Day 2 sees the start of power pools in the Open and Mixed Division, as well as the conclusion of pool play in the Women’s Division. Masters continue their Pool play through Saturday Morning. For Men’s and mixed, I’m going to assume no upsets in pool play, of course this could change and timings are unknown, so instead I will just list some games in the open division which are interesting to watch.
Instead of writing up a preview, I’ll provide a couple of good matchups to watch over the first 2 days in every timeslot for people that are coming to watch CUC 2011. If you’re on a bye or just watching some of the best ultimate in the country, walk over to these matchups and be entertained.
Since day 2 matchups rely directly on results from day 1, I’m going to give an overview of matchups that can/should happen.
Pool E – Fields 8,9,10
TFP vs. Chaos
Before TFP started it’s dynasty (4 CUC titles in 5 years). There was Chaos. Chaos won in Montreal and Ottawa (2003 and 1999) and made the finals in 3 years (2006, 2001 and 2000). It’s a good bet that one of these two teams if not both will meet at Bomber stadium on Sunday.
TFP vs. RIP
Quite possibly another finals preview. Rip has been building all season for a chance to prove itself against the defending champs from the west.
Gecko vs. RIP
Rip managed to pull out a 9-8 win at regionals. Gecko must be looking forward to this rematch, waiting all season for another shot at RIP.
Pool F – Fields 15, 16, 17
Onyx vs. Liquid
Liquid will be looking for revenge after a 10-8 loss at Mixed up in the finals 2 weeks ago. Healthier squads for both teams will lead to an entertaining game.
Liquid vs. Psychoplastique
Another extremely good matchup on day 2. Both teams will be fighting for the upper hand and to avoid TFP in the Semi’s.
Onyx vs. Monster
Monster is looking forward to this rematch almost as much as the rematch against Liquid. After losing 9-7 vs. Onyx at Comedy of Errors (with a smaller squad), it’ll be interesting to see if Monster can handle Onyx’s handler speed and breaking ability. Another interesting matchup will be with the women. We’ll see if Onyx’s women can use their height advantage over some of the Monster girls.
Monster vs. Meyham
Monster squeezed out a Universe point win in a “hotly contested” game at regionals over Meyham. Rumor has it Meyham has picked up a couple of stronger players and have a better team than that which showed up in Waterloo.
Pool E – Fields 1 and 2 (3:30 pm on)
The top 4 women’s teams continue their fight for position.
Lotus vs. Zephyr
Lotus will get a chance to see the #2 seed, Zephyr from BC. On paper they are slated to meet in the finals, we’ll see if this squad from BC can take on a hot Lotus squad with only 1 loss under it’s belt this year.
Lotus vs. Storm
Last year’s memories probably still leaves a bad taste in some of the girls on Lotus. Storm shocked them in the Semi’s to make the finals in Calgary. Lotus has handled Storm the two times they have played this year, but I’m sure Lorne has something special planned for Nationals.
Wild Rose/Stella vs. Storm
If Stella can get by Wild Rose on Thursday, they get another shot at Storm. After losing to Storm at the Boston Invite. They must be itching to prove the victory was a one-off win. On the other hand Wild Rose will be willing to show that they deserve to be seeded in the top 4 with a win over the #1 seed from Quebec.
Pool E – Fields 12, 13, 14
Invictus vs. Mephisto
Mephisto will be out to prove that they are the best team at CUC 09 in a Friday matchup that may be a preview of the Finals.
Invictus vs. General Strike
Led by Phenom Mark Lloyd, hometown heroes, General Strike will be looking to making an impression against Invictus
Pool F – Fields 15,16,17
Pheonix vs. Blackfish
An athletic Pheonix squad looks to take on Blackfish. Blackfish cracked the semi’s last year, finishing 4th. Pheonix right behind them in 5th.
Grand Trunk vs. Blackfish
Grand Trunk pulled off a universe point win over Blackfish last year, making the top 8. Can they find the magic again?
Grand Trunk vs. Too Bad
Grand Trunk looks for revenge from an early season loss to Too Bad on day 2 of Nationals. Can Too Bad’s band of pickups which include Greg Lang, Tushar and some ex-Zebra Muscle players gel over the 3 days to make a big splash at CUC 09?
Day 3 sees the Quarters and Semi’s for the Mixed, Open and Women’s divisions. The Masters and Juniors divisions have finals on Saturday at 3:45 and 6 pm respectively.
Congratulations to Sherbrooke Quebec for being awarded CUC 2010. The dates provided are August 12 to 15, 2010.
While most of the big Canadian teams are heading to Manitoba this week for CUC 09, 3 of Canada’s elite teams are heading to Burlington Washington for the Emerald City Classic (http://www.emeraldcityclassic.com/). ECC is quite possibly the best ultimate tournament available. It pits the quarter finalists from last years UPA’s plus some Invite teams (a team from Columbia and England this year in the Open division, Columbia and Japan in the Womens division). GOAT, Furious George and Traffic will represent Canada this year. A lot of people wonder why these teams refuse to take part in their National championships and instead go to play in a tournament in the states.
CUC is outrageously expensive. Each player pays anywhere between $123 and $147 to play at Canadian Nationals. That works out to almost $3000 per team. ECC on the other hand will discount fees for teams traveling further. From my understanding, Sockeye will pay $1000 team entry fee, while a team like GOAT will pay somewhere around $400.
