Friday, 29 June 2012

#EuroBams - Round Three

Semi finals over, time for another status report on the EuroBAMS fantasy league.

There's really not much to report though. Here's the updated table.
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Birdhead's Stephen Donkin still sits at the top of the table, and is now almost certain to win the competition, barring a ridiculous turnaround in fortunes in the final game.
Clair from Catthouse has overtaken Christian from In Session to take second place, while team Aye Tunes has dropped to fifth. A strong round from the A Fight You Can't Win team sees Sander overtake me, apparently on alphabetical order. Stupid Germany and their stupid late goal.
It's all very tight in the rest of the top ten, it looks like there will be quite a battle to claim a top five finish this time round.

The best performance of the round award (note: not an actual reward) goes to Last Year's Girlymen, with Lisa-Marie striking another blow against the patriarchy through the medium of pretend football. Or something. I'm not sure where I'm going with this paragraph really.

Elsewhere, after a poor second round, Cope's Crusaders cling on to second place, with rumours abound that next time round they'll be pushing for inclusion in the top league as a newcope. I just wanted to use that pun really.

There's just the final game left, so chances to overtake rivals will be limited. It may well coem down to who can put together a strong team for the final match, who won't have enough transfers left to make the drastic changes they might need, and who saved their wildcard for this round, allowing them to dump all their disappointing players.

Come back on Monday to find out who has been crowned the winner. Then after Monday I'm going to have to go back to writing about music, since there's no more distractions I can use.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

#EuroBAMS - Round Two

Here we go then, time for another look at the EuroBAMS Euro 2012 fantasy league. You can see the results of round one here.

As of the end of the quarter final stages, the league looks like this.
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Once again, Birdhead's Stephen Donkin is sitting pretty at the top of the league. There was one brief wobble for him though, with him losing top spot briefly during round two to Fresh Air's Christian Illingworth. Christian is still breathing down Stephen's neck, with Catthouse's Claire Thomson catching up quickly too.
Team Aye Tunes has managed to clamber up the table a bit, but is now more points behind first place than I was at the end of the previous round when languishing at sixth in the table.

An impressive second round performance from Robbi Pinkerton rocketed him from 16th to 8th, while a relatively poor turn from Chris Cope's Crusaders saw him go in the opposite direction, falling from a comfortable top five place place to 12th.

There's still a lot of points to play for, but with a reduced number of players to choose from things can get tricky at this point. The small player pool means that many of us will have very similar squads in the closing stages, making gaining an advantage over our rivals rather difficult. It can be done though, as evidenced from the World Cup league two years ago, which went right to the wire, with Dear Scotland overtaking The Tidal Wave of Indifference at just about the last possible moment to take the title.

Dear Scotland will have their work cut out to retain their title this time round, but who knows what drama lurks ahead? Come back at the end of the week for one more update after the semi finals have been concluded, and we'll see who has the bit between their teeth ahead of Sunday's final.