Finally, a preview of the ultra competitive Women’s Division.
Here is the Mixed Preview.
With Club Championships just days away it’s time for previews and predictions; let’s start with the Open division which features newcomers, old timers, and perhaps a few one timers.
From the undulating fields of the Twin Cities Polo Grounds, USA Ultimate’s Central Regionals took place this past weekend in Maple Plain, Minnesota (30 minutes west of Minneapolis-St. Paul).
It was my 1st time playing in the UPA/USA Ultimate series, as opposed to a Surly Cynic player I was chatting with who has played in every Central Regional since 1984, and I had a fantastic time. Unfortunately my schedule didn’t allow me to keep too close an eye on the other divisions (Masters started an hour later than everyone else, so all the games were done by the time we were on Saturday), so this recap will focus primarily on the Masters division.
My team, Rust, is technically based out of Detroit, but we were pulling players from all over the region, including Cleveland, Milwaukee, Chicago and Minneapolis, as well as making full use of roster exemptions to bring in players from Toronto.
Here is a quick preview of the Masters division Regionals, which begin this weekend, with the Mid-Atlantic, Northwest and South Regionals occurring.
The 2010 Canadian Ultimate Championships, emanating (I do not think this word means what I think it means) from Sherbrooke, Québec, will be a very Eastern Canada-centric Nationals this year, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the mixed division, where only 1 team (Swarm) represents Canada West of Ontario.
ONYX and Rip, coming off very impressive results at the World Ultimate Club Championships are the prohibitive favourites entering CUC, but after that, the field is wide open.
This Lotus (Toronto) is not the same as Lotus Canada that placed 7th at WUCC, although they do have 11 members of the Lotus Canada squad. Due to WUCC, this group of Lotus players has not played together as a team this year, but have all played with one another in the past.
Anne Mercier and Kate Jardine lead the offence, along with Captain Kristin Laurin. Hadiya Rodrique, now healthy after missing most of the gold medal game in 2009 with a sprained ankle, and Sarah Kidd anchor the defence.
Adding Anne from Stella and having a healthy Hadiya will be huge boosts for Lotus this year, and should overcome whatever lack of cohesion the team may have, in relation to their opponents.