After a couple weeks of bad weather, Sarnia Ultimate Frisbee league was back in action last week, and two teams were able to break out with their first wins of the season.
At Lansdowne fields, Nuff Said jumped out to a fast lead on Why So Serious, but the lead was quickly erased, and the teams continued a close battle throughout the match. With a heart breaking 16-14 loss to the Wolfpack still fresh on his mind, Nuff Said’s Michael Abrametz made a leaping catch for the game winning point. Michelle Croal had a strong handling game for the winning side, while Alex Harper was strong on defence as always. For Why So Serious, Sean Pollard’s accurate deep throws boosted their offence and the strong leadership of Rachel Babula held the team together. Final score was 15-13 Nuff Said.
Also getting their first win at Lansdowne field this week were the Floppy Discs. The win came at the expense of the struggling Bulldogs – whose errant passes and turnovers cost them a lot of points. Shane Kerrigan’s return was a welcome addition for the Floppy Discs, and newcomers Sarah Fraley and Emily Lewis held their own in the game. “I think we just had two lines that got used to playing together,” said team captain Nathan Colquhoun. “And it wasn’t so cold that our fingers were going to fall off.”
A third game was played at Lansdowne this week in an awkward turn of events. Due to a duplicate booking the field at Germain was being used by a soccer team, Deep Throw It and Hungate’s Mom were forced to move their game. The delay had the teams agree to a shortened game to 11, as opposed to the standard 15. But after Hungate’s took an 11-6 lead in only 50 minutes, they were sweet-talked into playing a timed extension.
Deep Throw It used their bonus game time wisely, as they got to within one point when time ran out. Hungate’s hung on for the 14-13 win. Mark Thompson was being tall for Hungate’s offence, catching everything in his vicinity, and Jessica Platt played great in a handling role for DTI.
At Blackwell, two undefeated teams – Red Army and Pants Party – put their records on the line. Red Army’s captain Ryan Clubb said, “We hit them early and often, like a bat out of hell.” The game was reminiscent of these teams’ memorable semi-final match from last year’s playoff, in which Red Army took a big lead, and held off a Pants Party surge in the second half to win. This year, that second half surge did not happen as Red Army won 15-5. Pants Party player Jeff McRae said, “If (Jeff) Rathburn had a hat, he would’ve thrown it on the ground.” Lack of movement on offence doomed Pants Party’s fate in this game.
Finally at Canatara, the league favourite Suspects kept their perfect record intact against the Wolfpack, but not before a first half scare. Boosted by the UK imported player Kartar Kalsi, the Wolfpack held their own the first half taking an 8-7 lead at the break. But at half time, Suspects team captain Brian Jubenville showed up and his fresh legs and deadly cuts were unstoppable. The Suspects allowed only one second half point, winning the match with ease 15-9.
This week’s marquee match will be played at Lansdowne as the only two remaining undefeated teams go head to head. The 2012 champs, Red Army, take on 2011/2010 winners, the Suspects – you won’t want to miss this one.