The Kubbchucks had to go to the 2012 Dallas Oktoberfest Kubb Tournament. Why? Well, several reasons.
- Garrick, our team captain, had been in that area as a kid growing up in Wisconsin and had driven through Dallas once prior to this.
- Dallas adopted a 6-person team format. This was the first tournament to require 6-person teams in the United States.
- The Kubb Tournament is part of the Dallas Oktoberfest celebration, and those are always awesome.
Team of 6?
From the Kubbchucks we only had Garrick and myself. Garrick’s son Cooper joined us for the day so we had three players. We also recruited Jake Freeberg, a Minnesota Kubb engine and longtime Kubb player to join our team. To fill out the rest of the lineup we had three baton throwers from Des Moines Kubb join our flank; Jeremy Harpold, Heather Woltz-Benz and Mike Farrell. They played great and we all melded really well.
So, I got up at 5:00am on Saturday morning to head out of town and play 6-person Kubb in Dallas, Wisconsin — population 356.
We arrived right on time for registration at 8:30am. We got situated and surveyed the pitch. For a tournament with so many people it sure seemed like very few pitches were set up. You don’t need so many pitches when everyone has 6 players! There were 14 teams registered but two dropped out at the last minute leaving 12 teams and over 72 players (some teams had seven players, just in case). This also gave Eric Anderson, the tournament organizer, a bit of a last minute challenge to redo the tournament format around 2 fewer teams. The round robin was modified to go five best-of-three matches, the first three in your group of three teams, the last 2 in the next grouping.
Round 1: Big Red Machine
The day started cold and the play on the pitch was pretty cold for the Kubbchucks in the first round. We went in agains Big Red Machine from Fox Valley Kubb. This team as the Kubb Snipers right in the center with other Fox Valley Kubbers filling out the team of 6 roster. The match went poorly for us. We lost 0-2 and the match was over in about 25 minutes.
We successfully shrugged off the lost and went into round 2.
Round 2: Cynthia Plaster Inkastare
Round two we went up against our fellow Minneapolis Kubbers. This team was built around John Kubbar Mellencamp and I know those guys can throw some solid Kubb but there batons were pretty cool. We played strong and won the match.
Round 3: Hometown Kubbers
We got to play the one and only local Dallas team in Round 3. We took the first game pretty solidly, it was a lot of fun. The Hometown Kubbers were a fun team to play with. In the second game we got cold, they got hot, and we lost the game and gave the Hometown Kubbers there only win of the day. We closed out the match in the third game to take the win.
Round 4: Steve Feathers and the Shufflers
In Round 4 our games got long. Really long. We were excited to come 2-1 into Round 4 and take on our friends from Des Moines Kubb led by Steve Feathers. I think Feathers and the Shufflers may have had the most fun of any team at the tournament. We played for 75 minutes with the Shufflers and never completed even one game. We ended the match, called by time limit, 0-0 and we won with 2 kubbs on the baseline to their 1 kubb.
Round 5: Team Kubboom
We went into the final round of the round robin against the famed Team Kubboom. Team Kubboom also had two kids on their team so that matched off well with Cooper on our side. I can’t remember if we won the first or second game, but we traded the first to games 1-1. The 3rd and final game went on and on and we again got called on time with the Kubbchucks winning on baseline kubbs.
Round 4 and 5’s long games came around to haunt us in the end.
With the round robin behind us it was time to figure out the seeding into the bracket. The Shufflers had already being written into the #1 seed in our group until we came over and reported our 4-1 record for the round robin. Turned out that Big Red Machine, Feathers and the Shufflers and the Kubbchucks all finished 4-1. We beat Feathers, and Big Red Machine was beat by Feathers so Kubbchucks were put in the #1 spot and we were beside ourselves on a #1 seed!
Then, we realized the Big Red Machine beat us. So, we had the triangle of three teams with the same record all having beat each other. So, then we count the number of individual games won and Red Machine had 9, Feathers 7 and we had 5. From #1 to #3 seed. Boom.
Quarterfinals: Six Pack
Off to the quarterfinals we went. We were happy to be playing and we had to line up against Six Pack, a super team of The Beers from Des Moines Kubb and the Wolfpack. These guys have fire power. Our best tactic was our Des Moines teammate, Mike. He was great at talking trash at Chris Hodges. Alas, it didn’t work at all. Hodges laser focus blasted everything in its site. The Kubbchucks were never really in it. We took our lumps and exited the bracket after a 0-2 match.
We had a great time in Dallas! We will definitely be back next year!