ENGLISH DBA Open
The final round of this year's DBA tour was, once again, in sunny Portsmouth, and many of the contenders were present with some placings still to be decided.
I went along for the games and to help with the presentations (I was, of course, not in contention - it is a long season and I can get to very few of the rounds).
I took along the Nobades (or, at least, prototype Nobades)
... and here are pictures of the games I got ...
(English DBA Open ... vs Chinese)
(English DBA Open vs Lombards)
(English DBA Open vs Rajputs)
(English DBA Open vs Assyrians)
(English DBA Open vs Arabs)
We played off in groups of 6 (playing 5 games) to generate 2 semi finals and an optional plate competition (for which, one day, I will donate an actual plate as I make such regular appearances) ...
At one point I was indeed riding but my 2 wins out of 3 rapidly became 2 out of 5 (and didn't get any better in the plate) ... I did, however, kill a general (which is always a tick in a box for me) ...
The semis and finals were played with themed armies which allegedly tests the players better (though I am not so sure about that) - here's the list:
Players get to pick in order of qualifying, and select their option for the 2 remaining games.
They finished 1st: Colin O'Shea, 2nd: Lindon Paxton, 3rd: Peter Ellis, 4th:Richard Pulley
That left the overal standings: 1st and UK DBA League Champion: Martin Myers, League Runner Up: Colin O'Shea, 3rd: Bill MacGillivray, 4th: Richard Pulley, 5th: Arnaud Marmier, 6th Lindon Paxton followed by Pete Duckworth, Neil Mason, Martin Smith and Mark Johnson down to a total of 57 players altogether ... Tamara Fordham was 28th and won the Junior trophy.
There were 14 tournaments altogether ... Premier events, The Welsh Open, English Open and Northern Cup plus qualifying events at Great Bowden, Tarrington (both the Scramble and the Midland Open), Coventry, Alton, Bakewell, Manchester (Britcon) and the 4 seasonal events at Portsmouth,
And then we lined up for the photos ...