Stuff has come up for me. It seems clear that I am called to be in London on 4th so please take me off the reserve list.
Hopefully you have my true email now. Northern cup is arguably the finest event on the DBA circuit and yet I've only made it twice.
Hopefully I WILL make it next year!
I do hope all involved have a terrific day...
Thanks for the update and your kind words. I'm looking forward to seeing what the new venue and show holds for us - it should be an exciting new venture and lead to an even better tournament, hopefully!
1 Mark Johnson - 48pts 2 Denis Grey - 45 3 Patrick Dale - 43 4 Martin Smith - 41 5 Graham Fordham -39 6 Mark Skelton- 38 7 Phil Johnson - 37 8 Martin Myers - 36 9 Rosie Dent-Brown - 34 10 Tom Connolly - 33 11 Paul Hodson - 32 12 Scott Russell - 31 13 Kim Dent-Brown - 29 14 Tom Howes - 28 15 Simon Wilson - 27 16 Tamara Fordham - 26 17 Phil Steele - 25 18 John Saunders - 21 19 Frank Shaw - 19 20 Colin O’Shea -13
Congrats to Mark Johnson, who becomes the first player in the 13 year history of the Northern Cup to win the trophy twice!
Post by colinthehittite on Mar 5, 2017 7:29:52 GMT
I think the Newark Showground provides a more comfortable home for the Northern Cup than the dismal backwater within the previous venue – not that I would have complained... anyway, the squash courts of the old Welsh Open venue would win the dismal playing surroundings trophy. With ample free parking, a light and cosy room (at least until the last game when the traders threw open the doors to load their gear) and good facilities in our building I think the new home should prove to be a hit with both players and public. Increasing to 10 boards means more work for the organisers but makes the tournament one of the best attended on the UK DBA circuit. And what a joy to see new faces - I even played against one.
The unique format, huge workload of preparation and attention to detail of the organisers provides participants with a high quality tournament that I hope they all appreciate. For me it makes travelling from the south coast with an overnight stop well worthwhile.
The show was billed as having 70 participation games; in fact I think they had to be participation rather than demonstration and in that aspect it was working hard to draw new players into the hobby. Luckily it wasn’t raining as that would have hampered movement between the two buildings which are quite far apart. There was a fair range of traders with something for everyone, but for me attracting more 15mm figure traders such as the northern based Irregular Miniatures, would be an improvement. Irregular used to attend Triples and I always enjoyed sorting through their boxes for little gems, as so much of their stock is not shown on the website. The ‘bring and buy’ required sellers to hire a table for an hour, which worked better for the show organisers than for us tournament players who managed a quick half hour during our lunch break.
The tournament – coming last in a tournament is a salutary experience. Having tried manoeuvre, attacking weak elements, jumping on columns, gaining quick kill match ups (there were not many in the whole tournament), closing a few doors, ganging up on lone bows with multiple bows and other sneaky DBA tricks, all to no avail, I sat in the middle of the last board head to head with my opponent’s army to await the coup de tournament grace of one last defeat. At this point the organisers generously came over and told me the army I was using had not lost a game all day... after 5 heavy defeats I didn’t lose the last game, quite. We ran out of head butting time and I ‘gained’ a losing draw; definitely my best performance of the day. By this time my only joy was in playing to the audience – forgive my indulgence guys; I was not myself!
Congratulations to Mark and it was good to see Denis doing so well after a few tournament disappointments. Thanks to Paul et al for providing us all with such a great tournament and to the Society of Ancients for their generous support. Sign me up for next year.
Agreed- excellent venue, and a supremely well run tournament. 6 games 'worked', and made the looooong drive and overnight well worth it Thanks to Paul and Tony .
Congrats to Mark J (1st) who I fought in a rapid, furious and decisive game in round 6, to Denis (2nd), who I played a fun anti-littoral game against in round 5, and Patrick (3rd). Below and following are a few pics (i-pad pics, not my best, but easy to post on the Fanaticus site without the resizing that my camera pics demand). Cheers Martin