European Fireball Open 2011

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European Fireball Open 2011

Post by Jonathan May » Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:50 am

European Fireball Open - ITSF Master Series

In association with Foosball UK

Featuring InsideFoos!

Friday 21st October - Sunday 23rd October 2011

Facebook: European Fireball Open 2011 on Facebook
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Estimated prize fund of £5000

Tables will be on freeplay all weekend and there is no table fee.

Tournament Table Sales

You can purchase tables and pick them up at the event at special discount rates - click here for more information.

Registration and Arrival

You do not need to pre-register to attend this event, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged. All players must be on site and have paid their entry fees at least 30 minutes before the start of the event they wish to enter.

You can pre-register for the event here.

Anyone spending more than £50 on entry fees during the weekend will be given a free event tshirt. (Which will also be on sale separately!).

We regret to announce that we will be unable to enforce any kind of dress code due to new discrimination legislation, so you will be free to wear anything you like.

Venue

The tournament venue is the Monton Suite at The Monton House Hotel, Manchester.

Link: http://www.montonhousehotel.co.uk/

Address: Monton House Hotel, 116 Monton Rd, Eccles, Manchester M30 9HG
Tel: 0161 789 7811
(Please mention the tournament when booking, as all rooms have been block-booked for us.)

There is ample free off-road parking on site and in the surrounding area.

Key People

Tournament Team: Jonathan May, Benjamin Mason, Christopher Lyall
Head Official: Yuri Otten

Contact Details

Feel free to contact us.

E: jonathan@foosballuk.com
T: +44(0)7724 533354

Tables and balls

The event will be run on 20-30 ITSF Fireball tables, depending on how many players attend. The ball will be the brand new ITSF Fireball ball - available via the Foosball UK shop.

It may be possible to pre-order ex-tournament tables from the event. Please email jonathan@foosballuk.com for more information.

Rank Levels

If you are a new player to tournaments, you will be ranked Beginner. The great thing about being a Beginner is that you pay very low entry fees and get to enter loads of events if you want to! A beginner is a UK-resident player who has not attended a tournament before in any country.

Tournament players will be seeded according to their BFA rankings. Your BFA rankings can be found here.

ITSF Rankings, snapshotted from the 10th September 2011, can be found here.

Top 100 at 10/09/11.
100-200 at 10/09/11.

Non-resident players not currently in the BFA rankings will be seeded a minimum of Semi-Pro, unless they email the tournament organiser in advance with a letter from an ITSF-affiliated national federation appealing for them to be given a lower rank. Such requests will be taken into consideration when ranking players.

ITSF Top 100 will be considered Pro. ITSF Top 32 will be considered Pro-Master. Any player ranked in the top category in their national ranking list will be ranked at least Pro. Travelling Players NOT covered here will be ranked at the Tournament Organiser's Discretion - please email jonathan@foosballuk.com.

The rank levels will be fixed using the UK/ITSF rankings that were valid on 10th September 2011.

Event Formats

ITSF events (Open Singles, Open Doubles, Womens Singles, Womens Doubles, Junior Singles, Junior Doubles, Senior Singles, Senior Doubles) will be played best of 5 games in the Winners' Bracket, and best of 3 games in the Losers' Bracket.

Formats for other events depend on attendance and entry numbers. Group matches will be at least one game to seven goals.

Schedule

You are encouraged to pick and choose which events you want to play. Many players will decide to play in everything they are eligible for, though you are welcome to decide to enter just a few events if you feel that works best for you.

Remember: you must be on site and have paid your entry fees no later than half an hour before the published start time of your event. If you do not, you will not be allowed to enter your event.

Thursday

On Thursday evening, anyone may attend and watch the event set-up, as well as get some warm-up on the tables in the venue free or charge. We will be on-site til around midnight setting up the venue.

8pm onwards: Free-play (Open to All).

Friday

Friday is typically a day with a few fun events, with numbers gradually increasing throughout the day as we approach the weekend. New players can spend Friday getting some warm-up - there will be plenty of tables around to play on, and the atmosphere is very relaxed. Often the final of the Draw-Your-Partner event is a tense one as many of the top players choose to enter this event for a warm-up. If you're lucky, you might find yourself teamed-up with a Great Britain team player!

For more information on what any of the events mean, please see the Event Descriptions below.

