Brian O’Driscoll believes Australia captain James Horwill is “a lucky boy” after he was cleared to play the second Test against the British and Irish Lions as his citing for stamping was dismissed. “Whether it was intentional or not there’s only one person who knows that.” The Lions play Melbourne Rebels on Tuesday in their final tour game before the second and third Tests against the Wallabies. Centre O’Driscoll, who is playing on his fourth Lions tour, insists the decision to clear Horwill has not changed the way Warren Gatland’s side will prepare for the all-important second Test, where a win would clinch their first series win since 1997. “You get these rulings on occasion and you get the rub of the green but it doesn’t change our attitude,” he told HSBC’s Lions Weekly. “We want to go out and play the best Aussie team that we can do and he’s definitely part of that.” Press Association Lock Horwill faced a disciplinary hearing for an incident involving Alun-Wyn Jones in the third minute of the Lions’ 23-21 victory at Suncorp Stadium last Saturday. The 28-year-old combative second row was cleared by the panel following a hearing which lasted almost four hours over the incident which left Jones needing stitches. “He’s a lucky boy. He knows it himself,” O’Driscoll said of Horwill.
PIZZA Hut GCC mauled GCC Spartans 7-0 when the Guyana Hockey Board (GHB)-organised Woodpecker Products-sponsored Women’s Hockey League got underway last Monday at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground.Tricia Fiedtkou opened the scoring for the winners in the ninth minute and 15 minutes later Marrana Fiedtkou made it 2-0 for the winners. Kerensa Fernandes then closed off the first half with a 28th minute goal to give Pizza Hut GCC a commanding 3-0 lead.However, it was Under-21 player Aliyah Gordon, who played for the senior national team and who stole the spotlight in the second segment with a helmet-trick, with goals raining in the 40th, 54th, 57th and 58th minutes to give Pizza Hut GCC a 7-0 win.She already had two goals from her last game against Old Fort Shooting Stars so her tally is now six and she has overtaken Sonia Jardine who scored five in the first game.The last field goal Jardine scored in the 58th minute. She showed great skill and speed, eliminating two defenders before dribbling the goalkeeper and walking into the goal with the ball.During last Monday’s game, Spartans had quite a few tries that were futile. This team is showing that the players will not be mauled by the more experienced team after Woodpecker Hikers were only able to score two goals the day before.
Golden Race’s virtual sports products get Swedish certification June 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Golden Race gains ISO certification May 29, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share The industry wakes up to virtual sports potential June 26, 2020 Golden Race CEO Martin Wachter told delegates at the Betting on Football conference that “what works in real betting doesn’t always work in virtuals”, while more realistic odds and outcomes is more important to the customer than the best graphics.Speaking on the ‘Let’s get digital: where now for virtual sports’ panel at last week’s event, he explained how Golden Race disrupted the virtual sports sector through a focus on low budget hardware, particularly for countries in Africa.“I learned all my life that if you want to become big, you watch for the biggest and try to challenge him,” said Wachter. “For me, Inspired was the biggest virtual sports company in the industry, so we thought how can we challenge this company? If we go on the visual side, it would be very difficult, but we thought we could compete in other areas.“So, instead we focused more on the hardware and how it is used in the betting shop. It was clear that if you want to be successful in continents like Africa, you need to find a solution where you can run your business on a very low budget hardware. “Whereas if you have the highest quality graphics, you are more limited as to where you can go with the hardware.”Africa is a key justification of another of Golden Race’s key principles, which is to avoid stretching resources too far to cover too many sports, instead focusing on “where the most money is made” – namely soccer and in some cases dogs or horses.Explaining how 85% of the Golden Race business comes from the company’s soccer portfolio – now headlined by 3D Virtual Football – Wachter referenced Nigeria, an African country in which the company takes 12/13 million tickets each day from retail outlets where there is often just one TV dedicated solely to virtual football.Wachter added that Golden Race has adopted the ‘Beyond Virtuals’ strapline because virtual sports is not just having nice graphics, but more about the complete gaming experience.He suggested that if graphics drive the product and the player base, Golden Race would not be here today, “competing in the top three for virtual sports betting providers”. However, to justify his openness to innovation, he did mention a big spend on mobile, to a point where the company is now taking 5 million tickets a day in Africa on mobile alone.“We know that a lot of players skip the events,” he said. “So, really they just want to understand the following: Do I have a realistic chance to win? Does the way they do the odds make sense? And does the outcome make sense? It’s so important to have realistic odds that players understand, but you have to tune them a little bit.”