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Real Madrid won the Champions League with a 3-1 victory over Liverpool. Gareth Bale scored one of the greatest goals of any final match, an overhead masterpiece of athleticism and technique. It was truly outstanding. There was some discussion about whether Ronaldo was happy to see his stunner from the semi-final usurped. Unfortunately, this final might be remembered for another reason.
Loris Karius in the Liverpool goal had a disaster of a night. He threw the ball against Karim Benzema to gift Real Madrid the opener. Not long after that, he seemed to have dipped his gloves in Vaseline, as he let a speculative long-range strike fall into the net. It could be worse, I guess, I do know a goalkeeper from Longford who had the nickname "Invisible". The issue for Liverpool was that an invisible goalkeeper would have probably done better!
Liverpool fans had always hoped that their front three could outscore the Ronaldo led Real attack. It was not to be, as Mo Salah's first half injury took away their main attacking threat.
Daniel Ricciardo won the Monaco Grand Prix in a strange race. He lost power in his engine, so could not drive at top speed. However, a combination of the tight Monaco street circuit and the drivers conserving their tyres meant that he was able to control the race from the front with an under-performing car.
Competition Update
No change at the top, Sean Tolan and Sean Fitzsimons still lead. We'll have to see if there is a trend of Sean's doing well!
James Dixon is one of the few people to predict both Real Madrid and Daniel Ricciardo, and powers up another 45 places to move into 4th spot. Considering that James was in 449th position at the end of March, that is a climb of epic proportions.
James was one of 4 managers in May to score 22 points, but they were all eclipsed by one point.
Congrats to Niamh Meeneghan, 23 points and the May Manager of the Month accolade.
Watch out too for Martin Scarry moving up into tied 7th. This is one dedicated GAA fan, so he could be one to watch as we move into the white-hot championship action during the summer.
A little further down, Kathy Kyne moves into the Top 10 with a jump of 114 places, whereas the female trio of Anne Gannon, Fionnuala Ní Chualain and Muireann O'Flaherty all jump exactly 200 places to tie for 17th spot. A good month can put you in with a shout of the top spot. #nevergiveup
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See below for details on the May results.
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Nothing but World Cup football to report on in June.
The boys in green might not be there, but we'll still watch multiple games a day.
And will somehow justify the need to rush home from work to watch Tunisia vs Panama while convincing myself that it has merit.
See you all in June.
Regards, Scoil Mhuire Parents Association
May Mid month update
Three of the five selections for May are complete, so here is a mid-month
Selections Update
Mark Williams won the World Snooker championship, 15 years after he had last won 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. He also advised before the tournament that if he won it, he'd do his winning interview naked. True to his word, he arrived out in front of the media in his birthday suit, with a towel from The Crucible covering his modesty. You've got to love the Welsh!
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
A new leader hits the front, Sean Tolan has moved up one place and takes the top spot. Only 10 points covers the Top 10, with Noel Flaherty making the largest
jump of all the leaders on the table below.
Of the 777 entries, only 5 people got all three selections correct. This competition is proving a lot more difficult than we thought!
One of those five "May experts" is Francie Curley, who jumps an impressive 276 places to move up to 11th place. Francie doesn't have full bragging rights in his house yet, because he has only managed to draw level with his wife Noreen. To both of my parents-in-law, I'll now stop talking about sports over Sunday lunch, you clearly know more than I...... :)
Here are the results so far for May:
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Two more selections will be decided this weekend. Here are the breakdown of the predictions:
Champions League: Interestingly, though Real Madrid have won three of the last four European titles, less than 1/6 people selected them as the winners. Ronaldo continues to defy age as he sets goal-scoring records for fun.
Monaco Grand Prix: Glitz and glamour abound next Sunday. Whoever leads into the 1st corner has a great chance, as it is notoriously difficult to pass another F1 car on this street circuit.
Many of us will be enjoying the glitz and glamour in Galway, as the All-Ireland hurling champs welcome The Cats west of the Shannon.
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Click HERE to check how you are doing in the overall competition.
See below the update on the student competition. New leader in that too.
Scoil Mhuire Parents Association


