How Mad Was That

Final Answer

In one of the craziest 6 Nations day’s of rugby ever seen, with 221 points and 27 tries scored in the space of 8 hours or so, the lowest scoring winners on the day taking the championship, and the highest scoring finishing 3rd, the biggest prize of all goes to Gary Byrne, crowned F6NF 2015 Champion.

“Absolutely over the moon” said Byrne from the top deck of the Irish team bus on the way from the airport Sunday.  “You have to give it to Joe and the lads, they knew my forecast depended on a good result from them and they went for it.  It’ll be Moet all round from me when we get to the Four Seasons later”

1 Gary Byrne 142
2 Padraig Connell 141
3 Darren Nolan 137
4 James Green 133
5 Daniel McInerney 130

Byrne topped the table with 142 points, edging past Padraig Connell by a single a point, and scooping the €1,000 prize money.

“Gutted” said Connell from his Wicklow retreat.  “Its all just too painful at the moment, I’ll be able to talk about it in a few days.  I’m off to watch the women’s rugby”

Darren Nolan of Naas took third place, the top performer from the GEA entrants and well ahead of the Kenna syndicate.  “So close but yet so far” said Nolan “but great to know I beat Paddy out of sight.  Is there a plaque or anything I can hang on the wall?”

James Green, representing Amsterdam and Munster, made a late dash for fourth spot, and stalwart Dan McInerney came in 5th.

The most consistent player in the competition, Jude Clonan, held tight to his spot at the bottom of the table, with a remarkable -292 points.  There had earlier been a stewards enquiry into Clonan’s performance and as to whether he was deliberately throwing each game, but a jury of his peers found him to be simply incompetent.

“I did actually get 2 scores correct – well, the right way around” said Clonan “but I’m just going to take it on the chin this year.  Watch out for next year though.”  Clonan wins the F6NF Wooden Spoon Award, a 6 night 2 star holiday to Ibiza once the leaving cert results are out.

Weekend Winners

The huge spreads achieved over the weekend meant that only 68 scored positive points, with top scorer and winner of the Jones Group “Welder of the Week” award Darren Nolan.

“Good to get something out of it” said Nolan, who collects the 6 week welding course and the opportunity to work nights over the summer.

In second place this weekend is John McNamara, who picks up the VPE Well Managed Award and a €150 voucher for whatever he wants.

Ultimate Winners

So as our thoughts now turn to the important business of the European Cup, and then the World Cup, pat yourselves on the back and remind yourselves that the ultimate beneficiaries of our competition are the children and their families who avail of the services of the Laura Lynn hospice.  What we do here contributes a little to making their lives a little better, so thank you all for that.

We have raised €6,486 to date, and with a “Double Your Money” offer from a mysterious donor on the table, we hope to be giving close to €13,000 to the Laura Lynn this month.  So well done you!

Thank You

Apart from you our ever important entrants, I’d like to thank all our sponsors in no particular order, who provide all the prize money:

Antoinette’s Bakery, Asset Recruitment, Bruce Shaw, Ethos Engineering, GEA Technologies, Hanley Pepper, Jones Group, Leo Lynch, Mercury Engineering, and RKD Architects.

And as ever to Jascom , who have provided the IT input that makes it all work, ever since the competition began back in the eighteen  hundreds.

All that remains for me to do is to write the cheques, and wish you all a good summer.  Until next year.

 

 

