On the 11th & 12th February Scotland saw the very first Senior and Master Scottish National V2 League taking place. An expansion from last years trial run of the Youth National V2 League, the same system was reviewed, improved and extended to the Master and Senior categories for the first time this year.
Although with low numbers in Scotland for the two categories, it was felt that they should not be ignored the chance to also fight for a national ranking within the sport of VX. The league was ran across two mornings, ensuring those who had a poor day on the Saturday had a chance to fight back and steal the title on the Sunday.
Each day had several league games but also inter league friendlies too, so the Master players had their chance to show the Senior players how it was done. Every player gave their all in each game and it really showed. Day 1 had 576 points scored from 7 games whilst day 2 saw an even more impressive 1035 points scored from 7 games. The determination to win can just been seen in the points alone, with the pressure to win encouraging an even fiercer battle on the second day.
One game in particular showed just how close some of the games were. Tony Nield vs Gordon Archibald in the Master League, played twice over the course of the two days. On both occasions, there was only 2 points between them, with Gordon winning the first round and Tony the second. This lead to an exciting 1 minute sudden death, which Gordon won by 3 points to take the Master league title.
This along with the rest of the games played throughout the weekend really showed how players can have a completely different game from one day to the next and how close the standards are of the top flight players in Scotland.
The finishing league positions are as followed:
Every player did themselves and their club’s proud. The effort, determination and sportsmanship on display throughout the league was exemplary.
The award ceremony on Day 2 had a more touching and memorable start. In the middle of January 2017, Euan MacIntyre sadly passed away. A loving, supportive father and Master VX player, the news of Euan’s passing came as a shock to the VX community in Scotland. In remembrance of his life, a minute silence was held before moving forward with the awards.
Overall, the league was a success. Not only are the first Senior and Master leagues now up and running, but everyone who took part has praised the event, the officials and the organisation done to provide it.
See below for all the game results across the two days:
|11||Gordon||53 (*11)||VS||55 (*8)||Tony|
*Bracket scores are Sudden Death round result