Hey folks... had enough of the usual ramblings and rumblings of the forum these days? Maxims and Legalities got you all riled up? Well put all that energy to good use... the UPA Club Finals are on from now to Sunday.
Day 1's over
Furious UP 3-0 in Pool A. First seed going into the tournament, and a strong showing throughout the day. 15-7, 15-9, and 15-11, with the last game against one of their NW partners, Rhino out of Portland.
The rest of the NW Open teams are doing well so far... Sockeye going into the tourney seeded #2, also at 3-0, with three games all at 15-9... they must be bored.
And the 4th NW rep, Revolver from San Francisco, take Pool B in a head-to-head tie-breaker with the legendary DoG, at 2 games to 1 each. Revolver need to be careful; while they upset the top seed in the pool to take it, they also got upset by the 11th seed 16-17 at the soft cap.
This puts Furious, Rhino and Revolver all in the same power pool.
On the Women's side, Fury and Riot (1st and 2nd seed respectively), take both their pools 3-0 with seemingly little effort.
The Capitals, the Lotus/Stella combination team from Ontario, making their 2nd consecutive appearance at the Show, seem to be holding seed, and their only loss so far is to 3rd seed and last year's finalist Backhoe, and that by only 4 points. Unfortunately, I understand that a few of their top players aren't with them, including Erin Huck. [... what a great name for an Ultimate player, hey?]
On the Mixed side... there's 4 NW teams there, and no Canadian teams. Three of the NW teams have each won their respective pools. One of which is Brass Monkey, who won last year's tourney. I'm guessing most people aren't that charged about the UPA Mixed division this year... however, did anyone know Vancouver is being represented by two mixed teams in Australia at World Clubs next month... which are Team Fisher Price and Joyride... speaking of which, I think there's rumour of a raffle or something.
And in Masters, GLUM out of Ottawa, at 3rd seed and NE Regional winners, are having a difficult first day. With the Masters being a somewhat abbreviated division compared to the other three, they need to pull up their socks, strap on some old-man garters to keep them up, take some IBU pre-emptive strikes and come out hard tomorrow to get a good shot at the championship bracket [ puns such as "keep them up" and "come out hard" are *not* intended ... especially talking about fellow old guys ]. The two NW representatives so far have a better shot at the top tree.
... that's it... stay tuned.