With all the regulation matches in the four Divisions in this League campaign played and all the promotion and relegation issues settled, it’s just the four Divisional finals that are left to be contested. That means that most of the predicting has been done too, with just those four deciders left to think about before this year’s prediction mini-league is completed.
Long-time leader Conor McGinty strengthened his hold on top spot following another strong showing at the weekend. He now leads second-placed Shane Tuohy by 53 points and, by my reckoning, that makes him close to uncatchable at this stage.
Trust me, I know a thing or two about this. A few years back, I held a slender lead – around 20 points I think it was – going into the final weekend. Not just in the mini-league, in fact I’d run away with that, but in the overall bloody competition. All I needed to do was get two out of the four Divisional finals right and I’d have been the overall winner.
I screwed it up, though, getting only one result – the Dubs’ win – right and my three incorrect predictions in the other finals meant I got overhauled at the death. I’m not trying to spook you, Conor, just maybe letting the world know what it’s like to be in your position.
Actually, now that I think about it, you’re in a much better place than I was. I reckon you’ll only need to get one out of the four results right to win the mini-league competition. On the face of it, that shouldn’t be too much trouble.
Mercifully, my troubles in this year’s competition will soon be at an end. I’m up to 57th in the table now, but still well short of making it onto the leaderboard, an outcome that’s now beyond a possibility for me. What about yourself: where are you likely to end up when the music stops next weekend?