Ok, this is it, a comment about every match I played even though I don't remember most of them too well. Just pick and choose, no need to read thorugh it all.
Alex B 6 - 1 Glenn L
Just in case there's still somebody out there who doesn't know: I only practice on WinUAE and a TFT and usually only turn up for World Cups (five under my belt now, while this was my third non-WC tournament). With 24 games ahead, I didn't feel like a practice match so I jumped right in with this match and it went surprisingly well, Glenn was rusty, I was only marginally better, but nearly all shots went in. It was like that on and off in this tournament (usually it's always off).
Alex B 2 - 9 Robert S
I wrote this already: I need practice against good 532 players. I don't know how to attack against them and I don't know how they go about attacking me. I'm used to getting a beating from Rob, this game was over well before half time (1-7).
Panayotis P 6 - 0 Alex B
I've played Panos before and the games were fairly close (or at least not total domination), but in this one I just didn't get anywhere, I was rubbish. I don't think I had any scoring chances until the final two minutes, well, consistency is something I lack.
Alessandro V 5 - 4 Alex B
A game later I was playing a lot better, I think I might have even led 4-3 and my namesake clinched the victory in the final phase. Good game altogether, methinks.
Darren G 1 - 7 Alex B
To be honest, after these three defeats I was happy to play Darren because I knew I should be able to win this one. I don't really rememvber how the game went and how I managed to score 7 goals, I don't think the scoreline did Darren's keypad gameplay justice.
Sandro T 7 - 5 Alex B
I was now in a phase of playing well. I of course forgot about Sandro's kick off lobs (yes, yes, stupid I know), I'm not sure if the first one went in or not, but I believe I defended all the others with desperate sliding. And I was playing quite well, I was up 5-4 but Sandro has a new trick up his sleeve, or at least new to me, a fast pass from one striker to the other past my Cox I had no idea how to handle and he scored pretty much all his goals with that one move (copy&paste, he said
). I'll need to learn that one, seems very effective.
Steve E 5 - 4 Alex B
Steve was up 5-1 or 5-2 and I clawed some goals back to make it a tighter affair but then time just ran out on me. Another good game, even though it was another loss and Mr. Evil deserved it, too, he had more of the game and the margin could have been greater.
Dagh N 10 - 4 Alex B
Thoroughly enjoyable. Dagh is a great player and scored some lovely goals. I was happy to score 4 myself (one more than Rob managed just before
John H 9 - 5 Alex B
This one was close until John remembered to try his BLCs. Damnit, I just cannot defend them. Never mind. Plus my KO routine made this one close until John switched from Falcon to 424, apparently Falcon's Cox positioning isn't as good. Ok, I was now on a losing streak though to be honest, I didn't check my results until the very end, when asked I simply couldn't say how many I'd won or lost. I had not put any pressure on myself anyway.
Andy G 3 - 4 Alex B
Certainly by now it was time to just pick any opponent available and I have no idea about the precise order. But it may have been Logos at this point. Can't remember anything about the game except that it was fairly even, Logos seems to claim that I should have won by a greater margin.
Thorsten B 1 - 5 Alex B
Thorsten is a top bloke but he didn't get many chances to proclaim his famous Jawoll, I think this one was fairly one-sided in my favour. Thorsten played lockout and that's really a formation where it's useless to check the scanner, there's always tons of players in the opponents half and you just have to trust that your own balls up front to the wingers or Barber just find their target. On the other hand, it seems to be easy to defend when the opponent isn't lobbing, the wingers can be brought into play but the lone striker in the middle - if he even made it anywhere near the box - just isn't much of a threat.
Andy E 0 - 6 Alex B
Sorry, Andy, but this one was pretty one-sided, too. I didn't feel threatened by his attacks and could concentrate on mine. In the past it could have still been troublesome because of my inability to convert chances, but I seem to have gotten better at that...
Alex B 2 - 2 Andy H
...though still not in every game. Against his pal, the other Andy, I was only up 2-0 and in the end had to settle for a draw, I feel I should have won. Nonetheless, it was a good game and Andy did enough to justify the draw, so I needn't complain. Both of you are bound to improve if you practice a bit more.
Alex B 2 - 10 Jon G
I guess I needn't say sorry for playing so badly, Jon. It was only close until I was down 2-3, but the half time stats showed that I had exactly those two shots on goal. I had a long phase in this tournament of missing every header and in this game both my attack and defence were simply too bad to challenge Jon and he thoroughly punished me for it.