Final Standings – F6NF 2015

Final Table
Name Total
1 Gary Byrne 142
2 Padraig Connell 141
3 Darren Nolan 137
4 James Green 133
5 Daniel McInerney 130
6 Aengus D’Arcy 127
7 Adrian Watson 127
8 Saran O’Byrne 125
9 Haribo 119
10 Ken Mc Alester 117
11 Aidan Crowe 117
12 Carol McGee 116
13 John Lambie 116
14 Alistair Kidd 114
15 Adrian Harlow 112
16 Kevin Cleary 111
17 Brian Thackaberry 110
18 David Buckley 110
19 John Madden 109
20 Billy Birch 109
21 Claire Doyle 105
22 Conor Browne 105
23 Eoin Greene 103
24 Alan Kane 103
25 Katie Ryan 103
26 Dan Holland 100
27 Paul Floody 99
28 Brendan Boyle 98
29 Happy Scot 98
30 Declan Comerford 97
31 Halliwells 96
32 Neil L Doyle 96
33 Stephen Crean 95
34 Michael Wilson 94
35 John Tarpey 92
36 Peter Clancy 92
37 Simon D’Arcy 91
38 Donal O’Carroll 91
39 Merty 90
40 Tim Holmes 90
41 Paul McMahon 90
42 Julian “Well done ROG” D’Arcy 90
43 Conor McCarthy 88
44 Robert Moorhouse 88
45 Ed Riddall 88
46 Niamh O’Riordan 87
47 Johnny Mac 2 87
48 Michael O’Connell 86
49 Karl Roche 86
50 Conor Grimes 86
51 Brendan Kearns 85
52 David Parkinson 85
53 Brian Murray 84
54 Guy Dumbrell 84
55 Peter McHale 84
56 Sam McGreer 84
57 George McCann 84
58 Michael Kennedy 83
59 Joe Leddin 82
60 Vincent Bruen 82
61 Ann Molloy 82
62 Jason McGee’s Secret Lover 82
63 Pajo 82
64 Zaneta 81
65 Paul Carmody 80
66 Garry Kenna 79.5
67 Michael Shalloe 79
68 Neil Doyle 79
69 Seamus Reilly 79
70 wishful thinking 78
71 Williams of Hong Kong 78
72 John Redmond 77
73 Marcus Dillon 77
74 Peter Allen 77
75 Rhonda Riddall 77
76 Neil Vaughan 76
77 Mike O’Connell 76
78 Niall O’Storey 76
79 Sean O’Keefe 75
80 Liam Dunne 74
81 Matt Williams Snr 74
82 Brian Kennedy 74
83 Paul Hamill (Asset) 73
84 Audrey Kelly 72
85 Keith Hazley 72
86 Noel Stapleton 72
87 Ian Williamson Kidd 71
88 Matt Williams 70
89 Joseph Ennis 70
90 Garth Beattie 70
91 John  J Cafferkey 70
92 Fran McDermott 70
93 Helena Plower 69
94 Paul of Carrick 69
95 Sheila O’Hagan 68
96 Colum Egan 68
97 Richie Joyce 68
98 Kate Kenna 67
99 Henry McNab 66
100 Never win anything anyway 66
101 Kieran Spellman 66
102 Mike Sheehan 65
103 Daragh Killian 65
104 Jason McGee 65
105 Eamon Molloy 65
106 Eifion Lewis 64
107 Stephen Ashe 63
108 Mark Gargan 63
109 Paul Conlon 61
110 Paul Kehoe 61
111 Roy Goodlad 61
112 Johnny Mac 1 60
113 Joe Kelly 59
114 Sinead Thackaberry 59
115 Arthur Moore 59
116 Jon Shannow 58
117 Frank Farrell 58
118 Rory Williams 58
119 Niall O’Leary 57
120 Wayne Deegan 56
121 Mark Hallinan 56
122 Simon Shannon 56
123 John Joe Service 56
124 Derek Heavey 56
125 Greg Hayden 55
126 Kevin Arundel 54
127 Jack Kenna 53
128 Martin Duffy 52
129 Orla Vaughan 52
