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Who will win in 2015? TheScore.ie's predictions for the year's big sporting events

There’s A LOT to look forward to over the next 12 months.

Super Bowl XLIX

Patriots Colts Football Is Tom Brady heading for a fourth Super Bowl ring with the Patriots? Source: AP/Press Association Images

  • Steven O’Rourke: New England Patriots
  • Ryan Bailey: Seattle Seahawks
  • Will Slattery:  Green Bay Packers
  • Sean Farrell: Green Bay Packers
  • Fintan O’Toole: New England Patriots
  • Paul Fennessy: Seattle Seahawks
  • Eoin O’Callaghan: New England Patriots
  • Ruaidhri Croke: New England Patriots
  • Sinéad O’Carroll: San Francisco 49ers (Ed – Always a risk when you ask for predictions before the regular season is done.)
  • Rónán Duffy: New England Patriots
  • Adrian Russell: Denver Broncos
  • Ben Blake: Seattle Seahawks
  • Niall Kelly: Green Bay Packers

Cricket World Cup

India Cricket WCup India Sri Lanka Can India defend their Cricket World Cup title in Australia and New Zealand? Source: AP/Press Association Images

  • Steven O’Rourke:Australia
  • Ryan Bailey: New Zealand
  • Will Slattery:  Australia
  • Sean Farrell: Australia
  • Fintan O’Toole: Australia
  • Paul Fennessy: New Zealand
  • Eoin O’Callaghan: Australia
  • Ruaidhri Croke: New Zealand
  • Sinéad O’Carroll: Australia
  • Rónán Duffy: Australia
  • Adrian Russell: Australia
  • Ben Blake: New Zealand
  • Niall Kelly: India

Six Nations

The Ireland celebrate winning the RBS 6 Nations Championship in the dressing room Good times. Source: INPHO

  • Steven O’Rourke: England
  • Ryan Bailey: Ireland
  • Will Slattery:  Ireland
  • Sean Farrell: Ireland
  • Fintan O’Toole: England
  • Paul Fennessy: Ireland
  • Eoin O’Callaghan: Ireland
  • Ruaidhri Croke: Ireland
  • Sinéad O’Carroll: Ireland
  • Rónán Duffy: Ireland
  • Adrian Russell: Ireland
  • Ben Blake: England
  • Niall Kelly: Ireland

Cheltenham Gold Cup

Horse Racing - 2014 William Hill Winter Festival - Day One - Kempton Park King George winner Silviniaco Conti is 3/1 favourite for the Gold Cup at the time of writing. Source: EMPICS Sport

  • Steven O’Rourke: Silviniaco Conti
  • Ryan Bailey: Lord Windermere
  • Will Slattery:  Best Mate (Ed – We explained to Will that the great Best Mate is dead since 2005. He was too embarrassed to change his pick.)
  • Sean Farrell: Bob’s Worth
  • Fintan O’Toole: Holywell
  • Paul Fennessy: Champagne Fever
  • Eoin O’Callaghan: Lord Windermere
  • Ruaidhri Croke: Champagne Fever
  • Sinéad O’Carroll: Shutthefrontdoor
  • Rónán Duffy: Silviniaco Conti
  • Adrian Russell: Lord Windermere
  • Ben Blake: Bob’s Worth
  • Niall Kelly: Al Ferof

National Football League

Cian O'Sullivan The Dubs are our writers' consensus pick for another league title. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

  • Steven O’Rourke: Dublin
  • Ryan Bailey: Dublin
  • Will Slattery:  Dublin
  • Sean Farrell: Dublin
  • Fintan O’Toole: Mayo
  • Paul Fennessy: Dublin
  • Eoin O’Callaghan: Dublin
  • Ruaidhri Croke: Dublin
  • Sinéad O’Carroll: Mayo
  • Rónán Duffy: Dublin
  • Adrian Russell: Dublin
  • Ben Blake: Mayo
  • Niall Kelly: Dublin

National Hurling League

Lester Ryan lifts the trophy After a winter of retirements, can Cody and the Cats defend their league crown? Source: James Crombie/INPHO

  • Steven O’Rourke: Clare
  • Ryan Bailey: Kilkenny
  • Will Slattery:  Kilkenny
  • Sean Farrell: Tipperary
  • Fintan O’Toole: Tipperary
  • Paul Fennessy: Kilkenny
  • Eoin O’Callaghan: Cork
  • Ruaidhri Croke: Cork
  • Sinéad O’Carroll: Kilkenny
  • Rónán Duffy: Kilkenny
  • Adrian Russell: Kilkenny
  • Ben Blake: Kilkenny
  • Niall Kelly: Cork

The Masters

Masters Golf Rory McIlroy bids to complete a career slam when the Masters tees off at Augusta in April. Source: Charlie Riedel

  • Steven O’Rourke: Rory McIlroy
  • Ryan Bailey: Bubba Watson
  • Will Slattery:  Rory McIlroy
  • Sean Farrell: Rory McIlroy
  • Fintan O’Toole: Rory McIlroy
  • Paul Fennessy: Phil Mickelson
  • Eoin O’Callaghan: Henrik Stenson
  • Ruaidhri Croke: Jordan Spieth
  • Sinéad O’Carroll: Rory McIlroy
  • Rónán Duffy: Phil Mickleson
  • Adrian Russell: Jason Day
  • Ben Blake: Adam Scott
  • Niall Kelly: Adam Scott

