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The traditional leaderboard is showing the Qatar Falcons in 1st place after the ten rounds at Weembi Lille, while the Weembi Girls won the actual Weembinamic championship and defended their 2017 title successfully. Both teams had finished in the same order on the traditional leaderboard at this year's French Indoor Nationals.
The NSL leaderboard is showing clearly what happened at this year's Weembinamic. The Qatar Falcons dominated the first six rounds and were 16 points ahead of the Weembi Girls by then. The last four rounds then showed a completely different picture. The Weembi Girls won each round and cut the total deficit to seven points.
The all-female team with seven French and one Italian member, Amnesya's Chiara Brunetti, picked up the pace at the right time for this competition format, as the last rounds are the most important ones. All teams completed three qualification rounds, which set the rankings and accordingly the pairings in the following elimination rounds.
|3||Veloce QRF 1||FR||23||22||24||20||23||23||17||15||22||18||207||20.7|
|6||Veloce QRF 2||FR||16||18||18||18||18||19||15||15||17||16||170||17.0|
|7||Les French Tuktuk||FR||17||15||17||15||17||19||15||16||15||15||161||16.1|
|10||8 Way Otter||FR||14||16||18||17||18||16||12||16||14||14||155||15.5|
|12||Veloce QRF 4||FR||14||14||13||15||17||13||14||14||17||14||145||14.5|
|13||Veloce QRF 3||FR||12||17||15||17||18||15||14||12||12||12||144||14.4|
|15||Le Grand Huit||FR||13||12||15||14||12||13||9||12||14||11||125||12.5|
|Weembinamic 2018 Finals 8-way||Round 9||Round 10||Total||Rank|
|Le Grand Huit||FR||14||11||25||15|
|Veloce QRF 4||FR||14||13||27||14|
|Veloce QRF 3||FR||12||12||24||12|
|Les French Tuktuk||FR||15||15||30||9|
|8 Way Otter||FR||14||14||28||8|
|Veloce QRF 2||FR||17||16||33||7|
|Veloce QRF 1||FR||22||18||40||3|
Round 4 was the first part of the following face-offs between two teams. Winners and losers then advanced in certain ways that are defined by a bracket order. Three more 2-round face-offs move teams up and down until two teams meet each other for the finals in the last two rounds. All previous scores are eliminated before the next face-off stage.
No teams are really eliminated, as they continue to meet a new team after winning or losing the previous face-off. The final leaderboard can easily have a very different outcome compared to the traditional one, especially in the middle of the field where the teams are usually closer to each other.
However, the major upset at the Weembinamic 2018 happened on the very top of the 8-way leaderboard. The Weembi Girls did not only win the final 2-round showdown with the Qatar Falcons in Round 9 and Round 10. They had already shown in the semifinals of Round 7 and Round 8 what the Qatar Falcons would have to be ready for in the finals.
The momentum was surely on the Weembi Girls side after Round 8, even though the Qatar Tigers easily defeated the French team Veloce Vair8Maxx in the semifinals (39 - 34), while the Weembi Girls neither had a problem with the Veloce QRF signature lineup at the same time (44 - 32).
Eventually, the Qatar Tigers could neither stop the Weembi Girls momentum in the finals nor find the same performance level for themselves that they had shown in the first six rounds. They were still seven points ahead on the traditional leaderboard after Round 10, while the Weembi Girls won the Weembinamic 2018.
The German showdown between the national 8-way team Airbus at their first indoor competition versus the three German members in the well trained Veloce QRF signature lineup (Petra Baerenfaenger, Henning Stumpp, Uwe Soppa) materialized only on the traditional leaderboard. Airbus lost the duel against Veloce Vair8Maxx in the quarterfinals who then met Veloce QRF directly in the finals for a bronze medal showdown. Airbus finished behind both French teams on the traditional leaderboard, as well.