It All Comes Down to Monday!

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.

Division I

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.

Division III

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.

Division II

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!

Congratulations to all the Division Champions!!

… and Good Luck in the FINALS!

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Looks Like We’ll have a Plan D

Plan D will push all games back 1 date on the schedule. All tonight’s games will go Monday, Monday’s game will be Wednesday … You get the picture.

Update: Plan D and the updated brackets are now posted. Please check it over and let me know if there are any problems.

Updated Plan D (Sept. 15th):

Since we are still waiting on word from the City in regards to an extension, and since rain is a definite possibility this time of year, we have moved the games from the 29th to the 24th and will have double-headers for the team coming up from the losing side. This will leave us with October 1st (pending City approval still) as our backup plan for any rain we might get between now and the end of our season.

Please note: if we do not get an extension from the City in regards to Oct. 1st and we do find ourselves with some rainouts, we will … think of something else!

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Plan C – Playoffs 2014

Apparently we had a bit of a problem with the lights last night on GG5 and GG7 – we’re gonna have to come up with a new plan!

As it stands right now, I don’t know if the lights will be back in order and haven’t had an opportunity to do anything with the schedule. I will find out from the city today (hopefully!) if we’re back in business, but for now we will continue Wednesday with the following:

  • C4 game on GG4 instead of the C6 game.
  • A9 game early on GG5 instead of A13.
  • A10 and A13 games should be prepared to play the late game – we may have to resort to a double-header for the teams playing in the A9 game.

All other games would then go where they were originally scheduled.

Please note: this is my 7:00 am, slap it together before work plan. I will be unavailable to update this until later tonight so check back before bed tonight and I should have a better idea of what’s going on.

Updated: I swung by the diamonds tonight and the lights were working – we’re back in business! Brackets have been updated with the changes outlined above. Now we just have to get through tomorrow’s forecast and hope we can get the games in without having to revert to Plan D!

Please let me know if there are any discrepancies or is any confusion about when / where your team is playing.

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Plan B – Playoffs 2014

The Playoff Plan at this point is that we will still be able to play a Modified Double-knockout format for our playoffs this season as was voted in at the league meetings in the spring. The UPDATED timeline – or Plan B, as I’ll call it – can be found here.

By sticking with the plan for a modified double-knockout format, we are now pushing the time limits for our end of season as determined by the City of Guelph. In the event we are affected by more weather in our future, I’m not 100% sure what the plan will be.

Teams should be prepared to play on any of our regularly scheduled Monday or Wednesday nights if their games are rained out in the next couple of weeks.

Updated brackets will be posted in the next day or so are now online based on the timeline listed as Plan B (should be correct).

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Be Prepared

Due to the rain coming through and messing with our schedule, I will need to make some adjustments to Monday and Tuesday next week to get the remaining games in before our Wednesday start to the playoffs. I will do everything in my power to minimize the changes, but teams should be prepared to play on either day if necessary.

Update:

Schedules have been adjusted and are posted. Please let me know ASAP if there is a problem – we’re quickly running out of time!

The playoff brackets are posted to give you a heads up for the games beginning Wednesday – it’s possible some teams may have games all 3 nights. Again, I will do whatever I can to minimize the impact so this does not come about but the playoff format doesn’t offer a lot of wiggle room for me to do much with what we have left.

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