All Ireland Prediction Competition 2012

WANT to win a county jersey of your choice and have an interest in the All-Ireland even after your beloved county has been knocked out?

Well, Ranelagh Gaels GAA Club has just the Senior Football Championship Prediction Competition for you!

All you have to do is make nine simple predictions and then sit back and see how you fare. Get your friends involved too and prove once and for all who knows more about football – and entry is completely free.

The closing date for the competition is May 20th at 12:00 and the overall winner will get a county jersey of their  choice.

So, how does the competition work? Well, look at the table below to see how many points are awarded for each correct prediction. The person with the highest total after the All-Ireland winner is decided will be the winner. We’ve even enlisted some ‘experts’ to help you with some of your choices.


Question Points
1. Connacht SFC Winner 2
2. Leinster SFC Winner 2
3. Munster SFC Winner 2
4. Ulster SFC Winner 2
5. All-Ireland SFC semi-finalists Pick 4 Teams 3 Each
6. All-Ireland SFC Finalists Pick 2 Teams 5 Each
7. All-Ireland SFC Winner 10
8. Top Scorer SFC, (full name & county) 10
9. All-Ireland SFC Final Man of the Match, (full name & county; official RTE Sunday Game selection, in case of draw the selection in the replayed game only will count) 15

So what are you waiting for? Get involved today, simply copy and paste the below into the comment field along with your name and email address and get predicting.

1. Connacht SFC Winner:
2. Leinster SFC Winner:
3. Munster SFC Winner:
4. Ulster SFC Winner:
5. All-Ireland SFC Semi-Finalists:
6. All-Ireland SFC Finalists:
7. All-Ireland SFC Winner:
8. Top Scorer SFC:
9. All-Ireland SFC Final Man of the Match:

Don’t forget to add a little summary of how you see this years championship panning out.


*In the case of a tie, names will go into a draw with one winner
*The decision of the organising committee is final
*No correspondence will be entered into


To Get You Started….

                    Connachta – Courtney
The 2012 Connacht championship is expected to be a highly competitive affair with Mayo the defending champions deservedly favourites. Last year’s All-Ireland semi finalists have a favourable draw as they will play the winners of Leitrim v London in the Connacht semi final. While Mayo’s league form has been erratic they have benefited by the return this season of their record all time scorer Conor Mortimer.
On the other side of the draw the Roscommon v Galway clash in Hyde Park on May 20th will be intriguing. Galway have shown decent league form this season and I would pick them to sneak through this clash.
Sligo, having overcome their trip to New York, await the winners. Sligo haven’t really recovered from the 2010 Connacht final defeat and Galway are likely to advance to the final against Mayo.
If this turns out to be the final pairing, Galway would be at an advantage in that the final will take place in Pearse Stadium. However I would expect a Mayo victory by a tight margin as I believe they are a team further down the road in terms of their development at the moment.

Connacht Champions: Maigheo
Leinster Champions: Áth Cliath
Munster Champions: Corcaigh
Ulster Champions: Tír Eoghain
All-Ireland Champions: Corcaigh

                                 Laighin – Sweeney
Dublin have won five of the last six Leinster titles and are reigning All-Ireland champions, but they are far from invincible within the province. The pecking order in Leinster has changed in recent times and it’s hard to see the likes of Meath, given their recent troubles, Laois or Westmeath mounting a serious challenge.
Wexford have made two finals in four years and made the Dubs work hard last summer. There’s more than a good chance that the two will meet at the semi-final stage. Kildare finally got promoted from Division 2 of the League so progress is being made. If they can get past a potentially sticky opening against neighbours Offaly they should make the decider.
This could set up a possible rematch against Dublin, who they have lost to twice in recent years despite having a man extra for more than half the game on each occasion. The Lilywhites’ hunger will be massive and this could win them the Delaney Cup for the first time in more than a decade.
Leinster Champions: Cill Dara
Connacht Champions: Maigheo
Munster Champions: Ciarraí
Ulster Champions: Tír Eoghain
All-Ireland Champions: Ciarraí


                    Mumhan – Breathnach         
This year sees All-Ireland contenders Cork and Kerry placed on the same side of the draw with the victors almost certain to claim provincial success. Not since Clare beat Kerry in 1992 has any other team outside the big two won Munster.
The other side of the draw sees Division 4 sides Waterford and Limerick meet in the quarter final at the Gaelic Grounds. Limerick have troubled the big two in recent years but the absence of their brilliant leader John Galvin due to injury could swing the tie in Port Lairge’s favour.
The winners face a Clare team coming off the back of a strong league campaign and have to be fancied to win the semi-final at home in Cusack Park.
First up for defending champions Kerry is Tipperary, who were recently relegated to Division 4 and are unlikely to cause an upset here.  Then its a semi final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh against old rivals Cork. These contests have been very close to call in recent years, however at home in The Park with a vocal rebel crowd behind them expect the Leesiders to come through and see off the Banner men in the final.
Munster Champions: Corcaigh
Connacht Champions: Maigheo
Leinster Champions: Áth Cliath
Ulster Champions: Dún na nGall
All Ireland Champions: Áth Cliath

                         Uladh – MacSuibhne
A very one-sided draw this year with all 4 of last year’s semi-finalists pitted together. Champions Donegal should overcome a preliminary round encounter with Cavan at Breffni Park and should also be too good for Derry in the quarter final in what will be a rematch of last year’s decider.
That would lead Jim McGuinness’ men into the Ulster championship’s defining game against Tyrone, if as expected they account for Armagh in their quarter. On present form and with injury doubts persisting over Donegal’s star forwards, Messrs Murphy and McFadden, the Red Hand has to be fancied right now.
The other side of the draw sees Fermanagh face Down in an intriguing quarter final tie at Brewster Park. Down will be favourites but the Canavan factor will make it a really tight battle.
The winners face either Antrim or Monaghan, teams who have both lost Ulster Finals to Tyrone in recent years – its unlikely either will get a shot at revenge this year.
Ulster Champions: Tír Eoghain
Connacht Champions: Maigheo
Leinster Champions: Cill Dara
Munster Champions: Corcaigh
All Ireland Champions: Ciarraí

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