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Old 29th April 2013   #1
John H
 
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Euro Bench - Bristol - July 20/21

So, I've been thinking about this for ages, and working on it for the last few weeks, and I'm now ready to announce it:



The first Euro Bench will happen on the weekend of July 20/21st, at the St. Pauls courts in Bristol.

It will be a very similar format to Bench Minor (the annual tournament in North America).

8 teams, drafted from an open pool. Round Robin, and then a final for the best teams.

A captain plus 7 players per team, games will be 1 hour long.

I've spoken to some of the top European players in private, and they are all very excited, and intend to come.

This should be one of the highest quality tournaments of the year, outside the Worlds, Euros, NAHBPC and Bench Minor V.

More details and information to follow



Registration is now open, at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15BQ...Ieh6c/viewform

Registration will close on Saturday May 18th.

Please only register if you are sure you can come.

The Draft will happen on Sunday 19th, or Monday 20th.

If you want to be a captain, please send an email to eurobench2013@gmail.com by Monday 6th May.

Last edited by John H; 30th April 2013 at 08:14.
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Old 29th April 2013   #2
Lansley Minordonor
Presumably July, rather than June?
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Old 29th April 2013   #3
John H
 
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Ha, failed at the first hurdle.

thanks!
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Old 29th April 2013   #4
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Sounds good! How many uk teams, 2?
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Old 29th April 2013   #5
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Or will the teams be pan-European?
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Old 29th April 2013   #6
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So all teams will be random? No choosing teams?
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Old 29th April 2013   #7
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8 teams, drafted from an open pool
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Old 29th April 2013   #8
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Sounds good! How many uk teams, 2?
The teams will be drafted, rather than being specific to any scene or country.

There wasn't much enthusiasm for city or country based, from the Euro players I talked to, the vast majority wanted to mix it up.

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Or will the teams be pan-European?
This. Possibly pan world if any NA players make it over (or others, there will be a couple of Japanese players in BM V this year)
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Old 29th April 2013   #9
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So all teams will be random? No choosing teams?
Captains will be choosing the teams.
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Old 29th April 2013   #10
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Needs a West Country-pun-tastic name.
Bench Moi-luvverrrrrrrrr?
Eight-a-cider decider?
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Old 29th April 2013   #11
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Is there an open pool draft for captains John, or are you choosing?
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Old 29th April 2013   #12
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Well, open registration for it.

They will then be chosen between a small group of senior Euro players/organisers. Based on factors such as experience, and nationality (I'd rather see a few different countries represented as captains, than just UK and France).

But please sign up for it (once I open registration tomorrow), I think you'd make a great captain.
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Old 29th April 2013   #13
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This looks awesome! Gutted I'm in paris for the tour finish. Be great to see a real mix of player's though!
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Old 29th April 2013   #14
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Same weekend as the Dunwich Dynamo... lots of riding vs. watching lots of polo...
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Old 29th April 2013   #15
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Ride to Bristol.
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Old 29th April 2013   #16
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Good idea.
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Old 29th April 2013   #17
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Any plans as to when the draft will be, and players will be notified that they're in (or out)?
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Old 29th April 2013   #18
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That will all be announced tomorrow. But the sooner the better so people can make plans, so I'll keep the registration period brief (not more than a few weeks) The draft will be on the day after the registration period ends.
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Old 29th April 2013   #19
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Cool i have the days off
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Old 29th April 2013   #20
. vi .
is it open for everybody or restricted to the professionals?
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Old 29th April 2013   #21
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Interested.
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Old 29th April 2013   #22
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is it open for everybody or restricted to the professionals?
It's eight person teams, and I think eight teams? So 64 players who will be drafted... It will depend on who can make it, if there is a manager who thinks you are one of the top 64 players to sign up you'll be in.

Can't hurt to put your name down.
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Old 29th April 2013   #23
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is it open for everybody or restricted to the professionals?
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It's eight person teams, and I think eight teams? So 64 players who will be drafted... It will depend on who can make it, if there is a manager who thinks you are one of the top 64 players to sign up you'll be in.