Premier League

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Stoke City v Chelsea - Britannia Stadium Chelsea were top of the table on Christmas Day - does that make them a banker in the title race? Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

  • Steven O’Rourke: Chelsea
  • Ryan Bailey: Chelsea
  • Will Slattery:  Chelsea
  • Sean Farrell: Chelsea
  • Fintan O’Toole: Chelsea
  • Paul Fennessy: Chelsea
  • Eoin O’Callaghan: Chelsea
  • Ruaidhri Croke: Chelsea
  • Sinéad O’Carroll: Chelsea
  • Rónán Duffy: Chelsea
  • Adrian Russell: Chelsea
  • Ben Blake: Chelsea
  • Niall Kelly: Chelsea

Rugby Champions Cup

Rugby Union - European Rugby Champions Cup - Pool One - Munster v ASM Clermont Auvergne - Thomond Park Clermont have never won Europe's top competition - but our writers feel that this might be their year. Source: Niall Carsons

  • Steven O’Rourke: Clermont
  • Ryan Bailey: Toulouse
  • Will Slattery:  Clermont
  • Sean Farrell: Clermont
  • Fintan O’Toole: Toulon
  • Paul Fennessy: Toulon
  • Eoin O’Callaghan: Clermont
  • Ruaidhri Croke: Clermont
  • Sinéad O’Carroll: Clermont
  • Rónán Duffy: Clermont
  • Adrian Russell: Clermont
  • Ben Blake: Toulon
  • Niall Kelly: Northampton

Champions League

Portugal Soccer Champions League Final If Real win an 11th Champions League, you can expect more of the same from Ronaldo. Source: Paulo Duarte

  • Steven O’Rourke: Barcelona
  • Ryan Bailey: Real Madrid
  • Will Slattery:  Real Madrid
  • Sean Farrell: Bayern Munich
  • Fintan O’Toole: Real Madrid
  • Paul Fennessy: Real Madrid
  • Eoin O’Callaghan: Bayern Munich
  • Ruaidhri Croke: Real Madrid
  • Sinéad O’Carroll: Bayern Munich
  • Rónán Duffy: Real Madrid
  • Adrian Russell: Bayern Munich
  • Ben Blake: Bayern Munich
  • Niall Kelly: Real Madrid

The Open

British Open Golf Who will lift the Claret Jug this year? Source: AP/Press Association Images

  • Steven O’Rourke: Shane Lowry
  • Ryan Bailey: Jordan Spieth
  • Will Slattery:  Adam Scott
  • Sean Farrell: Rickie Fowler
  • Fintan O’Toole: Justin Rose
  • Paul Fennessy: Rory McIlroy
  • Eoin O’Callaghan: Rory McIlroy
  • Ruaidhri Croke: Padraig Harrington (he won in Indonesia, he’s back!)
  • Sinéad O’Carroll: Adam Scott
  • Rónán Duffy: Rory McIlroy
  • Adrian Russell: Adam Scott
  • Ben Blake: Rory McIlroy
  • Niall Kelly: Rory McIlroy

All-Ireland senior hurling championship

KilkennyÕs Henry Shefflin places a hat on his sons Henry's head after the game Will Kilkenny lift Liam again (and will Henry be back?) Source: James Crombie/INPHO

  • Steven O’Rourke: Clare
  • Ryan Bailey: Clare
  • Will Slattery:  Clare
  • Sean Farrell: Kilkenny
  • Fintan O’Toole: Clare
  • Paul Fennessy: Kilkenny
  • Eoin O’Callaghan: Clare
  • Ruaidhri Croke: Kilkenny
  • Sinéad O’Carroll: Tipperary
  • Rónán Duffy: Cork
  • Adrian Russell: Clare
  • Ben Blake: Clare
  • Niall Kelly: Tipperary

All-Ireland senior football championship

Aidan O'Shea dejected Will a change in management bring a change in fortunes for Aidan O'Shea and Mayo? Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

  • Steven O’Rourke: Dublin
  • Ryan Bailey: Mayo
  • Will Slattery:  Dublin
  • Sean Farrell: Dublin
  • Fintan O’Toole: Dublin
  • Paul Fennessy: Dublin
  • Eoin O’Callaghan: Dublin
  • Ruaidhri Croke: Dublin
  • Sinéad O’Carroll: Dublin
  • Rónán Duffy: Dublin
  • Adrian Russell: Dublin
  • Ben Blake: Mayo
  • Niall Kelly: Dublin

All-Ireland senior camogie championship

Cork and Kilkenny mascot bring bring out the O'Duffy cup The 2015 camogie season is shaping up to be more of the same in our writers' eyes. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

