Conker Championships Series 1 – Liepaja 22.10.2010
Possibly the first ever Latvian (maybe even Baltic) Championship of Conkers followed as closely as possible to the match rules as stated on the
World Conker Championships homepage. A full match-up table showing each rounds winners
can be seen below. A results summary is on the right.
Word on the street was that the “ever so British” game of Conkers had finally found it’s merry way to the Baltic States. We sent our intrepid Alternate Sports
reporter to cover the event.
LCC Report by Colin Onker
Our young hopefuls gathered at 14:00 on Friday, October 22nd to take part in the first Latvian (or Liepaja) Championship of Conkers which we will refer to
as the LLC for the rest of the report. 9 entrants meant we had to play an extra round which saw the potentially volatile Elza crunch her way
through into the quarter final stages. The first shock of the tournament was when joint organizer (with Elza) and pre-championship favourite, Rūdis
suffered the huge misfortune of dropping his conker during an attack, seeing it bounce upon the hard floor and wall of the school room, then split into two
even pieces. We were also to lose some of the more creatively named conkers including Ju-Gi-Jo, Spriditis and Rukis, but i’m sure this won’t be the last
time we see these contestants. At this stage a new favourite arose with a powerful and accurate hitting style that looked like it could carry him all the
way to the title. The championship had found it’s new favourite and Matīss now looked the player to beat.
The semi-final stage was always going to be exciting as tensions built to boiling point and some spectators could hardly bear to watch. The fantastic prizes
(pictured right) were now within the grasp of our final 4 valiant players, but who would who be the one to claim the victors trophy and who would end up empty
handed? In the first semi-final, it looked like Matīss would power his way into the final with some consistent hitting but had the misfortune to have his conker
knocked out of his hand and on to the floor where it broke from the string. The second semi-final was a more straight forward with Miks claiming a comfortable
victory on points to edge his way closer to the title.
This was it, the moment of truth. No more time for discussing tactics or practising your stance, in the next 5 – 10 minutes we would discover who would be the first
ever LCC Champion. The final was a tense and close affair. After the standard 5 minute match duration, the boys were neck and neck and no one could predict
who would be the winner. We then started the 9 hit match-off which in the end, didn’t have to go the distance as Miks, with one last mighty swing, destroyed Toms
conker to become our worthy victor. It was a fitting end to a great match. In the 3rd & 4th place playoff, Matiss overcame Elza and you can see some of that match
in the video below.
LCC Series 1 Match-Ups
1: = Round 1 |
QF: = Quarter Final |
SF: = Semi Final |
3/4: = 3rd & 4th Place Play-Off
beat Raivo (boogyman)
beat Rūdis (Charlie)
beat Daniels (Ju-Gi-Jo)
beat Emīlja (Sprīdītis)
beat Markus (Rūķis)
beat Matīss (Rocky)
beat Elza (:-I)
beat Elza (:-I)
beat Toms (Lego)
Miks wins the final against Toms
Action from Matīss vs Elza (3/4 playoff)