Team BOLT Competes in Pro-Shar Cup (SFD) – FINAL

Pro-Shar Cup (SFD) – FINAL in Rostov-on-Don

by TEAM BOLT

Teams in the tournament:

D1:

B.O.L.T. – Krasnodar (888)

LendLord – Rostov-on-Don (763)

Rusich – Volgodonsk (759)

ZLO – Rostov-on-Don (728)

Skif – Taganrog (645)

Molotov – Rostov-on-Don (576)

Absinthe – Krasnodar (529)

Humstars – Astrahan (457)

Our Team:

1. Boris Kukhlev # 23.

2. Alexander Kovalenko # 77.

3. Roman Kovalenko # 8.

4. Anton Kirman # 10.

5. Anton Sokolov # 90.

6. Alexey Bayunov # 96.

7. Victor Kosko # 3.

Match day. 8am. Our team of fearsome warriors managed to come together using every means of transportation imaginable. Incredibly, everybody was on time but we were not without casualties: two of our finest players were unable to make it. Nor were we all fit for duty, a few having woken up at 4am and driven all the way from Krasnodar for the event. Our spirits were once again lowered when we saw our first match was to be none other than Rusich, our main rival and a team with a tough reputation.

With this lingering negativity we hastily gathered our equipment and began the first game. We began by losing the first two rounds but managed to pull ourselves together and claw back to a 2-2 draw, showing the progress in experience the team has made over the last year. In the fifth and final round the disruption of our formation began to show and we ended the game with a close 2-3 loss.

Seething with frustration we decided to change our formation with a focus on the lower flank for the next game against Skif. This tactic proved fruitful and we pulled off an easy 4-2 win.

We further perfected the tactic in the final game of the group stages and beat Absinthe 4-0.

In the semi-final we were put up against the unbeaten team ZLO, a strong team using experienced mercenairies. We lost the first two games but once again managed to pull back to a 2-2 draw and using the momentum, and by changing our focus on shooting straight from the banner we secured our entry into the final!

Final: B.O.L.T vs Rusich

Having lost the fist game against this team we were all the more determined to take first place in the tournament. Our opponent was certain to have a trick up its sleeve and it was clear they had changed their tactics and once again we were 2-0 down. We decided to use our strategy of shooting early form the banner, one that proved successful against ZLO. Clawing our way back and using more than our fair share of ammunition we managed to secure a 2-2 draw when the time ran out. In overtime we were dead tired having played the entire tournament with only 5 players! In the final game we were left after 30 seconds with only 1 player against their 4. A twist of fate proved the Gods were favouring us that day. One of the opponent players placed a hand on his head as a sign of being out of the game, and suddenly shot our final player in point-blank range. After much discussion the referees gave us a technical victory: we were Pro-Shar champions!

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