SPAPP17/18 – Game 02 Review

With just 16 Rounds, Game 02 of the 2017/18 season was probably one of the shortest ever – maybe that contributed to a victory by a previously unfancied player.


Craig Ellis was crowned Champion (129) by 5 points from Martin Hayman who was three points ahead of Steve Keay in Third place. Ian Hodgson (120), defending champion Jamie Sawyer (119), Cynth and Keith West (both 117)were just outside the top three and might be thinking what might have been.

Jamie Cox, David Mason and Martin Gayton were all on 114 points in and around tenth place prize position, but Martin takes the  prize with less Exacts (15) than both David (17) and Jamie (22). Jamie Cox actually had more Exacts than any of the top three players, but ends the game with just a share of the January Player-of-the-Month prize (with Ian Hodgson).

One Round Wonder

The One Round Wonder benchmark was set by Cynth in Round 10 with 17 points – an impressive average of 1.7 points per prediction. Nobody really came close to beating that for the rest of the game.

Player of the Month

The Player-of-the-Month awards (£16.10 each month) were nicely spread around, with five winners across the four mouths. While Jamie Cox and Ian Hodgson shared January’s prize the other winners were Craig Ellis, Cynthia West (following up her shared October award) and David Mason for April/May.

Always the Bridesmaid?!

Two players might consider themselves to have been unfortunate in the 2017/18 season.

Martin Hayman and Ian Hodgson finished bot Games in the same position. Martin was runner-up on both occasions, missing out to Jamie Sawyer in Game One by just 1 point and then to Craig Ellis by 5 points last time out.

Probably more annoyingly for Ian, he has finished just outside the prize paying positions in both games, finishing fourth – firstly by 3 points and then by a single point in Game Two.

Craig Ellis

Craig couldn’t wait to use his victory as an opportunity to remind his fellow players that you need to save your predictions when you enter them, stating “No matter how daft and rubbish you feel your predictions are. They would be even worse if you don’t click save”.

Surely it’s just a coincidence that Mike Hodgson forget to do exactly that for the last round of the game, dropping from sixth to twelfth in the process!

Craig’s overall victory came in just his third game of Premier Predictions – his first appearance was in Game 02 of the 2016/17 season where he finished a lowly 15th, but did secure the One Round Wonder prize. His second game at the start of this season didn’t suggest the success that was about to arrive in Game 02 – he finished 19th.

He may have been unfancied as 2017 turned into the World Cup year of 2018, but Craig has shown he’s a force to be reckoned with now.

What’s Next

Talking of the World Cup, our Russia 2018 game will be kicking off soon – keep an eye out for your chance to play and be crowned SPAGames World Cup champion.

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