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July 6: Salmon Cove Sands Beach Ultimate Tournament 

July 14: 2019 Pride Parade with UNL, MZU, SWURL and MAUL

Aug. 24: Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU) Summer League Playoff Day

Sept. 15: Toilet Bowl Tournament

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.

Rookies shine for Regiment in Boston

It was a tournament of firsts for Regiment: first tournament of the year, first appearance at the Boston Invite and for six players, their first outing with the team.

The province’s competitive open club team was seeded 10th of 26 teams going into the tournament held June 22-23.

On day one, Regiment went 1-2 to hold seed after pool play, setting up the crossover against third-seeded Big Wrench out of Boston. Big Wrench edged out Regiment by two points for a final score of 8-6.

Day 1 results:

  • Regiment vs. Sprout (2) (Boston): 6-15
  • Regiment vs. Shade (7) (New York): 5-15
  • Regiment vs. Red Tide (15) (Maine): 12-11
  • Regiment vs. Big Wrench (3) (Boston): 6-8

The first day results put Regiment in the bracket for ninth to twentieth place, where they again finished with one win and three losses for a final finish of 16th place.

Day 2 results:

  • Regiment vs. SGC (12) (Quebec): 13-15
  • Regiment vs. Shrike (18) (Ottawa): 15-11
  • Regiment vs. Log Jam (21) (New York): 6-15
  • Regiment vs. BAG (20) (Massachusetts): 6-11

Of the six rookies on the Regiment roster, two were former Storm members and three were playing in the high school circuit just one year ago. The rookies were: Cameron Penny, Andrew Workman, Jordan Kavanagh, Jonathon Taylor, Nick Mitchell and Michael Walsh.

“Our newest team mates rose to the challenge of what must have been a difficult test for their first taste of club ultimate,” says co-captain Nick House. “Our goal was to give these players as much exposure as possible before nationals, and they handled it well.”

Regiment will next competes in August at the Canadian Ultimate Championships in Edmonton, AB.

Board updates

Head shots of Yolanda Kuai and Kurtis Thornhill.
Yolanda Kuai, left, and Kurtis Thornhill.

There have been some recent changes to the Ultimate NL board of directors.

Member-at-large Yolanda Kuai has taken over the position of tournaments and events director. She can be reached at tournaments@ultimatenl.ca.

Also, Kurtis Thornhill has returned to the board, this time in the role of community outreach director. Kurtis previously served on the board as our youth co-ordinator. He can be reached at volunteer@ultimatenl.ca.

Special thanks to outgoing board members Erin Daly and Mark Kavanagh for their time and dedication!

Flood Watch wins first Elimin8s

A team picture of Flood Watch at Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador's first Elimin8s tournament.
Flood Watch

Team Flood Watch was undefeated in Ultimate NL’s first Elimin8s tournament.

With six teams and over 60 players participating, Flood Watch proved to be tough opponents in the tournament but emerged the victor when Erin Daly caught a pass from Mike Pineau to score the winning point against Gyr8tors.

Both teams were down to two players each on the field, making it a battle of both smarts and skill.

In Elimin8s style ultimate, teams start with eight players but lose a position on the field with each point scored. This makes for highly competitive games and most matches were separated by less than three points.

In a post-tournament survey, 92 per cent of respondents said their experience at the tournament was excellent or that they were very satisfied with it. Ninety-two per cent also said they’d like it to be an annual event.

Thank you to everyone who came out and helped make it a success! Special thanks to tournament director Kathleen Sullivan, and to Tempest for providing field snacks.

Funds raised for national campaign

It was a friendly battle of red versus white as around 25 people took part in the 2019 Art Hawkins Great Canadian Ultimate Game on June 8.

Held during a break in Ultimate NL’s first Elimin8s tournament, the game saw Team White beat Team Red by a score of 11-9.

The game is an annual nation-wide fundraiser for the Art Hawkins Development Fund, which supports the accessibility and development of ultimate and Spirit of the Game to children, youth and those with disabilities, particularly in economically disadvantaged communities.

Scores from each location are added together to determine an overall winner. Nationally, Team Red defeated Team White 203-186.

Ultimate NL has received two grants from the fund. In 2017, a grant helped start a pilot wheelchair ultimate program, and in 2014, the funds went towards a fall youth ultimate league.

This year, Ultimate NL is contributing the proceeds from its Elimin8s tournament to the fund for a total donation of $290.

Thank you to everyone who participated and played with great spirit and a positive attitude!

Upcoming events

June 8: Elimin8s Tournament

June 8: Art Hawkins Great Canadian Ultimate Game

June 28: MZU/SWURL/MAUL Summer Kickoff Party

July 6: Salmon Cove Sands Beach Ultimate Tournament

Aug. 24: Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU) Summer League Playoff Day

Sept. 15: Toilet Bowl Tournament

Mount Pearl wins junior high banner

Members of the Mount Pearl Senior High Grade 9 team pose with the Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador provincial banner.
2019 Junior High Provincial Champs: Mount Pearl Senior High 9s. Credit: David Hiscock

Mount Pearl Senior High (MPSH) 9s emerged the victor of our 2019 Junior High Provincial Tournament on May 25-26.

This marked the 10th year that Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador has hosted a provincial junior high tournament. Fourteen teams representing 11 schools participated.

MPSH 9s faced Villanova Junior High in the final and won by a score of 15-9. MPSH narrowly defeated 2018 champions Frank Roberts Junior High (FRJH) 3 by a score of 8-7 to make it to the championship game. In the other semi-final, Villanova edged out St. Bonaventure’s College 9-7.

The final standings were:

  1. Mount Pearl Senior High 9s
  2. Villanova Junior High
  3. St. Bonaventure’s College
  4. Frank Roberts Junior High 3
  5. Brother Rice Junior High (senior)
  6. Beaconsfield High School
  7. St. Paul’s Junior High
  8. Brother Rice Junior High (junior)
  9. Roncalli Central High
  10. Frank Roberts Junior High 1
  11. Laval High School
  12. Frank Roberts Junior High 2
  13. Macdonald Drive Junior High
  14. Cowan Heights Elementary 7s
Members of the Brother Rice Junior High junior squad pose with their coach.
The Brother Rice Celtics were the Most Spirited Team. Credit: David Hiscock

The junior squad from Brother Rice Junior High was the Most Spirited team.

Congratulations to all of the teams that participated!

A special thank you to all of our volunteers, coaches and tournament sponsor, Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Check out the tournament photo album here.

The ultimate elimination challenge

Get ready for a new, fun tournament to kick off the summer ultimate season!

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador will hold its first elimination 8s (Elimin8s)-style tournament on Saturday, June 8.

In Elimin8s, each team begins with eight players on the field. However, every time they score a point, they lose a player! The first team to score with only two players on the field wins. Because the scoring team is handicapped with each point they score, blowouts are uncommon and games usually come down to the wire.

Teams are allowed to make substitutions between points, and gender balance is maintained at all times.

For more information about Elimin8s-style ultimate, click here.

Format: Build It Yourself

  • Build your own team of eight to 12 players.
  • Teams may have a minimum of eight players if they commit to not forfeiting any games.
  • A maximum of 12 players per team is permitted.
  • Individuals may register and be assigned to a team that the board will build. (Details coming soon.)

Tournament Details:

  • Date: Saturday, June 8
  • Time: 10 a.m. -5 p.m.*
  • Location: Bowring Park
  • Ages: 16+
  • *There will be a one-hour break during the tournament to accommodate the Art Hawkins Great Canadian Ultimate Game.

Fees & Registration:

Register here.

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.