|At this stage of the Competition you can always expert a level of stability in the league table, with less
movement in and out of the top 12, and so it proved in period 10, the three-quarter point in the Preliminary Rounds,
with just 4 new entrants into the qualifying places for the final.
But one of them made a massive statement of intent as
"WS Pop us" (WSP Opus, New Zealand) posted an impressive 23% growth, the
best in the quarter by anyone, and it catapulted them 90 places up the table to 11th place, an astonishing
performance that if repeated by another team in the next round means that the team currently on 1,483 points could in
theory do the same, which also highlights once more how many teams are still in the hunt for one of the 12 coveted
final places with just 2 Preliminary Rounds to go.
And is there a major storm approaching from across the Atlantic with 6 US teams now in the top 12, and only 2 UK teams
in the leading pack. Still leading the Competition, and seemingly immovable for now, are
"Capitol Based" (Parsons, United States) on
1,940 pts, but their lead has been cut by another of the Parsons' teams, those
"Jersey Geoengineers" (Parsons, United States), up 4 places to second,
with "JPN^2 International" (WSP US, United States) remaining in 3rd.
In a tough quarter for many, with only around 55% of the teams improving their position, many were left
ruing the decision to put all of their eggs in one basket as unknown rival bidders, such as Birket Plc and the
Olympia Spring Group, wreaked havoc once more with aggressive bids and undercutting many teams,
whose future workload and margins took a hit.