Friday events will finish on Friday night. In the event of massive turnout, please prepare yourself for a late finish!

11:00 Free-play (Open to All).
14:00 Bring Your Own Ball Singles (Double Elimination)
16:00 Pro-Am (Double Elimination)
19:00 Rollerball Goalie Wars (Groups + Straight Knockout)
19:00 Rollerball Forward Shoot Out (Groups + Straight Knockout)
21:00 Draw-Your-Partner (Double Elimination)

Saturday

Saturday is when the serious foosball starts. Open Singles is one of the highlights of the tournament, but there are many other events for a full range of abilities and levels. We also have thrown in some slightly crazy events like Left-Handed Singles, where players are only allowed to use their left-hand...

For more information on what any of the events mean, please see the Event Descriptions below.

Every effort will be made to complete Saturday events on Saturday. In the event of very high-turnout, please prepare yourself for a late finish if you perform very well and finish highly in major events.

10:00 Open Singles (Double Elimination)
11:00 Senior Singles (Double Elimination)
11:30 Senior Doubles (Double Elimination)
12:00 Beginner Singles (Groups + Straight Knockout)
12:30 Beginner Doubles (Groups + Straight Knockout)
14:00 Pro Doubles (Groups + Straight Knockout)
14:00 Semi-Pro Doubles (Groups + Straight Knockout)
14:00 Amateur Doubles (Groups + Straight Knockout)
15:00 Left-Handed Singles (Straight Knockout)
16:00 Mixed Doubles (Double Elimination)
18:00 2 Ball Rollerball (Double Elimination)

Pro Doubles, Semi-Pro Doubles and Amateur Doubles are mutually exclusive. This means that you can only choose to play ONE of Pro Doubles, Semi-Pro Doubles and Amateur Doubles. This is to ensure that the tournament does not get held up by having too many players playing in too many events.

Sunday

More serious tournament action on the Sunday, interspersed with our usual mix of events for different leves, genders and ages. There are some fun events in the case of the Handicap Singles and Doubles events too. In Handicap events, those with very low rankings are given a big headstart over those with higher rankings - often making for very tense matches even when there is a big mismatch in terms of ability.

10:00 Open Doubles (Double Elimination)
10:30 Junior Singles (Double Elimination)
10:30 Womens Singles (Double Elimination)
11:00 Junior Doubles (Double Elimination)
11:00 Womens Doubles (Double Elimination)
12:00 Pro Singles (Groups + Straight Knockout)
12:00 Semi-Pro Singles (Groups + Straight Knockout)
12:00 Amateur Singles (Groups + Straight Knockout)
13:30 Handicap Doubles (Straight Knockout)
14:00 Novice Singles (Groups + Straight Knockout)
14:00 Novice Doubles (Groups + Straight Knockout)
16:00 Handicap Singles (Straight Knockout)

Pro Singles, Semi-Pro Singles and Amateur Singles are mutually exclusive. This means that you can only choose to play ONE of Pro Singles, Semi-Pro Singles and Amateur Singles. This is to ensure that the tournament does not get held up by having too many players playing in too many events.

Event and Format Descriptions

Double Elimination: This is a tournament system whereby you are entered into what looks like a normal knockout chart (called the "Winners' Bracket") - only it has some hidden tricks. When (if!) you lose a match, instead of being "out", you are actually just moved into what is called the "Losers' Bracket". Everyone who loses just one match gradually plays off against each other in the "Losers' Bracket" whilst those who keep winning in the Winners' Bracket proceed gradually to the final. In the end, there is a person who has won the Winners' Bracket and a person who has won the Losers' Bracket - and they play off against each other in the final. The basic thing to remember is that if you lose twice, you are out.

Groups: Generally groups are run with 5-6 players/teams per group - each player/team plays each other player/team once, normally to 5 or 7 points. Generally the top 2 players/teams from each group qualify for a knockout stage.

Straight Knockout: a knockout competition where if you lose, you are out.

Freeplay: Freeplay just means that the tables will be available for anyone to come along to play free of charge!

Bring Your Own Ball Singles: A standard Singles match - except... Each player must bring a ball of their choice (which cannot be the official tournament ball). It must be approximately round, it must roll, and it must fit comfortably inside the goal, with a diameter of at least 25mm diameter. It must not damage the tables. Any non-ITSF balls must be shown to the tournament desk before you begin. Conceding team chooses the ball to use for the next point, and if a team takes a time-out whilst the ball is in play the other team may opt to swap the ball in play for the other. This event was won with a bouncy-ball in 2010!

