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Review Of 2016 - 2017 Season - Part 2

Published: 7 June 2017


HOT SPOT GAMES 2016 – 2017 REVIEW

The first two of the season’s Hot Spot games were won by Magic Eight Balls. This gave them a hat-trick of victories as they had won the Final Five game the previous season. Their first win of this season came in the experimental Grand Prix game, the Hot Spot game with no prize. It was not the most successful experiment, though we might try a revised version next season. For their Keirin game victory, Magic Eight Balls finished with a strong Week overtaking donnyvegas who missed out after a poor final Week. Not the last time that this pair would clash with Magic Eight Balls coming out on top.

The Medals Table game saw J1 start the New Year with a prize after a close contest with rivals Ard Mhacha Abu, an extra silver medal (7-point goal) making the difference. The Quantum Accelerator game also proved a close contest with J1 again in the fray. In the end it came down to the final match of Week 24 with Lallanas in Pyjamas just missing out as PJ Auxerre took the honours (one for the Controllers).

Unlike the previous Hot Spot games the Total Goals game was something of a procession. Magic Eight Balls, in the process of hunting down the top two in the Golden Boot game, took the victory and, at the same time, became the first team to win three Hot Spot games in a single season. The final two Weeks of the season saw very high scoring with the two highest scorers being Pointes High School Marksmen and Partysanne Gringley with 117 and 116 points respectively. Partysanne Gringley had done the better over the first three Weeks of the Final Five game, though, so the one point deficit could not prevent them taking the last Hot Spot game of the season for the third time.

ARROWVEAN COTTAGE CUP 2016 - 2017 REVIEW

With 33 teams qualifying for the Cup we needed to have a Preliminary Match to eliminate one before the first round. Luckily two of the Controllers’ teams came out of the hat (because there were only Controllers’, family and friends teams in it). So, PJ Auxerre were eliminated by a record Cup tie winning margin of 25 points before the competition had really started. Up to this point there had been only three replays in the history of the competition (one season and one match) but Round 1 this season saw five pointless draws and a 2 – 2 draw. The highest score by the 32 teams taking part was just nine from Always Winners. In the six replays, however, every team scored in double figures with four of the winners hitting forty or more points.

In the second round proper we lost both the league leaders donnyvegas and the eventual champions Magic Eight Balls, leaving Cheshire Town, the holders, as the top team and heavy favourites to retain the trophy (if only there was a trophy). The quarter finals saw Cheshire Town and Partysanne Gringley both make it through to their second semi-final to be joined by arch rivals M1 and J1 who put out Pointes High School Marksmen by a single point with the losers scoring more points than in their record Preliminary Round victory.

The semis saw arch rivals M1 and J1 drawn together and predictably they drew. In the other tie last season’s semi-final victors, Cheshire Town, won and last season’s semi-final losers, Partysanne Gringley, lost. The replay between the rivals saw J1 triumph to reinforce the theory that those drawn as the away team in the original tie have a distinct advantage. For the final, of course, there is no draw but the nominal away team (second alphabetically) still managed to win a tight final decided by a Giroud goal which favoured J1 more than Cheshire Town. After ten straight victories and not a replay in sight our first ever Cup winners were finally beaten. J1 had overcome a zero score in the First Round, the season’s highest losing score of 37 points by Bury Wanderer in the replay and another replay in the semi-finals to triumph in the final, their seventh tie of the season.

COMING UP NEXT TIME

With the fixtures for next season due to be released next week, we will not be publishing our next blog until the week after, Wednesday 21st June. By then we should be able to set out our plans for the 2017 – 2018 season with the key dates you will need. We are hoping to develop a calendar page as a central point where you can see when the different Hot Spot games and Golden Boot Cup rounds are scheduled, which Weeks are double game Weeks and which Weeks last a fortnight. We would hope to have this ready by the time we start signing teams up for next season.


Player Comments on the Blog

From: Cheshire Town

at: 11:01 on 8 June 2017

Another great blog full of stats and information

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