Also, for some teams, the level of competition is the main draw in going to a tournament. Most people will agree that Furious and GOAT are the top 2 open teams in the country, if they went to Canadian Nationals, the way the seeding/pools are set up. They may get 3 or 4 good games all weekend (against teams like Mephisto, Pheonix and Invictus). While if they go to ECC, every game will be competitive. Lotus on the other hand will go into CUC, and if everything goes according to plan will play a maximum of 8 games. Of which maybe 3 or 4 will be competitive. 8 games over 4 days, they got more games at No Borders in 2 days for 1/10th of the cost.
That being said, nothing feels greater than winning a National title. But I’m sure teams like Lotus, Invictus, Zephyr, or Mephisto will reassess going to CUC after climbing to the top of the mountain. Good Luck to everyone heading to Winnipeg or Washington.
There are some really interesting matchups on the day 1 schedule for
CUC 09. If you’re on a bye, or just there watching, take a glance at
these great matchups and you’ll be in for some good ultimate.
Coed. 1) 2-Liquid vs 10-Monster field 4
The schedule makers weren’t fooling around in the coed division as we
get one of the best matchups right off the bat Thursday morning.
Ontario 1 and 2 go head to head on field 4. Liquid and Monster have a
long standing friendly rivalry which saw Liquid take a 11-4 lead at
regionals in Waterloo this year, before holding on at softcap 13-11.
Monster scored 6 points in 8 mins, to shock Liquid. Key Matchups in
this one will be Pat Dolan and Higy, Blue and Peyton, as
well as seeing how Monster holds up after losing one of their keys to
the team, Zan Zan. Can Monster handle Liquid’s O line, which was running on all cylinders for most of Mixed Up.
2) 4-RIP vs 12-Tundra field 10.
Those tired of seeing Monster and Liquid trade blows can walk on over
to field 10 where RIP will be looking for revenge on Tundra. At Mixed
up, Tundra climbed back from a 9-5 deficit, lead by Craig “Frogger”
Froats to shock the Quebec 1 seed, 10-9. It was a much needed win for
Tundra whose Confidence soared after the win. The Rey/Frogger matchup
(if they matchup) should be very interesting; when he wants to, Frogger
can be a phenomenal ultimate player.
Coed. 1) 8-Gecko vs 9-Oui UC Field 3
Staying in the coed Division, the 8 vs 9 matchup pits East vs West as
Gecko from Quebec matches up with Alberta’s Oui UC. I’ve never seen
Oui UC play, but Gecko had a very good Mixed up tournament, losing in
the quarters to eventual champs ONYX and looks to be peaking in time
for the biggest tourney of the year. Plus, they have cool jerseys.
2) 7-Pandemic vs 10-Monster Field 5
Staying with Monster, they next face a team from BC. It’ll be
interesting to see how the East and West matchup here as well.
Open 1) 2-Pheonix vs 10-Grand Trunk Field 4
Grand Trunk could possibly be the most mis-seeded team at the
tournament. If everyone plays to potential they could easily crack the
top 8, and look to make some noise in the Semi’s. Pheonix earned the 2
seed over Mephisto at the New York Invite, winning on Universe point,
and they are looking to prove that they belong with the big boys this
year. The additions of Paul Chambers and Shawn Harkins look to offset
the loss of Derek Alexander for the bird, and their Aerial Show. A key
matchup in this one will be Luke Phalen vs Andrew Butler.
Women 2) 8-Fusion vs 9-PPF Field 14
PPF sees if it can regroup without key member Darcy Drummond and upset
the higher seeded Fusion.
Women 1) 4-Wild Rose vs 5-Stella Field 17
Very big matchup on Day 1 that could shape the Semi’s. Wild Rose from
AB takes on what must be an unhappy Stella. Last years champions have
had a challenging start to the year, and come in seeded 5, and look to
move up to the power pools with a win over the Alberta squad. The
winner of this game sets up an interesting game against Lotus (if
Lotus holds seed) later in the day.
Mixed 2) 4-RIP vs 5-Chaos Field 10
Local squad Chaos looks to take out the top team from Montreal
heading into the Power pools Friday.
3) 12-Tundra vs 13-BFC Field 11
Most probably, the winner of this game will move on to the Power Pools
while the loser will be forced into the relegation round. With both
teams trying to earn a birth to Worlds, this matchup will be intense. Matchups to watch are Damien Kwok and Chris Welsh as well as Geofford Seaborn and Neil Griffith.
Open 1) 8-Demon vs 9-Sofa Kings Field 3
Demon looks to continue on it’s great season so far as they take on
Sofa Kings, with the winner most likely to take a win over to the
power pools Friday.
2) 7-Mangina vs 10-Grand Trunk Field 5
3) 6-Too Bad vs 11-SirLoin Field 7
Open 1) 4-Mephisto vs 5-General Strike Field 10
Strike looks to use home advantage in toppling the defending finalist
from the east.
2) 12- ROY vs 13-Tommy Douglas Dream Machine Field 11
Quite probably the winner of this game will move into the power pools.
Both teams are athletic and conditions will play a major role in the
outcome of this game.
Women 1) Winner Pool 1 vs Winner Pool 4 Field 14
Quite possibly a Lotus vs Stella rematch, they always tend to give us
good games. Lotus/Wild Rose will also be interesting, as it will be
nice to see how Lotus matches up with a team from the West.