Thursday, February 5, 2015

UK Coaches Poll: February

Before we get to the poll results, a special message to the United Kingdom: we need more UK volunteers to help us out as writers, copy editors, and voters in the coaches poll. Please contact us if you’re interested.

The United Kingdom voters were asked to pick their top 10 teams from the fall season. Eleven voters participated in the poll. Points were allocated in the following manner: ten points for a first place vote, nine points for a second place vote, eight points for a third place vote, etc. The votes have been tabulated and listed below in order of total votes. The number in parentheses indicates how many first place votes a team received.

UK Coaches Poll Results
1. Radcliffe Chimeras – (11) 110
2. Loughborough Longshots – 93.5
3. Southampton Quidditch Club– 90.5
4. Tie Keele Squirrels and Bangor Broken Broomsticks – 72
6. Durhamstrang – 46
7. London Unspeakables  – 28
8. Nottingham Nightmares– 24
9. Falmouth Falcons – 22
10. Leicester Thestrals – 21

Also Receiving Votes: Oxford Quidlings – 17, Derby Union Quidditch – 9

Voters Explain Their Decisions
No voter explained their decision.

Radcliffe was the unanimous top team with Loughborough and Southampton receiving 20 of 22 second and third place votes (one voter tied both teams for second). Keele and Bangor each snuck into one voter’s top three. Bangor and Keele tied for fourth receiving 11 and 10 top five votes each. Durhamstrang received five sixth place votes, while no other team received more than two. Voters had difficulty figuring out their 7-10 slots. London was named on just nine ballots, but seven of those voters placed the Unspeakables in the top eight. Nottingham took a similar path to the top 10 with only eight voters selecting it, with four placing it in the top seven. Leicester was named on 10 ballots, more than any team outside the top six, but four of those voters placed them 10th and nine, eighth or lower.

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