With the completion of week 20, the scores are in for the first qualifying round of the cup. This featured only the 28 lowest-ranked teams in the Fantrax NMA-11 league, so I expect most if not all are not being actively managed. Some of these teams nonetheless posted some decent scores, with one scoring in the top 20 for the week overall (Team jberdoza). 125 points was a pretty good score this week, and this was achieved even when playing Tariq Lamptey and Raul Jiminez. It just goes to show that in a cup competition, even these low-ranked teams can be dangerous!
Chance also put together the two teams who finished with the two lowest scores of the week - with a COMBINED total of 43.5 points! That was a seven player team (Warrior 13) pitted against a four player team (FC Bautista) for a memorable 25.5 to 18 point win.
Here are the results:
Qualifying Round 1 results
|Team VITEL||40.5||:||125||Team jberdoza|
|Team alfarac||54.5||:||62.5||I AM VERY BAD|
|Warrior 13||25.5||:||18||FC Bautista|
|McCain's Bane||43||:||41||Team jdillon|
|Team elliot92||56||:||64||Super Mane|
|MINNESOTA MACHINE||46||:||72.5||Team sean_mck23|
The cup has game-week 21 off, and then Qualifying Round 2 will take place in game-week 22. This will involve the winners of qualifying round 1 along with all the remaining ‘non-league’ qualifying teams (from qualifying position 93 onwards). I expect the competition to toughen up accordingly. Here is the random draw:
Qualifying Round 2 Fixtures
|Voetbal FC||v||Mykonos Nut Shots|
|The Wycombe Blokes||v||Team Dhebson|
|Team Kavedas||v||I AM VERY BAD|
|Karmakaze Squirrels||v||Team Antonious|
|Team Tykk||v||TEAM MATT|
|Real Ale Madrid||v||chelsa|
|Team GoalFather||v||Team rmounce|
|Team Ras_Taf||v||Genesis United|
|Smokey's Dogs of War||v||FC Easton|
|Viduka's bar & Grill||v||[TyF] Ragasaki|
|Team mbasoke||v||COURTEOUS FC|
|Team g9efthymios||v||McCain's Bane|
|Kings fc||v||[TyF] Kiamme|
|Super Mane||v||Team Pikey666|
|Team TennisBone||v||Team G2FC|
|Team sean_mck23||v||Team mm5000|
|Team CathalDonnelly||v||Muddy FC|
|Winning Dalot||v||Spoonthumb FC|
|Team bergkamper||v||Finding Timo|
Well done to those teams who made it through qualifying round 1, and good luck to all the teams in qualifying round 2!
Did your team make it through? Are you in the next round and if so, how does your draw look? Is anyone willing to admit being knocked out already? If so, then reclaim your bragging points whenever you score above a plurality of remaining competitors in the coming Cup weeks.