Know Your Sport Kids

08-Feabhra-18
Know Your Sport Kids

May Update 2

Real Madrid have just won the Champions League by beating Liverpool 3-1, a 4th victory in the last five years. Gareth Bale scored one of the greatest CL final goals of all-time.

Unfortunately, the final might instead be remembered for some dreadful goal-keeping errors by Liverpool’s Karius. He had a night to forget, let’s hope he comes back stronger from the experience.

Daniel Ricciardo won the Monaco Grand Prix. He completed an unbelievable drive, where his car lost power. He ended up driving for 50+ laps with Vettel directly behind him, but held on for victory.

Competition Update

Sean Fitzsimons retains the lead from Owen O’Connell, but Owen did end his barren spell of not scoring any points in May.

Biggest move is by Muireann O’Flaherty, who moves into the Top 5. Muireann was the only student out of 115 entries to correctly predict both the Real Madrid victory and Monaco Grand Prix. Excellent work.

Aoibhinn McHale moves up one spot into 3rd place.

Kayla Cox, Conor Langan Monahan and James McGuinn also move back onto the leaderboard

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Below are the correct selections from the May results highlighted in green.

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May Update 1

Mark Williams won the World Snooker championship, 15 years after he had last one it. He had planned to retire last year, but his wife convinced him to continue playing. Good decision. He was one of the “Other” selections.

Mo Salah takes the Golden Boot in the Premier League after an epic end of season battle with Harry Kane. Liverpool decided not to rest him ahead of the Champions League final, and that decision paid off nicely. 32 goals in his first season for Liverpool. Mo Salah was barely mentioned at the start of the year as a possible top-scorer, but he was truly amazing for Liverpool.

Chelsea beat Man United 1-0 in the FA Cup final, in a low scoring affair.

Any match where José Mourinho manages nowadays seems to be low scoring.

Competition Update

New leader in the student competition, Sean Fitzsimons takes the lead from Owen O’Connell.

Owen hasn’t gotten any points yet in May, but Sean and John Duignan have taken advantage of this lapse to move into the Top 2 positions.

Both John and Sean have gotten 6 of the 9 predictions so far correct, Owen has 5 correct.

We have a nice few new entries onto the leaderboard. Welcome to the party Kay Brennan, Lily & Caoimhe Shelley, Patrick Maloney, Rose Denton and Siofra Murphy.

Kay in particular has moved up 33 places, really nice work.

Also great to see in the Top 12, we have an equal representation from girls and boys.

Best of luck to all.

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Below are the correct selections from the May results highlighted in green.

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Two more selections to go in May, here are the Scoil Mhuire Student Selections

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April Update

The US Masters golf has finished. While the Sunday started with a large amount of Irish expectation, Rory McIllroy’s challenge for the green jacket faded as he dropped down to Tied 5th place.

The selection of “Other” in the US Masters was the winner, with Patrick Reed winning the green jacket.

In the Aintree Grand National, 12 horses made it around the 4.5 mile track, with a really exciting photo finish deciding the winner

Competition Update

No Rory McIllroy type problems for Owen O’Connell, who has surged to the top of the leaderboard. Owen seems to know a lot about sport in spring, with 5 of the 6 selections in March and April correct.

Great work Owen, we bow to your amazing sports knowledge

Aoibhinn McHale has had contrasting fortunes too. 0 points in March, and a perfect set of answers in April to rocket up from Tied 57th place to Tied 4th. This is a great sign for any students who haven’t gotten any selections correct yet. It only takes a very short space of time to climb the leaderboard and challenge for the title.

Alice & Emily Kyne, James Walshe and Kayla Cox have all shown similar levels of improvement. They have all jumped 45 places and sit just outside the Top 10.

Are you ready to make your move? Snooker, soccer and Formula 1 to come in May.

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Below are the correct selections from the April results highlighted in green.

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March Update

Ireland has done really well at the Cheltenham horse racing festival.

17 winners is nearly a record haul.

A similar level of expertise is being shown by Joseph Jacoub Maher, the only student in Scoil Mhuire who has predicted the first 3 events correctly.

In fact, only one adult can match this amazing feat.

Take a bow, Joseph.

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Competition Update

The three students who had been tied with Evan on 12 points have been joined by Conor O’Reilly and Pierce Grealy.

All 5 have been passed by four new entrants to the leaderboard update. Eimear McDonagh, James McGuinn, Owen O’Connell and Sean Fitzsimons have benefitted from Ireland’s performance at Cheltenham, and are up to 14 points.

Not to worry for the 102 students with either 0 or 5 points so far. There have only been 3 out of 25 results in so far. A long way to go, a lot of action yet to come.

April’s updates will be for horse-racing, golf and snooker. A fine mix, does Joseph have similar knowledge of these events? Time will tell.

Good luck.

March

“I wasn’t expecting that”

Our first update to the student’s competition, and the results of the 6-nations rugby are already decided before the final week of matches are played. Ireland have scored tries with amazing regularity: We’ve scored 17 in the first 4 games.

We’ve also secured the championship, having won all four games so far, with each of the other teams losing twice. Anything other than a Grand Slam will feel a little hollow, so we go to Twickenham with work to do.

Ireland denied England a Grand Slam in the final game last year, so they will look to gain some form of revenge. Come on you Boys in Green.

Competition Update

48 students decided to pick Ireland to win the rugby, and were rewarded with 5 points. A patriotic pick, but also the correct one.

11 picked “Other” as the number of tries Ireland would score. This selection included Ireland scoring 4 or less tries, but also scoring 17 or more tries.

Only 4 out of 115 students have gotten both of the first 2 selections correct. Take a bow Hugo Gillespie, John Duignan, Joseph Yacoub Maher & Shannon Tierney Martin. You truly know your sport, but a long way to go yet J

“Tús maith leath na hoibre”

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Below are the selections for the first two rounds. (Green is the correct result)

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Below are the selection for March, Cheltenham horse racing. Good luck.

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February

Spring has arrived, daffodils are starting to bloom, and the start of the 6 Nations rugby signals the start of the Know Your Sport competition for Scoil Mhuire.

Best of luck to all of the students who have entered.

We will be giving updates on the student competition throughout the year, so this initial message is an overview of some of the choices you have made.

Most Popular Pick: Dublin to win the Men’s Senior Football All-Ireland! Our neighbours in Co. Mayo will hope to go one better and finally bring Sam Maguire west of the Shannon

Least Popular Pick: Only one brave soul has decided to pick “Other” as the winner of the All-Ireland camogie. As this is a September event, will this prove to be a smart choice, and move someone clear from the rest of the pack? Time will tell.

Biggest Differences from Adults: The students are much more confident that Lewis Hamilton will win the Monaco Grand Prix in May than the adults.

The adults think that the “Others” are much more likely to win the US Masters golf in April than the students. It will be interesting to see which group comes out on top.

Stay tuned for updates once the results start coming in.

Go n-éirí libh,

The Parents Association

February Selections of Scoil Mhuire Students

The majority have picked Ireland, but had to rely on Jonny Sexton’s last minute drop goal to keep the Grand Slam dream alive. 10 unlucky picks of France are left to rue what might have been.

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Ireland opened their campaign with no tries versus France, but the win was secured. Let’s hope they score some more in the coming matches. The 11 who picked “5, 6 or 7” and the 11 who picked “Other” might be happy right now.

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