O’Donnell dazzles in Munster win

first_img However, Anthony Foley will be disappointed with the manner of his side’s performance, particularly as they allowed the Italians in for three tries – the last of them scored by winger Simone Ragusi with six minutes remaining. The five-point return does at least ensure that Munster are back in second place in the PRO12 table, just a point ahead of Ulster whom they meet at Kingspan Stadium in a fortnight’s time. Foley’s men were on the scoreboard within four minutes, Keatley landing his first place-kick from the right after referee Ben Whitehouse penalised Treviso for back-chat. Munster set a high tempo in attack and winger Zebo proved unstoppable from a few metres out on the left as he crashed over for the opening try. Keatley’s conversion attempt came back off the left post. Try number two followed by the end of the first quarter as number eight Stander made it over from a close-in ruck after Andrew Smith was hauled down just short. Keatley’s radar was off again from the conversion. Treviso knuckled down in the second quarter and notched a try from their first meaningful attack. Number eight Mat Luamanu was driven over from a second ground-gaining lineout maul that had Munster in plenty of trouble. Jayden Hayward supplied the extras for a 13-7 scoreline and Munster, although guilty of some lacklustre play, ramped things up again in sight of the interval. Zebo and Keith Earls were ever-willing runners and prop Dave Kilcoyne had a notable charge up the left wing. A timely third try arrived via a lovely lineout move as quick ball allowed Conor Murray to send fleet-footed flanker O’Donnell barrelling through to score on his 100th Munster appearance. Keatley’s conversion left 13 points between the sides. Press Association A try from man of the match Tommy O’Donnell on the stroke of half-time had Munster leading 20-7, that scoreline owing much to a lively first quarter which included unconverted scores from Simon Zebo and CJ Stander. Andrea Pratichetti’s 42nd-minute effort gave Treviso some early momentum in the second half, before Ian Keatley replied with a penalty and Munster established clear dominance in the scrum to win a clinching penalty try. Munster maintained their challenge for a home Guinness PRO12 semi-final with a 30-19 bonus point victory over Benetton Treviso at Irish Independent Park. However, the Italians wasted little time in responding. Barely two minutes after the restart, Sam Christie darted and dummied his way through the Munster defence and passed for supporting centre Pratichetti to finish off by the posts with Hayward converting. Keatley broke up a real purple patch for Treviso with a vital interception, and he then booted his second successful penalty after his half-back partner Murray went close to touching down from a ruck. Front-rowers Eusebio Guinazu and BJ Botha had the desired impact off the Munster bench, winning successive scrum penalties. The hosts used a penalty, five metres out, to drive Treviso backwards again in the set-piece and the sustained pressure led to a deserved penalty try. Keatley converted the bonus-point score, but second-from-bottom Treviso battled on with Christie and Hayward continuing to ask questions of an under-pressure Munster defence. Although Ragusi finished well in the right corner, their push for a losing bonus point fell short. last_img read more

