Avalanche All At Sea
A mostly comfortable outing for the Carbis Bay Buccaneers saw the corporation team pick up near maximum points from their two games against The Avalanche and remain top of the league. With the away leg first it was The Avalanche, also a corporation side, that opened the scoring with an instant 1pt strike. However, it was a false dawn for the home side as the Buccaneers swiftly went into the lead with a 4pt strike by ‘Mad Jack’ Dalhgren after guard Al Giordino had subtly cleared a path to the strike hex. The Avalanche netted a 2pt score immediately afterwards, only for Carbis Bay star man Dirk Pitt to pop up with a 4pt hit to make it 5-0. The home side had their own star man; No.7, and he scored a 3pt strike which ‘Mad Jack’ equalled moments later, covering up some of Al Giordino’s embarrassment as his attempted slam went horribly wrong – ending with Al sitting on his backside looking confused. Clearly stung by this humiliation Giordino launched into an ill-advised foul right in front of the referee which saw him dismissed for the rest of the match. Dirk Pitt was, as usual, unperturbed by this, and in the middle of the uproar following the dismissal scored a 4pt strike which took the score to 8-0 on turn 8 and ended the match. With 6 fan cheers to the Avalanches 3 the Buccaneers captain Rudi Gunn was named Man Of The Match.
The return leg with Carbis Bay as the hosts got off to an even quicker start with Hector Barbossa slaloming through the opposition to score a 4pt starter, although it was a bitter sweet moment for the Buccaneers as guard ‘Admiral’ Sandecker misjudged a slam and was knocked out for a number of turns. Unlike the away day this match was destined to go all the way to the final whistle. The Avalanche was fielding a number of journey men, drafted in to help a team with a vastly inferior rating and only around 5 fit players. It was one of these, a journey dwarf, which flattened the Bucaneers defence with ease to let in star man No.7 to score a 4pt strike and equalise.
The Seasiders adopted a classy manoeuvre to reply; Giordino removing No.7 from the game before the prettier side came out as Barbossa threw the ball to a running Jack Sparrow who sped in to put 3pts on the board. Barbossa was on the receiving end soon afterwards; flattened by an opposition guard as the ball bounced wildly. The Avalanche thought they had it only for ‘Mad Jack’, called from the bench, to steal it away to make it 6-0. The away sides star man No.7 returned from the treatment room to bring the ‘Bay down with a thump and a 4pt hit, the blatant Dwarf foul being missed by the referee. The sides traded 3pt strikes before, with time running out, Sparrow managed to fumble the ball on the half way line. With the score at 2-0 and several strike hexes open the Avalanches hero No.7 stooped to pick it up on the run only to fall flat on his face as the final whistle went ushering in a Carbis Bay Buccaneers 2-0 win.
Round 4 Fixtures:
Mythos Maniacs (Adrian) Vs. Hawarden Heartbreakers (Paddy)
The Avalanche (Dave) Vs. Plague Bearers (Mark)
Unknown (Dafydd) Vs. Carbis Bay Bucaneers (Rick)
Hollywood All-Stars (Andy) Vs Iron Giants (Tom)
Deff To Humanz (James/Paddy) Vs. Vs. Dwarf VIII (Simon)
Skaven Foundation (Ian) Vs. Unknown (Pete)
And a word from the tournament organiser:
There is still one game left in the current round, but the result of this will not effect the draw for the final round before the semi finals and finals.
The only teams safely through to the semis are Mark's, Paddy's and Rick's. So there is still everything to play for at this late stage.
Good luck to all except the rats!
Games to be completed by the end of April please.