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Good evening and welcome to Sport Wales.

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Well, this week, we have had rain, we have had wind,

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we have had storms, which can mean only one thing -

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yes, the cricket season is nearly upon us.

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We will find out how confident Glamorgan are feeling very shortly,

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but first, here is what else we have got coming up

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A new stadium for the Cardiff Devils,

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but can they end the season on a high?

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I think it would be a symbol for a lot of great things.

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a new season brings new hope at Glamorgan.

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My ambition is to make the most out of every individual

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it is everybody that is here representing Glamorgan.

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Two friendlies in the bag, what is the verdict?

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I still maintain, mate, that with everybody fit,

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we're more than capable of getting out of that group in France.

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You know, you put Bale and Ramsey into that Ukraine performance

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and, you know, I think we probably win that game.

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We catch up with one of our most experienced competitors

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It's going to be a tough competition, it's the highest level

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my dream would be to bring back another medal.

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And it's a special occasion for everyone involved

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It's fantastic how, you know, the standard has raised this year.

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they have literally just stepped up a level,

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so I think we will have our work cut out today.

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Cardiff Devils are aiming for their second trophy in two seasons

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in the Elite League play-offs on the weekend

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and having just moved into a brand-new stadium,

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could the good times be coming back the capital?

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the Cardiff Devils was the hottest ticket in town.

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Since then, they've fallen on hard times, but in recent years,

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New owners, a brand-new arena, it feels like a new dawn.

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You know, we've got a new ownership group in that just loves hockey.

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They want to do things right, they want to treat the players

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and the off-ice staff the right way here.

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It goes back to that passion with the fan base and the team.

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I think we feed off each other, we understand each other,

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and it has made for a really kind of fun snowball effect

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Get that over to Andrew Lord, who steps inside, looking

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I really like as a club where we are going, with everything,

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on the ice, off the ice, the fans, the building, everything,

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I really like where we are going and I think

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this organisation is only going to get better in the future.

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For ten years, the Devils had to play in a big blue tent

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Now they are in a custom-built arena.

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The managing director of the Devils is Todd Kelman.

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We have moved into what I would consider a perfect sized arena

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for this league and a great facility to play in.

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I mean, it is huge for us, it is huge for all of South Wales.

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It is a real game changer for us and for any ice sports

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Is this another step in the Devils' Renaissance,

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We took over two years ago, this is our second season in charge,

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and they were kind of, you know, the last placed club

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and weren't getting the big crowds and we added probably 1,000 people

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to their average crowd and had some success in year one last year under

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us and this year again, competing for the league title,

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Challenge Cup final and now going for a play-off championship.

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One last weekend, but it won't be here, it will be in Nottingham.

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but we have got a huge game on Saturday and if we win that,

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we have got an even bigger game on Sunday.

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Another brilliant save by Ben Bowns on the rebound.

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There'll be two semifinals on the Saturday and then the final

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on Sunday, so we will play a one-off game on the Saturday,

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If we beat them, then we will play whoever wins the second semifinal

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It's going to be a really big challenge.

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I mean, we know we don't have an easy route there,

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Coventry's playing really good, they won it last year,

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so it's not like we are going in there thinking

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Last year's trophy was the first trophy in a decade,

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I think to get another trophy this year would be, just

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to show our consistency, to show how far we have come

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in such a short time, I think it would be a symbol

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At the same time, if we play like we are supposed to play,

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I think we should be fine and it would be huge for the club

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PRIMAL SCREAM: # I'm moving on up, now...

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So the Devils are just two wins away from another trophy and finally,

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Yes, it really does feel like we are back in the '90s.

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Still to come, former Wales internationals Iwan Roberts

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and Danny Gabbidon give their on Wales' performances

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against Ukraine and Northern Ireland ahead of Euro 2016.

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The way we play, we're set up very well for tournament football.

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Hard to beat, we've got the pace and the power on the counterattack

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and I think that can serve you very well in tournament football.

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The clocks have gone forward, spring is in the air

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and the new cricket season is upon us and it is probably fair

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to say that Glamorgan will start this new season with renewed

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optimism under the guidance of new head coach Robert Croft

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and with last night's news that club legend Alan Jones

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It's a new dawn at Glamorgan County Cricket Club.

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Calmer waters, it seems, off the pitch and a new head coach

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A new role but a more than familiar face.

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I realise the responsibility that goes with the job.

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I also realise how many people would love to do this job.

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When I looked at why, it was because I know that there's

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an academy system that is well set, well in place.

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Off the field, as well, there are good people,

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a sound balance between business and cricket.

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And also, when I look from the playing side of it,

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there's a group of players there that are ambitious and capable.

