NEWPORT WIN FINAL GAME
Sept 1 - Newport won the final game of an
inconsistent season beating Bridgend by six wickets, scoring 93-6 after bowling
their opponents out for 91. Harry Powell took 3-20, Jack Wright 3-27 and Michael
Claydon pitched in with 38 not out as they took the spoils at Spytty. Newport
finish the season in fourth, St Fagan's are champions and Clydach relegated from
the South Wales Premier Division.
NEWPORT GO DOWN AT AMMANFORD
Aug 25 - Newport were bowled out for 166 in 46.5
overs as they chased 204 at Ammanford in the South Wales Premier Cricket League.
NEWPORT BEAT PORT TALBOT
Aug 18 - After last week's washout Newport Cricket
Club returned to action at Spytty Park and pulled off a fine win by 11 runs over
Port Talbot. They amassed 239 runs with Imran Hassan leading the way with an
unbeaten 128 supported by Michael Clayden on 64. The two put on 147 for the
NEWPORT GO DOWN AT NEATH
Aug 4 - Newport Cricket Club were defeated with
two balls to spare by second placed Neath at the Gnoll. They are in fifth place
in the South Wales Premier League, 46 points adrift of St Fagans.
Last week Newport won at
Clydach by 15 runs thanks to runs from Michael Clayden (102) and Callum Taylor
(79) and wickets from Jack Wright (3-41). 21 year old Taylor received a boost
when he was called into Glamorgan's T20 squad this week.
TRANSPLANT GAMES SUCCESS
Aug 1 - Newport's hosting of the Transplant Games
has been heralded with hundreds of competing athletes in the city for four days
in a range of athletic disciplines. 1,600 attended the opening ceremony at
NEWPORT BEAT CARDIFF TO CONTINUE COMEBACK
July 7 - Newport CC beat rivals Cardiff away at
Forest Farm by 13 runs to continue their impressive comeback charge. Wallace
(60), Taylor (50) and Berry (47) all contributed to Newport's 237-7 effort.
Cardiff were pegged back by three run outs and a stumping, falling 13 runs
NEWPORT CC BEAT BRIDGEND
Jun 30 - Newport Cricket Club made it three wins
in a row courtesy of 130 not out from Callum Taylor as they amassed 275-5 at
DRAGONS KNOW EURO RIVALS
Jun 23 - The Dragons will face Castres Olympique,
Worcester Warriors and Enisei-STM in this season’s European Challenge Cup after
the draw took place today (Wednesday) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Dean Ryan’s men were paired with the three teams in the lunchtime pool draw at
the Centre de Congrès Beaulieu.
Dragons will face Castres for the first time since the 2015/16 season when we
lost 29-32 away from home but beat the Top14 side 31-18 in Newport.
NEWPORT CC WIN AGAIN
Jun 22 - Newport Cricket Club continued with a 9
run victory at Ammanford yesterday.
NEWPORT CC WIN AT PORT TALBOT
Jun 15 - Newport Cricket Club won at Port Talbot
by 24 runs with runs from Clayden (75) and Taylor (66) and good bowling from
Thomas (2-20) and Powell (2-16). This was only Newport's second win of the
campaign and they are at the foot of the league table.
NEWPORT TO HOST WELSH WOMEN'S FIXTURES
May 25 - Newport's Rodney Parade will host Wales'
opening three games in the Uefa Women's Euro 2021 qualifying campaign. Jayne
Ludlow's side will host Northern Ireland on 3 September at Rodney Parade before
back to back games there against Faroe Islands and Norway in April.
Wales have yet to announce where their final qualifier against Belarus in June
2020 will be held, but Ludlow has explained she wanted a permanent base.
"Right now Rodney Parade is perfect for where we're at as a nation," she said.
Wales broke their attendance record for a women's international when just over
5.000 fans watched the crucial World Cup qualifier against England at Rodney
Parade in August 2018. In April over 2,100 were at the home of Newport County,
Dragons and Newport RFC for the game against the Czech Republic - a record crowd
for a friendly international. "The atmosphere there for both the England and
Czech Republic matches was phenomenal and we hope that will continue into the
next campaign," Ludlow added.
GLAMORGAN FIXTURE ENDS IN DRAW
May 19 - Gloucestershire had to bat out time for a
draw after being set 269 to win in 51 overs by Glamorgan. The visitors lost four
wickets in 13 overs to end their victory hopes and finished on 137-6.
Benny Howell (44) and Gareth Roderick (19) lasted long enough for them to hold
out in a successful return for professional cricket in Newport. It marked a
complete turnaround from the halfway mark when Gloucestershire enforced the
follow-on, 213 ahead.
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Spytty Park (end of day four)
Gloucestershire 463 & 137-6 : Bracey 152, Higgins 103, Roderick 88; De Lange
Glamorgan 250 & 481-8 dec: Selman 150, Labuschagne 137; Payne 4-121
Glamorgan (9 pts) drew with Gloucestershire (13 pts)
COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP CRICKET RETURNS TO NEWPORT
May 12 - This week will see the return of County
Championship cricket to Newport when Glamorgan take on Gloucestershire from May
14th to 17th, at a new venue for County Cricket - Spytty Park, which is part of
the sporting complex at the Newport International Sports Village. Tickets are
available from tickets.glamorgancricket.com (adults £15, family tickets
£33, student £10, under 17 free).
The volunteer effort prior to the game by Newport
Cricket Club has been huge and hopefully with the weather set reasonably fair it
will be a success.
The original site for First Class Cricket in Newport was at Rodney Parade, a
Victorian ground with a rich history of traditional cricket stories and many
major performances by some of the game’s greats. It will be 54 years since
Glamorgan played their last County Championship match in Newport against
Warwickshire in 1965.
See a brief history
May 5 - 6,000 runners participated in today's
Newport Marathon. Chris Bird won the men's race in 2:31:31, Carla Swithenbank
the women's race in 2:45:48, the 10k races were won by Matt Clowes and Charlotte
ABP NEWPORT WALES MARATHON 2019 BUILD UP CONTINUES
Sunday 5th May, 09:00,
Newport City Centre
Apr 28 -
The ABP Newport Wales Marathon is a national marathon for Wales, boasting a
fast, scenic route – arguably one of the UK’s flattest marathons – with over 70%
of participants claiming a PB in 2018.
Starting and finishing on Newport’s vibrant riverfront, – the route offers
iconic landmarks, coastal wildlife, picturesque medieval villages and a
high-profile opportunity for locals and visitors alike to experience the
recently regenerated city-centre.
The much-anticipated race has finally satisfied the demand for a premier
marathon distance mass-participation event in Wales, made possible by the
support of Associated British Ports, Newport City Council and the Welsh
Government. Nearly 10,000 runners signed up to take on Marathon, 10K and Family
Mile in 2018.
DRAGONS STUN SCARLETS
Apr 27 - The
Dragons stunned Scarlets with a thrilling 34-32 victory at Judgement Day in a
nine-try thriller. A late Matthew Screech try and Jason Tovey conversion sealed
the win for the Newport based region. Rhys Patchell's last-gasp drop-goal went wide as
the Dragons celebrated their first league win away from Rodney Parade since
March, 2015. Scarlets picked up two losing bonus points to set up a Pro14
play-off against Ospreys.
COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP CRICKET RETURNS TO NEWPORT
Apr 15 - 2019 will see the return of County
Championship cricket to Newport when Glamorgan take on Gloucestershire on May
14th - 17th, at a new venue for County Cricket - Spytty Park, which is part of a
new sporting complex at the Newport International Sports Village.
The original site for First Class Cricket in Newport was at Rodney Parade, a
Victorian ground with a rich history of traditional cricket stories and many
major performances by some of the game’s greats. It will be 54 years since
Glamorgan played their last County Championship match in Newport against
Warwickshire in 1965.
