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Summer clinics co-ordinator hired

Summer clinics co-ordinator Annika Bieger poses with a frisbee.
Summer clinics co-ordinator Annika Bieger

Ultimate NL is pleased to introduce Annika Bieger, who will run ultimate clinics this summer for kids and community groups.

Annika began playing ultimate at St. Paul’s Junior High and Holy Heart of Mary, and says she has “loved and continued to play ever since!” She’s played on a variety of school teams and participated in after-school ultimate programs and adult scrimmages and continues to play recreationally.

“I often helped coached my high school team and now I look forward to sharing my skills and experience!” she says.

Last summer, Ultimate NL led 38 clinics involving over 600 kids of all ages in communities around St. John’s.

Community groups and sports organizations interested in offering clinics to youth participants may contact Annika at annika@ultimatenl.ca.

Dyer wins Premier’s Athletic Award

Luke Dyer with Premier Dwight Ball

Congratulations to Luke Dyer for being named one of the province’s top athletes at the 15th annual Premier’s Athletic Awards ceremony on June 26.

The awards program recognizes athletic excellence and provides financial support to offset the costs of training and competition. Dyer was among the 125 athletes recognized at the ceremony.

“I’m thankful to have received this award, and that the province recognizes the talents of all our athletes and is willing to support us so we can keep following our dreams,” said Dyer.

Dyer is a member of the Canadian U24 open team that will compete in Germany this summer. He’s also responsible for Ultimate NL’s junior Storm competition program as our youth performance and development co-ordinator.

Shae LeDevehat with Premier Dwight Ball

Ultimate NL also extends congratulations to Shae LeDevehat who received the Premier’s Award for athletics. LeDevehat regularly plays in several high school and adult ultimate leagues.

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.

Last chance: summer youth leagues

There are just a few more days left to register for Ultimate NL’s junior high and elementary summer leagues!

These six-week leagues will run from July 7-Aug. 11 and focus on developing player skills in a fun and supportive environment.

Junior High Summer League

  • Sundays from July 7-Aug. 11
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Kitty Gaul Park
  • Ages: 12-14
  • Cost: $30

Register here

Elementary Summer League

  • Sundays from July 7-Aug. 11
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Kitty Gaul Park
  • Ages: 8-11
  • Cost: $30

Register here

Francophone school named provincial champs

The elementary school team from École des Grands-Vents poses with the provincial banner from Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador.
2018-2019 provincial champions, École des Grands-Vents

Congratulations to École des Grands-Vents on winning Ultimate NL’s first standalone elementary school provincial tournament!

The Francophone school from St. John’s defeated Villanova Junior High from Conception Bay South by a score of 8-4 in the final. They were undefeated in the tournament.

In the semi-finals, École des Grands-Vents defeated Vanier White 4-2 and Villanova beat Cowan Heights Elementary 7-5.

“The tournament really showed how much ultimate has grown over the years and how successful it can be with a young age group,” says Hilary Walsh, Ultimate NL’s youth grade school co-ordinator. “The level of Spirit of the Game was fantastic, and you could feel the energy in the building when the games were being played, from not only the kids but the spectators as well.” 

Eight teams from six schools took part in the tournament, held at the PowerPlex in St. John’s on June 2.

The final standings were:

  • 1. École des Grands-Vents, St. John’s
  • 2. Villanova, CBS
  • 3. Cowan Heights Elementary, St. John’s
  • 4. Vanier Elementary White, St. John’s
  • 5. Vanier Red, St. John’s
  • 6. Vanier Blue, St. John’s
  • 7. Riverside Elementary, Clarenville
  • 8. St. Matthew’s School, St. John’s

A special congratulations goes to Vanier Red, which was named the Most Spirited Team!

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

Check out photos from the tournament here.

League updates

St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreation League (SWURL)

Summer league will run on Monday nights from June 17-Aug. 12 with games happening at 5:30 and 7 p.m. at Kitty Gaul field. Sign up in pairs or solo. A 30-minute skills and drills session will take place from 6:30-7 p.m. for the first four weeks.

Cost: $35

Register here

Men’s Avalon Ultimate League (MAUL)

Summer league will run on Mondays from June 17-Aug. 13 at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Bowring Park field. Open to male-matching players ages 16-and-over of all skill levels.

Cost: $40

Register here

Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU)

Summer league is underway with 23 teams taking part.

New this season is an update to the subbing policy, which allows both registered and unregistered players to sub for a maximum of four games throughout the season. Registered players may only sub in the regular season. Unregistered players may sub in a maximum of one playoff game. Further details are available here.

If you’re interested in subbing, join MZU’s Facebook group here. Unregistered players must complete this waiver form before subbing.

The summer league schedule is available here.

Twillingate earns regional win in central

J.M. Olds Collegiate won the School Sports NL central regional banner.

The growth of ultimate in schools across the province continues with six schools in central Newfoundland and Labrador competing in the School Sports NL (SSNL) Central East Varsity Ultimate Frisbee Tournament.

Host team J.M. Olds Collegiate of Twillingate was undefeated in the tournament to earn the regional banner on May 25.

They defeated Lewisporte Collegiate 25-14 in the final.

Riverwood Academy from Gander Bay, Pearson Academy from Wesleyville, Lakewood Academy from Glenwood and Glovertown Academy also took part.

The tournament marks fourth regional tournament from SSNL since ultimate became a Foundation Sport with the governing body in September.

Congratulations to all of the participating teams!

Summer youth leagues open

Registration is now open for our junior high and elementary summer leagues.

These six-week leagues will focus on developing player skills in a fun and supportive environment. It will run from July 7 to Aug. 11.

Junior High Summer League

Open to athletes of all skill levels, this six-week league offers a great introduction to the sport of ultimate, allowing players to improve their skills and develop as athletes.

Details:

  • Sundays from July 7-Aug. 11
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Kitty Gaul Park
  • Ages: 12-14
  • Cost: $30

Register here

Elementary Summer League

We’re proud to announce our first Elementary Summer League! Open to kids of all skill levels, this league will offer a great introduction to the sport of ultimate, while teaching the skills and value of the sport. The emphasis will be on learning, fun and Spirit of the Game!

Details:

  • Sundays from July 7-Aug. 11
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Kitty Gaul Park
  • Ages: 8-11
  • Cost: $30

Register here

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.

Check out photos from the tournament here and here.

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.