into the final round of the Wales Open at Celtic Manor. A six-under-par round of 65 ensured the 28-year-old moved to 14 under par and took over from Shane Lowry (-12) at the top of the leaderboard.

    Ireland's Lowry shot a three-under-par 68 to remain in contention but missed a birdie putt on the 18th to narrow Luiten's advantage. Jamie Donaldson is the leading European Ryder Cup player on eight under par.

    THIS WALES OPEN WILL BE THE LAST

     

    Sep 17 - The Wales Open at Celtic Manor, which starts on Thursday, will not take place in 2015. This year's event will be the 15th consecutive year the tournament has been held at the venue in Newport but a new staging deal has not been signed.

    "Celtic Manor are concentrating on building a new conference centre," said European Tour spokesman Keith Waters. "Once that's completed then I'm sure it will return." The Wales Open has sometimes struggled to attract the world's top players, while hotel owner Sir Terry Matthews has bemoaned the event's position in the golf calendar. Celtic Manor staged the 2010 Ryder Cup, when Europe secured a thrilling victory over the United States, and this month hosted the Nato summit.

    CITY TO BE RUGBY WORLD CUP BASE

     

    Aug 27 - Forty one team bases have been selected for use at Rugby World Cup 2015 in England. The Celtic Manor and Newport will be a Team Base for Georgia, Ireland and the Play-Off Winner at Rugby World Cup 2015.

      • The Celtic Manor and Newport Team Base consists of training facilities at the city’s Active Living Centre at Newport High School (including rugby pitch, swimming pool and indoor sports hall), and gym facilities at The Celtic Academy, which is based at The Celtic Manor Resort

      • 20 competing teams will be based across England and Wales

      • Range of rugby clubs, schools, universities and dedicated training centres have been selected

      • Team Bases extend the reach of Rugby World Cup 2015 to even more communities in England and Wales

    England Rugby 2015, the Organising Committee for Rugby World Cup 2015 (RWC 2015), has announced the approved list of 41 Team Bases that will host the 20 participating teams during the Tournament, taking place in England and in Cardiff between September 18 and October 31 2015.

      • Celtic Manor and Newport will be a Team Base for Georgia, Ireland, and the Play-Off Winner at Rugby World Cup 2015. The Celtic Manor and Newport Team Base will involve the teams being hosted to use the facilities at the Active Living Centre/ Newport High School (including rugby pitch, swimming pool and indoor sports hall), and gym facilities at The Celtic Academy, which is based at The Celtic Manor Resort.

      • Celtic Manor and Newport will also host teams during the knock out stages of the Tournament.

    A Rugby World Cup 2015 Team Base will consist of an outdoor pitch, indoor training facility, a swimming pool, gym and hotel and will be utilised by the competing teams in the lead up to and during the six week event. The facilities must meet international team training standards and be located on one site or within close proximity of one another. Match venue locations have also been taken into account as part of the selection programme.

    The search for Team Bases was launched via an open tender process in May 2013 and over 90 bids from across the country and in Wales were received. Both The Celtic Manor Resort and Newport City Council have worked closely with England Rugby 2015 over the past 12 months to facilitate detailed site visits and liaison with the teams prior to confirmation of its status as an official Team Base for Rugby World Cup 2015. With Georgia, Ireland and the Play-Off Winner using the facilities at Active Living Centre/Newport High School and Celtic Academy, this gives Newport the opportunity to be part of the world’s third largest sporting event and celebration of rugby next year.

    AUSSIES LAUD VELODROME

     

    Aug 9 - The Commonwealth Games may have been held 367 miles from Newport but the city played its part in individuals securing gold medal success for Australia.

    Welsh Cycling is based at Newports Velodrome and used the facility to prepare for the Commonwealth Games. Matt Cosgrove, director of performance at Welsh Cycling, said: “Being able to achieve a consistency in our training with enhanced access to our home training base in Newport enabled our track riders to prepare optimally for the Commonwealth Games.

    “We were well looked after as always by the staff at Wales National Velodrome. This allowed the riders to fully focus on their training and preparation.”

    Team Australia cyclists also used Newports Velodrome to make their final preparations before the Commonwealth Games. Their hard work obviously paid off with Team Australia dominating the track securing seven gold medals and a total of 19 cycling medals in Glasgow.

    National performance director for Cycling Australia, Kevin Tabotta, said: "The Australian Track Cycling team had an optimal preparation with our track endurance and para cycling tandems on the Newport Velodrome. The facility is first class and the very helpful facility management team always worked hard to help us create the high performance environment required to target success. This certainly helped Australia perform in Glasgow."

    WALES WIN BASEBALL CLASH

     

    July 27 - Wales beat England yesterday in the international baseball clash at Whiteheads Sports Ground in Bassaleg.