130 Pat Normile 52
131 Gail Birkbeck 50
132 Brian Shalloe 50
133 Jackie Burke 49
134 Des O’Broin 49
135 Kevin Maxwell 49
136 Paul Laszzalette 49
137 Emma Williams 48
138 Tim Mulcahy 46
139 Joe Mc Carthy 46
140 Niall Kidd 45
141 Midge 45
142 Mura O’Byrne 45
143 Liz Farrar 44
144 John Allen 44
145 Eoin George 44
146 Damien Coffey 43
147 Pat McDevitt 43
148 Derry Scully 43
149 Joseph McSwiney 43
150 Patrick Cherry 43
151 Justin O Neill 42
152 Joe Price 42
153 Pat O’Loughlin 42
154 Paul Kavanagh 42
155 Paul Boylan 41
156 Barry Dooley 41
157 Mark Daly 41
158 Fergal Mc Grath 40
159 Mary O’Rourke 40
160 Aidan Bird 39
161 Andrea Kilbane 39
162 Pat Unger 39
163 Donal Whelan 39
164 Niall Cox 37
165 Jude Lynch 37
166 Paul foran 36
167 Molly Corcoran 36
168 Eoin McGee 36
169 Paul Mountaine 34
170 Joan Vaughan 34
171 Jim Kelly 33
172 Mark McDonagh 32
173 Barry Grennan 32
174 Colm Cooper 31
175 Gerard Campbell 31
176 The Real JK 31
177 Paul Waugh 30
178 Gerry Deegan 30
179 John McNamara 29
180 Peter Nolan 29
181 David Blennerhassett 28
182 Brendan Rushe 27
183 Oscar Allen 26
184 Colin Scully 22
185 Tom Dillon 21
186 Sarah 21
187 Declan Grennan 21
188 Gary O’Keeffe 20
189 Kevin Kinsella 19
190 John Quinn 18
191 Keith Bullock 17
192 Colin Burkley 16
193 Aislinn Tate 15
194 Billy Murphy 14
195 Shane Minihane 13
196 Buddy Kenna 13
197 Ed Kelly 12
198 Ashweeny Kandhai 12
199 Paul Grant 11
200 Tom Griffin 8
201 Michael McElroy 7
202 Tony Madden 7
203 Carol Kenna 7
204 Eoai Keogh 7
205 Helen Pender 6
206 Can the Man 4
207 Donal O’Cinneide 4
208 Frank Maguire 2
209 AnnieMac 2
210 Joe Ryan 2
211 Mark Wearen 0
212 Stephen Byrne 0
213 Brian Williams -1
214 Ciaran O Reilly -1
215 Russell lane -2
216 Rosa Dillon -3
217 Martin Walsh -4
218 Arthur Deeny -5
219 Barry Henry -5
220 Paddy J Kenna -6
221 Deeney family -6
222 Lorenzo -8
223 Adrian Field -8
224 Gerard Randles -8
225 Jim Glennon -8
226 Robert Kidd -9
227 Declan O’Sullivan -10
228 Conall Lavery -11
229 Paddy Kenna -12
230 John McMahon -12
231 Tom Ryan -14
232 Gerald McKeever -14
233 Pat D -16
234 Ken B O’Brien -20
235 Tom Mitchell -21
236 Gerry Conroy -23
237 Ciaran O’Donnell -24
238 Paul McLoughlin -25
239 Thomas O’Keefe -25
240 Paul Cooper -27
241 Eoin Doyle -27
242 Willie Aherne -30
243 Gerry Connolly -32
244 Colm Burke -32
245 Rob McGreer -35
246 Helen O’Keefe -35
247 Karen McHugh -42
248 Eugene Mitchell -43
249 Seamus Lennon -44
250 Eric Allen -44
251 Bob Allen -46
252 Mary Mc Cormack -47
253 ifiknewthenwhatiknownow -56
254 Anne Gallagher -58
255 Kevin Maguire -63
256 Barbara Kenna -73
257 Arnolfini -87
258 Mark Wiggins -104
259 Alisa Hayden -134
260 Jude Clonan -292

