Saturday 16 December 2017

Sports quiz of the year

1 Who scored the last goal of Giovanni Trapattoni's tenure as Ireland manager?

2 Who were the only winners of their provincial football championship that failed to make it into the All-Ireland semi-finals?

3 No player started all six Lions Tests in both 2009 and 2013, but three started in five. Mike Phillips, Jamie Heaslip and who else.

4 Since 2008, Usain Bolt has won gold in the 100m and 200m at every Olympic Games and World Championships except one. In what year did he not achieve the double?

5 In what ranking did Rory McIlroy finish 2013?

6 Which Lions player spent more time on the field than any other player during the summer tour Down Under?

7 Who will Brazil play in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup?

8 Michael Murphy helped Ireland to beat Australia in the International Rules before lifting the Donegal club SFC title. Name his club.

9 Rafael Nadal beat David Ferrer to win his eighth French Open title. Who remains the only player ever to beat him at Roland Garros?

10 At the athletics world championships, which British athlete won a race by by 0.0004 seconds?

11 Who scored the first try on tour for the Lions during their game against the Barbarians in Hong Kong?

12 Who won the FA Cup?

13 How many times did Kilkenny's senior hurlers play in Croke Park in 2013?

14 Name the Peamount United striker who became a YouTube sensation with her wonder-goal in October.

15 Legendary cricket Sachin Tendulkar retired this year having played how many Test matches?

16 In what sport did Europe beat America 11-2 to win the competition for the sixth time in seven matches last month?

17 In the absence of Sam Warburton (and Brian O'Driscoll), who captained the Lions during their victory in the third Test against Australia?

18 In which event, in which he was defending champion, did Rory McIlroy walk off the course midway through his second round?

19 Who won the Rugby League World Cup?

20 About which player did BBC commentator John Inverdale say she was "never going to be a looker"?

21 Which NFL team beat the San Francisco 49ers to win the Super Bowl?

22 At which race course did Tony McCoy record his 4,000th career winner aboard Mountain Tunes in November?

23 Who was Ireland's top points scorer in the Six Nations?

24 Only two players who won hurling All Stars in 2013 had won one before this year. Name them.

25 Against which county was Kieran McGeeney's last game as manager of Kildare?

26 Which British snooker player was handed a 12-year ban for his involvement in match-fixing?

27 Name the only Irish player to be involved in the group stages of this season's Champions League.

28 She retired, returned to win her eighth All-Ireland title with Cork, then retired again. Who is she (pictured above)?

29 Who is the legendary former Chicago Bulls basketball player who visited North Korea for a third time earlier this month?

30 Which team did Ireland's women's rugby team beat to secure their Grand Slam glory?

31 In what city will next year's Winter Olympics be held?

32 Who won this year's Epsom Derby?

33 Bernard Brogan and Emlyn Mulligan were second on the list of highest goalscorers in this year's championship with three -- how many did leader Cillian O'Connor score?

34 Name the three teams that have won the Heineken Cup in Dublin.

35 At what distance did Robert Heffernan win his gold medal at the athletics World Championships?

36 Non-league Luton Town knocked which Premier League club out of the FA Cup earlier this year?

37 What was the score in Alex Ferguson's final Premier League game in charge of Manchester United?

38 "Eighth hole is a joke. 18th needs a windmill and a clown face." Which unhappy golfer said this after the first round of the British Open in Muirfield?

39 Daniel Martin became the first Irishman to win a stage of the Tour de France since his uncle Stephen Roche did so in what year?

40 Floyd Mayweather beat Saúl Álvarez in the second of just two fights this year which earned him tens of millions of dollars. How many professional fights -- and wins -- does he now have?


41 Before this year, when was the last time a Leinster SHC final didn't feature either Wexford or Kilkenny?

42 They lost by a combined score of 24-1 at the Confederations Cup. Who are they?

43 Who trained this year's Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Bobs Worth?

44 Ronnie O'Sullivan won the 2013 World Snooker Championship. How many times has he won that tournament?

45 Hurricane Fly's Morgiana Hurdle success at Punchestown in November gave him sole ownership of the world record for Grade One wins. How many has he won?

46 Which England cricketer returned home from the Ashes series in Australia because of a stress-related illness?

47 How many soccer players have won 100 caps or more for Ireland?

48 Who scored Toulon's try in the Heineken Cup final victory at the Aviva Stadium?

49 In what country did Graeme McDowell win the Volvo World Matchplay in May?

50 Who are the only two teams to beat Bayern Munich in a Champions League game in 2013?

51 Which was the only Grand Slam event this year in which Novak Djokovic didn't reach the final?

52 Between league and championship, who were the only county to beat Dublin's footballers?

53 Who are these two players celebrating St Brigid's victory in the All-Ireland club SFC final?

54 Who finished second behind Andy Murray in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year?

55 Who is the 41-year-old cyclist who won this year's Vuelta d'Espana?

56 The second and fourth fastest 100m sprinters of all time were both revealed as having failed drugs tests on the same day in July. Name them.