Pro-Am: In Pro-Am, the highest ranked players must play with the lowest ranked players. It is a doubles event. The teams that are allowed are the following:
- Pro-Masters must play with Novices or Beginners
- Pros must play with Amateurs, Novices or Beginners
- Semi-Pros must play with Semi-Pros, Amateurs, Novices or Beginners
- Amateurs must play with Pros, Semi-Pros, Amateurs, Novices or Beginners
- Novices or Beginners may play with anyone!

Rollerball Goalie Wars: The midfield and attacking rods are lifted up, and players play-off using only the defensive and goalie rods! In this event, you cannot shoot from a stationary position (or from a position where the ball is pinned) - you must keep the ball moving. If the ball goes dead between the rods, it goes to the player to whom it was travelling when it stopped. Apart from that, standard rules apply!

Rollerball FSO (Forward Shoot Out): Much like penalties in football. Each player takes it in turn to have a shot against the opponent's defending rods. The same rules apply as above - you cannot shoot from a stationary position (or from a position where the ball is pinned) - you must keep the ball moving. There were some very unexpected results in this event last year!

Draw-Your-Partner: This is a doubles event. Teams are randomly drawn (by a computer). Therefore you might get lucky and get drawn with one of the world's best players. Equally you might get drawn with your mate. These events are often great fun as you get the chance to play with someone you've never played with before (and probably won't again!).

Open Singles: A singles event. Anyone can enter. Intense competition, with players fighting it out to become the European Fireball Champion.

Open Doubles: A doubles event. Anyone can enter. Intense competition, with doubles teams fighting it out to become the European Fireball Champions.

Senior Singles/Doubles: Normal singles/doubles events, but can only be entered by players who qualify as Senior under the ITSF system. Senior players must be born in 1960 or earlier.

Beginner Singles/Doubles: Normal singles/doubles events, but can only be entered by UK-resident players who have never played a tournament before.

Pro Doubles/Singles: Normal singles/doubles events for Pro-ranked players (or below). In theory, if you are ranked Semi-Pro or below you can enter, though in practice most Semi-Pro and Amateur players only play in their own events. Please note: you can only play in one each of Pro/Semi-Pro/Amateur Singles and Doubles.

Semi-Pro Doubles/Singles: Normal singles/doubles events for Semi-Pro-ranked players (or below). Again, in theory, if you are ranked Amateur or below you can enter, though in practice most Amateur players only play in their own events. Please note: you can only play in one each of Pro/Semi-Pro/Amateur Singles and Doubles.

Amateur Doubles/Singles: Normal singles/doubles events for Amateur-ranked players (or below). Please note: you can only play in one each of Pro/Semi-Pro/Amateur Singles and Doubles.

Left-Handed Singles: A singles event where you may only use your left hand!

Mixed Doubles: One guy, one girl, doubles. Simple.

2-Ball Rollerball: One of the highlights of the tournament. You put two balls in and smash them around. If you score both goals, you get two points. If you score one goal each, no-one gets any points. If one team scores a point, and then stops the ball dead, they are entitled to claim one point - at which point another ball is added to the game and you start thrashing balls around again. There are a few other interesting rules and an amazing variety of tactics - huge fun to play.

Junior Singles/Doubles: Normal singles/doubles events, but can only be entered by players who qualify as Junior under the ITSF system. Junior players must be born in 1993 or later.

Womens Singles/Doubles: I think you get the idea.

Handicap Doubles/Singles: These events are great. Each team's rank is taken into account, and the difference in the number of ranks between the players is used to calculate a headstart for the lower-ranked team. For example, if a Pro-Master team plays a Novice team, the Novice team gets a 4-0 headstart (games are played to 7), but if two teams of the same rank play each other, the scores start 0-0.

Novice Singles/Doubles: Normal Singles/Doubles events, open to anyone ranked Novice or Beginner.

Entry Fees

You are strongly encouraged to pick and choose which events you want to play. As above, anyone pre-paying for their events will receive an event t-shirt totally free!