Football: Well, you can’t win ’em all

first_imgI usually wake up on Saturday mornings with low expectations for our Badgers.“Maybe they win, maybe they lose,” I tell myself without a care in the world.Though, every week, as it gets closer and closer to kick off, my attitude takes a sharp turn.By 10 a.m., I was getting jittery.It’s gameday baby! May the power of Chryst compel you!— Badger Herald Sports (@BHeraldSports) October 13, 2018The mind begins to reel with possibilities for the night ahead.Gosh, just the thought of all the action punter Anthony Lotti was going to get was giving me chills.As gametime rapidly approaches, what do we think for tonight’s showdown in Ann Arbor?— Badger Herald Sports (@BHeraldSports) October 13, 2018Well, at least I was right on that one.Soon, I had my mind made up, my heart was primed to be shattered — this Badger team had a date with destiny.After all, we do have the best quarterback in the Big Ten, I thought foolishly. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook has been lights out all year! Did you see that game-winning drive in Iowa? Boy, has that fella turned a corner!The more pictures I see of 6 foot 8 Michigan Tight End Zach Gentry looking huge, the more I doubt this will be the one the Badger secondary finally figures it out. pic.twitter.com/Skj8Yr3Tw4— Badger Herald Sports (@BHeraldSports) October 13, 2018D’Cota Dixon was ruled out for the game.As the old expression goes, “You don’t want to start a game in Ann Arbor with two inexperienced safeties who haven’t started a game in their life.”The game began, and things looked promising. Running back Jonathan Taylor was doing his thing, finding daylight and exploding through it, carrying Wolverine defenders in tow as he shuffled for more yardage.The offensive line was doing their part.Then Hornibrook dropped back to pass — the ball was headed straight for a Michigan defender, oh no! Then, a fortuitous bounce! Wisconsin ball! Things will be fine!Things would not be fine.If those are the kinds of throws Hornibrook is going to be making it’s gonna be a long night— Badger Herald Sports (@BHeraldSports) October 13, 2018Then, the rest was history, which is my way of saying I’d rather not relive it.Please email wstern@badgerherald.com to explain why roughing the snapper is all of a sudden a thingSure, we hung on in the first half. But teams that allow an 81-yard rush to the opposing quarterback generally don’t win that football game.Waking up this morning after a Badger loss pic.twitter.com/7VC94d09LP— Badger Herald Sports (@BHeraldSports) October 14, 2018It was a rough weekend … at least Taylor rushed for 101 yards.Though suddenly, my mood shifted.Hey! At least the red & white scrimmage is coming up!— Badger Herald Sports (@BHeraldSports) October 14, 2018It’s almost that time of year again!Badger basketball! It’s like Badger football except for this time the heartbreak is on the hardwood.Brad Davison, year two — revenge of the collarbone.Ethan Happ’s final go-round, will he learn to shoot from 15 feet?Can Aleem Ford, Brevin Pritzel, D’Mitrick Trice and co. take that next step?So many questions, so little time.I’m ready to be hurt again.last_img read more

McCann Named MVC Track Athlete Of The Week

first_imgDrake University’s Robert McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Track Athlete of the Week, the league announced Tuesday, April 5.McCann earned the weekly honor by winning his heat of the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:47.35 at the Stanford Invitational on Friday. His time was just three seconds off his personal best in the event.  At the time of the race, his finish was the fastest in the nation and currently ranks as the ninth fastest in the nation, sixth fastest in the West region and the fastest in the MVC by nearly eight seconds. In his race, he defeated competitors from Washington State, Arizona, Colorado, Tulsa and Penn.The Drake University track and field team is set to compete this weekend at the Ottawa Braves Invitational on April 9 in Ottawa, Kan.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgCllr Doherty in Killygordon today where ‘No’ has been painted outside homes which don’t want water metersIRISH Water contractors are continuing to instal meters at homes in Killygordon today – but only homes where the occupants are away or at work.Local community activists have agreed with the contractors that meters will not be installed at homes where the owners don’t want them.Cllr Gary Doherty reached a deal where the word ‘No’ has been painted at the entrance to homes in Dromore Park where home owners do not want meters. However contractors are continuing to dig holes and instal meters where residents are not at home.“We cannot object on their behalf unfortunately,” said Cllr Doherty today.“We have had another very successful day here following the successes in Castlefinn yesterday.“However we are unable to stop workers from installing meters at homes where the home owner wants a meter of where the home owner is away.” He said the stand-off this morning had been “very tense” and Gardaí were called. However the protests were peaceful throughout.One local resident warned: “I’d advise anyone who is at work and can get off to get home quickly to stop meters being installed.”Irish Water contractors are now filling in holes dug earlier at homes where residents have objected to water meters being fitted. SHOCK FOR RESIDENTS AS IRISH WATER FIT METERS AT EMPTY HOMES was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CLLR GARY DOHERTYcontractorsIrish WaterKillygordonproteststand-offlast_img read more