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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.

SWURL to hold AGM

The St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreational League (SWURL) will hold its annual general meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, March 12.

The meeting will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Rocket Room (upstairs at Rocket Bakery and Fresh Foods).

Current board members will provide an overview of events and leagues from the past year and a new board of directors will be elected.

Available positions include:

  • President
  • Vice-president
  • Treasurer
  • Communications
  • Members-at-large (four positions)

To stay up to date, join the Facebook event.

Familiar faces at Ultimate Canada table

Five head shots of the current and former players involved with Ultimate Canada at the board and committee levels.
Left to right: Rob Langridge, Tiago Hori, Robyn Auld, Suzy Stever and Natalie O’Donnell.

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!

Coaches needed for Storm

We are currently seeking head coaches (two positions) and assistant coaches (two positions) for the junior open and women’s divisions of Storm, the province’s premiere junior ultimate club teams.

The application deadline is Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Click the links below for more information and to apply.

Click the links below for more information and to apply.

Head coach

Assistant coach

Holiday Huckfest

Team members from Naughty List and Holly Jolly's pose for a group photo at Ultimate NL's 2018 Huckfest.
Naughty List (in red) faced Holly Jolly’s in the final of Huckfest.

Ultimate NL’s annual holiday tournament, Huckfest, was a resounding success with 60 players taking part on Dec. 27.

The turnout made it was one of the largest Huckfests to date. The annual, fun holiday tournament saw participants don their finest green and red apparel to celebrate the holiday season in ultimate style.

The final saw Naughty List defeat Holly Jolly’s to take the 2018 Huckfest title.

Thank you to everyone who took part! If you have feedback on the tournament, please contact events director Erin Daly at tournaments@ultimatenl.ca.

Annual charity game aids local food aid non-profit

Nick House, president of Ultimate NL and MAUL (right), poses with Jody Williams, manager of Bridges to Hope, and donations from the annual MAUL/SWURL charity game.

The fourth annual MAUL/SWURL holiday charity game raised $800 and over 400 non-perishable food items for Bridges to Hope.

The St. John’s-based non-profit organization offers several programs aimed at providing food aid assistance to citizens in the Northeast Avalon region. These include a food pantry, community kitchen and community outreach and education.

“This game is a highlight for many players in our leagues,” says Melissa Wheeler, SWURL president. “It’s a great opportunity for our players, as well as players that have returned home for the holidays, to get together and play a game for fun with the intent of giving back to the community. SWURL and MAUL provide the field space free of charge for any players that want to play in our charity games with the caveat that players bring cash or non-perishable food items that we can then bring to Bridges to Hope.”

“Being able to provide such a substantial donation each year is something that our leagues are very proud of, and our players continually impress us with their festive spirit and their generosity for those in need,” she adds.

Participants in the annual MAUL/SWURL holiday charity game.

Forty players from the Men’s Avalon Ultimate League and St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreational League took part in the annual tradition, which sees the two leagues challenge each other to raise the most donations from its players. MAUL narrowly won the challenge for the fourth year in a row.

“It’s heartwarming to see generosity of our members at this time of year, just one more example of what makes our community special,” says Nick House, president of MAUL. “We are grateful for their contribution to an important cause.”

The charity game was held on Dec. 20.

Tempest places fourth in Halifax

Tempest at Chick n’ Run in Halifax.

Tempest recently finished fourth in its fifth appearance at Chick n’ Run.

The province’s travelling competitive team for women took part in the indoor four-on-four women’s tournament against teams from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador from Dec. 8-9.

In pool play on day one, Tempest finished 3-1 overall, winning against DKUT (Dalhousie) 42-6, Chicks with Flicks (Halifax) 25-19 and Sirens (Saint John) 43-9, and taking a loss to Hey Girl (Moncton) 23-16.

Advancing to the top six for day two, Tempest played against Death by Snu Snu (Fredericton) and pulled out a 21-14 win to secure a spot in the semis. There, they met the eventual champions, RC (Halifax), losing 27-14 but earning a spot in the bronze medal game.

Tempest played for third place against Chicks in the Yard in an exciting back-and-forth matchup. The end of regulation time saw the teams tied at 17 with Chicks in the Yard in possession of the disc, who went on to score and earn the victory on universe point.

Click here to watch the bronze medal game.

Three rookies joined the veteran Tempest roster at Chick n’ Run this year: Kat White, Rachael Fitkowski and Claire Genest.

Congratulations to Tempest for another strong effort!

Summer clinics reach 600-plus youths

Will Kerr leads a youth ultimate clinic in Bay Roberts this summer.

Will Kerr leads a youth ultimate clinic in Bay Roberts this summer.

Thanks to Ultimate NL’s summer outreach clinic program, over 600 youths experienced ultimate this summer.

William Kerr, UNL’s tournaments co-ordinator, led 38 clinics in St. John’s, Foxtrap, Paradise, Mount Pearl and Bay Roberts.

The clinic series was available to any individual or community group interested in learning more about ultimate. Kerr led participants through drills and scrimmages to introduce youths to the sport with the aim of growing ultimate throughout the province.

“Our summer clinics program is one of our most valuable tools in reaching new athletes and showing them how fun the sport of ultimate can be,” says UNL president Nick House.

Clinics are still being offered by request throughout the year. You can request a clinic here or by emailing tournaments@ultimatenl.ca.

UNL will be hiring a co-ordinator for its summer clinics program again next year. Please email president@ultimatenl.ca for more information.