     

     

    ALLEN WINS GAMES SILVER

     

    July 26 - 42 year old Elena Allen from Newport won silver in the Women's Skeet Shooting Final at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow yesterday. She was beaten by Australian Laura Coles in the final of the competition.

     

    LOSING DRAW FOR NEWPORT

     

    July 20 - Struggling Newport Cricket Club achieved a losing draw in their match with Ynysygerwyn in the South Wales Cricket League. Ynysygerwyn scored 197-9 off 44 overs (44 over game). Newport responded with 193-5 off 44 overs. As they were not bowled out Newport achieved a losing draw scoring  13 points. Newport are eighth in the ten team Premier League twelve points ahead of ninth placed Swansea.

     

    SEE AUSSIE CYCLISTS IN ACTION

     

    July 15 - Team Australia cycling squad are training at Wales National Velodrome in Newport, and there are opportunities to watch these world class cyclists make their final preparations before the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this month.

    There will be open sessions for the public on the following days:

    14 July, 5pm – 8pm

    15 July, 5pm – 8pm

    16 July, 9am – 12pm and 5pm – 8pm

    17 July, 9am – 12pm and 5pm – 8pm

    It is free to watch the Australian cyclists and you are advised to reserve your space in advance and can do so by visiting www.newport.gov.uk/activenewport or you can turn up on the day.

    TITANS WIN

     

    July 9 - Newport Titans beat Cardiff Demons 66-16 tonight at Pill Harriers RFC in the South Wales Rugby League Conference.

     

    14 for £14 OFFER FOR CITY LEISURE SERVICES

     

    July 1 - This summer Newport City Council’s Active Newport is giving people a passport to fitness with a special offer of a 14 day membership for £14. The offer allows you to try the gym at all three council-run leisure centres, enjoy a swim or chose from more than 100 weekly fitness classes at Newport Centre, Newport International Sports Village (NISV) or Active Living Centre. You can also access other activities including a bucket of range balls for use at Caerleon Golf Club, badminton court use and a nutritional workshop.

    There are more than 100 fitness classes held each week and range from zumba to yoga, boxercise to aqua and spinning to kettle bells – there are classes to suit any fitness level. You can also be in with a chance of winning a Bose mini Bluetooth speaker, just check in on Twitter or Facebook to show you using the facilities by posting a picture and you will be entered into the prize draw. To take up this great offer simply visit your nearest Newport City Council leisure centre. The offer will be available to purchase from 1 July until 1 September 2014. Please note only one voucher can be purchased per person. The £14 fee has to be paid in one advance payment.

    GAMES TEAMS TO USE VELODROME

     

    June 25 - Team Wales and Team Australia cycling squads will use Wales National Velodrome in Newport to make their final preparations before the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.

    Team Wales will hold two open sessions for the public to watch their cyclists train on Thursday 3 July and 17 July both between 4 5pm. It is free to watch the Welsh cyclists, however, you will need to reserve your space in advance and can do so by visiting www.newport.gov.uk/activenewport Newport City Council cabinet member for leisure and culture, Councillor Mark Whitcutt, said: We are delighted to be welcoming the Welsh and Australian cyclists to Newport next month as they finalise their preparations ahead of the Commonwealth Games. Australian cyclists return to Newport following their most successful ever Paralympic Games which followed a three week pre games training camp in Newport in August 2012. This highlights the first class training environment that we have within our city and that our National Team and the event favourites Australia return to prepare in our world class venue. There is a strong interest in the sport and having the opportunity to watch the Olympic and Paralympic athletes train will Im sure be welcomed by residents. 

    Members of the Australia cycling squad include 2010 Commonwealth gold medalist Anna Meares rival of Victoria Pendleton - as well as 2010 sprint gold medalist Shane Perkins.

    GREAT BRITISH TENNIS WEEKEND

     

    June 18 - Newport City Council’s Tennis Centre will be hosting another Great British Tennis weekend to coincide with the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. So if you fancy being the next Andy Murray or Heather Watson, why not go along to the open day on Saturday 28 June at the Tennis Centre at Newport International Sports Village between 11am – 4pm.

    Newport’s newly appointed tennis development officer, Rhys Jones, will be on hand with coaching advice and information on how you can play tennis in Newport.

    There will be the chance to try a wealth of tennis related activities including family time tennis, free play and junior and mini tennis. For information on tennis in Newport why not follow the NISV tennis twitter account at @NISVtennis

    TWO NEWPORT CYCLISTS IN GAMES SQUAD

     

    June 9 - World Cup medallist Jon Mould from Newport has been selected in the Team Wales cycling squad to compete at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and he will be joined by his Newport counter-part track and road cyclist Amy Hill.

