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I have been an M.E. sufferer for a long time now, but sports replay gaming is an easy hobby for me to enjoy. Originally from Canvey Island, Essex, I was introduced to replay gaming a few years ago, leading to my first purchase: Cricket World. Most sports I share will be common, but there are some more obscure replays thrown in. Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy your stay. Feel free to say hello! - Chris

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Basho Fury - 1981 Kyushu, Form Guide

Form Guide after Five Days - ☺ WIN; ☻ LOSS; - N/A
MAKUUCHI
(94) Chiyonofuji ☺☺☺☺☺
(93) Kitanoumi ☺☺☺☺☺
(65) Takamiyama ☺☺☺☺☺
(54) Koboyama ☺☺☺☺☺

(81) Kotokaze ☺☺☺☺☻
(78) Asashio ☺☺☻☺☺
(69) Hokutenyu ☻☺☺☺☺
(68) Dewanohana ☺☺☻☺☺
(52) Kotochitose ☺☺☻☺☺
(43) Hachiya ☺☻☺☺☺

(79) Takanosato ☻☺☻☺☺

(75) Ozutsu ☻☺☺☻☺
(71) Tochiakagi ☺☺☻☺☻
(58) Fujizakura ☻☻☺☺☺
(52) Aobajo ☺☺☺☻☻

(67) Kirinji ☺☻☻☻☺
(65) Daijuyama ☻☻☻☺☺

(64) Tochihikari ☻☺☺☻☻
(64) Wakashimazu ☺☻☻☻☺
(63) Azumanada ☺☻☺☻☻

(59) Onishiki ☺☻☺☻☻
(59) Zaonishiki ☻☻☻☺☺
(54) Kaiki ☺☻☻☺☻

(45) Daihi ☻☻☻☺☺
(45) Takamisugi ☺☻☺☻ -

(67) Sadanoumi ☻☻☺☻☻
(61) Oshio ☻☻☺☻☻
(58) Hidanohana ☻☻☺☻☻
(54) Banryuyama ☻☺☻☻☻
(50) Iwanami ☻☺☻☻☻
(49) Aobayama ☻☺☻☻☻

(69) Kurama ☻☻☻☻☻
(52) Hoo ☻☻☻☻☻
(10) Washuyama ☻☻☻☻☻

JURYO
(45) Hakuryuyama ☺☻☺☺☺

(42) Tengozan ☺☻☺☺☻
(41) Oyutaka ☺☺☻☺☺
(41) Shinko ☺☺☻☺☺
(41) Tochitsurugi ☺☺☺☻☺
(40) Tamaryu ☺☺☺☺☻

(35) Futatsuryu ☻☺☺☺☺
(34) Daigo ☺☺☺☺☻

(46) Kurosegawa ☺☻☺☻☺
(38) Saisu ☺☺☻☻☺
(34) Oko ☻☺☺☻☺

(52) Amanoyama ☻☺☻☺☻
(51) Toryu ☺☻☺☻☻
(45) Kurohimeyama ☻☻☺☻☺
(40) Kotowaka ☻☺☺☻☻
(37) Kinoarashi ☺☻☻☻☺
(29) Tagaryu ☺☻☻☻☺

(45) Wakajishi ☻☻☻☺☻
(40) Hakuryu ☻☻☺☻☻
(39) Shishiho ☻☻☻☺☻
(36) Fukuzono ☻☺☻☻☻
(36) Wakanofuji ☻☻☻☺☻
(21) Hoshiiwato ☻☻☻☺☻

Basho Fury - 1981 Kyushu, Makuuchi Day Six

Friday November 13th 1981
Fukuoka, Fukuoka International

Hoo finally won a match, beating out Aobayama who has suffered four straight losses for a 1-5 record. Kurama is still looking for a win after losing to Asashio who keeps in the hunt on 5-1 along with Dewanohana and Kotokaze, the latter picking himself up after yesterday's defeat to Asashio. Hokutenyu's win streak ends at four, and he drops two behind the leaders, after a very exciting match with Takanosato.

(93) Kitanoumi (6-0) def. (59) Onishiki (2-4) by yoritaoshi
(94) Chiyonofuji (6-0) def. (64) Wakashimazu (2-4) by tsuridashi
(81) Kotokaze (5-1) def. (63) Azumanada (2-4) by yoritaoshi
(65) Daijuyama (3-3) def. (67) Sadanoumi (1-5) by yorikiri
(79) Takanosato (4-2) def. (69) Hokutenyu (4-2) by uwatenage

(75) Ozutsu (4-2) def. (54) Banryuyama (1-5) by yoritaoshi
(78) Asashio (5-1) def. (69) Kurama (0-6) by oshidashi
(58) Hidanohana (2-4) Def. (59) Zaonishiki (2-4) by yorikiri
(71) Tochiakagi (4-2) def. (10*) Washuyama (0-6) by oshidashi

(54) Koboyama (6-0) def. (67) Kirinji (2-4) by oshidashi
(68) Dewanohana (5-1) def. (43) Hachiya (4-2) by uwatedashinage
(65) Takamiyama (6-0) def. (52) Aobajo (3-3) by yorikiri
(61) Oshio (2-4) def. (58) Fujizakura (3-3) by oshidashi

(52) Hoo (1-5) def. (49) Aobayama (1-5) by yoritaoshi
(54) Kaiki (3-3) def. (52) Kotochitose (4-2) by shitatenage
(64) Tochihikari (3-3) def. (45) Daihi (2-4) by yorikiri
(50) Iwanami (2-4) def. (45) Wakajishi (1-5) by oshidashi

Final Score - WC2010 Group D, Germany vs Australia

Sunday 13th June 2010 - Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban. Att: 62,660
Referee: Marco Antonio Rodriguez (Mexico)

LINEUPS:
Germany (451): Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Friedrich, Mertesacker, Schweinsteiger, Oezil (Marin 61'), Khedira, Klose (Kiessling 87'), Podolski, Mueller (Gomez 70')
Australia (451): Schwarzer, Wilkshire, Carney, Neill, Moore (Vidosic 61'), Valeri, Holman, Cahill (Grella 81'), Kennedy, Culina, Emerton (Kewell 61')

A convincing German victory was not going to surprise many but the score does not reflect the whole match. Australia played a hard and generally fair game but this strategy brought about an early chance for Miroslav Klose when David Carney brought down the striker in the penalty area. Klose himself stepped up to take the spot kick and cooly gave Germany a 1-0 lead after only ten minutes.

The Australians then found themselves competing with their opponents and had a sudden rush of chances through some well rehearsed set pieces. After Lahm had fouled Tim Cahill, earning him a lecture from the referee, the free kick was played square to Jason Culina whose long range effort was tipped round the post by Neuer in spectacular fashion. The resulting corner ended up at the feet of Kennedy who rattled the post, and another corner soon after forced Neuer to make another stop at his near post; Holman with that chance.

After this sudden swing in momentum Germany all but won the game before half time. First Klose scored again, Boateng's excellent pass splitting the defence for him. That was followed by another great pass, this time from Podolski, finding Sami Khedira who beat his marker and stuck it into the bottom corner. Australia continued to have chances in the second half, Kennedy again beating Neuer but shooting too high. The Germans then added some icing with Khedira winning a battle with Cahill and feeding Mario Gomez for a breakaway goal.

