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Did You Know...

... that the Weembinamic 8-way competition created the biggest upset?

8-way competition at the Weembinamic 2018
posted Dec 3rd, 2018 - The Weembinamic 2018 was concluded on Saturday, and the different competition format created several upsets, the most prominent one on the very top of the 8-way leaderboard.

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.

Weembinamic 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 8-way P,12,6 C,10,3 K,G,B,22 L,A,8,4 M,G,O,18 H,D,N,11 7,2,E 17,J,21 16,5,13 F,9,19 Total Avg
1 Qatar Falcons  QA  26 27 29 24 25 28 18 21 21 20 239 23.9
2 Weembi Girls  FR  23 25 24 24 24 23 22 22 23 22 232 23.2
3 Veloce QRF 1  FR  23 22 24 20 23 23 17 15 22 18 207 20.7
4 Véloce Vair8maxxx  FR  20 22 22 21 21 22 15 19 20 16 198 19.8
5 Airbus  DE  18 17 18 18 21 20 17 14 20 17 180 18.0
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
7 After 8  FR  13 18 16 19 18 17 16 15 15 14 161 16.1
9 Hotchpotch  BE  16 17 18 15 17 17 15 13 15 14 157 15.7
10 8 Way Otter  FR  14 16 18 17 18 16 12 16 14 14 155 15.5
11 Witbiz  FR  13 17 12 16 18 14 16 13 14 13 146 14.6
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
13 IN'huit  FR  12 15 18 14 16 15 13 12 15 14 144 14.4
15 Le Grand Huit  FR  13 12 15 14 12 13 9 12 14 11 125 12.5
16 Rojuhafacribensé  FR  9 8 11 10 10 10 10 7 7 10 92 9.2
Final rounds in 4-way AA - 4-way AAA and 8-way at the Weembinamic 2018
Weembinamic 2018 Finals 8-wayRound 9Round 10TotalRank
RojuhafacribenséFR7101716
Le Grand HuitFR14112515

Veloce QRF 4FR14132714
WitbizFR17143113

Veloce QRF 3FR12122412
IN'huitFR15142911

HotchpotchBE15142910
Les French TuktukFR1515309

8 Way OtterFR1414288
Veloce QRF 2FR1716337

After 8FR1514296
AirbusDE2017375

Véloce Vair8maxxxFR2016364
Veloce QRF 1FR2218403

Qatar FalconsQA2120412
Weembi GirlsFR2322451

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.

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