New Year, Same Circuit
Our 2018-2019 Ontario 4v4 Circuit started 2019 with a bang this past Saturday. 10 returning teams to the circuit were joined by 2 newcomers at the Toronto Soccerplex. Participants loved the brand new turf under their feet as they explored the recently renovated facility.
The day started with a rematch from November of two titans – Tetraphobia were back and squared off against A-Z. A-Z had taken the lead in the Ontario standings in December, though the two teams had not met face to face at that event, being split between the facilities. A score dispute at the end of this match-up would not be resolved immediately, and it was agreed between the teams that they would play out a short 5-minute extension at the end of the tournament. We’ll come back to how that played out.
Ray’s Balls started the day with a valiant effort to take down The Elusive Unioncorn, but would fall short 10-14. Overall though, Ray’s Balls would have a strong day, only losing one other game to Tetraphobia. This would see them place well at the tournament’s rankings, and maintain their overall ranking in Ontario, even as teams around them dropped.
This event saw the return of one of last year’s hot teams, decked out in brand new jerseys, Puffins. They came into the tournament and made a mark, finishing 4th overall in the tournament, and posted a strong enough showing to launch them into the Ontario 4v4 Circuit 4th overall!
As the day progressed, the other new team to the Circuit this year, the aptly named Fours, would see mixed results that had them finish with a 2-win-3-loss record on the day. That day for Fours included a one-point loss to Melt, who after an extremely strong showing in December, found themselves unable to challenge the top teams and break away again from the middle of the pack.
SGS was missing their normal sideline coach, Nick Edwards, and maybe that was the difference as they didn’t show the sort of results they often do at these events. Highlights for them was an impressively close game against A-Z and showing strong Spirit of the Game throughout the day to be named Spirit Champions.
Fluid, one of the more consistent teams on the Circuit, maintained vigil on the north-most field and had an up and down day against some tough opponents. Their ability to keep most games close paid off in their final placement.
At the other end of the dome, MONSTERS put some of the new juniors they’ve added to their roster into action. They would come up winless, but with a close loss to I’ll Figure That Out Later.
Figuring it out is what Hazardiscs appears to be doing. While they had mixed results on the day, their overall competition level would rise and be reflected in the Ontario Circuit standings.
So, how did that first game of the day play out? In the 5-minute rematch, A-Z would come out victorious with a 3-2 score over Tetraphobia, which was added to the previously disputed tie for a final score of 17-16. Unfortunately for A-Z, The Elusive Unioncorn would foil their plans for victory with a three point win over them… but a loss to Tetraphobia.
Tetraphobia would take top honours at this tournament, and close the gap in the Ontario rankings slightly. By playing kingmaker, The Elusive Unioncorn would also catch up to the leaders but A-Z did enough to maintain their lead in the overall standings across the Circuit.
Next up in Ontario 4v4 Circuit events both take place on Feb 2nd, when we’ll see action both here in Toronto for Flashy February, and in Guelph with the Guelph 4-Grain.
Guelph is sold out, but a few spots remain for Flashy February. We look forward to seeing everyone next month!
The Ultimate Experience’s Ontario 4v4 Circuit
By playing in this event, teams are now registered for our Ontario 4v4 Circuit.
This year there are more events, and more competition, than ever!
Stay tuned to our Facebook page, and our website, as we release further details around the series, special events we are planning, and announcements about the exciting championship finale of the Ontario 4v4 Circuit!
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Think of your relative ranking to other teams like you would the over-under in betting on say, American football. If you are a very high ranked team, and you lose to a very low ranked team, that will likely greatly improve their overall ranking, and may lower yours. Overall, as more and more games are played across the Circuit, these predictions get more and more accurate – and failing to meet them will have less of an impact on a single match up versus the overall data in a season.
Even though your team didn’t play, other teams who you have a history with, may have played games more recently. As this is a relative index, if they did well, and you fared well against them, you may also rise. Similarly, if they went down, you may be dragged down with them. The only sure way to control your own destiny is to play and improve on your past results.