Germany 4 - 0 Australia
Goalscorers:
GER Klose 11'
GER Klose 38'
GER Khedira 45'
GER Gomez 73'

Discipline:
AUS Carney 10'
AUS Emerton 10'

Man of the Match:
GER Miroslav Klose

GROUP D
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Germany 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 3
Ghana 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
Serbia 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0
Australia 1 0 0 1 0 4 -4 0

Friday, 29 June 2012

Basho Fury - 1981 Kyushu, Juryo Day Five

Thursday November 11th 1981
Fukuoka, Fukuoka International

Two dramatic finales entertained the Juryo fans on the fifth day. Fukuzono would go away and think about the two chances he had to defeat Shinko in a great match, but before that Tamaryu lost his first match of the tournament in slightly controversial fashion. Both the new fan favourite and Tagaryu seemingly touched the ground at the same time, the referee signaled that the underdog was the victor much to the disagreement of many spectators. Finally, Saisu ends his two day losing streak but only just against Wakajishi.

(41) Shinko (4-1) def. (36) Fukuzono (1-4) by hatakikomi
(38) Saisu (3-2) def. (45) Wakajishi (1-4) by tsukidashi
(37) Kinoarashi (2-3) def. (51) Toryu (2-3) by yorikiri
(41) Tochitsurugi (4-1) def. (39) Shishiho (1-4) by oshidashi

(45) Hakuryuyama (4-1) def. (36) Wakanofuji (1-4) by tsukiotoshi
(41) Oyutaka (4-1) def. (40) Hakuryu (1-4) by yorikiri
(45) Kurohimeyama (2-3) def. (42) Tengozan (3-2) by yorikiri
(46) Kurosegawa (3-2) def. (40) Kotowaka (2-3) by yorikiri

(29) Tagaryu (2-3) def. (60) Tamaryu (4-1) by yorikiri
(34) Oko (3-2) def. (34) Daigo (4-1) by yoritaoshi
(10*) Harunafuji (2-1) def. (21) Hoshiiwato (1-4) by okuridashi
(35) Futatsuryu (4-1) Def. (35) Tamakiyama (2-1) by uwatenage

Basho Fury - 1981 Kyushu, Makuuchi Day Five

Thursday November 12th 1981
Fukuoka, Fukuoka International

Kotokaze became the first big name in the Makuuchi to lose in the Kyushu; Asashio edging a nailbiting contest. Hachiya pulled out an impressive win over the heavily favoured Oshio and moves onto 4-1, while Hokutenyu joins him after putting his opening day defeat behind him with a fourth consecutive victory coming over Washuyama.

(93) Kitanoumi (5-0) def. (63) Azumanada (2-3) by yorikiri
(94) Chiyonofuji (5-0) def. (67) Sadanoumi (1-4) by yoritaoshi
(78) Asashio (4-1) def. (81) Kotokaze (4-1) by oshitaoshi
(79) Takanosato (3-2) def. (71) Tochiakagi (3-2) by yorikiri
(65) Daijuyama (2-3) def. (69) Kurama (0-5) by utchari

(69) Hokutenyu (4-1) def. (10*) Washuyama (0-5) by yorikiri
(75) Ozutsu (3-2) def. (58) Hidanohana (1-4) by kotenage
(68) Dewanohana (4-1) def. (54) Banryuyama (1-4) by yorikiri
(64) Wakashimazu (2-3) def. (59) Onishiki (2-3) by shitatenage

(59) Zaonishiki (2-3) def. (54) Kaiki (2-3) by shitatenage
(67) Kirinji (2-3) def. (64) Tochihikari (2-3) by oshidashi
(43) Hachiya (4-1) def. (61) Oshio (1-4) by tsuridashi
(45) Daihi (2-3) def. (52) Aobajo (3-2) by yorikiri

(52) Kotochitose (4-1) def. (50) Iwanami (1-4) by oshidashi
(65) Takamiyama (5-0) def. (49) Aobayama (1-4) by tsukidashi
(58) Fujizakura (3-2) def. (52) Hoo (0-5) by tsukidashi
(54) Koboyama (5-0) def. (52) Amanoyama (2-3) by yorikiri

Final Score - WC2010 Group D, Serbia vs Ghana

Sunday 13th June 2010 - Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria. Att: 38,833
Referee: H├ęctor Baldassi (Argentina)

LINEUPS:
Serbia (433): Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Kolarov, Vidic, Lukovic, Ninkovic (Tosic 73'), Stankovic, Kuzmanovic, Zigic, Jovanovic (Mrdja 81'), Krasic (Pantelic 56')
Ghana (451): Kingson, Pantsil, Sarpei, John Mensah, Johnathon Mensah, Annan, Asamoah, Tagoe (I Ayew 73'), Gyna, Prince-Boateng (Amaoh 66'), A Ayew (Owusu-Abeiye 85')

Serbia set their stall out to defend for ninety minutes and while it was what some term as anti-football it almost earned them a point. Ghana dominated possession but first half chances were limited with Asamoah forcing an early save out of Stojkovic and then heading over. More attacks were foiled by the active Serbian keeper claiming numerous crosses throughout the match.

The second half brought more of the same as Serbia built a strong wall around their penalty area with the likes of Ivanovic and Kolarov committing themselves to the cause by abandoning any hope of getting forward. There would be two bits of bad news for the Serbs though. First, an injury to forward Milan Jovanovic puts him out of action for the next three matches. The bigger loss however was their defeat in the final minute of the match.

While the Serbian wingbacks were only thinking defence, the Ghanaian widemen were getting forward at every opportunity. One of these, Pantsil, had his cross blocked by an arm resulting in a free kick near the right side touchline. With bodies filling the box John Mensah was able to climb highest and nod the ball down to Kwadho Asamoah who finally broke the deadlock as the game headed into stoppage time. And just as Mr Baldassi was about to blow the final whistle Asamoah won his side a corner that Amoah, standing on the near post, flicked on for Gyan to cap off his high octane performance.

Serbia 0 - 2 Ghana
Goalscorers:
GHA Asamoah 89'
GHA Gyan 90'

Discipline:
SRB Stankovic 12'
SRB Krasic 55'

Man of the Match:
GHA Asamoah Gyan

GROUP D
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Ghana 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Serbia 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Final Score - WC2010 Group C, Algeria vs Slovenia

Sunday 13th June 2010 - Pete Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane. Att: 30,325
Referee: Carlos Batres (Guatemala)

LINEUPS:
Algeria (433): Bohil, Yahia, Bougherra, Halliche, Lacen, Yebda, Kadir, Belhadj, Djebbour (Medjani (85'), Ziani (Mansouri 70'), Matmour (Saifi 62')
Slovenia (442): Handanovic, Brecko, Jokic, Suler, Cesar, Radosavijevic, Koren, Birsa (Komac 71'), Ljubijankic (Dedic 59'), Novakovic, Kirm (Pecnik 79')

This match lived up to it's billing and failed to generate much excitement out of the 30,000+ crowd. Bohil would have very little to do in his goal and his opposite number Handanovic was beaten minutes before the interval when Yahia crossed it neatly for Belhadj.