 

Victory Within Reach – Week 4 Update

Too Tight To Call

The results of last weekend blew both the F6NF and the rugby competition that bears its name wide open.

With no points separating the top 3 teams, and 21 points separating our top 10, its anyone’s guess who will take the top prize next Saturday.

Name Total
1 Padraig Connell 140
2 Adrian Watson 138
3 Gary Byrne 133
4 Aengus D’Arcy 133
5 Daniel McInerney 127
6 Stephen Crean 124
7 Haribo 122
8 Conor Browne 122
9 Williams of Hong Kong 119
10 Kevin Cleary 119

Whilst there are several old dogs with many campaigns behind them – Connell, D’Arcy, McInerney, Williams of HK and Cleary haven’t missed a competition in around 20 years – Adrian Watson, Gary Byrne, Stephen Crean and Haribo have less than 10 caps between them.

“I had a good feeling about this year” said Connell, the Wickla drug baron, “I got in early and although I’ve been laying low now might just be my time”.  With top spot on 140 points Connell is the man to beat, forecasting -10, -12, 10 spreads respectively for the Italy, Scotland and England games on Saturday.

“I’m only in it a couple of years” said Watson, “and I’m bricking it now I’m so close.  I wouldn’t know what to do with the prize money, maybe buy a fancy yacht.  Although I might have undercooked my England position”.  Watson’s forecast is -8, -11, 1

Byrne has -8, -25, 7, so looking for a big Irish win.  D’Arcy (there’s always one) has -15, -5, 5 which looks highly credible.  All to play for.

Weekend Winners

The weekend saw another old stager and previous winner, Dan Holland, top the table and take the Mercury Bright Spark Award of a holiday in the Arctic Wilderness for 21 nights, alone with only a dog sleigh and a tin of beans for company.

“Is there a cash equivalent?” enquired Holland.

Weekend Winners
1 Dan Holland 50
2 Tom Griffin 48
3 Guy Dumbrell 47
4 Paul of Carrick 47
5 Matt Williams 45
6 Haribo 45
7 Pat Unger 44
8 Gary Byrne 44
9 wishful thinking 43
10 Sean O’Keefe 43

In second place and winner of the GEA Process Technologies Stainless Award goes to Tom Griffin, who prefers desert living.  “I’m looking forward to the all expenses paid tour of GEA’s Egyptian dairy processing plants” said Griffin.  “Although, they wouldn’t mind if I asked to change it to the welding course would they?”

Final Call

Win or lose next week we hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s competition as much as ever.  Remember that our main aim is to gather up a few bob to help the children and their families who avail of Laura Lynn’s fantastic facilities and care.

So if you haven’t quite got around to making your contribution just yet, please do before we finish with  a bang next week.

