Film Room: How Portland Rhino Slam’s Isolation Attack Nearly Sunk PoNY

Rhino Slam's chemistry and timing were impeccable.

Portland Rhino celebrates a score at the 2019 Club Championships. Photo: Paul Rutherford — UltiPhotos.com

#16 seed Portland Rhino Slam took defending National champions and #2 seed New York PoNY to double game point in their quarterfinal match up at the 2019 USA National Championships, and if not for a rare drop, it looked like they were going to win. PoNY struggled all game to take the disc away from Rhino, and one of the reasons for that was Rhino’s brilliantly simple strategy of throwing into undefended deep space.

Watch the following clips and you’ll quickly see a pattern: all of them are crossfield throws from the backhand sideline to the forehand sideline, all are caught in the deep space on the break side, and, in all of them, the receiver isn’t actually cutting to the space when the disc goes up.

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  1. Sion "Brummie" Scone
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    Sion "Brummie" Scone coached GB Open from 2010-2012, and also coached the GB World Games team in 2013, and the u24 Men in 2018. He has been running skills clinics in the UK and around the world since 2005. He played GB Open 2007-12, and GB World Games 2009. He lives in Birmingham, UK. You can reach him by email (sionscone@gmail.com) or on Twitter (@sionscone).

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