Both nations had good defensive setups for the match, cancelling out the already limited offensive ideas and the game become a battle for supremacy in the middle of the park. The best chances for Slovenia came early in both halves. Jokic sent his 8th minute header way wide of goal and a direct free kick in a good position was smashed into the wall twelve minutes after the restart. Djebbour came close to adding a second for Algeria in the 73rd minute but his hard drive was saved well.

Algeria 1 - 0 Slovenia
Goalscorers:
ALG Belhadj 41'

Discipline:
ALG Kadir 32'
ALG Halliche 36'
SVN Cesar 54'
ALG Djebbour 78'

Man of the Match:
ALG Rafik Halliche

GROUP C
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3
Algeria 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
Slovenia 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0
United States 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0

Basho Fury - 1981 Kyushu, Juryo Day Four

Wednesday November 11th 1981
Fukuoka, Fukuoka International

Both Shinko and Futatsuryu stayed in touch with the undefeated leaders in the Juryo but they were pushed hard; the latter especially having to dig deep against Kurosegawa. Daigo was also a little lucky to move up to 4-0 along with Tamaryu, winning against a slight favourite and two-time basho champion this year Saisu. Tochitsurugi lost his undefeated record to Tengozan who joins him and four others in the chasing pack on 3-1.

(41) Shinko (3-1) def. (40) Kotowaka (2-2) by hatakikomi
(52) Amanoyama (2-2) Def. (40) Hakuryu (1-3) by sukuinage
(60) Tamaryu (4-0) def. (51) Toryu (2-2) by sotogake
(45) Wakajishi (1-3) def. (37) Kinoarashi (1-3) by oshidashi

(45) Hakuryuyama (3-1) def. (34) Oko (2-2) by oshidashi
(39) Shishiho (1-3) Def. (36) Fukuzono (1-3) by kotenage
(35) Futatsuryu (3-1) def. (46) Kurosegawa (2-2) by yorikiri
(36) Wakanofuji (1-3) def. (45) Kurohimeyama (1-3) by shitatenage

(41) Oyutaka (3-1) def. (29) Tagaryu (1-3) by oshidashi
(42) Tengozan (3-1) def. (41) Tochitsurugi (3-1) by tsukiotoshi
(34) Daigo (4-0) def. (38) Saisu (2-2) by uwatenage
(21) Hoshiiwato (1-3) def. (10*) Taigiyama (2-1) by uwatenage

Basho Fury - 1981 Kyushu, Makuuchi Day Four

Wednesday November 11th 1981
Fukuoka, Fukuoka International

There were two big talking points on the fourth day of the Kyushu. The first was a serious injury to Takamisugi that will keep him out until next year. The other was a terrific tilt between Daijuyama and the eternal underdog Washuyama in a battle of the winless. Elsewhere there are now five unbeaten men in the Makuuchi after Aobajo was defeated by Tochiakagi, and Daihi pulled off the biggest upset today with a win over Kirinji

(93) Kitanoumi (4-0) def. (69) Kurama (0-4) by tsukidashi
(94) Chiyonofuji (4-0) def. (59) Onishiki (2-2) by tsuridashi
(81) Kotokaze (4-0) def. (75) Ozutsu (2-2) by yoritaoshi
(65) Daijuyama (1-3) def. (10*) Washuyama (0-4) by utchari
(79) Takanosato (2-2) def. (67) Sadanoumi (1-3) by uwatenage

(69) Hokutenyu (3-1) def. (64) Wakashimazu (1-3) by hikkake
(78) Asashio (3-1) def. (58) Hidanohana (1-3) by uwatedashinage
(59) Zaonishiki (1-3) def. (54) Banryuyama (1-3) by yoritaoshi
(52) Kotochitose (3-1) def. (63) Azumanada (2-2) by oshidashi

(71) Tochiakagi (3-1) def. (52) Aobajo (3-1) by kirikaeshi
(45) Daihi (1-3) def. (67) Kirinji (1-3) by yorikiri
(68) Dewanohana (3-1) def. (45) Takamisugi (2-2) by oshidashi
(65) Takamiyama (4-0) def. (61) Oshio (1-3) by yorikiri

(43) Hachiya (3-1) def. (49) Aobayama (1-3) by oshidashi
(54) Koboyama (4-0) def. (64) Tochihikari (2-2) by oshidashi
(54) Kaiki (2-2) def. (52) Hoo (0-4) by yorikiri
(58) Fujizakura (2-2) def. (50) Iwanami (1-3) by hatakikomi

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Basho Fury - 1981 Kyushu, Juryo Day Three

Tuesday November 10th 1981
Fukuoka, Fukuoka International

(60) Tamaryu (3-0) def. (52) Amanoyama (1-2) by kotenage
(45) Kurohimeyama (1-2) def. (41) Shinko (2-1) by yorikiri
(41) Tochitsurugi (3-0) def. (45) Wakajishi (0-3) by kekaeshi
(51) Toryu (2-1) def. (36) Fukuzono (1-2) by okuridashi

(40) Kotowaka (2-1) def. (39) Shishiho (0-3) by uwatenage
(45) Hakuryuyama (2-1) def. (38) Saisu (2-1) by oshidashi
(40) Hakuryu (1-2) def. (37) Kinoarashi (1-2) by yorikiri
(46) Kurosegawa (2-1) def. (36) Wakanofuji (0-3) by uwatenage

(42) Tengozan (2-1) def. (41) Oyutaka (2-1) by okuridashi
(34) Oko (2-1) def. (29) Tagaryu (1-2) by yorikiri (close)
(34) Daigo (3-0) def. (21) Hoshiiwato (0-3) by yorikiri
(35) Futatsuryu (2-1) def. (25) Kakureizan (1-1) by tsuridashi

Basho Fury - 1981 Kyushu, Makuuchi Day Three

Tuesday November 10th 1981
Fukuoka, Fukuoka International

(93) Kitanoumi (3-0) def. (71) Tochiakagi (2-1) by yoritaoshi
(94) Chiyonofuji (3-0) def. (65) Daijuyama (0-3) by uwatenage
(81) Kotokaze (3-0) def. (64) Wakashimazu (1-2) by yorikiri
(59) Onishiki (2-1) def. (79) Takanosato (1-2) by yorikiri
(69) Hokutenyu (2-1) def. (59) Zaonishiki (0-3) by yorikiri

(75) Ozutsu (2-1) def. (10*) Washuyama (0-3) by tsuidashi
(63) Azumanada (2-1) def. (78) Asashio (2-1) by yorikiri
(58) Hidanohana (1-2) def. (54) Banryuyama (1-2) by yorikiri
(67) Sadanoumi (1-2) def. (69) Kurama (0-3) by yorikiri

(65) Takamiyama (3-0) def. (68) Dewanohana (2-1) by yorikiri
(58) Fujizakura (1-2) def. (67) Kirinji (1-2) by oshidashi
(61) Oshio (1-2) def. (45) Daihi (0-3) by tsukidashi
(52) Aobajo (3-0) def. (52) Hoo (0-3) by yorikiri

(54) Koboyama (3-0) def. (52) Kotochitose (2-1) by oshidashi
(45) Takamisugi (2-1) def. (49) Aobayama (1-2) by oshitaoshi
(43) Hachiya (2-1) def. (54) Kaiki (1-2) by tsuridashi
(64) Tochihikari (2-1) def. (50) Iwanami (1-2) by oshidashi

Final Score - WC2010 Group C, England vs USA

Saturday 12th June 2010 - Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg. Att: 38,646
Referee: Carlos Simon (Brazil)

LINEUPS:
England (442): James, Johnson, A Cole (Carragher 72'), Terry, Upson, Barry, Lampard, Milner (Lennon 62'), Rooney, Defoe (Crouch 83'), Gerard
United States (442): Howard, Cherundolo, Bocanegra, Demerit, Onyewu (Clark 65'), Bradley, Edu (Beasley 74'), Donovan, Altidore, Findley, Dempsey (Buddle 84')

Group C started with a bang as both teams came to win. After Rooney shot England's first chance down the keepers' throat the ball was cleared down the other end where Landon Donovan beat Barry in the air, giving Michael Bradley all the space he needed to pick out Jozy Altidore in the box who finished with aplomb and a 1-0 USA lead.

