Jointly organising UKC's 08 was certainly trying at times, but I could not have been more thrilled with the way it all went.
As always, it is all of us, the KOA members, that make it what it is, and everyone contributed simply by being there. The venue was terrific (great find, Steve E), we had ample equipment (thanks everyone!), the fixture software was solid (cheers Mark!) and the atmosphere was for me, the KOA at its best - competitive, friendly and a heck of lot of fun!
We had two players who weren't able to make it on the day, but we nevertheless had a 15-man turnout, something that didn't
seem possible only a few days ago (thanks so Steve E and Robert for your relentless recruitment efforts). I really appreciate everyone who made the effort to come!
I'm particularly grateful to those players who were making their comebacks after their lull in KO2 activity. (James B, Nick H, Andy E and Andy H) - you guys made this UKC a go'er - don't make it so long next time ffs!
Talk about the icing on the cake, but the finale was just incredible. I cannot imagine a more dramtic climax to a major tournament....
Jon G completed his games top of the league but knowing he could be leapfrogged depending on the outcome of the remaining matches with Robert, Steve C and Steve E. Its impossible to describe the drama that unfolded in those final few games but this is the gist of it. Steve E had an absolutely outstanding tournament and, in retrospect, had he won his final game against James B, he would have won the UK Championship!!
Unfortunately he didn't but the way it panned out, Jon G was one point ahead with one final game to be played: Steve C v Robert S. IIRC Steve twice took the lead 1-0 and 2-1 and at those points, Steve C was set to be the UK Champion himself!
Robert had his own plans of course and by mid way through the second half he was 3-2 up with one hand on that trophy. Then with literally 14 seconds on the clock remaining, Steve C claimed an equiliser to end the match 3-3. This resulted in all three players being tied on points, with Jon G having the superior goal difference!!!! AN UNBELIVEABLE EPIC that I'll remember for some time to come !!!!!! The top-4 players deserve huge praise for putting in performances that produced an outstandingly entertaining finish!!!!!