April 29, 2012

QUESTION 52 - RESULTS & STANDINGS

QUESTION 52
 What other Irish province have Clermont faced in the Heineken Cup already this season?

Results

BlueMagic.ie League Round 5
1 @ccbooms 7+3 (& bye into playoffs)
2 @eoinmcdon 5+3 (“ulstet” accepted by TMO)
3 @deise_prop 3+3
4 @Soregan2009 1+3
5 @Jellieman 1
6 @carolinesweetie 1
7 @paddylogan13 1+3
8 @Gary_Carr_ 1
9 @MinervaMcG 1
10 @Cazoshea 1
11 @Murray_Kinsella 1+1
12 @tinydancer_86 1
13 @Chuckieinalba 1
14 @jlernihan 1
15 @rossmcguinness 1
16 @KildareGunner 1
17 @kensutz 1
18 @TroubleBob 1

Outside timeframe : none
Wrong answer : none
Red cards : @LauraJ2803 @_mattprice_ @Leinster11 @Aoifs2707 @cikeogh @jonnyologist @RugbyUnion_Fans @clawsear @HarveyDerby6 @ConorFinegan

PLAYERS HIGHLIGHTED GREEN HAVE A BYE INTO PLAYOFFS (& ARE IMMUNE TO RED CARDS)
PLAYERS HIGHLIGHTED BLUE ARE CURRENTLY IN DEFINITE PLAYOFF POSITIONS
PLAYERS HIGHLIGHTED YELLOW GET “RED CARD” IF THEY DONT ANSWER NEXT ROUND
Players are ranked by -
1. Most points (during this month’s game**)
2. Total Questions Answered (since game began**)
3. Last Question Answered**
4. Fastest answer in most recent round
** = these stats are subject to penalty from red card and can be deducted by the citing commissioner


THE BLUEMAGIC.IE LEAGUE – revised schedule
1 Mar 31 Munster (Q48)
2 Apr 7 Cardiff (Q49)*
3 Apr 13 Edinburgh (Q50)
4 Apr 20 Ulster (Q51)
5 Apr 29 Clermont (Q52)*
6 May 5 Newport GD (Q53)
7 May 12 Pro12 Playoff (Q54)*
8 May 19 HC F Ulster (Q55)*
x May 26/27 Pro12 F (Qxx)*
PO1 June 9 New Zealand (Qxx)
PO2 June 16 New Zealand (Qxx)
GF June 23 New Zealand (Qxx)


* = 1st correct answer goes straight into playoffs

April 26, 2012

EMERALD RUGBY HEC PREDICTION LEAGUE


Just three matches left for the eight remaining Heineken Cup predictors to win this season-long competition with its first prize of a year's subscription to Emerald Rugby magazine.

As you see by the standings in the sidebar, LDelpiero had an excellent quarterfinal stage, although being a Munster fan he may not have seen things that way! 

He was however one of only two in the overall pool to take a punt on Edinburgh beating 4-times champion Toulouse, and this together with  his top pool score in Clermont's win over Saracens gives him a commanding 1.5pt lead at the top of the table.

But of course all that can change this weekend, with Steve O'Gorman ready to pounce should he slip up.  Could there be an upset at the Aviva with the Scottish capital reaching its first ever final?  And what about the massive game in Bordeaux...possibly as tough a match to call as there has ever been in this great competition!

Don't forget, only the eight qualifiers are still in the competition, everyone else in the pool is just "playing for pride", as it were.

If you're still interested in having a shot at a prize, why not have a go at the Halftime Quiz question during the Clermont v Leinster match?  Follow this link for details.

April 24, 2012

NEWS OF QUESTION 52


Above you see a screengrab from Bluemagic.ie.  If you follow this link you'll be able to read their report from the recent Leinster Rugby Awards at the Mansion House.

The Leinster rugby fansite is also responsible for another award, that being the Grand Prize for the final Halftime Quiz game of the 2011/12 season, which has its 5th round with Question 52 this Sunday on or around halftime when the boys in blue play their vital Heineken Cup semifinal against Clermont in Bordeaux.

The league phase of the game will carry on as long as Leinster's season does, with the playoffs taking place throughout Ireland's three-match test series with the All Blacks in June.  

You can get a spot in those playoffs two ways...by finishing high up on this month's league table, OR by getting the first correct answer whenever Leinster are playing a knockout match.

With the Clermont clash being a semifinal, this is one of those rounds, so basically EVERYONE is in with a shout this week.  And what's more, I can promise you this latest question is VERY, VERY EASY so you're going to have to be lightning quick with your answers!