Neither midfield really got into the game as the match quickly transitioned from defence to attack, especially from England as they would generate several wasteful chances to go into halftime a goal down. A pedestrian fifteen minutes passed after the restart and England finally found a way through. Steven Gerard with a neat trick on the edge of the box gave him time and space to hammer past Tim Howard.

Both defences then pulled their socks up and almost smothered the game but a game-changing substitution and a big miss were still to come. Jermaine Defoe was taken off in the 83rd minute after a poor showing by his standards where he looked quite sluggish at times and his one chance in the first half was scuffed wide of goal. His replacement was Peter Crouch and his height was instantly called into play as, in the first action after he came on, the big man headed goalward fellow substitute Lennon's cross after John Terry had sent the winger away down the touchline.

The game was winding down but, in the final minute of the game, the United States kept pressing and generated the chance the were looking for. Findley and Buddle combined with backheels and flicks to find a wide open Altidore in the six yard box, but David James was quick to react giving the American no space to shot at. With the ball rebounding off the goalies body there was a wide open net for Landon Donovan to aim at but his shot hit the top of the crossbar and flew out of play.

England 2 - 1 United States
Goalscorers:
USA Altidore 10'
ENG Gerard 72'
ENG Crouch 83'

Discipline:
ENG Upson 23'
USA Dempsey 43'

Man of the Match:
ENG Steven Gerrard

GROUP C
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3
Slovenia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Algeria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
United States 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Basho Fury - 1981 Kyushu, Juryo Day Two

Monday November 9th 1981
Fukuoka, Fukuoka International

Out of the six men who survived the second day unbeaten, it is Tamaryu that is grabbing the headlines and is now heavily tipped to take the Kyushu title after today's victory over Wakajishi.

(41) Shinko (2-0) def. (40) Hakuryu (0-2) by hatakikomi
(52) Amanoyama (1-1) def. (46) Kurosegawa (1-1) by oshidashi
(40) Kotowaka (1-1) def. (51) Toryu (1-1) by yorikiri
(40) Tamaryu (2-0) def. (45) Wakajishi (0-2) by sotogake

(41) Tochitsurugi (2-0) def. (45) Hakuryuyama (1-1) by yorikiri
(34) Oko (1-1) def. (39) Shishiho (0-2) by uwatenage
(38) Saisu (2-0) def. (45) Kurohimeyama (0-2) by oshidashi
(41) Oyutaka (2-0) def. (36) Wakanofuji (0-2) by yorikiri

(36) Fukuzono (1-1) def. (42) Tengozan (1-1) by yorikiri
(34) Daigo (2-0) def. (37) Kinoarashi (1-1) by uwatenage
(35) Futatsuryu (1-1) def. (21) Hoshiiwato (0-2) by tsuridashi
(10*) Wakatsukuba (1-1) def. (29) Tagaryu (1-1) by yorikiri

Basho Fury - 1981 Kyushu, Makuuchi Day Two

Monday November 9th 1981
Fukuoka, Fukuoka International

Banryuyama's match over Washuyama had everything a truly memorable spectacle needs to go down in history. Both men were fierce from the very start and after chances for both parties the break was called to on fluids. In the end, after more close calls, the favoured athlete won the day. A great match overshadowed by that contest was between Tochiakagi and Azumanada who went into their bout full of commitment.

(93) Kitanoumi (2-0) def. (64) Wakashimazu (1-1) by yorikiri
(94) Chiyonofuji (2-0) def. (59) Zaonishiki (0-2) by uwatenage
(81) Kotokaze (2-0) def. (67) Sadanoumi (0-2) by yorikiri
(78) Asashio (2-0) def. (65) Daijuyama (0-2) by oshidashi
(79) Takanosato (1-1) def. (69) Kurama (0-2) by uwatenage

(75) Oztusu (1-1) def. (59) Onishiki (1-1) by yorikiri
(69) Hokutenyu (1-1) def. (58) Hidanohana (0-2) by tsuridashi
(54) Banryuyama (1-1) def. (10*) Washuyama (0-2) by tsukiotoshi
(71) Tochiakagi (2-0) def. (63) Azumanada (1-1) by tottari

(65) Takanoyama (2-0) def. (67) Kirinji (1-1) by yorikiri
(68) Dewanohana (2-0) def. (52) Hoo (0-2) by yorikiri
(52) Aobajo (2-0) def. (45) Takamisugi (1-1) by yorikiri
(54) Koboyama (2-0) def. (61) Oshio (0-2) by tsukiotoshi

(49) Aobayama (1-1) def. (45) Daihi (0-2) by yorikiri
(52) Kotochitose (2-0) def. (43) Hachiya (1-1) by oshidashi
(64) Tochihikari (1-1) def. (58) Fujizakura (0-2) by yorikiri
(50) Iwanami (1-1) def. (54) Kaiki (1-1) by oshidashi

Final Score - WC2010 Group B, Argentina vs Nigeria

Saturday 12th June 2010 - Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg. Att: 55,686
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

LINEUPS:
Argentina (442): Romero, Otamendi, Heinze, Demichelis, Burdisso, Mascherano, M Rodriguez, di Maria (Veron 66'), Higuain, Tevez (Aguero 80'), Messi
Nigeria (451): Enyeama, Odiah, Taiwo (Adeleye 58'), Yobo, Shittu, Etuhu, Haruna, Kaita (Kanu 58'), Ayegbeni, Uche, Obasi (Martins 80')

Argentina began their tournament with a dominating 3-0 victory over an outclassed Nigerian side that never looked like scoring. The skills of Messi, Tevez and Maxi Rodriguez turned the African defenders inside out on several occasions leading a 2-0 advantage at the break. A poor punch from keeper Enyeama on a Heinze cross allowed Lionel Messi to clean up with a neat volley, and Maxi Rodriguez doubled the lead when a corner kick ended on his foot and he rattled it home off the bar. It could have been worse with Higuin, di Marla and Heinze all misfiring.

Nigeria improved in the second half with more alert defending and a couple of good stops from Enyeama, but the blue and white tide eventually proved too much again when Nicolas Burdisso had a top-in after Veron's shot came back off the post.

