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ZOO 6th Place at PALS Bankgkok 2012



PALS Bangkok 2012 was to be ZOO's second appearance at the event. Short of squad numbers this year, we again invited the Red Sevens to join us; Ben, Jane, Arthur and Jason and 2 Pandomonium players Jay and Joran. It was a last minute decision to attend but the event is always well organised and Bangkok, Thailand is such a fun place to travel to... until you get to immigration which takes over an hour of long queuing to pass through.

There were 10 teams competing in Division 2 from Thailand, Japan, Guam, Malaysia and Canada. We didn't have any dedicated dorito side front players and only 1 snake player, so we lacked the front player speed and had to rely on our laning ability. The 2 prelim days proved ok for the team but we drew a match with Siam-X  in a match that we had vitually won but ran out of time to press the buzzer. This loss proved to be our nemesis as we finished the prelims in 8th position which meant our Quarter Finals match would be against the top seeded team Rockstar Canada, who hadn't lost a match all weekend. A better qualifying position could have seen us matched up against teams we had already beaten or at least had a better chance of defeating.

In our Quarter Final match up against Rockstar Canada the first point was tight but the Canadian's eventually rolled over us. In the second point we laned out 2 players off the break and won the point in less than a minute. The 3rd point was tight but we lost too many players on our dorito side and couldn't contain them pushing up the field. The 4th point was another close battle but Rockstar Canada proved too strong for us beating us 3-1. They eventually went on to win every other match of the weekend to be crowned PALS BKK champions. The Guam All Stars who we had beaten in the prelims, placed 2nd with Arowana from Thailand 3rd. With points for and against we finished 6th place overall which is a better result than our previous year's placing in Bangkok.



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