We brought Humans and Orcs with us and Alexander elected to try Orcs out so I played with the Humans. We worked out rosters for TR110 but didn't add any extra skills. 19,000 fans came to watch with slightly more supporting the Humans, suprisingly the weather wasn't sweltering heat although that would have fitted nicely! Alexander won the kick off roll and elected to receive.
The second half started with the Human fans realising they needed to step up their game if they were to keep up with the riotous orcs and the noise in the stadium became so loud that neither team could make out a word being said so both happily assumed the cheering was for them. The Ogre decided he wanted to flatten the Black Orc in front of him so badly that he was prepared to go to ground with him, despite the coach screaming at him that this was a bad idea. He either didn't hear or didn't understand though and collapsed in a sweaty heap of green and pink blubber which didn't seem to bother either of them unduly but left the ball unsecured and vulnerable. The orc blitz made light work of the flimsy defensive screen and a blitzer was able to secure the ball after straining his sinews to the max to get there. Having got there however he had time to look up and realise just how lonely he was, a single word sounding a bit like 'help' may of escaped his lips at this point.
The troll realising he couldn't get there himself decided to helpfully throw a goblin in the general direction. Unfortunately the gobbo was still reliving his moment of glory from the first half and wasn't really concentrating. He landed nicely on his head and soon joined the blitzer in the Dead and Injured box!
The humans turned as one to stare at the orc Blitzer who was busily trying to hide the ball behind his back and act nonchalant but to no avail. A quick blitz, a stroll over to pick up the ball and the humans were once again in control of their own destiny, well the ball anyway. The orcs then charged forward on mass and the game got quite violent with several players getting Knocked Out on both sides and the first human injury being inflicted. However the humans had sneakily focussed on the ball and were able to make a decisive break down the pitch.
At this point the orcs decided to forget about the ball completely and focussed entirely on removing opponents from the contest. Using all means both fair and foul to get what they wanted out of the game although a brave referee did decide to send off a Black Orc for a particularly obvious stomp in the fat boys 'gentlemens area'.
Having stalled out at one end, the half of the human team that was still breathing managed to score the winning touchdown. The coach shrugging his shoulders as he chalked one up in the win column and planned his trip to Club Journeyman for the following day.
A fun game with some twists and turns in it, followed by a dip in the pool, perhaps tournament organisers should take note!
As a footnote Alexander has decided, that he currently prefers Elf Agility to Orc Violence so I think something strange may happen to the human team for our next game, I have it on good authority the Ogre is already feeling a little wooden and may be planning to branch out!