A weeks worth of anticipation crammed into one cold and glorious day. We
practiced in cold weather, wind, in snow, and on ice. We wanted to be ready for any playing surface we would encounter.
We stayed warm (thanks to Ice Hole) and played strong. It was a beautiful day, sun shining, batons flying.
The competition was fierce with the level of play from teams that certainly upped their games. We live for the fierce battles on the pitch. Many games in the championship rounds saw 6 kubbs in play in two tosses. We loved to see our kubb family and getting a chance to match up against them. For one we finally got the chance to play our friends from Thief River Falls.
We made it to the final four. Our first game was against the gentle giants, the Ringers. They swiftly ended our run for the title with some amazing accuracy. Their was no time wasted taking down the kubbs. Dave and Aaron were zeroed on their game. We lost to a fantastic team. The Ringers moved on to face the Knockerheads from DMK. In the end, the newly assembled team Knockerheads wins the 2012 Loppet.
After losing to the Ringers we played for 3rd place against Suk Face. This was a familiar team from last year whom we played in the quarterfinals. We won the opening toss and took the first game. In the second game, Suk Face came out and eliminated our baseline in their opening throws. They went 5 for 6. Was a third game on the horizon? Our first throws took out all the field kubbs but could not take one of their baseline kubbs. They left one field kubb with their second throw and we made that mistake pay. Chad Parsons blasted 4 kubbs with one baton and used his two remaining kubbs to eliminate two of their baseline kubbs. I stepped up and took out 2 more, leaving only one baseline left. The game took a drastic change. There were now 9 field kubbs in play and we put the pressure Suk Face. Again they left two field kubbs and we promptly cleaned the remaining kubbs up and took down the king for a 3rd place finish.
Their is no doubt that teams are getting better. We had the opportunity to play the Kubbchucks this year again. Jamie, Garrick and Jim have really put in the time and it shows on the pitch. There were some new teams we played that really have game. It’s going to be difficult to get to the sweet 16 in the future.
Again we can’t say enough about the people of Kubb. The Pitch Wizards for sharing their fire and the awesome REALLYGOODS. Thank you Chris and Steve. Nate and Joe of Wolfpack stuck around and watched the end of one of our games. Did I mention it was like 5 degrees out??? Jason Larson of JP Games had his table set up promoting his games as well as playing very well in the tournament. Eric Anderson couldn’t play this year but that didn’t stop him from promoting kubb and networking with many people that stopped to watch the matches. To Eric Goplin and the rest of the Minnesota Kubb members, we solute you my friends. Their is no other camaraderie like the family of kubb.
Until the next tournament,
Kubb Snipers and Fox Valley Kubb