Around the Stadiums: Blaziken Series #3 – A Premier Challenge Summary

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Hello everyone, and welcome back to another month of Around The Stadiums, where we bring you the results from Premier Challenges around the country. Today we look back at February, our second month with the VGC2016 format, and the final month of the Blaziken Series. While the second of three Premier Challenge Series for the 2016 season have been completed, there is still plenty of battling left to do. There are another three months of Premier Challenges ahead in the Swampert Series, along with another International Challenge, and some Mid Season Showdowns (so far announced for NSW and SA, for more information check out the Upcoming Events section) before we move to the pointy end of the year in the Regional and National Championship period.

To be sure you don’t miss your next chance to compete, you can keep up to date with the times and locations of all of Australia’s 2016 season Premier Challenges on Pokémon Australia’s events calendar.

Index:

Victoria

Victoria’s first Premier Challenge for the month was held in the regional town of Mildura, nestled next to the Murray River in the northwest corner of the state. While many Melbourne based trainers opted not to make a weekend of it, competition was still fierce. Brody Tanner took out first place.

The following weekend saw a Premier Challenge held in Box Hill in Melbourne’s east, with 45 participants earning it elevated status. Many familiar faces were there this time, with Bailey Owen taking out the win to become the top ranked Victorian by Championship Points, defeating Jordan Bradley in the final.

Saturday, February 13th

Venue: Gametraders Mildura
Attendance: 8

Results:

  1. Brody Tanner
  2. Chris G
  3. Jason Roberts
  4. Sam Benson
Saturday, February 20th

Venue: Good Games Box Hill
Attendance: 45 (Elevated)
Usage Stats

Results:

  1. Bailey Owen (@BargensVGC)
  2. Jordan Bradley
  3. Galvin Hui
  4. Matthew Jiwa (@JiwaVGC)
  5. Joshua Callister (@JcalVGC)
  6. Emma Williams (@CobalteVGC)
  7. Gursimran Bedi (@XGursimranXx)
  8. James Farrugia

New South Wales

Just before the end of February, New South Wales had their first Premier Challenge for the month in Ryde. An attendance of 30 shows how keen locals were to get another chance to earn CP, and to get tournament practice in ahead of future competitions in the coming months. Brendan Sims took out the event, defeating Jacky Ly in the finals.

Saturday, February 27th

Venue: Good Games Top Ryde
Attendance: 30

Results:

  1. Brendan Sims
  2. Jacky Ly
  3. Nat Tilman
  4. Simon Chan
  5. Daniel Walker
  6. Tim Akers
  7. Arkie Owen
  8. Steven Cragg

Queensland

Queenslanders returned to Fastbreak in Nundah for their February Premier Challenge. Paul Amedee won, with Brayden Hendricks the runner up, while Richard Buckley and Luke Milligan repeated their top cut performances from earlier in the season in finishing top 4.

Sunday, February 7th

Venue: Fastbreak Sports, Nundah
Attendance: 17

Results:

  1. Paul Amedee (@The_Mastodon_BB)
  2. Brayden Hendricks
  3. Richard Buckley (@Arahpthos)
  4. Luke Milligan
  5. Jamie Hughes
  6. Curtis Ridings
  7. Joseph Garrett
  8. Jeremy Ledding

Tasmania

Tasmania had two PC’s during February, with Chris Mathers taking out the first one on February 13th, defeating Perri in the final. Chris appears to have taken over where Brendan Webb left off in Tasmania, and with his streak of wins in 2016 has seen him nearly catch up to Brendan’s CP count. Chris will also be near to his Best Finish Limit by the looks of it, so both of these guys will need to place well in a Regional Championship to earn an invitation to the World Championships. In the February 27th PC, Chris G made the journey down from Victoria and was rewarded with the win, defeating local Lochiel in the final.