Wales Women 0 Czech Republic 0
Apr 5 - Wales' women were frustrated by an impressive Czech Republic
defensive display as the nation paid tribute to defender Loren Dykes. The Wales
full-back became just the second player to reach a century of caps for her
country and was captain for the night. A record crowd of 2,168 were in
attendance at Newport's Rodney Parade. Wales had enough chances to win the
contest, but were denied by some poor finishing
RUGBY ROUND UP
Mar 31 - Bettws lost 16-10 to Beaufort but remain
top of Division 3 East league D on points. Caerleon lost 33-31 at Brynmawr in
Div 1, with Hartridge going down 58-19 at Ynysybwl. There were also defeats for
Newport HSOB, Pill, Malpas and St.Julian's. Whiteheads beat Division 3 East B
leaders Rumney 6-3.
WRU MAY SELL RP TO BUTTRESS AND CO.
Mar 31 - Dragons chairman David Buttress claim is
in talks with investors that would lead to the Rodney Parade region returning to
private ownership with the Welsh Rugby Union as minority shareholders.
Newport RFC shareholders agreed to a takeover of the Dragons by the governing
body, who previously owned 50 per cent, and the sale of their historic ground in
the summer of 2017.
Buttress was appointed as chairman that September after taking a minority stake
and now the former Just Eat chief executive is in discussions with interested
parties that would see the WRU take a back seat.
RUGBY ROUND UP
Mar 24 - Div 1 East Hartridge 5 Risca 38,
Caerleon 17 Ynysybwl 26 2E Newport HSOB 32 Pill 7 3Eb Aberbargoed
20 Whiteheads 19 ; St. Julian’s 26 Markham 14; 3Ed. Pontllanfraith 0
Newport Saracens 57;3Ee Bettws 55 Rhayader 23
'PROJECT RESET' PUT ON ICE
Mar 9 - It looks like chaotic plans to reform
regional rugby in Wales are on ice after a disastrous week of public relations
for those running Welsh rugby. Welsh Rugby Union chairman Gareth Davies says
“the wheels came off” Project Reset this week, forcing plans for a region in the
north to be put back. A merger between the Ospreys and Scarlets was expected to
be rubber-stamped on Tuesday with a new professional team set up in Colwyn Bay
for next season and Cardiff Blues and the WRU-owned Dragons continuing as they
SARRIES CLAIM PROMOTION WITH TRINANT WIN
Feb 17 - Newport Saracens beat Trinant 8-6 to gain
promotion from Division 3 East . Other scores - Div 1 E Hartridge 0
Penallta 44; Caerleon 24 Dowlais 29 Div 2 E Monmouth 27 Pill 22; Newport HSOB 0
Ynysddu 27 Div 3 E b New Panteg 13 Whiteheads 7 Div 3 E Crumlin 43 Malpas 31
Crickhowll 41 Rogerstone 12 Div 3 E d Cwmcarn 18 Bettws 66
Feb 16 - The Dragons went down 34-17 at Edinburgh
yesterday. James Johnstone twice put the hosts in front but each time it was
cancelled out by a Tyler Morgan score.
Josh Lewis edged Dragons in front with a penalty but Jaco van der Walt levelled.
Then tries from Magnus Bradbury and Duhan Van der Merwe (twice) eased Edinburgh
clear as they seized control.
DRAGONS EDGED OUT BY MUNSTER
Jan 26 - Munster returned to the top of Pro14's
Conference A after lock Jean Kleyn's second-half try sealed a battling 8-7n in
poor conditions against the Dragons. Prop Lloyd Fairbrother powered over for the
hosts' opener, Josh Lewis converting.
Billy Johnson hit back with a penalty, but it took until the last quarter for
the visitors to earn victory
LOCAL RUGBY ROUND UP
Jan 26 - Div 1 East Blaenavon 11 Hartridge 23;
Caerleon 22 Penallta 10
Div 2 East Abertllery 12 Pill Harriers 19; Monmouth 21 Newport HSOB 10
Div 3 East B St Julian’s 5 Whiteheads 29
Div 3 East C Newport Saracens 40 West Mon 10; Pontllanfraith 10 Malpas 23
Doc 3 East D Tref y clawdd 6 Bettws 15
LOCAL RUGBY ROUND UP
Jan 12 - Div 2 East - Abercarn 12 Pill 15.
Abergavenny 26 Newport HSOB 34 Div 3 east sections New Tredegar 17 Whiteheads 16
St Julian’s home game was abandoned after 21 minutes due to an injury . In Div 3
East c Newport Saracens 54 Crickhowell 10, Trinant 58 Malpas 26. In Div 3 east D
unbeaten Bettws beat Old Tylerans 96-3
DRAGONS CRUSH ROMANIANS
Jan 11 - The Dragons scored nine tries as they
over-powered RCM Timisoara at Rodney Parade in the Challenge Cup.
DRAGONS GO DOWN IN WEST WALES
Jan 5 - The Dragons slipped to a 22-13 defeat to
the Scarlets in Llanelli.
DRAGONS END YEAR ON HIGH NOTE
Dec 30 - The Dragons ended the season on a high
note. With Ceri Jones at the helm there has been a marked improvement in their
recent performances and this was their first win over a Welsh side since
Christmas 2014 when they beat the Cardiff Blues.
A solo try from Dragons wing Jared Rosser gave the
Newport based region a seven-point half-time advantage. Hooker Elliot Dee added
another to give Dragons a 20-9 advantage but a try from captain Justin Tipuric
and 17 points from Sam Davies brought Ospreys back. Davies put them in front
before Jason Tovey gave the Dragons a one point advantage with five minutes to
play. Then Davies had a 79th-minute penalty kick to win the match but hooked it
wide of the post.
LOCAL RUGBY ROUND UP
Dec 29 - While Cwmbran v Hartridge was postponed,
Caerleon won 20-19 at Pontypool United to move up to sixth in Div 1 East. In Div
2 East Newport HSOB pulled off a 37-0 win at struggling Abercarn. Pill Harriers
went down 22-15 at Caldicot to finish the year in fifth spot. In Div 3 East B
second placed Whiteheads suffered a heavy 36-13 reverse at Chepstow and St
Julian’s went down 33-0 to New Panteg. In Div 3 East C Saracens game with
Rogerstone was called off and Malpas went down 36-12 at West Mon. Unbeaten
Bettws did not have a match in Div 3 East D.
LOCAL FOOTBALL ROUND UP
Dec 29 - In local football in the Welsh League Div
3 Newport City went down 1-3 to Ynysgerwn on Dec 28. Albion Rovers lost 6-1 at
home to Tredegar. In the Gwent County League bottom place Villa Dino lost 9-1 to
top side Abertillery. Newport Civil Service beat Wattsville 6-2. Lliswerry lost
2-1 to Ynysddu and Pill YMCA won at home 4-0.
DRAGONS GIVE CARDIFF CLOSE GAME
Dec 21 - A late Gareth Anscombe penalty denied the
Dragons a draw at the Arms Park on Friday. Cardiff won the game 19-16
despite the Dragons having 14 men for a long period of the match.
EDWARDS RULES OUT DRAGONS
Dec 16 - Shaun Edwards has said no the offer of
taking on the Dragons coaching job for the remainder of the season. Dragons had
held talks with Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards over succeeding Bernard
Jackman. Ex-Ireland hooker Jackman, 42, left the Welsh region this week and
Edwards is in line for the job until at least the end of the 2018-19 season.
52-year-old Edwards will continue working with Wales until the end of the 2019
World Cup in Japan. He has then agreed to take over as head coach of rugby
league side Wigan Warriors in 2020 after the World Cup. The Dragons were
beaten 49-24 in their latest European encounter in Clermont Auvergne today.
DRAGONS FALL TO NORTHAMPTON
Dec 8 -
Wales fly-half Dan Biggar kicked eight points as he helped Northampton crush
Dragons 48-14 in their European Challenge Cup pool match.
Luther Burrell's first-minute try and scores from Api Ratuniyarawa and James
Fish saw Saints boss the first half.
