Heavy-hitting combat coming to Moreton Bay

Published 5:00am 13 March 2024

Heavy-hitting combat coming to Moreton Bay
Words by Nick Crockford

The Abbeystowe Challenger Clash – Buhurt International - an inaugural two-day, full-contact, heavy-hitting, combat event - is coming to Moreton Bay on May 25-26.

It is destined to be the first stand-alone Buhurt International Challenger tournament in this country with teams from across Australia and New Zealand chasing glory.

The Clash will be hosted by the team behind the Abbey Medieval Festival and Queensland’s own Team Vultures at the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology in Caboolture.

Limited tickets are now on sale from 10am on the website, click here: www.abbeystowe.com/abbeystowe- challenge-clash/

“We are excited to bring the only full contact medieval tournament to Queensland,” Team Vultures President Paul Smith says.

“We are one of the two first Buhurt teams in Australia, recognised as a part of the Australian Medieval Combat Federation since their creation and represented Australia across Europe and Asia.

“Team Vultures have hosted tournaments in the past and we're confident that with the support of the Abbey, we will bring an exclusive event that will put Australian Buhurt on the map.’

Supported by ERMS Group, MBRIT and the City of Moreton Bay, organisers say the event promises more than just adrenaline-inducing battles.

“Building on the Abbey Medieval Festival’s success as the largest medieval event in the southern hemisphere, this combat tournament is sure to deliver our city’s most authentic medieval experience yet,” Mayor Peter Flannery says.

“This is an exciting opportunity for locals and visiting devotees of medieval culture, to immerse themselves in life as it was in the Middle Ages.

“Hosting an official Buhurt competition will also boost our local economy and continue to heighten Moreton Bay’s reputation as a premier event destination.

“I can’t wait to welcome the competitors and witness the fighters battle it out for medieval glory.”

There will be a variety of entertainment, food stalls and a pop-up bar for refreshments. Abbeystowe Archery range will also be open for aspiring archers.

“As the first major event under the new Abbeystowe.com, the premier destination events site hosted by the Abbey Museum, this internationally recognised sport embodies our commitment to providing educational entertainment and fun for fans of the regularly sold-out Abbey Medieval Festival,” Martin Purslow, CEO of Abbey Museum, says.

Natassia Wheeler, CEO, Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism, adds: “MBRIT is thrilled to support the inaugural Abbeystowe Challenger Clash – Buhurt International.

“This event not only showcases the exhilarating spectacle of full-contact medieval combat but also highlights the significance of Abbey Museum and Abbeystowe in attracting visitors to our region.

“With 4.6 million visitor annually, Moreton Bay’s unique and distinctive natural assets and attractions are no longer a secret, and visitors are quickly discovering everything we have to offer all the way from the bay to the hinterland.”

Limited tickets are on sale from 10am on the website. Click here

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