Friday:
- Bring Your Own Ball Singles: £3/player
- Pro-Am Doubles: £3/player
- Rollerball Goalie Wars: £5/player
- Rollerball Forward Shoot Out: £5/player
- Draw Your Partner: £5/player

Saturday:
- Open Singles: Pro-Master: £15, Pro: £10, Semi-Pro: £7, Amateur: £5, Novice: £2, Beginner: Free
- Senior Singles: £5/player
- Senior Doubles: £5/player
- Beginner Singles: Free
- Beginner Doubles: Free
- Semi-Pro Doubles: £5/player
- Amateur Doubles: £5/player
- Pro Doubles: £5/player
- Left Handed Singles: £3/player
- Mixed Doubles: £5/player
- 2-Ball Rollerball: £5/player

Sunday:
- Open Doubles: Pro-Master: £15, Pro: £10, Semi-Pro: £7, Amateur: £5, Novice £2, Beginner: Free (per player)
- Junior Singles: Free
- Junior Doubles: Free
- Womens Singles: £5/player
- Womens Doubles: £5/player
- Semi-Pro Singles: £5/player
- Pro Singles: £5/player
- Amateur Singles: £5/player
- Handicap Doubles: £3/player
- Novice Singles: £5/player
- Novice Doubles: £5/player
- Handicap Singles: £3/player

Prizes

The prize fund is estimated at £5000. This total will depend on the turnout for the event, and is not guaranteed.

There will be trophies for the winners of all events and in most cases, trophies or medals for players placing in the top 3 in other events.

Store

There will be a store at the event selling:
- A range of balls
- Wraps (grips for the handles, if you didn't know!)
- Lubricant (solely for use on the table rods)
- Event promotional items
- Fireball spare parts and accessories

Should you have any products you wish to sell at the event, this can be negotiated. Please get in touch: jonathan@foosballuk.com.

Travel

Monton House Hotel - Getting There

Driving Directions:

From South:
- Head north on M6
- At junction 21a, exit onto M62 towardLeeds/Bolton/M'cr (N)
- Continue onto M602 (signs for Salford/M'cr City Centre)
- At junction 2, take the A576 exit toTrafford Park/Eccles
- At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Gilda Brook Rd/A576 heading to Pendleton
- Turn left onto Half Edge Ln/B5229
- Continue to follow B5229
- Monton House Hotel will be on your right hand side

From North:
- Head towards Manchester and join the M60 motorway
- Follow signs for Ring Rd (W & S)/Trafford Park/Liverpool/M62/Birmingham/M6/M60
- At junction 13, take the A572 exit to Swinton/A575/Worsley
- At Worsley Rd N, take the 2nd exit onto Barton Rd/B5211 heading to Eccles
- Continue to follow B5211
- Turn left onto Parrin Ln/B5229
- Continue to follow B5229
- Go through 1 roundabout
- At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Monton Rd/B5229
- Monton House Hotel will be on your left hand side

From Aiport (13.3 Miles/21 Minutes Away):
- Exit Airport and join M56 motorway heading to Manchester
- Continue onto A5103
- At junction 5, exit onto M60 toward Ring Rd (W & N)/Liverpool/Bolton/M61/Leeds/M62
- Exit at junction 11
- At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Liverpool Rd/A57 heading to Eccles
- Turn left onto Green Ln/B5231
- Continue to follow B5231
- At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Monton Green/B5229
- At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Monton Rd/B5229
- Monton House Hotel will be on your left hand side

Public Transport

Trains from Manchester Train Stations:
- Head to Manchester Victoria (one stop from Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Oxford Road
- Get train to Patricroft (10mins away, £2.70 return)
- Upon Leaving station (0.9 miles to Hotel)
- Head North on Green Lane toward Canal Bank
- At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Monton Green/B5229
- Continue to follow B5229
- Go through 1 roundabout
- Monton House Hotel will be 0.4 miles on your left hand side

Trains From Airport:
- Get the train to Manchester Piccadilly and then change to go to Manchester Victoria
- Upon arriving at Manchester Victoria, get the train to Patricroft
- Upon Leaving station, (0.9 miles to Hotel)
- Head North on Green Lane toward Canal Bank
- At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Monton Green/B5229
- Continue to follow B5229
- Go through 1 roundabout
- Monton House Hotel will be 0.4 miles on your left hand side

Buses

From City Centre, take the number 33 Bus towards Eccles from Manchester Piccadilly Bus Station. Disembark on Monton Road.

