Feb 6, 2012

HKIRBBTL: Antares Autobowl 2012: Buccaneers-Titans 1-2

Despite the freezing temperatures, four Blood Bowl teams came together at the small island of Låts, just off the Norsca coast and home to the Ragnarock Ravens' winter stadium, for the inaugural Antares Autobowl. While the Ravens hosted Braga's Brutes on the main field, 14,000 fans had turned out to see the Tor Achare Titans and Blood River Buccaneers play out the next chapter in the ages-long rivalry of dark elf and high elf at the Antares Multiplex. "As the grand scheme, so the small," said Titans head coach T.Rex at the pre-game press conference. "Battle against Chaos is paramount."

The Titans won the opening coin toss and elected to kick.

The Buccaneers suffered an initial mishap as runner Clarius Vile failed to catch the ball, but the Titans were unable to capitalize. In the midfield blocking battle, Titans journeyman Gladroon sent Buccaneers lineman Galfir off with a broken hip, but before the Titans could make use of their numerical advantage, the Buccaneers had the ball in hand and were powering down the Tor Achare left.

Runner Clarius Vile broke through the Titans coverage and dashed for the end zone, but in a shocking turn of bad luck he tripped and fell, losing control of the ball just short of the line.

Titans lineman Carecalmo got to the ball and passed it up the field to a team-mate, who was promptly sacked by Buccaneers blitzer Mordak Blackheart. The unlucky Clarius Vile failed to pick up the loose ball and was blitzed and injured by Titans blitzer Teclis Turukáno. The Titans passed the ball forward to blitzer Finrod Angamaitë, who was in turn sacked in the Buccaneers zone. Lineman Malsadrian tried a long bomb to Mordak Blackheart, but the pass was off target, and the Titans recovered the ball and hung onto it until the end of the half.

In the last minutes of the first half, some of the Titans linemen and Teclis Turukáno demonstrated a chain push into the stands:

After the carnage of the first half, the Buccaneers had two players injured and two knocked out, leading to a lopsided second half kickoff:

The Titans caged the ball and broke through the Buccaneers' outnumbered line, sending lineman Khali to join his team-mates in the Antares infirmary.

At this point, the Titans could have held onto the ball and let the clock run down, but head coach T.Rex was adamant that his Titans respect the dictates of sportsmanship (at least in the regular season!). So Carecalmo passed the ball to Finrod Angamaitë, who scored his team's first touchdown. This allowed the Buccaneers to revive their knocked-out players and attempt an equalizer.

And in short order, Mordak Blackheart broke through the Titans defense and scored to tie the game.

There was still time on the clock, though, and the Titans regrouped for a final scoring drive.

Thrower Beleg Strongarm caught the kickoff and passed the ball forward to Finrod Angamaitë, who scored his second touchdown to put the game away for the Titans. A short drive after the final kickoff allowed Buccaneers blitzer Athlan Icecold to pick up a completion, and then the Titans' first win was in the books. The MVP was awarded to Buccaneers blitzer Avil Darksoul, and Titans lineman Carecalmo for a league-leading three completions in one game.

Titans head coach T.Rex was pleased with his team's effort, especially in frustrating the Buccaneers offense in the first half, although he freely admitted they would have been a goal down if not for Clarius Vile's spectacularly bad luck in running for the touchdown. After being shut out by the Brutes, the Titans offense scored on both their receptions. "Righteousness redounds on the righteous," he concluded. "Chaos is contained; order is supreme."

Keep your crystal balls tuned to this frequency for the Ravens' season debut in the final match of the 2012 Antares Autobowl!



Attendance: 14,000

Titans win coin toss, elect to kick. Starting weather: nice.

First half, Buccaneers receiving (changing weather > nice)

BRB T1: BRB #10 passes to BRB #11, catch failed, TURNOVER
BRB T2: BRB #2 blocks TIT #2, both down, TURNOVER
BRB T3: BRB #6 blocks TIT #11, skull, smashed hip, TURNOVER
TIT T3: TIT #10 blocks BRB #8, KO
BRB T4: BRB #11 GFI for the TD, fails, fails re-roll, TURNOVER
TIT T4: TIT #9 picks up the ball, passes to TIT #13, completion
BRB T5: BRB #9 blocks TIT #16, skull, TURNOVER
BRB T6: BRB #7 blitzes TIT #13, sack; BRB #11 tries to pick up the ball, TURNOVER
TIT T6: TIT #2 blitzes BRB #11, badly hurt; TIT #14 picks up ball, passes to TIT #1, completion
BRB T7: BRB #2 blitzes TIT #1, sack; BRB #3 throws long bomb to BRB #7, inaccurate pass, TURNOVER
TIT T8: TIT #2 blitzes BRB #14, pushes BRB #10 into crowd (KO); TIT #9 picks up the ball, passes to TIT #13, completion

