Each weekend we take a look back on the sporting highs from across Ireland and around the world through the medium of numbers. This weekend there was an important win for Ireland en route to World Cup Qualification, more history made by Tom Brady in the NFL and more…


The number of points Ireland’s Women Rugby players scored in getting their World Cup qualification campaign back on track in Italy. With one round of fixtures to be played next Saturday, all four teams are on five points with Italy topping the table with ten points of a better scoring difference.

Italy will play Spain first which means that Ireland and Scotland will know what they have to do in terms of the size of the winning margin needed to progress either directly to the World Cup or to take the runner up spot and go to a final repechage event next year.

The winner will fill one of the spots while the loser will miss out entirely.


The winning streak of the Tom Brady led Tampa Bay Buccaneers while scoring 30 points or more is now at nine after last night’s win against Atlanta. That sets a new record in the modern era of the sport, breaking a three-way tie with two former streaks of the New England Patriots, both led by… Tom Brady.


The number of goals scored by Wexford hurling club Rapparees in breaking a 43-year famine since they last won the County senior Championship.


Irish showjumpers recorded three five star wins at the weekend. Darragh Kenny and Bertram Allen recorded wins at the prestigious World Equestrian Festival in Aachen while Paul O’Shea led a 1-2-3 for Ireland at Traverse City, Michigan in the United States


Jimmy Greaves passed away at the weekend at the age of 81. He still holds the record, unlikely to be beaten of being the youngest player to score 100 top-flight goals in England at 20 years and 290 days. The next quickest to reach that milestone was Michael Owen at the age of 23.


Sky Sports billed yesterday’s Premier League game between Tottenham and Chelsea as being the first game that would do ‘Zero’ damage to the environment. We cannot tell if that was actually the case but in terms of raising issues on how diet, travel, and usage of power can make a difference it did no harm.


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