Adam Warren's try closed the gap, but scores from Burrell and Alex Mitchell,
and two from Taqele Naiyaravoro blew the Welsh visitors away.
Dragons' Nic Cudd got a late try before Ollie Sleightholme scored an eighth.
AMOS SET TO DEPART DRAGONS
Nov 25 - Hallam Amos is set to depart the Dragons
to join Cardiff Blues in 2019-20. The 23 year old played 4 times for Newport RFC
and has played 97 times for the Dragons since 2011. He made his debut for the
Dragons when as a Monmouth schoolboy he was 17 years and 28 days old. He is
currently studying medicine at Cardiff University.
Nov 25 - Caerleon lost 15-11 to Risca in Division
1 East yesterday. In other local fixtures Rogerstone lost 6-3 at home to
improving Malpas in Division 3 East B. In East D Bettws maintained their
unbeaten record winning 25-0 at Forgeside.
DRAGONS GO DOWN AGAIN IN IRELAND
Nov 4 - The Dragons lost in Ireland for the second
week running going down 33-12 to Connacht.
ULSTER SEE OFF DRAGS
Oct 27 - Ulster recorded a bonus-point 36-18
defeat of Dragons at Kingspan Stadium. Stuart McCloskey scored two tries while
Henry Speight, Dave Shanahan and Michael Lowry also crossed for a youthful
Huw Taylor marked his Pro14 debut for Dragons with a try and Jarryd Sage added
another score in the second half. Tries: Taylor, Sage Con: Tovey Pens: Tovey 2
SAINTS TOO STRONG FOR DRAGONS
Oct 20 - Northampton proved too strong for the
Dragons beating them 35-21 in the Challenge Cup at Rodney Parade.
LOCAL RUGBY ROUND UP
Oct 20 - Caerleon 35 Hartridge 6, Blackwood 23
Pill 15, Talywain 24 Newp HSOB 6, Whitehead 50 St. Julian’s 0, Trefil 24
Rogerstone 21, West Mon 17 Newport saracens 34, Malpas 43 Pontllanfraith 15,
Bettws 46 Tree y Clawdd 5, Old ytleran 14 St. Josephs 19
DRAGONS WIN IN ROMANIA
Oct 13 - The Dragons pulled off a fine win in
Romania beating Timisoara Saracens 54 - 17 in the Challenge Cup. Scorers: tries
– E Dee (2), L Brown, D Howells, L Evans, penalty try, O Griffiths, R Davies;
conversions – J Lewis (6)
MARATHON ENTRY OPENS
Oct 11 - Entry is now open for Wales’ premier
marathon, on Sunday May 5, 2019, after nearly 10,000 runners made the inaugural
ABP Newport Wales Marathon & 10K an emphatic success.
DRAGONS GO DOWN TO CARDIFF
Oct 6 - Cardiff secured a 23-15 victory at Rodney
Parade as the Dragons failed to build on a good early lead
LOCAL RUGBY ROUND UP / RACISM CONCERN
Oct 6 - In Div 1 East Caerleon went down 41-14 at
Blaenavon and winless Hartridge lost 22-18 at Nelson. Newport HSOB lost 25-20 at
Blackwood in Div 2 East but Pill Harriers pulled off a fine 13-12 victory at
Croesyceiliog. Newport Saracens have raised concerns with Glyncoch after their
second team winger was subject to racist abuse during their game yesterday.
Glyncoch have promised to fully investigate the matter.
DRAGONS BEATEN AT SCOTSTOUN
Sep 29 - The Dragons went down 29-13 at Scotstoun
to a fitful Glasgow team who struggled to breach the Welsh region's defences.
The Dragons try came from Warren, Lewis converted and Robson added two
penalties. The Dragons defended strongly but their attacks were predictable and
they were vulnerable when Glasgow spread the ball wide.
LOCAL RUGBY ROUND UP
Sep 29 - In the WRU plate Pill Harriers beat
Hartridge 27-24. Rogerstone beat West Mon 37-24. Whiteheads lost 16-23 to New
Tredegar. in WRU East 3C Newport Saracens hammered Crickhowell 56-17.
DRAGONS BEAT FELLOW STRUGGLERS
Sep 22 - The Dragons pulled off an important 16-5
victory over fellow perennial strugglers Zebre at a rainswept Rodney Parade this
evening. The Newport based region scored tries through Robson and Howells as
they turned their opponents in the wet and windy conditions. The victory brings
them their second overall, equal to their tally in the entirety of 2017-18
LOCAL RUGBY ROUND UP
Sep 22 - Hartridge lost 0-20 to Brecon in Division
1 East and Caerleon lost 10-22 to Nelson. Newport HSOB beat Abertillery 17-13.
Pill Harriers edged out Abercarn 22-18. Newport Saracens were victorious
51-0 and St Julians HSOB 36-12.
DRAGONS DOWNED BY LEINSTER
Sep 15 - Despite an exhilarating solo try from
Brandon Williams the Dragons went down 52-10 at Leinster as the home side
launched a second half onslaught. During Ross Moriarty's harsh sin-binning for a
hit on Johnny Sexton, Josh van der Flier and Jamison Gibson-Park scored either
side of half-time. Jordan Larmour, Gibson-Park, Tadhg Furlong and Scott Fardy
added further Leinster tries with Jordan Williams replying with his magnificent
GRIEPEL WINS NEWPORT LEG OF TOUR OF BRITAIN
Sep 1 - Lotto-Soudal rider Andre Greipel sprinted
to victory on the opening stage of the Tour of Britain.
The 36-year-old German timed his finish perfectly to chase down Mitchelton-Scott's
Caleb Ewan as they battled it out at the end of a 175km stage from Pembrey
Country Park to Newport.
The course entered Newport via the Usk Road at Caerleon. The cyclists went over
Belmont Hill taking a left on to Chepstow Road and following a route at Cross
Hands along Somerton Road to join the SDR and then Usk Way towards Friars Walk.
The victory was Greipel's sixth in the Tour of Britain and 154th in his career.
DRAGONS LOSE OPENER
Sep 1 - The Dragons opened their Pro14 campaign
with a defeat to Treviso. The Italians won 21-17 (it was 11-6 to Trevino at half
time). A second-minute try for winger Dafydd Howells provided a flying start and
Rhodri Williams grabbed a late score to earn a consolation point. Alessandro
Zanni (twice) and Braam Steyn crossed for the visitors.
LOCAL RUGBY SCORES
Aug 31 - Hartridge went 53-10 in their League 1
East opener at Brynmawr. Caerleon lost 31-0 at Cwmbran. Newport Saracens beat
WALES FALL AT THE LAST IN BATTLE WITH ENGLAND
Aug 31 - 5,053 crammed in to Rodney Parade to
bolster Wales' effort against England in the Women's World Cup qualifier on
Friday but their efforts came to nought. They were still in the game following
the goalless first half but England secured their place at the 2019 World Cup
with a superb second-half display to break the resistance of a determined Wales
Second-half goals from Toni Duggan, Jill Scott and Nikita Parris in Newport saw
England book their passage to France as Wales' own impressive campaign was dealt
a disappointing blow.
A squad filled with amateur players, Wales did not lose any of their other
qualifiers and went an incredible 687 minutes without conceding in Group 1
before Duggan's goal.
DRAGONS GIVE BETTER ACCOUNT AT GLAWS
Aug 24 - The Dragons gave a good account of
themselves but still went down 40-31 at Kingsholm against Gloucester.
NEWPORT CRICKET CLUB ARE 2018 CHAMPIONS
Aug 18 - Newport Cricket Club have crowned a
golden era for the club by recapturing the South Wales Premier League. The
abandonment of their fixture against Bridgend due to rain put them out of reach
of the chasing pack. Newport were second last year and won the title in 2016.
They also celebrated the inclusion of batsman Calum Taylor in Glamorgan's T20
squad earlier this week.
VELODROME TO BE RENAMED IN HONOUR OF TOUR DE
Aug 17 - Wales' National Velodrome will be renamed
in honour of Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas, it has been announced.
