From Wrexham to Australia, we cover all of the major talking points in what was an unforgettable week of highs and lows in sport
A sporting year of excellence for Wales was capped off superbly by Wrexham lifting the FA Trophy earlier this year and the club started their cup defense strongly with a hard-earned victory over minnows Gresley FC.
Wrexham ploughed up and down the pitch but rarely sparkled in what should have been a relatively routine win. Johnny Hunt scored in the opener in the 17th minute with an effort which bulged the top corner before Andy Morell looked like putting the game to bed just before half-time to make it 2-0 to the hosts.
But the lesser opposition fought with courage to pull back a goal late on to set up a nervy finish in which Wrexham stuck to their guns.
Elsewhere, local lads Prestatyn were thumped by Welsh supremos TNS which came after the Seasiders had enjoyed a massive 2-1 win over Bala late in November.
The national side went down to a disheartening loss against a spirited Australia side, further adding to the belief of a mental block when facing the rivals from down under.
Recent ties have been fraught and this one was no different with the final score being a close 26-30 to the visitors. George North had a particularly bright day after converting well but it was Wales’ leaky defence that saw them lose at the Millenium Stadium. The challenge now is for Wales to gain the upper hand over the Australians and to try and get over this now apparent psychological downfall.
In other news, Carmarthenshire born Mike Phillips has joined French club Racing Metro after two months without a club.
Olympic double-gold winner Tom James has retired from the boat after success at London 2012.
James claimed the second of his gold medals in the coxless fours and the man from Wrexham has decided to call it a career this week after a glittering career in rowing.
Elsewhere, reports suggest that the Slateman marathon is going to be sold out before Christmas so entrants are advised to snap one up quick!
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