The dust has just about settled on the USA’s World Cup final triumph. It has been a tremendous tournament with a worthy winner but there is still one outstanding issue. After months of planning and plotting, who would win the ORP fantasy football league?
Throughout the tournament we’ve been playing the ShePlays fantasy football game. The final round covered the semi finals, the bronze medal match and the final itself. It looked likely the winner would come from the top three and indeed nobody managed to crash that party. So who would take home the prize?
Third place Nym’s All Stars started the round on 645 points, trailing 2nd place by 21 points. With captain Ellen White netting against the USA, a comeback looked to be on the cards as they racked up 87 points. If only VAR hadn’t chalked off that second White goal! Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher also scored well after saving Steph Houghton’s late penalty. A strong round really put the pressure on the top two.Embed from Getty Images
Belgian Hotspur managed 76 points as they looked to make up the 11 point gap on top of the table Stained Glass Films. A lot of teams were quite similar by this stage and Belgian Hotspur had Morgan and White. Captain Vivienne Miedema didn’t fire though so would it be enough to move them top of the table ahead of the final round?
Stained Glass Films managed 70 points which kept them top of the table by 5 points. Captain Megan Rapinoe didn’t play so vice captain Miedema came in for a disappointing score. They did at least have White and Naeher to reduce the damage.Embed from Getty Images
That meant just 15 points separated the top three moving into the bronze medal match and final, collectively “round 7.” Nym’s All Stars were again left cursing VAR as captain Ellen White was denied another goal. Good contributions from Sam Mewis (15) and Rose Lavelle (12) helped the team to a good score of 83 and a total of 815.
That meant a score of 74 or more for Belgian Hotspur would take Nym’s All Stars out of the running. With only Asllani picking up points for them in the bronze medal match a big performance from capatain Miedema plus a large USA contingent was vital. Although the skipper failed to fire, Crystal Dunn (15), Sam Mewis (15) and Alex Morgan (10) helped contribute towards a score of 81, edging them back ahead of Nym’s All Stars and leaving Stained Glass Films needing 77 to win.
Whilst captain Rapinoe was worth zero in the semi finals, she certainly proved her worth in the final. Her score of 14 was worth 28 to Stained Glass Films and sent them well on their way to fending off the competition. Lavelle (12) and Mewis (15) provided big contributions and not only did they pass the 77 needed, they scored an impressive 96 points to win by 20 points.
Congratulations to Stained Glass Films on a resounding victory! Thanks to you all for taking part in this little side story to a fantastic tournament.
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