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Tempest earns best finish in Boston

After finishing 13th overall last year, Tempest jumped six spots to break seed and finish seventh overall at the 2019 Boston Invite.

Seeded 11th in the elite division of the tournament, the competitive club team for female-matching players won two games and lost three after round robin play to stay in the fifth-to-eighth-place bracket to determine final seeding.

Round robin results:

  • Tempest vs Venus (Montreal): 13-9
  • Tempest vs VICE (Boston): 7-11
  • Tempest vs Iris (Quebec): 4-13
  • Tempest vs BENT (New York): 3-13
  • Tempest vs Hot Metal (Pittsburgh): 14-8

Day 2 saw Tempest face Halifax-based rival, Salty, in the playoff bracket, losing the contest 14-9. The team then faced VICE in a rematch for seventh place, taking the contest by a score of 12-10.

Four rookies took the field for Tempest in Boston: Victoria Mackay, Tori Kearney, Whitney Mullett and Allie Guerra.

Tempest will next play at No Borders in Ottawa on July 20-21.

Free MZU/Tempest clinic

Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU) and Tempest, the province’s competitive club team for female-matching players, are hosting two free skills clinics soon.

The first clinic will take place on Monday, May 13 from 9-11 p.m. at the Techniplex in St. John’s. Primarily targeting beginner and intermediate players, the clinic will help participants improve their backhand and forehand throws as well as learn how to defend both cutters and throwers, and different cutting techniques.

There will also be a group warm-up and an injury-prevention discussion.

For more information, click here.

To register for the clinic, click here.

Details about the second clinic will be released in early June.

Upcoming Tempest tryouts

Logo for Tempest, the women's competitive ultimate frisbee travelling team in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Tempest Ultimate is holding tryouts for its 2019 competitive season this month.

The province’s competitive travelling women’s team, based in St. John’s, marks its 10th year in 2019. Tryouts will take place over three weeks on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, March 5: 10-11:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 12: 10-11:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 19: 10-11:30 p.m.

To sign up for tryouts, click here.

All sessions will take place at the Techniplex in St. John’s.

Tempest aims to select a roster of 18 players that will travel to at least two tournaments (Boston and Ottawa) this summer.

The cost to participate in the tryouts is $30. Any female-matching player that is interested in attending the tryouts is welcome.

Questions may be directed to tempestultimatenl@gmail.com.

Tempest places fourth in Halifax

Tempest at Chick n’ Run in Halifax.

Tempest recently finished fourth in its fifth appearance at Chick n’ Run.

The province’s travelling competitive team for women took part in the indoor four-on-four women’s tournament against teams from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador from Dec. 8-9.

In pool play on day one, Tempest finished 3-1 overall, winning against DKUT (Dalhousie) 42-6, Chicks with Flicks (Halifax) 25-19 and Sirens (Saint John) 43-9, and taking a loss to Hey Girl (Moncton) 23-16.

Advancing to the top six for day two, Tempest played against Death by Snu Snu (Fredericton) and pulled out a 21-14 win to secure a spot in the semis. There, they met the eventual champions, RC (Halifax), losing 27-14 but earning a spot in the bronze medal game.

Tempest played for third place against Chicks in the Yard in an exciting back-and-forth matchup. The end of regulation time saw the teams tied at 17 with Chicks in the Yard in possession of the disc, who went on to score and earn the victory on universe point.

Click here to watch the bronze medal game.

Three rookies joined the veteran Tempest roster at Chick n’ Run this year: Kat White, Rachael Fitkowski and Claire Genest.

Congratulations to Tempest for another strong effort!

Tempest ties best-ever finish at No Borders

Tempest, posing with former captain Suzy Stever in white, at No Borders in 2018.

Tempest, posing with former captain Suzy Stever in white and coach Patrick Snow, at No Borders in 2018.

Congratulations to Tempest on placing fifth at No Borders in Ottawa, July 21-22.

The province’s travelling competitive team for women was seeded seventh of 19 teams going into the tournament and faced a tough pool that included QUB (Quebec), defending champs Stella (Ottawa) and the U20 Team Canada team.

With day one temperatures reaching as high as 31 degrees, Tempest defeated QUB 10-7, lost to Stella 5-8 and lost to the U20 squad 5-10. Stella went on to win the tournament with the U20 team finishing second.

Tempest was reseeded to third in the division and had to play a crossover game to stay in the top eight. They faced Ottawa-based Luna and, thanks to a strong zone, won 13-3.

Day two saw deteriorating conditions due to persistent wind and rain and a rough start for Tempest. The team lost to Halifax-based Salty, preventing them from advancing to the top four.

Tempest then faced Toronto’s Tox6ix, winning 13-3 and advancing to play for fifth place against Eclipse, a master’s team from Ottawa that also included former Tempest captain and UNL president Suzy Stever on its roster.

After a tough battle in windy conditions, Tempest emerged the victor by a score of 7-5. It was the first time Tempest has beaten Eclipse in tournament play. The result put the team fifth overall, tying a best overall finish at No Borders (they also finished fifth in 2016).

Eighteen players, including rookie Sarah Strickland, took part in the tournament.

Congratulations on a successful competitive season, Tempest!

Tempest competes at first U.S. tournament

Tempest team members hold the provincial flag of Newfoundland and Labrador during the 2018 Boston Invite.

Tempest representing Newfoundland and Labrador at the 2018 Boston Invite.

Tempest recently turned heads stateside by placing fifth in the women’s classic division and 17th overall at the 2018 Boston Invite.

