Season 4 – Week 23 – Rats Win, Orcs Lose and Rangers win the Pepslay?

Although we only had three matches this week, the fans watching in the stadiums and in the bars across the Old World certainly got lots of entertainment this week!

The first match of the week was an unannounced early fixture from the 4th round of the Pepslay Challenge 2509/10. It appears as though after all the excitement from the 3rd round of the Pepslay, the two top placed teams could not wait to get their hands on each other. After begging the HDWSBBL Commissioners to let them play early the Loren Rangers and the Innsmouth Shadows squared off to see if they could determine the winner of the Pepslay Challenge.

It was certainty unusual for the Shadows to openly look forward to playing an Elf team but just before the start of the match details of their diabolical plans became public. They had managed to convince the HDWSBBL officials that the Ranger Treeman Oakton was actually another Woodelf in a costume (after all, he did score last week) and as result he was to be closely watch for the match and any show of excessive movement or violence would see him ejected from the game.

With the Rnagers on their toes, both teams lined up in the sweltering heat of the match day (although it didn’t appear to effect the Shadows who managed to bring some thick sun screen with them! The Shadows managed to get hold of the ball early and take advantage of the de-hydrated Elves after a rare fumble by the Rangers. A few moments later the crowd was stunned as the Shadows took an early lead. The Rangers fought back though and it was soon 1 – 1 as the match entered half time.

The Rangers suffered greatly over the half time break with the majority of the team succumbing to the sweltering heat. The Shadows soon found themselves outnumbering the Elves and pressed their advantage and scored their Second Touchdown of the match. With the end of the game drawing nearer the Rangers had to strike fast or lose the Championship. In the dying moments of the game, despite the heat, the bribed officials, the spiked drinks and a very angry Werewolf the Rangers struck fast with a last minute Touchdown. While it lacked the style of their normal play it got the job done and the match finished 2-2!

As a result both teams finish the Pepslay Challenge on 100 points with the Rangers ahead on Touchdown Difference. With only two other teams capable of catching up with the Rangers at the top, their fans are already beginning the celebrate this victory however some people are keeping a cool head about this and are waiting to see the outcome of the remaining matches in two weeks to see if they Rangers are still the HDWSBBL Challenge Cup Champions!

The other two matches talking place this week where just as important. The final four teams in the Slammer Shield faced each other to determine who would be advancing to the Finals. As mentioned previously here in the WarZone there have been a lot fans who have been surprised by the form of the Tail Slammers! Considering the form they where on when at the end of the League stages of the Open Scramble it is an absolute miracle by Nuffle (or a daring plot by the Skaven council) to see the team reach the Semi-Finals.

With this in mind, this week they took on one of the favourites for the competition, the Grappler Flesh Grinders. As always both teams were eager to play the match even though most spectators (including Gerhard) were there to watch the Slammers get destroyed by the Grinders in what most people thought would be a one-sided match! What they didn’t expect however was the Slammers tearing away with the ball seconds into the match and getting within Yards of the end zone! Fortunately for the Grinder fans Arcani Spark stumbled with the ball and the Grinders quickly took possession. From there control of the ball passed between the two teams at a frantic pace. Every time the Slammers got he ball the Grinders would take the rat out, however before the unconcious Skaven could even hit the ground the ball was already moving back up the pitch! This stalemate was ended when late into the second half Shice Venom scored the First Touchdown of the match for the Slammers.

Not just content with taking the lead, the Slammers added fuel to the rumours that their form has been induced by magic by performing something I don’t think anybody ever expected to see. With the clock ticking down the Slammers began to fight back and started to take the Grinders out of action! Slowly but surely the Orcs where picked off one by one. To the relief of the paying public the Grinders came to their senses and began to plough through the Slammers as they celebrated on the pitch. As the final whistle blew the Slammers were declared the victors however only one of them was left on the pitch to celebrate, the rest had been carried off the pitch on stretchers!

