New team challenge for 2015
We reach the end of 2014 with a clear and obvious team target for the New Year ahead.
For the first time in more than 18 months our overall team score has slipped below the 5000 to 4994 points as net overall points total.
New York Lovers & Latvia gained 10 points in the month to finish on 4686 points. This is probably the narrowest gap we have had over our second-placed rivals in 2-3 years.
We were not helped by timeout incidents from two players who are normally good with their game management. Overall we dropped 31 points on the month.
This is not a good way to end the year but one thing has always been true of this team – we respond well to a team challenge and a challenge we now have.
The aim for 2015 has to be getting back above 5000 and then pushing on to increase the gap over New York Lovers. We should be seeking to grow that to a new target of closer to the 500 mark for comfort.
To help this, we will embark on a small recruitment campaign to inject some carefully selected new blood. We need to refresh from time to time as we have been gradually removing a handful of inactive team members over recent months.
If any of you come across any potential new Warriors in your battles then please let me know.
We are looking for players with at least 50 finished matches under their belt and with a good record on timeouts. It is helpful if they are Premium members as they can handle more games but this is by no means essential.
Regular visitors to this site will have noticed that one of our longstanding co-Captains – sherbert – is reluctantly stepping down from this position due to pressure of work.
You will see a more detailed article on this elsewhere on this page. I am in discussion with one or two Warriors on this subject at the moment and will make an announcement shortly.
In the meantime, the Christmas break has helped us ensure that team members are well stocked up with matches for the start of the New Year.
So now we will take a quick look at those who managed to come through for the team with a net positive score in the month.
We had three returning a net gain of +6 points in December and they were mysticknight (Cliff from California); pioko5 (Piotr from Poland); and ngb1066 (Nigel from Hastings in England).
Just ahead of them on +7 was our Fighting Warriors top gun spursboy – Alan from Yorkshire in England.
However, one ahead of Alan and the December MVP for December with +8 was grogygrmln – Mike from New Jersey in the US.
Congratulations to Mike and to all those who managed to get ahead in the month.
So now trying not to leave anyone out, here is the full list of those who returned net positive scores during December:
mysticknight; pioko5; ngb1066
tumble_weed; andru2; sherbert; desmondvan
bobbob78; knightplay; electriflyer
milotoys; collazos; corneliusblisand
quid_pro_quo; solidecho; avenger13; oldfossil;
ilpo; wanderingwolf; deltawing; bosk; jeff62; tjbuege; gamestalker; mayor
Onwards and upwards as ever
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Our Captain Andy
Andy has been Captain of The Fighting Warriors team since August 2009.
Andy joined the Warriors in October 2005 and has played throughout this time under the Gameknot username wanderingwolf. He was a co-Captain before stepping up to the Captaincy following team election.
Andy lives in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk in the UK.
Earl is a former Captain of the Fighting Warriors and has rarely not formed part of the captaincy team.
He joined the team in August 2006 and plays under the username earlkarjohn. He lives in Hook, Hampshire in the UK.
Steve is another longstanding and valuable member of the captaincy team.
He joined the Warriors in September 2006 and plays under the username sherbert. He lives in New Hampshire in the US.
Jeremy is the third member of the vital co-captaincy team.
He joined the Warriors in February 2009 and plays under the username bobbob78. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.