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Board updates

Head shots of Yolanda Kuai and Kurtis Thornhill.
Yolanda Kuai, left, and Kurtis Thornhill.

There have been some recent changes to the Ultimate NL board of directors.

Member-at-large Yolanda Kuai has taken over the position of tournaments and events director. She can be reached at tournaments@ultimatenl.ca.

Also, Kurtis Thornhill has returned to the board, this time in the role of community outreach director. Kurtis previously served on the board as our youth co-ordinator. He can be reached at volunteer@ultimatenl.ca.

Special thanks to outgoing board members Erin Daly and Mark Kavanagh for their time and dedication!

Flood Watch wins first Elimin8s

A team picture of Flood Watch at Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador's first Elimin8s tournament.
Flood Watch

Team Flood Watch was undefeated in Ultimate NL’s first Elimin8s tournament.

With six teams and over 60 players participating, Flood Watch proved to be tough opponents in the tournament but emerged the victor when Erin Daly caught a pass from Mike Pineau to score the winning point against Gyr8tors.

Both teams were down to two players each on the field, making it a battle of both smarts and skill.

In Elimin8s style ultimate, teams start with eight players but lose a position on the field with each point scored. This makes for highly competitive games and most matches were separated by less than three points.

In a post-tournament survey, 92 per cent of respondents said their experience at the tournament was excellent or that they were very satisfied with it. Ninety-two per cent also said they’d like it to be an annual event.

Thank you to everyone who came out and helped make it a success! Special thanks to tournament director Kathleen Sullivan, and to Tempest for providing field snacks.

Funds raised for national campaign

It was a friendly battle of red versus white as around 25 people took part in the 2019 Art Hawkins Great Canadian Ultimate Game on June 8.

Held during a break in Ultimate NL’s first Elimin8s tournament, the game saw Team White beat Team Red by a score of 11-9.

The game is an annual nation-wide fundraiser for the Art Hawkins Development Fund, which supports the accessibility and development of ultimate and Spirit of the Game to children, youth and those with disabilities, particularly in economically disadvantaged communities.

Scores from each location are added together to determine an overall winner. Nationally, Team Red defeated Team White 203-186.

Ultimate NL has received two grants from the fund. In 2017, a grant helped start a pilot wheelchair ultimate program, and in 2014, the funds went towards a fall youth ultimate league.

This year, Ultimate NL is contributing the proceeds from its Elimin8s tournament to the fund for a total donation of $290.

Thank you to everyone who participated and played with great spirit and a positive attitude!

Upcoming events

June 8: Elimin8s Tournament

June 8: Art Hawkins Great Canadian Ultimate Game

June 28: MZU/SWURL/MAUL Summer Kickoff Party

July 6: Salmon Cove Sands Beach Ultimate Tournament

Aug. 24: Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU) Summer League Playoff Day

Sept. 15: Toilet Bowl Tournament

League updates

St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreation League (SWURL)

Summer league will run on Monday nights from June 17-Aug. 12 with games happening at 5:30 and 7 p.m. at Kitty Gaul field. Sign up in pairs or solo. A 30-minute skills and drills session will take place from 6:30-7 p.m. for the first four weeks.

Cost: $35

Register here

Men’s Avalon Ultimate League (MAUL)

Summer league will run on Mondays from June 17-Aug. 13 at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Bowring Park field. Open to male-matching players ages 16-and-over of all skill levels.

Cost: $40

Register here

Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU)

Summer league is underway with 23 teams taking part.

New this season is an update to the subbing policy, which allows both registered and unregistered players to sub for a maximum of four games throughout the season. Registered players may only sub in the regular season. Unregistered players may sub in a maximum of one playoff game. Further details are available here.

If you’re interested in subbing, join MZU’s Facebook group here. Unregistered players must complete this waiver form before subbing.

The summer league schedule is available here.

Mount Pearl wins junior high banner

Members of the Mount Pearl Senior High Grade 9 team pose with the Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador provincial banner.
2019 Junior High Provincial Champs: Mount Pearl Senior High 9s. Credit: David Hiscock

Mount Pearl Senior High (MPSH) 9s emerged the victor of our 2019 Junior High Provincial Tournament on May 25-26.

This marked the 10th year that Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador has hosted a provincial junior high tournament. Fourteen teams representing 11 schools participated.

MPSH 9s faced Villanova Junior High in the final and won by a score of 15-9. MPSH narrowly defeated 2018 champions Frank Roberts Junior High (FRJH) 3 by a score of 8-7 to make it to the championship game. In the other semi-final, Villanova edged out St. Bonaventure’s College 9-7.

