The Juggers Are Coming: A Newcastle Tournament

Thursday, 25 February 2016. - Cameron Rivett

Tournament Recap

The Newcastle Blitzkrieg were challenged in their hometown by the Big Bad Bees, the Mercs, and the hastily-assembled Skullwailies. Jousting revelry began on Saturday the 20th of February as all four teams descended upon Nobbys Beach Reserve, the Blitzkrieg’s inner city home ground. This was followed by a desperate jaunt to the nearby Nobbys Beach to seek some respite from the scorching summer heat. The night found the vibrant Juggers partaking in alcohol-fuelled conversation almost until the dawn of the day star, before retiring to the homes of their generous Novocastrian hosts in inadequate preparation for the official tournament the following day. 

Play began on the Sunday at 10:30am, with the home team opening the tournament against the Canberran Bees. Despite being severely depleted by prior injuries, the Newcastle Blitzkrieg held the Bees to a two point lead at halftime. The game was briefly disturbed by a short but intense burst of sky-water early in the second half, which thankfully was the only such interruption for the day. When the two hundredth stone was thrown, the final score read 11-6 in favour of the travellers.

In the following game, the Bees stamina was tested against the Skullwailies, a team mustered from the Skullduggery and Flaily Waily members who were able to make the trip. They hailed from metropolises as distant as Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra, and at halftime they held a narrow 3-2 lead. The second half saw them more than double their score for a solid but hard-fought 7-4 victory.

The third game of the day found the Newcastle Blitzkrieg facing the Skullwailies. The stubborn Novocastrians managed to hold the Skullwailies to their lowest total of the tournament, but were unable to notch any points of their own. The game ended with the score of 5-0.

The Mercs inaugural game was promising as they challenged the Bees in a close match. The Mercs were led by a local but at times were comprised of members from Canberra, Maitland, and Brisbane. The Mercs made their presence known but were unable to avoid being felled 9-6 by the Bees.

A break for lunch followed this game in which some non-combatant Novocastrians ran a barbecque to prevent confused travellers from becoming lost wandering the Hunter Street Mall. This was a huge success and, with some investment from several locals, the event raised $42 for Newcastle Jugger.

The afternoon games commenced with Mercs taking on the Skullwailies. The Mercs were solidly defeated with a score of 8-1, but the winning Skullwailies sustained a number of injuries which would affect the outcome of the tournament.

The final game of the round robin saw the two local-led sides, the Newcastle Blitzkrieg and the Mercs, faceoff in a battle for the wooden spoon. Despite a promising start and a narrow halftime lead of 5-4, the Blitzkrieg were unable to hold their nerve. In defiance of a challenging schedule the Mercs won the final round to come away with a deserved 8-7 victory, the first in their history.

Sadly no grand final was played due to the injuries sustained by the Skullwailies over the course of the day, particularly in their game against the Mercs. The Bees sportingly accepted that to play a Skullwailies team with mercenaries replacing star players would make for an anticlimactic finale and the tournament was officially resolved as a draw.

The tournament was made a success by the generosity of the Novocastrian hosts, the visitingness of the travelling interstate Juggers, and the vigour and ferocity of the competitors. Congratulations to the victorious Skullwailies and Bees!

Recap:
Game 1: Big Bad Bees (11) - Newcastle Blitzkreig (6)
Game 2: SkullWailies (7) - Big Bad Bees (4)
Game 3: SkullWailies (5) - Newcastle Blitzkreig (0)
Game 4: Big Bad Bees (9) - Mercs (6)
Game 5: SkullWailies (8) - Mercs (1)
Game 6: Mercs (8) - Newcastle Blitzkreig (7)

Final: No contest - SkullWailies  withdraw due to injuries.

Result - Skullwailies and Big Bad Bees draw.

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Steel City Showdown

Monday, 04 January 2016. - A.L. Anderson

The Juggers of the Steel City (Newcastle) have officially put up their hands and thrown down the gauntlet (possibly not in that order)!

The 20th - 21st of February will be the date of the first Australian Tourney for 2016, deep in the underbelly of the sweltering Steel City.  More details to come, but save the date.

With tourneys growing in size every year the Novacastrians are expecting a good turnout - let's not disappoint them! With competition expected to be  of a very high level it will be a spectacle to behold - will Skullduggery and The Mountain Men once again tussle for the title of champions, or will one of the newer teams step up and show the vets how the new blood does it?  One things for sure, you'll want to be there to find out! Remember, cheer squads and spectators are good for our egos! ;-)

Register a team now on the tourney page in the forums and we'll see you in February as we storm the battlefield in the name of The One True Dogskull!