Rodolfo M 5 - 3 Alex B
Rodolfo! My nemesis!
I have yet to win a competitive match against him. I felt fairly confident this time round and may have been leading 3-2, but I'm just so used to playing my style attacking from the wings, I keep forgetting to try the middle. However, Rodolfo is a fine attacking player and a good scorer so he absolutely deserved yet another victory against me. One day, pal...
Simon K 1 - 6 Alex B
Simon was not happy the way this game went.
I believe he was higher up in the table and I predicted he'd beat me but then I scored two (more) goals from diagonal lobs which I always want to head in with Nicholls but either he isn't there yet or I miss the header, in fact, I was terrible at heading at this point anyway. After the two lob goals I promised one from inside the area and managed it, but it was a cheap goal, Simon shouldn't have tried to follow Barrett from behind but switched to Cox instead and thus allowed me a near post goal. His frustration made this game easy for me. I'm sure things will look different next time round, he's certainly at least as good as me.
Alex B 8 - 7 Garry C
This was an all-out-scoring game I believe neither Garry nor me are used to. The goals just kept piling up, spread evenly throughout the game. I was up by two or three at some point and thought that would clinch it, suddenly Garry fought back and was leading 7-6 and I was sure I'd be a tad disappointed to lose this one but somehow I scored another two goals to win it after all. Should have been a draw I guess, that would have been the fair result after such a battle. Great game, Garry!
Alex B 1 - 7 James B
Whoever was my next opponent, I "warned him" I'd just scored 8 goals. I think it was James next and I was in for another 532-beating. If I remember correctly I felt I should have scored a couple more, but in any case it was a clear win for Jim. He's a good defender who doesn't allow me many chances and he was lethal up front, too.
Alex B 1 - 7 Gianni T
I for sure played this one earlier. And I think I did pretty well in this game, too. I believe I kept the score to 1-3 until the final 2 or 3 minutes. As always against Gianni, I defended with all my might and got a few compliments from the champ, but he also missed a number of chances he wouldn't usually, maybe trying a little too hard to score nice goals. And then in the last part of the match he suddenly made it look easy again. Excellent player, great fun to play against no matter how many I concede.
Klaus Lo 6 - 0 Alex B
We went into half time with Klaus leading 5-0 which I had totally expected, but he then said that was the best KO2 he'd played all day and we were nearing the end of the tournament. To be honest, the second half seemed to confirm what he said, he was suddenly "down to my level". Nonetheless, his first half was impressive and his defending was good the whole game. I tried my usual diagonal chips from the corner of the area and he headed every single one away.
Alex B 2 - 1 Mark E
Late in the tournament we were all pretty knackered I guess. I played badly and was happy to win this one. Still, despite being tired and hurting I love playing KO2 and I enjoyed this match as much as any other one, even if it wasn't of the highest quality.
Alex B 3 - 1 Pedro
Finally time to take on Pedro. If I had managed to score a bit earlier I would have used the game to go through a few KO2 basics with my Portogoose pal, but I didn't have as many chances as I hoped and missed the few I did, the game stood at 0-0 until well into the second half. So, good defending, Pedro. And good tackling, too.
Alex B 7 - 3 Flavio Z
Finally, the last two matches against my room mate and then a Bundesliga battle against Volker. I had no idea how Flavio was doing nor how good he is. I think this was another case of nearly all my cheap shots going in, 7 goals, that's really not the norm for me.
Alex B 2 - 2 Volker B
Truth be told, I should have won this one, though I told Volker in the end I was happy not to lose. I went up 2-0 and felt that should be enough, but then he scored with a tremendous lob/shot from the corner (!) and then got the equaliser and at this point I just couldn't step up anymore and if he'd managed to score one more I would have lost.
Wow, 24 games! Nothing better than starting a tournament at 10 o'clock with my first pint of beer. At one point Will, our official score enterer, told me I was lagging behind, I had only played 10 games up to then and everybody was ahead of me. At that point I was sure I wouldn't make it through to the end. Another 8 games later he told me I had six more games to play and with two hours to go that seemed feasible, if harsh considering my condition. 10-2-12, 89:109 goals. I usually consider my defence to be better than my attack, but in this tournament I had a few bad games defending - and that against players who know how to take advantage of it (ok, thankfully also a few who don't). To balance it I suddenly scored more goals than ever before, in some matches I really had an eerily good conversion rate, no idea how I managed that. Sorry to some of you who I beat more heavily than I should have. Altogether great fun.