Saturday, February 13th

Venue: BattleAxe
Attendance: 6 Masters
Results:

  1. Chris Mathers
  2. Perri
  3. Not opted in to rankings
  4. Lochiel
  5. Not opted in to rankings
  6. Chris Carr
Saturday, February 27th

Venue: BattleAxe
Attendance: 8 Masters

Results:

  1. Chris G
  2. Lochiel
  3. Chris Mathers
  4. Not opted in to rankings
  5. Not opted in to rankings
  6. Not opted in to rankings
  7. Perri
  8. Brendan Condon

Western Australia

Western Australians had two PCs this month, both in Cannington. On February 14th, Alex Poole continued his run of strong performances with another PC win to follow his two in January. This sees Alex surge up the CP rankings, and puts him just a short distance away from qualifying for day 1 of the World Championships. Cory Thomas was again the runner up, as in January, while in the top 8 we saw a string of regular faces again.

The February 28th PC saw Cory Thomas finally unseat Alex Poole to take out the win, although Alex’s fourth place still earns him a solid amount of CP. Zarif Ayman, who has already earned a day 1 World Championships Invitation through his performances in the Malaysian circuit, was the runner up.

Sunday, February 14th

Venue: Good Games Cannington
Attendance: 15
Results:

  1. Alex Poole
  2. Cory Thomas
  3. Brendan Robeson
  4. Kevin Pal-Ing
  5. Lionel Pryce (@CatGonkVGC)
  6. Zac Andrew Corrigan
  7. Benjamin O’Neill
  8. Karl Acquino
Sunday, February 28th

Venue: Good Games Cannington
Attendance: 13

Results:

  1. Cory Thomas
  2. Zarif Ayman
  3. Karl Acquino
  4. Alex Poole

Upcoming Events

NSW

QLD

TAS

WA

Australian CP Standings (Current as at 3rd March 2016)

AUS CP 03Mar16

Full standings viewable here.
APAC Regional standings viewable here.

While Brendan Webb stayed on top with his 180 Championship Points, there has been movement below as an additional 5 people have now climbed over 100 CP since our last update. Players who earned CP in the January International Challenge should have had it added to their tally, as well as those who continue to notch impressive PC performances. Alex Poole is a big climber, up into 2nd as he continued to dominate the WA PC scene this month, just ahead of Christopher Mathers, who as we mentioned earlier added a lot of CP to his tally this month as well. Bailey Owen and Nihal Noor have both continued to accumulate CP this month, although Nihal has dropped a couple of places due to not earning quite as much CP as those previously mentioned. Christopher Kan’s continued good performances have seen him rise two places to 6th, while Chris G has climbed back into the top 10 rankings too. Cory Thomas’ strong perfomances in Western Australia have seen him leap up to 8th, just ahead of fellow West Australian Lionel Pryce. Meaghan Rattle rounds out the Top 10, while Mitch Kendrick now sits just outside and only a handful of CP away from triple figures.

There have now been 109 Australians earn Championship Points this season, a number we hope to see continue to increase as the season goes on. 216 Australians earned Championship Points in 2015, which is the figure to beat. While people from all around the country have earned CP, the top 10 standings reflect where we’ve seen the most Premier Challenges occurring, with 5 Victorians, 3 West Australians and 2 Tasmanians heading up the top 10 at the moment. Hopefully the upcoming Mid Season Showdowns and the next few months of Premier Challenges will see those from SA, NSW and QLD gain valuable CP and help make the top end of the rankings even more diverse.

Have you competed but your position is listed as unknown, or as ‘not opted in to rankings’? Want to compete and join the chase for Championship Points? Join the Pokémon Trainer Club and opt in to rankings to join the quest to reach the 2016 Pokémon World Championships!

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Contributors:

Special thanks to those that helped get this article happening:

Alex Poole (Results), Phil Nguyen (Results), Brendan Webb (Results), Matthew Roe (Results), Mitchell Dowling (Art), Robert Whitehill (Editing)

About Mindape

A Pokemon fan since Blue and Red. Rarely seen as a trainer in the wild due to irl commitments, but dedicated to contributing to the community regardless. Rio 2016 Olympian.

2 comments

  1. I wonder how many players will earn their Worlds invite after those 3 MidSeason Showdowns that are coming up

    • Based on the locations of the MSS’, and the payouts they offer, I’d say Perth on the 27th is the one most likely to see our first Worlds Invite earned, as Alex P, Cory and Lionel are all from there and within range if they compete and finish well enough.

      Aside from that, I think our Regionals series (beginning May 1st) is what will see a lot more people clear the CP bar.

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