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It's always nice chatting cricket to Crofty.

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He always challenges your mindset in terms of how you want to go

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about your game and I think for him, it is also a new chapter

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in his coaching career and something he is really looking forward to.

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The big thing is, I think, when he walks into the dressing

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room, there is definitely a bit of respect for him,

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so I think we can expect some big things from him.

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Robert's, you know, part of the furniture.

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Obviously he has been one of the best players

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He has had the experience recently of spending some time

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with the England squad as well, which I know he really enjoyed

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and learned a lot from and, you know, these young players

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He's got a great track record over a long period of time at Glamorgan

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and he is somebody that is really looking forward to working

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with and supporting our young players.

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Having benefited from having a large part of their debt written off

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by its main creditors, the club have announced an operating

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profit for 2015, thanks in part to staging an Ashes Test.

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Glamorgan are now seeking a return to the top division of county

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It'll be a little bit tougher this year, there is only one county

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going up but that doesn't necessarily mean we

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We had a good first half of last season and then tailed away.

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I think this year, slightly bigger squad, everyone has got

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I think if we can take our form for the first of last season

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there's no reason why the top spot can't be ours.

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It's not made any easier by the fact that only one team

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is going to be promoted this year, but we are excited, we got a good

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blend of youth and experience and, you know, I think we certainly want

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as we do in the other two competitions.

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We played a very strong brand of cricket last year,

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we won four games in a row, which I think would have given

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the guys a bit of belief that we can actually achieve something

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and we actually had a small squad last year, so in regards to that,

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I think we have got to be focused on trying to get promotion.

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Our depth in our squad this year is also a lot better.

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What I want is players in that dressing room,

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as well, enjoying other people's success.

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You know, we are here to produce successful team on the field,

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representing Glamorgan and representing Wales,

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yes, but part of the responsibility as well is to try and develop

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We have talent within the squad, but so does every team.

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What is important is that I see ambition in the eyes of the players

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that are representing Glamorgan and, yes, to play well for us

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but ambition as well to walk out on the field representing England,

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which I have always said for a long time is like the British Lions.

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With little over a fortnight to go ahead of their opening

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County Championship fixture of the season, pre-season

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Somerset the current opponents, over three days.

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My ambition is to make the most out of every individual and make

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My ambition is is to make the ability...

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It is everybody that is here representing Glamorgan.

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There is no doubt that you need more than just going out

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there with the ambition of making Wales proud,

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because you have to focus on what you are doing,

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but ultimately it is something that we would like to achieve.

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With Euro 2016 drawing ever nearer, what kind of shape are Wales in

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Here are the thoughts of former Wales internationals

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Dan, on the back of our two friendlies against Northern Ireland

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and Ukraine, what have we learned, if anything, from those two games?

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I think the first game was tough for the manager to get

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I think the fringe players that kind of came into didn't really perform

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that well to put a thought in the manager's mind,

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but the Ukraine game was a lot better.

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You could see, obviously going back to the normal formation,

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a few more of the mainstay players in the team.

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It was a much better performance and one or two players coming in,

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the likes of Emyr Huws did very well, Jonny Williams

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There was certainly more to take out of the Ukraine game and,

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you know, it has got myself thinking a little bit,

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one or two places up for grabs now whereas a few weeks ago,

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We can't depend on Gareth to get all the goals.

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I'd put Tom Bradshaw before Tom Lawrence.

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Look at his goal-scoring record, 27 goals in 63 league appearances

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What did he come on for, the last 15 minutes, was it?

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And I saw enough in those 20 minutes to think he has got a chance

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As you said, he looks like a natural goal-scorer.

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We don't really have too many of them in the squad.

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I thought his movement was good, he looked lively when he come

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Someone asked me, do I take eight defenders,

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eight midfielders and sacrifice a forward and just take four

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My original squad, I think I had eight defenders in,

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Does that mean you had Dummett in there?

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Yeah, I think I had Dummett in, but I actually totally

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I think they are very versatile, all the defenders, they can play

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in different positions, so I think Chris Coleman might

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I think five strikers going to the tournament

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Friendlies, now, I don't know if you feel like me,

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I don't get too carried away with it all and I don't get too disappointed

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when we lose them, really, because it's not about the result,

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it's about the performance and I still maintain,

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mate, that with everybody fit, we are more than capable of

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You know, you put Bale and Ramsey into that Ukraine performance and,

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you know, I think we probably win that game.

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From a defender's point of view, I was probably looking at it...

