73. Australian National ChampionshipsDate: 24/04/2008 - 27/04/2008
Location: Coffs Harbour, Australia
Team name: Eastern Territories
Finishing postion: 4/16
My own team Umlaut didn't qualify for Nationals, so I managed to pick up with New Zealand along with three Manly guys. The trip there was by way of bicycle and train, and it was very wet when I arrived. I was expecting something like the Coffs Harbour tournament from 2004, but although a few of the fields were mudbaths they weren't all so. Millerine and I stayed with the Southside girls to the north of Coffs.
New Zealand had some high quality and very competitive players, and it was obvious from the outset that we could do quite well. We won most of our early games, but the key game was against Barefoot. If we lost to them by two points or more they would go up and we down, otherwise we went up. They had the opportunity at the end to win by two points, but made a mistake in the endzone and we ended up taking it by a point. Barefoot went on to lose the rest of their games and do well below expectations. We went on to the semis.
The semi was against Fakulti, and they were a far better team than us. Canberra had also beaten us soundly earlier, and they were the finalists. Our playoff for third was against I-Beam, and we started out confident having beaten them by 5 earlier. It was a very competitive game, but they took it by a point.
It would have been nice to get a medal, but being the quality of player I am I shouldn't complain about fourth. It was a bit of luck that I was playing at all, and fourth is likely to be my best result at Nats. Anyway, it was a great experience and I learnt a lot about intensity from the kiwi boys.