Season 4 – Week 8 – Tipping Point

Now that the dust has settled from the start of the Pepslay Challenge 2509/10 the matches in the Open Scramble took priority this week. All of the Divisions saw some sort of action and in some cases saw some dramatic changes in the standings.

In North Division, the teams tied at the top, the Corsairs and the Tail Slammers battled it out to determine who the better of the two is. The last time these two teams encountered each other the Slammers shocked the crowd by scoring a last second equaliser under dubious circumstances. This time however the match was more one-sided as the Corsairs dominated from the outset. The Slammers tried some interesting tactics but in the end the Corsairs demolished them 4-0 taking them to the top of North Division. This match also set the highest attendance record for the season so far with 34,000 fans in attendance. Player of the week was once again Ashinan Wyrmbane who managed to outpace just about anybody on the pitch and score two Touchdowns.

The other match in North Division this week was the return match between the Necromantic teams of the league, the Drackwald Deadheads and the Innsmouth Shadows. The Shadows were hoping to avenge the loss they suffered last time but as always fate was not with them. The match was a gory affair with both teams tearing into each other. The Shadows did most of the damage, crippling Deadhead Star (and HDWSBBL favourite) Bruce Cruel-Lobber and killing longstanding player Graham Soulless! Unfortunately the damage wasn’t enough and the Deadheads managed to stop their way to a 2-1 victory. Player of the match was Deadhead Kenny Dogleash for scoring both Touchdowns for the Deadheads.

South Division only saw the one game this week against the unstoppable Loren Rangers against the Orcland Cleavers. Considering that the Rangers had scored 25 Touchdowns in their last 4 games, and had a 1,000,000+ TV advantage, the rookie Cleavers never stood much of a chance. Before the match the Rangers had signed two new players and they were rearing to go. With their usual style and finesse, the Rangers dodged around the pitch. Eventually the Rangers ended up winning 4-1. Player of the match is Caneran Everlong who appears to be determined to become the new best player in the leagues history.

The match in East Division this week was the return match between the Ravers and the Beaumont Blitzer’s. The last time these two teams faced each other, the Reavers demolished the Orcs 4-0. However this time the Reavers were still licking their wounds from a few games back and struggled to find their form. Apparently shrugging of any Journeymen, the started the match with only 7 players against the Blitzer’s full line-up! From the start things went badly with even more Dark Elves finding themselves on the injured list. However they hung on in there and score some Touchdowns before the Orcs overcame them resulting in a 3-2 win for the Blitzer’s. Player of the match went to the Goblin Bodgeit n Scarper who became the first stunty to score a hat trick in HDWSBBL History!

The game in West Division saw RSV take on the Man Eaters. This was the first match for RSV in quite some time, and there were concerns that they would be a bit rusty, especially considering that their opponents had recently killed some of the leagues top players. The match was quite tense in the end with the Man Eaters possessing the ball for most of the match. RSV have accused the Man Eaters of greasing up their snotlings before the match as every time they went to hit them, they slipped from their grasp. They claim the confirmation of this was when the Man Eaters went for one of their Throw team mate plays and the Ogres could not get hold of the Snotlings! Eventually RSV scored two quick Touchdowns but the Man Eaters held them off long enough so that they were unable to score the winning third, ending the game as a 2-2 draw. Player of the match goes to Snotling Jim who managed to hold onto the ball for most of the match, refusing to pass it or be passed!

The final game this week was the final match in the first round of the Pepslay Challenge with the Bar Flys taking on the Flesh Grinders. The first half was a tense affair with both sides giving it their all. The start of the second half marked a turn in the game though as the Flesh Grinders began to grind through the humans and score a staggering 4 Touchdowns! This victory catapults them to second in the standings for the Pepslay Challenge! Player of the week was the Orc Vritz who dominated the game.

Quote of the week goes to the Drackwald Deadheads coach Bob Pastey who ahd the following to say:

Frustrating game with lots of injuries early in the first half, but the guys showed their guts quite literally in Graham Souless’s case to pull the result out of the hat and score two late touchdowns to get a well deserved win.

Quick Summary of Week 8

  • 2 games in North Division – Open Scramble 2509/2510
  • 1 game in South Division – Open Scramble 2509/2510
  • 1 game in East Division – Open Scramble 2509/2510
  • 1 game in West Division – Open Scramble 2509/2510
  • 1 game in Central Division – Pepslay Challenge 2509/10
  • 25 Touchdowns scored
  • 19 Casualties caused (1 resulted in Death)
  • 27 Completions made
  • 34,000 fans was the highest recorded attendance (a new record for the season).

Match Results for Week 8

(numbers in brackets are the casualties caused by each team)

Pepslay Challenge 2509/10 – Central Division

Open Scramble 2509/2510 – North Division

Open Scramble 2509/2510 – South Division

Open Scramble 2509/2510 – East Division

Open Scramble 2509/2510 – West Division

Obituaries for Week 8

League Standings for the Open Scramble 2509/2510 (Week 8)

After this weeks games, some of the Divisions have seen a change! The Slammers move down to thrid in North, while the Blitzers move up to joint second in East. West Division is still packed at the bottom.

