Sunday, April 08, 2012

Voyageurs Cup pool: 2012 edition

With the new year, we have a new name for the tournament which will decide the winner of the Voyageurs Cup. The competition formerly known as the Nutrilite Canadian Championship was expanded to include FC Edmonton last season, and now features four teams. The new corporate moniker, the Amway Canadian Championship, is not to our tastes, so we'll instead be honouring the supporters who got the ball rolling and stick with using Voyageurs Cup on this blog.

This contest, of course, is a prediction league and 2012 will be its fourth season. The first edition received upwards of 30 entries, and was won in a close finish by some canadian guy squizz, while 2010's title (and prize) was won by a guy going by the name of Lank, who beat out nearly 40 other entries. Last year we had 72 entries and two prizes and these were divided between the two tied winners, Free Kick and Casual Soccer Fan.

We've increased participation in the contest every year, so it would be further gratifying to see the total number of entries tick over 75 and creep up towards 100.

The new format in 2011 necessitated some rule changes, and those tweaks seemed to work last year. Past participants will find the basic principles highly familiar.

Here's the important information:

RULES
  • Participants will predict the final score of each of the 6 NCC matches in two stages: a) The initial entry must include predictions for the first 4 matches (both legs of each of the two legged ties, then b) Once the finalists are known, an emailed prediction for both legs of the final
  • Total discrepancy from the final score of each match will be tallied. e.g.: If you predicted Montreal 1 - 0 Vancouver for the opening fixture, and the final was 2-2, your discrepancy factor would be 3 goals (off by 1 for Montreal, off by 2 for Vancouver). Low score wins.
  • For these two-legged ties, the CSA is applying the away goals rule. If matches go to extra time, the scoreline after 120 minutes is the one that will be used for contest purposes.
  • First tie-breaker will be total number of exact scorelines. Second is total number of correct results (win/draw/loss). Third will be correctly predicting the tournament's high goal scorer.
PRIZES

It's a WCQ year and we should all be getting behind Canada. In that vein, the winner(s) of the contest will receive a Canada scarf, or equal or lesser priced swag from the Umbro Canada store. Or, if arrangements can be made, a ticket to one of the Canada qualifiers in Toronto.

If the number of entries goes beyond 75, a second winner will receive a prize. 100 is the threshold for a third prize.

Or, if you have a company that wants to market to diehard Canadian soccer supporters, get in touch to donate or sponsor a prize.

HOW TO ENTER

A
ll entries must be submitted via email in order for me to be able to solicit your final round picks in a timely fashion once the finalists are known. Any entries left in the comments will not be included; I'll try to contact you to get an emailed response.

Please include the following details in your entry
  • The exact score of each of the first 4 fixtures (in the correct order, please)
  • Your prediction for tournament leading goal scorer.
  • A nickname to be displayed on the results page. If none is given, your real name will be used.
To make life easier for me, simply copy/paste the following into your email, and change the XXs into scores.

DATEHOMEAWAY
02/05/12Montreal
XXTorontoXX
02/05/12EdmontonXXVancouverXX
09/05/12
TorontoXXMontrealXX
09/05/12VancouverXXEdmontonXX






Golden boot: John Doe

I know some email programs will garble the formatting of that table, but don't worry about it, I'll figure it out.

Once the finalists are known, you will receive an email inviting you to submit your second round of picks.

All entries must be emailed to blogdumpster@gmail.com.

CONTEST DEADLINE: All entries must be received by 8 pm eastern (kickoff time) on Wednesday 2 May 2012, the day of the opening encounters.

With FC Edmonton opening their season yesterday, Vancouver finally conceding a goal and loss, and Montreal knocking off Toronto in their first ever MLS showdown, you should have playing of data to consider while prognosticating.

I'm shooting for maximum participation, so if you have a platform for promoting this thing (twitter, blog, semaphore, etc.), I'd appreciate the support that way.

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