The final standings were:

  1. Mount Pearl Senior High 9s
  2. Villanova Junior High
  3. St. Bonaventure’s College
  4. Frank Roberts Junior High 3
  5. Brother Rice Junior High (senior)
  6. Beaconsfield High School
  7. St. Paul’s Junior High
  8. Brother Rice Junior High (junior)
  9. Roncalli Central High
  10. Frank Roberts Junior High 1
  11. Laval High School
  12. Frank Roberts Junior High 2
  13. Macdonald Drive Junior High
  14. Cowan Heights Elementary 7s
Members of the Brother Rice Junior High junior squad pose with their coach.
The Brother Rice Celtics were the Most Spirited Team. Credit: David Hiscock

The junior squad from Brother Rice Junior High was the Most Spirited team.

Congratulations to all of the teams that participated!

A special thank you to all of our volunteers, coaches and tournament sponsor, Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Check out the tournament photo album here.

Twillingate earns regional win in central

J.M. Olds Collegiate won the School Sports NL central regional banner.

The growth of ultimate in schools across the province continues with six schools in central Newfoundland and Labrador competing in the School Sports NL (SSNL) Central East Varsity Ultimate Frisbee Tournament.

Host team J.M. Olds Collegiate of Twillingate was undefeated in the tournament to earn the regional banner on May 25.

They defeated Lewisporte Collegiate 25-14 in the final.

Riverwood Academy from Gander Bay, Pearson Academy from Wesleyville, Lakewood Academy from Glenwood and Glovertown Academy also took part.

The tournament marks fourth regional tournament from SSNL since ultimate became a Foundation Sport with the governing body in September.

Congratulations to all of the participating teams!

Summer youth leagues open

Registration is now open for our junior high and elementary summer leagues.

These six-week leagues will focus on developing player skills in a fun and supportive environment. It will run from July 7 to Aug. 11.

Junior High Summer League

Open to athletes of all skill levels, this six-week league offers a great introduction to the sport of ultimate, allowing players to improve their skills and develop as athletes.

Details:

  • Sundays from July 7-Aug. 11
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Kitty Gaul Park
  • Ages: 12-14
  • Cost: $30

Register here

Elementary Summer League

We’re proud to announce our first Elementary Summer League! Open to kids of all skill levels, this league will offer a great introduction to the sport of ultimate, while teaching the skills and value of the sport. The emphasis will be on learning, fun and Spirit of the Game!

Details:

  • Sundays from July 7-Aug. 11
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Kitty Gaul Park
  • Ages: 8-11
  • Cost: $30

Register here

Skills and drills series a success

Melissa Wheeler, right, demonstrates throwing techniques. Credit: Nicole Bishop

Ultimate NL successfully hosted its first skill development series for female-matching players from April 10-May 15.

Fifty-three athletes participated in the inaugural series targeting female-matching players to improve their skills through group instruction and drills. With players divided into beginner and intermediate levels to better target the needs of participants, each session focused on one rule and one skill. Topics ranged from backhand and forehand throwing, proper cutting techniques, and offensive and defensive strategies.

All participants who provided feedback indicated that they enjoyed the sessions and felt that their skills improved over the series, says Kathleen Sullivan, Ultimate NL’s sport development co-ordinator.

“We identified the need for this series through feedback from the leagues and our membership, and we decided to create this league to improve the skills and confidence of female-matching players in the community,” says Sullivan. “I am so proud of all the facilitators for their commitment to this series and of all the participants for coming out and wanting to improve on their skills. It was amazing to see how much people improved their skills in only one hour sessions! I hope that everyone had fun and learned something.”

With participant feedback indicating an interest in continuous skill development, Ultimate NL will explore similar opportunities in the future.

Funding for this series was provided by the City of St. John’s Sport Grant.

Northern Peninsula hosts first school regionals

Long Range Academy won the first SSNL Northern Peninsula Varsity Ultimate Tournament.

Long Range Academy in Cow Head claimed the first school banner in ultimate for the Northern Peninsula recently.

The school hosted the School Sport NL (SSNL) Northern Peninsula Varsity Ultimate Tournament on May 14. Three teams participated: Long Range Academy, Gros Morne Academy from Rocky Harbour, and Jakeman All Grade School from Trout River.

Long Range Academy was undefeated in the tournament. The team topped Gros Morne Academy 24-9 in the final.

Jakeman All Grade won the team sportsmanship banner.

Congratulations to everyone who participated!