Thank you gentlemen, very honoured to have been part of this small Maltese contingent which fought a very difficult battle this year.
Probably not that I was part of the jury this year was one of the most balanced year's in view of results and judging decisions, as usual not everyone is satisfied but I have to put some insight on what happened. Though entries in some sections were below the usual, the standard was very very high, out of thin air this year the figure section was ruled by the Spanish school which elevated the standard to such a high level [some new names to me which came out with more then 1 Gold in differenbt sections]. Even beating the Italians, apart the best of show which was a wonder of artistry by Speranza though they were a very close contender with a Franco Prussian impressive dio that took the Spnaish guy 5 years to execute it ... [also another new kid on the block to me]. Juame Ortiz returned and trashed veryone both in painting and open ...
The only section that was neglected in figures was mounted, especially scratch. Harold where are you?
The AFV section was very well contended in the dios and vignettes reaching over 50 entries between them and all with very high standards and telling different stories. The painting section was less then usual but again the standard was damn high having Golds, Silver and Bronze very close contenders to choose from. Scratch was another well contented section again and dear Alex made a good battle to the Golden boy who has been taking golds for years at Euro.
Fantasy and Civilian, fantasy was very strong this year with the French and Spanish fighting for the best awards again. The painting and open class was again elevated to a very high standard.Of particular interest there is a push to create a vehicle/scifi section. Civilian, the BOS came from there with also Julio Cabos attacking for another gold and silver behing Speranza ...
Finally of particular interest, Euromilitaire has a new AWARD in the name of teh late Charles Davis and is dedicated to anything in relation to planes. This yera went to a pilot, so guys I feel BOS is something we dream about but this award we are capable to fight for ... let's think about it!