The cycling venue in Newport will become the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome
of Wales. In July, Thomas became the third Briton to win the world's most famous
road race. The double Olympic team pursuit champion said: "It's a huge honour -
I can't quite believe it if I'm honest!" Thomas, 32, has trained at the
velodrome - the home of governing body Welsh Cycling - since it opened in 2003.
He used the facility before the 2012 Olympics in London where he was part of a
Team GB pursuit squad that defended their gold medal.
DRAGONS HUMBLED BY NORTHAMPTON
Aug 17 - The Dragons were hammered 42-10 at Rodney
Parade yesterday evening by English giants Northampton Saints i front of a crowd
of 3,331. The Newport based region took the lead but were unable to cope with
their opponents. Aug 18 update - A Dragons under 23 side lost 36-44 to
the North Wales team, RGC1404.
NEWPORT WASHOUT BUT THEY STAY IN FRONT
Aug 11 - Newport's table topping match against
Neath at Spytty Park was washed out after the rains came at 12.40. Newport are
now 30 points ahead of Neath with two matches to play.
DRAGONS WIN AT EALING
Aug 11 - The Dragons won 31-17 at Ealing in a
friendly fixture. The Newport based team scored five tries including scores by
new signings Rhodri Williams, Ryan Bevington and Brandon Nansen.
CITY ACCEPTS FLAG FOR TRANSPLANT GAMES
Aug 11 - Newport has officially accepted the
British Transplant Games flag as this year’s event in Birmingham draws to a
Following the four-day event which has been hailed the biggest yet,
representatives from Transplant Sport and the Birmingham Games officially handed
over to Newport at a celebration event at the city’s International Conference
Centre. Councillor Malcolm Linton, Mayor of Newport and Ann Lloyd CBE, Chair of
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and Chair of Newport’s Local Organising
Committee for the Games, praised those who were involved and took part in
Birmingham and made a clear commitment to match if not exceed the success of
this year’s event.
Guests also saw a video where Leader of Newport City Council, Councillor Debbie
Wilcox presented highlights of the city and Newport’s track record for hosting
world-class events. She also spoke of the honour of hosting such a special event
and how inspirational the athletes, families and volunteers involved in the
Next year’s 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.
NEWPORT FACE CRUNCH MATCH
Aug 4 - Newport face nearest rivals Neath at
Spytty Park next Saturday as they bid to win they bid to win the South Wales
Cricket League. They are 27 points clear of the West Walians with three to play.
BARNWELL ROUNDS IT OFF IN STYLE
Aug 1 - Ella Barnwell’s hard work finally paid off
after rounding out the HSBC UK | National Youth and Junior Track Championships
in style on the final day in Newport.
The TRCC rider had enjoyed a number of impressive performances but the top step
of the podium had thus far eluded her heading into the week’s final race, the
But she was not to be denied this time around while Samuel Watson backed up his
points race victory with success in the scratch race in Wales.
The U16 competitions were to close in style too, with Jack Rootkin-Gray setting
a new national record en route to pursuit victory while Eluned King took top
spot in the girls’ curtain-closing points race.
TOUR OF BRITAIN TEAMS ANNOUNCED
Jul 20 - The final list of teams for the OVO
Energy Tour of Britain, which comes to Newport on Sunday 2 September, has been
confirmed, including the identity of the four British UCI Continental teams that
have qualified for the UK's most prestigious cycle race.
JLT Condor, ONE Pro Cycling, Madison Genesis and Canyon Eisberg will join the
list of the world's top teams and riders in the eight-day event that gets
underway in Carmarthenshire.
"Having fought hard throughout the season to qualify for the 2018 OVO Energy
Tour of Britain, I am delighted to welcome Canyon Eisberg, JLT Condor, Madison
Genesis and ONE Pro Cycling back to the race," said race director Mick Bennett.
"These four teams are extremely worthy in their place in the UK's most
prestigious cycle race and, as the likes of Harry Tanfield and Connor Swift have
already proved this season, our domestic teams can more than hold their own
against the world's biggest and best teams. I have no doubt that they'll be in
the thick of the action across all eight days in September."
Also confirmed for the race are Team Sunweb, who will be one of 11 UCI WorldTour
teams racing in Britain's this September. The German squad last appeared in the
race in 2016 when Tom Dumoulin finished third overall.
In total 13 teams who are currently competing in the Tour de France will be
racing in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, including all the UCI WorldTour teams
plus UCI ProContinental squads Direct Energie and Wanty-Groupe Gobert.
In addition two further UCI ProContinental teams will take part: Aqua Blue Sport
from Ireland, who make their race debut, and Italy's Bardiani-CSF, who have
previously won two stages in Britain's most prestigious race.
A Great Britain national team will once again compete in the event, showcasing
the very best talent from the next generation of British cycling stars.
SELL OUT FOR CRUNCH CLASH
Jul 13 - WALES’ crunch Women’s World Cup qualifier
against England at Rodney Parade has sold out in just 24 hours. The attendance
will be the highest ever for a Wales women’s home match, with 5,000 fans
purchasing tickets for the match in Newport on August 31.
Victory for Jayne Ludlow’s Wales side against Phil Neville’s England will mean
they automatically qualify for next year’s World Cup in France.
FRESH LOOK FOR RESPITE CENTRE
Jul 13 - Centrica Lodge, a respite home for adults
with learning disabilities in Newport, was officially reopened following a major
It has included new en-suite facilities for five bedrooms; an internal lift; new
and improved kitchen facilities and redecoration throughout the building.
The home in the Gaer is run by CPI Care Ltd. and offers a person-centred
service, enabling people with learning disabilities to enjoy short breaks away
from their home in an environment where they are encouraged to develop their
independent living skills.
Funded by the Welsh Government's Integrated Care Fund, the scheme was led by
Newport City Council and the work was carried out by the Kier Group.
An afternoon tea was held at the home to mark the official opening attended by
families; Councillor Debbie Wilcox, leader of Newport City Council and a ward
councillor; Councillor Paul Cockeram, the council's cabinet member for social
services and other guests.
NEWPORT STAY AHEAD
July 7 - Newport are 26 runs ahead at top of South
Wales Premier League after 138 run win over Port Talbot at home Batting first
they scored 238 including 54 from Nick Selma and then bowled Port Talbot out for
100 with Selma again leading the way with 4 wickets for 10 runs.
BRITISH JUNIOR CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIP HEADS TO
July 7 - The Wales National Velodrome will host
the HSBC UK | National Youth and Junior Track Championships from Monday 23rd
July – Friday 27th July.
The championships are a key event in the track cycling calendar and showcase the
very best young talent emerging through the ranks across the country. Many of
the riders who will compete have already taken part in national and
international competitions, and harbour ambitions of representing Great Britain
at Olympic, Paralympic and world level. BRITISH CYCLING YOUTH & JUNIOR TRACK
CHAMPIONSHIPS, Monday 23 to Friday 27 July, Tickets - £2.50 per day, or £10 when
you book for the week (this offer will apply automatically)
WALES ENGLAND CRUNCH MATCH TO BE PLAYED AT RODNEY PARADE
July 5 - Wales will play England in their crunch
2019 Women's World Cup qualifier on 31 August at Newport's Rodney Parade. The
match at Newport County's home ground, which has around 5,000 seats, will
kick-off at 19:45 BST. Wrexham's Racecourse Ground was also considered by the
Football Association of Wales for Wales' final qualifier.
If Pool 1 leaders Wales win they will qualify automatically for next year's
finals in France, but the second-placed team could also qualify.
NEWPORT PILE UP THE RUNS AGAINST CARDIFF
Jun 30 - Newport piled up the runs at Cardiff as
they secured most of the points in their South Wales Premier League clash but
failed to secure the win. Batting first an opening stand of 151 between Voke
(55) and Hassan (116) created the platform. Callum Taylor was again prominent
with 81 from 57 balls as Newport reached 323 from their 50 overs. Cardiff were
struggling at 97-6 but held out to draw the match, Taylor picked up 3 for 28.
