Fox Valley Clash of the Kubb 2012

Was hoping this would be the first time that we would be able to attend as our planned 2013 US Nationals team, but unfortunately Cal wasn’t able to attend.  Ryan and I were pleasantly surprised that the Appleton Curling Club was right across from the hotel where we were staying.  Hopefully we can bring a curling team to Appleton for a bonspiel this season as we had a great time visiting some bars that Chad Parson from the Snipers recommended.  And yet again we got to open against a National Champ as we played Mark Blazel and his teammate Luke Peikert in the first round.  We had a chance to win the first game, but I asked Mark to setup a baseline kubb that I had knocked down due to me throwing the baton at more than 10 degrees and it would have just left me a king shot to win the first gane.  It wasn’t an easy decision to make as it was probably closed to 30 or so degrees, but Ryan and I had been discussing the 10 degree rule quite a bit on the drive up to  the tournament and I knew that I wouldn’t feel right with winning with that shot.  They went on to win that game, we took the 2nd and then in a very tight 3rd game, Mark and Luke were victorious.  We beat a fine team from Eau Claire called Kubbolicious Maximus in the round robin play.  KM had finished 3rd in Madison and went on to finish 3rd at this tournament.  In the 2nd round we were stopped by Eric Anderson’s Sweden’s Sons team in 3 games.  Just like Decorah, I was very pleased with our performance and seeing that Ryan and I could give Sweden’s Sons, KM and the Darkside of the Kubbsicles very competitive matches was a good feeling.  But, for the 4th time in a row the finish was 3 wins and 2 losses and for the 3rd time consecutively finished tied for 5th.  Steve Feathers and I discussed that since T-5 seems to be our trademark (his teams have finished in 5th 7 times in 2012), we will get together for a tournament in 2013 and call ourselves T-5.

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