All that's left for me to do is give you a teeny tiny clue as to the answer...the rest is up to you...get on twitter when halftime approaches on Sunday, watch the @HarpinOnRugby timeline and be ready to get you answer in.  Have a go and best of luck! JLP


Clermont v Ulster in their HCup pool match

April 21, 2012

QUESTION 51 - RESULTS & STANDINGS


QUESTION 51

Only 1 of Ulster's 15 starters v Munster in the HCup QF wasn't on the pitch for the full 80minutes - name him.


Results

BlueMagic.ie League Round 4

1 @DonnOSullivan 7
2 @JimmianB 5
3 @deise_prop 3+3
4 @paddylogan13 1+3
5 @ccbooms 1+3
6 @mickado15 1
7 @marcsynnott 1
8 @Soregan2009 1+3
9 @eoinmcdon 1
10 @Murray_Kinsella 1



Outside timeframe : none
Wrong answer : @tinydancer_86 @Carmel119
Red cards : @shanelillis @seriously_shhh @seanohara2 @ianmacdublin @Ms_Ali_B

PLAYERS HIGHLIGHTED GREEN HAVE A BYE INTO PLAYOFFS
PLAYERS HIGHLIGHTED BLUE ARE IN PLAYOFF POSITIONS (THO 8 SPOTS AVAILABLE ALTOGETHER)
PLAYERS HIGHLIGHTED YELLOW GET “RED CARD” IF THEY DONT ANSWER NEXT ROUND
Players are ranked by -
1. Most points (during this month’s game**)
2. Total Questions Answered (since game began**)
3. Last Question Answered**
4. Fastest answer in most recent round
** = these stats are subject to penalty from red card and can be deducted by the citing commissioner

THE BLUEMAGIC.IE LEAGUE – revised schedule
1 Mar 31 Munster (Q48)
2 Apr 7 Cardiff (Q49)*
3 Apr 13 Edinburgh (Q50)
4 Apr 20 Ulster (Q51)
5 Apr 29 Clermont (Q52)*
6 May 5 Newport GD (Q53)
7 May 12 Pro12 Playoff (Q54)*
x May 19 HC F (Qxx)*
x May 26/27 Pro12 F (Qxx)*
PO1 June 9 New Zealand (Qxx)
PO2 June 16 New Zealand (Qxx)
GF June 23 New Zealand (Qxx)

* = 1st correct answer goes straight into playoffs

April 17, 2012

NEWS OF QUESTION 51


BlueMagic.ie is Leinster rugby's official fan site and is the home to such antics as you see above...before the Heineken Cup quarterfinal they were asking fans to give their version of Leo the Lion's roar and if you check out their new YouTube channel you'll see some of the best results.

But back to more pressing matters...Round 4 of the BlueMagic.ie League takes place this Friday evening, with Question 51 being posted on or around halftime in Leinster's Pro12 clash with Ulster at Ravenhill.

As you can see by the latest standings, things are very tight at the top, so as always you'll need to be quick with your answers to get yourself into those playoff spots.

Speaking of playoff spots, here's a reminder of how things work this time round...
  • there are eight playoff spots in total
  • when a question falls during a knockout match for Leinster, the first in with the correct answer gets an automatic spot in the playoffs.
  • when Leinster's 2011/12 campaign is over, those automatic qualifiers are joined by the top players on the league table to make up the 8 spots
  • the playoff questions will be set on or around halftime during each of Ireland's 3 test matches against New Zealand in June.
So...as this upcoming match with Ulster is in the league, there are only points on offer but still, 10 would go a long way to getting yourself into the playoffs so you'd better be fast!

Also congrats to @Soregan2009 who captured @thebathpub League title last weekend, his third crown in a row, matching the feat earlier accomplished by @ccbooms.  The question is...can he make it four is there anyone out there to challenge him?

Here is a slight pictorial clue for the next question.  Reckon you're up to having a go? Best of luck if so! JLP

Ulster celebrate their famous win in Thomond Park thanks in part to Craig Gilroy's try.

April 14, 2012

QUESTION 50 - RESULTS & STANDINGS


QUESTION 50
Unscramble the surnames to get 3 Edinburgh players from their famous win over Toulouse. CANEJOBS ERNIEN RABIL 

Results

@TheBathPub League Playoffs

Grand Final (Q50)
@Soregan2009 (2) bt @dflemin (4)


BlueMagic.ie League Round 3

1 @deise_prop 7+3
2 @ccbooms 5+3
3 @Soregan2009 3+3
4 @paddylogan13 1+3
5 @tinydancer_86 1+3
6 @Connachtman87 1
7 @SiobhanCorc 1
8 @Cazoshea ` 1+3

Wrong answer : @Chuckieinalba (spelling)
Red cards : @thedudester1978 @darraghjoneill @frankieangels @niamh1986 @Rhiannon_1989


