The weekend sports quiz: Echo expert Denis Hurley tests your knowledge

The weekend sports quiz: Echo expert Denis Hurley tests your knowledge
Olive Loughnane of Ireland with her gold medal for the Women's 20km Walk, from the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin. See question 24. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

1. In 1996, Fergie Sutherland of Killinardrish, Co. Cork trained which horse to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

2. Which country did the Ireland women’s hockey team beat on penalties in November 2019 to secure Olympic qualification?

3. Who was manager of the Republic of Ireland senior team immediately before Jack Charlton?

4. Who captained Cork to victory in the 1986 All-Ireland senior hurling final?

5. The Five Nations became the Six Nations in 2000 – which county tops the roll of honour in the time since then with six wins?

6. Buffers Alley are a GAA club in which county?

7. In which year did Dennis Taylor win the World Snooker Championship?

8. Who was Cork City manager for the club’s first League of Ireland title win in 1992-93?

9. In 2019, final-set tie-breaks were used for the first time at Wimbledon – at what score does the tie-break begin?

10. Which is the only Welsh team to have played in the final of rugby’s European Cup or Champions Cup?

11. Which English football team plays its home games at Portman Road?

12. Name either of the events in which Sonia O’Sullivan won gold medals at the 1998 European Athletics Championships in Budapest.

13. Rory McIlroy has won four golf majors – he has yet to win the Masters but which one has he won twice?

14. Which country has had the most European Cup/Champions League-winning managers?

15. Which was the last county other than Kerry or Cork to win the Munster senior football championship?

16. In 2005, which Roma and Italy midfielder changed his squad number from 4 to 16 as a tribute to Roy Keane?

Colin Healy under pressure from Roy Keane. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Colin Healy under pressure from Roy Keane. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

17. In which country were the first three Cricket World Cups held?

18. Which Belfast-born bantamweight won silver for Ireland at the 1992 Olympics?

19. In 1896, the GAA changed the value of a goal to three points, having previously been worth how many?

20. Which Cork club won three All-Ireland senior club camogie championships in four years from 2013-16?

21. Which Australian was Munster Rugby’s head coach from 2008-12?

22. Before Cork in 2010, which was the last county to win the Sam Maguire while wearing change jerseys?

23. Which England football international transferred five times in his career without a transfer fee ever being paid for him?

24. Cork-born race-walker Olive Loughnane appeared in three, four or five Olympic Games?

25. In which the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, which hosts the US Open held each year?

26. With which club did Larry Bird spend his entire NBA playing career?

27. Who scored goals for Cork in the 1993 and 1999 All-Ireland senior football finals?

28. What colours do the Finland national football team wear?

29. What is the name of the racecourse at which Galway Races are held each year?

30. Lorna Bateman was the goalkeeping hero for Cork Harlequins in the national cup final in which sport in 2019?

31. Which was the first English club to win the league and cup double in the 20th century?

32. Which Waterford hurdler finished fourth in the 400m hurdles at the 2016 Olympics

33. In American football, a defensive team is awarded how many points for a safety (tackling the opposition quarterback in his own endzone)?

34. For which of these English clubs did Colin Healy not play – Sunderland, Barnsley, Bradford City, Huddersfield Town?

35. In athletics, the steeplechase is run over which distance at the Olympic Games?

36. Who beat Cobh Ramblers in the 2018 EA Sports Cup final?

37. Which future Lord Mayor of Cork was in goal as Glen Rovers won the 1989 Cork senior hurling title?

The Glen team before the 1989 county final.
The Glen team before the 1989 county final.

38. Who won the first FA Cup final played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff?

39. Apart from New Zealand in 1987, which other country won the first Rugby World Cup in which it competed?

40. Which top Cork amateur golfer turned professional at the age of 49 in 1997 in order to qualify for the European Seniors Tour, going on to win six times on the tour?


1. Imperial Call

2. Canada

3. Eoin Hand

4. Tom Cashman

5. England – France and Wales have five each and Ireland have four while Scotland and Italy have failed to win the competition

6. Wexford

7. 1985

8. Noel O’Mahony

9. 12-12

10. Cardiff, in the competition’s first year, 1995-96

11. Ipswich Town

12. 5,000m and 10,000m

13. PGA Championship, in 2012 and 2014

14. Italy, with 11

15. Clare, in 1992

16. Daniele de Rossi

17. England

18. Wayne McCullough

19. Five

20. Milford

21. Tony McGahan

22. Meath in 1996

23. Sol Campbell

24. Four

25. New York

26. Boston Celtics

27. Joe Kavanagh

28. White and blue

29. Ballybrit Race Track

30. Hockey

31. Tottenham Hotspur in 1960-61 – Preston North End and Aston Villa had won it in the 19th century

32. Thomas Barr

33. Two points

34. Huddersfield Town

35. 3,000m

36. Derry City

37. Damian Wallace

38. Liverpool, beating Arsenal in 2001

39. South Africa, in 1995

40. Denis O’Sullivan

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