The first ultimate frisbee school tournament in the province was hosted by Mount Pearl Senior High (MPSH) on March 22-23.
Eight teams participated in the tournament, which marked the debut of ultimate as a Foundation Sport with School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador (SSNL). The tournament used the four-on-four version of ultimate that has been adapted for school gymnasiums, which requires each team to field two male-matching and two female-matching players on the court at all times
“This tournament represents the first significant ultimate four-on-four, co-ed tournament at the high school level hosted in our province, and also the first tournament sponsored by SSNL — both huge accomplishments!” said Aaron Power, tournament director.
After two days of round robin play, teams from MPSH, St. Bonaventure’s College, Holy Heart of Mary High School and Baltimore School qualified for the semi-finals. St. Bon’s beat Holy Heart in a tight battle by a score of 13-11. In the other semi-final, MPSH defeated Baltimore 30-11.
MPSH then claimed the first SSNL high school regional ultimate banner by defeating St. Bon’s 19-7. They were undefeated in the tournament
Shae LeDevehat of MPSH was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and Diego Kenny from Gonzaga Regional High was the Most Spirited Player
Holy Heart won the Team Sportsmanship banner
“Overall, it was impressive to watch all the teams play throughout the weekend and to see how much ultimate is growing in our region, both in terms of the number of teams participating and the skill level demonstrated,” said Power.
Ultimate NL would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped make this tournament a success. In particular, our thanks go to Power; assistant tournament directors Claire Moore-Gibbons, Natalie O’Donnell and Kathleeen Sullivan; game facilitator and Ultimate Canada president Rob Langridge; and those who manned the welcome, score-keeping and merchandise tables.
Check out some photos from the tournament here.