Tim ‘Aye, Aye, Captain’ Cross writes:
After 6 rounds the 2015 Online European Championship is moving towards the final stages and I am pleased to report that the team is in a very strong position.
The format is triple elimination and from a field of 19 starters only 7 remain. Russia lead with a perfect record so far; we are second having lost one match and the rest are fighting for survival having lost two matches. I am absolutely delighted with the determination shown by all the team, and am hoping this could be our breakthrough triumph as a team in European backgammon.
May I introduce the team to you:
- Gaz ‘JPR’ Owen … The Welsh wizard, unstoppable when on a run
- Jon ‘Glory Boy’ Barnes … achieves in the critical matches
- Sebastian ‘Sensation’ Wilkinson … First UK international appearance, and has taken to it like a duck to water
- Chris ‘Mr Reliable’ Rogers … churns out wins for the team, only lost one so far so equal to any other player in the championship
- Charles ‘Freeze Out’ Hill … regularly consigns opponents to the cooler, again a newcomer to international team backgammon who has hit the ground running.
Let’s support this team, and I will report again soon should we still be in contention at the death.
PS: a bottle of wine awaits the first person not in the know to work out why Sebastian Wilkinson acquired the name Sensation. (Other than his obvious superstardom of course!!)