We so need David Pardoe here...he was so good...on journey times...and motorways, especially from....The North. It always took so much longer...anywhere to anywhere....in Pardoe-time. And the steak-and-ale pie was always to be....welcomed after the game...especially if provided...maybe, just a thought...by Mrs TruranRoger de Coverly wrote: ↑Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:06 pmOxford have the geographic fortune to be not much more than an hour away almost wherever the 4NCL is located, apart from Telford. Again depending where you start, it's less than two hours to Telford from Oxfordshire. I've done it in two hours from Marlow and I'm driving past Oxford after about twenty five to thirty minutes
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I have tried and failed to predict the pairings so far but I'll have another go.
I don't think we will see those pairings.
I think that the top 4 current teams will play each other over the final weekend, although Shropshire 1 and Bradford a will have to be downfloated while gonzaga play 3cs2 (in the last round?) because they have already played each other.
Although this may seem slightly unfair to teams outside the current top 4 if the pairings work out the way I think they are planned to work out then all of the current top 8 teams will have played all the other top 8 teams with the exception of 3cs2 who don't have enough rounds left to play all of the rest of the teams.
However The pairings are done they will have to ensure there are legal pairings for the remaining rounds.
I think my team, shropshire 1 will play either spirit of attics b or Cheddleton 2 plus one other lower team or both soab and chedd2 next weekend. Personally I think the later is more likely but as I said I have failed to predict the pairings so far.
I understood that we were now, thankfully, starting with Swiss pairings for the rest of the tournament. Consequently Gonzaga should play 3C's 2 next round and Shropshire 1 & Bradford A should play Atticus & Cheddleton. The idea of the pairing system was to keep the top teams apart for the first few rounds not to keep teams apart till the last weekend.