Know Your Sport Winner!!
20th September 2018
There was a mad dash to the finishing line, but there’s only one champion.
Congratulations John Dooley, the Know Your Sport champion for 2018.
John climbs three places to take the lead at the exact right moment, the only time he ever lead in the competition.
Selecting the Dublin ladies to win the All-Ireland football did the trick, as none of the top three had made that selection.
John finds himself €700 richer, not a bad bit of news to get during Hurricane Ali.
2nd place goes to Tom Chambers. Tom had the lead a few months ago, maintained his place in the Top 10 since then, and jumps back up to 2nd place from 8th.
This former GAA ref can enjoy his €200 in a year when referees have not had a great time. James McGrath retired from inter-county hurling refereeing when he wasn’t given the Galway-Limerick final. Pity. And let’s just say that tennis umpire Carlos Ramos is not on Serena Williams’ Christmas card list, after a controversial US Open Tennis final where he deducted her a game. She wasn’t best pleased! NOT AT ALL!
3rd place, and a ninja-like visit to the podium for Ailish Farrelly. Ailish was not in the Top 10 with one pick to go, but she snuck up the inside rail and pips the leaders to win €100. See below Ailish’s accolade in the stats section.
Spare a thought for long time leader Sarah Mannion, she had not been outside of the Top 5 since June.
Her pick of the Mayo ladies footballers at the end hadn’t reckoned on the Carnacon girls leaving the squad. Never mind Sarah, a tremendous effort to finish 4th, you should be proud.
Other notable mention in the Top 10 is the Fastest Finisher, Meave Hayes.
In June, Maeve was 250 places behind all of the other leaders in the Top 10, yet powered up into Tied 9th. 9 of the last 12 selections correct, after only having one of the first 13 correct. Wow.
John wins the competition by making 11 correct selections out of a possible 25.
12 entrants got more correct than John, and another 21 got the same number correct as he did.
However, John’s “risk-reward” strategies of picking “Other” to win the hurling and Daniel Ricciardo to win the Monaco Grand Prix paid off handsomely.
In fact, only one entrant out of 777 got more than half of them correct. Take a bow, Ailish Farrelly. 13 correct out of 25.
We tried to set up the points to incentivize people to not pick the favourites in each selection, and it seems to have worked.
What might have been
The last three correct selections in the competition were all repeat champions.
Dublin footballers beat Tyrone, Cork beat Kilkenny in the camogie while Dublin beat Cork in the ladies football.
None of these seem to be far-fetched picks, we think you’ll agree.
There were 9 different entrants who would have passed John Dooley if they “played it safe” with those picks
From 2nd placed Tom all the way down to 40th place Jon O’Connell, our Chicago entrant.
Jon threw out the anchor in September and got no points, however, hindsight is 20:20……….
All of that matter not a whit to John Dooley, bird in the hand.
To the winners, we will be in touch shortly to get your money to you. Well done.
Thanks to all entrants, hope you enjoyed it. We did, and Scoil Mhuire thanks you all.
Slán, Scoil Mhuire Parents Association
Below are all the correct answers from the year, for the masochists amongst you.
Also adding the final student update. Congrats to Rose Denton and Sean Fitzsimons who tied for top prize. Smyth’s vouchers on their way to you.