• “A good time was had by all”
By Sean Pearson
One of the best things about broomball — at least in Homer — is that nobody takes themselves too seriously. Don’t, however, mistake that lack of austerity as a lack of competitiveness.
After a quiet winter season, Homer Broomball hosted The Dusty Growler Tournament on Friday night at Kevin Bell Arena. Long-absent players came out of the woodwork to form four spectacular teams.
“Slice” was captained by Rudy Multz, “The Beasts” by Brandon Young, Seanna Gunn led the “Green Machine Gunns” and Beka Thoning took the helm of DJAMBSL. (Speculation in regard to what — exactly — DJAMBSL stands for remains unconfirmed. You are free to go “acronyming” as much as you like.)
The Dusty Growler showdown was a one-night, six-game, double-elimination, tournament with each game lasting just one 10-minute period. League organizer Jennifer Norton said she was surprised by the polished teamwork among all teams — especially considering they were all formed just that night.
The Green Machine Gunns came away with this year’s title following a championship battle against the Beasts.
“The two teams struggled back and forth for control, as they were so evenly matched,” Norton said. “After the allotted 10 minutes passed with no goals scored, we headed into overtime.”
Just 33 seconds into the OT period, Gunner Cody Fonkert made a sweet shot right inside the blue line, sending the ball past Marx and into the corner of the net.
The shot gave GMG the title, as well as broomball bragging rights for the next year.
“It really was a blast,” Norton said. “A great way to end a rather pathetic season. Hopefully everyone will be fired up for next year.”
Tournament highlights include the brilliant work of four MVPS: Jennifer Bando for Slice, Jason Harriman for GMG, Derek Reynolds for DJAMBSL and Jedd Fonkert for The Beasts. Goalies Chris Gordon and Jessica Marx played all six games, with Gordon logging 27 saves and allowing five goals, and Marx grabbing 22 saves and allowing just four goals.
All teams retired to the locker room for the traditional toast to the winners and to drink from the Broomball jug generously filled with Springtime Ale by the Homer Brewing Company.
Norton said a Bethel broomballers is trying to get an Alaska team together to compete in Japan, but she’s not sure hoe that’s shaping up.
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