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Welcome!

Sunday, 29 November 2015. - A.L. Anderson

Just saw this amazing emerging indie sport on Toasted TV? Perhaps you are visiting this site on the recommendation of a Jugger obsessed friend: whatever the reason, welcome!

To save you time, some fyi - games days in Brisbane (New Farm Park), Melbourne (Central Gardens, Hawthorne) and Canberra (Glebe Park) are today (Sunday) from 2pm, so be sure to come check out Jugger in person, we'd love to see you there!  For now though, enjoy the site and be sure to check out the video in the "What is Jugger" section so you know how it all works, ready your water bottle, hat and sunscreen and and we'll see YOU on the Jugger pitch :-)

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TOASTY!!!

Thursday, 19 November 2015. - A.L. Anderson

Jugger on Toasted TV!

When I was a kid it was Cheez TV and required daily viewing to keep up on all things Dragonball Z.  Now Toasted TV, it's stated mission is to bring their demographic (7-14) info on what's hot on the playground - so naturally they had to come find out about Jugger!
Jono and Ollie joined a motley selection of Brisbane Juggers in beautiful Robinson Park, Fairfield, to learn about the Way of the One True Dogskull!  To catch the broadcast of all the hijinks that ensued (hopefully including Ollie being the sacrificial meat shield against a horde of mini-juggers while Jono scored a sneaky flanking skull - glorious work boys!) tune in to channel 11 from 6am on 29th of November.

 

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So I Hear You Like Tournaments, Bro?

Friday, 13 November 2015. - A.L. Anderson

Well prepare to get excited then because hot off the heels of our Melbourne mini-tourney comes a raft of tournament announcements both domestic and international!  In addition our end of year events are fast approaching, so let's take a quick peek...

 

21st November 2015 - Toowoomba mini Tournament

Queens Park Toowoomba from 1pm - $10 adults, $5 children

Toowoomba invites Brisbane (all comers really) to invade the Highlands and take on the Dragons in glorious battle. Tournament starts at 3pm.  

 

12th December - Op Shop Melee Canberra

Glebe Park, Canberra - 11:00am

Get down to the Thrift Shop, deck yourself out in the most outrageous clobber and kit you can find for $20 and then strut your stuff on the Jugger pitch.  Hijinks probably likely to ensue.  Also, a sausage sizzle.

 

20th December  - Final games day Brisbane

New Farm Park - 1pm

As is tradition we finish our season with the craziest thing possible - 4 way Jugger! That's right folks, four teams, four mounds, one skull - let the crazy begin!  Perhaps this will be the year we  go full retard and play THE VARIANT THAT WILL NOT BE NAMED 4 way style?  You never know, it all depends on how Fiendish our Brisbane chief feels, so come on down and join in the fun.  May include Dragons and a sausage sizzle (perhaps)

 

First Quarter 2016 - Australian Tourney, Newcastle

Exact dates/venue tbc.  Newcastle though... hopefully.

After hosting a mini-tourney in 2014, Newcastle has expressed interest to host the Australian Tourney in 2016. With their strong showing in Brisbane in 2015 we know the NovaCastrians take their Jugger seriously, so come prepared!

 

4th June, 2016 - Metallsvenskan

Orebro, Sweden

What's better than a Metal (music) Festival, in Sweden, next to a gigantic waterpark? One that also hosts an International Jugger Tournament!  The Drop-Bears will be touring again to Sweden to further their glorious reputation on the world stage.  Look out below!

 

August/September 2016 - Deutsche Meisterschaft Tour

Exact dates/venues tbc

This is it folks, the big one, the DM!  With the Redbacks looking to field multiple teams it's time to start saving your pennies.  DM tours are considered the top of the range Jugger experience, so don't miss out!

 

OCTOBER 2017(ish) - AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT

Brisbane/Newcastle/Canberra

The excitement is real!  International teams coming for an East Coast Tour culminating in an Australian Rules tournament where we showcase circle starts and the supreme power of a Qwik that can fore-arm block! (disclaimer - not really all that powerful, actually)

With strong intention to attend being voiced from countries as far-flung as Ireland and America it's bound to be a melting (in Brisbane, perhaps literally) pot of international Juggery goodness.  Is your body ready?

