CUC 2016 – Results

The Edmonton adult finals wrapped up yesterday after several days of exciting Ultimate. Let’s take a look at the outcomes in each division in the order that the finals were played.

The Masters Women’s final featured Eclipse (1,ON) vs Throwback (2,AB). In pool play Eclipse had won the matchup 12-10 and a close final was expected. Throwback had an edge with a larger roster and hometown support. After trading points until 2-2 Throwback jumped out to a 5-2 lead. The teams traded a few breaks before Throwback took half 6-8. The second half started out much the same before Eclipse broke to tie it at 10-10. Throwback turned it up another gear and marched down the field and then broke 3 times to take a commanding 14-10 lead before winning 15-11. With this win Throwback becomes a finalist contender at CUC 2017 which shall be played in Eclipse’s backyard.

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CUC 2016: Now it’s all on the line

As the sun sets in Edmonton the CUC 2016 adult divisions pass the halfway mark and into playoffs. The Women’s division has already had the first round of eliminations and start semis in the morning. The Open division starts quarterfinals and crossovers in the early morning. Finally, the Masters divisions shall complete pool play on Saturday morning before heading into semi finals and finals later in the day. With all of this action there are a few key games to watch.

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CUC 2016 – Idle thoughts

The adult divisions, aside from Mixed, kick off play today in sunny Edmonton with great weather expected for the next few days. Let me rephrase that, it’s great weather if you like sunshine, inconsequential wind, and temperature in the mid-20s. Some of us prefer more adverse conditions but I guess this shall do. Anyways, the big story for this tournament is that masters teams are poaching from the younger divisions…or something like that.

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CUC 2015 Thoughts

Well then! The quadrennial event of teams competing to form the selection committee that represents Canada at WUGC has passed and a number of important outcomes should be discussed. I have a few thoughts from my armchair that I’d like to share with you.

First, it’s the last time that we’ll have a large combined CUC barring one of the big cities stepping up and hosting both gender specific CUCs and Mixed CUCs together. From the sounds of things it went very well and congratulations to all of those that made it or participated in the series. Even if you don’t make it you’re an important part of the community that develops and moves our sport forward.

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OUC 2015 – Women’s Masters Preview

Number of teams: 2
Number of bids to CUC: 2

Teams along with their seed:

  1. Terra (GTA)
  2. Eclipse (Ottawa)

In the third year of the Women’s Masters division in CUC we have 7 teams vying to represent Canada. Two of those teams are out of Ontario with Terra from south western Ontario and Eclipse from the National Capital region. Both teams shall qualify for CUC.

The rosters of each team show strong players and well known names who have represented Canada at the International level and will likely do so next year as well. They’ll have a tough battle at CUC as the division is likely to be a single pool with round robin play determining seed into the semis.

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Pressure

Ultimate Canada updated the bid allocation a few days ago to include wildcard assignments.  There were few surprises and in bids fell where we thought they would.  The new bid system also highlights how important it is for regions to get teams registered early and have fourteen players rostered before the initial deadline.  BC lost a Masters bid by registering three teams but not rostering one of the teams fully; they will now need a Regionals to eliminate a team.  Let’s go through the regions and look at the possible outcomes from Regionals.

Women’s

I’ll have an upcoming article on the overall Women’s situation but here’s how it shaped in terms of bids:  Every region will have a Regionals!  Except Atlantic (separate discussion on that later).

  • Alberta:  1 bid, 2 teams
  • Atlantic:  0 bids, 0 teams
  • B.C.:  4 bids, 5 teams
  • Ontario:  3 bids, 5 teams
  • Prairies:  1 bid, 2 teams
  • Québec:  3 bids, 7 teams

 

As a World’s year this is shaping up to be a battle right from the start.  No additional bids are expected as B.C., Ontario, or Québec would have to drop one for the Prairies to pick it up.  The top teams from all regions traditionally attend CUC as well and are expected to do so this year as well.  I think that Québec Regionals are going to be amongst the most exciting to watch with a large number of teams battling for all three bids; should be great competition.

Women’s Masters

Last year a group of very determined Women started laying the ground work for their campaign to have a Women’s Masters division at CUC.  Many of the players competed in Japan and were confident in their ability to recruit enough teams for their first appearance at CUC.  As of right now there at three teams fully paid and registered from the three powerhouse regions of Montréal, Toronto, and Vancouver competing for one bid to WUCC.  In all honesty I want to see the ladies compete in Vancouver and fight for that bid.  I do know the outcome shall likely be a merging of the three teams for next year but it’s a start.  I hope that Ultimate Canada allows for one Canada wide pickup team to be allowed and that the team comes together so that we see a solid group of four teams.

Masters

A reasonably competitive year for Masters with three bids to WUCC results in a reasonable amount of interest and strong teams wanting to head to CUC.

  • Alberta:  2 bids, 2 teams
  • Atlantic:  0 bids, 0 teams
  • B.C.:  2 bids, 3 teams
  • Ontario:  1 bid, probably 1 team
  • Prairies:  2 bids, 2 teams
  • Québec:  1 bid, 1 team

 

A tie between Prairies and B.C. for number of registered and rostered teams (2 each) led to a player count and Prairies coming out ahead 53 to 35.  Thanks to Greyfish registering but not rostering a team the additional bid went to Prairies.  If Greyfish had rostered 14 players B.C. would have gotten the third bid and all three teams could have attended CUC.  Now, B.C. is the only region that will look to have a Masters Regionals.  Ontario has two teams registered but only one rostered.  I have heard rumours that Toronto and Ottawa may merge prior to the deadline and this should result in them bypassing a Regionals.

Open

The bids have fallen to almost where we spoke about in a previous post.

  • Alberta:  2 bids, 2 teams
  • Atlantic:  0 bids, 0 teams
  • B.C.:  5 bids, 5 teams
  • Ontario:  4 bids, 7 teams
  • Prairies:  2 bids, 2 teams
  • Québec:  3 bids, 8 teams

 

Once again quite a bit of pressure on teams in Québec after a low showing last year.  This year will be an interesting situation given how strong B.C. teams were last year.  Regionals will be held for Ontario and Québec while others get in with few issues.

Mixed

The largest division with regards to the number of teams wanting to play at Regionals.  In previous posts there has been much discussion about whether all of the teams want to head to CUC and the answer is, no.  Not all of the teams want to head to CUC but the ones that don’t are not the most likely to qualify.

  • Alberta:  2 bids, 2 teams
  • Atlantic:  1 bids, 1 team
  • B.C.:  3 bids, 7 teams
  • Ontario:  4 bids, 15 teams
  • Prairies:  3 bids, 3 teams, but no rosters just yet.
  • Québec:  3 bids, 4 teams

 

Interestingly Alberta, Atlantic, and Prairies avoid a Regionals.  I was expecting a Maritimes team in the Atlantic region but some of the players have moved onto teams in other regions and divisions.  Unfortunate but I hope next year results in a better turnout from the Atlantic provinces.  Québec will knock a single team out and should be fairly competitive amongst the bottom three teams.  Ontario and B.C. will have substantially competitive Regionals with plenty of pressure on the top teams in each.  The competition and situations in those Regionals shall be a good lead up to CUC.