The HDWSBBL Challenge cup returned this season for the second time with new sponsors ZombWay (â€œEat Fleshâ€). This annual Knockout tournament was increased to 16 teams. Only the Loren Rangers missed the competition for the second year in a row citing more pressing matters as the reason for the absence.
The 1st round witnessed 8 impressive games. While there where no major upsets there were some great highlights including the Beaumont Blitzers battling the Middenhein Manhunters into extra-extra time, the Innsmouth Shadows picking up their first win of the season, and the Dwarven Thunder Hammers managing to run rings around the Amazon Perverse Maidens of Torture and managing to intercept several of their throws!
We didnâ€™t know it at the time but the teams emerging victorious from the second round went onto to be the teams competing in most of the finals this season. Looking back the only real upset was the elimination of the eventual League and Championship cup winners, the Karond Kar Corsairs by the Perverse Maidens of Torture in a violent affair that almost ended the career of several KKC players.
The Semi-Finals saw three of the four divisional winners taking part in some of the most controversial action of the entire season. The Lustrian Snake Queens managed to do what no other team had done before and defeat the Mc Cauligh Reavers in a tense game. Ragnars Swift Velocity took on the favourites for the competition, the Perverse Maidens or Torture in what would be a memorable encounter as karma caught up with PMT as stray Fireballs and outright violence led to several of the Amazons ending up dead! Unfortunately for the league this was the last time that we saw PMT in the league because the injuries sustained during the match led to their retirement!
The Tournament final saw Ragnars Swift Velocity take on the Lustrian Snake Queens. Despite RSV picking up most of the awards in the competition they were unable to win the final match and take the trophy. At the time there was some concern that the constant string of finals would take its toll on the Snake Queens but in the end they proved their doubters wrong and lifted their first HDWSBBL Championship Cup.
With the success of the ZombWay 2508/09 this season, all teams are looking forward to next seasonâ€™s competition. So far the Challenge Cup has proved to be one of the most entertaining Cups in the HDWSBBL.
Of course, no competition would be complete without some awards being handed out!
- HDWSBBL Challenge Cup Winner: Lustrian Snake Queens (Amazon)
- HDWSBBL Challenge Cup Runner-Up: Ragnars Swift Velocity (Human)
- Team with most Touch Downs: Ragnars Swift Velocity with 14 (NEW RECORD, previous record was 10 by the Loren Tornadoes in the PitRat 2507/08)
- Team with most Casualties: Ragnars Swift Velocity with 9 (NEW RECORD, previous record was 7 by the Karak Smashers in the PitRat 2507/08)
- Team with most Completions: Lustrian Snake Queens with 13 (NEW RECORD, previous record was 4 by the Loren Tornadoes in the PitRat 2507/08)
- Team with most Interceptions: Ragnars Swift Velocity with 2 (NEW RECORD, previous record was 1 by the Loren Tornadoes in the PitRat 2507/08)
- Player of the Competition: Joint between Fredrick Roeder (Catcher) of Ragnars Swift Velocity and Daphne Cylindrophilidae (Catcher) of Lustrian Snake Queens with 24 SSP (NEW RECORD, previous record was 18 set by buttercup of the Loren Tornadoes during the Pitrat 2507/08)
- Player with most Touch Downs: Fredrick Roeder (Catcher) of Ragnars Swift Velocity with 8 (NEW RECORD, previous record was 5 set by Snori Surehands of the Karak Smashers during the PitRat 2507/08)
- Player with most Casualties: 8 way tie so no unique award!
- Player with most Completions: Pheobe Elapsoidae (Thrower) of the Lustrian Snake queens with 7 (NEW RECORD, previous record was 4 set by Dieter Berbatov of the Strickland Slammers during the PitRat 2507/08)
And for you statistics freaks:
- 15 games played in total
- 55 Touchdowns Scored (Average of 3.7 per match)
- 49 Casualties caused (Average of 3.3 per match)
- 63 Completions made (Average of 4.2 per match)
- 4 successful Interceptions (Average of 0.3 per match, or one every 3.8 matches)
- Match with Highest Attendance: Ragnars Swift Velocity 5 vs Perverse Maidens of Torture 1 (Semi-Final) with 72,000 fans on the 19th March 2509.
- Match with Highest Attendance (non final or Semi): The Wolf Pack 2 vs Lustrian Snake Queens 3 (Round 2) with 31,000 fans on the 11th December 2508.
- Match with most Touchdowns: Ragnars Swift Velocity 5 vs Perverse Maidens of Torture 1 (Semi-Final) with 6 on the 19th March 2509
- Match with most Casualties: Karond Kar Corsairs 1 vs Perverse Maidens of Torture 2 (Round 2) with 6 on the 11th December 2508
- Team with most Touchdowns (single match): Ragnars Swift Velocity (against the Peverse Maidens of Torture) with 5 on the 19th of March 2509
- Team with most Casualties (single match): Perverse Maidens of Torture (against Karond Kar Corsairs) with 6 on the 11th December 2508