Photos courtesy of Kyle Weakland.
ROSCOE, Ill. —The 2018 Screw City Kubb Klassic was a Midwesterner’s dream weather for May with temperatures in the low 80s and sun all day. The beautiful weather made for a perfect day of kubb for all 30 teams that participated in this year’s Klassic. The open container policy at the park made the new venue ideal for every type of kubb player, from the competitive to the recreational.
The tournament used klassic style format with eight rounds of play. At the end of the eight rounds, the Kubb Snipers (Chad Bevers, Matt Green) lead the way staying undefeated through qualifying play, followed closely by Team Oberon (Jesse Fraim, Dave Giese). The top eight teams were seeded into a championship bracket.
The Kubb Snipers advanced to play the fourth seeded Michigan Kubb Snipers (Joe Hrejsa, J.R. Hrejsa) in one semi-final, and sixth seeded Team Knockerhead (Josh Feathers, Chris Hodges) advancing to play seventh seeded Kubb Squirrels (Kyle Weakland, Neil Weakland).
In the Kubb Snipers versus Michigan Kubb Sniper match, the Kubb Snipers kept rolling by taking down their opponent 2-0. In the other semi-final, Team Knockerhead advanced by taking down the Kubb Squirrels 2-0 as well. That matched the undefeated Kubb Snipers against Team Knockerhead, who won this tournament in 2013.
In the first game of the championship, both teams did a lot of damage early right up until the game was six kubbs deep with Knockerhead leading with three kubbs left on their baseline to one. The next turn, Matt Green was able to clear the pile of six in three batons, allowing Chad Bevers to wipe out the baseline by going three for three. Josh Feathers inkasted the nine kubbs into a tight pile and Chris Hodges was able to clear the pile in three batons, leaving Feathers with three batons for the last remaining baseline kubb and the king. Feathers stepped up and missed long on the first shot, but was able to clear the baseline with his second baton and take down the king to win game one.
In the second game, Team Knockerhead came out strong, taking out four baseline kubbs by their second turn. The Kubb Snipers were able to get one back the next turn to get to six kubbs in play. In the next turn, Team Knockerhead was able recover from a penalty kubb to clear the field in just three batons, leaving three batons for the last baseline and king. Feathers stepped up and made it look easy, taking down the last baseline kubb and king with his first two batons to win the 2018 Screw City Kubb Championship.
In the third place game, Michigan Kubb Snipers were able to take down the Kubb Squirrels early with hot 8 meter play by Joe Hrejsa to win 1-0. In the consolation A bracket, Kubb’d (Steve Feathers, Sue Feathers, Stephanie Kidder) played Baseline Buddies (Chris McDiarmid, Steve McDiarmid) in the championship, with Kubb’d coming out on top to with the A bracket championship. In the consolation B bracket, the Anarkubbs (Corina Kane, Ally McGinnis, Paris Nelson, Jess Scott) were able to top Fowl Kubb – Koots (Denise Betker, Katelyn Paul) and take the B bracket championship.
- Team Knockerhead (Josh Feathers, Chris Hodges)
- Kubb Snipers (Chad Bevers, Matt Greeen)
- Michigan Kubb Snipers (Joe Hrejsa, J.R. Hrejsa)
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