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Holy Heart claims 2019 senior high banner

Holy Heart of Mary High School. Photo credit: Trevor Wragg.

Holy Heart of Mary’s senior squad narrowly defeated Holy Spirit High 14-12 to win its second provincial ultimate title on May 5.

Both teams were undefeated leading up to the championship game of Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2019 Senior High Provincial Championships.

In the third-place game, Mount Pearl Senior High A defeated St. Bonaventure’s College by a score of 16-11. MPSH A was also named the tournament’s most spirited team.

Thirteen teams representing nine schools took part in the tournament. The final standings were:

  • 1st: Holy Heart of Mary High School (senior), St. John’s
  • 2nd: Holy Spirit High School, Conception Bay South
  • 3rd: Mount Pearl Senior High A, Mount Pearl
  • 4th: St. Bonaventure’s College, St. John’s
  • 5th: Queen Elizabeth Regional High School, Foxtrap
  • 6th: Gonzaga Regional High School, St. John’s
  • 7th: Dunne Memorial Academy, St. Mary’s
  • 8th: Holy Heart of Mary High School (junior)
  • 9th: Laval High School Gold, Placentia
  • 10th: Laval High School Red
  • 11th: Mount Pearl Senior High B
  • 12th: Roncalli Central High School A, Avondale
  • 13th: Roncalli B

“We’re really excited to have seen the calibre of play demonstrated at our tournament this year,” said Ultimate NL president, Nick House. “Four different schools have won ultimate tournaments this year, which tells us that ultimate is growing – both in the number of students playing and in the skills they are developing. It’s an exciting time for our sport!

“Congratulations to Holy Heart and Holy Spirit on a highly skilled and spirited final,” added House. “I’d like to thank all the students who played really hard, their coaches for leading their teams over the past few months, and all of the volunteers who help make this tournament special each year. We couldn’t do it without you!”

Ultimate NL’s junior high tournament will be held May 25-26 and the elementary tournament on June 2. Questions may be directed to schools@ultimatenl.ca

Our provincial tournaments are sponsored by Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Holy Spirit wins metro league

Members of Holy Spirit High School's ultimate team pose for at team photo.
Members of Holy Spirit High’s ultimate team.

Holy Spirit High School recently emerged the victor in Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador’s six-week high school metro league.

The squad from Conception Bay South defeated Mount Pearl Senior High by a score of 16-9 in the final game. Both teams had only one loss in the five-week league.

Holy Heart of Mary High School placed third. Teams from Brother Rice Junior High School, Gonzaga Regional High and St. Bonaventure’s College also participated.

Holy Spirit also won team Spirit of the Game accolades with Diego Kenny from Gonzaga being named the Most Spirited Player.

Momoh Octavious from Brother Rice was the overall male-matching Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Marcie Whelan from Holy Heart was the female-matching MVP.

Holy Spirit’s win in the metro league means that three different schools have won each of the major tournaments so far this year (Mount Pearl won the School Sports NL regional tournament in March and St. Bon’s won the Mount Pearl Invitational in December).

All three teams will next compete at Ultimate NL’s Senior High Provincial Tournament on May 4-5.

Labrador hosts first ultimate tournament

The team from Menihek High School, with coach Jeff Pardy, pose with the Northern Varsity Ultimate Frisbee banner.
Menihek High School won the first SSNL ultimate banner for the region.

The growth of ultimate across Newfoundland and Labrador continues with Menihek High School in Labrador City hosting the region’s first school tournament on April 5-6.

Four teams from Labrador competed in the Northern Varsity Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, sponsored by School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador (SSNL). In addition to Menihek, J.R. Smallwood Middle School in Wabush also fielded three teams

“Ultimate is new to this region,” says tournament director and Menitek coach, Jeff Pardy. “However, interest in ultimate is high, and we’re excited to see the sport continue to grow. We also hope to have at least Menihek compete at the Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador high school provincial tournament in St. John’s next year. That’s our goal.”

Menihek defeated J.R. Smallwood (yellow) in the final to take home the regional championship banner.

Ethan Sexton from J.R. Smallwood (yellow) was named Most Valuable Player while Brooke Janes from Menihek won the Most Spirited Player award.

Some of the players in the first ultimate tournament in Labrador are pictured at Menihek High School.
Four teams participated in the tournament. Some of the players are pictured.

“Our partnership with School Sport NL is helping the sport of ultimate reach areas of the province, like Labrador West, that we haven’t had the resources to access in the past,” says Nick House, president of Ultimate NL.

“Just one year after being accepted as a Foundation Sport, there’s now ultimate being played where it wasn’t possible before. Those athletes are now showing interest in competing in provincials championships and joining our provincial club teams. The results are exactly what we hoped for!”

Click here to learn more about ultimate in schools.

Two teams represent province at C4UC

On Wheels

Two teams represented Newfoundland and Labrador at the Canadian 4-on-4 Ultimate Championships (C4UC) in Gatineau, QC recently with On Wheels finishing 15th and Come From Away placing 22nd overall.

On Wheels faced some tough opponents and put on strong performances through the two days of competition, finally defeating Fifty-fifty from Quebec to place 15th and maintain its rank going into the tournament.

Recap:

  • On Wheels vs. Waitlisted (ON) – 15-19
  • On Wheels vs. Fifty-fifty (QC) – 15-16 (watch the livestream recording here)
  • On Wheels vs. Big Cat and the Kittens (ON) – 16-19
  • On Wheels vs. Fourtitude (MB) – 20-10
  • On Wheels vs. Fortitutde (MB) – 24-10
  • On Wheels vs. YUM (ON) – 16-19
  • On Wheels vs. Scott’s Tots (ON) – 17-19
  • On Wheels vs. Fifty-fifty (QC) – 17-16
Come From Away

Come From Away, featuring many rookie players at the national level, also placed fifth overall in spirit. The team was seeded 20th going into the tournament.

