University College, London
New College, Oxford
If you’re looking for clues as to potential finalists we can compare their relative records in the quarters -
|UCL||beat Bangor 190 - 125||beat Manchester 230 - 150||-|
|New College, Oxford||beat King’s 165 - 125||beat St. George’s , London 160 - 110||-|
|Manchester University||beat Imperial 185 - 115||lost to UCL 150 - 230||beat St. George’s 220 - 135|
|Bangor University||lost to UCL 125 - 190||beat Imperial College 210 - 120||beat King’s College, Cambridge 195 – 70|
Something might strike you about this. The very strong team from University College, London has already defeated two of the three other teams to make it through – Manchester and Bangor. Does this mean that they are guaranteed to beat them again? No, it doesn’t. However it will certainly give them confidence if they do meet again. You have to reckon that they will as well. After all I don’t know if UC goes in for seeding at all, but how fair would it be for the two undefeated teams to have to face each other in a semi final?
You have to take New College Oxford seriously. They have won every match they have played in this series. However let’s look at some of the comparative scores. Manchester University outscored St. George’s by a significantly greater margin than New College did, and Bangor defeated King’s by a greater margin than New College did. However. . . New College keep winning. Whoever they play in the semis, they will certainly make a good match of it.
UCL are probably going to hate me for doing this, but I have to plump for them as most likely finalists. As for the other place – well, it is just too close to call. But I shall certainly be keeping my fingers crossed for Adam, Mark, Simon and Nina from Bangor.