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.
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.)
Date: Saturday, June 8
Time: 10 a.m. -5 p.m.*
Location: Bowring Park
*There will be a one-hour break during the tournament to accommodate the Art Hawkins Great Canadian Ultimate Game.
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!”
Held in beautiful Salmon Cove, just an hour from St. John’s, this one-day beach ultimate tournament will be held on Saturday, July 6. If the forecast is unfavourable, the tournament will go ahead on Sunday, July 7.
The tournament is open to all skill levels, and players may register as a team or an individual. Teams get a full day of ultimate, a great communal meal and a camping spot nearby the beach.
Team bids will open on May 1! The deadline for team bids is Friday, June 7. Captains may submit a team bid here.
Individual players or small groups may fill out this matchmaking form to be added to a team.
Ultimate NL is pleased to introduce a new skills and drills league for beginner and intermediate female-matching players.
This six-week league will focus on introducing and improving skills related to throwing, cutting, defence and offence.
Kathleen Sullivan, Ultimate NL’s sport development coordinator, says the league will help gender equity efforts in the provincial ultimate community.
“With the increased attention on gender equity and the use of WFDF Rule A by Mile Zero Ultimate, increasing the confidence and skill level of female-matching players will translate to a better experience in all their encounters with the sport,” she says. “The goal is to have these players feel comfortable with the disc so they can fully enjoy their playing experience and continue playing ultimate in the future.”
The league is open to female-matching players ages 16 and over. Each session will focus on a specific skill with participants being divided by skill level for some drills in order to help players master the concepts being taught.
“This will be a learning series focusing on skills and drills to allow female-matching players the opportunity to improve their skills in a safe and inclusive indoor environment,” says Sullivan.
Wednesday, April 10: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 1: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8: 8:30-10 p.m.
Wednesday, May 15: 8:30-10 p.m.
All sessions will take place at the Techniplex in St. John’s. The cost is $60.
Past and present representatives from Newfoundland and Labrador are making an impact on the national stage through Ultimate Canada.
Rob Langridge, a familiar face in many leagues in St. John’s, is president of the national governing body for ultimate.
Robyn Auld and Tiago Hori, both former players in local leagues, are at-large members on the board of directors. Auld was one of the founding members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Ultimate Association (now Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador) and served on the board for Mile Zero Ultimate, as did Hori.
Auld now represents Alberta on the national board and Hori represents Prince Edward Island.
Hori is also part of Ultimate Canada’s spirit of the game committee, where he is joined by former Ultimate NL president Suzy Stever.
Finally, Natalie O’Donnell has been appointed as the Atlantic representative on the national sport development committee.
Congratulations and thank you to all former and current players who are offering their skills and talents to grow the ultimate community across Canada!
The winter junior high development league will be take place on Mondays from Feb. 18-April 1 (no games on March 18) from 7-8 p.m. This league is open to players in Grades 7-9 and there is a $50 registration fee.
Both leagues will be held in the gymnasium in the Paul Reynolds Centre in St. John’s.
These leagues will focus on introducing new skills and enhancing understanding of ultimate while also providing the opportunity for more experienced players to develop their skills with progressive drills, one-on-one coaching and weekly scrimmages.