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by Mike A
Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:17 pm
Forum: UK Tournaments
Topic: UK Championships Results
Replies: 62
Views: 14718

Re: UK Championships Results

Very pleased to be UK Doubles Champion with Rob D. It wasn't all plain sailing and there were a few close games at 4-4, but we managed to put them all away to win the tournament without dropping a game. Our toughest game was probably against Dave Z and Sanj in the winners final, but after a tight 5-...
by Mike A
Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:40 pm
Forum: London
Topic: 'ello 'ello, it's Bundy!
Replies: 10
Views: 3250

Re: 'ello 'ello, it's Bundy!

Sorry bunders, I'm hosting some friends this weekend, would have come out to play otherwise.
by Mike A
Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:18 pm
Forum: Table Football Chat
Topic: Same old problem, different country..
Replies: 54
Views: 11736

Re: Same old problem, different country..

Mase, I can see why you made the point you did about Semi pros, but when you actually look at, for example the Tornado top 70, there are about 25-30 players who now have significantly reduced attendance or have stopped coming altogether. whilst these are of semi-pro rank now, they are mostly players...
by Mike A
Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:18 pm
Forum: Table Football Chat
Topic: Same old problem, different country..
Replies: 54
Views: 11736

Re: Same old problem, different country..

I understand your point Joules, but my suggestion was to 'reduce' pro/master fees to that of semi pro, keeping the discounts for new and very low ranked players. You were arguing that this would be unfair and it is this argument that I cannot agree with. You group the lower ranks together as an enti...
by Mike A
Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:50 pm
Forum: Table Football Chat
Topic: Same old problem, different country..
Replies: 54
Views: 11736

Re: Same old problem, different country..

In reality I don't mind lower ranks paying less to play, and new players do like being able to pay less to enter - great we have something for the new players. But what about our existing players who get ranked too highly and are then put off playing? This is what this thread is about, and so far, n...
by Mike A
Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:09 pm
Forum: Table Football Chat
Topic: Same old problem, different country..
Replies: 54
Views: 11736

Re: Same old problem, different country..

As a compromise concept (preferably not for open competition): An interesting concept to explore further might be that competitors decide their own entry fee up to a maximum level of e.g. £20. If you pay £20 you are entitled to 100% of your prize money if you finish in a money paying position. If yo...
by Mike A
Tue Nov 09, 2010 8:47 pm
Forum: Table Football Chat
Topic: Same old problem, different country..
Replies: 54
Views: 11736

Re: Same old problem, different country..

Lets be absolutely clear about this, we are talking about competition, there will be winners and losers. The losers will collectively end up paying more than the eventual winner/s. This is the nature of competition. We need this to be the case to motivate players to get better. Trying to link your '...
by Mike A
Sun Nov 07, 2010 6:31 pm
Forum: Table Football Chat
Topic: Same old problem, different country..
Replies: 54
Views: 11736

Re: Same old problem, different country..

I guess Mike would call me a "green-eyed leftie" but with flat-rate entry fees you are effectively asking the players with lower expected returns from events to bear the brunt of the costs.... I think if the Pro Master players are finding that the returns are not worth the stakes then, in an enviro...
by Mike A
Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:10 pm
Forum: Table Football Chat
Topic: Same old problem, different country..
Replies: 54
Views: 11736

Re: Same old problem, different country..

Joe, I agree that in an ideal world we would all have the tables we need to practice on, unfortunately due to space constraints, financial constraints and local table availability constraints, this just isn't always possible. I also agree that for major international tournaments it would be nice to ...
by Mike A
Thu Nov 04, 2010 10:09 pm
Forum: Table Football Chat
Topic: Same old problem, different country..
Replies: 54
Views: 11736

Re: Same old problem, different country..

Placing someone deeper in the draw sounds nice, but in the UK system of unified rankings, a pro master who relies on the early rounds to get warmed up on an unfamiliar table would be even more disadvantaged.
by Mike A
Thu Nov 04, 2010 9:41 pm
Forum: Table Football Chat
Topic: Same old problem, different country..
Replies: 54
Views: 11736

Re: Same old problem, different country..