Argentina 3 - 0 Nigeria
Goalscorers:
ARG Messi 13'
ARG M Rodriguez 40'
ARG Burdisso 78'

Discipline:
NGA Kalta 27'

Man of the Match:
ARG Lionel Messi

GROUP B
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Argentina 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3
South Korea 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
Greece 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0
Nigeria 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 0

Monday, 25 June 2012

Final Score - WC2010 Group B, South Korea vs Greece

Saturday 12th June - Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth. Att: 31,513
Referee: Michael Hester (New Zealand)

LINEUPS:
South Korea (451): Ryong, Ri, Pyo, Hyung, LJ Soo, Woo (KJ Sung 69'), Hun, Young, PJ Sung (Hwan 75'), Yong
Greece (442): Tzorvas, Vyntra, Torosidis (Kapetanos 82'), Papadopoulos, Kygriakos (Patsatzoglou 69'), Papastathopoulos, Tziolis (Ninis 61'), Katsouranis, Gekas, Samaras, Karagounis

South Korea began this match off-key and Greece enjoyed much of the ball in the opening twenty minutes. Katsouranis was put clean through by Georgias Samaras but his finish was very weak leading to an easy save. Shooter then turned provider as his headed flick on led to another one-on-one situation; Korea again escaping, this time when the offside flag went up against Karagounis.

After those scares one Park Chu Young forced himself upon the game with three scoring chances before the halftime whistle. Two of them came from crosses that he sent over the goal, but his first opportunity to score came on the counter attack when Pyo found the striker ahead of his marker and he neatly passed the ball past the keeper. Between acts of The Young Show, Papastathopoulos watched his shot hit the underside of the bar and bounce back down to the goaline. Despite vehement protests from the Greek players the officials ruled that the ball did not cross the line and play continued.

Samaras and the Greeks had another early chance in the second half but, as before, the shot lacked any real power and the Koreans breathed another sigh of relief. Young continued to be the catalyst of any attack from his team, even trying the spectacular with a bicycle kick that sailed wide. He then turned provider, Hun running onto the cross to score after his own good play got the ball to Young. Greece would test Ryong in his goal again, this time on a thirty yarder off the boot of Katsouranis, but they would go away thinking of their missed chances earlier in the game.

South Korea 2 - 0 Greece
Goalscorers:
KOR Young 18'
KOR Hun 60'

Discipline:
No Cards

Man of the Match:
KOR Park Chu Young

GROUP B
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
South Korea 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nigeria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greece 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0

Basho Fury - 1981 Kyushu, Juryo Day One

Sunday November 8th 1981
Fukuoka, Fukuoka International

In addition the mass changes in promotion and demotion, there were three retirees in the Juryo class. Daio, Tamanofuji and Arase all call it a day.  The new faces moving up from the Makushita are Hoshiiwato, Kinoarashi, Tagaryu, Tengozan, Tochimatoi, and Wakanofuji, they replace the demoted Kotetsuyama, Nishinofuji, Tamakiyama, and Yamaguchi.

Shinko starts off on the right foot by getting a win over the former Makuuchi wrestler Amanoyama, and two-time basho champion in the Juryo Saisu also wins on opening day, beating out Oko.

(41) Shinko (1-0) def. (52) Amanoyama (0-1) by hatakikomi
(51) Toryu (1-0) def. (45) Wakajishi (0-1) by yorikiri
(45) Hakuryuyama (1-0) def. (39) Shishiho (0-1) by oshidashi
(46) Kurosegawa (1-0) def. (40) Hakuryu (0-1) by oshidashi

(41) Oyutaka (1-0) def. (45) Kurohimeyama (0-1) by yorikiri
(40) Tamaryu (1-0) def. (40) Kotowaka (0-1) by uwatenage
(41) Tochitsurugi (1-0) def. (36) Fukuzono (0-1) by oshidashi
(38) Saisu (1-0) def. (34) Oko (0-1) by yorikiri

(37) Kinoarashi (1-0) def. (36) Wakanofuji (0-1) by yorikiri
(42) Tengozan (1-0) def. (21) Hoshiiwato (0-1) by hatakikomi
(29) Tagaryu (1-0) def. (35) Futatsuryu (0-1) by uwatenage
(34) Daigo (1-0) def. (10*) Tochimatoi (0-1) by shitatenage

Basho Fury - 1981 Kyushu, Makuuchi Day One

Sunday November 8th 1981
Fukuoka, Fukuoka International

Wakanohana will miss the final basho of the year due to injury as will Masudayama who was demoted to the Juryo. Also heading down are Amanoyama, Hakuryuyama, Kotowaka, Shishiho and Toryu. Their replacements are Daihi, Hachiya, Hoo, Iwanami, Koboyama and Takamisugi.

The promoted Takamisugi was involved in a somewhat surprising result as he defeated Fujizakura in a very close, hard-fought contest. There were other upsets throughout the day including Takanosato's loss to Dewanohana.

(93) Kitanoumi (1-0) def. (75) Ozutsu (0-1) by yorikiri
(94) Chiyonofuji (1-0) def. (10*) Washuyama (0-1) by yoritaoshi
(81) Kotokaze (1-0) def. (58) Hidanohana (0-1) by yorikiri
(68) Dewanohana (1-0) def. (79) Takanosato (0-1) by yorikiri
(71) Tochiakagi (1-0) def. (65) Daijuyama (0-1) by tsukiotoshi

(63) Azumanada (1-0) def. (69) Hokutenyu (0-1) by yorikiri
(78) Asashio (1-0) def. (54) Banryuyama (0-1) by oshidashi
(59) Onishiki (1-0) def. (69) Kurama (0-1) by uwatenage
(64) Wakashimazu (1-0) def. (67) Sadanoumi (0-1) by yorikiri

(67) Kirinji (1-0) def. (59) Zaonishiki (0-1) by yorikiri
(52) Aobajo (1-0) def. (61) Oshio (0-1) by tsuridashi
(52) Kotochitose (1-0) def. (49) Aobayama (0-1) by oshidashi
(54) Kaki (1-0) def. (64) Tochihikari (0-1) by shitatedashinage

(45) Takamisugi (1-0) def. (58) Fujizakura (0-1) by sukuinage
(65) Takamiyama (1-0) def. (52) Hoo (0-1) by kimedashi
(54) Koboyama (1-0) def. (45) Daihi (0-1) by yoritaoshi
(43) Hachiya (1-0) def. (50) Iwanami (0-1) by hatakikomi

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Final Score - WC2010 Group A, Uruguay vs France

Friday 11th June 2010 - Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town. Att: 64,100
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)

LINEUPS
Uruguay (442): Muslera, M Pereira, Fucile, Lugano, Victorni, Arevalo, A Pereira, Perez, Saurez (Lodeiro 86'), Forlan (Fernandez 76'), Cavani (Abreu 59')
France (451):  Lloris, Sagna, Evra, Gallas (Planus 23'), Abidal, Toulalan (Cisse 80'), Diaby, Gourcuff, Anelka, Ribery, Govou (Henry 63')

The second game of Group A was a more even affair thanks in part to a rather dire first half. Both sides were content to sit back and pass the ball around for the first half hour, only an injury to William Gallas twenty-two minutes in somehow slowing the pace even more. But once Diego Forlan scored in the 28th minute - after an interception, surging run and pinpoint crossfield ball from Alvaro Pereira - the game opened up and France were able to get onto the front foot, generating good chances for Govou and Anelka to waste before half time.

