For the first time in the three-year history of the Bar Room Brawl, we were able to field an Undercard game during the championship on Wednesday night. For the players in that game, it meant an opportunity to swim in water that wasn’t quite as infested with sharks as the typical Weasels board. In other words, it meant an opportunity for those players to be the shark.
Carlos Trevino and Geoff Serednesky, two of last year’s recruits, seized that opportunity, sharing the board top at nine centers. Game No. 286 ended by time limit after the Fall 1905 turn in the following center counts:
Austria (Patrick McReady): 0; 0.000 points.
England (Michael Whitty): 0; 0.000 points.
France (Carlos Trevino): 9; 31.641 points.
Germany (Jake Trotta): 6; 14.063 points.
Italy (Benjamin Riffer-Reinert): 3; 3.516 points.
Russia (Geoff Serednesky): 9; 31.641 points.
Turkey (Chris Paxhia): 7; 19.141 points.
Check out the confusing supply center chart here.
McReady and Riffer-Reinert, pictured above from left, were playing their first game with the Weasles. (And note that they were playing on the new board with the metal pieces; a rare treat…) For McReady, it was his first game ever. I taught him the rules, but the Navy vet proudly declined the courtesy of playing either France or Turkey. He drew Austria and got hammered. Riffer-Reinert had played Dip in college but was a bit rusty. He botched his aggressive opening against Austria with a couple of Fall 1901 misorders.
Paxhia, meanwhile, was playing his first game since September of last year. It was good to have him back.
Next up for the Weasels is another Red Lion game on January 13. We may also schedule a game at Matt Sundstrom’s home later this month. Stay tuned…