Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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Paul Cleary of Waterford United receiving the proceeds of our Euro 2016 Predictor from Ger Lawton, Sports Editor, Waterford News & Star. Photo: Joe Evans.

As we print our first interview with new Waterford United owner, Lee Power, we also (finally) are in a position to reveal the winners of our Euro 2016 Predictor which we ran earlier this year as a fundraiser for Waterford United.
We apologise for the delay but all has now been sorted and this week we bring you the results and what they have won.
After a close battle it was Darren Flanagan, formerly of Ballybeg but now resident in Tramore who came out on top with a decent tally of 498 points.
Darren picked 13 of the last 16 (208pts); five of the eight quarter-finalists (160pts); two semi-finalists (80pts) and one of the finalists (50pts). Darren’s prize is return train tickets from Waterford, overnight accommodation in Dublin and two Premium Level tickets to Ireland’s crunch World Cup Qualifier with Wales in March.
It was very tight in behind as we had a three way tie for second between Billy McGuire of Granstown Park, Michael Morrissey of Aglish (a previous overall Fantasy Golf winner) and Aaron O’Doherty of Williamstown.
That meant we had to get out our trusty coin and also come up with an extra prize as we were only supposed to have three winners. After the draw, Billy McGuire wins the second place prize, two premium level tickets for Ireland’s World Cup Qualifier with Austria in June.
In joint third then were Michael Morrissey and Aaron O’Doherty who win two premium level tickets for Ireland’s World Cup Qualifier with Serbia. All proceeds were presented to Waterford United and went towards a bus to Kerry for the Under 19s.
For the record, we asked you first to pick the last 16 teams to be left in Euro 2016, they were: Switzerland, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Wales, France, Hungary, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Belgium, England and of course the Republic of Ireland. After that we asked you to pick the eight teams that would qualify for the quarter- finals, they were: Poland, France, Wales, Germany, Portugal, Iceland, Belgium and Italy. Next up we asked you to select the four semi-finalists, they were: Portugal, Wales, Germany and France.
Then the finalists: Portugal and France and then the winners – Portugal (for the record nobody picked Portgual to win the tournament).
We awarded 16 points for each of the last 16 teams you got; 32 for each of the quarter-finalists; 40 for each semi- finalist; 50 for each finalist and 100 for the overall winner. We also asked you to come up with the answers for a number of quirky tie-breakers but alas they weren’t required we had a clear winner in Darren.

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