ANOTHER successful day of sport for agencies and departments within the Ministry of Agriculture went down on Friday last at the National Park in Georgetown with Guyana Sugar Corporation (GUYSUCO) retaining their cricket championship in the feature event.Playing in cloudy and humid conditions, Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) won the toss and asked the defending champions to bat and after their allotted 10 overs, GUYSUCO reached an imposing 172-4.GUYSUCO started miserably when Adrian Singh was dismissed off the first ball of the match but his fellow opener, Troy Matterson and the stylish Andy Mohan added a match-winning second wicket partnership of 121 in just over seven overs.Mohan who began aggressively, smashed 73 from 28 balls with 8 sixes and 4 fours while Matterson accelerated after Mohan was dismissed scored on 80 from 27 balls with 9 sixes and 5 fours.Keith Salroop who got the early wicket finished with 1/19 while Travis Fung 1/40 was the other successful wicket taker for GRDB.In reply, GRBD struggled to keep up with the required run rate and stumbled to 107/7 innings closed. Only Jared Persaud (40) and A. Sharma (30) offered any resistance to the skilled GUYSUCO bowling which was lead by Matterson (2/28) and Mohan (2/6). GUYSUCO won by 65 runs and took their fourth consecutive cricket title.At the presentation ceremony, Troy Matterson was named Man- of- the -Match in the final and was also the tournament’s leading run scorer with 238 runs while Arnim Griffith of the Hydroment Service was the best bowler with six scalps.In other events of the day, National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) retained their domino title as well after overcoming Mahaica Mahaicony and Abary Agricultural Development Authority (MMA) and GUYSUCO in the final while MMA beat GRDB in the cards final for their fourth consecutive title as well.There was added excitement with the novelty games which saw good participation by persons from the various departments and agencies. Like the sporting events, the winners of the novelty events won trophies, medals, hampers and other tangible prizes that were presented at the closing ceremony.The day began with the march pass of athletes from the agencies where Deputy Permanent Secretaries, Aretha Henry (Admin) and Dacia Ferguson (Finance) and Technical Development Officer (TDO) of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Seon Erskine took the salute.In her welcome remarks, Henry encouraged the athletes be good ambassadors of their agencies and to take the opportunity to bond with colleagues from the other departments while Erskine praised the Ministry of Agriculture for being the only government agency to have a day of sports.The NSC TDO further stated that sport unites a nation and was happy that so many different persons with so many different skill set professionally and from so many different parts of the country can come together because of sport.The annual sports day wraps up Agriculture month which is observed annually in October and has seen increase in participation every year.At the closing ceremony, trophies and other prizes were presented to all winners including the Fisherie Department won the basketball competition, Guyana School of Agriculture (GSA) were crowned champions of the volleyball competition, NDIA took the table tennis title, MMA won the football championship, Guyana School of Agriculture (GSA) and the Fisheries Department were tied for first place in circle tennis and the Hydromet Service who won the march pass.
All week long, we heard the narrative, the hype, the history — all about this vaunted “rematch” between No. 4 USC and Texas.Never mind that it had been more than a decade since that infamous Rose Bowl game. Never mind that most of the players in Saturday’s game weren’t yet teenagers when Vince Young scampered in for that back-breaking touchdown to win the 2006 national championship. Never mind that USC is a playoff contender while Texas isn’t even ranked.None of that mattered to FOX, the network broadcasting Saturday’s matchup, which showed countless promos and flashbacks featuring that game. Or to either USC or Texas, both of which brought out their stars to Los Angeles. Matt Leinart. Vince Young. Matthew McConaughey.OK, one of those three didn’t play in that 2006 game. But randomly seeing the movie star and Longhorns supporter on the sidelines was quite a scene. And it very much contributed to the game’s buildup.“We tried to settle [the hype] down, but it kept coming back — TV commercials and everything like that,” redshirt senior safety Chris Hawkins said. “It’s not like we don’t see those things. They always want to make that a big part of the game. They brought all their players back. We brought all our players back. They had celebrities on their sideline. We had celebrities on our sideline.”Concocting storylines in sports, though, rarely works out. Yes, this was a matchup between two storied programs that once combined for one of the greatest college football games ever. And yes, this is what probably drew over 84,000 fans to the Coliseum on Saturday.But it wasn’t what made the game special. Nobody is going to compare Saturday’s game to the 2006 Rose Bowl and argue that it was just as good, or that USC had “redeemed” itself in some way — because it didn’t. This USC team is not out to avenge the sorrows of the 2005 team; rather, it is trying to pave its own legacy, its own chapter of greatness. And Saturday’s thrilling double-overtime win over Texas that took every ounce of energy this team could muster was proof it doesn’t need to live in the glory days of the past to be a force in the present.