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WELL, it seems I came under a bit
of criticism last month for using
the word ‘well’ quite a lot. Well it’s
lucky I didn’t regale the tale of when
I wasn’t feeling very well and went to
get some water from the local well.
And suddenly my eyes began to well
with tears of joy, because, well, the
water tasted well good.
But childish games aside, onto
sports. This month seems to primar-
pedal to
ily centre on rugby league. First up is
the Super League Final (Sat 4 Oct
the medal
at Old Trafford). At the minute last
year’s winners, Leeds Rhinos, are
doing a great job of keeping up mo-
mentum. That momentum, in case
THERE aren’t many people who can describe what
WALES welcome New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and
you were wondering, is the fact that
winning an Olympic gold medal feels like, but Cardiff’s
Australia to the Millennium Stadium this autumn, and as
they are widely considered to be the
Geraint Thomas is one of those few, having just returned
usual hopes are high for a Southern Hemisphere scalp.
best club team in the world. However,
from Beijing victorious in the cycling team pursuit. Not
Warren Gatland’s men return to action following the
and slightly more excitingly, the rug-
only that, but the team – comprising Thomas, Bradley
summer’s educational tour to South Africa with the
by league World Cup (Sat 25 Oct-
Wiggins, Paul Manning and Ed Clancy – smashed their
IRB’s new Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) and
Sat 22 Nov) starts this month in
own world record in the process, a pretty impressive ad-
injury concerns over several key personnel hanging
Australia. And come on, who doesn’t
dition to what has already been a spectacular year. “I was
over their head.
enjoy a World Cup? It runs for just
just kind of autopilot for ages afterwards,” 22-year-old
Scrum-half Mike Philips and defensive-general Gavin Henson
under a month and should promise
Geraint told Buzz. “I guess it was a mixture of half elation
are expected to return to action for the Ospreys in October
all the soap opera spectacle that
and half relief. I just fl oated for the next two days.”
and Wales’ success may well hinge on their availability.
comes with such a tournament.
Cycling since the age of 10, Thomas, from the Whitchurch
As always, combating the ferocious back rows of the All
Now this is more news than event,
area of Cardiff, began his training with the Maindy Flyers.
Blacks, Springboks and Wallabies will be high on the list
but cricket fans should know that the
“I took part in races all over the country, just having a
of priorities. The seemingly invincible Martyn Williams
20twenty Champions League tourna-
good time.” From here his career stepped up a gear, fi rst
will be crucial in outwitting George Smith of the Wal-
ment that was supposed to kick off this
winning silver at the 2004 Junior European Champion-
labies and the mercurial Richie McCaw of the All Blacks.
month has been put back ’til Decem-
ships before becoming the youngest rider in last year’s
Out wide, Wales have the fi nishing power to match any side.
ber. This should be an exciting tourna-
Tour de France and this year turning pro.
Shane Williams’ stunning scores against Bryan Habana
ment to watch, as it’s an attempt to
Support for this year’s Olympic team has been, Thomas
and South Africa over the summer proved this, but securing
push cricket into the fast lane. I’m not
says, phenomenal – both here and in China. “There were
enough ball to feed the undoubtedly competitive backline
the biggest cricket fan myself but hell,
loads of Brits in the crowd, which I didn’t really expect.
will be the real challenge facing Ryan Jones’ pack.
even I might start watching it for this.
Their support was unbelievable,” he says. And, despite ap-
The Autumn Internationals always provide a feast of
Right. Golf. The World Match Play
pearing on the BBC’s Friday Night With Jonathan Ross the
rugby for fans, and Gatland’s Wales side face the daunting
Championships (Thurs 9-Sun 12)
day before speaking to Buzz, he hasn’t quite got used to his
challenge of fulfi lling the promise shown in their Grand
hits Wentworth this month. This is
new-found recognition. A hero’s welcome upon his return to
Slam triumph; he’ll be baying at the opportunity to upset his
golf with a different scoring system.
his home city was, he says, fantastic, but also “Really strange
countrymen when New Zealand pack down on 22 November.
The player earns points based on each
– people who didn’t even know us were happy we did so well.”
After a strong Tri Nations for New Zealand and the Wal-
hole rather than tallying them all up at
From here, more success beckons for the Welshman. Having
labies, Wales will have their work cut out to cause an
the end. I personally think it adds a bit
recently taken part in the Tour of Britain, he’s looking forward
upset. As always the home roar of the Millennium Sta-
of edge to proceedings.
to improving on his Tour de France debut, as well as to his
dium should provide a fitting stage to some fascinating
And that’s all for this month sports
fi rst pro win. Not to mention the small matter of London 2012.
contests, with an added spice given the status of Wales
fans. Until next time.
as unofficial champions of Europe. HUW BAINES
Because we’re all so lazy and would rather settle down and Take a sneaky peak at this teaser
watch Paula Radcliffe’s desperate drumsticks fail miserably image for the new Welsh rugby
elsewhere in the world, the organisers of the capital’s heart- strip, designed by Under Armour,
pumping event, the Cardiff Marathon, last year halved the run- who recently signed a four-year
ning distance and aptly re-named it the Cardiff Half Marathon, deal to supply the Wales kit. The
scrapping the original 26-mile run altogether. super-durable and body contoured
The half marathon event though, returns to the city’s streets attire will be worn by the boys
on Sun 19 Oct and will total 13.1miles (21.1km) of ground. at the Invesco Perpetual Series
Teeing off on Museum Avenue, thousands of glucose-guzzling games this November.
roadrunners will wind their way through Cardiff in aid of
children’s charity, Barnardo’s, as well as a host of other worth-
To win your own authentic
while organisations. Info:
shirt, turn to page 70!
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