Hi all,
April is here, so it must be time for the US Masters golf.
Beautifully manicured greens, azaleas in bloom and putts that are slippier than an eel covered in axle grease.
Many become golf fans for just these few days, and the excitement amongst sports writers heading into it is palpable. The roll call of big names is staggering, so let's look at the options in our competition:
Jordan Speith - No recent form but has finished in the Top 2 for three of the last four years.
Dustin Johnson - World No. 1, but can he apply some subtlety to his monstrous driving.
Rory McIllroy - Recent win, looks to be finding form. Can he complete the career Grand Slam. Has Augusta demons to be exorcised.
Jason Day - Not applying the promise his early Augusta career was suggesting. A long shot perhaps.
And in the "Others" section:
Phil Mickelson - Long-standing favourite, everyone loves Lefty. And recent winner of a World Gold Championship event.
Bubba Watson - Twice winner, great recent form. Expect FLOODS of tears if he wins. Biblical level floods!
Justin Thomas - Current holder of a major, and will be World No. 1 if he wins. Part of new crop of fearless young US golfers.
Tiger Woods - He's back. Like him or loathe him, you can't ignore him. IT's been 10 years since he's won a major. None of these crop of new players have ever had to play on a Sunday afternoon when Tiger is on the prowl. Can he be kept at bay?
If Rory McIllroy wins it, there are 111 people who have doubled-down on him as the winner combined with Top Irish finisher.
There will be a massive upheaval in the leader board if that happens.
The 31% who picked "Others" as US Masters winner have a few tickets for the raffle. Will they have the right one?
The Aintree Grand National take place on April 14.
It's a 4.5 mile slog, so only the hardiest of horses make it up the elbow to challenge for glory.
Many can't reach the finish, let's hope that those who run out of gas do so safely.
Best of luck to all,
Scoil Mhuire Parents Association



Hi all,

What a month of March.

Rugby Grand Slam achieved with a dominant victory over the English at Twickenham. In truth, it rarely looked in doubt, even when Ireland were reduced to 14 men for 10 minutes.
At Cheltenham, it was a similar level of carnage as the Irish went home with 17 winners. The fact that Ireland had an underwhelming final day with "only" two winners gives an indication of the utter superiority of Irish jumps racing.

A quick history lesson:
Charge of the Light Brigade
An attack by a group of British Light Cavalry during the Crimean war of 1854. Led by Lord Cardigan, a catalogue of poor decisions and command led to a rout from well positioned defence. Made famous in a poem by Lord Tenneyson.
Charge of the Green Brigade
An attack by a well organized group of Irish horse-racing owners and trainers during the Cheltenham Festival of 2018. Led by Gordon Elliot (8 winners) and Willie Mullins (7 winners), a succession of beautiful rides and massive gambles led to a rout of the home defence. Re-told in the hostelries of the Cotswolds for a number of evenings after.

Michael O'Leary seemed to live in the winners enclosure for the week. Horse owning, made simple!
Hardly a peep out of Paul Nicholls, Nicky Henderson et al.

Competition Update
The selection of "Other" was again successful, and there are now only 2 people with a 100% record in the predictions so far.
Congratulations to both Mark Nolan and Joseph Yacoub Maher.
Not only are these two leading the way, but they have also banked a high amount of points in doing so. Can they maintain their impressive starts to the season? Time will tell.

April events include golf (x2), horse racing and snooker.
An eclectic mix, with some of the traditional sporting aficionados looking forward to the soft ground making way for GAA action throughout the summer. Points are points, we should take them from whichever sport we can.


Special Mention
A special mention must go out to Jewel Dunne and Noreen Curley. Both have selected Option 5 in all 25 categories, and find themselves in Tied 3rd position. When we also consider that this past weekend, Mo Salah took a four goal lead in the Premier League top goal-scorer race from an injured Harry Kane, they might have that selection sewn up for May too.
So to all of us "alleged" sports experts who spent hours mulling over our selections:
Dare you finish behind these two ladies who drew a straight line down the right-hand side of the entry sheet?
The challenge is on!
See you in April,
Scoil Mhuire Parents Association

