That's it. It's done and dusted. Results have been checked, double checked and locked away. The Fantasy League for 2014/15 has been run and won. And the winner is... far less important than an interesting little side bet that was running between a couple of the 1st Graders. Blaize vs Elliot. Who would take more points across the line with them? The bowler who struck form with the willow or the genuine all-rounder?
Charlie Stobo... a quite accumulator of points during the season
Well unfortunately for one of them, a couple of issues with a particularly plentiful round has seen an adjustment to a score and a winner emerge. Claiming that runouts should count, as a desperate plea to get himself over the line, Blaize has fallen behind Elliot by the end of Round 15. As to his end of the bargain... we're not quite sure what will transpire? Perhaps something at the awards night?
Further controversy and suspicion was awash across the league when Tiddles forwarded on an email from Scott O'Brien. It claimed that a catch had incorrectly been marked down against Sam Watt, instead of Scott himself, off the bowling of Damon Livermore. We were more certain that the wicket had incorrectly been credited to Reg... but we digress... the impact of these 15 points taken away from Sam and transferred to Scott turned a 2 point victory for young Michael Roberts in the Final of the Knockout Competition to a 28 point loss to... wait for it... Tiddles.
Scott, when Michael's old enough... we think you owe him a couple of beers... as we're sure Tiddles is splitting his winnings with you!
Back to the main competition... it was Ed Howitt Jnr first, with daylight second and third. Max Newman was unlucky to fall outside the top 3 and, with that, any cash prize. Those will be doled out over the next week.
Now for some of the interesting statistics. Unsurprisingly, after such a strong start, Harry Evans scored the most amount of points for his sides, followed by the competition between Blaize and Elliot. Harry and Els had a great first half of the year, along with Chad, Tym and Axel, being the top point scorers before the Christmas transfer window.
However, unlike last year, where after Christmas Chad came home with a wet sail, it was a different story. Blaize, Pic, Els and Matthew Todd were your best transfer options! Pic's pulled that off two years in a row. Get the leather in his hands more often! As for Els... consistency in both halves of the season were rewarded with the 2nd highest overall points tally, behind his skipper.
It should come as no surprise that at $90K, Blaize was the best value for money, scoring 11.7 points per $1,000. Sam Watts (10.9), Max Newman (10.0), Max Papworth & Scott O'Brien (9.5), Els Richtor (9.2), Adam Cubbage (9.1), followed by Tristan Cooper (8.6), Axel Cahlin (8.5), Dan Stickland (8.1) and Reece Bombas (8.0) were all better value than last year's most valuable player, Harry Evans (7.8).
The final piece is to spill the beans on the winning team, with or without Ed's permission. Crawford (c), Irving-Holliday, Newman, Cubbage, Cahlin and O'Brien were all up there. Colley (Steve) and Calov were switched out for Richtor and Cooper - great plays. But the interesting thing is that the team won with Dante Otto scoring 126 points overall, and 0 after Christmas.
Below you will find the final team and player rankings.
See you next year, for Version 9!
Gordon Fantasy League Management
|Rank||Team Name||Team Owner||Points|
|1||Mitchell Street||Ed Howitt Jnr||9,272|
|2||Donuts XI||Dave Millar||8,962|
|3||Hicko's Young Guns||Geoff Hickman||8,900|
|4||Hello Newman. Hello Jerry.||Max Newman||8,851|
|5||I have an unhealthy love for Spongebob||Blaize Irving-Holliday||8,644|
|6||Tiddles Ultimates||Tony Wilson||8,608|
|7||Eton Road||Ed Howitt Jnr||8,598|
|8||Millsy's XI||Nick Miller||8,532|
|9||Bark Collector||Rob Barker||8,511|
|10||Lezs Loose Lads||Ben Leighton||8,507|
|11||PC XI||Pete Colley||8,407|
|12||Tough Ted's Team||John Barker||8,401|
|13||Swatts XI||Sam Watts||8,303|
|14||Legs Eleven||Ed Howitt Snr||8,263|
|15||Frogan's Favs (2)||Michael Falk||8,256|
|17||Hicko's Heros||Geoff Hickman||8,251|
|18||Clint's XI||Jack Clinton||8,251|
|19||Mac's X1||Sean McElduff||8,250|
|20||Turramurra Trotters||Ed Howitt Snr||8,240|
|21||Eastern Road||Ed Howitt Jnr||8,225|
|22||Channelling Charlie Somerville||Michael Roberts||8,125|
|23||Come back Chilly||John ONeill-Fuller||8,117|
|24||Katut's XI||Aaron Crofts||8,081|
|25||Marcus' I - XI||James Kennedy||8,061|
|26||Gilly's Ghosts||Michael Donnelly||8,060|
|27||Que Bueno||Josh Poysden||8,058|
|29||Tiddles Loose Ones||Tony Wilson||8,012|
|30||Calov XI||William Calov||8,002|
|31||Kings XI||Liam McElduff||7,999|
|32||JOF's XI||John ONeill-Fuller||7,973|
|33||Royal St||Michael Donnelly||7,965|
|34||Mad Dogs XI||Scott OBrien||7,927|
|35||Tiddles Stuyvos||Tony Wilson||7,898|
|37||Sneaky's Best||Pete Colley||7,850|
|38||Give Icky a Bowl||Adam Cubbage||7,840|
|39||Frogan's Favs (1)||Michael Falk||7,815|
|40||JS 2nd XI||Jack Skilbeck & Stan Gaynor||7,743|
|41||Carroll's Crusaders||Michael Donnelly||7,738|
|42||Wreckers XI||Sean Miller||7,678|
|43||Happy Days||Stephen Cahlin||7,653|
|44||You're a bus||John ONeill-Fuller||7,645|
|45||Louis' Lemondrops||Ed Howitt Snr||7,594|
|46||Well Driven||Ed Howitt Snr||7,593|
|47||Mainly Lower Graders||Wendy Miller||7,583|
|48||The Dodgey Vindaloos||Anand Verma||7,485|
|49||Ryans XI||Ryan McElduff||7,431|
|50||Three Stooges||Ed Howitt Snr||7,377|
|51||The Thwackers||Steve Cahlin||7,366|
|52||Frankie's XI||Frank Colley||7,209|
|53||JS 3rd XI||Jack Skilbeck & Stan Gaynor||6,838|
|54||JS 1st XI||Jack Skilbeck & Stan Gaynor||6,681|
|55||Pommy and Pals||Tom Colverd||6,537|
|56||Kelland's XI||Nick Kelland||6,423|
|57||Hicko's Legends||Geoff Hickman||5,923|
|Name||Before Transfer||After Transfer||Total Points|
|John O'Neill Fuller||116||79||195|
Results from Round 15 - The Final - Winner in Bold
|Ranking||Team Name||Round 15 Points|
|22||Channelling Charlie Somerville||398|
|29||Tiddles Loose Ones||426|