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The defensive side of things, with those two not playing,

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and I thought we were very good defensively, so hopefully

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we will get Bale, get Ramsey back, firing, put them into the 11

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and the way we play, we set up very well

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Hard to beat, we've got the pace and the power on the counterattack

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and, you know, I think that can serve you very well

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You too, mate. Take care of yourself.

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Now, Wales will have a strong presence in Team GB at this year's

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Paralympic Games in Rio, just as they did in

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London four years ago - and once again, one of our most

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experienced competitors will be there.

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Not far from Pontypridd, in the former mining village

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of Beddau, there is a very special tribute to one of their own.

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Paralympic bronze medallist Sara Head.

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What does it mean to you to be recognised by the community

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And I'm so lucky, I'm so lucky to have everyone's support.

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My community has been my scaffolding.

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They pick me up and build me up when I am down and they are there

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I became disabled when I was 15 and it was a difficult time,

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it was dark times for me and sport is what came and saved me

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A guy came into school, got me involved in wheelchair

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basketball and then it all moved on from there.

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So how did the move to table tennis come about?

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Well, I was at a wheelchair basketball event and I met

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a boyfriend who played for the Great Britain table tennis

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team, and at that point, finding out it was rather

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competitive, went through TTAW, Table Tennis Wales, they told me

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which club I could go to, took some very sneaky lessons,

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got hooked and now I totally adore playing and I've even beaten him

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And your main partner in crime is Jane Campbell.

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Tell me about your relationship with her, then,

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You know, I am so lucky to have her and she says the same

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We have a fantastic bond and we both want the same thing.

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You know, that is what is really special, we both want same

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thing but we both want the best for each other.

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So for us to have that together, we are so lucky and the friendship

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What are the main highlights for you so far in your career?

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I think, you know, it is difficult to condense all of my

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I've been fortunate to win 50 plus international medals.

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I've been European champion in the team event, with my fantastic

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I've been part of an incredible GB team over the years.

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But to win my Paralympic medal and to receive this bench,

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With Rio only months away she is busy training for the second

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Paralympics. At the moment we are still working on intensity and

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consistency, working on movement and recovery and table tennis fitness.

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We may go to Slovenia and the back year for some competitions and then

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we will see where we are and come back and ramp up the intensity a lot

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more. What about your chair in particular? Any modifications for

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playing the game? We sit as tall as we can so we have big coercion is

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but one of my modifications is that I have when my wheels go around, if

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I flicked this lock it allows me to move the wheels back and forth while

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remaining in a stable position so that I can lean and reach for the

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ball without worrying about the chair. It is so fast, have you ever

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fallen out of the chair? I have been close but fortunately I tend to fall

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over the table more. Months to go now until the big event, what's the

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goal? The goal in Rio is to go out and do myself and everyone proud and

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really know when I've worked hard. It will be the highest level we can

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compete at but for me my dream would be bringing back another medal. Not

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many get to compete on the biggest age but now to a tournament that

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means the winners get to play at the Principality Stadium. Football teams

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from minority groups in Cardiff have been taking part in a competition

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set up by the police, the community cohesion cup. Sport Wales went to

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meet them. The cohesion cup, a football competition celebrated by

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diverse communities living in Wales. It is the first tournament with

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different communities coming together to play in one tournament.

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The Kurdish community... Cohesion wise it has been a big positive. I

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was asked to put on a charity game in 2014, playing against the

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Sudanese. It was such a success that we thought it would the good to make

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it bigger and better. There are now a couple more teams playing this

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year. The relationship between the police and young people doesn't

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always... It's not always positive within certain communities. I think

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this sort of tournament has taken down barriers and created better

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communication in the community, especially with young people. It was

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my first encounter with the police, I normally see them day-to-day on

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the streets, but we are seeing a different insight into their

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personalities and who they are, they seem like human beings. Hopefully

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this will be the start of something concrete between us. The Somaliland

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team had beaten six other squads to face the South Wales Police select

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11 including format professionals. Last year the police defeated the

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Yemeni team. The boys have worked hard to get here and obviously it's

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a great occasion. Hopefully we the back. You have the experience.

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You are going to have to start talking to him, pulling the strings.

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You do this week in week out. That is where we are going to win the

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game. After 12 matches played by over 120 players it has come down to

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the Somaliland 11 taking on the police, watched by over 600

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spectators. It's all about understanding the communities and

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understanding them, they understand us, building bridges and confidence.

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understanding them, they understand to give them a better game. That's

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it from Sport Wales for this week, good luck to the Cardiff Devils this

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weekend, it would be nice to see some silverware.

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# Someone should have told me all the rules

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# April Fools # Now I'm your fool

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# April Fools # April Fools

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# It wasn't many days ago we met # And I believe in every word you

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said

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