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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

Ultimate is proud

Ultimate NL is excited to partner with Mile Zero Ultimate, SWURL and MAUL to represent the province’s ultimate community in the 2019 St. John’s Pride Parade.

All past and present players, friends, family and allies are invited to join us as we walk from St. John’s City Hall to Bannerman Park on Sunday, July 14.

  • 11 a.m.: Parade participants begin meeting at city hall
  • 12 p.m.: Flag raising
  • 1 p.m.: Parade begins
  • 2 p.m.: Parade concludes in Bannerman Park where the celebrations continue with Pride in the Park

Join the Facebook event

Wear your jerseys, don your rainbows and join us!

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.

Free MZU pickup games

Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU)’s free Wednesday pickup games are back this summer!

This is a great opportunity to get out for an extra game of ultimate in a zero-pressure environment! Wanna work on that backhand? Wanna get a friend out to try the sport that’s never played before? Come one, come all to this totally FREE and totally AWESOME MZU offering!

Taking place on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. at Bowring Park. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for weekly event details as some weeks may be cancelled if the field is required for a rescheduled game.

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.

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.

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

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!