The first Throw of the Year is...
April 13, 2020 by Keith Raynor in Awards, Opinion with 0 comments
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As an extension of one of our most popular series each year, the inaugural 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. You, the Ultiworld readers, have now voted for your favorite of the finalists selected.
After four rounds of voting, our first-ever Throw of the Year is…
Our Play of the Year brackets inspire a lot of feelings from our audience, and they are no stranger to controversy. This one, however, may take the cake. There were some pretty strong words on social media directed at taking down this unusual play. Despite the haters, the underdog takes the home the prize, adding to the unpredictable nature of these brackets.
Francombe’s play is…not your typical Throw candidate. There’s a fair argument that, without a hand involved in the final propulsion of the disc, it isn’t even a throw. But the intentional advancement of the disc by the offense most closely fits in this bracket. And you can’t argue that it isn’t an incredibly difficult play. Lucky? Probably, very. I’ve never seen such a play and don’t expect to see it again any time soon.
The unknown man from the United Kingdom conquered several more well-known competitors to take his crown. His final against Siege’s Nikki Ross was close, but a late surge — perhaps powered by a plea from his Guildford teammates — pushed the margin to 59% to 41%. Markham Shofner and Morgan Hibbert were no match for Francombe’s boot, though Brendan McCann’s scoober nearly took this spot in the final.
Congratulations to Jon Francombe, our first Throw of the Year winner.
Ultiworld Catch Of The Year
2019: Jon Francombe