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Week 35 - Magic Eight Balls Take Fourth Title

Published: 23 May 2017


MAGIC EIGHT BALLS ARE CHAMPIONS

We must start this Week by congratulating the Coach of Magic Eight Balls on their victory in the 2016 – 2017 Golden Boot game. The eventual winning margin of 23 points belies the fact that, with just eleven Premier League matches to go their lead had been cut to a single point. Their total of 892 points set a new record for a Golden Boot game season. The new champions also had three Hot Spot Game victories in a season that was a success from start to finish.

Second place was a much closer fight between donnyvegas and Cheshire Town with the long-time leaders taking the second prize by just four points. So congratulations to the Coach of donnyvegas, who also beat the previous highest points total, and commiserations to the Coach of Cheshire Town who ended up missing out on three prizes in the final three Weeks of the season.

WEEK 35 REVIEW

The final Week of the season provided a surprising haul of goals and points largely thanks to popular picks Kane (again) and Aguero scoring more than once. As last Week, the number of teams getting double figures of goals (two) matched the number with a half century of points but this Week they were the same teams. Pointes High School Marksmen had goals from their top seven strikers for a Week’s high 57 points from ten goals while Champions Magic Eight Balls finished off the season in style with fifty points from their six scorers. Of the five teams who had Kane in the 8-point position, the champions were the only one to have Aguero in the 7-point slot, while no team had them the other way round. Two teams got goals from all except their 2- point striker with Eight Wizards amassing 44 points from Kane and six others while PJ Auxerre managed seven goals from seven different strikers for the highest score by any team without Kane – 34 points.

Scoring 112 points in the final two Weeks of the season not only took Magic Eight Balls to a record points total but made it virtually impossible for the two teams who were trying to beat them to the title. This left donnyvegas and Cheshire Town fighting over second place. In Week 34 donnyvegas had outscored their rivals by six points despite having a goal fewer and in Week 35 they increased the margin to seven points from two goals fewer. Once again the positioning of Kane had a significant impact on both team’s scores with donnyvegas collecting 24 points from the Golden boot winner while Cheshire Town had just three. With doubles from both Aguero and Batshuayi Cheshire Town were able to stretch their record goals tally to 179 for the full season while donnyvegas finished as the only team to have their individual points tallies in the correct order getting most goals in their 8-point striker column (33) and fewest in their 1- point striker column (just 8). They couldn’t match the 36 8-point goals scored by The Happy Saturdays, though. Finally a big thank you to Always Winners who got the four goals they needed to make a century. This means all 34 teams that signed up to play the Golden Boot game last August scored a century of goals this season. This is certainly the only season this has happened so congratulations to everyone.

FINAL FIVE HOT SPOT GAME

It seems incredible that I have got this far without congratulating Partysanne Gringley on their victory in the Final Five game; their third victory in this traditional end of season Hot Spot game. When I work out who is in with a realistic chance of winning with a Week to go I tend to use two 8-point goals as a margin that can realistically be closed. This meant that Pointes High School Marksmen at 17 points adrift were not considered a credible threat and so it proved as Partysanne Gringley held them off by two clear points. Meanwhile, none of the three teams within the sixteen point margin could make any kind of progress even MANILA BLUES who had been in the top two throughout the competition were only able to close by a single point. When you consider that Partysanne Gringley scored only 52 points in the first three Weeks before adding 116 in the final two you have to say that the contest designed to reward the team that finishes the season the best did exactly that.

COMING UP NEXT WEEK

With the season over there are no more Premier League matches to worry about and no more Golden Boot game selection deadlines to cause consternation in Gringley-on-the-Hill. We will still be producing a web log for next Week on Wednesday 31st May. In it we will be reviewing the season that has just finished and picking out the decisive moments that affected the final outcome. We also need to update a number of Golden Boot game records which have been equalled or surpassed during the season just ended. It just remains for me to thank everyone who has played this season for making it so interesting and to congratulate Harry Kane on retaining the real Golden Boot that is so fundamental to this fantasy football game.


Player Comments on the Blog

From: M1

at: 8:54 on 24 May 2017

What a fantastic season we have enjoyed with the Golden Boot game... Big congrats to all the winners including donnyvegas for getting the perfect high to low selections, some consolation for being the long front runner for a big part of the season.... Many many thanks for the behind the scenes controllers and excellent weekly blog write ups!!! Cheers folks....

From: Spartak Gringley

at: 17:33 on 24 May 2017

Well done to all the winners and good luck for next season for all those who made it a contest for the winners. Many thanks to the controllers for their efforts to provide the entertainment that is The Golden Boot Game. Have a great Summer folks.

From: Cheshire Town

at: 16:01 on 25 May 2017

Congratulations to magic eight balls and donnyvegas also partysannegringley on winning etc. Just arrived home after spending 10 days in hospital
(No internet or television) so I have just seen final tables. Most annoying being in hospital missed watching
last games of season,europa final and of course finalising my golden boot team. Thanks to all who are involved in running golden boot GAme

From: M1

at: 21:33 on 25 May 2017

Very best wishes for a speedy recovery and a return to full health for Cheshire Town... Very unlucky not to make the dream treble.. Always for me the team to fear during our exciting season... Hope to see us all in the big challenge next season... Cheers

From: Cheshire Town

at: 10:21 on 26 May 2017

Thank you M1 for your best wishes. Home on crutches very frustrating not being mobile. Waiting for appointment at wrightington hospital for a hip revision operation, so looks like that is summer over for me. At least Liverpool qualified for champions league ynwa

From: Eight Wizards

at: 9:57 on 28 May 2017

Many thanks to the controllers and to all the competitors in the Golden Boot Game. As a newby this year, I have enjoyed a great Premier season even more. ...I just need to pick the strikers in the right order a bit more often!!

From: Bury Wanderer

at: 11:57 on 28 May 2017

Well done on your first year

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