The province’s travelling competitive team for women took part in the tournament for the first time this year, which was held June 23-24.

Tempest finished 2-1 on Day 1 of competition:

Tempest (9) vs. Frolic (13)
Tempest (11) vs. Salt City Spirit (7)
Tempest (15) vs. Suffrage (13)

On Day 2, the team also delivered two wins and a loss:

Tempest (11) vs. Brooklyn Book Club (12)
Tempest (15) vs. Boomslang (6)
Tempest (15) vs. Suffrage (3)

This was the first Tempest tournament for five rookies (Anna Stevens, Gina Reid, Grace Clarke, Kat White and Ashleigh Hudson) as well as coach Patrick Snow, who took over the role in the fall. The team is captained by Jessica Wade, Melissa Wheeler and Jill Henderson.

They’ll next compete at No Borders, July 21-22 in Ottawa.

Way to go, Tempest!

Tempest Forecasted for 2018

Archived Photo – 2017 Tempest at CUCs

On April 5th and 11th, Tempest held is tryouts for the 2018 summer season. 37 players tried out, marking the most successful try-out period Tempest has had to date.

In the off-season, Tempest’s leadership was restructured, making up for the loss of former coach, Keith Krieger, and Tempest founder and former captain, Suzy Stever, both of whom moved back to their home province of British Columbia following the 2017 season. After a team vote, Jessica Wade, former Wreckhouse captain, joined the captain trio along with Jill Henderson and Melissa Wheeler. The coach’s role has since been filled by another former Wreckhouse captain, Patrick Snow.

When we were thinking about what we wanted in our new coach, it was really important that we found someone who had great organizational and interpersonal skills, a solid understanding of ultimate and a proven ability to lead a team of strong players, a respect and appreciation for gender equity, and a dedication to the spirit of the game.” said returning captain Melissa Wheeler.

Paddy accepted the offer to coach Tempest almost immediately after being asked. Following the tryout period, he said, “I watched Tempest at the Canadian National Championships last year in Ottawa and I was very impressed by the depth of talent and potential for development. I was ecstatic that close to 40 players tried out for the team this year. The combination of experience and athleticism and the enormous potential of newer players sets Tempest up for a bright future.

As for Jess joining the captain rank, returning captain Jill Henderson couldn’t be happier, saying, “Jess has been an integral part of the ultimate community in Newfoundland for years. She brings a depth of experience to Tempest as a previous captain of Wreckhouse and the 2017 C4UC team. Jess has a work ethic and commitment to fitness that constantly inspires the team to perform at their best. With Jess at the helm we’re in for a fit, fast, and fun season.

So far, Jess and Paddy have fit seamlessly into the Tempest leadership and have immediately obtained the respect of the team with their leadership style and flair for running tough but efficient practices.

Tempest will be traveling to the Boston Invite in Boston, Massachusetts for the weekend of June 23-24 and to No Borders in Ottawa, Ontario for the weekend of July 21-22.

Tempest Comes 2nd At Chick N Run

Chick N Run, a women’s 4×4 indoor tournament, took place this past weekend in Halifax and Tempest was there to defend their 2016 title!

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“Tempest finishes 4-0 on day 1 of Chick n Run! We played a different Young Guns team than we’re used to and won 54-4 and we had a great game against Goddisc and won 33-15. Shoutout to CMG on her Callahan and Erin on her layout D! All of our games were extremely spirited and we are thrilled with the work we put in. Looking forward to playing in the semis tomorrow morning!”


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“Unfortunately, the finals did not work out in our favour. We started off slow but fought our way back from a little deficit and at the end of regulation time we were tied 23-23! On universe point, Twilight Sparkles scored to take the 2017 Chick n Run championship with a final score of 24-23. Congratulations, ladies!
Even though we didn’t defend our title, we are not one bit disappointed with the outcome of the tournament. Everyone’s fave Stef Walsh took away finals MVP – much deserved!!
Thank you so much to Alex for organizing and thanks to all of our opponents for being spirited and giving us a ton of great runs. It’s always so great to come up to Halifax for this tournament for some good competition!
We will be back next year and we hope to reclaim the chicken!”

NL Teams at CUCs 2017

2017 marks the first time that NL has ever sent two teams to the national Canadian Ultimate Championships. This is a milestone that reflects the hard work of players and volunteers to grow the sport of ultimate frisbee in this province.


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Tempest finished 1-1 on day 2 and 1-1 on day 3 to settle into 14th overall, finishing with our original ranking. This was Tempest’s first ever nationals and it won’t be their last!
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Regiment finished off the Canadian Ultimate Championships in a strong fashion, winning both games easily to claim 13th spot. Unfortunately the weather forced the cancellation of the 9-12 bracket games. None the less a great first CUCs for the newly formed men’s team! Highlight: Regiment tied for most spirit points in the tournament!
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No Borders Results – Tempest

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The ladies from Tempest (the Women’s team that represented NL at No Borders in Ottawa recently) had a pretty good weekend at the tournament. They sent four rookies to the tournament, along with many veterans, and despite incredible heat, managed to go 2-2 on their first day, keeping them in the top 8 bracket.

Day two saw Tempest playing against some of the best Women’s teams around, and they held their own! Hard fought games were played, but Ultimately (hehe), Tempest was unable to secure a victory in their second day. The team placed 8th overall, and definitely earned their spot in the top 8 bracket. Well done ladies!

For more info on the tournament and the team, check out Tempest’s page here: https://www.facebook.com/tempestultimate/