If you were there for Finals Night earlier this week, I don't have to tell you: the judges were stern, the atmosphere electric, the sweat copious and the poetry truly epic! And after two crushing rounds where it was, quite literally, anybodies game, four poets emerged triumphant to form the team that will represent our town at the National Slam this October in Ottawa! They are...
Megan Ann Ward
Matthew Christopher Davidson
Jeremy Loveday and
Steven J Thompson (alternate)
Dave and Matthew were members of the 2009 team. Jeremy and Steven were on the 2008 team, but Jeremy had to drop out thanks to work commitments in Korea, so we are happy to see him on the team for another crack at the Nationals! And Megan! Megan was a tornado at Finals and a fresh new face for Victoria! She also ensures that the team is not a complete sausage festival. Thanks Megan!
Stay tuned to this space for more Vic Slam Team '10 news, upcoming shows and fundraisers, and watch the fazboog for the Team group/fan/like/whatever page... who knows what they're doing over there on the fazboog, anyway? Seems they can't make up their collective mind. Still! The '10 Team will be there. Join them!
Below please find complete scoring for all three rounds of the Finals, as compiled by official scorekeeper Sasha Prynn and timekeeper Cameron Lauder.
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-- 10 poets competing, 3 lowest scoring competitors dropped from each round, cumulative scoring across three rounds, team decided from round two with third round "glory round" to decide champion...
Dave Morris -- 27
Megan Ann Ward -- 25.4
Steven J Thompson -- 25.4 with a time of 3m23s penalty = 24.4
Jennifer Jones -- 24.4
MCD -- 24.3
Jeremy Loveday -- 23.9
Kristy Westendorp -- 23.3
Jane Bee -- 23.1 /CUT/
Wes Lord -- 22.8 /CUT/
Derek Ford -- 21.7 /CUT/
MCD -- 27.4 with a time of 3m18s penalty = 26.9
Jeremy Loveday -- 26.9
Dave Morris -- 26.3
Megan Ann Ward -- 26.8 with a time of 3m24s penalty = 25.3
Kristy Westendorp -- 25.5
Steven J Thompson -- 25.2
Jennifer Jones -- 25.0
Cumulative Scoring to decide 4 team members plus alternate as follows...
Dave Morris -- 27 + 26.3 = 53.3
MCD -- 24.3 + 26.9 = 51.2
Jeremy Loveday -- 23.9 + 26.9 = 50.8
Megan Ann Ward -- 25.4 + 25.3 = 50.7
Steven J Thompson -- 24.4 + 25.2 = 49.6 /alternate/
Jennifer Jones -- 24.4 + 25 = 49.4 /CUT/
Kristy Westendorp -- 23.3 + 25.5 = 48.8 /CUT/
Round Three -- Glory Round to decide Champion!
Jeremy Loveday -- 27.8 with a time of 3m54s penalty = 25.3
MCD -- 26.8 with a time of 3m32s penalty = 25.3
Megan Ann Ward -- 26.5
Dave Morris -- 26.2
Cumulative Scoring across all three rounds to decide Champion and ranking as follows...
Dave Morris -- 27 + 26.3 + 26.2 = 79.5 CHAMPION
Megan Ann Ward -- 25.4 + 25.3 + 26.5 = 77.2 SECOND
MCD -- 24.3 + 26.9 + 25.3 = 76.5 THIRD
Jeremy Loveday -- 23.9 + 26.9 + 25.3 = 76.1 FOURTH
Applaud the poets and their poetry, not the scores (which are, after all, arbitrary and somewhat random... yes, it's a flawed system, but like many flawed things in this world, it does carry within it a seed of beauty... *ahem*) ... Thanks to all the poets, the judges, the volunteers and of course, the audience! See you next season!