    Jon and Amy are part of a 17-strong cycling team that also includes two-time Olympic Champion Geraint Thomas MBE and double World Champion Becky James. Glasgow 2014 will be 23-year-old Jon’s second Commonwealth Games, after he made his debut in Delhi in 2010.

    With Welsh track team, Team USN, Jon competed at UCI Track World Cups taking bronze in the scratch and points races. In 2013 he also became madison and omnium champion at the British National Track Championships. He is also successful on the road, with a number of wins at the 2014 Pearl Izumi Tour Series with NFTO Pro Cycling.

    Eighteen-year-old Amy won the 2013 Junior Energiewacht Tour in the Netherlands, closely followed by becoming junior world champion in the team pursuit in Glasgow 2013. Amy became part of the British Cycling Olympic Academy Programme in 2013 and trains in Wales with the other under-23 women’s endurance riders.

    CARDIFF CANNOT RAISE TEAM

     

    June 7 - Today's Welsh Conference Rugby League fixture between Newport Titans and Cardiff Demons was called off this morning, the Cardiff side were unable to raise a side.

     

    CYCLE SPEEDWAY ROUND UP

     

    June 7 - Newport's Elite League speedway team were beaten 95-81 in Wolverhampton by the Wednesfield Aces. They were more successful in their previous Elite fixture at home on April 28 beating Sheffield by 90-84. In their opening fixture at Poole they went down 90-83. Next up they race Horspath on June 15 at 2pm at their track adjacent to the Velodrome.

     

    TITANS VICTORIOUS

     

    June 1 - Newport Titans beat Cardiff Spartans 52-8 in Welsh Conference Rugby League yesterday. Dale Tucker scored a hat-tick of tries, Callum Rowland converted eight goals.

     

    PARK SQUARE SPORTS PARK OPEN DAY

     

    June 1 - Newport City Council’s sports development team launched the Park Square Sports Park on Wednesday night. The initiative turned a floor of the multi-storey car park, located in the city centre, into a caged sports area for young people to attend free of charge. Around 50 young people attended the launch night and showed some great sporting skills.

    Speaking about the initiative Newport City Council cabinet member for leisure and culture, Councillor Mark Whitcutt, said: "The Park Square Sports Park utilises a normally unused space and makes sport accessible to young people who may not have an interest in it. “This project highlights what can be done with a bit of creativity to get more young people engaged in sport and physical activity. I hope this project continues to grow in popularity introducing sport to youngsters.”

    The Park Square Sports Park initiative is believed to be the first of its kind in Wales, and sees an urban space created in the heart of Newport offering sporting activities for youngsters in the evenings.

    The project is aimed at young people who do not have an interest or currently partake in sport with a club, but who want to participate with friends in a fun and competitive environment. 

    TENNIS CAMPAIGN

    May 20 - The Great British Tennis weekend will be serving up superb tennis experiences in Newport this weekend. On Saturday 24 May there will be an open day held at Newport City Council’s Tennis Centre at Newport International Sports Village between 1pm – 4pm and there will be the chance to try a wealth of tennis related activities.

    As well as trying the sport there is also the chance to find out more information about how you can get involved in tennis. There are events and activities for all the family. Cardio tennis is a half hour session and open to all ages and abilities. Family tennis inflatable fun allows you to test your racquet and serve skills and there will be mini tennis courts set up for youngsters to play a game. Family time will see participants provided with modified balls and racquets to play as a family and coaches will be on hand to give advice. Book online on the Council's website.

    ELITE LEAGUE WIN FOR NEWPORT CSC

     

    May 15 - Newport Cycle Speedway opened their Elite League speedway campaign with a 90-84 win over Sheffield Stars at the Velodrome. Oli Sidwick, Nathan Groves, Jack Hibberd and Jamie Ball all featured prominently. Their second fixture is at Wednesfield on June 1 before they face Horspath at home on June 15.  The club will host the Home International event on June 28.

     

    TITANS FACE RIVALS IN OPENER

     

    May 15 - Newport Titans start their 10th anniversary season with a huge game against Gwent rivals Torfaen Tigers at Newport Saracens ground. Torfaen had a successful season in 2013, winning the league cup and making it into the first round of the Rugby League Challenge Cup. Last year’s games were both very close affairs and tensions were naturally running very high. The Titans are looking to appease the losses from last season and record a victory in the first match of the 2014 season.
    Titans have already had a good run, beating South Wales city rivals Cardiff Spartans 34-22 in a pre-season friendly held in Cardiff. Unfortunately due to bad weather the McRorie 9s was called off. However Titans have been working very hard in training and are looking to build on the win against Spartans two weeks ago. May 17 update Titans lost 50-22.