Recap:

  • Come from Away vs. Les Ptits Secrets (QC) – 7-33
  • Come from Away vs. Tune Squad (ON) – 7-33
  • Come from Away vs. Fortitude (MB) – 20-21
  • Come from Away vs. Melt (ON) – 9-26
  • Come from Away vs. Uptown (NB) – 14-21
  • Come from Away vs. Fourtitude (MB) – 13-23
  • Come from Away vs. Fortitude (MB) – 17-23

Congratulations to both teams!

C4UC was held April 6-7.

Ultimate NL memberships

It’s time to renew your membership in Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador!

As the provincial sport organization for ultimate in the province, Ultimate NL membership enables you to play in any of our member leagues (Men’s Avalon Ultimate League, Mile Zero Ultimate and St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreational League), tournaments and other events throughout the year.

Ultimate NL membership also ensures that you are covered should you be injured and require medical treatment as a result of playing in these leagues or tournaments.

Learn about your insurance coverage here.

Players must have a valid 2019-2020 membership by June 1 to play in upcoming summer leagues.

Annual Ultimate NL membership costs $30. Purchase your membership here.

Ultimate NL announces Storm, youth tournaments sponsor

Pictured are Ultimate NL vice-president Melissa Wheeler, John Mackenzie, Dr. Trina Bailey and president Nick House at the 2018 awards gala.
Left to right: Ultimate NL vice-president Melissa Wheeler, John Mackenzie, Dr. Trina Bailey and president Nick House.

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to announce that Veterinary Specialty Centre (VSC) of Newfoundland and Labrador is the new corporate sponsor for Storm and our youth provincial tournaments.

VSC, co-owned by Dr. Trina Bailey and John Mackenzie, is the only clinic in Newfoundland and Labrador that provides advanced medical care for pets in the province.

The duo became interested in sponsoring ultimate after watching their son, Ewan, participate in the junior open Storm program last year.

“I am so impressed by the communication, problem-solving skills and camaraderie of players on and off the field,” said Mackenzie. “I wanted to determine if there was anything our company could do to further support this inspiring behaviour, the skill development of the players and the growth of this commendable sport in the province.”

VSC’s sponsorship will help offset the cost of field rentals, athletic gear, travel and other expenses related to operating Storm, the province’s junior open and female competitive club teams. The sponsorship will also go towards expenses associated with hosting Ultimate NL’s annual elementary, junior high and senior high provincial tournaments this spring.

“We’re excited to partner with Veterinary Specialty Centre as it’s an organization that is invested in our community and shares our values in providing many opportunities for young people to play ultimate in this province,” says Nick House, president of Ultimate NL. “It will have an immediate impact on our Storm and youth programs, and help us expand them beyond what has been possible until now.”

“Ultimate is a great sport that is adaptable to many skill levels, making it inclusive and fun. It also brings people together in a positive way,” adds Dr. Bailey. “We look forward to being a part of an exciting season ahead.”

To learn more about Storm, click here.

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.

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.

Coaching courses being offered in February

Do you love ultimate? Are you interested in expanding your knowledge and introducing the game to others? Become a coach!

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador is hosting two free coaching courses in February.

Feb. 2: Community Coaching Course

This one-day course incorporates both classroom and practical learning for participants interested in coaching at a beginner level. For more information and to register, click here.

Feb. 9-10: Competition Introduction Coaching Course

This two-day workshop is aimed at those interested in coaching competitive youth programs or adult development programs. For more information and to register, click here.

Both courses will be held at the College of the North Atlantic on Prince Philip Drive in St. John’s.

There is a $40 registration fee per course that will be refunded upon completion of the course.

Ultimate NL launches competition development camp for youth athletes

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador is offering a youth competition development camp for teens ages 13-18 this winter.

Participants will enjoy drills, skills development and game situations while also receiving one-on-one mentorship and guidance from experienced ultimate players and coaches. It’s the the first time that Ultimate NL has offered a camp specifically targeted at developing potential competitive athletes.

“The purpose of this camp is to help young players take their skills to the next level,” says Luke Dyer, Ultimate NL’s youth performance and development co-ordinator. “We will work with them to identify their strengths and weakness as well as show them what’s necessary and expected for players on a provincial-level team. Through individual feedback, we hope they can gain a greater understanding of what they need to work on to improve as ultimate players.”


“The purpose of this camp is to help young players take their skills to the next level.” – Luke Dyer

One of Ultimate NL’s priorities is to grow its junior competitive program. There are currently two competitive club teams in the junior open and women’s divisions, both named Storm. The competition development camp is intended to build player skills and capacity that will eventually help increase the competitiveness of the Storm teams.

In 2018, Ultimate NL sent its first junior women’s team to the Canadian Ultimate Championships where they finished 20th overall and second in the spirit rankings. The open team broke seed to finish 20th (up from a 24th-place ranking) and 11th overall in spirit.

“We’re offering them the opportunity to demonstrate and improve their skills, which they can then bring to competitive teams like Storm now and in the future,” said Dyer. “While you don’t have to be a Storm player to take part in the camp, we hope many participants will discover the fun and camaraderie that comes with playing on high-level teams and come out to tryouts later this winter.”

Storm tryouts will be held in February and March. Details will be announced in the coming months.

The competition development camp will be held on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Techniplex in St. John’s from Feb. 7-March 14. The cost is $60.

Register here