The EJC 2016 Almere Fight Night was the biggest combat tournament ever! 98 jugglers entered qualifications, with 32 going through to the knockout, and the top 12 battling in front of thousands in the late night finals.
The tournament also featured the strongest field of participants of any tournament, including 20 top 25 ranked players. You can see how it compares to the previous biggest tournaments (like the EJC 2014 and NJF 2015) here.
With 1250 ranking points available to the winner, and up to 82 points available to jugglers who did well in qualifications but didn't make the round of 32, there's been a lot of change in the FNC rankings. The biggest mover is, of course, Jochen Pfeiffer, who returns to number 2 in the 52 week rankings and climbs 35 places, again to number 2, in the 2016 race rankings. Eóin Allan, the winner in 2015 but who didn't return to defend his title, drops 15 places to 17th.
Julius Preu, with his fourth place finish, climbed to 4th in the 52 week rankings. Florian Marienfeld, who came third, is now the highest ranked juggler (6th), and the only juggler inside the top 17, who hasn't won a tournament in the last 52 weeks. Strong results (round of 8) for Alexander Müller, Danny Cooper and Jakub Szwed keep them in the top 10 or close to it. Danny's win at CoastCon the week before the EJC means he's up to 8th in the 2016 Race Rankings.
We hope you've enjoyed the videos from the EJC 2016 Fight Night. If you've missed any, you can find a playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLedkVkRnas-qPHnU-divb5ciVq37GOuXj
Thanks from the whole team!
Maarten Willy Wils
Scoring, qualifications and paperwork:
EJC 2017 Lublin
Martijn van Nunen
Live stream crew:
Piet van Steen
Lights and sound:
At CoastCon 2016 in Stedesdorf 11 jugglers took part in the Fight Night Combat qualifications, including two Top 10 players. Jon Peat was unbeaten and was seeded 1st in the round of 8. Brook Roberts won 9 out of 10 games and was seeded 2nd.
But neither won the tournament in the end! Both were beaten by Danny Cooper: Brook in the semifinal, Jon in the final. Congratulations to Danny, who climbed 8 places from 26th to 18th in the 52 week current rankings!
In the past few weeks there have been three tournaments, all with first time winners.
First up, the latest tournament in Bogota, Columbia, at their World Juggling Day celebrations: Bogota Dia Mundial del Malabarista 2016. The qualification was by group melee combat, with every juggler playing against every other, all at the same time, 8 times in a row, to pick out the jugglers who would play in the knockout rounds.
And as it was huge event, there were a lot of jugglers taking part! This kind of crowd rivals combat sessions of most national conventions:
Over in Poland, the Ostroda Fire Festival hosted its second Fight Night. 16 players took part in the qualifications, and eight made it through to the knockout. Michał Kozak, whose previous best result was the round of 8 at in Lublin earlier this year, ended up on top in a 5-2 final match against Rafał Polakowski. Michał also wins 250 ranking points, bumping him up to 15th in the 2016 Race Rankings.
Finally the French national juggling festival, Convention Francaise 2016 Vanosc, hosted its first tournament. This was a 500 point event, with 21 competitors trying to qualify. While three French jugglers made the knockout (Michael Masson, Florent Gaillardo, and Aachen 2016 winner Leo Platz), all were knocked out in the round of 8.
So the final four players at the first French Convention Fight Night were three jugglers from Chile and one from Australia. Byron Hutton, winner of the Melbourne 2014 tournament, came in third, beating Bastien Von Martins from Chile. Cristobal Bascur and Andres Schlein, also both from Chile, battled it out in the final, with Andres winning 7-5.
All tournaments award points to everyone who takes part, and every players' points are used to seed qualification groups at big tournaments... like the EJC Fight Night, which will be taking place next week!
See the full 2016 tournament calendar here: http://fightnightcombat.com/tournament-calendar-2016.html
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