Well what a thoroughly enjoyable evening that was! Got home about 2AM after a superb night of footy chat, tournament games and mini challenges.
It's a shame that the weather put paid to Gaz's original plan of having the tournament outside under the Gazebo. This would have been superb albiet a bit chilly so it was better to venture into the KO2 room.
Garry C 2 - 3 Steve E
It seemed ages ago since the last tournament and with my first game against Gaz the nerves were jangling. There sure is something special - and agonising about tournament games compared to JFF's.
With excitement high I was into my game with Gaz and 2-3 scoreline shows how close the game was and it was only when reading Gaz's review that I realised I saved a penalty. If truth be told though I enjoyed this - and how 2nd game - more for the laughs we were having at the time in the white hot atmosphere of tournament football.
Simon K 5 - 4 Steve E
Right in the grove I now faced SimonK who had played very efficiently in his previous game and same happened in this one! Always two goals in front I was pleased to fight for this one right to the death. At 5-3 it seemed the game was over but a quick goal back meant it was squeaky bum time right up to the final whistle but alas I wasnt able to get that win I craved.
Steve E 5 - 2 Brian C
Looking at this scoreline you'v be forgiven for thinking it was an easy game but this was far from it. Firstly Brian scored two goals which in itself is quality considering he hardly plays. To score in KO2 requires a little luck but lots of skill - mainly why so many new guys dont persevere but Bri scored som quality chips in he box...back in the day I only scored 'non goals' outside of the post hehe. But with a minute and half on the clock I was winning 2-1 so this gives you an idea how close it was. In the end I scored a brace but let me tell you this wasnt a convincing win by any stretch.
Steve E 7 - 4 John B
Normally when playing new guys I try to chat a lot and enjoy the social aspect more but as per my game previously I decided to focus 110% as if it's a World Cup Semi Final and this seemed to give John the extra concentration to push me all the way! 4 Goals is fantastic in any game and it was another close game.
Steve E 2 - 4 Garry C
At the halfway point we enjoyed a cool shandy and plenty of Dorito's. I think Gaz, Si and myself lapped these up while talking football, purring at the thought we were going to win the tournament. With us all on the same number of points it was going to go right to the wire and I was indeed more focused for this one than the 1st but after an awful shot by Barrett I decided to sub him in the first half. Indeed I was all over the shop in this one as I wasnt even sure what half it was.
But with confidence high I did my customary sub in the second half only to get my main forward injured soon after. Suddenly all those recent games of Fifa made KO2 seem so alien to me and I just couldnt do anything but switching to Falcon helped and I nearly made it 3-2 but with the chance missed Gaz cooly scored his fourth and took a deserved win.
Steve E 3 - 1 Simon K
Si remarked in this one that I was a man on a mission - and indeed I was. With a steely determination I took to this game and made sure things went my way. I wasnt in the mood for an average performance and I wanted to win this f*cker after feeling sorry for myself in the last game. I played this one as if I was playing Gianni and managed to come out victor.
Brian C 1 - 9 Steve E
As with my previous game with Bri I stayed focused with this one but Bri was having a whale of a time with plenty of laughs. Unfortunatly though he didnt get quite the rub of the green in this one and I managed to score a few goals to come out with a convincing victory.
John B 2 - 8 Steve E
I think by this time John and Bri were suffering Kick Off fatigue and it was getting quite late too but I managed to escape this game unscathed too, however John should be very pleased with his two goals.Thoughts
Well what a return for tournaments in the West Midlands. Forget the games of Kick Off, this was great for just meeting up with the lads and chewing the cud. Loved the 4 player event at the beginning and why oh why do Villa keep on having the luck in this one? hehe Well played John and Si on taking the crown again lads.
I thought Si had this tournament in the bag and I think he may have done as well when he beat me convincingly but then Gaz snuck a win in their first game which threw the league wide open again, however you cant argue with the winner who beat myself once and Si twice. That kind of performance deserved the title and less than a week before Bournemouth cant be bad for morale.
It's easy to get caught up in the fuore of it all with Kick Off but when you all have things in common and the conversation, ribbing and laughs flow easily it makes you realise we should do this more often - and we will...in Bournemouth!
Cheers for Hosting again Gaz!