Newport are eighteen points clear of St Fagans at the top of the league.
CUP QUALIFIER CHOICE BETWEEN NEWPORT AND WREXHAM
Jun 22 - Wales will play England in their crunch
2019 Women's World Cup qualifier on 31 August at Newport or Wrexham. A minimum
of 1,500 seats must be available to host the match under Fifa rules, with
standing not allowed. Rodney Parade in Newport has around 5,000 seats and
Wrexham's Racecourse has 10,500.
If Pool 1 leaders Wales win they will qualify automatically for next year's
finals in France, but the second-placed team could also qualify.
NEWPORT CC CONTINUE WINNING RUN
Jun 24 - Newport CC beat mumbles after beating
Bridgend by 72 runs with a fine 175 run partnership between Callum Taylor and
MarkWallace which them a 29 run win. This sees them 18 points clear at the top
of the table at the halfway point
DRAGONS SET TO FACE EURO GIANTS AS JARVIS SIGNS
Jun 18 - European giants Clermont Auvergne and
Northampton Saints will be group stage opposition for the Dragons in this
season's Challenge Cup.Timisoara Saracens have also been drawn in Pool One for
next year's tournament, meaning a return to Romania for the Dragons, four years
after they did the double against Romanian side Bucuresti Wolves.
New Dragons signing Aaron Jarvis will look forward
to the prospect of returning to take on his old club mates at Clermont, who have
been beaten Champions Cup finalists three times in the last six years and who
won the Top 14 in 2017.
Whilst the clash with Northampton Saints could mean a reunion with scrum-half
Charlie Davies, who left the Dragons at the end of last season, and Wales
fly-half Dan Biggar.
'BOMBER' PEARCE STATUE UNVEILED
Jun 10 - The monument to Newport's greatest boxer,
David Pearce, was unveiled yesterday afternoon near to Newport footbridge by
former IBF World Featherweight Champion Lee Selby along with friends and family
of the fighter.
The former steelworker, from the Pill area of
Newport, was widely regarded as one of the most exciting and under-rated
heavyweights of the 1980s after beating Swansea's Neville Meade to the British
title in September 1983. After his victory over Meade at St David's Hall in
Cardiff, Pearce said: "I did it for Newport." Campaigners raised £61,000 for the
statue of the former British champion, who died in 2000 aged 41.
NEWPORT GO CLEAR AT TOP
Jun 9 - Newport Cricket Club went 20 points
clear at the top of the South Wales Premier League after a convincing 51 run
victory over Neath at the Gnoll. Captain Matthew Norris top-scored with 64
supported bu Wallace (38) and Ahmadzai (49) as Newport were bowled out for 201.
Neath struggled to gain a foothold in the match and a fine all round bowling
performance by Newport led by Harry Powell (3-28) saw Neath bowled out for 150
with four overs to go.
NEWPORT GO TOP AFTER CONVINCING WIN
Jun 2 - Newport went top of the South Wales
Premier League after a convincing 44 run win over Pontarddulais at Spytty
yesterday. Newport made 246 with solid scoring lead by Matthew Norris (64) and
Callum Taylor (45 not out). Pontarddulais managed 202-8 in their 50 overs.
Newport are two ahead of rivals Cardiff.
HARTRIDGE APPOINT FORSTER
May 31 - Jason Forster has joined the Hartridge
RFC coaching team following their promotion to WRU Division 1. They said "Jason
will bring bags of experience... Hartridge will need it going in to a new
challenge in division 1."
STADIUM TO HOST WELSH WOMEN'S QUALIFIERS
May 31 - Many Newport County AFC fans will be
familiar with Newport Stadium (Spytty Park) as the training ground for County's
first team and the venue in which they used to play their home match.
Over the next few weeks, the venue is being transformed into the home for the
FAW's Women's Team to take on Russia in the UEFA Women's World Cup Qualifiers.
Following some fantastic results and an incredibly hard-fought point against
England at St Mary's Park recently, the Welsh team are sitting second in their
group and have two big home games coming up.
On Thursday 7th June, Wales take on Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Liberty Stadium.
Kick off 7pm. Tickets just £5 for adults and £2 for concessions. On Tuesday 12th
June, Wales take on Russia at Newport Stadium, Spytty Park Kick off 7pm. Tickets
just £5 for adults and £2 for concessions.
TOUR OF BRITAIN OPENING STAGE TO END IN NEWPORT
May 26 - The opening stage of the 2018 Tour of
Britain will begin in south Wales. Britain's biggest professional cycle race
will see 120 cyclists start in Carmarthenshire and finish in Newport on Sunday,
2 September. Newport last hosted the Tour in 2004, while the final stage of the
2017 race passed through the city on its way to the overall finish in Cardiff.
It will be the first time the eight-stage race, which ends on 9 September, has
Further details, including the exact start location, the route and where the
race will finish will be announced at the national launch of the route on
Tuesday, 5 June.
Devon will host stage two on Monday, 3 September, starting at Cranbrook and
finishing in Barnstaple.
AMBITIOUS PLANS FOR RODNEY PARADE UNDER DISCUSSION
May 25 - A hotel, offices, conference facilities,
restaurant and a new stand could be built at Rodney Parade as part of ambitious
regeneration plans from the Dragons, according to Argus report.
The rugby region is set to take their plans to Newport council as it looks to
develop the now disused clubhouse and an area of grassland, commonly known as
the ‘cabbage patch’.
Chairman David Buttress is confident the development can create hundreds of
thousands of pounds a year to be ploughed back into the Dragons
We had our first board discussion about it six weeks ago when we shared
preliminary drawings and plans,” he said. “We are going to talk to the relevant
key stakeholders in Newport now, the council etc, over the next three or four
months about what those plans look like in detail....at the board meeting this
week we discussed the feasibility of the project and what the financial returns
could look like and what it would cost to do it. It’s a lot of work and a
redevelopment this size, as you have seen with other Newport city centre
redevelopments, are several years as projects."
The development could include a new stand over the
existing North terrace.
DRAGONS' FRIENDLIES ANNOUNCED
May 25 - THE Dragons will host Northampton in a
pre-season friendly at Rodney Parade. The Saints will visit Newport on Friday,
August 17 (kick-off 7.30pm) after Bernard Jackman’s men entertain English
Championship promotion hopefuls Ealing Trailfinders at Bedwas’ Bridge Field on
Saturday, August 11 (kick-off 2.30pm). Earlier in the year it was announced that
the Dragons will conclude their Guinness PRO14 preparations with a trip to
Gloucester on Thursday, August 23 (kick-off 7.45pm).
LOCAL RUGBY ROUND UP
May 13 - Hartridge are seven clear of Cwmbran in
League 2 East with one game to play (away at Cwmbran next Saturday). Their
opponents have an away fixture on Tuesday at Talywain. Newport HSOB are third in
League 3 East A with the same number of points as second placed Abergavenny.
They play Abertysswg next week but leading team Monmouth have a home fixture
against bottom team Chepstow. St. Julian's beat Brynithel yesterday 26-17 in
League 3 East B and will finish in the lower half of mid-table. Malpas, in a
similar position in League 3 East C lost 32-17 at Tredegar. In-form Newport
Saracens experienced another last minute postponement against Trefil yesterday
but play bottom placed Cwmcarn on Tuesday as they look to head out of League 3
East D. Sarries have beaten Abersychan (92-7), Bettws (55-7), Old Tylerian
(52-7), Cwmcarn (82-0) and Hollybush (53-0), all in the last four weeks. They
did not have a home fixture between December 30 and April 21.
Apr 29 - A new era of distance running in Wales is
underway after the inaugural ABP Newport Wales Marathon and 10K proved a triumph
for participants, spectators and the city.
