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Markus vs Luke - NJF 2018

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Luke vs Markus in the NJF 2018 Fight Night Combat final - May 16, 2018

Two jugglers from Berlin reached the final of the Netherlands Juggling Festival 2018 Fight Night, the second Major 750 tournament of the year. Luke Burrage was aiming to defend his NJF title from last year, and also win his fourth NJF title overall. Markus Utke was hoping to go one better than his second place finish at the NJF 2016, and win his first Major 750 tournament. Markus also won the last time these two players went head to head, so Luke was looking for revenge.

Check out all the action from the final here:

26 jugglers took part in the qualifications, with the top 16 making the knockout matches. The top four seeds all made the semi-finals, with Dutch juggler Bas Van de Kerkhof making third place, and Dutch juggler Simon À Campo coming in fourth.

The rankings points Markus and Luke received for making the final/winning boosts both up the 52 Week Current Rankings to third and fourth place. The winner also receives an automatic invite to the European Masters 2018 end-of-year championship, held in Berlin in November.

Thanks to Roel Post and Eva Schubach for hosting the tournament, Melissa Staugaard and Leanne Staugaard for organising and scoring, Dave Leahy for officiating, and Juliane Kunzendorf for filming the action.

Find all the results and details from the tournament here: http://fightnightcombat.com/tournament-NJF-2018.html

An all-Czech final in Brianza, Italy - May 8, 2018

The latest National-level Fight Night took place last weekend at the Brianza Juggling Convention. Fifteen jugglers took part in the qualifications, with the top eight making the knockout.

The final match didn't include 2017 winner Ian Deady, nor current top ten ranked player Matty Schneider. Instead, two players from Czechia: Michal Keda and Vašek Peca. It was Vašek's first final, but Michal's fourth final, giving him a chance to win his third Fight Night title (also Brno 2018 and Bratislava 2016).

Check out the video of the very entertaining final match:

The rankings points from this National 425 tournament move both finalists into the top 20 of the 52 Week Current rankings, and give both a boost into the top 10 of the 2018 Race Rankings.

Staying top 10 in the Race Rankings until November would secure them both an invite to the European Masters 2018, the end-of-year final tournament for the best players of the year. The other way to secure an invite is to win one of the four Major tournaments of 2018. Jon Peat won the first Major 750 tournament, the British Juggling Convention Fight Night, and the second is coming up this weekend at the Nederlands Jongleer Festival, where Luke Burrage will be attempting to defend his title.

Check out all the results and details from Brianza on the Fight Night Combat website: http://fightnightcombat.com/tournament-Brianza-2018.html

Jon Peat vs Callum Lawrie in the BJC 2018 Fight Night Final - April 17, 2018

The British Juggling Convention hosted the first Major 750 tournament of 2018, and it was the biggest tournament of the year so far. 30 jugglers took part in the qualifications, with the top 16 making the knockout, and the top 12 featured in the live finals, organised by Ieuan Evans and hosted by Rosie Kelly.

The top seeds didn't make it to the final match, with Brook Roberts and Cameron Ford falling in the semi-finals.

Instead, 3rd and 5th seeds Jon Peat and Callum Lawrie were the last two jugglers standing. Check out the video of all the action from the final here... and it's a lot of action!

The Major 750 points for the finalists boost both players up the 52 Week Current Rankings to their highest ever places. Callum is up to 12th and Jon up to 2nd.

There are three more Major tournaments in 2018: the Netherlands Juggling Festival in May, the Berlin Fight Night in June, both worth 750 rankings points for the winners, and the European Juggling Convention in August, worth 1250. Check out the full schedule over on the Fight Night Combat website: http://fightnightcombat.com/tournament-calendar-2018.html

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