Lancashire’s own reach final of first FOCAL tournament in Blackpool.

FOCAL made its debut at the Lancashire coast on Saturday 13th October when 24 entrants gathered at the Cleveleys WMC, as Mark Mills switched roles for the first time from competitor to compere.   Everyone played six 9-round games using the Lincoln table format and by late afternoon, local man Jack Worsley was undefeated returning…

Three in a row for McCullagh, triumphant in all-Irish Dublin final.

  FOCAL returned to the Emerald Isle on Saturday 29th September as Eddy Byrne and Rose Boyle welcomed 17 entrants to J.W. Sweetman in central Dublin for their third annual CoDub. Everyone played eight 9-round games and top of the class by late afternoon was Mark Murray on seven wins and 449 points, followed by…

Throwback Thursday: FOCAL Finals 2017 Report

With our FOCAL Finals event just 2 months away, read on for Jeff’s report from last year’s event…   36 people signed up for FOCAL Countdown’s second end-of-year finals contest in Birmingham at the 4* Hallmark Strathallan Hotel, hosted by Jeff Clayton and Ben Wilson. The event was well represented both by event regulars and…

Bird is the word – twice! – as Chafer-Cook seals win in Bournemouth.

FOCAL returned to the south coast on Saturday 18th August as Sean Fletcher and Jeff Clayton welcomed 19 entrants to the Royal Bath Hotel’s Sea View suite for a second tournament in Bournemouth. Among the contenders, last year’s winner Rob Foster, and some new faces from Hampshire, Essex and Cheshire. Based on the World Cup…

Meals seal the deal for Todd — second successive win of 2018 at Milton Keynes

Yorkshireman Callum Todd took the title at FOCAL Countdown’s Milton Keynes tournament on 4 August with a narrow win over Tim Down in the Grand Final — Callum’s second consecutive title since Cambridge in mid-June. Zarte Siempre and Innis Carson played hosts for a fourth consecutive year in Buckinghamshire as 48 contestants from around the…

Countdown in Waterford report: The Afterword

The perfect venue, in the perfect setting… but then, as proof of the existence of a piss-taking God, it got plonked right in the back-arse of rural Ireland, making for a very hard sell to a fanbase that is largely UK-based. When the news came in that there were no flights operating out of Waterford…

A very long-overdue update…

Apologies for the silence! This is just a quickie (wahey) to summarise the highlights of the last few months: FOSTER’S ON FIRE: Rob Foster is yet to appear on the show, but he’s the man to beat at our events at the moment. A community veteran, he’s won 3 of the last 4 FOCAL tournaments…

Countdown in Bournemouth 2017 report: read all about our south-coast shenanigans!

by Jeff Clayton 21 people signed up for Sean Fletcher‘s inaugural FOCAL Countdown tournament in Bournemouth, held at Hotel Celebrity near the East Cliff and its glorious views of the south coast. The event helped to generate new interest in FOCAL locally from Bournemouth, Christchurch, Weymouth and neighbouring Hampshire, but the tournament was well represented…