This weekend was our first tournament of the summer, the Toronto Ultimate Festival at Sunnybrook Park. This is the first significant tournament for Ontario touring in the summer schedule. We were seeded first in the tournament which put us in Pool A with Skerj Ultimate, Quick’n’Dirty, and So Long and Thanks for All the Fish (Big Fish at a farewell tournament).
Our first game Saturday morning was against Skerj, a team featuring several of our friends from Whiplash last season. We took care of business in this game and came up with a 15-2 win. Good way to start to the season! We then played against the Fish crew from Ottawa and came away with a convincing 13-4 win. Our final pool play game was more of a battle. After starting out strong and taking a big lead early in the first half, Quick’n’Dirty came storming back to bring it to just an 8-6 halftime lead for Crash. It was a hard fought first half with lots of big plays both ways.
Our final game on Saturday was the 1 vs. 1 crossover game between pools A and D so we scheduled to play against The Tribe, a new team from Toronto made up primarily of players from the University of Toronto. They are young, athletic, and talented and had won their pool with convincing wins over BULLDOGS, Hubris, and Raft. We knew heading into it that this was going to be a game.
We started off going down a couple points as a few ill-advised hucks were met with some excellent deep defense, but battled to keep the game close. Late in the first half we got one break and then another to take the lead at halftime. Perhaps my favourite play of the weekend happened during this game. Playing Offense against a zone, we were stuck on the sideline for a bunch of throws in a row. Their defense got a little agressive trying to make sure we couldn’t get out of this spot and missed Christa sneaking deep down the field. Wayne threw up a perfect huck in the wind the length of the field and Christa was 40-50 yards open to catch it. Beautiful throw!
This game was also a bit of a coming out party for Neil Thomas, new to touring ultimate this season. Neil got some significant reps at big moments during this game and made the most of it. The game finished with a final score of 10-8 in our favour with a big huck to a laying out Cam Nugent (also new to Crash this season) after he snuck away deep from a poaching defender. Awesome grab by Cam!
The crossver game win meant we held our top seed going into Sunday’s play and set up a showdown with Thunder Ultimate in the quarterfinals.
Thanks to Ed Kung for taking such great photos all weekend! So awesome. More photos from the tournament are available in his albums.
Day two recap coming soon!