There are a couple of benefits to being a pro master. 1. You get a preferential draw in a tournament. 2. As a better player you have a higher chance of doing well and getting prize money. However, in order to be fair, the system should not charge all pro masters a higher amount regardless of how man...
by Mike A
Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:40 pm
Forum: London
Topic: I'll be in London for the 2 weeks (Mon - Thur nights)
Replies: 6
Views: 2374

Re: I'll be in London for the 2 weeks (Mon - Thur nights)

We have started playing on Wednesday evenings at Isha. I couldn't make it last week but normally go with Tich, Pas, Greg (an old US player), Kalsi and P. Paul Martin was also talking about coming when I saw him in Bar Kick the other week. Sounds Like Steve Steve is also in need of some Tornado pract...
by Mike A
Sun Sep 26, 2010 2:53 pm
Forum: International Event Info
Topic: World Cup 2011 Mens Team
Replies: 27
Views: 6612

Re: World Cup 2011 Mens Team

I'm really up for the world cup this year providing early selection decisions are made to allow holiday to be approved at work. Obviously would prefer to play on Tornado as I am confident playing fronts and backs, although it would be interesting to see how we do on Garlando given that it might prov...
by Mike A
Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:33 pm
Forum: London
Topic: Kingston - Club Isha
Replies: 118
Views: 46833

Re: Kingston - Club Isha

I'm going to be going to Isha on Tuesdays from tonight on if anyone else fancies a few games.
by Mike A
Sun Aug 15, 2010 10:15 pm
Forum: UK Tournaments
Topic: TOUR PROPOSAL!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 2219

Re: TOUR PROPOSAL!!!

I think that the return of the one day event would be a good idea. One dayers keep costs down and have attracted high numbers of people in the past.
by Mike A
Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:31 pm
Forum: UK Tournaments
Topic: Garlando (International Tournament) Darlington Oct 1st, 2nd
Replies: 24
Views: 5833

Re: Garlando (International Tournament) Darlington Oct 1st,

Couple of thoughts: First of all, if you did run it, I would probably go, just because I like tournaments and it would be nice to see lots of new keen players, and I wish you every success with your event. This is just what UK foos needs as the player base is stagnating. Secondly, a note of caution:...
by Mike A
Tue Oct 06, 2009 6:54 pm
Forum: Table Football Chat
Topic: What can everyone do to help?
Replies: 15
Views: 3459

Re: What can everyone do to help?

Well I certainly did my best not to thrash them, but most of them also knew I was "quite good" as there was an air of "beat the (NON)expert" so there was little chance of them believing me just spinning the rods and letting them win... The easiest way to make noobs think you are trying when in fact...
by Mike A
Fri Sep 04, 2009 6:37 pm
Forum: Table Football Chat
Topic: BFA Governance (split topic)
Replies: 19
Views: 3831

Re: BFA Governance (split topic)

Richard, I think that on the subject of Dave P's complaint, we are probably now braodly in agreement. As far as the BFA and my comments are concerned, they were blunt and probably ill advised, but the principle remains. BFA Committee members seemed to be publicly attempting to transfer all responsib...
by Mike A
Thu Sep 03, 2009 7:00 pm
Forum: Table Football Chat
Topic: Questions for Dave Perrott
Replies: 41
Views: 9061

Re: Questions for Dave Perrott

Fact: The Havelock disciplinary process failed to provide any witness statements. Fact: No attempt was made to contact potential witnesses other than a post on this discussion forum. Fact: Subsequent disciplinary processes have succeeded to obtain witness statements. Fact: The investigating officers...
by Mike A
Wed Sep 02, 2009 10:56 pm
Forum: Table Football Chat
Topic: Questions for Dave Perrott
Replies: 41
Views: 9061

Re: Questions for Dave Perrott

What is currently concerning me, is the readiness of BFA officials (past and present) now looking to publicly (officially) berate BFA members (paying customers).

The UK game is not currently in a very healthy position, this is only making things worse.