From Airport, take the number 43 Bus to the City Centre, and then the number 33 bus towards Eccles from Manchester Piccadilly Bus Station. Disembark on Monton Road.

Taxis

From City Centre, Monton House Hotel is 5 miles from Manchester city centre and costs around £7 - £9 in a taxi.

From Airport, Monton House Hotel is 13.3 miles away from Manchester Airport and costs around £15 - £20 in a taxi.

Accommodation

Please book direct with the hotels.

Budget accommodation

Monton House Hotel, 116 Monton Rd, Eccles, Manchester M30 9HG
Tel: 0161 789 7811
(Please mention the tournament when booking, as the rooms have been block-booked for us.)

The Park Hotel, Eccles, Manchester, Lancashire M30 9QD
Tel: 0161 787 8608

Nicer-end accommodation (500m away)

Ascott Hotel, 6 Half Edge Lane, Eccles, Manchester M30 9GJ
Tel: 0161 950 2453
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Re: European Fireball Open 2011

Post by Bundy Volume 1 » Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:21 pm

We all know this is going to be a huge event - very much looking forward to it.

In Lithuania right now, lots of nationalities here should be going, and lots of talk about all manor of international players coming. Will be brilliant to see these guys in the UK for this tournament.

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Re: European Fireball Open 2011

Post by Jamie Hoare » Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:29 pm

Yep I very much look forward to welcoming the creme de la creme of world Foosball talent!

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Re: European Fireball Open 2011

Post by davez » Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:05 pm

Can a Pro Master play in Pro Doubles? (Reason for asking is that I see a Pro Master can play in Pro Am).
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Post by Jonathan May » Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:17 pm

davez wrote:Can a Pro Master play in Pro Doubles? (Reason for asking is that I see a Pro Master can play in Pro Am).
No. Sorry. They can play Pro-Am with Novice and below. Pro-Masters cannot play in Pro Doubles or Singles.
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Re: European Fireball Open 2011

Post by davez » Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:27 pm

Jon, this looks amazing. And the publicity pack above is first rate. The events, formats and schedule look great, there is serious and fun stuff, and there is absolutely no spurious event exclusivity. Brilliant!

Brtifoosers, this is going to be popular, get your room booked ASAP.
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Re: European Fireball Open 2011

Post by Jonathan May » Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:33 am

There are some world top 10 players wanting to attend, travelling from afar, and asking for help to cover their costs. They may be willing to play with you in return.

If this is something you would seriously consider, please get in touch and I can give you more details.
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Re: European Fireball Open 2011

Post by Gipsy Beast » Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:21 pm

Joe Bundy wrote:We all know this is going to be a huge event - very much looking forward to it.
Most definitely, great mixture of events - can't wait to play! :crazyeyes: Lots of peeps from London to attend.

If anyone fancies hooking up for some practise , we are lucky to have 3 tables in the Capital. Check the threads to see what is happening...

1x Tables - Isha Lounge - Kingston - South West - Venue Rep: Tich Degun
http://forum.britfoos.com/forum/viewtop ... =47&t=5004


2x Tables - Windsor Castle - Clapton - East - Venue Rep: J-P Thompson
http://forum.britfoos.com/forum/viewtop ... =47&t=9082

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Post by Christopher Lyall » Wed Sep 14, 2011 4:07 pm

I've booked a twin room at the venue. Message me if you're interested in the spare bed!

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Post by Christopher Lyall » Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:49 pm

caféaulait wrote:I've booked a twin room at the venue. Message me if you're interested in the spare bed!

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Re: European Fireball Open 2011

Post by Jonathan May » Sun Sep 25, 2011 12:19 pm

Tony Spredeman confirmed.

Please get pre-registrations in ASAP so I can gauge table numbers.
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Re: European Fireball Open 2011

Post by The_Energy » Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:25 am

Morning All,

I’m looking for a bit of advice if possible. Myself and a mate are looking to get involved in the doubles events for this tournament but Im trying to gauge which events we should actually enter.

We’ve never played in a tournament before so I’ve been anticipating it’ll be the beginner/novice/amateur events but could anyone explain the differences in standard in these events? Or is it not so clear cut? We’d like to enter a few really but if there are some where we’re clearly going to be out of our depth then it’d be good to know! I'd say we're reasonably competent having practiced on some of the Fireballs in Manchester over the last couple of months so we're not total beginners in terms of ability (although we may be made to look like that!)