     

    BASEBALL INTERNATIONAL SET FOR NEWPORT

     

    May 15 - This seasons Wales v England International game will be held at Whiteheads Sports Ground in Newport on Saturday 26th July, 2pm Knock-Off. The Whiteheads committee are spending a considerable sum on having the pitch re-layed so this event should be a great sporting spectacle.

     

    CITY DISTRICT RUGBY TEAMS - END OF SEASON REVIEW

     

    May 6 - With both Newport Gwent Dragons (10th) and Newport (8th) failing to fire in their respective leagues we thought a quick review of our city's community rugby was in order. There is no doubt community rugby is not going through a good phase with some teams struggling to fulfil fixtures and some one-sided results. Newport HSOB head the city contingent at fourth in League 3 East, they concluded their home season with an 88-0 win over Rhymney but still have to face Pontypool United away on May 17. In the same division Pill Harriers were a comfortable sixth. Pill beat Newport HSOB home and away. Caerleon are fifth in League 5 East. They face Crumlin at home next Saturday. In League 5 South East Rogerstone are comfortably placed in fifth, with Bettws in seventh (with five games to play) and Newport Saracens bottom (With eight matches to play). Rogerstone play Bettws on Saturday. League 6 South East is led by two Newport teams, Hartridge are just behind Whiteheads, St Julian's are sixth with Malpas eighth out of nine participating teams. Undefeated Hartridge beat Whiteheads 34-5 but are three points behind them with three matches to play, Whteheads have played all their matches, the only question is whether Hartridge will find another fixture before the season ends!

     

    CELEBRITY CUP BACK IN JULY

     

    Apr 12 - Following its first outing in 2013 the Celebrity Cup will return for a star-studded sequel at The Celtic Manor Resort in 2014 between July 4 and 6.

    The hotel states "This is golf with added glamour – a chance for some of the biggest names in sport and showbiz to swap paparazzi for putters, and get fairway fabulous on our Roman Road course. We'll be rolling out the red carpet for another amazing weekend of golf, glamour and entertainment, giving you the chance to walk the fairways with some of your favourite showbiz stars, experience the VIP treatment in our Premier Lounge and hospitality, and join the stars for a glittering gala dinner. The Interactive Retail Village will also return in 2014, bringing golfers the best value deals on the latest golf equipment – and the opportunity to test it on the range – as well as the chance to browse golfing fashions and accessories, or book their next golfing trip." For more details call 01633 410262.

    TENNIS EXPANSION PLANNED

     

    Apr 4 - Newport City Council is being asked to approve a 10-year partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). The deal would see an investment by the LTA in the Newport Indoor Tennis Centre at Newport International Sports Village as part of a drive to encourage increased participation in the sport in the city.

    A survey carried out in 2013 in the city’s primary and secondary schools found that tennis was popular among children and young people in Newport. It is also popular in local clubs and, with no other indoor provision in the Gwent area, this would be an opportunity to increase participation and revenue. Funding would be provided by the LTA and the Tennis Foundation to employ a tennis development officer to lead a programme of coaching for young people and adults, support outreach schemes and for promotional activities. Additional support will also be provided by the association including coach education and professional development. It is being proposed to have a new tennis development programme in place by the end of April this year.

    SAMUELS WINS TITLE

     

    Mar 14 - Newport Jerome Samuels lifted the Welsh light-middleweight crown with a hard-fought ten round 97-96 points decision over Dai Jones of Blackwood at the 'Enter the Dragon' promotion at Newport Centre on Friday.

     

    NEW BOUTS ADDED TO BOXING CARD

     

    Mar 8 - Newport Centre features a busy night of boxing on March 14. In addition to the Welsh light middleweight contest between Dai Jones and Jerome Samuels, the card will feature the return Bradley Pryce who will take on Latvian Raimond Snieze. Cruiserweight Danni Griffiths takes on the experienced Jamie Ambler.  Tony Dixon of Mountain Ash faces Poland's Sylwester Walczak in a welterweight contest.

     

    O'SULLIVAN CONCLUDES FINAL WITH 147

     

    Mar 6 - World champion Ronnie O'Sullivan made a maximum 147 break in the final frame to wrap up a commanding 9-3 victory over Ding Junhui in the Welsh Open final at Newport Centre. O'Sullivan controlled the match from the first frame, opening up a 3-0 lead before Ding got off the mark.

    O'Sullivan expressed scepticism about the plan to move the Open from Newport to Cardiff stating Newport Centre was a perfect venue with great atmosphere.

     

     

    O'SULLIVAN FACES DING IN SNOOKER FINAL

     

    Mar 1 2014 - Ronnie O'Sullivan beat Barry Hawkins 6-2 to make the final of the Welsh Open tomorrow in Newport. He will face Ding Junhui who had a 6-4 victory over Joe Perry in the other semi-final.

     

     

     

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