The second half threatened to be a repeat of the first as both sides were again reluctant to commit bodies to the attack. It was France who ended up taking the initiative with probing moves but no real penetration, and the missing final ball was a costly omission when, 69 minutes gone, the other Periera, Maximilliano (no relation), tackled French sub Henry and his high ball was flicked through by Arevalo. The result was a mistimed header from Jorge Fucile that fooled everyone, including the goalkeeper for a 2-0 Uruguayan lead.

France tried to come back but continued to lack anemic in the final third of the pitch leaving Uruguay looking more likely to score as they continued to look attack-minded.

Uruguay 2 - 0 France
Goalscorers:
URU Forlan 28'
URU Fucile 69'

Discipline:
URU Fucile 35'
URU Forlan 52'
URU Victorino 89'

Man of the Match
URU Jorge Fucile

GROUP A
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Mexico 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3
Uruguay 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
France 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0
South Africa 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 0

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Final Score - WC2010 Group A, South Africa vs Mexico

Friday 11th June 2010 - Soccer City, Johannesburg, Att: 84,490
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

Lineups:
South Africa (451): Khune, Gaxa, Masiela, Khumalo, Mokoena (Sibaya 45'), Letsbotnyane, Pienaar, Dikgacol, Mphela (Parker 64'), Tshabalala (Nomvethe, 87'), Modise
Mexico (442): Perez, Osorlo, Salcido, Rodriguez, Moreno, Marquez, Juarez, Torrado (Torres 86'), Franco, Dos Santos, Guardado (Hernandez 67')

The nineteenth FIFA World Cup began with the host nation suffering from a lot of nerves and unable to get a grip in a game that Mexico controlled. The early exchanges of too-long through balls and head tennis came to an abrupt end in the seventh minute when, in the first real attack of the match, Rafael Marquez started a fine goalscoring move. After the midfielder's run and pass to Andres Guardado, the striker then laid the ball off to Torrado in space who found Guillermo Franco a foot away from his marker to slot it home.

The match settled again and South Africa manufactured their first assault of the day when Teko Modise hustled after the ball forcing Francisco Rodriquez into a poor pass. Kagisho Dikgocol had made a long run from his own half and had a good scoring chance when he climbed up to get on the end of Letsholonyane's cross, but headed the ball straight at the keeper.

And just two minutes later that miss almost proved costly when Franco out muscled Bongani Khumalo and found Marquez joining the attack where his dribbling skills were put on display before he shot high over the bar. Mexico continued to look the better side and in the forty-first minute finally earned their reward with a second goal. Guardado was involved again when his deep cross was sent goalwards by Dos Santos. That effort was blocked but the rebound fell kindly to Carlos Salcido who had remained up field after a corner who had a half open net to shot at.

The South Africans changed it up at half time through a substitution; Aaron Mokoena's poor performance mercifully cut short by his manager. The feel of the match was unchanged however and six minutes after the restart the result was beyond doubt when Man of the Match winner Rafael Marquez capped off his hard days work with a goal. Dos Santos again failed to get his shot home and Marquez was there, following up his pass, to volley in a third for Mexico.

After that there would be more chances for Mexico while Letsholonyane had a late chance to give the home crowd something to cheer about, sending his shot over the bar.


South Africa 0 - 3 Mexico
Goalscorers: 
MEX Franco 7'
MEX Salcido 41'
MEX Marquez 51'

Discipline:
No Cards

Man of the Match:
MEX Rafael Marquez

GROUP A
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Mexico 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3
France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Uruguay 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 0

Friday, 22 June 2012

Final Score - FIFA World Cup 2010 Preview

I have replayed all sixty-four matches of the 2010 World Cup using Final Score, available from RJH Games. The game uses Fast Action Cards (FAC) to determine the action and is aided by modifiers from each team. Before the match, ratings are determined for the starting lineups through a roll of 2d6 and, by cross referencing the attack/defence letter grades for that team on the Player Ratings Chart, end with a number from 1-6. For substitutions, new players also roll for a rating but with a -1 modifier down to a minimum of 1.

The teams are semi-divided into two halves: defensive players D1, D2, D3, DM1, DM2, and attacking players AM1, AM2, S1, S2, S3. These position markers are not determined by any formation but the likelihood that they will score. Most attempts at goal will fall to the S1 players, followed by S2, S3, AM1, AM2, DM1, and so forth down to D3.

The final act before kickoff is to nominate three aerial targets for High Ball situations such as corners and free kicks. You can decide upon a formation that differs from the one on each team card but for this replay I decided to keep them as printed only changing when the situation calls for a more attacking or defensive stance.

The FAC then come into play by determining how many minutes have passed and what action, if any, follows. A Player Match Up pits two individuals against each other; Team Match Ups use numbered columns on the team cards; and a Formation Match Up is what you would think. If the result is a draw, or a defensive player with a D next to his rating wins out, then you check for yellow cards and continue the game, but if a winner is determined then you move onto the Attack Cards.

The Attack Cards are numbered 2-1, 3-1, 3-2, 4-1, all the way up to 6-5 and what card you reference is established by the winning margin from the previous step. For example, the two DM1's rated 4 and 3 are selected by the FAC, the next FAC gives +1 to the home side leaving a 5-3 win. These cards provide light commentary and, along with more FAC, instruct you as to where the play moves on to next using a final set of cards for shooting and set pieces. Shots, turnovers, crosses, or just bad passing, good tackles and fouls are all included.

I hope this has been a clear brief on the game and that you enjoy following along.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

DICE Hockey - Stanley Cup Finals Game #7

Tuesday April 23rd 1963
Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup Finals 4-3

1st 2nd 3rd T
(4) DET 0 0 0 0
(3) TOR 3 0 1 4

There were several contributing factors to the result that allowed the Toronto Maple Leafs to lift Lord Stanley's cup for the eleventh time. Firstly, the Leafs jumped out to a 3-0 lead with barely seven minutes played despite the Wings outshooting the home team 15-11 in the first period. The second major factor was special teams. Detroit were 0-for-5 on the powerplay with four consecutive opportunities with the man-advantage and almost two full minutes of 5-on-3 before the first intermission.

But surely the most important reason that Toronto won out in the end was Johnny Bower who earned his third shutout of the postseason, all of them coming after a defeat. He won all five games that came after a loss this postseason, and in the other two bounceback efforts he conceded just twice against Chicago in the deciding game six and only allowed the one goal against Detroit in game five.

Frank Mahovlich had a slow start to the playoffs as Chicago were able to keep the top Leafs' top line pretty quiet, but he has since gone on to score six times in the Finals with his last of the year coming only two minutes into game seven. The Toronto third line has also had a good posteseason - Duff - Litzenberger - Stewart combining for six goals and fourteen points; Dick Duff scoring his first since game one of the round.

Another area the Maple Leafs have pride in is offensive output from the blueline. With Carl Brewer, who is more renowned for his physical play than anything else, scoring his third of the postseason, the Toronto defence has managed six goals and a mammoth thirty-four points. Compare that with Detroit who managed to hit the net four times as part of their twenty-one points.

