Reasons to join the axe throwing league – Part Four
This is it, our final interview with our league members. To see this series out, we’re hearing from Baz. We chat about his time in the Whistle Punks Axe Olympics, and who he thinks would win in an axe-throwing duel between himself and Druss the Legend!
What was it that first attracted you to the league?
I’d been in before for a normal session. After that, I was pretty much hooked. I just wanted to throw more axes and sink them into the wood. It’s such an addictive feeling to get that perfect throw and watch the targets disintegrate as you get better. It’s so satisfying to wear out a bullseye that you want to do more of it.
What was the highlight of the league for you?
It has to be competing and winning in the axe Olympics. It’s a game we sometimes play after all the serious competition has finished for the evening and there is time left for fun and games.
With axes laid on the floor on each lane, the rule is you must do a different throw or trick-shot for each axe. By running across the lanes, the winner is the person who throws all the axes fastest, but there is a catch. Depending on where the axe lands on the board determines how many points you score.
By scoring points with trick-shots, the final total at the end gets converted into the number of seconds that is knocked off your overall time. You’re encouraged to throw the axes quickly, but accurately as well. If you throw the axes quickly but miss every target, you might get beaten by someone who completes slower but nails every shot. We had four different throws; the underarm throw, reversed axe throw, two axes simultaneously into two targets, and throwing for 7s. I landed all of them in the fastest time, and I kicked everyone’s ass!
What were the other league members like and did you make friends?
There is a lot of support and encouragement between the league members. There are always people cheering you on when you’re competing or if you land a difficult trick-shot or manage to accurately smash a seven-pointer again and again. It’s great having that comradery, and a sense of belonging. Everyone is included in this WhatsApp group we have, and we keep in touch regularly and plan events away from axe-throwing too. The staff are always really helpful too. Some days you might come in and the axes just aren’t falling right, but they will always make sure you start nailing bullseyes after a bit.
What piece of advice would you give to someone thinking about joining the league?
Just do it! You won’t regret it. It gets to the point where even on a Tuesday you’re missing axe-throwing already and you’re looking forward to next Monday when you get to throw axes again. You get passionate about it. Some members have even gone out and bought their own axes to bring in and practice with.
If you could be any axe-wielding character from fiction who would you be?
Druss the Legend from the David Gemmell books. He’s just an infinite badass, but I’d still beat him at axe throwing.
Check out the details for the league here.
See our previous interview with Matt here.
Written by Ben Cross