2017 Sporting Events
Hurling – * Ireland
Hurling is a field sport played with a stick and ball, loosely similar to field hockey. It is wildly believed that Hurling is the fastest field game in the world. It is also one of the most skillful games in the world. The game is a national sport of Ireland, where it is predominantly played. It is also found in parts of the world where ex-pat Irish people live, who help to set up clubs and teams.
Although it is an extremely popular sport in Ireland, the game is strictly amateur. So although the biggest match of the year, the All-Ireland Final, is played in front of a crowd of over 82,000 spectators and broadcast on TV, radio and the internet to an audience of millions, the players are not paid. They all have day jobs, and play for the love of the game, which in fact enhances the way they play as they are more loyal to their teams.
Joining us this year from the Twin Cities, members of the Robert Emmets Hurling Club will play a scrimmage and teach about this beloved Irish sport.
The Twin Cities Robert Emmets Hurling Club is organized to promote and develop the amateur sport of hurling in the Twin Cities and Minnesota; provide education and training to both children and adults regarding hurling skills and the history of the game; educate the public about Irish culture; promote cultural awareness in Minnesota; and foster a sense of community among members.We have 4 co-ed City Teams that play against each other from Spring-Fall, as well as 2 men’s and 2 women’s travelling teams, that play cities all over the US, as well as competing each year at the USGAA Nationals Competition, this year being held in San Francisco.
Curling – * Scotland
Owatonna Curling Club – Come join us and learn about the wonderful sport of curling that began back in February 1541, in Medieval Scotland, and has become a worldwide sport that is included in the Olympics. Learn how the sport has developed over the years with the advancement of technology. Did you know that there are only two quarries in the world that has the granite strong enough to be made into the curling stone – do you know where they are located? Come, learn and have fun at the stand representing Scotland and the sport of curling. https://owatonnacurling.org
Visiting students from Riverland College, native to the country of Puerto Rico, will play and demonstrate the game of baseball, the premier sport of their country. Introduced in the late 1800’s after Puerto Rican and Cuban ball players learned to play the game in the US, it has gained in popularity. Some of our most famous players in the US have come from Puerto Rico such as Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Alomar and Iván Rodríguez.
Shotokan – Japanese Style Karate * Japan
Shotokan Karate is a Japanese martial art that teaches self-esteem, self-discipline, self-defense and self-confidence. It is a non-contact martial art that improves balance and muscle tone, increases flexibility and stimulates the cardiovascular system in a safe and effective manner. By learning how to “move form your center” you will notice an improvement in coordination and breathing, plus an improved sense of well being. The class is taught by Tom Meagher, a Japan Fulbright teacher and 3rd degree black belt with over 20 years of karate teaching experience.
Kubb – * Sweden
Kubb is a lawn game where the object is to knock over wooden blocks, known as kubbs, by throwing wooden batons at them, known as “haselsticks.” Kubb can be described perhaps as a combination of bowling and horseshoes.
Play takes place on a small rectangular playing field, known as a ‘pitch’. ‘Kubbs’ are placed at both ends of the pitch, and the ‘king’, a larger wooden block, is placed in the middle of the pitch. Players toss batons (wood dowels) at their opponent’s kubbs (wooden blocks) trying to knock them down. Game ends when all an opponent’s kubbs are knocked down and you have knocked down the king (taller wooden block).
A lawn game said to have originated from the Vikings (Nordic, not the Minnesota NFL team) .Some describe it as a combination of bowling and horseshoes. The games are played on pitches (fields) measuring 5 meters × 8 meters (about 16 feet by 26 feet). It’s a great game for people of all ages! Kubb is very easy to learn, but hard to master.Some rules vary from country to country and from region to region, but the ultimate object of the game is to
knock over the ‘kubbs’ on the opposing side of the pitch, and then to knock over the ‘king’, before the opponent does. Games can last from five minutes to well over an hour. The game can be played on a variety of surfaces such as grass, sand, concrete, snow, or even ice.
The alleged Viking origin of the game has led some players and kubb fans to nickname the game “Viking chess”. https://www.kubbingtokickcancer.org/about-kubb/