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30-something year old Hattrick tragic who's been playing this game since 2003. Has a real problem saying no to CHPP ideas and has recently become a GM... again...

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Come from behind win puts Slugs equal first

(from The Oceanian, by OrangeStar)

GM-Cyntech’s World Cup Qualification campaign is kicking along nicely, with The Slugs producing an emphatic second half performance last Friday night to claim a comeback win over Indonesia in front of over 135,000 fans at El Stadio de Grizzly. Playing away from home, Indonesia appeared defensive from the start, opting for a 4-5-1 formation and attempting to press Oceania’s chances away. The defensive approach seemed to work in the opening minutes, with Indonesia keeping the ball bogged down in midfield; The Slugs couldn’t make any inroads on attack. Things started to look worse for Cyntech when, just after the half hour mark, an Indonesian corner routine made Oceania look like a bunch of amateurs; Eughan Bowman looked stunned when he had to pick the ball out of the back of his net.

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Oceania defeat Mongolia

(from The Oceanian, by OrangeStar)

THE SLUGS continue to soar in World Cup Qualification Group 15, with GM-Cyntech leading Oceania to their second win of the campaign, defeating Mongolia 2-0 last Friday night. A first half brace from Daniel Chappell was all it took for Oceania to bank another three points and move equal with Belarus at the top of the table.

Oceania were able to close the gap on the Belarusians thanks to the divine Iraqi backline, who were able to manufacture a 1-1 draw away from home. Other matches last round saw Luxembourg snap their winless streak thanks to a handy double from Jo Welter, defeating Armenia 3-2, while the Georgians were able to keep in touch with the top two after their ‘half-time show’ against Indonesia providing a one-goal buffer the home side couldn’t cut down.

With four matches played, Belarus and Oceania occupy the top two positions on the table, with Georgia just a point outside the qualification places. Luxembourg have continued to climb after their shock first round loss and now sit fourth, just one point clear of Indonesia. Iran’s superb defence has provided three draws in the past three games, lifting them to sixth, with Mongolia seventh and one point clear of Armenia.

Tonight, Luxembourg will be looking to take all three points against Mongolia, having not lost to the visiting side in their four previous meetings. Armenia have only their pride to defend when they travel to play Belarus, almost every punter is predicting a Belarusian win – it’s just the scoreline that varies. Of course, the home side will have to be wary of complacency; they cannot afford a slip up at this early stage of the Qualifiers. Needless to say, the Georgians will be doing all they can to grab their third win of the campaign as they host mid-ranked Iran. Of course, they will have to break down the impressive Iraqi defensive line first.

The final match of the round sees Oceania host Indonesia in the continuation of a long term Asian rivalry spanning eight years. GM-Cyntech has called for a packed house at El Stadio de Grizzly to support The Slugs before they set off for Iran next week. Interestingly, although Oceania has just three wins against Indonesia, two of those came in the only World Cup Qualification phase the nations have been drawn in. Hopefully this is a good sign for our boys, and GM-Cyntech will be able to keep this streak going.


Oceania in top two after Luxembourg draw

(from The Oceanian, by OrangeStar)

Oceania’s undefeated start to the World Cup Qualification Campaign continued last Friday night as GM-Cyntech was able to lead his charges to a 1-1 draw away from home against Group 15s top seed, Luxembourg. Erik Block opened the scoring for the home side just a minute before half time, causing much disappointment amongst the travelling Oceanic fans – some of whom had followed the side on their road trip from Armenia the week before. With Luxembourg enjoying most of the possession, Oceania was up against it in the second half, yet somehow Kameron Agung managed to procure a chance up the middle. The in-form striker was on the end of some brilliant combination play from the midfielders, unmarked in front of goal and easily slotted home his third goal in two matches for his country. Oceania were able to put in 15 minutes of quality defence to hold on for a 1-1 draw and a crucial away point in their Qualification campaign.

Other Group 15 Qualification matches saw Belarus defeat Georgia 3-0, while Iran and Mongolia were able to come from behind to claim draws against Armenia and Indonesia respectively.

After three matches, The Slugs sit one point clear in second place, trailing group-leaders Belarus by two points. Georgia, Indonesia and Mongolia are all snapping at the heels of GM-Cyntech’s men, who hold a very narrow two point advantage over fifth-placed Mongolia, with less of a buffer protecting from other nation’s assaults.

