|My 'Crons battling it out to see who wins the tourney!!|
This weekend was the Cally Uprising tournament, one of the largest and most hotly competed UK tournaments of the annual calendar.
This year the snow kept a few players away and the turn out was 84, but of those players, 11/16 of the top 16 Rankings players and basically every competitive UK tournament player.
The standard of player was immense.
Skipping straight to the juicy stuff - I finished 9th.
Last year I finished 11th from 110.
So a slight increase in placing, but more importantly a significant increase over the course of the year in performance.
I like to think of myself as a good player who loses very infrequently. I can count on ONE HAND the number of tournament games I have lost in the LAST YEAR.
That is something I am proud of and I only lost once over the weekend too - in the final game to see if I won the whole freakin' tournament or um... not.
"Not" it was I'm afraid to report. I played Josh Roberts in the final round and in case you are unaware, Josh is the current UK No1 Ranked player and has been there for a number of years - certainly as long as I've tracked these things - he is also the Captain of the UK ETC Team, the team that won the ETC last year (2012)... so he's OK at 40K... ;)
|Finally a decent group shot!|
I also played and want to wish a massive "Thanks dudes" to Gaz Jones (2nd in the UK Rankings and potential ETC player), Bernard Lee (Scottish ETC), Chris Green (also potentially part of England ETC) and Rob Sims (Ranked 11th UK and I think also part of the current ETC England Team) .. and of course - Josh Roberts ...on a side note, I learnt that Josh has a Special Rule of his own which reads:
"At the start of the game, before table edges have been chosen Josh Roberts may roll a D6. On a score of 2+, Josh scores 20-0 in tournament points irrespective of TPs at the end of the game"...
Luckily for me, Josh rolled a "1" and he only won 17-3.. If I'd have managed to close the gap to a draw, I'd have still finished second!! I thought I had a narrow win up to end of Turn 3, but it swung back to Josh and then some... read all about it later in the week!
Throughout the week, I'll be throwing up battle reports with loads of beautiful pictures, which I took this year, turn by turn for every game.. Needless to say, I am proud to have gotten to top table and to have gotten there by facing a high calibre of opponents, facing the arguably the highest available (not dissing you Alex, you weren't there bud!) to decide who actually won one of the most prestigious events in the UK.
And yes, the pre-planning paid off for Game 1... :)
The Forum with results can be found here for some interesting reading..