Date: November 12 & 13, 2011
Place: Birmingham, England
traveled more to the north than ever in the year
2011. Granted, Birmingham is only 100 miles from
London but a record is a record. And that was not
the only one that was broken as local hosts Garry,
Steve and Simon were responsible for visualizing an
event where people played more matches than ever:
Nobody left the UK before playing at least 25 games,
and some even had as many as 29.
Only three world cup finals out of the eleven were
played with neither Gianni Torchio nor Alkis
Polyrakis present, and yet this was the first time
they had to face each other. The Italian has no
problem overcoming this last obstacle, just like he
had no trouble staying undefeated in yet another
emphatic performance. Gianni picked up the Top
Scorer trophy for the fourth time, climbed to the
top of the medals table and became the first world
champion to win his trophy back after losing it.
Alkis on the other hand returned to a final 9 years
after Athens, and he got there by beating newcomer
Andy Gregoris after an epic semi-final. Andy won the
first medal for England since 2003 while Lorenzo
Ceselli was 4th. The Best Defense trophy went for
the second consecutive year to Simon King and Jorg
Panhorst brought home the Silver Cup after a close
final versus Jorn Flagtvedt Meinertz.
This year's Lifetime Achievement Award was given to
one of KOA's greatest benefactors: Mark 'Durban'
Note: 35 players were divided into
three groups of 9 and one group of 8. The top four players from each group
qualified to the World Cup Groups, while those who finished in places 5-9
competed for places 17-35 in the Silver Cup Groups.
Goals in the finals (Click to enlarge):