Well, finally got my butt in gear to write my match report on the way to the winning the Cup.
Log of a Submarine Captain (or How I won Sandgroper Cup)
4 Gutter Runners (2 x Block & 1 x Sprint)
2 Stormvermin (Tackle, Guard)
1 Thrower (Leader)
1 Rat Ogre
Match 1 vs Dave's Human scum:
This challenge match was pretty lamely accepted by me and come the day, Dave actually turned up in costume and ready to play. It was pretty much one way traffic for Dave who got off to a hot start and despite my best efforts, he held me scoreless and also belted me in casualties too
The pink tiara was mine to wear! I portented that when he made the final table, he would choke (more on this later!)
Result: Lose 0-2 (lost casualties)
Match 2 vs Ratt's Halflings:
Oh, the look of despair on Ratt's face was priceless! Nathan played a great game with the flings and very nearly scored first, but I was able to wither down his little flings (the Tackle Stormvermin was having a field day!) whilst keeping out of reach of his trees effectively, causing Deeproot to go down a couple of times going for it.
Result: Win 3-? (can't remember if Ratt scored) and won casualties
Match 3 vs Brett's Nurgle:
It had been a long time since I had played Brett and we had a lot of fun playing out a 1-1 draw which really was a fair result given the hurt he put on my team! I was remembering everytime to roll for Foul Appearance (only failed a few) as I took Nurgle last year and it only got a me a few times. His list was designed to bash and Brett caged up well, without moving the cage as best he could, which did cost him a TD.
Result: Draw 1-1 (lost casualties)
Match 4 vs Slothman's Dark Elves:
Slothy was pretty tired by this point after a long day and I gather a long night the night before. It was pretty even the first half, but I ran away with it to win the game. We have played out draws everytime we played so was good to finally get a result. Always a pleasure to play Damien
Result: Win (can't remember score)
So I finished day one on 1 loss, 1 draw and 2 wins to sit 8th at the end of the day. In the draft I managed to get Block for my Rat Ogre (what I wanted!) and Dirty Player on a Linerat (didn't pan out, but did use it once!).
Day 2, Match 5 vs Jamie's Amazons:
Poor Jamie had an absolute howler. Despite knocking my players down repeatedly (especially in the first half), he could just not break armour. Meanwhile, I managed to dislodge the ball and score before the end of the first half. In the second half, Jamie's luck completely deserted him and I was able to seal the game.
Match 6 vs Jarrod's Wood Elves:
Jarrod had been running hot all tournament to this point and it is at this point that Jarrod's luck turned sharply. If I thought Jamie had it bad, I would have forgiven Jarrod for crying. Nothing was working for him and everything was coming up trumps for me including one of my Stormvermins intercepting to score a TD. With the game coming to a close and the score 3-1 to me, Jarrod tried to pass the ball over a loose gutter runner to get a score. Unfortunately for him, the Gutter runner intercepted the ball and scored to make the final score 4-1. As it turned out, this TD gave me enough bonus points to beat Jarrod to the final table by 1 point!
Grand Final vs....Dave Cotton's Human Scum (again):
The look on Dave's face said it all when the final table was announced. The key moments of the game were his catcher failing a GFI with a re-roll to take it to 1-1 at the half and, with the score 2-1 to me with 3 turns remaining, I set up for the one turn TD to put the match out of reach when the kickoff scattered to the Rat Ogre on the line who caught it! I then spent the next 3 turns playing keepy off with the Rat Ogre holding the ball and the Gutter runners caging him up. Despite Dave's best efforts, he was unable to dislodge the ball and I held on to win and become a the ultimate submarine! Little did I know the day before that my portent of Dave choking in a final would be against me! I have beaten him in 2 BRAWL league finals and now the Sandgroper Cup.