Whilst Lenny so ably updated you on what happened in the tournaments in terms of results, I thought it was time to update you on what has really happened in the last few weeks.
Firstly the tournaments, it was wonderful to see Song Yi walk off with her first ever trophy in the doubles but less thrilling to see Jun win his 178th tournament. The real highlights of the tournament were seeing people from different teams getting on so well, seeing break and runs and table runs, seeing quite amazing escapes (I wanted to say amazingly lucky escapes but I feel I might come across as bitter and I did rather roast Mark Barnes in my last blog), and finally seeing a player get totally bamboozled by the purple cloth on the Dolce table that he used the purple ball as the cue ball (Nice one, Johnny - and his partner was too busy getting drunk to warn him - pay attention Rickie!).
The singles tournament was less thrilling as I sat through a 45 minute opening game between the normally quick-fire Macca and Tae-hyun. By the time I woke up it had been reported that Thoto and Richard had been crowned as champions in the respective competitions. Well done to both!
And now on to league matters...
Thanks to draconian measures by our esteemed dictator, all teams who attended the captain's meeting were awarded a bonus 10 points and, as a result, Pinoy Mafia sunk, ever so briefly, to the foot of the table for not attending. I'm sure Troy will be thrilled at his team's commitment to the league. They have since been replaced by the Recessiontown Rats who have managed just 1 win in the last 6 weeks. They even managed to lose to their sister team for the first time ever. Shenanigans were stung by accusations that they wanted to be relegated and have since decided to go out all cues blazing. Wonky Dics have decided to be more consistent and Strokers have recovered from being hammered at Scrooge to move up to 2nd. The Nags still lead the way. The most interesting team are King Pub King who seem to want to make every match as exciting as possible. 7 matches have ended up 8-7 in their games. You can destroy teams if you want guys!
The last time I reported on this division I talked about the fine job Bombadeers were doing...let's forget I said that, shall we? Marvelous lead the way, although being British I do wish they'd spell it with two Ls. Apart from them, all the other teams in this division remain alarmingly...average. They have all won 4 or 5 matches. It must be quite depressing to be that mediocre? Please, please, please someone put a run together! King Pub, Super Power and Misfits seem the most likely to do something but they need to act soon. JJ's, Kozels and the Pain might have to scrap against relegation.
Phillie's Frigates still lead the way in this division although the gap has closed significantly. The most alarming thing about this division is the camaraderie between teams. There is just too much friendliness! Captains have been overheard saying how much they love each other, players have been exclaiming how much they adore playing with other teams in the division. Where has the aggression gone? What's wrong with saying we want to destroy this team? This division simply needs to man up (or woman up, I can't come across as being sexist) and kick some ass - otherwise it's just gay! (Bollocks, now I'm homophobic). Sweet Life, Scandal and Shih Tzu are leading the charge to catch the boys from HBC. The other big news is that Blame the Cue have finally won a match with the help (or hindrance) of JJ the tailor - see Lenny's meeting minutes write up for a full account of JJ's personality. They have been replaced at the bottom by Ballisticks.
It has been a busy couple of weekends, with two tournaments and a captains' meeting.
For details of the captains' meeting, please refer to the Meeting Minutes in the Information menu.
The Mid-season Singles Trophy tournament was held March 25th at King Pub, JJ's, JR Pub, and Wolfhounds.
A total of 38 players signed up, with one player having to forfeit his games due to his late arrival.
There ended up being 18 players in the upper bracket, with the cut-off at 1697. There were 19 players in the lower bracket, with the cut-off being 1686.
1st Place: Richard Hirst - JJ's The Pain
2nd Place: Joon Woo Shin - King Pub The King
3rd Place: Magno Filipe Goncalo - Phillie's Frigates
1st Place: Roland "Thoto" Kondes - JR Pub Pinoy Mafia
2nd Place: Darryl "The Big Easy" Dawson - Sin Bin Strokers
3rd Place: Minho "Mino" Kim - Scrooge Pub Wonky Dics
Each of these players will receive a trophy at the end-of-season awards banquet.
A big thanks to the four venues, and to the numerous people who helped out, Chris Dewes, Dom Johnson, Jim Dewey, among others.
The Mid-season Doubles Money Tournament was held on April 1st at Bull and Barrel and Dolce Vita.
A total of 30 people participated, resulting in 15 teams. Lower ranked players were randomly assigned partners from higher ranked players, with the cut-off for higher ranked at 1690, and the cut-off for lower ranked at 1687.
1st Place (200,000 plus a trophy): Jun "Oragon" Bongon/Han "Song2" Songyi
2nd Place (140,000): Eric Scheusner/Marc Fafard
3rd place (100,000): Mark "Gum Eun Yong" Barnes/Joon Woo Shin
4th Place (60,000): Lenny Erickson/ Junior "Idol" Dollisen
5th - 8th Place (30,000):
Dominic "Idi Yamin" Johnson/Zack "Jack" Allinger
Roland "Thoto" Kondes/Denis Sauve
Shazad "Sam" Sheer/Yang Min Yang
Mark "Ghost Rider" Jones/Rob Spano
A big thanks to the two venues, and to the numerous people who helped out, Mark Jones, Dom Johnson, Ronan Spillane, Rickie Ball, among others.
The mid-season blind draw doubles money tournament will be held Saturday, April 1st.
There will be a 10,000 won entry fee, and anyone in the league who has played at least 3 matches this season is eligible to play in the tournament. The doubles partners will be drawn randomly, matching lower and higher bracket players together. The tournament will count toward ratings.
The payout will be as follows:
1st place: 200,000 won per team
2nd place: 140,000 won per team
3rd place: 100,000 won per team
4th place: 60,000 won per team
5th-8th place; 30,000 won per team
The 1st place team will also be awarded trophies at the banquet.
Signups will be at Bull and Barrel, from 3:00-3:45 pm. The tournament will start as close to 4 pm as possible.
Bulll and Barrel - signups
Dolce Vita - finals
Come out and enjoy what I think is one of the most enjoyable tournaments of the season.
We will be holding our mid-season captains' meeting on Sunday, March 26th at 5:00 pm at Shenanigans.
Please make sure that at least one representative from your team attends (and remains at) the meeting. This season, we will be awarding 10 points to each team represented at the meeting. You know, just to spice things up a little.
If anyone has anything they wish to have discussed at the meeting, please post on Off the Break, or contact one of the Executive Committee members prior to Sunday.
My team has a bye this coming week, so I will be going around to all the bars on Wednesday to get free beers, er... I mean, to check in with everyone.