Can't hurt to put your name down.
Yeah, 64 players including captains. The only way to guarantee playing is to be a captain, but everyone can try.
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Old 29th April 2013   #24
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Reckon I can make this.
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Old 30th April 2013   #25
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Registration is now open, at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15BQ...Ieh6c/viewform

Registration will close on Saturday May 18th.

Please only register if you are sure you can come.

The Draft will happen on Sunday 19th, or Monday 20th.

If you want to be a captain, please send an email to eurobench2013@gmail.com by Monday 6th May.
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Old 30th April 2013   #26
Robbadobdob
Fuck, i wish i'd know about this a week ago. I'll be in Berlin! Looks like I'm missing both Bristols tournaments this year
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Old 30th April 2013   #27
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Damn, cant make this either. Free Lovebox tickets are too tempting.
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Old 30th April 2013   #28
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Damn, cant make this either. Free Lovebox tickets are too tempting.
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Old 30th April 2013   #29
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Damn it, I'm away, would have loved to have put my name forward.

Good luck with it
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Old 30th April 2013   #30
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Registered. No harm in trying eh!
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Old 1st May 2013   #31
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So I've got 5 requests to be Captain so far, no-one from London as yet. I'm hoping someone will sign up for that.
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Old 1st May 2013   #32
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Can we see the descriptions people have written about themselves or is it just for the captains?
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Old 1st May 2013   #33
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I've submitted my cv, was really tempted to fill the box with obvious Lionel Richie lyrics.
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Old 1st May 2013   #34
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Mm really I think I'll send it
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Old 1st May 2013   #35
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Can we see the descriptions people have written about themselves or is it just for the captains?
No, that's just for the captains. People might not want everyone to see the vain descriptions of themselves ;)
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Old 1st May 2013   #36
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Do it!!! Release the vain descriptions!!!
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Old 1st May 2013   #37
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(I'll sign up later.)
;-)
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Old 2nd May 2013   #38
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Would it be wrong to sign up as a captain just so I can see the descriptions?
(And then copy and paste them all somewhere people could see :)

Would you allow captains of a level that probably won't get picked? (Ie me)
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Old 2nd May 2013   #39
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Yes, yes it would.

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Old 2nd May 2013   #40
Jess|e
Do we have a London captain now?
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Old 2nd May 2013   #41
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Last time I checked, London wasn't an European nation state.
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Old 2nd May 2013   #42
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So I've got 5 requests to be Captain so far, no-one from London as yet. I'm hoping someone will sign up for that.
I think this comment was referenced.

I'd like to see a London captain as we now have 10 captains who've managed a Bench team.

I'm specifically looking at people like Ryan, Rupert, Brendan, Ali, etc... ;) (I would say Badger, but he can't make it).

I totally understand if people just want to play though.
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Old 2nd May 2013   #43
Jess|e
Congratulations Em. Relevancy level = 0.

As John points out, London has just finished a bench minor league with very strong captains who's experience most players in this tournament would benefit from.
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Old 2nd May 2013   #44
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Change the date and I'm in!

I'm afraid the 100th tour and stag do combined is occupying me.
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Old 2nd May 2013   #45
John H
 
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Yeah, sorry, no can do. Too many other clashes around it.
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Old 2nd May 2013   #46
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Thank god, I've been waiting for a bench minor for ages. Signing up for this - fingers crossed. Thanks John.
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Old 2nd May 2013   #47
John H
 
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Awesome!
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Old 3rd May 2013   #48
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Really enjoyed the bench minor we did a couple of years ago during polomotion..hope I get picked for this one!
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Old 3rd May 2013   #49
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Damn, cant make this either. Free Lovebox tickets are too tempting.
Are you going again this year? How did you swing the freebies?
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Old 3rd May 2013   #50
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Are you going again this year? How did you swing the freebies?
Yeah! My good friend's brother is an organiser. He gives him a couple tickets each year. Are you going?
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