One of the many events at CANCON is the Australian National Blood Bowl Championships and this year saw 57 coaches enter. It is progression tournament, starting with 1.0 million gp, playing 7 games over the 3 days and chosen MVP after each match.
|The Tourney in Progress (Right Stuff in lower right foreground, obscured)|
Game 1 vs Matt's Team Carnage (Orcs)
The Lad's face was a picture of concentration as he setup to kick, and he couldn't have had a friendlier opponent then Matt who had a very mentoring approach, offering advise upfront. That naturally started to dry up after Reilly blocked down his ball carrier, snatched up the ball and dodged away to scored the first TD of the game. Great I thought, at least he wont get smashed without scoring.
|Right Stuff's first TD of the Tourney|
|Winner are Grinners!|
This game started as a replay of game 1, with Right Stuff up 1 nil at half time. He got ground away more during the second half though, with his opponent scoring late in the match to tie it up 1 all. Right Stuff won the casualty battle 2 nil (no deaths).
|The look says it all as he fumbles a catch next to the end zone! (he scored next turn though)|
Hmmm...Dwarves are a difficult for Norse as they do everything the Norse do, but better and tougher. OK, a loss coming up I thought but going home with a 1-1-1 record is a great feat! He kicked off to the Dwarves, rode out their grind, dove on the ball when the opportunity presented itself and was off like a shot. Outpacing the stunties and out of rerolls he played it safe and didn't go for it, stopping 1 square short of the end zone when he ran out of MV. Cue Dwarf lightning bolt - ouch! Nil all at half time.
The second half saw Right Stuff receive, get messed up in a scrum around the midline, then manage to dodge out with the ball and shoot through to score. The last few turns were insufficient for the Dwarves to score and Right Stuff pulled off his second win of the day! He also inflicted an unbelievable 5 casualties to 2, with each team suffering a death.
Game 4 vs Cody's Barak-Var Sea Dragons (Dwarves)
So Right Stuff started Day 2 with a remarkable 2-1-0 record. He was up against another Dwarf team, but had less trouble with this one, winning 2 nil and inflicting 2 casualties, receiving one himself. It started off the same as the first two games 1-0 to him at half time and 1 casualty each. Then in the second half Right Stuff scored again quickly and just tried to kill dwarves the rest of the half (he wasn't lucky enough to kill a dwarf but casualized a Runner).
|Yes, the helmet did bring him Thors' blessings...and 5 casualties!|
Game 5 vs Leigh's 'Sinned Bad' (Undead)
For this game Right stuff moved up to table 4 - which meant he was placed 7th or 8th at the time and starting to get some very serious opponents. Leigh killed one of the Norse Lineman in the first turn, and rubbed salt into the wound by bringing him back as a Zombie. This really threw Right Stuff and he went after the 'traitor' with a vengeance - charting him twice (he regenerated after the first time). Headhunting aside, the Undead ground away the first half to be up 1 nil, then Right stuff struck back to tie it up with only a few turns left. Leigh pulled off some great combo moves to score in the last turn of the second half and take the win 2:1, while the cas score was 4:3 in the Undead's favour and with 1 death apiece.
At this point one of the other coaches had to pull out of the tourney and thus Right Stuff wasn't needed as a sub anymore. He was disappointed over retiring after 5 of the 7 games but his match record was something to really be proud of (I would have been stoked if it was me!) and we bought some Tourney swag to celebrate. Overall he recorded:
3 Wins, 1 Draw, 1 Loss
TDs For: 7, TDs Against: 4
Casualties: 14 for (incl 1 death), 6 against (2 deaths)
Other highlights of the tourney for us included:
|a very cool Cthulhu inspired Beast of Nurgle|
|Paul informed us that the beast's nipple chains double up as his tentacles!|
Watching a Halfling coach send a Yeti corwsurfing with one of his little fellows, and follow-up in a later game with an uphill 3 die block on a Troll and charting him!
...and Leigh (from Game 5) showing up on Day 3 with a new zombie fig named Reilly, including a Norse helmet on the base!
Overall Results for the Nationals were:
Champion- Iain Fisher (High Elf)
Runner Up- Bradley Milner (Norse)
Third - Anthony Williams (Undead)
I would like to most sincerely thank Gavan the Tourney organiser for giving Right Stuff the opportunity, his opponents for being such great sports, and for everyone there who generated an incredibly friendly and welcoming atmosphere.