|Name||1st total||1st passes||Semi total||Semi pass||Semi GK|
|Didier Bruyère||27||1||19||0||10||Andrew Frazer||35||0||21||0||10|
There’s two things I want to say about this table. Firstly, aren’t those semifinal performances close? No less than 5 scores of 21. The other was only 2 points less. The last figure represents the semifinal GK score. Now, secondly, we have to remember that these were 2 minute rather than 2 and a half minute rounds, but even so, with the exception of John Savage, nobody managed to get into the teens. John, you’ll remember, came from fifth at half time to win his semi on the back of that GK round. Does that give him an advantage going into the final? Maybe so. However in both first round and semi he didn’t post a massive score in the specialist round. If he’s trailing at halfway he may find it too much of a gap to make up at this stage. Andrew scored a magnificent 19 on GK in the first round heat. I did say in my preview that I have a sneaking suspicion that harder GK rounds are prepared for the semis, and maybe the final sees them revert to the same level as the first round. In which case Andrew seems like a decent shout to run well. I haven’t mentioned Didier Bruyère yet. Didier is a very highly ranked quizzer – but he has the handicap of playing in what is not his own first language. Which makes it all the more remarkable what he has achieved so far. Does this mean that he can’t win the final though? Absolutely not. Sian West, Paul Whitaker, and Aidan McQuade all scored as well as John and Andrew in their semis. Sian West could well become our first lady champion since Nancy in 2009, although I will say that her round of 14 on GK in the first round heat worries me a little. The same caveat applies even more for Paul and Aidan, who scored respectively 12 and 9 in their first round GK.
Alright then, for what it’s worth, this is what I think. I see Andrew, John and Didier being on the podium, although I wouldn’t like to say which step each will be standing upon. However this series has been so full of surprises that anyone could do it. I congratulate each contender on reaching the final and wish good luck to all of them.