57 If the aggregate scores in the three championship games between Clare and Cork were added together who would win -- Clare, Cork or draw?

58 Which top Irish-based jockey has won the Aintree Grand National, the Gold Cup, the Champion Hurdle and Champion Chase at Cheltenham but not yet a Galway Hurdle, a Galway Plate nor an Irish Grand National?

59 The semi-finals was the furthest Roger Federer reached in a Grand Slam in 2013 but at which event?

60 Arsene Wenger is the longest, but who is the second longest serving manager in the Premier League?

61 Phil Mickelson was one American to win a Major in 2013, who was the other?

62 Name the 66/1 winner of the 2013 Grand National?

63 Who knocked Munster out of last season's Heineken Cup?

64 Trent Johnson rounded off his Ireland career by helping them to victory in the InterContinental Cup against which country?

65 Who did Luis Suarez bite to earn himself a 10-game suspension?

66 Cork hit the same scoring tally in both All-Ireland finals. What was it?

67 How many consecutive races did Sebastian Vettel win at the end of the Formula One season?

68 Which team reached the Munster club football final, 24 hours after winning their county final?

69 Who is the Monaghan player being tackled by Sean Cavanagh in a controversial incident during their All-Ireland quarter-final against Tyrone?

70 Why was a wide by Offaly's Peter Cunningham at Croke Park in their Leinster Championship clash with Kildare so noteworthy?

71 What role did Charlie Morgan have at Swansea City in their League Cup semi-final against Chelsea?

72 Who was the Australian cricketer sent to Zimbabwe after throwing a punch at England's Joe Root in a bar during the summer?

73 Who was the last trainer to saddle successive Galway Hurdle winners prior to Mick Winters doing so this year?

74 Name the substitute who made a man-of-the-match contribution in Sligo's FAI Cup final victory.

75 Northern Ireland's record goalscorer recently announced his retirement from football. Who is he?

76 Name the Irish amateur golfer who made the cut at the US Open, played in the Walker Cup and then turned pro and graduated with his card from the European Tour's Q-School.

77 James McCarthy joined Everton from Wigan in August. What club did he join Wigan from?

78 Name this year's Irish 1,000 Guineas winner.

79 Which England cricketer caused consternation during the summer when he refused to "walk" having been caught at slip during the first Test of the Ashes this summer?

80 Including the qualifiers, how many goals did Kilkenny score in the six championship games they played in 2013?

81 Which two counties played in the first ever Friday night GAA championship game?

82 Who won the Airtricity League First Division?

83 Which Irishman finished top scorer in League One for the 2012/13 season, helping Yeovil to promotion?

84 Adam Scott broke Australia's duck at the US Masters last April, but who did he beat in the sudden-death play-off at Augusta?

85 Which of Sonia O'Sullivan's Irish records was broken at the London Anniversary Games last July to commemorate the 2012 Olympics?

86 Only one team has won the Pro12 after finishing top of the table during the regular season. Who are they?

87 Which Englishman earned his first Tour victory in 29 months by winning the Irish Open?

88 Which Irish player was yellow-carded twice in the course of the Six Nations?

89 Galway's Therese Maher finally won the All-Ireland senior camogie title, but how many finals had she lost before?

90 What was Marvellous about Joseph O'Brien's victory in Navan in October?

91 Who refereed this year's All-Ireland football final?

92 "We consider ourselves like normal standard people, we just live boys with women, women with boys." What international athlete got herself into hot water with this comment?

93 Who did Chelsea beat to win the Europa League final?

94 Name the Welshman who finished as the top try-scorer in the Six Nations with four.

95 In how many of the last five years has Serena Williams won at least two Grand Slam titles?

96 Who was on the receiving end of the 8-13 which Armagh racked up in the qualifiers?

97 Who scored New Zealand's injury-time try to deny Ireland a famous victory in November?

98 After another this year, how many All Stars has Kerry forward Colm Cooper now won?

99 Who was the Irish boxer who won a silver medal at the World Championships in October?

100 What number do you get if you add the total number of goals which were scored in the All-Ireland hurling final (both games); to the number of goals scored by Robbie Keane for Ireland to the number of games New Zealand's rugby union team won in 2013?

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