O’Driscoll opened the RBS 6 Nations with a man-of-the-match performance headlined by the genius that created the opening try for Simon Zebo, but also notable for his own touch down and a frenzied shift in defence. “The big thing is trying to be fit and getting as close to 100% fit as you possibly can when you take to the pitch,” said O’Driscoll. “I felt good against Wales, my ankles both felt good, as did all the other bumps and bruises. If you can start games that way you have every chance of putting in a half decent performance.” Brian O’Driscoll hopes his battered body does not betray him as he embarks on a potentially career-defining six months that began in virtuoso fashion with Ireland’s 30-22 victory over Wales. He added: “Who doesn’t like man of the match? They are few and far between these days, but when they’re there you enjoy them.” Wales assistant coach Shaun Edwards described O’Driscoll as “the difference between the two teams” while Ireland coach Declan Kidney declared “the bottom line is you would love to have the guy around forever”. But having witnessed a pulsating championship opener in Cardiff that consisted of an almost-uninterrupted second half of defensive bravery from the Irish, Kidney sounded a note of caution over the inevitable physical toll. “If you look at the performance he put in, that’s not easy on the body,” Kidney said. “Huge credit to him, given the amount of game time he has had, to come out and give such an international-class performance like he did.” Kidney’s decision to relieve O’Driscoll of the Ireland captaincy – a post he has held with distinction since 2004 – and award it to Jamie Heaslip was widely debated before the Six Nations. It could yet prove a masterstroke, inspiring a reaction from a player able to concentrate on his own game, even if the Leinster centre insists his role remains the same. “The captaincy doesn’t make any difference, I still see myself as a leader in the team and helping Jamie out where I can,” he said. “You don’t play any differently if you’re captain, you always try to lead by the way you play.” Press Association
– Playoffs set for November 11 THE Meadowbrook Gardens Tarmac will serve as the battleground for the opening round of the playoffs section in the 2017 edition of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ football championship Georgetown Zone.This information was disclosed by the coordinators of the annual championship. The event which is eagerly anticipated, is slated to kick-off on Saturday, November 11 at the Meadowbrook Facility with the first round of elimination matches. The registration timeline ends on Wednesday November 8th.According to the coordinators, “The playoff matches will be staged at the Meadowbrook Gardens Tarmac and possibly also at the East Ruimveldt Community Centre, which is popularly known as California Square.”The coordinators disclosed, “The reasons for taking the games to those venues is because we wanted to go back into the communities, which is core to the success of the tournament. Meadowbrook in particular is a new village to the street football scene and in an effort to promote the sport, we want to take games to those areas. We need to diversify the tournament in order to attract new folks to the event, so taking the event to other new venues in the future is a possibility.”The coordinators further declared, “Teams have been very active in the registration period. We are on course for a record number of entrants which shows of the growing interest and appeal of the tournament.”According to the controllers of the event, forms can be uplifted at the Banks DIH Limited ‘Caesars Place’ Durban Street location. The registration document can also be uplifted from Referee Coordinator, Wayne Griffith on 697-7777.With 16 teams already given automatic berths to the group round, the initial elimination tournament will be utilized to select the other 16 teams that will form the final 32 for the round-robin stage.The confirmed venues for the main draw of the championship are Demerara Park, National Cultural Centre Tarmac, Burnham Basketball Court, Albouystown Tarmac and the East Ruimveldt Tarmac.The official playing dates are November 22nd, 23rd, 25th, 30th, December 2nd, 7th, 9th, 14th, with the grand finale slated for Saturday 16th.Winner of the overall event will walk-away with $500,000 and the championship trophy. They will also represent the region in the National Playoffs.On the other hand, the runner-up will pocket $250,000 and the respective accolade.Meanwhile, the third and fourth place finishers for the event will collect $200,000 and $100,000, respectively, and the corresponding trophies.
The following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety daily incident log between Sunday, Feb. 20, and Monday, Feb. 21. View Roundup 02-23 in a larger mapCrimes against propertyAt 5:05 p.m. on Feb, 20, a suspect smashed the passenger-side window of a car on Jefferson Boulevard and Royal Street to gain entry, and removed a laptop computer, a pair of headphones, miscellaneous clothing and a backpack. DPS officers were flagged down by a witness and located the suspect during a search of the area, but he managed to elude them. The suspect abandoned the property while being pursued, and it was subsequently recovered by the officers.Miscellaneous incidentsat 5:51 p.m. on Feb. 21, DPS officers responded to Webb Tower to check on the welfare of a student after a friend reported receiving a message from her in which she claimed that she was going to harm herself. The student was unharmed when contacted by the officers and they placed her in contact with an on-call counselor at the Student Counseling Center. The officers cleared the scene after the student was determined not to be a danger to herself or others.At 5:05 p.m. on Feb. 21, a suspect claiming to be a bank representative entered the USC Credit Union Building with a staff member and attempted to get him to withdraw money from his account in order to satisfy a past due mortgage. A teller recognized the situation as being suspicious and when she pulled the staff member aside to speak to a manager the suspect fled. DPS officers responded and conducted a search but were unable to locate the suspect.At 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 20, DPS officers responded to a student who sustained abrasions to his face when a parking control arm on 34th Street and Trousdale Parkway lowered and struck him as he walked past it. The officers examined the student and offered transportation for medical treatment, but he declined and was released to seek it on his own.
In the Mid the U21A hurling crown was claimed by Thurles Sarsfields, who defeated Loughmore-Castleiney 1-16 to 1-8.Upperchurch-Drombane beat Moyne/Templetuohy 4-7 to 1-10 in the division’s U21B hurling final.In the West the U21A hurling final between Cappawhite/Treacys and Clonoutly/Rossmore was postponed but the B hurling decider did go ahead – Lattin-Cullen Gaels beat Galtee Rovers/Emly 1-11 to 0-10.