Which place would be better to show Jugger to the Vikings than a big Metal festival?
We had the honour to invite German teams for a Jugger presentation, and a mini-tounament thereafter, at Metallsvenskan: A Metal festival in the city of Örebro, right the heart of Sweden, with about 10.000 Heavy Metallers. And yes, we all had a very good time indeed!
Greetings, international jugger players! It's been a long time since last time we reported from Galicia (northwestern Spain), but here we are again to keep you updated. The Spanish Jugger Community is growing fast and those who already have been in the trenches for more than 2 years have finally established a strong base in our regions, now hoping to stand still while new or stronger jugger teams appear from now on. Our group, the “Galician Association of Jugger”, actually operates in the cities of Coruña, Vigo and Santiago de Compostela, housing 8 official and stable teams.
Two weeks ago we celebrated the 1st Coruña Open, on February 23, 2013, at the northern city of A Coruña. We were honored to have among us two teams from Madrid and other one from Valencia, besides other galician teams from both Coruña and Vigo. It was the first true experience with other Spanish Juggers, quite small tournament but really distracted and instructive one. We are lucky to have got along with our fellow players, even some of us made new friends or strengthened bonds! Everyone is willing to meet again, hopefully during the 2nd International Tournament (Zaragoza) on April. While we Galician players are already looking for other Spanish Tournaments to travel to Madrid or Valencia in the next months, we're already organising a Jugger Summer Camp on our shores where we'll welcome any spanish, european or worldwide player! (Full information will be provided in the next months).
The rise of German-style, European Jugger began in October of 2010, in the small and historic town of Marietta, Ohio by Wess Apshaga-Meaux. He had been a fan of The Blood of Heroes movie since seeing it in the early 1990s but had no idea it was being played for real as a sport until he ran across German and Australian videos online.
Within a week, he had made two complete sets of pompfen (including chains), a mock dog skull and goals. By the following week he had the first Jugger game in that part of the world organized and "Jugger Ohio" was born.
Utilizing social media to plan everything, weekly Jugger matches continued to draw people both of a young and of an older demographic. This use of social media also allowed Jugger Ohio to communicate with the handful of other Jugger groups spread out over the USA as well as groups worldwide.
Wess and Jugger Ohio, with the help of Chad McCann of Oklahoma City's Red Dirt Jugger Club, organized the first ever American Jugger tournament. Two teams from Oklahoma traveled over 1,000 miles (1,682 km) to compete against two teams from Ohio in the innagural tournament, "The Dogskull Classic". The hosting team, The Marietta Murder prevailed as the winning team and the first official American Jugger Champions.
Though still a small community compared to elsewhere in the world, the American Juggers are very dedicated to the promotion and growth of the sport we all love so much!
Contact Jugger Ohio via their facebook page by searching for "Jugger Ohio" or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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As many other associations, communities or groups about jugger, we seek to play and expand this awesome sport around our homeland, hoping one day we can reach a high level of players and teams to make several tournaments, leagues and other competitions and activities.
Along with our jugger partners in Spain, we also wish to see the birth of a "Spanish Federation of Jugger", (actually been cradled for a, maybe, near future).
It’s been a hard path since December 2010 (especially if everyone knows nothing about jugger) but at last we succeeded. In May 2011 we were celebrating a historical point of our association: after participating in an exhibition called “ExpOtaku” we reached near 150 different players in just 9 hours of jugger sessions (near 210 players altogether). From this moment, teams became to appear and others began to be founded.
Nowadays we have lots of people interested but few teams really active and compromised with our organization (near 8); some others are still waiting to have more time and more teams near their cities and towns. This is the next big point we want and also need to improve.
This weekend, on 18th of September, we’ll be playing our first league among 6 teams. It will take near 5 or 6 weeks, playing six matches per Sunday, and we wish this to become our first quite big event where players can enhance their experience, training and of course enjoy playing and make friends (beer is also included!). The first step to a better future…
Visiting our website and forum you may find everything about us; you can watch some videos and pictures and read about our activities, events, tools tutorials, rules and teams as well.
Feel free to contact us in email@example.com (preferably in English; we also have one German speaker); I will be happy to assist you answering all your questions or even speak about future meetings and events among our beloved Europe.
Hope to meet you all in the “battlefield” someday. Best wishes from Galicia!
“Abur” / “Auf Wiedersehen” .
After some time of work, here you have the publicity of the first Spanish International Tournament.
Also I copy the information that HL have posted in the forums with information:
The Aragoness Jugger Asociation is preparing the International Zaragoza Tournament, which will take place in Leciñena (a town 20min away from Zaragoza) during the 2nd and 3th of April. The Registration fee will be 5 € per person, and each team has to bring his own equipation. The Tournament itself will be played the 2nd and part of the 3th of April (Saturday and Sunday) in the Football Field of Leciñena. There is a Sports Hall/Pabillion where we can sleep (and play the Tournamente in case of bad weather) for free, however anybody willing to pay de Hostel-like stablishment will be able to sleep in a warm bed XD. Any doubts, questions or even sugestions you have, please feel free to share them with me (if you prefer in English; no german sorry) and we'll see what we can do.
Once that's been said, I would like to ask you a couple of things. Do you know how are you gonna come? How many teams, players and/or fans are you gonna come? If you need help with anything at all: contacts, special diets, jugger material or slipping material; please feel free to ask us and we'll find a solution together.
Greetings from Spain, players and Jugger fans over the world!