  

For more information on a specific tournament check the tournament listings in the forums and keep your eyes on the Jugger Australis Facebook page for any events created.  Happy Juggering folks!

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE?....

Friday, 25 September 2015. - A.L. Anderson

... about your fellow Juggers?

WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE?....

Then head on over to the forums  and check out the new, (hopefully) ongoing series profiling the lads and lasses of Jugger Australis.  Bought to you by Agent Smith (Soul) and Mr. Anderson (Double A)
Marvel at their musings!  Be amazed by their anecdotes! Cringe at our crappy jokes!  It's all here folks, so check it out today and get to know your fellow Juggers just that little bit better, huzzah!

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Out with the old ...

Tuesday, 18 August 2015. - Haz

and in with the not so new.

Those lazy no-goodniks from last years executive committee have finally been overthrown! We of the indentured article writers collective would like to give a heartfelt welcome to the new committee and appeal to them for our freedom. So without any further ado allow us to introduce the new President ... oh frak. *reads rest of list* Oh no, oh no, oh no!

*ahem* Just a little humour there, right? Ha ha ... ha *gulp*

We of the indentured article writers collective have nothing but praise for the glory of last years executive and embrace their return. All hail the eternal reign of Wendy the Red Queen, may her rule be just and retain us our heads. Blessed be Aaron / Wolfie, the brave and fair Vice President. All hearts sing with joy at the continued financial care of our Treasurer Claire / Cake. Brief applause for the other one. You know, with things in his head, can't remember his name for the life of me.









Help. Please send help. They haven't feed us in months.

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DropBears Tour 2015

Tuesday, 30 June 2015. - Soul Smith

Part I: Mud. Glorious Mud. Glorious Metal. Glorious Juggers. 

The Australian DropBears joined a contingent of international Juggers as they descended upon Orebro (Sweden) for a Metal Festival and Jugger tournament. At the camp ground, new players were introduced and old players caught up. Adjacent to the camping grounds was a waterpark, which was pretty popular for its warming spa pools, hot saunas, water slides and other opportunities for silliness. Games of graveyard were played on a vacant hillside and, when the night’s chill drove everyone back to the camping areas, there was drinking, chatting and huddling for warmth.

Overcast weather and a very muddy trek to get to the field couldn’t stop the Irish and Australians from putting on a demonstration game the second day and heading out to the festival to watch bands, stomp in the mud or socialise in the gigantic beer tent that evening. It was, however, a very cold night. Upon getting back to the campgrounds, hot showers were on the top of everyone's agenda to warm up and dispel the mud. One stubborn Irish Icicle even required an intervention by Seamus, Haz, and Edwin, along with aid from Manu and his fur pelts, to deal with a mild case of hypothermia.

Sunday morning saw a bit more sun as sleeping bags and tents were packed and people headed north to find their little lakeside village for more Jugger. The tournament draw placed the DropBears, both the Irish teams, the local Swedish team and one german team in the same pool. Unfortunately the term “pool” was a little too accurate and a bucket was even used to remove some of the water from the field. Unsurprisingly, the field quickly turned into a large swathe of thick mud which made for some interesting play. Chains had to hop step as they span around and enforcers would surf the mud into the initial clash in the centre. 

The DropBears successfully faced down Gallowglass(Ireland), Järnfalkar(Sweden) and the Flying Juggmen (Germany) before failing to clip the wings of the Wild Geese(Ireland) and ending the group stage as second within the pool. The Australians then got a second crack at Tackle Tiger(Germany), who had beaten the Redbacks the previous year at the World Championships but were to fall under the weight of the DropBears. The win saw the DropBears face off against the formidable Zonenkinder (Germany) on the lovely dry field with the winners of this match going on to the final. This was a hard fought yet beautiful match. The DropBears took an early lead but the Zonies slowly clawed their way back to make it a neck and neck battle in the second half. Near the end, with teams tied and some long points played, the referees took the opportunity to announce that a golden jugg would be played if the stone count reached zero without either team scoring. However, the Zonies managed to grab a point and put it upon the DropBears to rally if they were to force a golden jugg. The stones were counting down, the Irish were hollering support, and the Aussies played valiantly but were not able to turn the final few stones into a point. The Zonies went on to the final while the Aussies faced off against the Irish, once again in the mud, to determine third and fourth place.

