Belfast Telegraph

Carl Frampton, Brendan Rodgers, Tony McCoy... Northern Ireland can dominate bumper weekend of sport

With Steven Beacom

What a sporting weekend in prospect. For Northern Ireland it could be one of the best ever. Here's your countdown and my wish list.

10. Lisnagarvey or Banbridge, facing each other in tomorrow's semi-finals, to win Sunday's Irish Hockey League final and Pegasus making it an Ulster double in the women's decider.

9. The Northern Ireland women's football team to beat Sweden in tomorrow's World Cup qualifier.

8. The Belfast Giants to follow up their title glory by winning the Play-off title.

7. The Ulster counties to finish GAA's National Football League divisional fixtures on a high, especially Tyrone, up against Dublin.

6. The Irish Cup semi-finals between Glenavon and Crusaders and Ballymena and Queen's to provide some drama. What a story it'll be if Queen's reach the final.

5. Carnlough's favourite son Brendan Rodgers inspiring Liverpool to victory over West Ham on Sunday, keeping the Reds top of the Premier League.

4. Rory McIlroy winning the Shell Houston Open setting himself up to triumph at the Masters next week.

3. Tony McCoy romping home first on Double Seven in the Grand National or Ulster owned Big Shu taking the Aintree honours.

2. The Ulster Rugby team turning on the style to beat Saracens and reach the Heineken Cup semi-finals.

1. Carl Frampton starting the ball rolling tonight with victory over Hugo Cazarez at the Odyssey to guarantee a world title shot.

Let's stand up for ALL these Ulstermen and women.

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