Next week, Qualification Group 15 will see Belarus and Iran square off for the sixth time. Being a fixture Iran have never won, we can’t see anything changing here. Belarus should be able to maintain their three point lead at the top of the table. Armenia host Luxembourg while the Georgians are already en-route to Indonesia for their fixture.

The final match of the round sees Oceania hosting Mongolia, who appear to be punching above their weight so far this campaign, taking three draws from three matches. GM-Cyntech will again need the majestic Kameron Agung to fire on all cylinders; we feel that if he scores, Oceania will win.


Oceania defeat Hayastan at the Immortals

(from The Oceanian, by OrangeStar)

GM-Cyntech’s quest for World Cup Qualification has got off to a great start, with The Slugs backing up their draw against Belarus in the first match with an impressive 1-2 win in Armenia last week. Kameron Agung was the decisive factor for Oceania, the 29-year-old striker scoring a brace in a man-of-the-match performance. Despite a brief scare when the Armenian’s clawed a goal back in the 38th minute to make the score 1-2, Oceania were able to hold on for a crucial three points.

In other Group 15 matches, top seed Luxembourg were held to a 2-2 draw by Iran, who had to come from behind twice to garner a point from the match, while Belarus easily disposed of Indonesia, winning 4-1. The final match of the round saw Georgia and Mongolia play out a 2-2 draw, with the Mongolians fielding a triple divine backline that could certainly cause a few problems in the weeks to come.

With two matches played, Georgia, Belarus and Oceania are all tied at the top of the table, with four points each. Georgia and Belarus occupy the Qualification spots at this stage, having superior goal difference to The Slugs. Indonesia trails just a point behind in fourth, with Mongolia sitting fifth after taking two points from their first two games. Armenia and Iran are next, having taken a solitary point from their opening matches, while Luxembourg has been hugely disappointing so far, sitting last in the group with one point and a -4 goal difference.

Looking to tonight’s Group 15 fixtures, Iran host Armenia, a nation they haven’t defeated since 2008, with Armenia having four consecutive wins. Mongolia and Indonesia face off in a mid-group showdown, with the winner having a chance to claim a spot in the top two. Mongolia have never been able to defeat Indonesia, with the last two meetings between the nations resulting in a 3-0 win for the Indonesians. Georgian fans will be turning up in force to witness their country’s top of the group showdown against Belarus. The last meeting between these nations was early last year, with Georgia taking a 2-1 win away from home. Despite history, this is going to be a very close battle!

The final match of the round sees Oceania travel to face the struggling Luxembourgians. These sides shared a group in the World Cup Qualifiers in early 2009, splitting the six points on offer evenly between the two nations. Last time the countries played in Luxembourg, the home side managed a decisive 3-0 win. The Slugs may have a strong chance here, especially if Cyntech can predict and nullify what appears to be a very one-dimensional attack.


Oceania Nabs Draw from Belarus in Opener

(from The Oceanian, by OrangeStar)

The Slugs began their World Cup campaign in decent style last Friday, collecting a draw at home against one of the top sides in the group, Belarus. Although GM-Cyntech’s charges held more of the ball for the duration of the match, Oceania just couldn’t break through the Belarusian’s defence. After going behind minutes before half time, it was Kristopher Lindsay who was able to square the ledger for Oceania, his 77th minute goal splitting the points between the nations.

Other matches from the first matchday saw Mongolia draw 1-1 with Armenia, Indonesia defeat Iran 1-0 and Georgia stun Luxembourg with a 4-0 win away from home; that result sending the top seed crashing to the bottom of the table.

After one match, Oceania are sitting comfortable mid-table, one of four teams taking one point from their first fixture. Georgia are top after their shock win, leading Indonesia on goal difference. Iran sits seventh, while Luxembourg are propping up the group.

Tonight, Luxembourg will be out for redemption against Iran, Belarus host Indonesia and Mongolia travel to meet Georgia, a side that hasn’t defeated them in their two previous fixtures.

Oceania will be looking to build on their decent start to the campaign when they travel to Immortals Arena to play Armenia overnight. The only previous meeting between the two sides was a friendly played in 2010, which ended in a 3-3 draw.