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Good evening and welcome to Sport Wales.
Well, this week, we have had rain, we have had wind,
we have had storms, which can mean only one thing -
yes, the cricket season is nearly upon us.
We will find out how confident Glamorgan are feeling very shortly,
but first, here is what else we have got coming up
A new stadium for the Cardiff Devils,
but can they end the season on a high?
I think it would be a symbol for a lot of great things.
a new season brings new hope at Glamorgan.
My ambition is to make the most out of every individual
it is everybody that is here representing Glamorgan.
Two friendlies in the bag, what is the verdict?
I still maintain, mate, that with everybody fit,
we're more than capable of getting out of that group in France.
You know, you put Bale and Ramsey into that Ukraine performance
and, you know, I think we probably win that game.
We catch up with one of our most experienced competitors
It's going to be a tough competition, it's the highest level
my dream would be to bring back another medal.
And it's a special occasion for everyone involved
It's fantastic how, you know, the standard has raised this year.
they have literally just stepped up a level,
so I think we will have our work cut out today.
Cardiff Devils are aiming for their second trophy in two seasons
in the Elite League play-offs on the weekend
and having just moved into a brand-new stadium,
could the good times be coming back the capital?
the Cardiff Devils was the hottest ticket in town.
Since then, they've fallen on hard times, but in recent years,
New owners, a brand-new arena, it feels like a new dawn.
You know, we've got a new ownership group in that just loves hockey.
They want to do things right, they want to treat the players
and the off-ice staff the right way here.
It goes back to that passion with the fan base and the team.
I think we feed off each other, we understand each other,
and it has made for a really kind of fun snowball effect
Get that over to Andrew Lord, who steps inside, looking
I really like as a club where we are going, with everything,
on the ice, off the ice, the fans, the building, everything,
I really like where we are going and I think
this organisation is only going to get better in the future.
For ten years, the Devils had to play in a big blue tent
Now they are in a custom-built arena.
The managing director of the Devils is Todd Kelman.
We have moved into what I would consider a perfect sized arena
for this league and a great facility to play in.
I mean, it is huge for us, it is huge for all of South Wales.
It is a real game changer for us and for any ice sports
Is this another step in the Devils' Renaissance,
We took over two years ago, this is our second season in charge,
and they were kind of, you know, the last placed club
and weren't getting the big crowds and we added probably 1,000 people
to their average crowd and had some success in year one last year under
us and this year again, competing for the league title,
Challenge Cup final and now going for a play-off championship.
One last weekend, but it won't be here, it will be in Nottingham.
but we have got a huge game on Saturday and if we win that,
we have got an even bigger game on Sunday.
Another brilliant save by Ben Bowns on the rebound.
There'll be two semifinals on the Saturday and then the final
on Sunday, so we will play a one-off game on the Saturday,
If we beat them, then we will play whoever wins the second semifinal
It's going to be a really big challenge.
I mean, we know we don't have an easy route there,
Coventry's playing really good, they won it last year,
so it's not like we are going in there thinking
Last year's trophy was the first trophy in a decade,
I think to get another trophy this year would be, just
to show our consistency, to show how far we have come
in such a short time, I think it would be a symbol
At the same time, if we play like we are supposed to play,
I think we should be fine and it would be huge for the club
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So the Devils are just two wins away from another trophy and finally,
Yes, it really does feel like we are back in the '90s.
Still to come, former Wales internationals Iwan Roberts
and Danny Gabbidon give their on Wales' performances
against Ukraine and Northern Ireland ahead of Euro 2016.
The way we play, we're set up very well for tournament football.
Hard to beat, we've got the pace and the power on the counterattack
and I think that can serve you very well in tournament football.
The clocks have gone forward, spring is in the air
and the new cricket season is upon us and it is probably fair
to say that Glamorgan will start this new season with renewed
optimism under the guidance of new head coach Robert Croft
and with last night's news that club legend Alan Jones
It's a new dawn at Glamorgan County Cricket Club.
Calmer waters, it seems, off the pitch and a new head coach
A new role but a more than familiar face.
I realise the responsibility that goes with the job.
I also realise how many people would love to do this job.
When I looked at why, it was because I know that there's
an academy system that is well set, well in place.
Off the field, as well, there are good people,
a sound balance between business and cricket.
And also, when I look from the playing side of it,
there's a group of players there that are ambitious and capable.
