Photos courtesy of Nadea Leavitt.
ELVERSON, Penn. — Despite the threat of rain throughout the week, the East Coast Kubb Championship was sunny, warm, and a frown was nowhere to be seen. This was the second year for the event and the second time in Elverson (it is moving to North Carolina next year). Nineteen teams competed from seven states to win the championship in a well-organized Klassic system tournament. The championship supported the Girl Scouts Twin Valley Service Unit 766.
After seven Klassic system rounds and the tournament quarterfinals, the field was whittled down to the final four teams: Shake and Bake (Bob Hickes, Paul Weakland), Defectors (Kevin Bachman, Jesse Wienckoski), Kubbstaches (Bryan Jones, Jake Leavitt), and Rhymes with Tube (David Giese, Heidi Schwarzenbart)
The first semi-final match between Shake and Bake and Defectors started off fast and furious with Shake and Bake taking the first game in five turns. The second game, however, saw the Defectors taking command of the game in the third round, and winning in turn eight with 10 kubbs in play. The Defectors didn’t let up after that, winning the third game and the match in turn five with only five kubbs in play.
The other semi-final was a grueling two game match taken by Kubbstaches against Rhymes with Tube. Kubbstaches took early leads in both games, but Rhymes with Tube is a determined team that doesn’t give up easily, and they took game one and two to nine and six kubbs respectively. Kubbstaches were finally able to win the match after well over an hour of play.
In the finals, the Defectors got a chance to play their former team. Both Wienckoski and Bachman had played on the Kubbstaches in previous years. The first game was won by the Defectors. They handled the game smoothly ending in eight turns due to Inkaster Wienckoski’s 8 meter shots. He went five for six in the first game. In the second game, the Defectors had the first throw and their momentum carried them to a quick win in the fifth turn, with Wienckoski going five for seven at 8 meters on the back of Bachman’s quick and decisive blasting. The Defectors truly displayed championship-level play in the finals on Saturday that would be a challenge for any team in the country or world.
Watch Finals Match
Watch the archived live stream of the finals match on Facebook