Sunburnt. Dehydrated. Dejected. That was Flywheel after Friday’s playoffs. IAVO Research + Scientific, hot off a restful forfeit in the first round, pulled ahead in an otherwise tight match to seal their spot in the finals and send Flywheel packing in our own tournament!
Meanwhile, across the green, Fullsteam Brewery + Baldwin& went head to head in what was also a showdown for the ages. The croquet gods looked kindly upon Baldwin& and in the end, they sealed the deal and sent Fullsteam back to their craft-beer-drinking hideaway (lucky them).
So it was written. IAVO + Baldwin would face off in the final match to determine who really ruled the…wickets? Yeah, the wickets. It was a close match, save “Harvey” who pulled ahead as he had in the previous match to secure the number one spot. It’s still a matter of contention as to whether or not “Harvey” even works for IAVO or if they flew him in from England for the tournament. I’ve got my eye on you, “Harvey”.
Harvey’s quick finish was apparently inspirational to the other IAVO players and they pulled ahead for the win. And there you have it, folks–IAVO Research + Scientific are our champions. With a tri-butted trophy and their five dollar cash prize, they’ll reign over Durham croquet. At least, until next year.
A HUGE thank you goes out to all of the teams that came out for our (inaugural) Downtown Croquet Tournament–IAVO R+S, Baldwin&, Fullsteam, Original Projects, the DPAC and Ignite.
There are a couple of nice articles on Bull City Rising and Durham Magazine that you can check out and, as always, photos are up on our Flickr.
Unfortunately, we had another team drop out this afternoon. Baldwin& apparently “forgot” to put the event on their group calendar. But I think we all know what really happened–they were afraid of this fierce squad: BAM.
In Baldwin&’s absence, Flywheel stepped in as Team OK Great (to save from confusing everyone). And although the game was inevitably going our way and Ignite Social Media bailed early to grab some Only Burger burgers, they technically picked up a win. Woo. There are oodles of photos at our Flickr.
But wait! The plot thickens…turns out that Ignite can’t make tomorrow! What. the. hell. We reasoned that because Baldwin& and Ignite Social Media both forfeited, neither forfeit truly counts and Baldwin& moves on to the finals. Or something like that. Makes sense, right? Suuure, it does.
Playoffs begin tomorrow at noon on the DPAC lawn. Two semi-final games will be played simultaneously–Flywheel vs. IAVO and Baldwin& vs. Fullsteam–followed by the finals, glory and someone walking home with a big ol’ trophy.
Grab some lunch and come cheer the players on!