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New board for SWURL

2019 SWURL board of directors.
2019 SWURL board of directors.

The St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreational League (SWURL) elected a new board of directors at its annual general meeting on March 12.

“I am feeling very optimistic about the upcoming year. We have four new faces and five returning board members, and there’s a noticeable level of liveliness and excitement,” says Melissa Wheeler, who was elected for her second term as president. “We’re all very eager to start planning our leagues, clinics and other initiatives for the year ahead.”

The new board consists of:

  • President: Melissa Wheeler
  • Vice-president: Rachael Fitkowski
  • Treasurer: Hilary Walsh
  • Secretary: Rosie Myers
  • Members at large: Jessica Mandville, Nicole Bishop, Jennica Seiden, Meghan Hollett and Sophie Blais

Outgoing members are Erin Daly as former president and member at large and Sarah Hoddinott as secretary. Daly has served eight years in various positions on the board while Hoddinott served two years.

SWURL is one of the longest running women’s leagues in Canada.

SWURL to hold AGM

The St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreational League (SWURL) will hold its annual general meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, March 12.

The meeting will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Rocket Room (upstairs at Rocket Bakery and Fresh Foods).

Current board members will provide an overview of events and leagues from the past year and a new board of directors will be elected.

Available positions include:

  • President
  • Vice-president
  • Treasurer
  • Communications
  • Members-at-large (four positions)

To stay up to date, join the Facebook event.

Registration open for SWURL sprinter league

The St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreational League (SWURL) is offering another opportunity for female-identifying players to practice their skills with its sprinter (spring/winter) league.

This four-on-four league will run on Wednesday nights from 9:30-10:30 p.m. from Feb. 27-April 17 at the Techniplex.

The cost is $40 and players may sign up solo or with a partner. Competitive players are asked to sign up solo or with a new player to facilitate the team-building process.

Registration is now open.

This league is open to all skill levels and new players are welcome.

Annual charity game aids local food aid non-profit

Nick House, president of Ultimate NL and MAUL (right), poses with Jody Williams, manager of Bridges to Hope, and donations from the annual MAUL/SWURL charity game.

The fourth annual MAUL/SWURL holiday charity game raised $800 and over 400 non-perishable food items for Bridges to Hope.

The St. John’s-based non-profit organization offers several programs aimed at providing food aid assistance to citizens in the Northeast Avalon region. These include a food pantry, community kitchen and community outreach and education.

“This game is a highlight for many players in our leagues,” says Melissa Wheeler, SWURL president. “It’s a great opportunity for our players, as well as players that have returned home for the holidays, to get together and play a game for fun with the intent of giving back to the community. SWURL and MAUL provide the field space free of charge for any players that want to play in our charity games with the caveat that players bring cash or non-perishable food items that we can then bring to Bridges to Hope.”

“Being able to provide such a substantial donation each year is something that our leagues are very proud of, and our players continually impress us with their festive spirit and their generosity for those in need,” she adds.

Participants in the annual MAUL/SWURL holiday charity game.

Forty players from the Men’s Avalon Ultimate League and St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreational League took part in the annual tradition, which sees the two leagues challenge each other to raise the most donations from its players. MAUL narrowly won the challenge for the fourth year in a row.

“It’s heartwarming to see generosity of our members at this time of year, just one more example of what makes our community special,” says Nick House, president of MAUL. “We are grateful for their contribution to an important cause.”

The charity game was held on Dec. 20.

SWURL winter league dates announced

The St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreational League (SWURL) will hold a four-on-four league this winter that will be open to all skill levels.

Save the date for 9:30-10:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights from Feb. 27-April 17!

Registration will open in January. For more information, visit click here or visit SWURL’s Facebook page.

Princess Layout tops sold-out SWURL league

Team Princess Layout poses after winning the 2018 summer SWURL championships

Princess Layout, 2018 summer SWURL champs

A sold-out summer league saw four teams competing over seven weeks in the St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreational League (SWURL) this summer.

With a mandate to grow the sport of ultimate among women in the province, SWURL added weekly skill development clinics to game nights to help female players improve their skills. Fifty-six players participated in the league.

On the final night of competition, Princess Layout took on Han Block in the championship, emerging the victor with a score of 15-3.

Jessica Mandville was named most valuable player for the winning team with Yolanda Kuai chosen as most spirited player.

Luke Skybattle also defeated Threwbacca for third place.

For more photos from SWURL’s summer league, click here.

SWURL Summer League 2018

Girls just wanna have fun, ladies just want to kick some ass! SWURL registration is now open! Sign-up and get in on YYT’s only all women’s summer league before sells out! #theFutureIsFemale

Monday Nights
June 18 to August 6
Bowring Park
Games start at 5:30 and 6:45
7 v. 7
Sign Up Page

SWURL Spring League

SWURL is back! Register before March 28th for our Spring League 2018.

Sign up for SWURL for the 1st time and we will cover your Ultimate NL membership fee by offering you a $15 discount on your registration! Also, attend at least 5 games (including the finals!) for a chance to win great prizes! More details to come!

Dates: April 4th to May 9th 2018

Time: 9:30pm -10:30pm

Format: 4×4 indoor turf. Sign up in pairs or solo. We ask that competitive players sign up solo or with a new player to facilitate the team building process. Pairs can submit a request to join another pair on the same team by emailing Teams will be built by the League Committee.

Skill Level: Open to all skill levels, from “I’ve never held a disc” to advanced!

Location: Techniplex St. John’s, NL

Cost: $40 (+$15 Ultimate NL fee if you have not paid it for the June 2017- Present season). Discounts available for new players

SWURL & MAUL Holiday Charity Game!

MAUL vs SWURL charity game

It’s the annual SWURL MAUL Holiday Charity Game!

We have the Techniplex booked on Thursday, December 21st, 7:30-9:00pm. In order to play you need to:
1. Bring a non-perishable food item (or many items!) or monetary donation; and,
2. Sign up on the registration sheet!

Whichever league donates the least amount of food/ money will have to change their cover photo to the logo of the winning league. MAUL has won for the past two years. Will they make it a threepeat?? Find out on December 21st!

SWURL Update


The SWURL board met recently to discuss plans for the remainder of 2017 and early 2018, here are some of the highlights:

SWURL Goaltimate – we are currently sourcing field space to host goaltimate games in December!

SWURL/ MAUL Holiday Charity Games – our annual charity game to support the Community Food Sharing Association will be held on December 21st, 2017.

AGM – To be scheduled for early January 2018!

2018 SWURL – We have field space booked for our Winter / Spring 4v4 league, and we will be hosting a number of clinics during the winter, come out to improve your throwing and game skills!

Follow the SWURL Facebook page to receive updates as our dates get finalized!