PLAYERS HIGHLIGHTED GREEN HAVE A BYE INTO PLAYOFFS
PLAYERS HIGHLIGHTED BLUE ARE IN PLAYOFF POSITIONS (EXTRA SPOTS AVAILABLE IN BONUS ROUNDS - see schedule below)
PLAYERS HIGHLIGHTED YELLOW GET “RED CARD” IF THEY DONT ANSWER NEXT ROUND

Players are ranked by -
1. Most points (during this month’s game**)
2. Total Questions Answered (since game began**)
3. Last Question Answered**
4. Fastest answer in most recent round
** = these stats are subject to penalty from red card and can be deducted by the citing commissioner


THE BLUEMAGIC.IE LEAGUE – revised schedule
1 Mar 31 Munster (Q48)
2 Apr 7 Cardiff (Q49)*
3 Apr 13 Edinburgh (Q50)
4 Apr 20 Ulster (Q51)
5 Apr 29 HC SF (Q52)*
6 May 5 Newport GD (Q53)
7 May 11/12/13 Pro12 Playoff (Q54)*
x May 19 HC F (Qxx)*
x May 26/27 Pro12 F (Qxx)*
Playoffs Rd1 June 9 New Zealand (Qxx)
Playoffs Rd2 June 16 New Zealand (Qxx)
Grand Final June 23 New Zealand (Qxx)

* = 1st correct answer goes straight into playoffs

April 10, 2012

NEWS OF QUESTION 50


It's 50 up for the Halftime Quiz this weekend!  And to celebrate there's a Grand Final up for grabs in @thebathpub League!

I enjoyed a pint or two in there last Saturday to watch Edinburgh's famous win over Toulouse and it's the Scottish side's visit to the RDS this Friday which will provide the setting for both @dflemin and @Soregan2009 to duke it out for the grand prize.

Whichever of the two gets a valid answer in first will win themselves a voucher for what is known as a "beer bath" - ie ten bottles of Heino in a bath of ice.  Free beer sounds good to me!

So we need a special question to suit the occasion and I think I have it.  Be warned though...it's an ANAGRAM QUESTION.  This means spelling must, must, MUST be SPOT ON.

Of course as always it's not just the two grand finalists playing this week.  Everyone is still in for the BlueMagic.ie League so if you can get at your twitter account at halftime during the Pro12 clash, have a go, up to 10pts on offer which could put you well on your way to the next Grand Final!

I'll leave you with a teeny clue as to Question 50.  Best of luck to you all...be sure and have a go! JLP

April 07, 2012

QUESTION 49 - RESULTS & STANDINGS

QUESTION 49
 Cardiff Blues once lost an HCup semifinal on a penalty shootout. Name BOTH their opposition AND the year.

Results
@TheBathPub League Playoffs

First Round (Q48)
@eoinmcdon (8) bt @ccbooms (1) 
@dflemin (4) bt @Cazoshea (5)

Second Round (Q49)
@dflemin (4) bt @eoinmcdon (8)

Grand Final (Q50)
@Soregan2009 (2) v @dflemin (4)


BlueMagic.ie League Round 2
1 @dflemin* 7+3
2 @Cazoshea 5+1
3 @_mattprice_ 3
4 @Leinster11 1
5 @tinydancer_86 1
6 @Aoifs2707 1
7 @Soregan2009 1+3
8 @cikeogh 1
9 @jonnyologist 1
10 @RugbyUnion_Fans 1
11 @deise_prop 1+1
12 @paddylogan13 1+1
13 @clawsear 1
14 @HarveyDerby6 1
15 @Chuckieinalba 1+1
16 @ccbooms 1+1
17 @LauraJ2803 1+1
18 @ConorFinegan 1

Outside timeframe : @eoinmcdon
Wrong answer : @perthred7
Red cards : @Bopper06 @mongank @Williamson_Irl

PLAYERS HIGHLIGHTED GREEN HAVE A BYE INTO PLAYOFFS
PLAYERS HIGHLIGHTED BLUE ARE IN PLAYOFF POSITIONS
PLAYERS HIGHLIGHTED YELLOW GET “RED CARD” IF THEY DONT ANSWER NEXT ROUND
Players are ranked by -
1. Most points (during this month’s game**)
2. Total Questions Answered (since game began**)
3. Last Question Answered**
4. Fastest answer in most recent round
** = these stats are subject to penalty from red card and can be deducted by the citing commissioner


THE BLUEMAGIC.IE LEAGUE – revised schedule
1 Mar 31 Munster (Q48)
2 Apr 7 Cardiff (Q49)*
3 Apr 13 Edinburgh (Q50)
4 Apr 20 Ulster (Q51)
5 Apr 29 HC SF (Q52)*
6 May 5 Newport GD (Q53)
7 May 11/12/13 Pro12 Playoff (Q54)*
x May 19 HC F (Qxx)*
x May 26/27 Pro12 F (Qxx)*
PO1 June 9 New Zealand (Qxx)
PO2 June 16 New Zealand (Qxx)
GF June 23 New Zealand (Qxx)
* = 1st correct answer goes straight into playoffs

April 05, 2012

EMERALD RUGBY HEC PREDICTION LEAGUE


It has been an eventful couple of months since mid-January but the Heineken Cup is back, which of course means so is the Emerald Rugby HEC Prediction League.

