Team Ireland Fantasy and the ETC


Our first post looked at the 40K team, now let's look at Team Ireland Fantasy. We're operating at a slight disadvantage as none of us have played for Team Ireland Fantasy. Despite the lack of expertise, I've gathered some key information.

1) The history of Team Ireland Fantasy starts a year earlier, in 2009.
2) Do not get into a lift with a drunken Woody.
3) Team development has been a slow-burning process.


Four Nations Championship 2009


There almost no information out there on this event but I have the final standings (below) and an artist's representation of some of the players (above). Majestic beasts from the time before. Not very good at the old Warhammer, though. I'm guessing it was a whitewash.

Nation Game Points
England 611
Scotland 420
Northern Ireland 374
Ireland 195

European Team Championship 2009


Ireland's first ETC team have a rough first outing, consoling themselves with some points stolen from our Northern neighbours. Despite the relentless beatings, morale remains very high. Sport psychologists trace this mental resilience to the lethal doses of alcohol consumed by the players. Really, this team shouldn't be alive.

Round 1: Czech Republic 100-60 Ireland
Round 2: Northern Ireland 95-65 Ireland
Round 3: Portugal 100-60 Ireland
Round 4: Scotland 100-60 Ireland
Round 5: Netherlands 100-60 Ireland
Round 6: Croatia 115- 45 Ireland

TeamPoints
1. Italy571
2. Poland550
3. Denmark529
4. Germany511
5. Austria507
6. Slovenia504
7. Sweden503
8. Switzerland494
9. Finland490
10. Czech490
11. Australia486
12. Greece485
13. Norway478
14. England474
15. Russia469
16. Belgium466
17. Portugal464
18. France461
19. Northern Ireland455
20. Hungary448
21. Croatia447
22. Scotland437
23. Netherlands428
24. Ireland350
 

Home Nations Championship 2010

There's plenty of photos out there but very little detail on the round by round results. By looking at the final table, it does not appear to have gone well for the Irish. On a positive note, it can't be denied that they are closing the gap on the opposition. The Northern Irish and Welsh look nervously over their shoulders.

Because they don't want surprise hugs from naked, drunken Irishmen.

Nation Game Points
England 471
United Nations 453
Scotland 414
Wales 364
Northern Ireland 361
Ireland 311
 

European Team Championship 2010

A glorious tournament for Team Ireland. They are awarded the Most Sporting award and score their first win, paddling a probably surprised Welsh team. Their remaining opponents are less gracious but the defeats are not total. Note that they have played the Scots in every tournament thus far. The steady, if slow, improvement continues as they stumble off the bottom of the leader board into 25th place.

Round 1: Switzerland 100-60  Ireland
Round 2: Scotland 93-67 Ireland
Round 3: Latvia 95-65 Ireland
Round 4: Canada 89-71 Ireland
Round 5: Ireland 99-61 Wales
Round 6: Northern Ireland 97-63 Ireland

1Denmark568(240)
2Italy565(282)
3Germany527(94)
4Australia511(116)
5Norway511(66)
6Russia509(54)
7Greece505(76)
8Poland505(50)
9Sweden503(68)
10United States498(76)
11Spain495(16)
12Slovenia494(82)
13Austria493(64)
14New Zealand493(30)
15Finland487(56)
16England485(48)
17Scotland484(12)
18Belgium484(-10)
19Northern Ireland480(-36)
20Croatia476(-22)
21France473(-10)
22Switzerland472(-26)
23Czech Republic463(12)
24Malta452(-48)
25Ireland (Most Sporting)445(-122)
26Portugal436(-76)
27Canada434(-126)
28Hungary433(-178)
29Latvia427(-134)
30Netherlands427(-182)
31Serbia416(-172)
32Wales382(-300)
 

Six Nations Championship 2011

No photos of the Edinburgh tournament can be found but I think I've got the essence of it. The French replace the United Nations team to make it a true Six Nations contest. The Irish may lose most of their games but the results are better than in previous years as they hold close to the French.

Some make wild claims that they might make it out of the bottom quarter at the ETC proper.

Round 1: Wales 86-74 Ireland
Round 2: Scotland 100-60 Ireland
Round 3: Northern Ireland 94-66 Ireland
Round 4: France 81-79 Ireland
Round 5: England 100-60 Ireland

Nation Game Points Victory Points
England 483 48008
Scotland 440 47332
Northern Ireland 404 41153
France 397 38031
Ireland 339 38286
Wales 337 30371

European Team Championship 2011


We're not sure how it happened but the Fantasy boys become the first Irish team to make it into the top ten. Showboating pricks.

Drinking slightly less than normal, the Irish score three wins, including a heavy defeat of Scotland. Three years of brutal oppression are avenged. Their heaviest defeat comes at the hands of the champions, Poland. It's all a massive shock and they actually get more cheers for their performance than the actual winning teams. Totally not jealous though.

Round 1: Poland 94-66 Ireland
Round 2: Ireland 89-71 Czech Republic
Round 3: USA 86-74 Ireland
Round 4: Latvia 88-72 Ireland
Round 5: Ireland 94-66 Scotland
Round 6: Ireland 100-60 Belgium

1Poland573(242)
2Denmark541(230)
3Russia518(136)
4Italy517(144)
5Sweden516(144)
6United States506(22)
7Austria505(128)
8Norway504(58)
9France497(48)
10Ireland495(30)
11Spain494(58)
12England493(54)
13Finland478(28)
14Germany476(38)
15Switzerland476(-56)
16Greece474(50)
17Croatia473(-12)
18Netherlands470(-36)
19Latvia464(-14)
20Scotland461(-8)
21Czech Republic460(-40)
22Belgium460(-88)
23Northern Ireland450(-84)
24New Zealand450(-94)
25Australia438(-154)
26Hungary417(-276)
27Wales401(-210)
28Serbia364(-338)

Six Nations Championship 2012

We watched with interest as they marched off to somewhere up North. The unasked question was whether the ETC was a lucky fluke. It was not. Their ETC form continues as the Irish win three out of five games to achieve their best result at the championship to date. Like the 40K team, they win by large margins, reflecting a clear skill advantage.

Only a very strong French team can deny them the top spot but our hopes are raised...

Round 1: Ireland 100-60 Northern Ireland
Round 2: Ireland 94-66 Wales
Round 3: Ireland 88-72 Scotland
Round 4: England 83-77 Ireland
Round 5: France 95-65 Ireland

Nation Game Points VP Difference
France 452 10086
Ireland 419 2028
Wales 417 4969
England 410 4826
Scotland 392 -2788
Barbarians 300 -24121

 European Team Championship 2012

From humble beginnings, Team Ireland Fantasy have built on their experience and gradually improved. I hope that the steady development will translate into steady progress in the ETC. Judging by their form at the Six Nations, I see Team Ireland holding their position in the top ten but I'm not sure if I see them pushing into contention for the medals this year. Happy to be proved wrong, though.

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