Report from the off-course shenanigans in Hastings.
When in the Miniature Golf mecca that is Hastings, East Sussex it is almost guaranteed that after a hard days practice or competition on the seafront courses you'll find a bunch* of Crazy Golfers spending their time in one of the amusement arcades (or 'The Buttons' as a wise man once termed them, Christian Fuchs wasn't it).
|Pasi 'Bruiser' Aho was keen to get in some early practice|
With a truly international field competitors from Great Britain faced Swedes, a Finn who resides in Germany and an Englishman from the United Arab Emirates lined up for the seventh ranking Tat Challenge tournament.
|Sweden's Bjorn Dinau approaches the field of play|
In a truly enthralling contest there were a number of players racking up a nice haul of tat, while others fared less well, including veteran players including Emily Gottfried and Will Donnelly.
|Will Donnelly had a bad day at the office|
|Even a double fire approach from James 'Ruthers' Rutherford was not enough to help him this time|
|Newcomer Craig Small is watched by veteran competitors Richard Gottfried and Adam Kelly|
|A smug Richard Gottfried on course for the win?|
|A mighty haul is shown to adjudicator John Moore|
However, in an extraordinary debut from the Dubai-based player Mike Small managed to keep on winning tat and replenish his tuppenny bit ammo stockpile. With the crowd gathering and excitement building Small eventually ran out of money and his big haul counted.
|The crowd are in awe of Mike Small's tatting|
|The crowd waiting to see the (tup)pennies and tat fall...|
|Here are your winners - Mike Small (l), big bag of tat (m) and Richard Gottfried (r)|
The £2 Tat Challenge Order of Merit has been updated following the contest and now sees 54 players from seven countries ranked!
The next Tat Challenge takes places in Hastings in October and will be the WORLDS title match!
World Adventure Air Hockey 2013
In the World Adventure Air Hockey contest fourteen players faced-off to take the crown. With Sweden's Filiph Svensson and Torgny Kjellstrom receiving byes in the first round the results were:
- Chris Wood lost to Will Donnelly 5-6
- Ruthers beat Mark Wood 5-4
- Big Al Moore lost to Peter Eisenschmitt 2-7
- Pastie Aho beat Craig Small 7-1
- Mike Small beat AK47 3-2
- Paulli lost to Bjorn 6-7
In the quarter finals:
- Filiph bested Will D 7-4
- Ruthers beat Peter E 4-4
- Pasi defeated Mike Small 6-1
- Bjorn beat Torgny 7-3
In the semi finals:
- Filiph beat Ruthers 6-5
In the grand final Pasi (the reigning World Crazy Air Hockey Champion) was bested by Filiph 4-3. Watch the video of the final moments of the match-up.
* Not sure what the collective term is for a group of Crazy Golfers is. Suggestions on a Postcard
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