There’s always next year

November 29, 2013 in Quizzes

ryan-crotty-scoresMan, oh man. The Claremorris AFC sports quiz has become the bane of my life.

A quick recap. Two years ago myself, Ger, Willie and Andy hit the lead after round 8, only to perform disasterously in the following (picture) round and finished fifth. Last year the same team were in third all night long and couldn’t close the gap on the teams above. But at least we finished on the podium.

Last night, with new team member Jason in for the now-emigrated Andy, we were in second place right from the first round. Seven rounds later, we were still second, just one point behind the same leading team.

It was at this point that, once again, the wheels came off the wagon. We finished pretty poorly, with two consecutive 7/10 rounds, and dropped down the leaderboard to finish fourth on 89/100. 🙁

This is an annual event on the Claremorris quizzing calendar and attracts a regular crowd of hardcore sports fans. The pressure is pretty intense as teams in the room will score 9/10 more often than not. Ourselves, for instance, we scored four perfect rounds, including the pictures (see below). Thus we knew that, finishing as we did, we hadn’t a hope of getting anything.

For the record, the winners (table 16) scored 93/100, with two teams just behind them on 92. That pair of teams forwent the option of a playoff and simply divided up the second and third prizes between them. By my count there were 18 teams in the room.

The quizmaster, Kevin, did a good job keeping the show going albeit he was left stranded by a couple of questions, which were written by someone else, having more than one correct answer. Cue a lot of heckling! He handled it well though, allowing a couple of extras and, more impressively, disallowing a few also.

Right, here are a collection of questions, either ones we missed or ones we were proud of getting!

  1. Who scored the winning goal in the 2013 FAI Cup final?
  2. Who was recently appointed the manager of the Fermanagh senior football team?
  3. Name all three current TDs who have played in an inter-county All-Ireland football final (minor, u21 or senior)?
  4. Which team has lost the most Heineken Cup finals?
  5. Which football club has the largest pitch (area) in the English Premier League?
  6. Who is the only player to score a goal in: a Champions League final, UEFA Cup final, FA Cup final and an English League Cup final?
  7. Which cyclist won the 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the year award?
  8. Which football club play their home games at Underhill?
  9. In which Olympic sport do teams go backwards to win?
  10. Which circuit hosts the British motorcycle Grand Prix?
  11. Who is the current manager of Shamrock Rovers?
  12. What was the score in the recent rugby international between Ireland and Australia?
  13. Who scored two goals against England at Wembley for Chile recently?
  14. Who captained the Irish soccer team in their recent World Cup qualifier against Germany?
  15. Where will the 2014 Ryder Cup take place?
  16. Who is the current World No 1 in golf?
  17. Which player was brought on by Harlequins during the infamous ‘Bloodgate’ incident in a game versus Leinster in 2009?

Picture round:
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All the best. Answers coming up over the weekend.

Update: answers here.

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