On Saturday 8 February, 11 CatzBowl (Caterham School Blood Bowl Team) players travelled to Eltham College for the 2nd Annual Snotling Slam. Just as coveted as the Calcutta Cup, the Snotling Slam Trophy is an important totem of the yearly grudge match between the first two schools in the country to host a regular Blood Bowl team.

The day consisted of three rounds, where each member of CatzBowl played a member of the ECBC (Eltham College Blood Bowl Club). The result of each two-hour game determined the players’ opponent in the next round, resulting in the final match being the decider of the fixture. Caterham School’s Xavier P entered the final round in third position, however the same skills that young Mr P showed at the World Cup in Austria last year came to the fore – allowing him to secure a 2-1 win. Through some point’s assistance from the second place Catzbowler, Xavier ended the tournament in first place. An incredible achievement from the Squad Captain, who is set to attend his third British Championship in May with the rest of the team as one of the youngest players ever to attend four major tournaments.

Eltham College and Caterham School are just beginning their journey together, most of the year we attend tournaments as a single team. The World Cup last year brought the two clubs together as The Eltham & Caterham Schools Lions Team, this summer that friendship will be rekindled as the teams compete together at the British Championships. Blood Bowl is a fantastic game that pits the minds of two opponents against each other long before they meet, players must build and prepare their teams of miniatures within a complex set of rules and tournament-specific stipulations. Planning for this event started months ago and saw the players practicing line-ups and set pieces on the desks of the Chemistry department.

A great day was had by all involved, special thanks goes to our driver Nigel, and former Caterham School teacher Steven Marlow who organised the event. Although the trophy spends one more year 15 miles too far north, memories have been made that will last for lifetimes.

Well done to: Xavier P, Finn O, Arthur B, Finn D, Harry F, James O, Justin L, Aaron U, Stuart S, Kiyan P.

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