Second half, Titans receiving

[BRB KOs fail to return]

TIT T1: TIT #9 picks up the ball
BRB T1: BRB #3 fails dodge roll, TURNOVER
BRB T2: BRB #9 blocks TIT #12, skull, TURNOVER
TIT T3: TIT #1 blitzes BRB #14, badly hurt; TIT #14 KO's BRB #5
TIT T4: TIT #9 passes to TIT #1, completion
BRB T4: BRB #9 blocks TIT #12, skull, TURNOVER

Buccaneers receiving (changing weather -> nice)

BRB T5: BRB #10 picks up the ball, hands off to BRB #9; BRB #9 passes to BRB #7, completion

Titans receiving (quick snap)

[TIT #3 catches kick]

TIT T7: TIT #3 passes to TIT #1, completion
BRB T7: BRB #10 fails dodge roll, TURNOVER

Buccaneers receiving (perfect defence)

BRB T8: BRB #10 passes to BRB #3, completion

End of game.

Revenue: TIT 70,000, BRB 30,000
Fan factor: TIT +1, BRB -0
MVP: TIT #9, BRB #9
Improvement rolls: BRB #9 7, TIT #1 3, TIT #2 11, TIT #9 5



Blood River Buccaneers

#2 Tyrim (lineman) [sack]
#3 Malsadrian (lineman)
#4 Mornil (lineman)
#5 Hehtar (lineman)
#6 Galfir (lineman) [smashed hip]
#7 Mordak Blackheart (blitzer) [TD, sack]
#8 Nasty Narsil (blitzer)
#9 Avil Darksoul (blitzer) [completion, MVP]
#10 Athlan Icecold (blitzer) [completion]
#11 Clarius Vile (runner) [badly hurt]
#14 Khali (lineman) [badly hurt]

Tor Achare Titans

#1 Finrod Angamaitë (blitzer) [2 * TD, casualty]
#2 Teclis Turukáno (blitzer) [casualty]
#3 Beleg Strongarm (thrower) [completion]
#9 Carecalmo (lineman) [3 * completion, MVP]
#10 Ilmiril Telinturco (lineman)
#11 Gladroon (journeyman) [casualty]
#12 Morelion Tethlis (lineman)
#13 Caryarel Mothril (lineman)
#14 Meryaren (lineman) [completion]
#15 Orodreth Ecthelion (lineman)
#16 Ulundil (lineman)


League table: [pts, goal differential, casualty differential, fatalities, completions, sacks]

Brutes (2-0-0) 6 pts, 3-0, 3-2, 1, 0, 1-2
Titans (1-1-0) 3 pts, 2-3, 5-1, 0, 7, 1-3
Buccaneers (1-2-0) 3 pts, 3-3, 2-5, 0, 6, 4-2
Murderers (0-1-0) 0 pts, 0-2, 0-3, 0, 2, 2-1
Mütants (0-0-0)
Ravens (0-0-0)
Warriors (0-0-0)


Individual statistics:


Finrod Angamaitë (Titans): 2
Galfir (Buccaneers): 1
Galhag (Brutes): 1
Galoth (Brutes): 1
Grambad (Brutes): 1
Mordak Blackheart (Buccaneers): 1
Tyrim (Buccaneers): 1


Teclis Turukáno (Titans): 3
Braga da 'Ed Bash'a (Brutes): 1
Dark Elf journeyman (Buccaneers): 1
Finrod Angamaitë (Titans): 1
Galhag (Brutes): 1
Gladroon (Titans journeyman): 1
Nasty Narsil (Buccaneers): 1
Urghuk (Brutes): 1


Galhag (Brutes): 1


Beleg Strongarm (Titans): 3
Carecalmo (Titans): 3
Avil Darksoul (Buccaneers): 2
Clarius Vile (Buccaneers): 2
Athlan Icecold (Buccaneers): 1
Meryaren (Titans): 1
Mordak Blackheart (Buccaneers): 1
Shishi Yanumibaal (Murderers): 1
Tussurradad (Murderers): 1


Mordak Blackheart (Buccaneers): 2
Tyrim (Buccaneers): 2
Finrod Angamaitë (Titans): 1
Shishi Yanumibaal (Murderers): 1
Sorgask (Brutes): 1
Tussurradad (Murderers): 1

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