September 28, 2016 at 10:06 am #20201
I suppose we might get a retrospective article about these, but it seemed worth posting the bigger bits of news
Average team grades, which for once tell a big bit of the story:
York A 189, *Leeds CCCC* 185, Sheffield 182,
H’field 177, Calderdale 174, Hull 173,
Harrogate 166, Forgrove 165, York C 161,
Sheffield B ??, Bradford A 158 (7 boards), Alwoodley 145.
Leeds have done some mighty fine transfer business over the winter with getting Mattias from Bradford and David Grant back in the Woodhouse too. That definitely puts them into the sort of strength bracket where they could win the league, although I’d hope to be forgiven some modest scepticism regarding the levels of organisation!
The Sheffield – Leeds match was thus surprisingly significant title wise, but Sheffield won quite comfortably. There’s a reason I keep saying they’re a very tough team!
Bradford did heroically to draw 4-4 with Hull to be honest. They’ll get stronger of course. Can’t imagine relegation.
That is I presume between Alwoodley, Sheffield B and York C. It could be quite close, given of course that Sheffield B start turning up
The title is probably York/Sheffield with Leeds as quite plausible outsiders. Lots of other tough teams who could surprise the top teams, but it’ll be really very hard for any of them to get the needed amount of points off each other.September 28, 2016 at 10:12 am #20202
Over in the IMBrown? Bradford Central @ 168, York B @ 160 look quite solid favourites to go back up, Calderdale B the closest averaging 150/board.
The very big gap that has opened between the Woodhouse and IMB is perhaps a bit of a problem, although it is also clearly not one with an obvious solution!September 30, 2016 at 12:20 pm #20203
Thanks for the vote of confidence on the organisation front! Though I suspect you will probably be proven correct. That really was a tremendous win by a weakish (or so I thought) Sheffield A team. I guess we will just aim to finish higher than we have in previous seasons and maybe grab one or two good results along the way. Already looks like a straight shoot-out between York and Sheffield. Our next match v Calderdale will give us a good idea of where we stand.September 30, 2016 at 8:17 pm #20204
Well after that ‘triumph’ against us last season
Sheffield were a bit under strength vs their norm, but they did have a very strong top three and Peter/Jeremy very definitely aren’t flattered by their current YCA grades. You probably had to try and cash in on 6-8 but it obviously didn’t happen.
Sheffield just are tough though. We’ve ‘brute forced’ them a few times recently, but I’m not sure if we’ve ever really beaten them with equally matched teams. At least one crucial 4-4 draw.
Leeds not utterly out of it yet by any means.
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