  • Steven O’Rourke: Kilkenny
  • Ryan Bailey: Dublin
  • Will Slattery:  Cork
  • Sean Farrell: Eh, Cork?
  • Fintan O’Toole: Kilkenny
  • Paul Fennessy: Cork
  • Eoin O’Callaghan: Kilkenny
  • Ruaidhri Croke: Cork
  • Sinéad O’Carroll: Kilkenny
  • Rónán Duffy: Kilkenny
  • Adrian Russell: Cork
  • Ben Blake: Kilkenny
  • Niall Kelly: Kilkenny

All-Ireland Ladies senior football championship

Eamon Ryan celebrates with The Brendan Martin Cup Eamon Ryan and Cork couldn't do it again, could they? Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

  • Steven O’Rourke: Cork
  • Ryan Bailey: Cork
  • Will Slattery:  Cork
  • Sean Farrell: Dublin
  • Fintan O’Toole: Cork
  • Paul Fennessy: Cork
  • Eoin O’Callaghan: Cork
  • Ruaidhri Croke: Cork
  • Sinéad O’Carroll: Dublin
  • Rónán Duffy: Cork
  • Adrian Russell: Cork
  • Ben Blake: Cork
  • Niall Kelly: Dublin

Wimbledon Men’s Singles

Britain Wimbledon Tennis Anyone for a repeat of Djokovic and Federer's epic Wimbledon 2014 final? Source: Pavel Golovkin

  • Steven O’Rourke: Novak Djokovic
  • Ryan Bailey: Novak Djokovic
  • Will Slattery:  Novak Djokovic
  • Sean Farrell: Andy Murray
  • Fintan O’Toole: Novak Djokovic
  • Paul Fennessy: Novak Djokovic
  • Eoin O’Callaghan: Grigor Dimitrov
  • Ruaidhri Croke: Andy Murray
  • Sinéad O’Carroll: Andy Murray
  • Rónán Duffy: Novak Djokovic
  • Adrian Russell: Novak Djokovic
  • Ben Blake: Andy Murray
  • Niall Kelly: Rafael Nadal

Wimbledon Women’s Singles

Britain Wimbledon Tennis It's Eugenie Bouchard's year, writes Sean Farrell. We'll see in June. Source: Ben Curtis

  • Steven O’Rourke: Eugenie Bouchard
  • Ryan Bailey: Caroline Wozniacki
  • Will Slattery:  Serena Williams
  • Sean Farrell: It’s Eugenie Bouchard’s year
  • Fintan O’Toole: Serena Williams
  • Paul Fennessy: Serena Williams
  • Eoin O’Callaghan: Serena Williams
  • Ruaidhri Croke: Caroline Wozniacki
  • Sinéad O’Carroll: Caroline Wozniacki
  • Rónán Duffy: Serena Williams
  • Adrian Russell: Serena Williams
  • Ben Blake: Petra Kvitova
  • Niall Kelly: Victoria Azarenka

Rugby World Cup

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2011 - Final - France v New Zealand - Eden Park Richie won't be giving this baby up without a fight. Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

  • Steven O’Rourke: Ireland
  • Ryan Bailey: New Zealand
  • Will Slattery:  New Zealand
  • Sean Farrell: South Africa
  • Fintan O’Toole: New Zealand
  • Paul Fennessy: New Zealand
  • Eoin O’Callaghan: New Zealand
  • Ruaidhri Croke: New Zealand
  • Sinéad O’Carroll: New Zealand
  • Rónán Duffy: England
  • Adrian Russell: New Zealand
  • Ben Blake: South Africa
  • Niall Kelly: England

Airtricity League Premier Division

Dundalk players celebrate in the dressing room Only one writer thinks Dundalk will retain their Premier Division crown. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

  • Steven O’Rourke: Shamrock Rovers
  • Ryan Bailey: Cork City
  • Will Slattery:  Cork City
  • Sean Farrell: Dundalk
  • Fintan O’Toole: Shamrock Rovers
  • Paul Fennessy: St Patrick’s Athletic
  • Eoin O’Callaghan: Cork City
  • Ruaidhri Croke: Shamrock Rovers
  • Sinéad O’Carroll: Cork City
  • Rónán Duffy: Cork City
  • Adrian Russell: Cork City
  • Ben Blake: St Patrick’s Athletic
  • Niall Kelly: St Patrick’s Athletic

F1 World Championship

Mideast Emirates F1 GP Auto Racing Hamilton or Rosberg? Source: AP/Press Association Images

  • Steven O’Rourke: Lewis Hamilton
  • Ryan Bailey: Lewis Hamilton
  • Will Slattery:  Lewis Hamilton
  • Sean Farrell: Lewis Hamilton
  • Fintan O’Toole: Lewis Hamilton
  • Paul Fennessy: Lewis Hamilton
  • Eoin O’Callaghan: Nico Rosberg
  • Ruaidhri Croke: Nico Rosberg
  • Sinéad O’Carroll: Lewis Hamilton
  • Rónán Duffy: Lewis Hamilton
  • Adrian Russell: Lewis Hamilton
  • Ben Blake: Nico Rosberg
  • Niall Kelly: Nico Rosberg

That’s our lot – feel free to leave your own predictions and thoughts in the comments section below …

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