The other Semi-final match was between the Orcland Cleavers and the defending champions, the Beaumont Blitzers. As most fans expected, this match broke down into scenes of extreme violence just seconds after the whistle. At times it felt like the ball was forgotten as both teams crashed into each other for long slogs across the pitch. At one point the Blitzers managed to break free with the ball but a hired Wizard struck down their star Thrower with a lightning bolt talking him out of action for the next match. This didn’t put the Blitzers off though as they eventually broke through the fight and scored the winning Touchdown late in the first half.

The second half saw no additional Touchdowns being scored, insted the fans got a repeat of the first half and saw the two teams attempt to demolish each other. The end result is that the Blitzers will advance to the Finals of the Slammer Shield and could be the first team to successfully defend the Shield!

So, the Final of the Slammer Shield will see the Tail Slammers take on the Beaumont Blitzers. We will find out the eventual victor in just a few short weeks.

Quick Summary of Week 23

  • 1 games in Central Division – Pepslay Challenge 2509/10
  • 2 games in Semi Final – The Slammer Shield
  • 6 Touchdowns scored
  • 7 Casualties caused (0 resulted in Death)
  • 10 Completions made
  • 62,000 fans was the highest recorded attendance.

Match Results for Week 23

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

The Slammer Shield – Semi Final

Pepslay Challenge 2509/10 – Central Division

Player Statistics for the (Week 23)

Best Players

# Player Position Team Value
1 Blarig Blitzer Grappler Flesh Grinders 14
2 Gariad Blitzer Tail Slammers 11
3 Eroshnak Fear-Hammer Linesman Orcland Cleavers 10
4 Erza Wheedon Werewolf The Innsmouth Shadows 8
Grunt Blitzer Beaumont Blitzers 8
6 Macbeth Thrower We Tree Fellows 6
7 Elliot Flesh Golem The Innsmouth Shadows 5
Moses Brown Zombie The Innsmouth Shadows 5
Binak Hell-Mangler Black Orc Blocker Orcland Cleavers 5
Remi Flesh Thrower Tail Slammers 5

Top Scorers

# Player Position Team Value
1 Blarig Blitzer Grappler Flesh Grinders 3
2 Bim Snotling The Man Eaters 1
Vragdish Nail-Eater Blitzer Orcland Cleavers 1
Binak Hell-Mangler Black Orc Blocker Orcland Cleavers 1
Nurglost the Expectorus Gutter Runner Tail Slammers 1
Invisible Rat Gutter Runner Tail Slammers 1
Erza Wheedon Werewolf The Innsmouth Shadows 1
(99) Connor ‘There is only one’ Blitzer We Tree Fellows 1
(7) Dec Catcher We Tree Fellows 1
Chuk ‘the Rock’ Lobba Thrower Beaumont Blitzers 1

Most Vicious

# Player Position Team Value
1 Gariad Blitzer Tail Slammers 3
2 Hairy Mac Ogre The Man Eaters 1
Flesh Mangler Ogre The Man Eaters 1
Rulg Ear-Hacker Thrower Orcland Cleavers 1
Binak Hell-Mangler Black Orc Blocker Orcland Cleavers 1
Eleeazar Smith Werewolf The Innsmouth Shadows 1
Charles Dexter Ward Flesh Golem The Innsmouth Shadows 1
Jargon ‘The Jawsplitter’ Juggernaught Troll Beaumont Blitzers 1
Shadow Thrower Tail Slammers 1
T’Yrong Blitzer Grappler Flesh Grinders 1

Top Passers

# Player Position Team Value
1 Vritz Blitzer Grappler Flesh Grinders 3
2 Invisible Rat Gutter Runner Tail Slammers 2
T’ong Thrower Grappler Flesh Grinders 2
(03) Hamish ‘The Hammer’ Thrower We Tree Fellows 2
Braashnak Eye-Bringer Linesman Orcland Cleavers 2
6 Arcani Spark Gutter Runner Tail Slammers 1
Bat Rat Gutter Runner Tail Slammers 1
Macbeth Thrower We Tree Fellows 1
Chuk ‘the Rock’ Lobba Thrower Beaumont Blitzers 1
Fump Blitzer Beaumont Blitzers 1

Top Interceptors

# Player Position Team Value
1 Paddy ‘the Player’ Punisher Black Orc Blocker Beaumont Blitzers 1

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