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Toyota award a car for the ‘unlucky’ joint winner of AFL Fantasy

In unbelievable circumstances, Toyota, Telstra and the AFL award two cars in Fantasy Classic.

In what was amazing scenes last Sunday, last year’s winner Selby Lee-Steere, coach of Moreira’s Magic, held onto a lead in the overall standings of AFL Fantasy Classic from round 22 and was looking to take out the competition for a second year running.

Chasing him down was James Robinson’s team Shuey’s Shockers.

James had Seb Ross in play in the last round of the season after making the ballsy move to trade out Tom Mitchell for the Saint ball-magnet. Ross needed fewer than 122 points for Selby to go back-to-back, but history now states that he scored 122 and both Selby and James finished the 2018 season with 51,308 points.

The ‘count back’ to determine the overall winner is based on who registered for the competition first. Selby and James signed up on the opening day, 24 January, but James pipped him by a few hours. This means that James is ‘officially’ the winner for AFL Fantasy Classic 2018 (T&Cs, legals, etc meant that this had to be the case).

On Sunday night the wheels (pardon the pun) were put into motion to work out exactly what could be done here. The team at Telstra worked incredibly hard for an outcome that would please all-comers. On Thursday it was announced that Toyota would award Selby a Corolla Hybrid separate to his his second place prize of $10K as a gesture of goodwill. James drives away in a Toyota Koba C-HR.

You may remember that Selby created and sold a spreadsheet in the preseason. This document full of his tips and secrets to winning raised a cool $6,500 for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Not just a gun at Fantasy, a bloody top bloke.

Good karma is definitely a factor here for the Fantasy champ.

Selby has already suggested that the extra prize money will be a good kick start to his Starlight pledge for next season.

Moving forward, there will most likely be a rule change for the unlikely occurrence of a draw at the top of the overall rankings. Rather than going on the ‘who registered first’ rule which has apparently been in place for around 15 years, there will be a variety of alternative moves suggested. Maybe it goes on the highest individual weekly score of the season? Or who was the higher ranked leading into the final round? Maybe it is the average overall rank for the season? Post your thoughts in the comments below.

Hear from James and Selby on the season finale and Mad Monday episode of the Official AFL Fantasy podcast below.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Chatta

    August 30, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Firstly a huge congratulations to the joint winners and what a fantastic gesture by Toyota giving away a second car to Selby. Well done to Selby going back to back and for his charity fund raising efforts – awesome job.

    Who would have thought a draw was possible let alone 7 points separating the top four. I dont think it will ever happen again but you never know. My thoughts are maybe the most points scored in the last 5 or 10 weeks of the season decides the winner.

  2. Belly

    August 30, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Whoever scores the most in round 1. Reward those who make the right choices straight off when teams are at their most unique.

  3. Ivor Mac

    August 31, 2018 at 4:58 am

    Selby maybe the biggest legend in fantasy sports history. Delighted a guy who did so much for charity gets rewarded with some positive karma. The feel good story of the year.

    I was HEAVILY critical of AFL Fantasy for the way they give Selby second. All is forgiven and huge respect for Toyota for this amazing gesture.

  4. Ivor Mac

    August 31, 2018 at 4:59 am

    As for the tie separator I’d go highest score of the season..

  5. d

    August 31, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Relieved this was resolved- two cars is a great (fair) result.
    I vote highest score of the season in case of tie…

  6. Alan J

    August 31, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Legends, both of them, and Toyota, and the Traders, and Matt, and the Milkmen, and all the other fine contributors on DT Talk!!

    I’m on board with the idea of Highest single rd score from the season as a tie breaker..

    • DT Talk (@DTTALK)

      August 31, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      Cheers! It has been a fun year. Another big year to come. Stay tuned!

  7. Rohan

    August 31, 2018 at 11:18 am

    my rule chance – whoever scores the highest total over the bye rounds. Puts more emphasis on fielding a full side, a lot more skill involved in that. Thoughts?

    • Matthew Kingham

      September 3, 2018 at 2:29 pm

      are u bent

  8. Kel

    September 1, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    My thoughts are score the Emg players in the final round. It is still then about the better final team

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