Happy doomsyear! 2012 is upon us, so let’s make the most of it. My new years resolution: go to at least one tournament I’ve never been to. Achievable I think. But enough about me, if there’s one thing I’d like to see achieved this year, it’s filling the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan come August 12. Big goings on in the Ultimate Frisbee world these days, and I mean BIG. This week on Sidelines:
Memories of WUCC 2010
Stanford v Alumni, Timbits style
A look into the Buffalo Hunters’ Combine from Skyd’s Zack Smith
Memory card recovered! All pictures below are from that card that was returned to me by the excellent volunteers and staff at the tournament following a thunder storm on day 4. The morning of day 3 was filled with upsets highly intese play as teams were fighting avoid elimination from the championship. I watched Train Wreck loose on Universe point to No Clue? and MuD loose to TFP at the same time. In the same set of games, Union was eliminated by Onyx. Continue reading →
Today I went fishing for exciting ultimate pictures. I wandered the pond looking for the prime fishing spots, typically settling in for a while to shoot at a game that was fairly closely matched and then moving on when I felt another game could yield better action. At several points I managed to get myself between two games that were closely matched and that had the sun shining on the side of the players I could see, which filled my short term goals nicely. Two such notable combinatinations stand out to me in my 2am haze. The first was the games between Zen and Spawn on one side and MuD and Prodigy on the other, both games went to universe point and were hard fought all the way. The second prime fishing spot I found was Vortex vs. Overdrive and Onyx vs. Team Fischer Price. Both of these games were well matched and TFP won on universe point. These two sets of games were intese and were loaded with layouts.
The fact that I could find adjoining down to the wire games is evidence that the competition is starting to heat up as teams work their way towards their final placement in the tournament. I’m really looking forward to the championship play that will be taking place tomorrow as there should be a ton of close games which leads to intense games which leads to more interesting pictures :) Continue reading →
Day one has finished and I can sleep well, having seen a massive variety of top level ultimate, all played on one set of fields. In general, my experience of the day was that most games I saw ended as I was expecting them to, but even heavily mismatched games could yield some exciting ultimate. During the second last time slot of the day I wandered from field to field looking for a game that was not mismatched and close to the end of the list of available games I finally settled on a juniors division game between ResurreXion and CUJO, (Ottawa and Calgary) who did have a close game, hard fought game.
I was reminded today that juniors division provides some of the most entertaining ultimate to photograph as the number of contested throws and layouts is much greater due to the ability of youngsters to survive collisions with each other and the ground better than most of the older ultimate brethren. Continue reading →
No Borders 2011 was the site of some really exciting ultimate. The addition of a cash prize lead to some interesting sideline discussions about exactly what a team would need to do to win the coveted 9th place and the $500 prize that comes with it. I played for “Wax Power” an open pickup team made up mostly of men from various Ontario mixed teams. We won all our games in our pool (Fire Bird, Roy and O Town Throw Down) and lost to Red Circus in our crossover.
I’m afraid that I was a bit too busy playing the first day to take many pictures but I did come back with a bunch that I was happy with from the second day (image 3 and onwards). I ended up covering 3 PPF games, 2 of them were against the Capitals (playoffs and the final) so PPF and the Capitals are well represented below. I shot straight through the women’s final, images 14 – 22, and the open final between Goat and Phoenix which accounts for images 23 – 32.
The following pictures were taken over the course of No Boarders 2011 by Jonathan Hines.