Day Two TUF – 2nd Place Finish

Day two began with a heated matchup against Thunder Ultimate. Coming right out of tryouts, there was a little bit of extra intensity involved in this game and Thunder showed us just how good they could become this season. Thunder took an early lead, but we slowly worked our way back in front to take half 8-6. The battle between Neil Thomas and Brad Froese in the first half was especially fun to watch with both guys throwing themselves at every possible play. The second half went Crash’s way and the final score was 15-8 Crash. This was a great game with huge plays on both sides and the final score doesn’t really do justice to how close the game felt. Thunder went on to finish 8th at the tournament, a huge jump from their original seed! Awesome!

Running after the pull.

1 Running after the pull.

After our game against Thunder we had a round off before the semi-finals during which we enjoyed some delicious cake brought by Suze from her wedding shower the day before. Amanda DeVries also arrived, providing a boost to our roster for the afternoon games.

Amanda plays some zone defense.

2 Amanda plays some zone defense.

Our semi-final game was against Smoke, from Peterborough, and once again we fell behind by a break in the first half (I sense a theme here). We were playing well on offense, but struggled to stop their hucking game in the first half. Some adjustments and a little more zone defense got us a couple breaks late in the first half to get back on top in the game. In particular, Devy came up with a huge block in the endzone on a swing pass that led to a score. We stayed ahead for the rest of the game eventually scraping out an 11-10 victory and setting us up for a rematch against The Tribe in the final.

Jon Hines throws a pass!

3 Jon Hines throws a pass!

In the final, we once again fell behind in the first half. We forced lots of turnovers but struggled to punch them in for scores and The Tribe successfully converted their opportunity for a break. The game featured a ton of big plays with huge D’s by Eugene for them, and Neil for us. We were down 8-7 at half time.

Dan tries to throw around Jacky, gets fouled.

4 Dan tries to throw around Jacky, gets fouled.

In the second half, we came back with two breaks to tie the game at 10-10 with us starting on offense. The horn blew and it was universe point. The final point of the game was just like the rest of it, hard fought, competitive, spirited, and filled with opportunities for both teams to put the game away. In the end, the game was won with a massive grab by Ron in the endzone jumping over Neil. He was clearly fouled on the play and did an amazing job to hang onto the disk! It was a fitting end to a great game.

Congratulations Tribe! I’m sure it won’t be the last time we play each other this year and I’m looking forward to all the future meetings.

Ron Siu makes the game-winning grab!

5 Ron Siu makes the game-winning grab!

Once again, thanks to Ed Kung for taking all of these photos. You can find more photos from day two in his album on Facebook.

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