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Week #33 - 'Weakenders' Coach Takes Final Day Clean Sweep

Published: 26 May 2021

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INTRODUCTION

We are starting this Week by congratulating our 2020 – 2021 season champions, Weakenders. Once again a better than average score extended their winning margin for one final Week to 27 points. They just seemed to improve Week by Week as the season went along. It took a long time for them to wrest the lead from Team Of The Week and M1 who had been disputing it for some time but once out front they simply moved away from the rest, slowly and steadily building that lead. So strong was their finish to the season that they took victory in the Final Five Game. Both this and the Golden Boot Game title were first time victories for Weakenders and their Coach richly deserves all our congratulations.

Behind the champions both Team Of The Week and M1 posted 21 points in the final Week to leave the former eight points clear in second place. So we must congratulate the Coach of Team Of The Week on their team taking the second prize in season 2020 – 2021 of the Golden Boot Game. This is the second season in a row that Team Of The Week have taken the runners-up position. Perhaps they will be able to go one better next season. We should also mention that (as I’m sure you all have realised) the Coach of Team Of The Week is also the Coach of Weakenders, meaning they cleaned up with all our final day prizes. While we have had the same Coach win the championship and the runners-up spot before and the champions have taken victory in the Final Five Game on several occasions, I don’t think any Coach has taken all three final day prizes before. One more reason for our congratulations.

WEEK #33 REVIEW

There were 53 strikers selected by our teams in Week #33 but just nine of them provided points for our game. Mane’s double meant that he scored more points than Kane but the Premier League Golden Boot winner had more selections (sixteen to fifteen). Between them they contributed over sixty per cent of all the Week’s points. Both Vardy’s double and Bamford’s strike had double figure selections which helped make sure we ended the season with every team scoring points. The average score was 16.6 points, up somewhat from last Week despite only ten fixtures this time.

Six teams had four scorers this Week and only the champions failed to get six goals from them. Top scorers were Sofy with 33 points. The other team to break through the thirty point barrier was fdringo on 31. The Week’s third best result was 27 points from Upforthecup who were almost matched by Cheshire Town with just three scorers (5 goals). That looks like a decent haul from a hospital bed! Sofy become the eighteenth different team to post the Week’s best score this season. They end a season which started with Ingleborough Diamonds heading Week #1, starting early on their run to a total of four Week’s top scores, which no other team could match.

There was very little to report from the Golden Boot Game final standings that has not already been covered. Only sixteen of our teams made it to a hundred goals this season. Both Ard Mhacha Abu and All New Goal Monkeys Deluxe reached their ton on their last possible chance while Sofy just missed out on 99 coming from much further back. Weakenders not only had the best points tally but had eight more goals than the next best team (M1). Fittingly, I suppose, the top two teams had the top two 8-point goal totals, in the correct order too. After all it was perhaps in this category where M1 were found wanting.

FINAL FIVE GAME

For Weakenders not to win the Final Five Game they would need to be outscored in the final Week by Cheshire Town, Upforthecup or maybe even Magic Eight Balls. In the end all of these three teams did outscore Weakenders, just not by enough. As in the overall classification, consistency won the day. Where other teams had the occasional poor Week, Weakenders kept posting better than average scores, some of which were a lot better than average. For a couple of Weeks it had looked as though Cheshire Town would take the prize but, having lost their lead, they left themselves too little time to claw back the deficit. The rest, as they say, is history as our RECORDS section now shows.

AND ANOTHER THING

As I am sure some of you noticed when the Week #33 selection deadline passed players were still able to change their teams. After problems in some previous years, we had added a switch to block late selections. Unfortunately, we added it to the wrong piece of code. Obviously then, this problem was our fault (as usual). I have to report, however, that certain players made changes to their teams after the selection deadline at 15:00 on Sunday. Our well established procedures were able to detect the late selection changes and, using our logs, we were able to set the offending teams back to their deadline positions long before any matches actually kicked off at 16:00.

The players who changed their teams after the deadline must have known what they were doing. We are not talking one or two minutes here. In fact one player made several changes and was still changing their team while we were fixing the problem. I think what upsets me the most is that these are experienced players who have often proved helpful in the past but at no point did they attempt to contact the Controllers to point out the issue. Our terms and conditions are clear that when we are responsible for a problem, we simply set things back to how they should have been without the problem and carry on. I would be interested, though, to hear the thoughts of our players on whether there should be some sanction against those who discovered and then attempted to exploit our error. You can email us if you don’t want your comment made public.

Our next web log will be published on Wednesday 2nd June. We will be looking back at the season just gone and forward to next season.


Player Comments on the Blog

From: Cheshire Town

at: 9:47 on 21 May 2021

good blog full of information
.. thanks to the controller's for all their hard work in this unusual season. Best of luck to all in final match. I have been in hospital for last two weeks so might not manage to join in

From: M1

at: 12:39 on 21 May 2021

Sorry to hear the manager of Cheshire Town is in hospital. I really hope he will soon be back home and in better health... A top manager indeed and I'm routing for him winning the Final Five Game... I also wish to be as bold as to congratulate the Manager of Weakenders for winning the Golden Boot this season.. They are far too good to slip up on Sunday!!!

From: Cheshire Town

at: 10:34 on 22 May 2021

Thanks for the best wishes M1 and congratulations on winning cup. You have had a good season and unfortunate to have come across the performance of the manager of weekenders. I also would like to add my congratulations to him, what a great season you have had, well done. Managed to get on internet in hospital (bribed the nurse) so managed to put out some kind of team, not one I would normally pick. See you all next season

From: Weakenders

at: 12:22 on 22 May 2021

Best wishes & get well soon to the manager of Cheshire town you're still in with a good chance in the final five game . Last game of the season traditionally delivers some crazy high scores so your drug induced selection might come good !

From: Upforthecup

at: 14:08 on 23 May 2021

Best wishes for Cheshire Town to end the weekend with good news on his health improving and a storming winning performance to end the season on a high!!! By the sounds of his selection he is already on a high!!!!

From: M1

at: 18:47 on 23 May 2021

Congratulations to the the manager of Weakenders and Team Of The Weak for completing a 0ne Two in the Golden Boot League and picking up the Final Five Game.... Brilliant finish indeed, well played all season! Thanks again to the controllers in hanging on to make this season one to remember...

From: Weakenders

at: 20:34 on 23 May 2021

I'd like to thank everyone for the high standard of competition this season . My recent success has been a long time coming playing since at least 09/10 season maybe longer (controller can you check ?) My only previous win not as Team of The Weak or Weakenders was as Little Horse Drinking Milk (one of Jose's quotes) back in 14/15.Good luck for next season everyone !

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