The ever popular Hashut Helles Raisers and a favoured Tekken team met today for the long anticipated Rookie League Final. Tekken rolled out a few kegs of bloodweiser's finest before the game, though it would be Hashut who would hold a narrow edge in fan support. Hashut were also bolstered by extra training during the week, despite a long hiatus from the halbfinale and looked ready to play (or at least cheat). Even in such a high stakes match as this one, it was not surprising to see the Hashut assistant coach slipping some gold into the palm of the referee's hand.
Taking the initiative from the coin toss, Hashut elected to receive, and Arahagos Stonehammer positioned himself well to take a high kick deep in the half. With the ball secured Gharkharth Fastbull, who delivered 4 casualties in the halbfinale was first to act. Knocking out one player early, he continued his stellar form with the decapitation of Heihachi Mishima during the very next exchange.
Forest Law was having none of this and weaved into the backfield to challenge the Hashut cage, before losing his footing. The overconfident War Dancer took the hit and was rapidly set upon by the Hashut cage, which wheeled back to deal with the intruder. The episode was decisive with Law carried off the pitch, with injuries that while non fatal will take time to heal, and were beyond the skills of the Tekken apothecary.
Taking a firm grip on the game, and full advantage of some dubious refereeing Hashut continued to work the assault, injuring 4 players and knocking out 2 more by half time. 2 fouls following Rockside's effort, were compounded by an ill fated dodge on the part of Paul Phoenix, the other Tekken Wardancer that would see him in exit the game too. Hashut scoring easily without having to draw on any training, and being practically unopposed.
Tekken tried for an unlikely touch down in the seconds before half-time, with Iskdug Leadnail putting his body on the line for Tekken to breakdown the move, and earn a spell in the knocked out bin.
1-0 Hashut at the half, and in total control.
With 8 players starting the second half for Tekken, Hashut continued to pile on the pressure. The Tekken faithful were becoming increasingly angry with the blatant foul play of Hashut, and eventually the ref called a halt to proceedings sending off first Doruak Cinderaxe and then the Hashut head coach! Damage was already done, however, and inevitably Cyraeon Harshfoot forced the turnover and Hashut swarmed forward around the ball.
With the game practically in the bag for Hashut, the Wood Elves suddenly rallied with a rapid recovery of the ball and swift movement to the left wing. With Hashut pressing high, they were momentarilly caught out. Even so, they were able to cover and force the ball lose a second time. Right in the thick of things, the Wood Elves did not know how to quit, and with the last of their training and resolve knocked down both Chaos Dwarf Bull Centaurs who were protecting the ball. The first was an uphill block, before rookie catcher Anna Williams would dance through the line and in for a score. It was an incredible long-shot, but the game was tied and the Hashut assistant coach (who had since taken over after the head coach was sent off) was praying for a successful coin toss in overtime. His hope was misplaced.
1-1 after regulation.
Tekken win the toss, and line up with 6 Wood Elves and 1 Tree Man to receive the kick-off. Leadnail recovers from his concussion, and Hashut are returned to 11 players. Cheering fans attempt to re-energise a deflated Hashut, under the guidance of the team's cheer squad. Will that extra training make the difference in overtime?
Nadrakk Quickblaster is again on-song with his kicking game placing a deep kick. Tekken respond by pushing players into the backfiel, and these are dealt with heavily by Hashut. Quickblaster lends his effective boot to pressing matters. With the pressure building, Ling Xiaoyu fumbles the pick up.
Glancing up-field, Xiaoyu sees an open Mokjin. The Tree Man has been outstandingly reliable this game, and through 3 halves - but might not represent the ideal receiver. He also spots his last Wood Elf comrade remaining on the pitch. The player is lying face down in the astrogranite, under aforementioned heavy boot. Returning his attention to the ball for a moment, he is unsettled by a green blur out of his peripheral vision before he can act. It is a renaissant Iskdug Leadnail who swoops on the ball, and with a final assist drawing upon the last of Hashut's extra training, crashes over for a famous score.
Hashut win 2-1 in overtime!!!
Both coaches are physically exhausted by the ordeal and exchange pleasantries after the game in true sporting fashion and toast the (2 Wood Elf) dead. Hashut take home the trophy, and Tekken contemplate their ability to field a team for the premiere league. With young hopefuls like Mokujin and Williams the future surely looks bright for this team. Hashut conclude with a 77% win rate, and offer special thanks to the admins and organisers for an outstanding seasons.
|Geschrieben Thu Aug 30 2018 23:15:05 (Editiert am Fri Aug 31 2018 11:03:15) von Topas