The game was not over heading into the second period. Detroit registered the first fourteen shots on goal after the interval, ultimately outshooting the Leafs 21-6; 36-17 through two periods. After a wealth of penalties, with Detroit to their credit not losing their cool until late in the game, Bob Pulford finished off the scoring early in the third period to round out the team effort with all three lines contributing to tonight's scoring.

SCORING SUMMARY
1st Period
  2:00 TOR Mahovlich (7) Armstrong, Horton
  6:31 TOR Duff (3) Litzenberger, Stewart
  7:04 TOR Brewer (3) Mahovlich
3rd Period
  3:24 TOR Pulford (4) Stanley, Harris

POWERPLAY
DET 0/5
TOR 0/3

SAVES
DET Sawchuk 35/39
TOR Bower 47/47

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

DICE Hockey - Stanley Cup Finals Game #6

Sunday April 21st 1963
Best-of-seven series tied 3-3

1st 2nd 3rd T
(3) TOR 0 0 2 2
(4) DET 2 2 0 4

Detroit had their second four-goal advantage of the Finals just 22:58 into the game and, unlike game one where the Leafs were allowed to come back and threaten the tying goal, the Red Wings stood their ground better this time by surviving another third period onslaught.

The Wings held a 31-14 shot advantage through two periods and it was Norm Ullman who got the ball rolling with the opening goal; Carl Brewer serving a double-minor for slashing, four of his six minutes in the first period. After Alex Delvecchio added a second goal, his first since the previous round, a mini-saga began between Kent Douglas of Toronto and Howie Young of Detroit. At the end of the first period they were both given four minutes in penalties for roughing, escalating to five a piece in the second period when they had a real scrap soon after Douglas was called for slashing on, you guessed it, Doug Young. 

Between chapters of this side story Doug Barkley grabbed his first of the postseason just over a minute after the restart and, 1:36 later it was 4-0, Floyd Smith's second of the round and first since game three. The Red Wings were up against it through the final period and did not help themselves when Gadsby and Young picked up four and two minutes of penalties respectively. The penalty killing units performed well and Terry Sawchuk was again strong in the face of a Blue & White wave.

SCORING SUMMARY
1st Period
  3:39 DET PPG Ullman (3) M. Pronovost
17:44 DET Delvecchio (3) Howe, P. MacDonald
2nd Period
  1:22 DET Barkley (1) P. MacDonald, Gadsby
  2:58 DET Smith (2) Fonteyne, Young
3rd Period
  6:50 TOR Pulford (3) Harris, Brewer
19:41 TOR Mahovlich (6) Brewer

POWERPLAY
TOR 0/3
DET 1/4

SAVES
TOR Bower 40/44
DET Sawchuk 30/32

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

DICE Hockey - Stanley Cup Finals Game #5

Thursday April 18th 1963
Toronto Maple Leafs lead best-of-seven series 3-2

1st 2nd 3rd T
(4) DET 0 0 1 1
(3) TOR 0 2 0 2

This was the third one-goal game in these Finals and only the second time that Toronto has outshot the Red Wings through the first five games. The series has also been one where the goaltenders have started out hot with only two goals scored in the first period over the four matches since Detroit jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening match.

This game was no exception and history continued to repeat itself in the second period as well where the Maple Leafs scored twice; bringing their total for the middle frame to eleven goals out of their fifteen scored all told. Frank Mahovlich scored his fourth of the SCF just a dozen seconds after the interval with Billy Harris scoring his first since game one to double the lead.

Detroit struggled to gain much momentum as wave after wave of Leaf attacks swept over them with only Terry Sawchuk keeping forty-eight shots at bay to keep his team in it. The game was played fairly and the referee kept his whistle clean for long stretches of time until things started to get feisty in the third. Neither side managed to make their numerical advantage on the ice count leading to another tight finish when Andre Pronovost scored his first Stanley Cup goal with seven minutes remaining.

SCORING SUMMARY
2nd Period
  0:12 TOR Mahovlich (5) Keon, Horton
  8:58 TOR Harris (5) Pulford, Stanley
3rd Period
13:01 DET A. Pronovost (2) MacGregor, Stasiuk

POWERPLAY
DET 0/1
TOR 0/3

SAVES
DET Sawchuk 48/50
TOR Bower 29/30

Monday, 18 June 2012

DICE Hockey - Stanley Cup Finals Game #4

Tuesday April 16th 1963
The best-of-seven series is tied 2-2

1st 2nd 3rd T
(3) TOR 1 0 1 2
(4) DET 0 2 1 3

With Toronto doing a good job containing the Detroit line of Delvecchio - P. MacDonald - Howe the Red Wings turned to the supporting cast to find goals. Despite continuing to struggle on the powerplay - nine minutes of 5-on-4, including a five minute major to Kent Douglas in the first period - Detroit managed to score inside the first minute of the game, Bill Gadsby scoring just forty-two seconds in. The Leafs then tied it at 1-1 with an early goal of their own in the second period through Dave Keon who has scored all three of his goals on the powerplay.

Then the third lines battled for supremacy and it was the home side unit that started to take control of the game with goals from Bruce MacGregor and Vic Stasiuk, their first of of the postseason after combining for sixteen throughout the regular season. George Armstrong is tied for second in the playoffs with Parker MacDonald on seven goals, one behind Gordie Howe, as the goals continued to be scored early in periods; Armstrong's the latest with over six minutes played in the third. The Leafs pulled Bower for the extra skater but Detroit ties up the series with their second one-goal win of the finals.

SCORING SUMMARY
1st Period
  0:42 DET Gadsby (2) Barkley
2nd Period
  0:50 TOR PPG Keon (3) Mahovlich
  4:26 DET MacGregor (1) Stasiuk, Goegan
3rd Period
  5:11 DET Stasiuk (1) Jeffrey, MacGregor
  6:20 TOR Armstrong (7) Keon, Horton

POWERPLAY
TOR 1/3
DET 0/3

SAVES
TOR Bower 43/46
DET Sawchuk 31/33

Sunday, 17 June 2012

DICE Hockey - Stanley Cup Finals Game #3

Sunday April 14th 1963
Toronto Maple Leafs lead best-of-seven series 2-1

1st 2nd 3rd T
(3) TOR 0 3 0 3
(4) DET 0 1 0 1

Johnny Bower concedes just his second goal in the last eighty-four shots faced as Detroit pepper him with rubber without much joy. The lone Red Wings goal came at a crucial time, tying the game at 1-1, when Floyd Smith jumped on a loose pass and raced in alone on goal. Dave Keon had given the Leafs a 1-0 lead midway through the second period on their only powerplay of the game after Detroit squandered three chances with the man advantage through the first frame.

Terry Sawchuk was determined to make up for his recent form and robbed a couple of Leafs players, not least of all Bob Pulford on his own breakaway during a frantic middle period. Then, with the referee ready to blow on a delayed penalty to Detroit, Carl Brewer stepped up to score his second goal in as many games. Thiryt-two seconds later and it was 3-1 in favour of Toronto when Pulford made up for his early missed chance by sending Bob Nevin's cross-ice pass into the top corner.

