Although the focus may be on next week’s Chesapeake Invite, this weekend offered plenty of exciting Ultimate. Here’s the results from the big tournaments:
Despite being held in Europe, this year’s WJUC came down to two identical matchups between the Americas. After torrential rains dampened the tournament (causing major scheduling headaches and even some scary accidents), the finals in both the U-20 Open and Women’s division featured a showdown between the United States and Colombia.
On the Women’s side, the US had already faced — and beaten — the Colombian team in power pool play. But the top-seeded Colombians responded in the hard-fought finals to pull off the 14-10 victory to claim gold. Canada beat Germany to take bronze in the third place match.
In Open, the top-ranked US team faced a somewhat surprising 5th seed Colombia team that had beaten some tough competition — including two seed Canada — en route to the finals. But the US side continued their dominance they had showed throughout the tournament to claim gold in a 15-10 win. Just as in Women’s, Canada took down Germany to win the bronze.
In the younger set (U-17), Europe proved stronger with Germany winning gold against Italy in Open and Austria taking down Great Britain in Women’s.
Check out lots of awesome footage from the tournament from Ultivillage.
Without GOAT (Toronto) playing this year, Furious George (Vancouver) was the heavy favorite on the Open side in this year’s CUC. After rolling through most of the competition, Furious faced a tough challenge in the finals from General Strike (Winnipeg) — the three seed — and faced a three point deficit at 14-11 in a game to 15. But they showed their experience and poise, scoring five straight to take the game 16-14 and defending their Canadian title.
Top-seeded Traffic (Vancouver) continued on their strong performance at Emerald City Classic to easily win the Women’s division over QUB (Quebec) with a final score of 15-6. They currently sit in seventh place in the USA Ultimate rankings.
Odyssee (Montreal) took down a good team in Union (Toronto) 15-10 in finals. Odyssee is having a good season, sitting 7th in the top 25 in the current USA Ultimate rankings. After missing out on Nationals last year, they are eager to earn the Northeast region one of the many strength bids it will get in the Mixed division.
You can see full scores from the tournament — including Masters and Youth divisions — on the CUC website.
This weekend finally gave some of the top mixed teams a chance to match up at the second week of ECC. The top-seeded Polar Bears (San Francisco) swept the weekend, which could push them past The Ghosts (Boston) into first place in this week’s USA Ultimate rankings. They faced NorCal rival American BBQ in the finals and got the 15-12 victory.