Throwing sticks for our country in Sweden, and comedy, comedy and some more comedy in Edinburgh.
01.08.2008 - 10.08.2008
"Kubb unites people and brings peace on earth" motto for the Kubb World Championships
On the first and second of August 2008, the first ever team from Australia - Team Barramundi, entered the 2008 World Championships of Kubb.
These brave 10 Aussies, entered their team online back in May, confident of taking out at least a bronze medal for their country. Despite their being 160+ teams perhaps this was a little cocky, especially as the majority were from Sweden. There was a team also form France, Germany and Switzerland, but that was about as international as it got.
With classy uniforms (thanks social comittee), a killer theme song, and plenty of sledging ability, team Barramundi set up camp in their teepee headquarters in a field somewhere near Rone, on Gottland Island Sweden. This was where the games would take place.
It appears we may have misjudged our competitors. Initially thinking we should set up our HQ somewhere away from the rest of the campers as to not completly disrupt them with our reunion antics, it was us who were kept awake all night by the crazy swedes (one lot of campers had set up a nightclub in their caravan!), the night before day 1 of competition.
An early morning start on Friday saw us too sober - conditions we were not used to when playing the game - training sessions usually took place late friday nights at the Belgian Beir Cafe, with pints in hand. Our first opposition was a family with young children form Gottland. Mum was captain and a solid performer. Even the 10 year odl with the rats tail hair was impressive. Embarrassingly we lost in straight sets in record time - we barely hit one kubb over... The shame...
The opposition - smashing us
Jane the metronome Elliott takes one for the team
The second opposition were another lovely family from Gottland. They agreed to wait a couple of hours until the other guy arrived, and to give both teams a chance to have a few drinks (G and T at 930am through long straws - desparate times called for desparate measures...) We played much better this game, although were still beaten convincingly in 2 sets. And I should mention that one of the opposition had Downs, and not only was he more consistant than us - he even could sledge us in English... Our medal dreams were dashed - it was all over for us. We got to play in the mini championships in the arvo but continued our losing streak. One of our earlier opposition even tried to coach and cheer for us - to no avail. Rubbish. All we were good for was cheering/sledging.
kubb spiel - action shot of Terry-fying
But we had a wonderful time - we made page 7 of the local newspaper which did a huge article on us, our training techniques and the fact we were the best team in Australia (being the only team). It was hilarious! We made lots of friends with the Swedish, they loved our punch - thats what really unites people and brings peace on Earth.
we made the news!
The second day of competition was alarmingly serious and the quality of play was quite outstanding! The team that won did so for the ninth consecutive year - they need to find girlfriends and do something with their life seriously!
The team also visited Visby where there was a medieval festival on - Nick loved it. We ate swedish meatballs and watched people hurp giant logs and walk around in costume.
We did a fly by through Stockholm old town on the way to the airport - getting lost in the city and unabl to find the road out was quite stressful. the old town was pretty neat - would be gorgeous when covered in snow.
We flew to Liverpool (thank you ryanair 2 cent flights) and managed free train tickets to Edinburgh the next day (long boring story).
This is one of the best cities Ive ever been - its absolutely charming with its old Harry Potter style stone buildings, haunted pubs and graveyards, and the beautiful story of Greyfriars Bobby (slept on his masters grave for 14 years after he died.) We were there for the Festival and the town was abuzz with comedy, theatre and the military tattoo. We were there for a week - and I wish I had a UK visa coz I didnt want to leave - tried to apply for a job at the awesome hostel we stayed at - but they were too official about things. Maybe next year! We saw heaps of comedy and lots of free shows too. Highlights were seeing David O'Dougherty, Mark Watson, and Sammy J. I also saw a great impro musical. Can't wait to go back to Edinburgh - nxt time I might do some of the real sightseeing - the castle, palace etc. We did climb Arthurs Seat aka the Craggs, which gave an awesome view of the city.
one of the comedy venues - the udderbelly
Now we are in Ireland looking for work. Probably wont have anything interesting to write for a while. Will put up more photos when we can.
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Hope you are all well wherever you are - please email us - we always love hearing from everyone. xxxxx Fi and Nick