The nation’s new premier marathon was a hit as thousands of runners enjoyed
perfect marathon conditions and a fever-pitch atmosphere in the heart of the
city centre before setting off on the flat 26.2 mile course alongside the River
Usk. Another 2,600 took their place in history by running the second leg of the
Run 4 Wales 10K series - the ABP Newport Wales 10K - around iconic landmarks
including the Newport Transporter Bridge.
Runners were roared on by an army of supporters, who lined the streets of
Newport and provided the noise in the picturesque villages of Redwick and Magor.
The first name in the ABP Newport Wales Marathon history books was Neath Harrier
James Carpenter, who broke clear with three miles to go to take the title in a
time of 2 hours, 33 minutes, 32 seconds.
Natasha Cockram smashed her PB by more than five minutes to take the women’s
title in 2:44:58 holding off Emma Set-to and Carla Swithenbank before streams of
runners completed the challenge of a lifetime along the bustling riverfront.
First home in the ABP Newport Wales 10K was Ieuan Thomas, who broke the half an
hour mark with a 29.43 run just 10 days after returning from the Commonwealth
Games on Australia’s Gold Coast. Rachel Felton won the women’s race in 35.04.
Run 4 Wales Chief Executive Matt Newman said: “The inaugural ABP Newport Wales
Marathon has been an overwhelming success across all aspects of the day. The
look and feel of the city was great, this major event feel is what we envisaged
when we sat down to plan the event with the Newport City Council and Welsh
Government. The runners on the day have voted with their feet and had some truly
amazing experiences. The initial feedback is that the courses were great and
there were plenty of personal bests, so that is something we will look to build
on." Next year's marathon is on Sunday May 5.
DRAGONS LOSE TO ZEBRE
Apr 15 - The Dragons lost their latest Pro14
encounter to Zebre by 34-32. Scorers: tries – J Rosser (3), C Davies;
conversions – A Robson (3); penalties – A Robson (2)
NEWPORT HALF RE-SCHEDULED TO MARCH 18
Mar 9 - The Newport Half Marathon sponsored by
Admiral has been re-scheduled to Sunday March 18 with registrations accepted up
to March 16. Update - postponed due to snow on March 18.
MICA MOORE ACHIEVES BEST EVER GB BOBSLEIGH RESULT
Feb 24 - The crowd-funded duo of Mica McNeill and
Mica Moore (from Newport) achieved Britain’s best ever result in the women’s
bobsleigh on Wednesday at the Olympic Sliding Centre, more than punching above
their weight to finish eighth less than six months after their funding was
McNeill, the pilot, and Moore, the brakewoman, had to go cap in hand to the
public when their funding was cut off in September but needed only six days to
reach their target of £30,000 to cover the team’s running costs, a sum that
ultimately swelled beyond £40,000 and paid off handsomely when they outstripped
Britain’s previous best ninth-place. She is an is "an inspiration to other young
people", city council leader Cllr Debbiw Wilcox has said.
DRAGONS LOSE TO TREVISO
Feb 18 - The Dragons were felled 18-15 by Benetton
Treviso at Rodney Parade this afternoon. Two second-half penalties from Benetton
fly-half Marty Banks took his side to the win. Hooker Liam Belcher, with two,
and wing Jared Rosser scored Dragons' first-half tries. Alberto Sgarbi and Monte
Ioane crossed for Benetton.
DRAGONS HOLD GLASGOW
Feb 9 - The Dragons and Glasgow shared a 15-15
Pro14 draw at Rodney Parade. Home hooker Liam Belcher scored the opening try,
with Brandon Thompson replying. Horne put Glasgow in front before a Hallam Amos
kick and catch put Jared Rosser away. With a conversion and penalty apiece and
no scores added in the second half the match finished even.
MARATHON SOLD OUT
Feb 7 - A total of 6,500 runners from all over the
world will come to Newport on Sunday 29 April for Wales' new national marathon,
with a further 3,500 taking on the ABP Newport Wales 10K.
The Admiral City of Newport Half Marathon
takes place on Sunday 4th March 2018. Starting in the centre of the City and
finishing on the Riverfront, the race follows a scenic route along the
Riverfront path over iconic bridges, past Newport Castle before heading out to
Caerleon and back.
MORGAN TRY BEATS WARRIORS
Feb 1 - A late Tyler Morgan try gave the Dragons
victory over Worcester by 33-27 at Rodney Parade on Friday night in the Anglo
LIONHEARTS' BOXING HEADS TO CITY
Feb 1 - Top class international boxing is coming
this spring when the British Lionhearts take-on the French Fighting Roosters in
the World Series of Boxing (WSB) on Saturday 14 April 2018 at the Newport
Three time European Champion (2011, 2015 and 2017) and world championship
medallist (2013, 2015, 2017), Joe Ward of Ireland and 2016 GB Boxing Champion,
Cyrus Pattinson, have been confirmed in the Lionhearts team that will compete on
the night. The British Lionhearts squad that competes in WSB is made-up of
boxers from the GB Boxing Olympic squad along with a number of overseas
selections, including Ward.
WSB is a global team boxing competition contested by the world’s leading amateur
boxers. It bridges the gap between Olympic and professional boxing and boxers
compete without vests or headguards over five three-minute rounds. A WSB match
is contested over five bouts and the team that wins three or more is the winner.
Early bird discount tickets for British Lionhearts vs France Fighting Roosters
at the Newport Centre on Saturday 14 April 2018 are on sale now, priced £16.50,
DRAGONS LOSE AT SARACENS
Jan 28 - The Dragons went down 40-21 at Saracens
in the Anglo Welsh Cup yesterday.
MORGAN SEEKING NEW CONTRACT
Jan 28 - Wales centre Tyler Morgan wants to
negotiate a new Dragons deal before his national dual contract (NDC) with the
Welsh Rugby Union ends in May 2018.
The 22-year-old has been on an NDC since December 2014 but his new contract will
be just with the region. "I am looking to renegotiate my contract which will be
a Dragons only deal," said Morgan.
"I am a Newport boy, I want to make a difference and help the Dragons reach the
Under the terms of his NDC, 60% of Morgan's salary was paid by the WRU.
NEWPORT SARACENS BEMOAN FIXTURE CALL OFF's / LOCAL
Jan 27 - Newport Saracens expressed their
frustration on Twitter with the number of fixture withdrawals in their League,
"Teams picking and choosing who they play. 10 Saturday's to play 12 league
games, Needs heavier sanctions in place." In the matches that did take place
Bettws lost 27-5 at home to Hollybush, Whiteheads won 15-10 at West Mon, Malpas
beat Beaufort 19-5, St Julian's lost 41-5 at home to Deri, Hartridge won 17-10
at Nantyglo, Pill Harriers lost 30-7 to Blackwood and Caerleon overcame
Croesyceliog at home 26 points to 8.
BUTTRESS REBUFFS DAVEY WITH POSITIVE TWEET ABOUT
RODNEY PARADE FUTURE
Jan 21 - Dragons Chief Executive David Buttress
has rebuffed former journalist Robin Davey on Twitter. Davey indicated that the
idea of the three current teams playing "can't/won't continue indefinitely".
Buttress responded "As long as I'm Chairman we'll make it work because that's
our job. It'll be our sporting clubs home for as long as they want it to be.
That also happens to be the right thing for the city and the area. We have the
best groundstaff IMO."
DRAGONS EASE PAST BORDEAUX
Jan 20 - The Dragons completed the European
campaign with a 33-17 over Bordeaux-Begles. Despite the bonus point win the
Newport based side were denied a quarter-final spot as one of the best
runners-up. Elliot Dee's try gave Dragons a 5-3 lead at half-time. But Cory
Hill, Ashton Hewitt, Lloyd Fairbrother and Pat Howard crossed in the second half
with Fa'asui Fuatai and Jules Gimbert replying for Bordeaux.
LOCAL RUGBY RESULTS
Jan 20 - Newport Saracens remain unbeaten in
Division 3 East D after a 15-0 win at fourth placed Tref y Clawdd. Sarries are
third having played only 6 matches. In Div 3 East C Whiteheads beat Malpas 55-5.
