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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

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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