It's always nice chatting cricket to Crofty.
He always challenges your mindset in terms of how you want to go
about your game and I think for him, it is also a new chapter
in his coaching career and something he is really looking forward to.
The big thing is, I think, when he walks into the dressing
room, there is definitely a bit of respect for him,
so I think we can expect some big things from him.
Robert's, you know, part of the furniture.
Obviously he has been one of the best players
He has had the experience recently of spending some time
with the England squad as well, which I know he really enjoyed
and learned a lot from and, you know, these young players
He's got a great track record over a long period of time at Glamorgan
and he is somebody that is really looking forward to working
with and supporting our young players.
Having benefited from having a large part of their debt written off
by its main creditors, the club have announced an operating
profit for 2015, thanks in part to staging an Ashes Test.
Glamorgan are now seeking a return to the top division of county
It'll be a little bit tougher this year, there is only one county
going up but that doesn't necessarily mean we
We had a good first half of last season and then tailed away.
I think this year, slightly bigger squad, everyone has got
I think if we can take our form for the first of last season
there's no reason why the top spot can't be ours.
It's not made any easier by the fact that only one team
is going to be promoted this year, but we are excited, we got a good
blend of youth and experience and, you know, I think we certainly want
as we do in the other two competitions.
We played a very strong brand of cricket last year,
we won four games in a row, which I think would have given
the guys a bit of belief that we can actually achieve something
and we actually had a small squad last year, so in regards to that,
I think we have got to be focused on trying to get promotion.
Our depth in our squad this year is also a lot better.
What I want is players in that dressing room,
as well, enjoying other people's success.
You know, we are here to produce successful team on the field,
representing Glamorgan and representing Wales,
yes, but part of the responsibility as well is to try and develop
We have talent within the squad, but so does every team.
What is important is that I see ambition in the eyes of the players
that are representing Glamorgan and, yes, to play well for us
but ambition as well to walk out on the field representing England,
which I have always said for a long time is like the British Lions.
With little over a fortnight to go ahead of their opening
County Championship fixture of the season, pre-season
Somerset the current opponents, over three days.
My ambition is to make the most out of every individual and make
My ambition is is to make the ability...
It is everybody that is here representing Glamorgan.
There is no doubt that you need more than just going out
there with the ambition of making Wales proud,
because you have to focus on what you are doing,
but ultimately it is something that we would like to achieve.
With Euro 2016 drawing ever nearer, what kind of shape are Wales in
Here are the thoughts of former Wales internationals
Dan, on the back of our two friendlies against Northern Ireland
and Ukraine, what have we learned, if anything, from those two games?
I think the first game was tough for the manager to get
I think the fringe players that kind of came into didn't really perform
that well to put a thought in the manager's mind,
but the Ukraine game was a lot better.
You could see, obviously going back to the normal formation,
a few more of the mainstay players in the team.
It was a much better performance and one or two players coming in,
the likes of Emyr Huws did very well, Jonny Williams
There was certainly more to take out of the Ukraine game and,
you know, it has got myself thinking a little bit,
one or two places up for grabs now whereas a few weeks ago,
We can't depend on Gareth to get all the goals.
I'd put Tom Bradshaw before Tom Lawrence.
Look at his goal-scoring record, 27 goals in 63 league appearances
What did he come on for, the last 15 minutes, was it?
And I saw enough in those 20 minutes to think he has got a chance
As you said, he looks like a natural goal-scorer.
We don't really have too many of them in the squad.
I thought his movement was good, he looked lively when he come
Someone asked me, do I take eight defenders,
eight midfielders and sacrifice a forward and just take four
My original squad, I think I had eight defenders in,
Does that mean you had Dummett in there?
Yeah, I think I had Dummett in, but I actually totally
I think they are very versatile, all the defenders, they can play
in different positions, so I think Chris Coleman might
I think five strikers going to the tournament
Friendlies, now, I don't know if you feel like me,
I don't get too carried away with it all and I don't get too disappointed
when we lose them, really, because it's not about the result,
it's about the performance and I still maintain,
mate, that with everybody fit, we are more than capable of
You know, you put Bale and Ramsey into that Ukraine performance and,
you know, I think we probably win that game.
From a defender's point of view, I was probably looking at it...
