Last night was the last Kubbchucks practice before Saturday’s Loppet Tournament. We did our best to simulate the conditions we might expect in the final match: snow, dark, cold, and only the Kubbchucks remaining.
A day earlier, it was a beautiful 40° day here on Lake Calhoun. But not this day. This day it was 0°F and the pitch conditions? Glare ice.
But the quality of a kubb game – like the quality of a football game – is inversely proportionate to the quality of the pitch conditions.
Notice Garrick’s inkasting still hit the only patch of snow on the entire lake. Boom.
On Saturday, when we return to Lake Calhoun for the Loppet Tournament there will be warmth and snow. Just to make the nubbs a little more comfortable.
In 2012, the Kubbchucks eeked into championship bracket after championship bracket with their unique game strategy: exhaust the other team.
Over the winter, the ‘chucks continued to hone this strategy and refine their overall game play. In addition, they’ve trained in some of most kubb-adverse conditions: 8″ of snow, glare ice, -10°F, and the low oxygen environment of the Rocky Mountains.
Are they ready for the 2013 tournaments?
Are the 2013 tournaments ready for them?
Um, how about at least these four?
The ‘chucks hit the hard, icy snow last night around 8pm for several games of Kubb. We have a ramp up of practices in preparation for the Minnesota Kubb tournament! Did I mention it was cold? Served as a good gear test as well. I’m sort of hoping it’s just terribly cold on tournament day. Teams that aren’t dressed for it will rush and play poorly.
The ground was frozen, the snow was rough and hard. Big patches of slick ice. Overall terrible conditions. But we had our flag and spirit to drive some Kubbs down. Overall we were pleased. Garrick was landing Kubbs pretty much anywhere he wanted to put them. The hard snow wasn’t pushing back his drilling. The batons went for some crazy bounces when hitting hard packed snow or ice. Definitely need to keep them in the air, but sometimes a goofy bounce helped us.
All in I expect the surface was worse than what we’ll be dealing with on tournament day. We’re gonna hit the ice a few more times before the big day so we can bring our A-game.