It’s December 2019 and I’m sitting in the baking sunshine just outside my new home in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean, where news of Liverpool’s recent double of Premier League and Champions League still hasn’t reached the general population. Time to take a look back on the other sporting events of 2019 with tongue firmly planted in cheek…
In Gaelic football, Dublin completed their ‘drive for five’ with a narrow win over a David Clifford-inspired Kerry at Croke Park. Jim Gavin circumvented the ‘three hand pass’ rule by encouraging his half-forwards to keep the ball on the ground following long kick-outs to Brian Fenton, who won 100% of his aerial duels this summer.
Elsewhere, Roscommon raised a number of eyebrows by maintaining their Division One status and once again reaching the Super 8s. A number of young starlets also came to prominence and 2020 looks extremely promising for Anthony Cunningham’s youthful team.
In hurling, a super-fit Wexford side shocked everyone following a winter of ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’ style training sessions. They repelled down from the top of the Hogan Stand to collect the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
In boxing, Katie Taylor ran out of willing opponents halfway through the year so made the switch to UFC where she is currently undefeated.
In soccer, Liverpool won a league and champions league double before Jurgen Klopp left for Manchester United, whom he described as “a much bigger club”. He was subsequently sacked two weeks into his contract after it emerged his role as Opel brand ambassador conflicted with United’s deals with Chevrolet and a Korean tractor firm. Klopp had finalised the signing of Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk before leaving his post.
Finally to rugby where Ireland claimed yet another Grand Slam which included a 60-point mauling of England. Joe Schmidt’s side later went on to claim the World Cup in Japan following a last-gasp drop goal from Joey Carbury in the final.