Standings at End of Week 4

Totals after Week 4
Name Total
1 Padraig Connell 140
2 Adrian Watson 138
3 Gary Byrne 133
4 Aengus D’Arcy 133
5 Daniel McInerney 127
6 Stephen Crean 124
7 Haribo 122
8 Conor Browne 122
9 Williams of Hong Kong 119
10 Kevin Cleary 119
11 Neil Vaughan 117
12 James Green 117
13 Saran O’Byrne 114
14 Aidan Crowe 114
15 Adrian Harlow 113
16 Katie Ryan 112
17 Mike O’Connell 111
18 John Lambie 111
19 Billy Birch 109
20 Alistair Kidd 108
21 Brendan Boyle 108
22 John Madden 108
23 Carol McGee 108
24 Brian Thackaberry 106
25 Michael Wilson 106
26 Declan Comerford 105
27 Mark McDonagh 105
28 Keith Hazley 105
29 David Buckley 103
30 Daragh Killian 102
31 Niall O’Leary 99
32 Michael O’Connell 99
33 Julian “Well done ROG” D’Arcy 98
34 Happy Scot 98
35 Ken Mc Alester 98
36 Dan Holland 97
37 Paul McMahon 97
38 Pajo 97
39 Darren Nolan 97
40 Joseph Ennis 96
41 Jack Kenna 96
42 John Allen 95
43 Conor McCarthy 95
44 Vincent Bruen 95
45 Eoin Greene 94
46 Paul Floody 94
47 Johnny Mac 1 93
48 Johnny Mac 2 93
49 Paul Carmody 93
50 Paul of Carrick 92
51 Simon D’Arcy 92
52 Neil L Doyle 92
53 Michael Shalloe 92
54 Peter McHale 91
55 Claire Doyle 91
56 Conor Grimes 90
57 Zaneta 90
58 Frank Farrell 90
59 John Tarpey 90
60 Robert Moorhouse 89
61 Joe Leddin 89
62 John Redmond 88
63 Sam McGreer 88
64 Karl Roche 88
65 Marcus Dillon 88
66 Merty 87
67 Pat McDevitt 87
68 Niall Kidd 87
69 Paul Kavanagh 87
70 Roy Goodlad 86
71 Brian Murray 86
72 Donal O’Carroll 86
73 Halliwells 85
74 Garry Kenna 85
75 Niamh O’Riordan 85
76 Jason McGee’s Secret Lover 84
77 Michael Kennedy 83
78 Sean O’Keefe 82
79 Eifion Lewis 82
80 Ian Williamson Kidd 82
81 David Parkinson 82
82 Alan Kane 82
83 Matt Williams Snr 81
84 Neil Doyle 81
85 Peter Clancy 81
86 Mark Daly 81
87 George McCann 81
88 wishful thinking 80
89 Never win anything anyway 80
90 Brendan Kearns 80
91 Stephen Byrne 79
92 Helena Plower 79
93 Jude Lynch 79
94 Guy Dumbrell 78
95 Joe Price 78
96 Buddy Kenna 78
97 Kieran Spellman 77
98 Richie Joyce 77
99 Mark Gargan 77
100 Joseph McSwiney 77
101 Mary O’Rourke 77
102 Ed Riddall 77
103 Matt Williams 76
104 Pat Unger 76
105 Derek Heavey 76
106 Peter Nolan 75
107 Joan Vaughan 75
108 Tim Mulcahy 75
109 Des O’Broin 75
110 Peter Allen 75
111 John  J Cafferkey 74
112 Fran McDermott 74
113 Sarah 74
114 Liam Dunne 73
115 Mike Sheehan 73
116 Barry Grennan 73
117 Stephen Ashe 73
118 Seamus Reilly 73
119 Can the Man 73
120 Derry Scully 72
121 Martin Duffy 72
122 Kate Kenna 72
123 Ann Molloy 72
124 Colm Cooper 72
125 Brian Kennedy 72
126 Paul Hamill (Asset) 71
127 Gary O’Keeffe 71
128 Niall O’Storey 71
129 David Blennerhassett 70
130 Jackie Burke 69
131 Tim Holmes 69
132 Rhonda Riddall 69
133 Audrey Kelly 67
134 Kevin Arundel 67
135 Colum Egan 67
136 Rory Williams 67
137 Simon Shannon 65
138 Greg Hayden 65
139 Mura O’Byrne 64
140 Paul Kehoe 64
141 Mark Hallinan 64
142 Jason McGee 62
143 Oscar Allen 62
144 Tom Dillon 61
145 Garth Beattie 61
146 Arthur Moore 61
147 Ed Kelly 60
148 Joe Mc Carthy 60
149 Kevin Kinsella 60
150 Joe Kelly 60
151 Jon Shannow 59
152 Billy Murphy 59
153 Pat Normile 59
154 Henry McNab 58
155 Wayne Deegan 57
156 Kevin Maxwell 57
157 Donal Whelan 57
158 Brendan Rushe 56
159 Noel Stapleton 56
160 Barry Dooley 55
161 Paul Laszzalette 55
162 Eamon Molloy 54
163 Gail Birkbeck 53
164 John Joe Service 52
165 Orla Vaughan 52
166 Michael McElroy 51
167 Niall Cox 51
168 Joe Ryan 50
169 Patrick Cherry 50
170 Justin O Neill 49
171 Emma Williams 49
172 Frank Maguire 49
173 AnnieMac 49
174 Paul foran 49
175 Eoin Doyle 48
176 Paul Conlon 47
177 Sheila O’Hagan 47
178 Eoin George 46
179 Mark Wearen 46
180 Andrea Kilbane 46
181 Molly Corcoran 46
182 Pat O’Loughlin 45
183 Paddy J Kenna 45
184 Brian Shalloe 45
185 Arthur Deeny 43
186 Liz Farrar 43
187 Aislinn Tate 43
188 Ken B O’Brien 42
189 Paul Mountaine 41
190 Barry Henry 41
191 Fergal Mc Grath 41
192 Gerry Connolly 40
193 Paul Waugh 40
194 Tony Madden 39
195 Jim Kelly 39
196 Paul Boylan 37
197 Sinead Thackaberry 37
198 Damien Coffey 36
199 Aidan Bird 36
200 Martin Walsh 36
201 Gerry Deegan 36
202 Adrian Field 35
203 Ciaran O Reilly 34
204 Karen McHugh 33
205 Jim Glennon 30
206 Lorenzo 29
207 Midge 27
208 Paul Cooper 27
209 Eoin McGee 25
210 Arnolfini 25
211 Colin Burkley 24
212 Pat D 24
213 John Quinn 23
214 Colin Scully 23
215 Tom Griffin 22
216 John McMahon 22
217 Paul McLoughlin 21
218 Shane Minihane 20
219 Gerard Campbell 20
220 Ciaran O’Donnell 19
221 Carol Kenna 19
222 Tom Mitchell 18
223 Gerry Conroy 16
224 Ashweeny Kandhai 16
225 Helen Pender 15
226 Paddy Kenna 15
227 Tom Ryan 14
228 Russell lane 14
229 ifiknewthenwhatiknownow 14
230 Keith Bullock 14
231 The Real JK 13
232 Brian Williams 12
233 Declan Grennan 12
234 Donal O’Cinneide 12
235 Kevin Maguire 11
236 Deeney family 7
237 Eoai Keogh 6
238 John McNamara 6
239 Paul Grant 5
240 Declan O’Sullivan 3
241 Rosa Dillon 2
242 Seamus Lennon 1
243 Gerard Randles -2
244 Barbara Kenna -2
245 Helen O’Keefe -3
246 Robert Kidd -4
247 Eugene Mitchell -4
248 Bob Allen -7
249 Conall Lavery -12
250 Anne Gallagher -12
251 Mary Mc Cormack -13
252 Gerald McKeever -13
253 Colm Burke -15
254 Thomas O’Keefe -16
255 Eric Allen -24
256 Willie Aherne -39
257 Rob McGreer -44
258 Alisa Hayden -55
259 Mark Wiggins -59
260 Jude Clonan -224

