The Finals – Our Champions are Crowned

As we entered day two of the finals, Saltire from Glasgow Caledonian had managed to hold onto the lead they’d brought into the finals but the big question was “Can they hold on till the very end?”

The teams had the whole evening to review their performance for the day and to think about what decisions to make for period 15. So when the results of period 15 were announced you would have expected lots of change in position. But you’d be wrong. At the end of period 15 all teams stayed in the same positions they’d been in overnight.

Period 16 saw little change as well with UoN Nobbys dropping another place as they swapped places with The Mighty Ducts. This wasn’t to last though as in the penultimate period, 17, these two swapped back again. The only other change in period 17 saw Loughborough’s SSTW Construction, who had come into the finals in sixth, go into the final round in second, and ahead of Smurf Village. Both though, had a real chance of overtaking Saltire and winning the game.

The teams played the final period in the afternoon but wouldn’t find out the final results until they were announced by MERIT’s Jonathan Higgins at the awards dinner that evening. The nerves during the awards dinner were obvious. When the final results were announced Saltire from Glasgow Caledonian were crowned champions.

Not only had they become only the second team in the last six years to start and end the finals in first place, they’d done it without dropping from first place at all, even after making an error in entering figures on the first day. So congratulations to them, and to all our finalists. As CIOB President Ghassan Aouad told them, “there is not one winner here, [they] are all winners.” We definitely agree and can’t wait till next year to see if Glasgow Caledonian can retain their crown. Join us then!