MUTT open earns best finish at nationals

A team photo of the open Memorial Ultimate Touring Team at the 2019 Canadian University Ultimate Championships.

The Memorial Ultimate Touring Team (MUTT) recently earned its best finish in seven years in division two of the Canadian University Ultimate Championships (CUUC).

The 19-player open squad finished the three-day tournament with a record of five wins and four losses to place fifth overall. CUUC was held in Brampton, ON from Oct. 18-20.

The team also earned an average spirit score of 11 to finish in a three-way tie for fifth in the overall spirit standings.

“I’m proud of our team and of the outcome at CUUC,” says co-captain Michael Walsh. “We had a strong finish both in terms of results and spirit. I think the whole team had a blast and can’t wait for more opportunities to play together.”

MUTT was established in 2013 to help promote the sport of ultimate at Memorial University of Newfoundland with a focus on helping players from the Ultimate NL’s junior club and high school programs transition into higher levels of play.

Founded on the premise of welcoming both new and more experienced players, MUTT also introduces players of varying skill levels to competitive ultimate outside the province.

More than 50 students took part in tryouts this year, which helped MUTT expand its program and send a team to a mixed Atlantic tournament for the first time.

“I think this speaks not only to the growth of MUTT and the program at Memorial, but the growth of ultimate in our province at large,” said Walsh. “As we continue to grow ultimate in our community, we can expect more high caliber post-secondary teams that will help propel our sport forward in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

CUUC recap:

Day 1: 

  • Memorial vs. Waterloo A: 5-15
  • Memorial vs. Regina: 10-12

Day 2:

  • Memorial vs. Trent: 13-5
  • Memorial vs. McMaster: A. 9-11
  • Memorial vs. Regina: 12-8
  • Memorial vs. Toronto B: 13-5

Day 3:

  • Memorial vs. Toronto A: 10-13
  • Memorial vs. Laurier: 14-7
  • Memorial vs. UQAM: 13-7