Blek and Wu-Tang clash in pre-season warmup
Sunday the 5th of January saw a pre-season match between Team Blek and the Wu-Tang Clan. The two veteran teams went head-to-head and quickly got back into the groove of Buce, despite many players being absent from the sport for years. Despite confidence from both teams, Blek came out on top 4-0 against Wu-Tang, who, despite playing exceptionally, were unlucky enough not to score a point.
Callan Wrightson, Nick Scott and Hamish Rogers managed to all score single points, however, no buces were scored during the game. Both teams were seen to have had exceptional performances. Blek captain Rogers seemed pleased with the results, claiming it reinforces Blek’s high expectations for the league. Wu-Tang didn’t seem disappointed by the loss, instead seeming optimistic with what was otherwise an inspired performance. The bolstered midfield from an emphatic Flynn Comerford helped Wu-Tang dispel any possible fears of their loss of Charlie Rogers from the 2010 season.
“I barely fit into my uniform”: Return of Charlie Rogers
The disheveled and relatively overweight Charlie Rogers returned to the field himself on Sunday, filling in for teams over the weekend in what was his first Buce experience for years.
Despite most players on the day also being devoid of Buce for years, Rogers himself gained recent media attention for having been in hiding since the 2011 season, engaging in anti-social and physically destructive behaviour. Rogers, who is suffering a form slump and, like many, is struggling to get back into the feel of Buce, himself managing to score a single point. “I’m moving a lot slower and not scoring as much as before,” Rogers confessed, “I barely fit into my [old] uniform today… But I’m hoping to get back in shape for the league.”
Circle confirmed to be shape of choice for Buce League 2014
Sunday was also an important day for Buce, the match was the second and final trial of the circle out-of-bounds area instead of a square, and officials were impressed. The International Governing body of Buce confirmed that a positive assessment of the circle has confirmed that it will be used in the future 2014 Buce League. IGB spokesperson Arthur Douglas confirmed the change the following Monday.
New Tech trailed, positive reactions from fans
The new “Playercam” was trailed on Sunday, and footage received was said to be “extremely useful” by BNN video teams. The footage, an action camera with a chest-mount, will be used every game to get a first-hand view of what it’s like to play a professional Buce game. The footage, which was in HD and able to be slowed down to 4x normal speed, is being welcomed by fans, who will be able to view the footage during weekly highlight updates organised by BNN.
Toecutters and Hawks confirmed
The Toecutters and the Hawks submitted a belated application into the 2014 Buce League this week, rising the total tally of teams to 5 for the league. The Toecutters in particular will sport a much younger team than previously, with several rookies from the club’s youth squad being pulled in to help with the loss of Keith Rogers, Glenn Everson and Matthew Hair. The Hawks retain Laurie Jones, Nick Allan and Tim Abel.
Bevan survives El Mataro
The murderous Mexican derby El Mataro has ended, with Bevan not only surviving the ordeal, but securing a victory for the Mexican Cartel Buce team. Read the match analysis here.