In Div 3 East B Rogerstone lost 46-0 at Markham, St Julian's beat Rhymney 24-20.
In Div 3 East A leaders Newport HSOB beat Fleur de Lys 32-8. In Division 2 East
Hartridge lost 16-20 at home to Senghenydd to slip to second place, Pill
Harriers went down 23-21 at Ynysddu. In Division 1 East Caerleon pulled off a
fine away victory 19-12 at Nelson to pull away from the relegation places.
LOCAL RUGBY SCORES
Jan 13 - Newport Saracens lost 29-0 to Porthcawl
in the last 16 of the WRU bowl. Hartridge eged out Pill Harriers 29-22 in the
Newport derby in Division 2 East. Hartridge remain at the top, three points
clear with a game in hand. In Div 3 East C Malpas lost 24-17 to New Panteg and
Whiteheads lost 16-13 at Beaufort. In East B Rogerstone beat Brynithel 13-10. In
East A Newport HSOB won 15-11 at RTB Ebbw Vale.
OSPREYS EASE TO COMFORTABLE WIN IN NEWPORT
Dec 31 - The Dragons went down 22-9 and 3-0 in
tries to the Ospreys as the continued their losing run against Welsh opponents.
Hallam Amos was withdrawn before the fixture and Ospreys' Wales internationals
Dan Lydiate (arm) and Cory Allen (biceps) both left the field injured during the
first half. Ospreys were well led by Dan Biggar and scored tries through
Baldwin, Allen and Davies.
DRAGONS LEAVE IT TOO LATE IN EAST WALES FIXTURE
Dec 26 - Cardiff Blues held on to beat the Dragons
22-17 at Rodney Parade. Despite very little positive play from either side tries
from Aled Summerhill, Rey Lee-Lo and Tom James had appeared to set up an easy
Cardiff win. But they lost concentration in front of the 8722 crowd. Dragons
replied with a try by replacement prop Lloyd Fairbrother and a penalty try
before Cardiff- who had Kirby Myhill in the sin bin - held on in a frantic
finish. The match offered very poor fayre for watching fans and for tv
reviewers, it lacked intensity and skill and only came to life with the Dragons'
DRAGONS SIGNINGS CONTINUE
Dec 22 - 34 year old Rhys Hibbard has joined the
Dragons on a three year deal from Gloucester as part of next year's recruitment
drive. Scrum half Rhodri Davies has also signed up for next year from Rotherham.
Captain Cory Hill has also agreed a new two year contract.
As they prepare for their Boxing Day clash with
Cardiff Blues the Dragons will be without prop Leon Brown.
DRAGONS EDGED OUT
Dec 16 - Newcastle Falcons held out to win at
Dragons 27-25 and take a big step towards the European Challenge Cup
quarter-finals. The visitors led 24-17 at the break and went on to complete the
Pool 1 double in Newport. Home hooker Elliott Dee scored two first-half tries in
reply to Adam Radwan and Zach Kibirige before Gary Graham gave the visitors the
edge. Ashton Hewitt's try and Gavin Henson's boot gave Dragons hope, but Joel
Hodgson's 66th-minute penalty won it. The Dragons ignored opportunities late in
the game including kickable penalties.
COMMUNITY BOXING COACH UP FOR AWARD
Dec 3 - One of Newport's favourite coaches was
nominated by Newport Live for this year's Sport Wales Awards and has now become
a Finalist. Described as the ‘heartbeat’ of Somerton ABC boxing club, Mark James
goes the extra mile when it comes to coaching in his community. “It’s important
that kids have something to do in the neighbourhood” he explains.The past 12
months in particular, has seen the club’s membership increase dramatically. This
is thanks to Mark giving up 15 hours a week to provide opportunity for tots,
young people and the elderly to access boxing – for fitness or competing. He
holds four weekly sessions, including Sunday afternoon, and even more time
during fights or attending sporting festivals. He does all this alongside a
full-time job as a Mechanical Sprayer and supporting his family. Based in the
Communities First area of Somerton, the multi-use facility is transformed in to
a boxing venue for each training session.
DRAGONS CONCEDE LATE TRY IN DRAW WITH ULSTER
Dec 1 - Despite a stout display the Dragons were
undone at the last by Ulster in an exciting game at Rodney Parade to draw
32-all. The Dragons came from 12 points down to lead briefly, their tries
coming from Ashton Hewitt (two), Matthew Screech, Liam Belcher and Angus
O'Brien. Christian Lealiifano crossed with the last move to level the scores,
but missed the conversion. The visitors' other scores came from Craig Gilroy
(two), a penalty try, and Paul Marshall.
BUTTRESS HOLDS OUT HOPE OF BETTER TIMES AT RODNEY
Dec 1 - Dragons Chairman David Buttress has held
out the promise of better times with an ambitious squad building strategy,
improved relations with partners at the ground and the longer term regeneration
of Rodney Parade particularly the clubhouse end of the stadium.
Buttress says Dragons signed Wales back-rower Ross
Moriarty on a purely regional deal because a national dual contract (NDC) might
have made him likelier to join a rival. The 23 year old will join the Newport
based region from Gloucester at the end of the season. He rejected an NDC - 60%
paid by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) and 40% by the region - to accept an offer
from the Dragons, majority owned by the WRU. "Time wasn't on our side," said
Buttress."Bernard [Jackman, Dragons' head coach] identified Ross as our top
target and we didn't have time to go down the NDC route. That may have taken
until January and there wasn't a guarantee we would have got him." George North
has also decided to return to Wales on a dual contract, although it is not yet
known which of the four Welsh regions the British and Irish Lion will join.
In terms of Rodney Parade the former Just Eat
businessman indicated he has ambitions to improve the matchday experience at the
ground. He told Chris Kirwan of the South Wales Argus "I was here on Friday
night and as a businessman walking into a facility at 5pm in the centre of
Newport it was really depressing when all the lights were out and it was cold,
dark but yet all I could see over the river was restaurants lit up, bars and
people filling them up. To see that lack of revenue generation that could be
directly going into creating a very competitive team on the pitch [was
depressing]. It’s one of the big opportunities in front of the board over the
next 12 to 18 months. It’s not going to be easy to do because there will be
planning, we need to create some kind of Exeter, Saracens, Wasps-like
environment around Rodney Parade that is generating money every day of the
As CEO of Just Eat, a post he left in February
this year, 40 year old Buttress led the business through its rapid global growth
to one of the biggest technology public offerings in Europe for a decade. The
company debuted on the London Stock Exchange in 2014 and now has a market cap in
excess of $5 billion. Buttress is now a General Partner at Venture Capital
company 83 North. Still a non-executive director at Just Eat Buttress sold
784,649 shares on the open market at an average price of about £6.35, according
to a stock exchange announcement in August. The share sale saw him pocket £4.9m.
He also picked up £12.5m from a similar sale last year.
CITY BOBSLEIGH ATHLETE IN LANDMARK FINISH
Nov 26 - Unfunded bobsledders Mica McNeill and
Mica Moore (from Newport) secured the best result for British women in the
Bobsleigh World Cup for over eight years by finishing fifth in Canada. The pair
were only able to compete on the World Cup circuit this season after raising
over £30,000 through crowdfunding following an overspend by their governing
body. McNeill and Moore were third at the halfway stage in Whistler before
conditions deteriorated in the final session, while Canada took gold.
DRAGONS SLAMMED AT LEINSTER
Nov 25 - Leinster moved into second place in Pro14
Conference B as they scored eight tries in a 54-10 demolition of the outclassed
Dragons at the Royal Dublin Showground. James Benjamin's try helped the Dragons
to a 10-0 lead but they trailed 28-10 at the break as Leinster ran in four
scores to secure their bonus point. Isa Nacewa crossed twice and the hosts were
awarded a second-half penalty try.
