Despite that I am more an Agility style coach by style (not that I've ever played pointy ears though!) I decided I should give my Terrorcotta Tearers their first outing. Actually, this was the first time I've ever played a Khemri team, or indeed played in any tournament. So it would all be a good learning experience. We also caught up with a bunch of guys we know, including Paul Deacon (who came from NZ to play!) who told us all about his experience at Three Die Brawl in Ohio, which sounded fantastic. Anyhow, EucBowl is a 1.15million resurrection tourney with no double skills allowed. My team roster was:
- 4 Tomb Guardians - all with Stand Firm (I really debated taking this vs Guard)
- 2 Blitz-Ras, 1 with Strip Ball
- 1 Throw-Ra with Leader
- 1 Throw-Ra with Kick Off Return
- 5 Skeletons with no skills (giving me 1 spare player)
- 2 ReRolls (making 3 with the Leader ReRoll)
- 1 Fan factor
Game 1 vs Highgarden Hornets (Humans)
This was one of the most beautifully painted teams I have seen - wonderfully detailed in yellow and white. I gave away +2 FAME, Weather was nice, and I won the toss and elected to receive. I got under the ball, formed up into a cage and then started to march down the pitch.
The Hornets came back in the second half with a vengeance, but my Tomb Guardians got their blood lust up and started really taking some pieces off the pitch. When the Ogre departed badly hurt the humans really couldn't stand up to the strength of the Tomb Guardians at all. I managed to turn the ball over and started sprinting to the end zone for a second TD- and yes he tripped over the line! The sting was taken out of that by winning 1 nil though.
|Samples of the wonderfully painted Human team|
I got +1 FAME for this game, the weather remained nice and once again I won the toss and elected to receive (it worked last game so what not try it again?).
|The intimidating Ogre lineup!|
|Even ganging up 3 to 1, the Ogres couldn't take down the Tomb Guardians|
|The disturbing OGRE Cheerleader!|
Game 3 vs Raging Wood (Wood Elves)
Having unexpectedly pulled off two wins for the day, I was amazed to find myself on the 'top table' for the Sunday only players. Against Wood Elves? Right Stuff summed it up well with a smiling "Well it was a good run while it lasted" (note that this Wood Elf team had just destroyed Right Stuff's team, but he can write about that later). We tied for gate this game (thanks to my 1 Fan factor!), the weather stayed nice, and yet again I won the toss and elected to receive (third time is a charm right?).
|I hate those leaping Wardancers!!!|
|Another of my ultimately unsuccessful cages against the Woodies|
So 2 wins and a Draw! WoW! Not too shabby given that I showed up and just hoped to to go home with 3 losses (but quite prepared to, new team and all). And the same record for my final opponent too... After some kinds of number crunching by the admins, I was surprised and proud to be awarded a medal for the Best Sunday Coach!!!! And my prize? A band new Greebo Chaos Dwarf team! Totally Sweet!
A massive thanks to all my opponents - as you can see it could have all gone the other way if Nuffle had decided - and to Andrew the EucBowl organiser who put in a huge effort to put on such an awesome Tourney!\