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”
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.
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.
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!
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.