No Borders Quick Preview

As I’ve returned a few days ago and need to catchup on my unemployment I’m skipping “No Borders” this week which also seems to be the theme for a few teams.  Most notably Mephisto (2nd last year) will be missing as many of their players are unable to make the tournament (still in Europe, just returned, or at U23).  Phoenix will have their non-U23 squad present and will continue to prep ahead of Nationals.  Maverick (formerly Medicare) are not at the tournament and will instead be practicing in KW for Regionals (next weekend).

In Womens both Lotus and Storm will not be playing which gives Stella top spot as well as the pressure to win their home tournament.

Open

With 21 teams across five pools the TD has split the pools into two sets:  A and B containing 1-8 seeds and C through E 9-21.  Conveniently (and likely with some purpose) Pool E contains the three Ontario Masters teams:  GLUM, Fuel, and Fossil.

The top pools are headed by Phoenix and Nads (strong team resembling Moondoggies from last year but missing many players) followed by General Strike, Red Circus, Q, Grand Trunk, TC East, and Bloody Gary.  Phoenix will have to work hard this weekend to keep the top spot given that they’re lacking key players.  The teams below them will be hungry for a tournament win and you can expect General Strike to get into the top 4 although they may be lacking players given their lower seeding in relation to Red Circus.

The lower pool will provide some interest with players moving around but all eyes will be on Firebird who many will be seeing for the first time this season.  For Ontario touring teams the results will be important for seeding next weekend at Regionals.  The Too Bad vs Firebird matchup will provide the most drama in the lower pools should they ever meet.

The game between Fuel and Fossil will be of particular interest for those with interest in Nationals; which Toronto team will wear the crown?  Will either of them give GLUM any trouble?  Probably not.

Women’s

With a larger group of 15 Women’s Teams the TD has split them up equally into three pools.  Stella should have a fairly easy time getting through day 1 with fourth seed Team Canada U20 Women [Editors note: This originally said U23] providing the greatest challenge.  In Pool B Fusion is in top spot with more challenges coming from EXO and Mystik; an upset is possible as Lily had a tight match with EXO at Jazz Fest (losing 11-13).  Finally is Pool C headed by QUB who are looking strong in their pool but unlikely to upset Stella.

3 thoughts on “No Borders Quick Preview

  1. Actually Tushar, BDU was also in the pool with GLUM, Fuel and Fossil, as we did indeed hold a Masters Regionals on Saturday.

    The game to go predictably came down to Fossil and BDU, and with Mother Nature (45 kph winds) and the TD (crosswind, rather than upwind/downwind, fields) conspired to give BDU the well deserved 13-5 victory, and the final spot at Nationals.

    GLUM was without some traditional faces; Ian Brooks, Dave Janssen [playing with Phoenix], Derek Sigurdson [now captaining Fuel], and Peter Knowles, in particular. They were still as strong as ever though; I do not believe they gave up a 1st half point in any of their Masters games.

    Fuel still has some chemistry issues to work out, as their roster was not finalized until the week leading up to No Borders, and NB was the 1st time they played together as a full group. There are 7 players who were not on Fossil added to Fuel this year, and 1 more player returning after a 2 year absence from Fossil. Included in the adds are players from GLUM and Grand Trunk, so they look to have closed the gap on FigJam, talent wise. Time will tell if it carries over to game play.

    2010 Canadian Masters team: (in likely order of seeding)

    1) GLUM (Ottawa)
    2) FigJam (Calgary)
    3) Fuel (Toronto)
    4) Flood (Winnipeg)
    5) Quantam (bigtime sleeper team) (Quebec City)
    6) Bad Daddy Ultimate (BDU) (Ottawa)
    7) Scotch (Halifax)
    8) Nsom (formely GOB?) (Montreal)

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