Over the last few weeks two national juggling conventions held Fight Night Combat tournaments, in Hungary and France.
At the Hungarian Juggling Convention, the local favourite István Hornyák, who is a four-time Fight Night winner and the current holder of the Hungarian Juggling Championships Fight Night title, lost to Ian Deady in his semi-final and had to settle for third place. Ian went on to beat the tournament organiser László Gyimóthi in the final, which mean László has now lost two finals in a row.
Ian is now unbeaten in 2017 at two tournaments (also Brianza 2017) and is up to 8th in the 2017 Race Rankings so far.
At the Convention Francaise 2017 Saint Viaud the tournament organiser had a much better result. Michael Masson lost in the round of 8 at last year's French Juggling Convention, but this year took the overall win, his best ever Fight Night result. Michael beat fellow French juggler Emile Demoyencourt in a close final 5-4. Daniel Amaya from Colombia came third and Sebastien Ruiz from Spain fourth.
Coming up next week: the biggest tournament of the year at the European Juggling Convention 2017 in Lublin! The qualifications will take place on Wednesday 26th at 3pm in the main hall and are open to everyone, not just those who have taken part in previous tournaments.
The Race to Berlin is on for the third year! Throughout 2017, every player is collecting rankings points, and the top 10 European players (on Monday 6th November 2017) will be invited to take part in the end-of-year final tournament. The European Masters will take place in Berlin on the 2nd of December 2017
Instead of a straight knockout, this tournament is assured of many high-level matchups due to the unique round-robin first round. The whole tournament will be streamed live online, and there will be full matches and highlights videos published after the event.
Check out the European Masters 2017 qualification overview to see the state of the race at any time: http://fightnightcombat.com/european-masters-qualification-overview.html
More information can be found here: http://fightnightcombat.com/european-masters-2017.html
Three Fight Night Combat tournaments last weekend!
Matty Schneider is once again leading the 2017 Rankings Race after winning the Freiburg 2017 Fight Night, a Standard 250 level tournament. He'd slipped to second place after Luke Burrage, the other Major 750 winner this year, won in Bergamo, but Matty is now 145 rankings points ahead. Matty is also up to third in the 52 Week Current Rankings, which will help him for seeding at the EJC.
Matty beat Stephan Cipra in the final match. This is Stephan's best result since making the Aachen 2015 final over two years ago. 15 jugglers took part in the Freiburg Fight Night. Thanks to Nicki Cohrs for organising it.
Over in the UK, the Sheffield Circus Skills Convention hosted its first combat tournament. 16 jugglers took part in this 250 event, organised by Cameron Ford. Cameron beat the top-ranked player in the UK Brook Roberts on his way to the final but there lost to Jon Peat.
Jon's been out of the combat picture for a while due to a fractured wrist from a bike accident. By winning his first tournament back, Jon remains unbeaten in 2017 after two tournaments. The other two jugglers who are unbeaten in 2017 after two or more tournaments are Julius Preu and Jan Poolen. Having the initials "JP" seems to be the best way to ensure unbroken winning streaks this year. See also: Jochen Pfeiffer.
The final tournament of the weekend was held at the Estonia Circus Convention, with participation by the first ever Estonian and Latvian Fight Night Combateers. The final match featured no Estonians though, instead two jugglers from Australia and France who now live in Tallinn. Dan Renwick beat Sylvain Potiron 5-3 in a very entertaining match. Dan's first place prize was a bonus one-on-one showdown vs convention guest and Fight Night organiser Luke Burrage. Check out all the action from the Estonia Fight Night in this video:
This coming weekend is a National level Fight Night at the Hungarian Juggling Convention. Check out all the upcoming tournaments in the 2017 calendar here: http://fightnightcombat.com/tournament-calendar-2017.html
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