SCORING SUMMARY
2nd Period
10:59 TOR PPG Keon (2) Mahovlich, Armstrong
14:22 DET Smith (1)
17:42 TOR Brewer (2) Harris, Mahovlich
18:16 TOR Pulford (2) Nevin, Douglas

POWERPLAY
TOR 1/1
DET 0/5

SAVES
TOR Bower 44/45
DET Sawchuk 24/27

Saturday, 16 June 2012

DICE Hockey - Stanley Cup Finals Game #2

Thursday April 11th 1963
The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1

1st 2nd 3rd T
(4) DET 0 0 0 0
(3) TOR 1 3 0 4

Johnny Bower bounces back with his second shutout of the playoffs, stopping thirty-one shots, while Terry Sawchuk has conceded eight goals over two goals; this after Montreal only managed to get ten pucks past him through their four game series.

Detroit were unable to provide much support for their goaltender as they were in the penalty box on six occasions, two of the resulting powerplays led to goals in the second period after Frank Mahovlich gave the Leafs a first period led. Mahovlich added his third goal in the finals on the man advantage, this after just one tally in the previous round, in between goals from George Armstrong on the powerplay and Carl Brewer even strength.

SCORING SUMMARY
1st Period
  7:19 TOR Mahovlich (3) Armstrong
2nd Period
  7:38 TOR PPG Armstrong (6) Horton, Keon
16:39 TOR PPG Mahovlich (4) Armstrong, Brewer
17:26 TOR Brewer (1) Horton

POWERPLAY
DET 0/5
TOR 2/6

SAVES
DET Sawchuk 39/43
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Friday, 15 June 2012

Basho Fury - 1981 Aki, Form Guide

Form Guide after Fifteen Days - ☺ WIN; ☻ LOSS; - N/A
MAKUUCHI
(93) Kitanoumi ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☻☺☺

(81) Kotokaze ☺☺☺☺☻☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☻

(78) Asashio ☺☺☺☺☺☻☺☺☺☻☺☺☺☻☺

(77) Wakanohana ☺☺☺☻☺☺☺☻☺☺☺☻☺☺☻

(63) Azumanada ☺☺☻☺☻☺☺☺☻☺☻☺☺☺☻
(61) Oshio ☺☺☺☺☺☺☻☺☻☻☺☻☻☺☺
(58) Hidanohana ☻☺☻☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☻☻☻
(51) Toryu ☺☺☺☺☻☺☺☻☺☻☺☺☺☻☻

(52) Amanoyama ☻☻☻☺☻☺☻☻☺☺☺☺☺☺☺

(79) Takanosato ☻☻☺☻☺☻☺☺☻☻☺☺☻☺☺
(68) Dewanohana ☺☺☺☻☻☻☻☺☻☻☺☺☺☺☻
(65) Daijuyama ☻☺☺☺☺☻☺☻☻☻☺☻☺☺☻
(64) Wakashimazu ☻☻☻☺☺☻☻☻☺☺☺☺☻☺☺
(52) Aobajo ☺☺☻☻☻☻☻☺☺☺☻☻☺☺☺
(45) Hakuryuyama ☻☺☺☻☻☺☻☻☺☺☺☻☻☺☺

(75) Ozutsu ☺☻☻☺☻☻☻☺☺☺☺☻☻☻☺
(71) Tochikagi ☺☺☺☺☻☺☺☻☺☻☻☻☻☻☻
(69) Hokutenyu ☻☻☻☺☺☺☻☻☺☻☻☺☺☻☺
(59) Onishiki ☻☻☺☺☻☻☻☺☻☺☻☻☺☺☺
(52) Kotochitose ☺☺☻☻☺☺☺☻☻☻☻☺☻☻☺

(69) Kurama ☻☻☻☻☺☻☺☺☻☻☻☺☺☺☻
(64) Tochihikari ☻☻☺☻☻☻☺☻☺☺☻☻☺☻☺
(54) Banryuyama ☺☻☺☻☺☻☺☻☻☺☻☻☺☻☻
(54) Kaiki ☺☻☻☻☻☺☺☺☺☻☻☻☻☺☻

(67) Kirinji ☻☺☻☻☻☺☻☻☻☺☻☻☻☺☺
(67) Sadanoumi ☻☺☻☺☻☺☻☻☻☺☻☻☻☻☺
(59) Masudayama ☻☻☺☺☻☻☺☺☺☻  -  -  -  -  -
(59) Zaonishiki ☻☻☻☻☺☻☻☺☻☻☻☺☺☻☺
(49) Aobayama ☻☻☻☻☻☺☻☻☻☺☺☺☺☻☻
(39) Shishiho ☻☺☺☻☺☻☻☺☻☻☻☺☻☻☻

(40) Kotowaka ☻☻☻☻☺☻☻☻☺☺☺☻☻☻☻

(94) Chiyonofuji ☺☺☺  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -
(58) Fujizakura ☺☻☻☻☺☻☻☺☻☻☻☻☻☻☻

(65) Takamiyama ☺☻  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -

(10) Washuyama ☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻

JURYO
(38) Saisu ☺☺☺☻☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☻☺

(54) Koboyama ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☻☺☺☻☻☺☺

(45) Takamisugi ☺☺☺☻☺☻☺☻☻☺☺☺☺☺☻
(40) Hakuryu ☺☻☺☺☺☺☻☻☺☺☻☺☻☺☺

(52) Hoo ☺☻☻☺☺☺☺☺☻☺☺☻☺☻☻
(46) Kurosegawa ☺☺☻☺☺☻☺☻☺☻☻☺☺☺☻

(45) Daihi ☺☻☺☺☻☺☺☺☻☻☻☻☻☺☺
(45) Wakajishi ☻☻☺☻☻☻☺☺☺☺☺☻☺☺☻
(41) Tochitsurugi ☺☺☻☺☻☺☻☻☺☻☺☺☺☻☻
(40) Tamaryu ☻☺☺☻☻☻☻☺☻☺☺☺☺☺☻
(34) Oko ☻☻☻☺☺☺☺☻☺☻☻☺☺☻☺

(50) Iwanami ☻☺☻☺☺☻☻☺☻☻☻☺☺☺☻
(43) Hachiya ☻☻☺☺☻☻☻☺☺☻☺☺☻☻☺
(41) Shinko ☻☻☻☻☻☺☺☻☺☺☻☺☺☻☺
(36) Fukuzono ☺☺☻☻☻☺☺☻☺☻☻☻☺☺☻
(34) Daigo ☻☺☻☻☺☻☺☻☺☺☻☻☻☺☺

(41) Oyutaka ☻☺☺☺☻☺☺☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☺
(38) Tamanofuji ☻☻☻☺☻☻☻☺☺☻☺☺☻☻☺
(35) Tamakiyama ☺☻☻☻☺☻☻☺☺☻☺☻☻☺☻

(38) Daio ☺☺☻☺☻☻☻☻☻☺☻☻☻☺☻
(35) Futatsuryu ☻☺☺☻☺☺☻☺☻☻☻☻☻☻☻

(45) Kurohimeyama ☻☻☺☻☺☺☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☺
(10) Yamaguchi ☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☻☺☺☺☻☺☻

(48) Arase ☺☻☺☺☻☻  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -
(47) Kotetsuyama ☺☺☺  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -
(28) Nishinofuji ☻☻☻☻☺☻☺☻☻☻☺☻☻☻☻