A slew of late-season regional round robin events help several teams hit their ten-game minimum to stay in the rankings.
August 30, 2018 by Tim Schoch in Coverage with 0 comments
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The penultimate weekend of the 2018 regular season was dominated by regional round robins from coast to coast. Tournaments designed to help teams reach the ten-game minimum to be counted in the USAU club rankings and to give teams a fine tune before the Series which is only a few weeks away. Not many of the tournaments this weekend even had brackets, some opting for just one-day commitments where each team played every other team. Let’s see how it all shook out.
- Two seed Burlington Heartless swept the field at Vermont Round Robin with an impressive win over Amherst Happy Valley.
- At the Photo City Tune Up in Rochester, parity was the name of the game as no team won more than two games on the day. Buffalo Lake Effect are the nominal champions, getting a third “win” via forfeit in their last game of the day.
- After dropping their first two games at The Incident, Long Island Birds rattled off five straight wins to win the tournament. One seed Brooklyn Grand Army went 3-1 on Saturday but did not compete on Sunday.
- Boulder All Jeeps, All Night went 3-0 to win the one-day round robin at Castle Rock Mixed.
The West Coast’s best women’s teams gathered on Stanford’s campus for the Bay Area Invite. Both Denver Molly Brown and San Francisco Fury went 5-1 on the weekend with Molly Brown taking down Fury, 15-13. Seattle Riot looked shaky on Saturday with only a one-point win over San Francisco Nightlock and then two losses to Vancouver Traffic and Fury. They bounced back on Sunday and took down Denver by two, then defeated Portland Schwa and Oakland LOL by the score of 15-5.
- Cambridge Vice went 3-0 at the Vermont Round Robin, notching wins over other Northeast teams.
- During a one-day round robin at the Indy Invite, hometown Indy Rogue and Cincinnati Sureshot both led the field with 2-0 records before the tournament was canceled due to weather.
- Even though Toronto GOAT demolished their competition at Photo City Tune Up, they were not able to capture a third bid for the Northeast (pending the results of Pro Championships this weekend).
- Portland Rhino Slam took on all challengers at CBR Memorial, going 6-0 with wins over Vancouver Furious George and Seattle Sockeye. The latter of which showed up for three games, including a universe point win over Furious, the aforementioned 11-9 loss to Rhino, and a blowout of Streetgang.
- Indianapolis Brickyard went an impressive 6-0 at Indy Invite, taking down Athens BroCats in a defacto title game.
- Garden State Ultimate beat the other four teams in attendance, winning The Incident.
- After going 2-2 on Saturday, Haymaker made the championship game but fell to Lombard Black Market by four to at The Bropen.
- At Rutabaga Rebellion Minneapolis Mallard beat their hometown rivals Imperial twice on the weekend to win the tournament.
- During the two-day Rush Hour Round Robin in Atlanta, South Carolina Lost Boys won all six of their games to sweep the field.
- In the creatively named End of Season Round Robin – Boston, Ender’s Outcasts beat Watch City and One Night. Watch City beat One Night. All you need to know.
In the men’s division, the two biggest stories going into the weekend are how New York PoNY and San Francisco Revolver‘s US Open results carry over into the end of the season and if Philadelphia Patrol and Washington D.C. Truck Stop can do enough to capture the final bid earning spots, as both are currently just outside of the cutoff. For the mixed division, it will come down to whether anyone can touch the two juggernauts that have dominated the division so far this season, Philadelphia AMP and Seattle BFG. The former won the US Open and the latter won WUCC earlier this summer. Finally, in the women’s division, Boston Brute Squad is the only team from the top four in attendance and looks to continue their hopes of winning all three points of the USAU Triple Crown Tour. Stay tuned for tournament previews for all three divisions!
Correction: A previous version of this article misreported the bracket results of The Bropen.
Outside of the elite West Coast women’s teams that went to the Bay Area Invite and are missing the Pro Championships this weekend. ↩