Two Phoenix fans to represent club at $10,000 Esports event

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Two players have been chosen to represent the Wellington Phoenix in an E-League competition worth $10,000 in prizemoney.

The pair are Tauranga’s Campbell ‘airbrn’ Knowles (23) and Canabrian Noah ‘Noahja_’ Abrey (17) who will go into group stages on May 7 and 14, aiming to make the finals in late May.

‘Airbrn’ will be familiar to the club’s Esports fans. Knowles has represented the Phoenix for the past two years and finished third in the XBOX competition in 2020.

He is also a current member of the FIFAe national team.

“It’s an honour to have been chosen to take part in this year’s E-League and represent the Phoenix,” Knowles said.

“It’s my third season representing a club that I’ve grown up supporting since the beginning, and I’m looking forward to the season ahead!”

Main photo: Noah Abrey (left) and Campbell Knowles.

Noahja_, 17, was selected by the Phoenix after being one of just four players to go unbeaten at the inaugural Path to E-League tournament, which finished in early April.

The Cantabrian burst onto the scene last year by winning FIFA 21 at the UTSNZ Tertiary Esport League.

“For me, it means a lot to be in the 2022 E-League, especially as this is my first year as a pro player,” Abrey said.

“And to be representing the Phoenix, a club I’ve been a huge fan of since I was a kid is a whole other thing.”

They are two of 24 players vying for a place in the EA Sports FIFA 22 Global Series Playoffs and $10,000 of prize money, with the winner taking home $4,000.

The runner-up will also qualify for the EA Sports FIFA 22 Global Series Playoffs and a $2,000 cheque, while the third to eighth place getters will share the remaining $4,000.

Airbrn is in group C and Noahja_ has been drawn in group D. The group stages are being held on May 7 and 14.

The E-League 2022 Finals will start on May 25 followed by the Semi-Finals and Grand Final on May 28. All E-League matchdays, including the Finals, will be broadcast live on Twitch.


This story is reproduced with the assistance of the Wellington Phoenix.