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Sporting predictions for the year ahead

Our predictions for the season ahead


Mike Finnerty

GAA
Mayo SFC Champions: Ballintubber
Mayo IFC Champions: Kiltimagh
Mayo JFC Champions: The Neale
Mayo SHC Champions: Ballyhaunis

All-Ireland Football Champions: Cork
All-Ireland Hurling Champions: Tipperary
Gaelic Footballer of the Year: Aidan Walsh

RUGBY
Heineken Cup: Leinster
Six Nations: Wales
RACING
Gold Cup: Kauto Star

SOCCER

European Championship: Spain
Champions League: Barcelona
Premier League: Man City
Mayo Super League: Castlebar Celtic

Sporting wish for 2012: To see Mayo be the very best they can be.
Sporting event you’d most like to see live in 2012: Both Olympic 100m finals.
Sportsperson who is going to make biggest impact in 2012: Katie Taylor.


Sean Rice
GAA
Mayo SFC Champions: Castlebar Mitchels
Mayo IFC Champions: Burrishoole
Mayo JFC Champions:: Ardnaree
Mayo SHC Champions: Ballyhaunis

All-Ireland Football Champions: Donegal
All-Ireland Hurling Champions: Tipperary
Gaelic Footballer of the Year: Neil McGee (Donegal)

RUGBY
Heineken Cup: Leinster
Six Nations: Wales

RACING

Gold Cup: Kauto Star

SOCCER
European Championship: Spain
Champions League: Barcelona
Premier League: Man City
Mayo Super League: Castlebar Celtic

Sporting wish for 2012: Mayo at the summit.
Sporting event you’d most like to see live in 2012: Olympics opening ceremony.
Sportsperson who is going to make biggest impact in 2012: Katie Taylor.


Edwin McGreal

GAA
Mayo SFC Champions: The Anthony McGarry managed Ballina to beat the Peter Ford led Ballintubber.
Mayo IFC Champions: Hollymount/Carramore if they stick together.
Mayo JFC Champions: The Neale to build on 2011 progress.
Mayo SHC Champions: Ballyhaunis to do a Tooreen on it and dominate.
All-Ireland Football Champions: Kerry.
All-Ireland Hurling Champions: Kilkenny.
Gaelic Footballer of the Year: Colm Cooper

RUGBY
Heineken Cup: Leinster
Six Nations: France
RACING
Gold Cup: Kauto Star, the good thing!

SOCCER
European Championship: Spain
Champions League: Barcelona
Premier League: Manchester United
Mayo Super League: Castlebar Celtic

Sporting wish for 2012: To be at a lot of sporting occasions that I’ll remember, for the right reasons, for a long time.
Sporting event you’d most like to see live in 2012: Cliched but hard to look past Mayo winning the All-Ireland. Breaffy B winning the West Mayo Junior B a close second, of course.
Sportsperson who is going to make biggest impact in 2012: Xavi.


Michael Duffy
GAA

Mayo SFC Champions: Ballintubber.
Mayo IFC Champions: Burrishoole.
Mayo JFC Champions: Kilmeena.
Mayo SHC Champions: Tooreen.

All-Ireland Football Champions: Cork.
All-Ireland Hurling Champions: Kilkenny.
Gaelic Footballer of the Year: Pearse O’Neill.

RUGBY
Heineken Cup: Leinster
Six Nations: England
RACING
Gold Cup: Long Run

SOCCER

European Championship: Germany
Champions League: Bayern Munich
Premier League: Spurs
Mayo Super League: Castlebar Celtic

Sporting wish for 2012: That Spurs do not sell any players in the summer and keep building a top class squad.
Sporting event you’d most like to see live in 2012: Breeders Cup in Santa Anita, California. There might be a spare room out there somewhere for me!
Sportsperson who is going to make biggest impact in 2012: Gareth Bale. He’s only getting started!


Neill O'Neill
GAA
Mayo SFC Champions: The Mitchels; Law of averages says there’s no hat-trick in the Tubber.
Mayo IFC Champions: Burrishoole — law of averages says they’re due one.
Mayo JFC Champions: Kilmeena.
Mayo SHC Champions: Ballyhaunis.

All-Ireland Football Champions: Kerry.
All-Ireland Hurling Champions:  Kilkenny.
Gaelic Footballer of the Year: The Gooch.

RUGBY
Heineken Cup: Leinster
Six Nations: France
RACING
Gold Cup: thewesthowya!!

SOCCER
European Championship: Germany
Champions League: Barcelona
Premier League: Man Utd
Mayo Super League: Castlebar Celtic

Sporting wish for 2012: That Alex Ferguson’s dementia and blindness get diagnosed...
Sporting event you’d most like to see live in 2012: The Euros, and I intend to, if Kevin Kelly would only get his act together!!.
Sportsperson who is going to make biggest impact in 2012: Kipper Joyce — he’s in talks with Castlebar Celtic!!


Austin Garvin
GAA
Mayo SFC Champions: Castlebar Mitchels.
Mayo IFC Champions: Hollymount/Carramore
Mayo JFC Champions: Ardnaree
Mayo SHC Champions: Ballyhaunis.

All-Ireland Football Champions: Kerry.
All-Ireland Hurling Champions: Kilkenny.
Gaelic Footballer of the Year: Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper.

RUGBY

Heineken Cup: Leinster
Six Nations: Ireland
RACING
Gold Cup: Long Run.

SOCCER

European Championship: Spain
Champions League: Barcelona
Premier League: Manchester City
Mayo Super League: Castlebar Celtic

Sporting wish for 2012:  To see Mayo improve on their fine form of last season and go on to win an overdue All-Ireland.
Sporting event you’d most like to see live in 2012: To be in attendance at the Olympic Games in London to see Katie Taylor win the gold.
Sportsperson who is going to make biggest impact in 2012: Katie Taylor.



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