Hello all,
As Miley in Glenroe would have said "Well Holy God!".
One week to go in the 6-nations, and Ireland have not only sewn up the championship, but we've scored buckets of tries along the way. We already have 17 tries scored from 4 games, so the "Other" option was correct.
Joe Schmidt's side head to Twickenham on St. Patrick's Day with Grand Slam immortality beckoning them.
However, the Irish team overturned the English chariot last year as they chased a Grand Slam, so England will feel that they have a score to settle. Despite their surprisingly poor form, they still are extremely difficult to beat at home. This reporter will be glued to it, after the awesome Moycullen parade, of course.
The results of February are below, with the correct selection highlighted in green.
If anyone was predicting that Ireland would score less than 5 tries, well done. It turns out that this guess of "Other" included the 17 or more tries too.
I'd rather be lucky with my picks than good!
The large patriotic vote of Ireland to win the 6-nations has paid off, with 52% of the entries off the mark.
And of the 777 entries, including all adults and students, how many people got the first two selections correct?
Almost unbelievably, only 14 people have gotten the first 2 predictions correct.
If we thought this was going to be easy, we may have slightly misjudged it.
Nice work David Hanniffy. You are top of the table based on alphabetical sorting of the 14 leaders. Keep it going.



Each name is listed on the attached file.
Which brings us nicely on to the predictions for March: How many Irish trained winners will there be in Cheltenham?
Will Ruby Walsh be 100% after his broken leg? He's been the Top Jockey at the festival for 11 of the last 14 years.
The Irish racing community descend on the track, and when the tape goes up on the Supreme Novice's Hurdle on Tuesday afternoon, the crescendo of noise is an amazing sporting moment.
How happy they'll be at the end of the week might be a different tale.
A thoroughbred racehorse has been known to take thousands of people for a ride at the same time.......

Best of luck with your predictions, and best of luck to the Irish rugby team on Saturday.

Thanks for your support,

Scoil Mhuire Parents Association

NOTE: We will be keeping track of the student’s competition via the school website link below. 4 students with 100% record


February Preview

Hello all,

Welcome to Scoil Mhuire Moycullen’s Know Your Sport prediction fundraiser.

Thank you so much to all the participants who have decided to test your sporting knowledge while supporting the school.

We have entries in from Chicago, Switzerland, Atlanta and many places in between. Best of luck to you all.

What a start we have had to the 6-nations!

Jonny Sexton lands an injury-time long distance drop goal to the delight of Irish rugby fans everywhere.

Maybe the 6% of people who decided that France might come out of the doldrums this year didn’t enjoy it as much.

And what of Wales, missing 8 Lions stars, they gave a sorry Scottish side a lesson in all aspects of the game.

They will have a say in the outcome of The 6-nations, and might upset the odds right at the start of this comp.

Ireland also scored zero tries in the first game. Only a combined 15% of us decided that Ireland will score 7 tries or less (9% for 5,6 or 7 and then 6% for “Other”)

Ireland vs Italy next. Will entrants who predicted few tries be cheering a structured game, with Jonny landing penalties from all around the field?

Most observers expect to see the Irish cross the try-line, but with Conor O’Shea in charge of the Italians, he’ll know the Irish game intimately.

Let’s hope for a happy balance of good rugby, and good results.
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Looking at the competition as a whole, here is some facts and figures on some popular picks:

Most Popular: Galway to win the All-Ireland Hurling (56% of picks)

A popular local pick, or well thought out hurling acumen?

Anyone who saw Joe Canning stroke that majestic point from the shadows of the stands against Tipperary in the semi-finals last year, will know that dreams can come through.

Let’s hope Matt Donoghue will be able to bring Liam McCarthy back to Moycullen again in 2018.

2nd Most Popular: Harry Kane to be Top Scorer in the Premier league (55% of picks)

A form pick, with 2 consecutive Golden Boots in his trophy cabinet. Last season, he also scored 7 goals in his last 2 games to finish the year. A proven performer, most of you seem to agree.

However, 13% picked “Other”, with the Egyptian Salah proving a “cheap” buy at £34M for Liverpool. He’s scoring for fun, the fastest ever Liverpool player to 20 Premier League goals.

This one might be closer than the picks suggest.

Least Popular Pick: It’s a tie.

The same small number (1.8%) of people think that Leitrim, London or New York will win the Connacht title as England to reach World Cup final.

We can’t decide which group of fans should be more offended!

Both of those picks would land you a lot of points if they come in. Therein lies the challenge.

Risk it for the big points, or accumulate points over the coming months in a steady manner.

Watch out for updates to see how you are doing.

Thanks again for your support, and best of luck.

Scoil Mhuire Parents Association

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