 

Week 3 – When the Going Gets Tough

No Show Like a Joe Show

As England found on Sunday, Schmidt happens.  It is rumoured that his and Sexton’s brains are telepathically linked to such a degree that when Sexton gets a whack in the head, Schmidt gets a headache. Their control of the game on Sunday was a masterclass, England only getting a chance to play in the last quarter when Sexton had gone off.

England will have learnt more the next time these teams meet – which if form holds up will be in the semi-final of the world cup in Twickenham.  Irish fans will be praying fervently that Sexton is still standing at that stage of the competition.

Stretching the Table

Traditionally at his half way mark the runners and riders in the F6NF start to separate, and there is now a clear leading pack who have topped the 100 points mark.

Table Toppers – After Round 3
1 Adrian Watson 134
2 Joe Leddin 118
3 Stephen Crean 113
4 Kevin Cleary 112
5 Buddy Kenna 112
6 Keith Hazley 110
7 Katie Ryan 109
8 John Lambie 107
9 Mark McDonagh 105
10 James Green 103
11 Carol McGee 101

Right out there and Paddy Power’s favourite to take the title is Adrian Watson, who has now gone into hiding until the competition is settled.  “Its just too much pressure, and what with the media pressure and constant requests for interviews and all I’m just going to keep the head down until its all over.  So No Comment” said Watson.

Limerick’s Leddin is hovering behind with a gap of 16 points to close, new entrant this year Stephen Crean 5 points behind him, chased hard by old lag Cleary, Buddy Kenna who is part of the notorious Kenna Gang, and a tight chasing pack including high flying Scotsman John Lambie, which is more than can be said for his team.

Points make Prizes

Winner of this week’s Engineered by Design Award from Ethos Engineering is Gary Byrne who claims it with 57 points.  “Delighted” said Byrne, laconically.

Weekend Leaders  
Name Total
1 Gary Byrne 58
2 Alan Kane 56
3 Daniel McInerney 55
4 Mark McDonagh 54
5 Adrian Watson 53
6 Keith Hazley 53
7 Paul Carmody 52
8 John Madden 51
9 Michael Wilson 51
10 Kevin Cleary 51
11 Buddy Kenna 51

The other weekend prize on offer was of course the Asset Recruitment “Show Us Your Assets” Best Selfie award, for the best selfie sent into the web site or Facebook page.  Sadly not a single entry has been received, so the organising committee met in emergency session and it was decided to extend the entry period for the best Selfie until the end of the competition.

Paradoxically, the man in second place on points this weekend, Alan Kane, would have stood an excellent chance of winning with the best selfie.  Due to a visit to a malevolent dentist, he has been going  a credible imitation of a pufferfish all week.

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