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The Trifecta

Posted by forumjoe on September 28, 2010

I don’t post about Ultimate much, because although I’ve been playing regularly over this past year, it seems to be automatic. I don’t do anything worth posting about, I’ve just been plugging away trying to improve the spirit of myself and my team and win games where we can.

But this week something special has happened, and I thought I’d tell you all how I feel about it. Last monday, 20th September, my TUC team (Bread) won the championship. The highest level of Ultimate played in Tasmania, and it was a wonderful game. Everyone gave it their best, everyone played awesomely, and it came down to Golden Goal at the end, which we won. Whether it was good luck or good management, who knows?

Then, last Sunday, my team (Gender Across) took out the premiership of the Indoor League. Again, a stupidly close and hard-fought game. It didn’t quite come to Golden Goal, but the pressure from UTAS was on right until the end, and they really forced me to step it up and play my best ultimate. To top off this excitement, we won Spirit. That truly is what I strive for in a league, so to be able to win Spirit and the league makes me really, really proud of a team that was randomly thrown together.

And last night, The Workers Party (a team I coordinate and captain) won the Uni vs Workers challenge, twice-a-year challenge game. Once again, Golden Goal. Once again, there was so much luck in a game like that it’s impossible to take credit for it. But the feeling of having won all three finals/challenges that I’ve played in this last week is exhilarating. I’m feeling like I’m playing my best Ulimate ever at the moment, and I really hope, pray and cross my fingers, that this good streak will continue to the Two-Hat, in 10 days time.

Special thanks to Jase and Maz, who shared all these victories with me, and special commiserations go to Huddy and Eliza. Huddy is definitely one of the “good guys” in Tassie ultimate, and I know it’s very frustrating for him to play in so many finals and walk away with nothing. But the UTas team has come along in leaps and bounds, and that’s all thanks to Huddy. We’ll miss ya, boyo. Good luck in Launceston.

Finally, I’m about to think about other aspects of the sport, specifically the volunteering/community aspect. There’s no doubt there’s a lot of dissatisfaction around at the moment with various admin/committee/management groups. I’m not sure what I can do to change that, but I can’t let it affect me do what I can for the community. Rule-Of-The-Week has been great, and I’m looking to build on that for Spring league. Last I heard, we were still looking for a Spring League LO, so I’ve just put my hand up for that too.

I’m really looking forward to a great summer of Ultimate!

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Tassie Mixed-nats teams selected

Posted by forumjoe on July 22, 2009

My first post on this blog about Ultimate, just passing on an email that I got relating to the teams selected for mixed nats.  Congratulations to all who got selected.

Announcement – Tasmanian Teams Selected for AMUC09

The two Tasmanian teams for AMUC2009 have now been selected. The selectors have been extremely pleased with the level of interest and commitment demonstrated by everyone trying out for both teams. It has been extremely difficult to make final decisions due to there being so many well-qualified players vying for only a few spots.

The teams are as follows:

A Team

Ash Martens
Basil Van Riet
Eliza Burke-Purdon
Emily Johnson
Felix Kennedy
Huddy Fuller
Kate Godber
Kieren Blake
Michael Dunne
Mike Baker
Pat Dunne
Sarah Robinson
Shannon Trentwith
Shelly Slater
Stan Robert
Steve Wright

B Team

Alysia Cullen
Chris Mrzyk
Dave Wilson
David Cooke
Grady Cowley
Heidi Pass
Jemery Day
Jenn Lavers
John Kristensen
Masni Bennett
Matt Petrie
Naomi Petrie
Reed Burgette
Sarah Carson
Shavawn Donoghue
Tim Stoneman

Thanks to everyone who tried out for either team. Congratulations to those of you who have been selected, and commiserations to everyone who missed out. We hope to still see you at training in the build-up to AMUC 09.

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