Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Match report - Divisions of Death division H, season 1, week 1

Doomdark’s Revenge (Chaos, me) vs Blades of the Dwarves (Dwarf)

The Chaos team kicked off, with both teams keeping a tight formation in the middle of the pitch and looking ready for a fight. The kick was very deep, and landed in the Dwarf end zone. After the  Dwarves dished out some pain on the line of scrimmage, causing a Chaos beastman to be carried off, the two dwarf runners tried some fancy handling with one picking up the ball and attempting a pass to the other in order to get the ball to the safety of their blocking line. The pass was dropped and there was a turnover. The Chaos team charged forward, blitzing the edge of the Dwarf line to make a hole and running two beastmen through it. There followed a few turns of back and forth hitting on the line of scrimmage, with the two beastmen fighting the two Dwarf runners for the ball near the Dwarf end zone. Neither team had the speed or agility to send more players into the Dwarf backfield.

Just when the two beastmen seemed to have the upper hand and a Chaos touchdown seemed inevitable, one of the runners dodged away and launched an astonishing long bomb downfield which was caught by a Dwarf blocker, said blocker then waddled off towards the chaos endzone. Now it was the turn of the Chaos team to be out of position, scrambling back to try to stop the slow-but-powerful Dwarf running game. The Chaos players were forced into an increasing series of risky dodges and blitzes, but the positions stabilised when one of the Chaos Warriors, The Lord of Whispers, made it back to help out with the defence. The score at the end of the half was 0-0, but the Dwarves were leading 2-1 in casualties and had also KO-d a beastman.

Resuming for the second half, things started to unravel for the rookie Chaos players. With a two-man disadvantage, they tried a risky charge up the left hand side of the pitch, committing all their players to that side of the field in an attempt to force their way up to the end zone and leave the slow Dwarves in their wake. Sadly though one of the Dwarf blitzers managed to get close to the ball carrier, who failed a 3+ dodge roll (with a reroll! 1 in 9 chance of failure!) to escape and which allowed the Dwarves to recover the ball. Again the Chaos players tried to get back and defend, but this time there were too many Dwarves and they couldn’t prevent the score. In frustration the Chaos team started to ignore the ball and decided to hit Dwarves instead, with the mighty Chaos Warrior Lord Doomdark himself killing one of the Dwarven linemen and a trusty beastman lacky KO-ing another.

0-1 to the Dwarves, midway through the second half, 8 players left each.

The final desperate drive of the Chaos team ended in farce, with the beastman receiver failing to catch the kick, and then to pick up the ball afterwards. With an equalising score impossible for either team in the late stages, the players left the ball where it lay and had a huge fight in the centre. No injuries were caused however.

Final score was 0-1 to the Blades of the Dwarves, but 2-2 in casualties and with the only death caused by the Chaos team.

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