Thankfully we haven’t had to go beyond our “Plan D” – I was getting a little worried about the weather there but I don’t think you could ask for a better night to close out the season than what I see in the forecast right now!
In looking back, I see I’ve fallen a little behind in regards to the regular season and recognizing our Division Champions. Perhaps I can remedy that here with a final look back at the regular season – and combine it with a glimpse of the playoff picture for you.
Friar Tuck’s had another strong season and finished up the regular season schedule at the top of Division I. They lost 2 games on the season – a 17-8 game against the Mudcats and a forfeit loss to Thunder – and find themselves on the final night facing the only team to beat them in a regular season game this season.
Mudcats came out ahead after their first game in these playoffs but were relegated to the losing side in our tournament format by the only other team to record a win against Friar Tuck’s – Thunder. Thunder took the first game these teams saw each other in the playoffs, but were unable to beat Mudcats when facing elimination after they too were relegated to the losing side. Mudcats won 13 – 12 to claim their spot in the final against Tucks.
Barzotti and Rangers seem to show up in these year-end musings on a pretty regular basis – and this year is no different. Barzotti claims top spot in the regular season with a 17-3 record, followed closely by Rangers at 16-4. Their season series saw a split with each team winning twice.
… Which sets up an interesting final, as we see Barzotti and Rangers have both made it through to the finals in this tournament setup.
You might think from the previous recaps that winning the Division Championship is a guaranteed ride to the Playoff Championship – but you’d be wrong! Division II is proof positive that when it comes down to a season ending format such as what we are working with, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN!
Reds claimed top honors in the Regular Season schedule, posting an impressive 16-3-1 record followed closely by Kittens at 15-3-2. With Kittens winning the season series 1-0-1 over Reds, you have to be thinking this sets up a really interesting Playoff Championship – and you’d be right.
But not how you think!
Reds squeaked through their 1st game, taking Spartans 11-10 to advance. They then fell to Swamp Donkeys in another tight match and found themselves in the loser’s bracket.
Kittens won their 1st game handily but then came up short against DDG – losing 18-11 and finding their way to the loser’s bracket.
Spartans seemed to gain some encouragement from their near upset of Reds. They took out Sandlot 14-11 and then took it out on Kittens in a lopsided 32-22 victory. They didn’t lose any momentum when faced with Reds again, this time eliminating them with a 16-11 game to carry them through to face Swamp Donkeys in the Donkeys 1st game in the losing side of the bracket. Swamp Donkeys proved too much for Spartans – taking that game 12-10 to move on to the final.
DDG managed to stay on the winning side of the bracket when they took the game over Swamp Donkeys that sent Swamp Donkeys to the losing side.
This sets up a 6th place DDG team having the upper hand over the 4th place Swamp Donkeys for the Playoff Championship of Division II. I told you it was gonna be interesting!