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August 2018

Check out Matt, one of our winners of the Whistle Punks axe throwing league.

Being the league champion is the best feeling!

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 Reasons to join the axe throwing league – Part Three

This time we’re talking with Matt about his best moments during the league and asking what it felt like to earn the title of Whistle Punks Axe Throwing Champion! He also explains the real reason why he bought his other half a pair of her very own custom throwing axes.

What was it that first attracted you to the league?
Lauren and I  had been a few times before and we’d already thoroughly enjoyed it, although we both wanted to be able to practice axe-throwing more often. Being on the regular sessions is a lot of fun, but it felt like a teaser for something more. I wanted to spend time really honing my skills, because it’s addictive when you first start so you just want to get better and better. It was also a socially driven decision. We were looking for something fun to do on Monday evenings and make new friends in the city. It definitely fits the bill for that.

What was the highlight of the league for you?
Winning! Obviously taking home the axe as the league champion is a great feeling. I won on my last axe and sinking a bullseye! Ian was the runner-up, and if he’d scored a seven, the crown would have been his. It was an incredibly close game all the way through, and everyone was cheering and supporting us at the end. Winning aside, we also go out for beers and pizza after league nights, and we all keep in touch regularly in a WhatsApp group chat. During times when the league hasn’t been on we’ve met up occasionally to do things away from axe-throwing which has been fun too.

I even bought my partner Lauren a pair of her own throwing axes that we’re able to practice with on League nights, although it might have been so I could have a go at throwing them too. It really becomes something that you want to immerse yourself in and keep progressing at.

What were the other league members like and did you make friends?
I think I’ve touched on that a little bit in the last question, but it’s only because all league members become your friends. We’ve all bonded through a mutual love of axe-throwing. It’s a unique sport because there are lots of different personalities from varied backgrounds, and we spend one evening a week competing, catching up and having fun. It’s great. It feels like an alternatively popular sport, and that’s why it attracts so many people.

What piece of advice would you give to someone thinking about joining the league?
You mean besides, just do it? It’s a fun activity, the staff are great and there’s normally beer and pizza afterwards. What more could you want?

If you could throw an axe into or at any object, what would it be?
A clay pigeon flying through the air! To hit that, you’d have to be an axe-throwing superhero. But it would look and feel amazing to hit something moving so quickly, and then have the satisfying smash as it explodes.

See our previous interview with Lauren here.

Written by Ben Cross

Lauren - axe throwing interview

I took the win by a single point! It was epic!

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 Reasons to join the axe throwing league – Part Two

This time we are speaking to Lauren, another league patron, telling us about the highlight of her league experience so far!

What was it that first attracted you to the league?

My partner Matt and I had already been to regular sessions twice before over a six-month period. We’d been with work as part of a team-building day, and we’d come with friends afterwards to show them how much fun it was (and maybe to show off how good we were after coming before). We took a chance that because we’d enjoyed it so much already, that we’d absolutely love the league, and we weren’t disappointed!

What was the highlight of the league for you?

My best throw was during the quarterfinals of the first league we were a part of. It was a close game all the way through. I don’t think there were more than two points separating us at any point. We’d both played two games already and had to play a third one to decide who went through.

It came down to the last axe. My opponent was one point in front, but on her last throw scored a bullseye. This meant she was now six points ahead. I still had my last throw, and the only way I could take the win now was hitting one of the tiny dots in the top corners which are worth seven points. As soon as the axe left my hand I knew it was a good throw. It felt perfect. I landed the axe right in the middle of the seven and took the win by a single point! It was epic!

What were the other league members like and did you make friends?

We’ve talked about this already with some members of the league in the past over drinks. We think it’s brilliant because it attracts so many different types of people. I used to take part in roller derby as a sport and that was similar too. There are members from various walks of life, all friendly, but all share a similar craziness in a way that brings us together through axe throwing.

What piece of advice would you give to someone thinking about joining the league?

I’m sure everyone you talk to will give you this answer but just do it. Don’t wait for six months like we did. Just think about all the axe-throwing you’d be missing out on.

If you could throw an axe into or at any object, what would it be?

Hmmmmm… It must be something that would explode when it got hit. My first thought is a balloon full of glitter, but that wouldn’t be spectacular enough. Maybe a pumpkin dipped in liquid nitrogen because it would shatter into pieces. Or what about a chain reaction that would cause a domino effect and end with a mechanism that throws an axe perfectly into the target. How satisfying would that be?

See our previous interview with Ian here.

 

Written by Ben Cross

Ian - league player

Just do it! You won’t regret it.

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 Reasons to join the axe throwing league – Part One

The Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing league is a six-week axetravaganza that you need in your life.

We could tell you how much fun you’ll have, but why take our word for it when you can hear it from people who have experienced it first hand?

In our first of a series of interviews with our league players, here’s Ian.

What was it that first attracted you to the league?

I already came to the regular sessions before and loved it! But what’s not to like? It’s throwing axes after all. If you decide to become a league member there is much more of it. You get to throw on a weekly basis, and you’re able to compete more, learn more trick-shots, play more games and have fun with others who enjoy it as much as you do!

What was the highlight of the league for you?

It has all been brilliant! I’ve been a member for the past two league competitions and I came in runner-up in the last one, missing out on winning the trophy axe by two points. I would have come back though even if I’d been in last place, because of how unique and how enjoyable the whole experience is. The staff are all wonderful, helpful and friendly, and after most league nights everyone heads down to a local bar for drinks and pizza. It’s a very social occasion all based around axe throwing.

What were the other league members like and did you make friends?

There’s a real mix of people. There are teachers, university researchers, some who are part way through PhDs, tattoo artists, chemists and so on. It attracts a varied following, and everyone feels welcome to come and join in. There’s even a Whatsapp group we use to keep in touch with one another and plan activities together outside of axe-throwing.

What piece of advice would you give to someone thinking about joining the league?

You mean besides the obvious? Just do it! You won’t regret it. You’ll meet lots of new friends, learn a new sport and feel part of something special. The only thing is that not enough people know about it! Everyone I’ve told that I’m part of an axe throwing league tells me how cool it is, but that they haven’t heard about it before but want to know where to sign up.

If you could throw an axe into or at any object, what would it be?

Hitting a ping pong ball in the air after someone has thrown it across the target, because can you imagine being able to hit such a small moving target with an axe? You’d be like Mr Miyagi catching flies with chopsticks, but even cooler because it’s throwing an axe!

Next time we are chatting with Lauren. Check out the post here.

 

Written by Ben Cross