It’s been a while since our last post with news about the development of Jugger in our country. This wonderful sport has been spread faster than expected, and now there are great teams and brand-new tournaments in a few cities and towns, but the most activity it’s focused on Valencia, Zaragoza and the capital, Madrid.
Let’s write a bit about the different competitions that are running nowadays.
The main tournaments are the National ones. There are three of them over the year, and each one is independent from the others. They’re called Winter Tournament (Zaragoza), Summer Tournament (Valencia) and “Tuna” Tournament (Madrid). The name of the “tuna” one comes from a pun in Spanish, as “tuna” is said “atun” in our language, a word with a similar spelling as the word “autumn”.
The champions in the last editions of the national tournaments were Old Ducks in Zaragoza (with finalists Plan B and Black Dragons), and Black Dragons in Valencia (with finalist Spuggers).
The first “Atun” Tournament will be held on October 23th in the Juan Carlos I Park, starting at 10am. This event seems to be the first ever to join together teams representing all Spain, including some of the most veterans. Since today, eight teams have confirmed their assistance. If you’re interested in it, check the Jugger Madrid forum
In Valencia exists another kind of regional competition: the JuggerSlam is a set of three tournaments wit a playoff system that run from September to March. The scores are accumulative, so the team with most points at the end of the season is the ultimate champion. The first competition, Senpai Tournament, was played on September 25th, and the results left Valencia Juggernauts as the champion (7 points), with finalists Black Dragons (6 points) and Skatmen (4 points). You can check the matches, player’s hit ratios and more information in the JuggerSlam website http://juggerslam.info
Also, there are two Leagues running at this time in Zaragoza and Valencia. The one located in Valencia is the biggest, as 18 teams compete for the Best Team title in the city. Valencia League started on October 3rd, and will last until early June with games each Sunday in the Turia River’s fields. Follow the league’s progress entering in its website, which is updated weekly with news, interviews and photographs (http://www.wix.com/avjugger/liga-valenciana-de-jugger).
As you can see, Spain has welcomed Jugger with expectation and hard work. Each city or tournament still has a few “home rules”, but we’re working together to unite Jugger definitely. Our players are improving their skills, so don’t surprise yourselves if you find any of us in an international tournament sooner rather than later, rising to the top.
2010 is the year Skullfight is to be revived. The date will be May the 22th at 11 pm in Ribe, a small town in Southern Jutland. Hopefully there will be teams from all over Denmark fighting for the Skullfight-Trophy. Besides Danish teams we have a German skullfightteam joining the games.
I you are interested in participating, we kindly ask you to read and understand the terms and rules, furthermore it is of most importance that you study our guides for weapons and armor. There should be an English translation of the rules on the site. After you have read the rules, you are to send an email to register your participation, the emailadress is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be aware that the Danish Skullfight is different from the game played in most internatonal leagues - therefor study the rules.
In the register email we would like to know your names, ages, e-maildresses and who is team-contact, plus his/hers phonenumber. If you have any member in the team at 16-17 of age, they have to print and fill the parental permission (forældretilladelse) and send it by mail to: Rune Kulmbak, Trojelsvej 39, 6760 Ribe, Denmark, before May the 15th.
We have to specify that Ripen LiveRollespil, the organization for the event, does not have insurance, and that Ripen LiveRollespil will not cover any material or injury incurred during the game.
On the day, we will be in the center of Ribe. There will be bottles of water to the participating teams, and around the location there are a lot of restaurants and public toilets. The event is part of Ribe’s 1300 year anniversary, and the towns annual TulipFestival, therefore we hope that a lot of people will come from the streets and see the games.
36 teams joined us at the 12th German Jugger Championships in Berlin. Even Ireland came to the tournament, Team Setanta.
Being the biggest Jugger event ever held in history, the teams were divided into eight groups with games on five separate pitches. The main pitch was equipped with galleries for numerous spectators, with Jugger League flags flapping in the wind. Weather on Saturday was perfect, sunny, but not too hot, whereas there was some moderate rain on Sunday (the Irish brought their weather with them, thanks) - no reason to stop playing.
The Irish Qwik during the Special Irish Weather Game Setanta vs. Falco jugger. Photo: Susanne Serwe
When Grünanlagen Guerilla, Berlin, former Champion, challenged Rigor Mortis, also from Berlin, in the 300 stone finals, emotions rose high. A very energetic game was met by enthusiastic spectators with choruses and screams, a stunning atmosphere indeed. Finally, Rigor Mortis beat GAG and won the German Championships trophy back.
Some excellent pictures are shown at flickr. And here is a first glimpse at one of the other games held at the main pitch. More to come!
Cranium Hunters Lüneburg versus Hannoverian Living Undeads.
This spring, we start the local Berlin Jugger League. With the Berliner Juggerpokal, a tournament for local teams, being staged for the third time, we thought it might be the right time to have a local league as well. And it will be excellent training - for players as well as for referees.
Every week-end, a pair of teams takes part in a challenge. Each challenge consists of separate games.
Each game lasts until a team scores 7 points (no stone count limit).
The team winning 3 games has won the challenge.
The results uncover the further pairings.
The Falcones44, a project of the Albert-Schweitzer-School Neukölln (9th grade), will only participate in the Berliner Juggerpokal.
We also changed the rule for staying down for Berlin.
When hit, a player gets down on at least one knee, takes one hand from his Pompfe and starts counting with the hand behind his back. As soon as he has finished counting (5/8 stones) and lifts the knee from the ground, he is allowed to strike - since he first has to grab his pomfey, there is no need for the artificial "get-up-don't-hit-time" we had before.