Norwegian team YETI won SM

Norwegian YETI won SM in snowball fight

Published: 2 March 2013

After a tough semifinal-round and a thrilling final in the biting wind and drifting snow this year's Swedish champion in the Japanese sport of Yukigassen snowball, could enter the podium. That was Yeti from Vardo in northern Norway, who won this year's SM at Luleå University of Technology

The Norwegian team named YETI, meaning snowman, managed to take home this year's Championship in Yukigassen at Luleå University of Technology, which pleased the team's captain.

- It feels absolutely fantastic and we went the hit to win, because it's just too far to drive to lose says Stian Iverssen, captain of Yeti from Vardo.
 
One can easily understand his comment when Vardo is the north easternmost town in Norway, about 900 km north of Luleå. The team did really fight for their victory. But while it is apparent that Yeti has the feeling for Yukigassen, and oddly that would be otherwise, since the team last year became Nordic champion. In this year's SM YETI clearly won their matches in quarter-and semifinals. But when it came to the final they had to add on an extra boost and captain Iverssen could feel the resistance.
 
- It was all right in the end, it was a lot of good teams, but we pulled the longest straw and won, he says
 
Second place was last year's silver medalists KREWazion Invasion who are students from Luleå University of Technology and third place and bronze medalists were Sauron's Little Helpers, also one studentteam. In this year's SM also participated teams from LKAB, university management and the student sport STYLE. A total of 16 teams competed for the first prize of SEK 50 000 in traveler's checks and YETI finally took took it, despite "FOUL WEATHER".

The large crowd came anyway - and had great fun as well as a thrilling time the whole afternoon and evening, despite persistent snowfall and winds of 7 m / s. Around the two plans with rock-hard snow banks where the matches were decided in the thrilling speed and with nerves on edge, the audience  thronged for the best place. One or two from the audience happened sometimes to slide down to the short side of the pitch, where visibility was indeed stunning, but the risk extremely high that they got struck by a rock hard snowball, as it was in that direction the balls where thrown.

The amazing yukigassespeaker Joakim Österberg clear warnings to the eager audience at the short end, and he always got the desired effect.

- Move over, lest you get a snowball in your head, and then we have to call an ambulance.

For those who froze it was just to go in and warm up for a while or stand by any of the crackling fires. Especially long queue during the breaks was to the sale of hot sandwiches and coffee.

Everyone went around carrying a steaming hot sandwich in their hands, manufactured according to secret recipes for just Yukigassen.

One of the teams on the field was LKAB, with CEO Lars-Eric Aaro behind one of the helmets. After his second straight victory in the group stage match, he showed great enthusiasm, as well as the surprise that the game worked so well in the team, Yukigassen was simply fun, really fun.

- At first I thought the game was to be intense, but then we realized that the best thing is to stay calm and wait, it's important not to get carried away. Then they get you, another thing is that you should never look back. It is great fun to play, definitely more fun than I thought, said Lars-Eric Aaro.

Vice- Chancellor Johan Sterte held his inaugural speech in English when he greeted everyone warmly welcome to Yukigassen at Luleå University of Technology. He had played Yukigassen, albeit unorganized form since 5-year-old and up to adolescence, with many broken windows as a consequense, and angry adults.

Two years ago he took up the sport again, with Yukigassen at Luleå University of Technology, but perhaps he had more success when he was younger ... his team lost already in the group stage.

- Luleå University of Technology is a good place for Yukigassen, we have ice, we have guaranteed snow and a temperature below zero this time of year. "Great ideas grow better below zero" we like to say at Luleå University of Technology. This Yukigassen is such a good idea by your students. Good luck in this year's games! he greeted all teams welcome.

After that the dance group Zoloz showed an amazing dance number about snowball fights, victory and defeat. Dispite the heavy snowfall and 7 meters per second, they danced on top of the outdoor scene in just socks and skiingunderwear, a dance that began with a slow-motion dance with the "Olympic torch" to the classical music by Vangelis in the film Chariots of Fire..

On Yukigassen, the fire from the "Olympic torch" however, lit a regular barbecue grills.

Late in the evening there was an extremely daring snowmobile show, a stunning fire show and then a fireworks display.

Text: Leif Nyberg Katarina Karlsson

Photo: Jenny Pettersson, Leif Nyberg