Congratulations to Jon Peat for winning the Cambridge 2016 Fight Night. 19 jugglers entered the tournament, with 12 making it through to the knockout rounds, and the final match taking place as the first act in gala show.
Jon's final opponent was his long-time rival, Brook Roberts, a rematch of the Cambridge 2015 final. Coming into the tournament their head-to head record stood at 3 wins each, and 2 wins each when they've met in finals. Jon now leads Brook 4-3.
This win was also Jon's biggest victory yet, worth 500 ranking points. His previous biggest tournament was only worth 200 points (Durham 2015).
Brook's 300 points for second place is enough to boost him up to second in the 2016 Race Rankings, and secures his invite to the European Masters 2016 in Berlin next month. Jon moves up to fifth in the Race Rankings, and also qualified for the European Masters.
Brook and Jon join Luke Burrage, Jochen Pfeiffer and Rob van Heijst as the current five confirmed participants at the end of year finals. This leaves just five places with six tournaments remaining on the 2016 calendar in Europe to help with qualifying.
Who will be joining the current top five? Julius Preu could have taken part, but he declined his invite due to a trip to the USA. Next in the rankings is Markus Utke, with 915 points, who wouldn't have far to travel to the tournament, due to living in Berlin.
Danny Cooper, from the UK, didn't get to Cambridge to gain more points, but might still add to his 800 points at another Fight Night in the England (Durham) or Ireland (Dublin University). Martin Schwalenberg from Germany has almost maxed out his quota of small tournaments, and would need to win in Laer to gain more points, though any result in Cottbuss would boost his chances of qualifying. Alex Leymann and Leo Ostenrath, also from Germany, are also in with a shot if they do well at these tournaments.
But this could all be shaken up this coming weekend with the Herfst Jongleer Weekend in the Netherlands. This 500 point event may determine if another Dutch juggler joins Rob van Heijst in Berlin. Jan Poolen, currently in the 10th provisional invite spot, and Simon À Campo at 17th in the Race Rankings, are the most likely to make it into the final top 10.
See the Cambridge 2016 results and details here: http://fightnightcombat.com/tournament-Cambridge-2016.html
Check out the European Masters 2016 Qualification Guide here: http://fightnightcombat.com/european-masters-qualification-overview.html
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