The Premier League rollercoaster has finally come to rest after another thrilling season of ups and downs, with Manchester City cruising to a second title in three years.
Liverpool were metaphorically left kicking themselves for letting things slip in the closing games, but few can deny the cool composure of Pellegrini’s Sky Blues when it really mattered.
In the dramatic battle for overall supremacy of the Cellcard Fantasy League, Sabina Lawreniuk and her team Why always me? on 2,483 points did enough to see off the unremitting challenge of Matt Culis’s PPFC by a mere six points.
Paul St’s Kamplerng Thom produced a late surge to claim third with 2,441 points.
Ms Lawreniuk becomes the second female manager to triumph from the five editions of our annual competition run to date, following Brenda Wade’s win in 2012, when City also last topped the league.
Along with the undeniable bragging rights over her fellow fantasy managers, Sabina also scoops the top prize of a 3.5G iPad, SIM card and T-shirt from sponsors Cellcard.
Sabina played it safe in the final week, sticking with a captain of Luiz Suarez for just 4 points but also fielding Man City’s Samir Nasri for 11 points.
As expected, Suarez was the campaign’s biggest points scorer with an incredible total of 295, in main part due to his 30 league goals and 25 assists.
Yaya Toure of Man City was another leading light on 241 points, while Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard grabbed 202 points a piece to signify their fine form throughout.
Gameweek 38 threw up some more moments to savour, with Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson being the surprise leaders of the Dream team with 15 points thanks to his goal and clean sheet at relegation-bound Norwich.
Yen Mao’s team Pa-Lee_Mey was thrust to the summit of the weekly chart with a total of 86 points. However, his occupation as a TV sports presenter at CTN means he is ineligible to claim the spoils.
They therefore fall to Yong Monghak with his team Hakchester United on 81 points. Yaya Toure as skipper for 12 points and other selections such as Gerrard (11), Man City’s Vincent Kompany (13) and Swansea’s Wilfried Bony (12) were enough to secure the win for Monghak, and its rewards of a $20 phone voucher and T-shirt from Cellcard.
All that is left to do now is enjoy the summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament and see what superstars emerge for consideration in next season’s Cellcard Fantasy League.