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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.

SWURL winter league dates announced

The St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreational League (SWURL) will hold a four-on-four league this winter that will be open to all skill levels.

Save the date for 9:30-10:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights from Feb. 27-April 17!

Registration will open in January. For more information, visit click here or visit SWURL’s Facebook page.

Holiday Huskfest: save the date

Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador presents Huskfest on Dec. 27.

Ultimate NL’s turkey-burning, cookie-cleansing HuckFest ultimate tournament is back for another year!

Save the date for this mixed, five-on-five hat tournament from 5-10 p.m. on Dec. 27 at the Techniplex.

Registration will open on Nov. 23. Get all the details here and sign up to receive notification when registration goes live.

NL Storm members named national junior all-stars

Madison Hull is pictured at the 2018 Junior Canadian Ultimate Championship.

Madison Hull

Cameron Penney at the 2018 Canadian Ultimate Championship.

Cameron Penney

Two members of NL Storm were named to junior all-stars at the 2018 Junior Canadian Ultimate Championships.

Madison Hull was named to the junior female squad and Cameron Penney to the junior open team. A player from each team at the tournament is named a junior all-star.

NL Storm competed at CUC Aug. 12-19 in Brampton, ON, finishing with the province’s best performance at the national competition. The open team broke seed to finish 20th (up from 24th) and 11th overall in spirit. The junior women made their first-ever appearance at CUCs, finishing 20th overall and second in spirit.

Read more from Junior CUCs here.

Congratulations, Madison and Cameron! We look forward to continuing to see you on the field.

MUTT holding tryouts for open and women’s teams

The Memorial University Ultimate Touring Team (MUTT) is holding tryouts this month.

The Memorial University Ultimate Touring Team (MUTT) is holding tryouts this month.

The Memorial Ultimate Touring Team (MUTT) is holding tryouts for open and women’s teams this month.

Tryouts are open to current students at Memorial University.

Open Tryouts:

  • Sept. 6, 5:30-7 p.m. @ MUN Fieldhouse Soccer Field
  • Sept. 9, 12-2 p.m. @ Lower Ayers Soccer Field
  • Sept. 11, 5:30-7 p.m. @ MUN Fieldhouse Soccer Field
  • Sept. 14, 5:30-7 p.m. @ MUN Fieldhouse Soccer Field

Women’s Tryouts:

  • Sept. 9, 2:30-4 p.m. @Lower Ayers Soccer Field
  • Sept. 10, 5:30-7 p.m. @ MUN Fieldhouse Soccer Field
  • Sept. 12, 5:30-7 p.m. @ MUN Fieldhouse Soccer Field

For more information, email captain Luke Dyer at muttcaptain@gmail.com.

And stay up-to-date by liking the MUTT Facebook page here.

MZU offering indoor and outdoor fall leagues

Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU) is offering outdoor and indoor fall leagues in St. John's.

Members looking for more ultimate have two options for co-ed play this fall.

Mile Zero Ultimate (MZU) is offering both an outdoor hat league and an indoor build-it-yourself (BIY) league.

Fall Outdoor Hat League

Registration is open until Wednesday, Sept. 5. The league will take place on Sunday nights from Sept. 9-Nov. 4.

Players who are new to the league, or whose first league was in the Capital Subaru Summer League, receive a $10 discount on the registration fee. Players may sign up alone or with a partner.

New to this league is the implementation of the WFDF Ratio Rule A, which alternates the gender ratio every second point so that players of all genders receive equal play.

More information

Fall Indoor BIY League

MZU is now taking expressions of interest from interested teams. Captains must submit EOIs by Sept. 10 at 6 p.m.

The BIY league has space for 24 teams. If there is interest from more than 24 teams, a lottery will be held to see which teams gain entry.

Individual players looking for a team, or teams looking for players, may use this matchmaking form to join a team or complete a roster.

The league will run on Monday nights from Sept. 24-Dec. 17.

More information

Princess Layout tops sold-out SWURL league

Team Princess Layout poses after winning the 2018 summer SWURL championships

Princess Layout, 2018 summer SWURL champs

A sold-out summer league saw four teams competing over seven weeks in the St. John’s Women’s Ultimate Recreational League (SWURL) this summer.

With a mandate to grow the sport of ultimate among women in the province, SWURL added weekly skill development clinics to game nights to help female players improve their skills. Fifty-six players participated in the league.

On the final night of competition, Princess Layout took on Han Block in the championship, emerging the victor with a score of 15-3.

Jessica Mandville was named most valuable player for the winning team with Yolanda Kuai chosen as most spirited player.

Luke Skybattle also defeated Threwbacca for third place.

For more photos from SWURL’s summer league, click here.

Tempest ties best-ever finish at No Borders

Tempest, posing with former captain Suzy Stever in white, at No Borders in 2018.

Tempest, posing with former captain Suzy Stever in white and coach Patrick Snow, at No Borders in 2018.

Congratulations to Tempest on placing fifth at No Borders in Ottawa, July 21-22.

The province’s travelling competitive team for women was seeded seventh of 19 teams going into the tournament and faced a tough pool that included QUB (Quebec), defending champs Stella (Ottawa) and the U20 Team Canada team.

With day one temperatures reaching as high as 31 degrees, Tempest defeated QUB 10-7, lost to Stella 5-8 and lost to the U20 squad 5-10. Stella went on to win the tournament with the U20 team finishing second.

Tempest was reseeded to third in the division and had to play a crossover game to stay in the top eight. They faced Ottawa-based Luna and, thanks to a strong zone, won 13-3.

Day two saw deteriorating conditions due to persistent wind and rain and a rough start for Tempest. The team lost to Halifax-based Salty, preventing them from advancing to the top four.

Tempest then faced Toronto’s Tox6ix, winning 13-3 and advancing to play for fifth place against Eclipse, a master’s team from Ottawa that also included former Tempest captain and UNL president Suzy Stever on its roster.

After a tough battle in windy conditions, Tempest emerged the victor by a score of 7-5. It was the first time Tempest has beaten Eclipse in tournament play. The result put the team fifth overall, tying a best overall finish at No Borders (they also finished fifth in 2016).

Eighteen players, including rookie Sarah Strickland, took part in the tournament.

Congratulations on a successful competitive season, Tempest!

Tempest competes at first U.S. tournament

Tempest team members hold the provincial flag of Newfoundland and Labrador during the 2018 Boston Invite.

Tempest representing Newfoundland and Labrador at the 2018 Boston Invite.

Tempest recently turned heads stateside by placing fifth in the women’s classic division and 17th overall at the 2018 Boston Invite.

The province’s travelling competitive team for women took part in the tournament for the first time this year, which was held June 23-24.

Tempest finished 2-1 on Day 1 of competition:

Tempest (9) vs. Frolic (13)
Tempest (11) vs. Salt City Spirit (7)
Tempest (15) vs. Suffrage (13)

On Day 2, the team also delivered two wins and a loss:

Tempest (11) vs. Brooklyn Book Club (12)
Tempest (15) vs. Boomslang (6)
Tempest (15) vs. Suffrage (3)

This was the first Tempest tournament for five rookies (Anna Stevens, Gina Reid, Grace Clarke, Kat White and Ashleigh Hudson) as well as coach Patrick Snow, who took over the role in the fall. The team is captained by Jessica Wade, Melissa Wheeler and Jill Henderson.

They’ll next compete at No Borders, July 21-22 in Ottawa.

Way to go, Tempest!