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Re: European Fireball Open 2011

Post by davez » Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:28 am

Hi Adam, probably the tournament organiser will also reply to you, but if you have never been to a tournament before then you are a Beginner by definition.

The ranking system isn't perfect, there are always underranked players in each category, and everyone is used to this phenomenon. If you play and do well you'll rise in the rankings. But you'll never be a Beginner again, so make the most of it!
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Re: European Fireball Open 2011

Post by Jonathan May » Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:56 am

Adam - great to hear you'll make it.

Most players enter almost everything they are eligible for. As a result, even if the event contains players of a far higher rank/standard than you - it will also probably contain a fair few players of a similar standard to you.

The difference between Beginner/Novice is not so great - the only real distinction is that Novices have played at least one tournament before. Amateur players range considerably from out-of-practice players who used to be ranked quite highly to people who've done OK in 2-3 events before.

I'd strongly recommend you play in at least Beginner and Amateur Doubles on the Saturday and Novice Doubles on the Sunday. I'd also recommend that for experience, table time and fun that you enter a few of the other events (e.g. Open Doubles etc) and possibly some of the fun events (e.g. 2-ball Rollerball), so that you can gauge what you enjoy for the future.

Even if neither of you like Singles much, it's a good idea to enter the Beginner, Novice and Amateur Singles events too so you can learn and get experience against a range of different styles.

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Re: European Fireball Open 2011

Post by Jonathan May » Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:01 am

I'm delighted to announce that InsideFoos will be in attendance!

This is thanks to immensely kind donations from various members of the foosball community. We all owe them a few drinks.
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Re: European Fireball Open 2011

Post by The_Energy » Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:20 pm

Dave / Jonathan,

Thanks for getting back to me. I've pre-registered for all 3 and Im sure we'll look to get involved in some of the singles competitions on the day.

Cheers,
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Re: European Fireball Open 2011

Post by Rytis Mitkus » Mon Sep 26, 2011 1:35 pm

here is the deal. i want to come, but there is only one good flight to UK for me. to bristol on friday, landing at 23:10. any suggestions how to get at that time from bristol airport to manchester?

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Re: European Fireball Open 2011

Post by Oatsey » Mon Sep 26, 2011 2:45 pm

All options are hideous or expensive. However you could get a bus/taxi to temple meads railway station and get the 1.34am train to newport , wait over 2 hours and get the 4.53 from newport to manchester picadilly arriving at 8.20 . The fare is £18 but i suspect you will be in no fit state to play!
or you could hang arround somewhere for 7 hours and get the 07.00 from bristol temple meads on 22/10 which gets in to manchester picadilly at 10.00am for £27 and miss the start of the first event maybe.

Or you could take a half day holiday on the friday and fly one way to gatwick (only 10 Ltl difference) arriving 14.25 then get the train 16.11 train to Manchester picadilly arriving 19.49 fare £37.50. Then fly back on whatever you were going to fly back on .
At least this one gives you a nights sleep.

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Re: European Fireball Open 2011

Post by Rytis Mitkus » Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:01 pm

Oatsey wrote:All options are hideous or expensive. However you could get a bus/taxi to temple meads railway station and get the 1.34am train to newport , wait over 2 hours and get the 4.53 from newport to manchester picadilly arriving at 8.20 . The fare is £18 but i suspect you will be in no fit state to play!
or you could hang arround somewhere for 7 hours and get the 07.00 from bristol temple meads on 22/10 which gets in to manchester picadilly at 10.00am for £27 and miss the start of the first event maybe.

Or you could take a half day holiday on the friday and fly one way to gatwick (only 10 Ltl difference) arriving 14.25 then get the train 16.11 train to Manchester picadilly arriving 19.49 fare £37.50. Then fly back on whatever you were going to fly back on .
At least this one gives you a nights sleep.
tbh, first offer about 1.34am train sounds cool. I'm price sensible. so if i can save 9 pounds on traveling all night I gonna take that :D i can't miss friday day, because i will have midterm exam ;) thanks for info, i will investigate them more when i will have more time ;)

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Re: European Fireball Open 2011

Post by Jonathan May » Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:02 pm

Is anyone driving up from London on Friday and have car space? Please get in touch!
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