And just like Europe's premier rugby competition, there are just 8 left in contention for the top prize, which in this case is a 1-year subscription* to Ireland's leading rugby magazine.

Just to remind you how the competition works from here on in - first, see the table in the sidebar.  The 8 contenders will make their predictions for the seven remaining Heineken Cup matches in the 2011/12 tournament, and as you can see their points scores have returned to zero.

The competition winner will be the top points scorer from the HarpinOnRugby Sportguru pool over the remaining matches, with the only tie-breaker being the "seeding" which is based on points earned from the early stages.


So best of luck to the 8 contenders...to the rest of you, if prizes are what you're after, see the post below - the Halftime Quiz is for EVERYone! JLP

* = online only for those not resident on the island of Ireland



April 03, 2012

NEWS OF QUESTION 49


UPDATE : Just as a reminder, as the Leinster v Cardiff Blues match is a knockout fixture, whoever gets Question 49 right first gets a "bye" straight into the BlueMagic.ie League playoffs!

Above you can see Leinster legend Victor Costello enjoying a pint in The Bath Pub, just a stone's throw from the Aviva Stadium.

And of course as you know, the province take on the Cardiff Blues in the Heineken Cup Quarterfinal this Saturday evening.

On or around halftime, Question 49 will be posted on twitter, and you should all have a go as it counts as Round 2 of the BlueMagic.ie league.

But you'll have to be quick to score big as four tweeters will also be going at it for a chance to get into the latest Grand Final, where the first prize is a "beer bath" in the Bath Pub.  

@dflemin is in his second semifinal in a row and he takes on @eoinmcdon, a long time HQ player but this is his first trip to the playoffs.  In the other semi, reigning champ @Soregan2009 is going for his 3rd title in a row and he faces @paddylogan13 who he beat in the first round playoff for the February game.

So as soon as you see the question in your timeline, get typing!  Below is a bit of a clue.  Will this one catch you out? JLP

PS - The Emerald Rugby HEC Prediction League also resumes this weekend...more news of this later in the week.


April 01, 2012

QUESTION 48 - RESULTS & STANDINGS


QUESTION 48
Name any TWO of Leinster's 3 try scorers in their 25-6 victory over Munster at Croke Park in 2009.

Results
@TheBathPub League Playoffs

First Round (Q48)
@eoinmcdon (8) bt @ccbooms (1) 
@dflemin (4) bt @Cazoshea (5)

Second Round (Q49)
E : @dflemin (4) v @eoinmcdon (8)
F : @Soregan2009 (2) v @paddylogan13 (6)

Grand Final (Q50)
Winner E v Winner F


BlueMagic.ie League Round 1

1 @eoinmcdon 7+1
2 @dflemin 5
3 @ccbooms 3+1
4 @seriously_shhh 1
5 @Chuckieinalba 1+3
6 @LauraJ2803 1+3
7 @seanohara2 1
8 @paddylogan13 1+3
9 @shanelillis 1+3
10 @Soregan2009 1+1
11 @ianmacdublin 1
12 @deise_prop 1
13 @Ms_Ali_B 1

Wrong answer : @Cazoshea @DamoPoder
Red cards : @EoinMcDermott @Ciaran_Kelly @jlernihan @conorparsons @porkbomb @Cillian_Hogan @willie_lopez12 @bigstace @ConorHanley @danjomurray @Jellieman @BenIreland3 @Kelly_Dalton @Murray_Kinsella @MickeyJoeV @clawsear @keithejackson8 @Ldelpiero @SimplyWines


PLAYERS HIGHLIGHTED BLUE ARE IN PLAYOFF POSITIONS
(top 3 definitely qualify, plus round winners from Leinster's knockout matches)
PLAYERS HIGHLIGHTED YELLOW GET “RED CARD” IF THEY DONT ANSWER NEXT ROUND
Players are ranked by -
1. Most points (during this month’s game**)
2. Total Questions Answered (since game began**)
3. Last Question Answered**
4. Fastest answer in most recent round
** = these stats are subject to penalty from red card and can be deducted by the citing commissioner