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On our Facebook page you’ll find photos by Lee taken over the first three days: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.252901271397827.66979.123866190968003&type=1
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 →
Well, day 3 is done. The Masters and the Juniors finals have been played, won by the Nomads and Shock respectively. Of interest to myself as a mixed ultimate player from Ontario is that all the Ontario mixed teams were eliminated from the top 4. Quebec dominated mixed today taking 3 of the top 4 positions. On the other hand, Open seems to have been dominated by Ontario with 3 of the top 4 teams coming from Ontario. 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 →
In the last of our previews we look at the Open Division. Much like the other divisions a World’s year brings out the best and reorganizes the landscape. This time is no different but while the Open division has gotten stronger some markets have experienced a slight downturn.
In Ottawa Phoenix has felt the loss of some players to Trainwreck. Likewise in Montreal where Odyssèe has siphoned off some of the Open players. Both of those losses are tempered by the return of GOAT and Furious George. Furious amongst the most famous teams in the world and GOAT amongst the leading elite.
With sixteen teams and a contribution from every region Ontario leads the way with seven(7) teams, Quebec follows with three(3), Atlantic and BC each contribute two(2), and finally Prairies and Alberta with one(1) each. Divided into four pools each team has a chance to make the finals on the first two days of play before the top and bottom quarters split on Saturday.
It took a while but here’s my version of the NexGen vs. Goat game that was held on July 27, 2011.