THE UK FYZUNTU CHAMPIONSHIPS – 2016
The fourth UK Championship took place on July 17th and was hosted once again by Mark and Elaine and was also blessed by a fine, sunny afternoon. There were three new Champions and two Championship records were broken.
The competition began promptly with Bob scoring 273 points and Jimmy, 187 points to progress from Pool A.
Pool B saw Matt (228 points) and Emily (178 points) progress, whilst Ewan was extremely unlucky to lose out to Emily by just 2 points.
Pool C produced a new Championship Game Record set by Elaine with 275 points, whilst Big D followed her into the next round with 190 points. In the second round of this game, Elaine also broke the Championship Round Record with a score of 122 points.
Finally, in Pool D, Jane progressed with a creditable 223 points along with Will The Legend on 204 points and with Kimberley, The Player of the Season, rolling an uncharacteristic 58 points in the game.
In the semi-finals, Pool B winners, Matt (239 points) and Emily (195 points) eliminated Bob and Jimmy to progress to the final. In the other semi-final, Elaine (259 points) and Big D (242 points) knocked out Will The Legend and Jane. However, Will’s 212 points earned him the Wild Card Entry into the Championship Final as the highest scoring losing player on the day.
The Championship Final resulted in a first round lead for Will The Legend, the Wild Card Entry, which he never gave up and eventually ran out the winner with 221 points with Big D as the runner up with 203 points.
In The Knockout Championship semi-finals, Mark (272 points) knocked out Diane (149 points) and Kimberley dispatched Gman (113 points) despite Gman having a lead of 20 points with one round to play.
In the final Kimberley suffered the reverse situation, leading Mark 156 to 103 points, when Mark rallied and rolled 79 points against Kimberley’s 18 to give Mark the Championship by 182 to 174 points.
Presentation ceremonies followed with Matt, who provided the prizes for the Titanic Competition this year, presenting bottles of wine and chocolate to The UK Rhinos.
The charity supported this year was Breast Cancer Research, which was nominated by Jane, who presented another bottle of wine to Charlie, who estimated correctly the number of coins in a jar and their value.
The competition raised £50 for the charity.
Diane presented the PLAYER OF THE SEASON trophy to Kimberley, who had 223 ranking points at the end of the season ahead of Big D with 200 points.
Diane also presented the LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY to The Saxon Spears, who pipped former champions, The Welsh Longbows in the final games of the season.
Mark, Captain of The Saxon Spears, presented the FYZUNTU JUNIOR TROPHY to Will The Legend and then himself received the KNOCKOUT CHAMPIONSHIP CHALICE.
Finally, Mark presented the UK FYZUNTU CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY to Will The Legend.
A barbeque, refreshments and lively conversation rounded off a very successful day in the evening sunshine. Thank you to Mark and Elaine for facilitating this great event.