Ultiworld’s 2019 Throw of the Year: Final, Presented by Friction Gloves

This one could come down to a single vote.

Ultiworld’s 2019 Throw of the Year bracket is presented by Friction Gloves; all opinions are those of the author. Want to make highlights of your own? Try Friction Gloves!

One of our most popular series to begin each year, the Throw of the Year bracket is here!

We watched many hours of game footage and highlight reels to hunt down the hucks, breaks, bombs, dimes, and everything else; believe us, there were more than enough options to fill up this bracket, so even some worthy nominees were left on the cutting room floor. Over the next week, we’re inviting you, Ultiworld readers, to vote for your favorite of the finalists selected.

Check out our finalists and vote below, then check back to see which clip will be crowned our Throw of the Year. The final round of voting starts now and closes on Sunday, April 12 at 12 PM ET.


Francombe vs. Ross

Raise your hand if you predicted this matchup in the final back when this bracket debuted. Given the starpower that was here, these two have scored quite a few upsets to get this far; insert Paul Rudd meme. And both plays survived some of the closest matchups we’ve had in the semifinals. Nikki Ross’ backhand earned just a few percentage points more of the vote than the forehand from Valeria Cardenas, about 51% to 49%. Jon Francombe’s victory over Brendan McCann was somehow even closer, decided by tenths of a percentage point. We could be in for a barn burner, meaning every vote counts!

Jon Francombe – Disco Inferno (UK Indoor Social)

Jon Francombe

Nikki Ross – Boston Siege (Club Women’s)

Nikki Ross


  1. Keith Raynor
    Keith Raynor

    Keith Raynor is a Senior Editor and the Business Development Manager at Ultiworld. He co-hosts our Deep Look podcast and does play-by-play and color commentary. He coaches UConn Rise, the college's women's team. You can reach him by email (keith@ultiworld.com) or on Twitter (@FullFieldHammer).

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