Our Yangphel Archery season came to a sudden end this afternoon. Team ZIMDRA played TANDIN’S POP n ALL and GADEN PHUNSUM in the last of eight quarterfinal matches. All three teams had decided that they must win to proceed to the semifinals – it would be too difficult to outdo NAMSEYCHOILNG R’s 43 kareys for the only wild card spot.
With each of the three teams winning a set each by the 12th round, the three-way contest had become interesting. And, most of the spectators predicted that the winner would be decided by a penalty shootout at the end of the 15 rounds.
Round 13: ZIMDRA have 4 points; GADEN have 1; TANDIN’s have 0
Round 14: ZIMDRA hits the first two kareys (which would give them their second set). But GADEN rises to the occasion – they cut both kareys AND hit three more to unexpectedly secure their second set.
Round 15: TANDIN’s and ZIMDRA try desperately to finish a set in the last round. Both hit kareys and end up cancelling each other.
Karey count: By the end of the game, GADEN PHUNSUM have hit 29 kareys; TANDIN’S POP n All have hit 31; and ZIMDRA have hit 35.
Result: Team GADEN, with the lowest karey count, wins!
Ridiculous? Yes. But I love the Yangphel format. I love the ups and downs, and the highs and lows. Today was a solid low.
Tomorrow is the “seeded shootout”, a contest of accuracy and nerves among Bhutan’s best. I’ll be there. Not to participate. But to join the festivities.
The semifinals begin on Sunday. Expect a lot more excitement before Yangphel hands over the keys of a brand new car to Bhutan’s best archer.