It was great to at last participate in a KO gathering, and meet so many of you. I was particularly happy to meet a few of the old timers that have been sharing this space with me since the beginning of the century and that I feel closer to, and also many of the "newcomers" to the KOA.
A big thank you to Robert and the rest of the people who helped organize and drive this event (Will, Claire, Panayotis, etc etc). You rock.
Regarding my first participation on a KO2 tournament, I'm not sure where to start. Clearly lack of opponents (and an Amiga!) all my life has made of me a crappy player, and this tournament was the proof of it!
It also hasn't helped that I haven't yet found the perfect joystick for me. The CMS seems good (thanks Ely and Alex for letting me borrow your spares), but I'm not sure it's "me".
My tournament has two halves, basically. I started playing, very relaxed, expecting the worst. However, a few games into the tournament, I admit to starting getting frustrated by the constant beatings, and the fact that in quite a few games I seemed to be limiting myself to booting the ball out of my half. If I wanted humiliation, a dominatrix hooker in Galway would have been cheaper!
I think it was then that I thought I had to get a handle on the game from the back onwards, and switched to 5-3-2 - things then changed a bit. A bit? A lot! Let's look at a few games:Dagh N 10 - 1 Pedro Q
Hard to start your first KO tournament with such a quality opponent!
What I noticed the most during the game (and was something I discussed with John H when we were playing), Dagh has an impressive control of the ball in the midfield. Many players make long passes to their forward players and then use their favorite KO2 routines or moves to score, but Dagh controls the ball (and the game!) all the way from the midfield (some times defense) to the final shot.Pedro Q 1 - 3 Thorsten B
Anyone who's played against Thorsten knows how animated the games can be
This was one of my closest games when playing 4-2-4Pedro Q 0 - 11 Rodolfo M
I know everyone is supposed to at least score once against Rodolfo, because of his 4-4-2 formation and the gap between the defense. But due to my lack of skill at trapping, and also because Alex's joystick (the spare of my spare) started giving me issues, I only managed to see the balls going into my net. Against a spanish? Soooo painful! Steve E 13 - 0 Pedro Q
Another painful game. Not because of Steve E, who's a great lad, but because I managed to get Nicholls sent off early. What did I do? I switched to 4-4-2 to get a striker. My keeper also behaved like a twat! All hell went loose and the ball just kept visiting my net over and over, making it the worst result in the entire tournamentPedro Q 1 - 10 Gianni T
Gianni makes scoring seem so effortless
I remember him scoring in this game some of the loveliest goals I've conceded. He also always never seems stressed or nervous.Pedro Q 4 - 5 Mark E
This was the 1st game I played with Ely's spare joystick and I scored 4 goals against its owner! I honestly thought this game could have gone either way - I scored the 4-4 with about 1m to the end but Mark got the winning goal with 30s left.
I think it was just after this game that I started playing in 5-3-2...Alessandro V 2 - 0 Pedro Q
I learned many swearing words in Italian during this game
Alessandro wasn't very lucky, and I was pretty decent in my defense, which made this a good result in the end.Volker B 0 - 2 Pedro Q
My only victory in this tournament, was against Volker, to whom everything went wrong before and during the match. He was playing with his spare stick after issues with connecting his main one (thanks Thorsten for the sabotage!
) and then during the match he was very unlucky inside the box. A couple counterattacks sealed the score for me.James B 3 - 1 Pedro Q
I encouraged Jim before the game, saying the winner would get a blowjob from Bob - hence the final score
Anyway it was an overall enjoyable game with the occasional snidey remark during the game - even though Jim used to be funny but he's ruined it for me now.Alex B 3 - 1 Pedro Q
I wouldn't dare beating my older brother Brante (even if I had the KO2 skills to do it
) so I decided to do what younger brothers do and tackle him to death
Fortunately no players sent off, and I forced Alex to yet another match with a "small" final scoreRobert S 13 - 2 Pedro Q
I'm not quite sure why but I didn't bother starting on 5-3-2 on this game. Rob quickly proceeded to teach me the wrongness of my decision and scored goal against goal to make it 10-0 at half time! Not wanting to make this an historic result, I went back to 5-3-2 for the 2nd half which ended 3-2 only. Lesson learned. I scored my best goal in this game, although with a bit of luck.Garry C 3 - 1 Pedro Q
I know Garry was tired and he was very unlucky in the 1st half, but I really enjoyed this game. I scored early and held my lead for about 6 minutes. Then Garry eventually pulled through and got a deserved victory.Pedro Q 1 - 8 Panayotis P
Just when I thought "hey this 5-3-2 thing is cool, maybe it's the key to not conceding a lot", Panayotis proved how wrong I was
. He even scored a walk of shame!
The result could have been bigger but this was the final game and he decided to stop scoring at a certain point onwards (now confess, how many of you did the same but didn't say it out loud
So thanks everyone for this pleasant experience, and for making me feel "at home". I'm definitely going to try attending more tournaments. However, there are some of you that I want to meet as well, and so they'll be one of the "keys"/"demands" for my next attendance (no Jim, Bob is not included, you can keep him tied to your bedposts)
Now to everyone who took photos... where I can I see them?
Officially the best Portuguese Kick Off player living in Ireland.