Inside Break: 6ixers Hoping for High Spirit and Game Scores

Snack skying might catch on.

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Toronto 6ixers had quite the Sunday, their first day of competition at WUCC. They finished 2-0 with a strong +12 point differential, including an impressive win over Japan’s UNO. And while the Canadians have a high achievement goal for the tournament, eyeing at least a quarterfinals appearance, they also want to exceed expectations in spirit. High spirit scores are a target of the team, perhaps a side effect of a hope to enjoy the international competition in a pure way. After all, its something of a hard earned reward, one claimed by the young program when they toppled Vancouver Traffic at the Canadian National Championships in 2017.

In the team’s third year of existence, they are already smack dab in the middle of a World Championship. And they are going to make the most of it.

The team took on Daione Kumay from Chinese Taipei in their opening game. They quickly rattled off six goals to take control of the game and ensure their supremacy was never really threatened. But the real prize? When Toronto’s two Taiwanese players got to hang out with their opponents after the game, snap a few pics for the ‘gram, and get a picture with the team flag.

The competition level was ratcheted up against UNO, one of the top programs from Japan, and a strong outfit with a unique style of play. Toronto has seven players who competed in Perth at the U24 World Championships and eight who took to the sand in Royan for the World Championships of Beach Ultimate. The 6ixers, particularly those from the U24 cohort, have a good amount of experience adjusting to foreign tactics, breaking through the language barrier, and handling other challenges of playing opponents from around the world. That experience helped them take an early lead that they protected for the rest of the game.

They were less prepared, however, for a new game to unfold after the ultimate concluded: snack skying. UNO introduced the Canadians to a fairly simple concept: a goody is tossed up into the air above a pack of hungry ultimate players, who would compete to be the one to make the catch. They say victory is sweet, but that phrase doesn’t taste as good as actual candies.

So it wasn’t just their competitive goals that Toronto made strides towards on day two of the tournament; they also advanced closer to achieving their off the field goals, too.

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