Tour de France – Team Sky’s Chris Froome, who was hotly tipped to collect his 4th title, won the 2017 Tour de France by finishing safely in the peloton at the end of Stage 21 along the Champs-Élysées.
British Open Golf – Jordan Spieth won The Open at Royal Birkdale by three shots after an enthralling battle with Matt Kuchar. Spieth blew a three-shot overnight lead by the turn and trailed Kuchar after dropping a shot on the 13th. But he wrestled back the lead with a run of birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie to finish on 12 under and win his third major giving those who picked him 5 points.
Women’s Rugby World Cup – New Zealand were crowned Women’s Rugby World Cup champions, beating defending champions England 41-32 in Belfast’s Kingspan Stadium after a breathless game that will go down as a classic final. England lead 17-10 at half time but a dominant second half performance by the rugby superpowers saw NZ take the title for the 5th time.
All-Ireland Hurling Final – Galway ended their All-Ireland Hurling famine with victory over Waterford in Croke Park on a score line of 0-26 to 2-17. Player of The Year nominee Joe Canning, and soon to be Vancouver visitor, played a huge part in lifting the Liam McCarthy Cup for the first time since 1988 contributing 9 points in an outstanding performance from the Tribesmen. For those who had faith in Galway you were rewarded with 5 points.
All-Ireland Camogie Final – Cork reserved their best performance of the past 12 months to record an extraordinary victory over champions Kilkenny and move past Dublin on the roll of honour with 27 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championships. It was a nail biting affair ending Cork 0-10 Kilkenny 0-09. Super sub Julia White, only on the pitch a matter of minutes, shot the winner with the clock reading 66 minutes and 16 seconds.
All-Ireland Men’s Football Final – Dublin footballers took a giant step towards sporting immortality by winning their third All-Ireland title in a row and their fourth in five seasons with a 1-17 to 1-16 victory over their old foes Mayo. Croke Park was bathed in blue as Stephen Cluxton ascended the steps of the Hogan Stand to become the first captain in the 133 year history of the GAA to accept the Sam Maguire Cup four times. A pointed free from Dean Rock in the seventh minute of injury time proved the winner after Cillian O’Connors free rebounded off the post moments earlier.
All-Ireland Ladies Football Final – In a repeat of the men’s football final the week before we had Dublin facing off against Mayo in the ladies final. After three final losses in a row, Dublin get to taste success with a late flurry of goals inflating the scoreboard. It was a comprehensive victory in the end but it was nip and tuck for the opening 60 minutes before the old adage of ‘goals win games’ came true. The Dubs were 2nd favs all year to clinch this title and earned you 4 points.
AFL Grand Final – Richmond ended a 37-year wait with an AFL grand final win over Adelaide last week on a score line of 16.12 (108) to 8.12 (60) at the MCG. It was a close, physical game for the opening half but in the 3rd and 4th quarters the Tigers really pulled away to win comfortably. This was the 5th consecutive grand final win by a Melbourne based club and earned those who picked ‘other’ 8 points.
Next up is the Baseball World Series which commences this week and runs until at least October 28th. The regular season is over and the 10 playoff teams have been decided with the Indians and Dodgers looking the strongest going into a busy month of baseball.
We have 5 events left in the ISSC 2017 Know Your Sport fundraiser with MLB, Melbourne Cup, F1, CFL and MLS seasons all coming to a close in the next 2 months. We have a huge number of participants in with a great chance of making the top 5 and taking a prize. We also have at least 25 people fighting to avoid the wooden spoon and relegation from next year’s event!!!
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