The DropBears came away from the tournament with fourth place, bellies full of BBQ (with samples of elk/moose on the menu), good memories and shoes that were more mud than shoe. Sincere thanks are owed Marcel and Manu for playing, and Ruben for organising.

- Haz

DropBears Part II: Mile High

The DropBears (with a partial change of line up) then made their way over to America to compete in an International Tournament hosted by Colorado Jugger League. Arriving early to get a feel for playing Jugger at a higher altitude, the Aussies got first pick of space to drop sleeping bags. Training events, games nights and a visit to another water park all happened in the lead up to the tournament. The Aussies also received a rather large order of gear from the Foam Forge, which looked spectacular in the green and gold cloth covers and felt even better in the hands. 

The tournament was run over two days. The first day saw the DropBears dominate their group against Homebrew White(Arizona), Riot(Berkley) and Corvus(Colorado) to be placed second seed behind the Wild Geese from Ireland. Group brackets on the second day saw the DroBears play Reapers(Denver) and Riot again. Not to be outdone by the American teams signalling readiness for a point with individual calls (Caw! Reapers! Good luck, have fun!), the DropBears made a call of their own – Not the face! After winning their group matches, the Aussies played a ‘first to three’ game against Erosion(Wyoming) to determine who would go straight to the semi-finals and who would have to battle it out in the quarter finals. The DropBears played their A-team line up and won three points in a row. A full match was then played when Erosion qualified for the semis. The DropBears prevailed again and made it to the finals undefeated to challenge the Wild Geese. Teams greeted each other with a chicken dance and then made their way to opposing sides of the field. By the end of 300 stones, the Dropbears had managed to score six points but the Wild Geese scored ten to take out first place. 

The 1v1 finals were played after the team tournament as the rain started to fall. Aussies put on a good show in the finals for Sword&Board, Dual Shorts, Longsword, Stab and the Open category. Clone won multiple first places. As we packed up in the increasingly heavy rain and drank the ‘Blood of Heroes’ beetroot beer from Riot, the number of Juggers wearing green and gold DropBears jerseys outnumbered the actual DropBears and looked fantastic. We all then headed to the pub for the awards ceremony, where medallions and plaques for 1st, 2nd and 3rd were handed out.

Thank you to Yoda for mercing for us and a massive shout out to everyone who came to the tournaments, socialised, played games and trained with us. A big “you’re awesome” to those who hosted Juggers in their homes and helped us get around the city. Special thanks to Miguel, Doug and Jack for their work organising this fantastic event. 

While in the USA, we also had Fiend running some Chain blocking training for the Berkley Juggers when he passed through California and a couple of Aussies on a podcast discussing Jugger in Denver. You can listen to Fiend and Jamesy chatting with Irish and Americans here:www.schwartzandmerc.com/?post_type=podcast. There is also a butt ton of video footage from the tournament on youtube: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGxLW8UnU...bn3qR0_pnStuiD22q5oS

- Cake

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2015 Brissie Tournament Results

Thursday, 16 April 2015. - Wendy

The results were:

Skullduggery (9) vs Mountain Men (7)

 

It was a wonderful day full of smiles and happy juggers! Big thank you to all of the organisers and their helpers for putting on such a wonderful event! The largest tournament Australia has seen so far!

Huge thank you to all the interstate visitors who travelled so far for this event, without you it would not have been such a success!

 2015 Bris tournament group photo

 

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2015 Brisbane Tournament Announced

Sunday, 15 March 2015. - Ben Droste

Juggers Converge on the North!

The 2015 Australian Jugger season is about to kick off in a big way with the first National Tournament of the year! The 2015 Brisbane Tournament has been announced and for the first time ever an AJL Tournament will feature teams from outside Brisbane and Canberra.

 

 

The gauntlet has been officially thrown down to The Newcastle Blitzkrieg and Toowoomba’s Highland Dragons. What’s more we have a new team representing from Brisbane in the form of the Flaily Wailies, and a reinvigorated Skullduggery making their return to the field. Canberra is yet to reveal their lineup, but a lot of familiar faces are already known to be making the journey north for the event.

 

 

One thing's for certain: The Mountain Men’s grasp on the Cup is going to be well contested! So make your way down to New Farm Park and experience what’s sure to be the Australian Jugger League’s biggest and best tournament ever!

 

 

2015 Brisbane Tournament

April 12, 2015, from 10am

New Farm Park, Brisbane

 

RVSP via the FaceBook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/799361523476526/

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