The defensive side of things, with those two not playing,
and I thought we were very good defensively, so hopefully
we will get Bale, get Ramsey back, firing, put them into the 11
and the way we play, we set up very well
Hard to beat, we've got the pace and the power on the counterattack
and, you know, I think that can serve you very well
You too, mate. Take care of yourself.
Now, Wales will have a strong presence in Team GB at this year's
Paralympic Games in Rio, just as they did in
London four years ago - and once again, one of our most
experienced competitors will be there.
Not far from Pontypridd, in the former mining village
of Beddau, there is a very special tribute to one of their own.
Paralympic bronze medallist Sara Head.
What does it mean to you to be recognised by the community
And I'm so lucky, I'm so lucky to have everyone's support.
My community has been my scaffolding.
They pick me up and build me up when I am down and they are there
I became disabled when I was 15 and it was a difficult time,
it was dark times for me and sport is what came and saved me
A guy came into school, got me involved in wheelchair
basketball and then it all moved on from there.
So how did the move to table tennis come about?
Well, I was at a wheelchair basketball event and I met
a boyfriend who played for the Great Britain table tennis
team, and at that point, finding out it was rather
competitive, went through TTAW, Table Tennis Wales, they told me
which club I could go to, took some very sneaky lessons,
got hooked and now I totally adore playing and I've even beaten him
And your main partner in crime is Jane Campbell.
Tell me about your relationship with her, then,
You know, I am so lucky to have her and she says the same
We have a fantastic bond and we both want the same thing.
You know, that is what is really special, we both want same
thing but we both want the best for each other.
So for us to have that together, we are so lucky and the friendship
What are the main highlights for you so far in your career?
I think, you know, it is difficult to condense all of my
I've been fortunate to win 50 plus international medals.
I've been European champion in the team event, with my fantastic
I've been part of an incredible GB team over the years.
But to win my Paralympic medal and to receive this bench,
With Rio only months away she is busy training for the second
Paralympics. At the moment we are still working on intensity and
consistency, working on movement and recovery and table tennis fitness.
We may go to Slovenia and the back year for some competitions and then
we will see where we are and come back and ramp up the intensity a lot
more. What about your chair in particular? Any modifications for
playing the game? We sit as tall as we can so we have big coercion is
but one of my modifications is that I have when my wheels go around, if
I flicked this lock it allows me to move the wheels back and forth while
remaining in a stable position so that I can lean and reach for the
ball without worrying about the chair. It is so fast, have you ever
fallen out of the chair? I have been close but fortunately I tend to fall
over the table more. Months to go now until the big event, what's the
goal? The goal in Rio is to go out and do myself and everyone proud and
really know when I've worked hard. It will be the highest level we can
compete at but for me my dream would be bringing back another medal. Not
many get to compete on the biggest age but now to a tournament that
means the winners get to play at the Principality Stadium. Football teams
from minority groups in Cardiff have been taking part in a competition
set up by the police, the community cohesion cup. Sport Wales went to
meet them. The cohesion cup, a football competition celebrated by
diverse communities living in Wales. It is the first tournament with
different communities coming together to play in one tournament.
The Kurdish community... Cohesion wise it has been a big positive. I
was asked to put on a charity game in 2014, playing against the
Sudanese. It was such a success that we thought it would the good to make
it bigger and better. There are now a couple more teams playing this
year. The relationship between the police and young people doesn't
always... It's not always positive within certain communities. I think
this sort of tournament has taken down barriers and created better
communication in the community, especially with young people. It was
my first encounter with the police, I normally see them day-to-day on
the streets, but we are seeing a different insight into their
personalities and who they are, they seem like human beings. Hopefully
this will be the start of something concrete between us. The Somaliland
team had beaten six other squads to face the South Wales Police select
11 including format professionals. Last year the police defeated the
Yemeni team. The boys have worked hard to get here and obviously it's
a great occasion. Hopefully we the back. You have the experience.
You are going to have to start talking to him, pulling the strings.
You do this week in week out. That is where we are going to win the
game. After 12 matches played by over 120 players it has come down to
the Somaliland 11 taking on the police, watched by over 600
spectators. It's all about understanding the communities and
understanding them, they understand us, building bridges and confidence.
understanding them, they understand to give them a better game. That's
it from Sport Wales for this week, good luck to the Cardiff Devils this
weekend, it would be nice to see some silverware.
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