Ontario Championships Preview

Of the 28 teams that started the journey 12 will head into the weekend for Ontario Championships. From those 12 a yet to be determined number will head to Montreal for the Canadian 4v4 Ultimate Championships (C4UC). This weekend will also have an impact on bid allocation for 2019 sectionals giving teams an additional incentive to perform well.

Read on to find out how things may shake out.

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O4C – South Sectionals

The largest, and last, Ontario sectional will be played this weekend in the most important city in the world/universe: Toronto. Despite their perceived importance the south section will receive the same number of bids as the east section: four. Having by far the worst team to bid ratio the section features many strong teams that will have home turf advantage should they make it to Ontario Championships.

Read on to find out a bit more about each team as well as their chances of making Ontario Championships.

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O4C – East Sectionals

Last year the 4v4 Championships were held in Ottawa with three, of the eight teams Ontario teams, calling the region home. With that significant of a contribution the section received four bids to Ontario Championships (OC) this year. However, it appears that Ontario Ultimate (OU) was generous as six teams, from the east, registered for sectionals. The ratio of four bids for six teams provides the best opportunity to make the championships.

Read on to find out a bit more about each team as well as their chances of making Ontario Championships.

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O4C – West Sectionals – Day 2 Preview

With the first day and the first half of round robin completed some teams are waking up to a new reality. As of right now each and every team is in real contention for a bid to Ontario Championships (O4UC). Read on to find out what’s changed since yesterday morning, who moved up, who’s in trouble, and what to expect on Day 2.

If you would like some context, read the tournament preview here.

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C4UC 2017 – Predictions

The Canadian 4 on 4 Ultimate Championships shall be held this weekend in Ottawa with 24 teams stock full of talent vying for the crown. I have thought long and hard about predictions and the reality is that it is quite difficult to do so. All the way from the top seeded team to the 24th seed there is little to differentiate any of them. In this tournament you are 2 minutes away from losing a game.

By that I mean that a bad streak on offense can leave you in an unrecoverable position and all of that can happen in a few minutes. So, much of the outcome depends on the play style of a team. Those that are more adaptable and can switch tactics every point shall come out ahead.

While everybody has a shot at gold the top 6 teams in this tournament are the most likely to end up on the finals. That said, the 7th through 12th seeded teams have significant talent and are in a position to upset any of the teams proceeding them.

The teams, in order of seed are:

  1. Tune Squad (ON1)
  2. Mighty Discs (QC1)
  3. Mutiny (NS1)
  4. Sugar Mommies (QC2)
  5. Crazy Cat Ladies (ON2)
  6. Brunch Money (NS2)
  7. Tetraphobia (ON3)
  8. Last Call (ON4)
  9. Swift (ON5)
  10. Qg (QC3)
  11. NL1 (NL1)
  12. NOMO (AB1)
  13. Waitlisted (ON6)
  14. Perle Noire (QC4)
  15. Quality Control (ON7)
  16. Oasis (ON8)
  17. NL2
  18. Sheepish (NS3)
  19. Max Power (ON9)
  20. RIUT (PE1)
  21. Force (ON10)
  22. Fortitude X (MB1)
  23. Fortitude Y (MB2)
  24. NS (EH) (NS4)

The teams in bold are most likely to be in the finals. The teams in italic are the outside wildcards.

Finally, there is one team that can spoil for everybody else: Force (ON10, seeded 21st overall). I’m not expecting them to be in the top 8 but they have the capability to upset a major team. Force is a team that grinds things out and can take quite a bit of energy out of a team. Beware of them.

Aside from Force teams would be careful to respect Swift (ON5, seeded 9th overall). While they may not be familiar players they have been playing together for over 5 years in the WODS indoor speed league as well as on Crash. NL1 (NL1, seeded 11th overall) should also be watched closely. Consisting of core Wreckhouse players they have the ability to grind throughout the tournament.

You can watch the Ultimate Canada live stream here.

Credit where credit is due

There’s been plenty of gnashing of teeth this week from Ontario teams about the reallocation of C4UC bids. Ultimate Canada has since posted a statement of apology that provides a few details as to why the situation occurred.

Even the most cynical amongst us need to give credit to Ultimate Canada. UC could have ignored this issue and let it die down but instead they have responded with an apology in a relatively short time period. That they accept the full responsibility for the situation and are working to rectify it is also significant. It is difficult to imagine what UC can do to rectify this situation and players should recognize that.

It seems reasonable, at this point, to consider the situation resolved for the community at large. The affected team may continue to pursue the bid but it appears that short of a drastic change for accommodation that they are unlikely to attend C4UC 2017 as a team. Be heartened instead that UC heard you and responded.