North Division

Team Pld W D L TF TA TD CF CA CD PTS
Karond Kar Corsairs 5 3 2 0 14 4 10 6 6 0 11
Drackwald Deadheads 5 2 2 1 7 5 2 8 7 1 8
Tail Slammers 5 2 2 1 8 10 -2 8 11 -3 8
We Tree Fellows 4 0 3 1 6 8 -2 2 7 -5 3
The Innsmouth Shadows 5 0 1 4 4 12 -8 12 5 7 1

South Division

Team Pld W D L TF TA TD CF CA CD PTS
The Loren Rangers 4 4 0 0 22 4 18 3 4 -1 12
Grappler Flesh Grinders 4 2 1 1 8 10 -2 3 1 2 7
The Bile Blitzers 4 1 1 2 3 10 -7 3 6 -3 4
Teotigua Predators 3 1 0 2 6 9 -3 1 2 -1 3
Orcland Cleavers 3 0 0 3 3 9 -6 4 1 3 0

East Division

Team Pld W D L TF TA TD CF CA CD PTS
Atrocity Exhibition 3 3 0 0 8 1 7 9 8 1 9
Mc Cauligh Reavers 4 2 0 2 8 5 3 5 10 -5 6
Beaumont Blitzers 4 2 0 2 6 11 -5 11 5 6 6
The Tutsbone Jackles 3 0 0 3 1 6 -5 4 6 -2 0

West Division

Team Pld W D L TF TA TD CF CA CD PTS
Valhallen Vixen’s 3 2 1 0 9 3 6 5 6 -1 7
Ruskin Arms Bar Flys 2 1 0 1 2 4 -2 1 4 -3 3
The Man Eaters 3 0 2 1 5 6 -1 7 5 2 2
Ragnars Swift Velocity 2 0 1 1 3 6 -3 4 2 2 1

Player Statistics for the 2509/10 Season (Week 8)

We thought we would look at the top players of the season this week. The top tables are full of Elves which is sure to please some! It looks like the season records for most Completions and Casulaities are in danger of getting broken this year as multiple players are desperate to make their mark!

Best Players

# Player Position Team Value
1 Elesser Everlong Catcher The Loren Rangers 31
Caneran Everlong Catcher The Loren Rangers 31
3 Valdrek Bloodgate Blitzer Karond Kar Corsairs 30
4 Viktor Runner Valhallen Vixen’s 26
5 Elison Crownstar Catcher The Loren Rangers 23
Bruce Cruel-Lobber Ghoul Drackwald Deadheads 23
7 Arcani Spark Gutter Runner Tail Slammers 21
Bodgeit ‘n’ Scarper Goblin Beaumont Blitzers 21
9 Erison Youngwhite Thrower The Loren Rangers 20
Grgrad Moulder Mummie Atrocity Exhibition 20

Top Scorers

# Player Position Team Value
1 Caneran Everlong Catcher The Loren Rangers 10
2 Elesser Everlong Catcher The Loren Rangers 7
Bodgeit ‘n’ Scarper Goblin Beaumont Blitzers 7
Viktor Runner Valhallen Vixen’s 7
5 Elison Crownstar Catcher The Loren Rangers 6
Bruce Cruel-Lobber Ghoul Drackwald Deadheads 6
Ashinan Wyrmbane Blitzer Karond Kar Corsairs 6
Valdrek Bloodgate Blitzer Karond Kar Corsairs 6
9 Arcani Spark Gutter Runner Tail Slammers 5
10 Isaacs Shingnawer Ghoul Atrocity Exhibition 4

Most Vicious

# Player Position Team Value
1 Grim Bob Ogre The Man Eaters 6
2 Lashiform Rat Ogre Tail Slammers 5
Eleeazar Smith Werewolf The Innsmouth Shadows 5
Grgrad Moulder Mummie Atrocity Exhibition 5
5 Briel Fester Mummie Atrocity Exhibition 4
6 Cappella Goldfalcon Wardancer The Loren Rangers 3
Captain Whipple Wight The Innsmouth Shadows 3
Varkon Darkblade Blitzer Karond Kar Corsairs 3
Rab ‘C’ Roadblock Black Orc Blocker Beaumont Blitzers 3
Jargon ‘The Jawsplitter’ Juggernaught Troll Beaumont Blitzers 3

Top Passers

# Player Position Team Value
1 Erison Youngwhite Thrower The Loren Rangers 20
2 (03) Hamish ‘The Hammer’ Thrower We Tree Fellows 12
3 Doomvenon Rotter The Bile Blitzers 9
4 Rulg Ear-Hacker Thrower Orcland Cleavers 8
T’ong Thrower Grappler Flesh Grinders 8
6 Erika Thrower Valhallen Vixen’s 7
7 James Hetfielder Thrower Ragnars Swift Velocity 6
Valdrek Bloodgate Blitzer Karond Kar Corsairs 6
Chuk ‘the Rock’ Lobba Thrower Beaumont Blitzers 6
10 Simon Orne Ghoul The Innsmouth Shadows 5

Top Interceptors

# Player Position Team Value
1 Valdrek Bloodgate Blitzer Karond Kar Corsairs 2
2 Hutchinson Wight The Innsmouth Shadows 1
Bim Snotling The Man Eaters 1
Shunt Blitzer Beaumont Blitzers 1
Trog Linesman Grappler Flesh Grinders 1

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