Duo show their skills in global fantasy football competition

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Two Cambridge FC members have demonstrated their skills at predicting which footballers will excel each week in a global competition that attracted more than 8.2 million entries.

Alex Ball and Paul Blackstock topped two Cambridge FC mini-leagues in the international Fantasy Premier League competition.

The FPL challenges football fans to select squads of 15 players in the English Premier League, managing them within a budget and making transfer decisions weekly throughout the EPL season.

When the EPL season finished this week, Ball easily won the Cambridge FC mini-league while Blackstock was the winner in the club’s Follow the Reds mini-league.

Ball, who plays for Cambridge’s Waikato Division 1 team, finished 3,717th in the world – from 8.2 million entries, which puts him in the top 0.5% of FPL players worldwide.

He’s played FPL for 14 seasons, finishing in the top 20,000 eight times. That’s made Ball one of New Zealand’s most accomplished FPL team managers and he regularly features as a guest on podcasts.

Alex Ball playing for Cambridge’s Division 1 side

Ball’s Owls Rule team (he follows Sheffield Wednesday) was ranked 17th in New Zealand this year (from more than 25,000 entries).

Meanwhile, Blackstock, who plays over 35s men’s football for the club, won the Follow the Reds league with a team ranked 89,311th in the world – almost in the top 1%. His team also came 4th in a WaiBOP regional mini-league.

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