“We knew [the game] was important to our fanbase, but it was 12 years ago,” head coach Clay Helton said. “To a lot of these kids, they were just 6 years old. It was more important for us, for our season.”Because let’s be honest: If this was truly a rematch of that epic game, then both teams’ first half performances were an insult to everything that the 2006 Rose Bowl represented. Nobody could convert on fourth down. There were fumbles and interceptions and pick-sixes and missed field goals and dropped catches and punts — lots of punts. It was an ugly game, a snooze-fest until the first points finally came with five minutes left in the second quarter, and then again in the second half until redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold came to life late in the fourth quarter and overtime and added to his legend at USC.Here’s what made this game special. It was the fact that USC overcame a hungry and feisty Texas team led by a head coach in Tom Herman, who entered the game 6-0 all-time against ranked opponents. It was the fact that USC found a way to win despite having no run game whatsoever and with Darnold MIA for a majority of regulation. It was the fact that, in a game in which USC could have easily seen its hype train careen off the rails, the Trojans stayed poised and patient, and hung in there despite not bringing their A-game.“In the middle of the second quarter, I was like, ‘Dang. This Texas defense really has our number, to be honest,’” Darnold said.And it did. To watch a dynamic talent in Darnold and a deadly 1-2 running back punch in junior Ronald Jones II and freshman Stephen Carr all sputter was frustrating, and the longer the struggles carried on, the more the thought that Texas could pull the upset crept into everyone’s head.The Longhorns, in fact, were 45 seconds away from doing so. They had already achieved their version of the Vince Young “he’s-going-for-the-corner” play when quarterback Sam Ehlinger found Armanti Foreman in the end zone to give Texas a 17-14 lead late in the fourth quarter.But this time, there would be no regrets for USC, no failed Reggie Bush lateral or Pete Carroll not putting Bush on the field on fourth-and-two. This time, there was only Darnold, with the game — and national championship hopes on the line — marching the Trojans down the field, throwing one clutch strike after another: a miraculous jump pass to Carr, a money throw to redshirt senior wide receiver Steven Mitchell Jr. that set up the game-tying field goal to force overtime as the Coliseum went delirious. “I don’t think I’ll ever forget in my life, the best two-minute drive I’ve ever been associated with,” Helton said. And then the touchdown bullet to junior wide receiver Deontay Burnett on the first play of overtime, the strip by redshirt sophomore linebacker Christian Rector in double-overtime, the game-winning field goal by walk-on freshman placekicker Chase McGrath that conjured up 2017 Rose Bowl flashbacks — pure ecstasy, even a bit of numbness wondering what the hell you just watched. So, perhaps there was something in this game for everyone. For the old-timers, there was the sense of satisfaction of finally beating Texas. For the newer crowd, there was a thrilling win, a gritty performance and a massive sigh of relief. But most importantly, for the players, it didn’t matter. “It’s a win,” Darnold said. “I don’t know where it ranks.” It would be hard-pressed to rank any game higher than the 2006 Rose Bowl. But then again, Darnold was 8 years old at the time. Right now, the 20-year-old Darnold and his teammates are carving out their own legacy. And more than just a rematch, Saturday’s game was another step toward accomplishing what the 2005 team couldn’t do.Eric He is a junior studying journalism. He is also the associate managing editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Mondays.
Related Articles Lords Committee calls for ‘reliable facts’ on gambling habits & impacts July 3, 2019 Share Share SIS may appeal High Court judgement on ARC data rights May 8, 2019 StumbleUpon BHA launches report analysing Chinese influence in UK racing June 25, 2019 Submit After an identity mix-up with two of his horses at Southwell last month, trainer Ivan Furtado has been handed a £2,000 fine by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). The mix-up at Southwell was the second time an incident like this has happened within six months, after an incident at Yarmouth last July that saw Fyre Cay, the well-backed odds-on favourite for the opening two‑year-old contest, edged out by 50/1 shot Mandarin Princess, only for it later to emerge that the wrong horse, Millie’s Kiss had run and won the race. Leaving many punters equally as angry as out of pocket. The events have led to the BHA signalling its intention to implement further steps to ensure that this type of incident isn’t repeated. Issuing a statement after the meeting at Southwell, the BHA stated: “The fact that the horses were not correctly identified on the racecourse was as a result of human error and not a technological fault. Where appropriate, steps are being taken internally to address the performance-related issues that arise from these errors.”Furtado was subsequently fined £1,000 pound for each horse, after a panel deemed that “the ultimate responsibility for the true identification of a horse to run in a race under rules lies with the trainer.”The Doncaster based trainer responded: “I wanted to get as low a fine as possible but I made a mistake and I have to pay for that. I will learn from it and make sure it doesn’t happen again.“As we are learning, I hope the BHA is learning as well. I want to apologise to the public and to the owners involved. I hope we won’t be talking about this ever again.”Furthermore, following the trial the BHA emphasised that it would be taking “positive and swift action” in order to improve technology in its horse identification process.