Jejima

The Bench Euros 2020 (taking place in 2021)

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Hi everyone!

Back in 2010, we had the inaugural Bench World Cup.  This is a fantasy sports game played during the football (soccer) World Cup.  Since then, there has been two further Bench World Cups in 2014 and 2018 and two Bench Euros in 2012 and 2016.  

Here are the basic rules of the game (I will at some stage check through carefully, and update where necessary.)

From previous experience, the game can be a little rushed to organise immediately after a sumo tournament, and I certainly don't want to organise it during a sumo tournament!

So, I am starting this topic now, in order to get people to sign up to play and to volunteer be a 'refioji' (referee/gyoji - term originally coined by Achiyama). No need for prior experience to become a refioji.

My plan is that this is all in place before the start of the May basho. Then, soon after the May basho, those signed up can start picking their squads etc.

Please 'sign up' on the list below if you would like to play.  We need 24 competitors, (plus a few reserves, ideally)

Preference is given to:
a) sumo game players (even better if you play Bench Sumo!)
b) sumo fans
c) family (and friends) of the above

We also need six 'refiojis' - one person to look after each of the six groups in the group stages (so one refioji in charge of four players).
Those refiojis will then be given games in the knock-out stages to look after.

Please register your interest to play below, and whether you would be able to kindly help out with the administration. 

Refiojis
1. Jakusotsu
2. Nekonishiki
3. Achiyama
4. Athenayama
5.
6.

Reserves
First reserve: Pitinosato
Second reserve: Godango (was Houmanumi)
 

Players
1. Jejima
2. Jakusotsu
3. Pitinosato
4. Ojisan (Lazy Swede)
5. Terarno
6. Godango (was Houmanumi)
7. Nantonoyama
8. Chijanofuji
9. Nekonishiki
10. Furanohana
11. Achiyama
12. chishafuwaku
13. Atenzan
14.  Fujiko (wife of Jejima)
15. Joaoiyama
16. Baku (son of Jejima and Fujiko)
17. Athenayama
18.  Finngall
19. Kaba (son of Jejima and Fujiko)
20. Kuma-Koma (friend of Nekonishiki)
21. Ganzohnesushi
22. Djodjoyoshi (cousin of Athenayama)
23. Andrasoyama
24. Shounokuni (friend of Atenzan)

Reserves - in case any of the above drop out at the last minute or don't make their squad selections in time.
First reserve:  Mr Froggy (stuffed toy frog of Baku)
2nd reserve: Sleepy (stuffed toy dinosaur of Kaba)
3rd reserve: 
4th reserve:  

Edited by Jejima

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Player :-)

Refioji only if absolutely necessary

Pitinosato

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I'm game to play. Happy to be a standby refioji.

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I will participate as player and refioji.

Plus I bring a new player, it seems (nooo, not yobidashi Neko :)), but no shikona yet.

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Both

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Over half-way there!

(An excuse to bump this thread up...)

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I have added my wife, Fujiko, to the game. We still need ten more players. Relatives and friends of players are now welcomed. :-)

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I would have liked to participate as a player and even try refyoji but some health issues might block me. So if there are still "seats" available  in the last minute I might join but I don't want to block anything for the time being.

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47 minutes ago, Athenayama said:

I would have liked to participate as a player and even try refyoji but some health issues might block me. So if there are still "seats" available  in the last minute I might join but I don't want to block anything for the time being.

Sorry to hear about that. I hope all goes well, and that you will be able to sign up as a player. 

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Adding my son Baku to bump this thread up the list again.

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We need five more players to make this work - so opening it up to family members and friends.

Please sign up quickly, as we still need to pick our squads.

So, I am thinking a deadline of this Friday to get the final five players to make the game work, so we can start the process of choosing the representative teams this weekend. :-)

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Hurrah!

 

Just three places to go....

I have been looking up the odds of five leading book-makers in preparation, so we will be good to go very soon :-)

 

 

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