Jamison Gibson-Park, Josh Murphy, Max Deegan, Rory O'Loughlin and Jordan Larmour
also touched down for Leinster.
JERSEY DONATED TO SCHOOL
Nov 25 - Leon Brown has donated his Welsh shirt to
St Joseph’s High School . The school commented on Twitter "Fantastic and
inspirational thing to do @LeonBrown14 an amazing role model coming from
Maesglas. Hopefully a visible sign to other young people on the estate +city at
large can look up to , follow and be proud of! @DebbieWilcox1 @Mark_Whitcutt @NewportCouncil
MORIARITY FOR DRAGONS / WIN AGAINST SCARLETS
Nov 18 - Ross Moriarity currently with Gloucester
has been strongly linked with the Dragons for next season as they continue to
build their squad under Bernard Jackman. The Welsh international was at Celtic
Manor on Friday for discussions about the potential move.
Dragons beat visitors Scarlets 23-18 at Rodney Parade on Friday night.
came from replacement hooker Ellis Shipp, scrum-half Dan Babos and prop Brok
Harris with Tomi Lewis and lock Jack Jones hitting back.
SILVER NOT GOLD FOR MOULD
Nov 12 - Cyclist Jon Mould won a silver medal in
the scratch race at the Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester on Friday night.
Mould fought for gold with Kazakhstan’s Nikita Panassenko but crossed the line
DRAGONS DOWNED BY SAINTS
Nov 12 - Northampton beat the Dragons 41 points to
7 points in the Anglo Welsh Cup.
BROWN COMMITS TO DRAGONS
Nov 11 - Leon Brown has committed himself to
Dragons after signing a new three-year contract extension.
The news comes after the tight-head prop, who turns 21 on Thursday, was named in
Wales' squad for the autumn internationals. He took the field for Wales against
Australia this evening. "I didn't look elsewhere - I wanted to sign here and
keep playing my rugby at my home region," said Brown, who comes from Maesglas in
WALES MARATHON ROUTE ANNOUNCED
Nov 5 - The ABP Newport Wales Marathon will offer
runners the chance to go faster than ever before on one of the UK’s flattest
courses. The route has been finalised for the inaugural 26.2 race, which will
see more than 5,000 participants compete on 29 April, 2018.
Double Olympic marathon runner Steve Brace has devised the course for Wales’ new
national marathon. The race will start and finish on Newport’s vibrant
riverfront and take-in some of the city’s iconic landmarks as well as the
picturesque coastland of South Wales. The single loop route will take runners
past the University of South Wales and the bustling Friars Walk shopping centre
before heading over the Newport Bridge, through the east of the city and into
its rural areas, then on towards Magor. Supporters will have the perfect
opportunity to catch a glimpse of their loved ones and elite runners in the
medieval town of Redwick, before runners head back towards the revamped city
centre. But before they prepare for a sprint finish along the River Usk, runners
will get the chance to take in the coastal wildlife on show at the Caldicot
Levels and Newport Wetlands.
Nov 4 - The Dragons were beaten 49-6 by Munster
away in the Pro 14.
LOCAL RUGBY ROUND UP
Oct 28 - The Dragons lost 28-14 to the Ospreys.
Newport HSOB won 17-5 at Tredegar Ironsides. Bettws beat Old Tylerlans 19-10.
Rogerstone lost heavily by 13 to 43 at home to Rhymney. In the National Bowl
Newport Saracens beat Abertysswg 8-5 and St Julian's HSOB slammed Tredegar by 37
points to 3. In the Plate Pill Harriers went down 50-24 to Bonymaen
GOOD WEEKEND FOR NEWPORT TEAMS
Oct 22 - Local rugby -
Rhayader 5 Newport Saracens
29, Whiteheads 31 West Mon 3, Newport HSOB 23 Oakdale 18, Caerleon 0 Risca 8.
The Dragons won in Russia in the Challenge Cup by 28 to 21.
NEWPORT NOW SPONSOR HALF MARATHON
Oct 18 - The Newport Now Business Improvement
District has agreed to become one of the sponsors of next year’s Admiral City of
Newport Half Marathon. The event, due to take place on March 4 next year, is a
major fundraising event for St David’s Hospice Care – raising thousands of
pounds over the last five years.
All proceeds are used to support hospice services but, just as importantly, the
event raises the profile of the city of Newport and brings together the local
NEWCASTLE NARROWLY BEAT DRAGONS
Oct 14 - Newcastle scored two tries in each half
to open their European Challenge Cup campaign with a bonus-point victory at home
to Pro14 side Dragons. Rob Vickers went over from close range and Adam Radwan
scored in the corner as Falcons led 15-6 at the interval.
In a topsy-turvy second half, converted tries from Rynard Landman and Ashton
Hewitt put the Newport based side 20-15 ahead. But debutant Gary Graham and
skipper Mark Wilson scored either side of Pat Howard's try to give the hosts
HARTRIDGE GO DOWN BUT PILL HARRIERS MARCH ON
Oct 7 - League 1 side Brynmawr beat Hartridge in
the WRU plate competition by 21-6. Pill Harriers won 31-19 at Caldicot.
Blaenavon beat Caerleon 11-9 at home.
CARDIFF COME FROM BEHIND TO DOWN DRAGS
Oct 7 - Cardiff came from behind to see off the
Dragons 43-29 at the Arms Park. The Dragons excelled in the first half, leading
21-10 as Adam Warren, Elliot Dee and George Gasson crossed. But Cardiff
responded in devastating fashion after the break, as Matthew Morgan twice, Tom
James, Alex Cuthbert and Jarrod Evans added to Kristian Dacey's first-half try.
Lloyd Fairbrother's late try did at least give Dragons a bonus point. The result
means Dragons have lost their last 26 away games in the competition
LOCAL RUGBY ROUND UP
Oct 1 - Caerleon lost narrowly at home in Division
1 East to Nelson by 32 to 28. They have won only one of their five fixtures so
far. Hartridge made it 4 out of 5 in Division 2 East with a 17-0 win at
Senghenydd, Pill Harriers went down 21-15 at home to Ynysddu. In Division 3 East
A Newport HSOB remain unbeaten after a 30-3 win at home to RTB Ebbw Vale. In 3
East B Rogerstone drew 17-all at Brynithel. In 3 East C Whiteheads thumped
Beaufort 51-12 at home but Malpas went down 31-16 at New Panteg.
DRAGONS BEAT KINGS IN WET WEATHER
Oct 1 - Four tries, two from Amos, two from Dee
saw the Dragons beat the Kings at Rodney Parade by 29-13 in pouring rain. Gavin
Henson enjoyed a good night slotting three conversions and a penalty.
ULSTER DISMISS DRAGONS
Sep 23 - Ulster hammered the Dragons 52-25 at
Ravenhill scoring eight tries on the way. Dragons coach
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 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
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 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
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
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:
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".
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.
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
Meeting 1 (Newport)
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.
Zac Payne 21+1, Alice Neighbour 9, Jake Neighbour 16+2, Will Jeffrey 16+2, Jack
Ellis 15, Andy Johnson 9
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.
Jake Neighbour 21+2, Will Jeffery 17+3, Zac Payne 17, Dave Lieberman 11, Andy
Johnson 14+1, Jack Ellis 9, Alice Neighbour 3
Dan Hook 14+4, Fraser Garnett 18+1, Jay Briggs 12, Danny Byrne 12+1, Will
Bristowe 15+2, Callum Smith 11.5+1
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.
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
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 try came from Connor Edwards with a
conversion and penalty from Joshua Malson.
Newport beat Llandrillo College 34-24 in their
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
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
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 Thursday’s
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
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
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
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
NEWPORT CRICKET CLUB PRE-SEASON CONTINUES WITH
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
"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
The schedule is as follows -
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
WALES SENIOR OPEN SET
FOR CELTIC MANOR AGAIN
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
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
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
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
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
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
• 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 Newport’s
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
“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 Newport’s
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
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
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.
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 I’m
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.