Australian Club Championships Preview (Open and Women’s)

Who will take gold down under?

Colombia's Yina Cartagena and Australia's Cat Phillips battle for a disc at WUGC 2016. Photo: Jolie J Lang -- UltiPhotos.com
Colombia’s Yina Cartagena and Australia’s Cat Phillips battle for a disc at WUGC 2016. Photo: Jolie J Lang — UltiPhotos.com

As much of the world waits for vaccine rollouts and return to play guidelines, Australia will be holding their open and women’s club championships this weekend in Canberra. Both the first and second divisions in Australia will play out their games this weekend. Here is a small teaser of what to expect from first division.

  • Dates: April 9-12
  • Location: Canberra, ACT
  • Weather: Highs between 14-23° C, Mostly Sunny, 6-23 kph winds
  • Game Schedule: Ultimate Central
  • Streaming (Inside Australia): Kayo Sports
  • Streaming (Outside Australia): UltiVids/Ulti.TV

COVID Forces Some Teams to Stay Home

Even though Australia is hosting a national club championships, the global pandemic will have an effect on the playing field. Teams from the states of Western Australia and Queensland will not be able to attend due to state-level COVID restrictions. Notably this means that Sublime and Mammoth1 will not be able to attend in the open division and KAOS and Fuse will not be attending in the women’s division. Division 1 in Australia usually has twelve teams per division, but this year the open division will only have nine teams and the women’s division will only have eight.

The Australian Flying Disc association have released an extensive COVID safety plan for the event.

Women’s Division Pools and Format

The women’s division features eight teams. They will play a full round robin from Friday to Sunday morning. The top four teams after the round robin will move to semifinals on Sunday afternoon. The finals will be played on Monday.

SeedTeam
1Ellipsis
2Manly Ripped
3Rogue
4Factory Flash
5GWS Blaze
6Spicy Chilly
7Melbourne Phoenix
8Sugar Magnolias

Open Division Pools and Format

The open division has nine teams. They will start out in pools of five and four which will play out Friday through Saturday morning. The top three from each pool will play crossover games for bracket seeding Saturday afternoon. The bottom two teams from Pool A will carry their games into a lower pool with the bottom team from Pool B that will also play out on Saturday afternoon. The top two teams from the lower pool will also make quarter finals. Quarterfinals and semifinals are played on Sunday and the final will be played on Monday.

SeedPool APool B
1Sunder SliceSunder Dice
2Ellipsis MenHot Chilly
3Fyshwick UnitedNewcastle I-Beam
4JuggernautOutbreak Mountain
5Krank

Streaming Schedule

Times are Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST – UTC + 10)

DayTimeDivisionGame
Friday9:00 amWomen'sEllipsis vs GWS Blaze
Friday11:00 amOpenHot Chilly vs Outbreak Mountain
Friday1:00 pmWomen'sPhoenix vs Sugar Magnolias
Friday3:00 pmOpenFyshwick United vs Krank
Saturday9:00 amWomen'sSugar Magnolias vs Spicy Chilly
Saturday11:00 amOpenSunder Slice vs Juggernaut
Saturday1:00 pmWomen'sRogue vs Manly Ripped
Saturday3:00 pmOpenCrossover Game
Sunday9:00 amOpenQuarterfinal
Sunday11:00 amWomen'sFactory Flash vs GWS Blaze
Sunday1:00 pmOpenSemifinal
Sunday3:00 pmWomen'sSemifinal
Monday9:00 amTBABronze Match
Monday11:00 amWomen'sFinal
Monday1:00 pmOpenFinal

  1. Mammoth are defending open champions 

  1. Ravi Vasudevan
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    Ravi Vasudevan is Ultiworld's European editor and a host of the podcast EuroZone. Emails about EuroZone should go to eurozoneultimate@gmail.com. Ravi played for WPI in the US until 2008. He has been living and playing in Europe since 2009 and has competed at WUGC 2012, WUCC 2014 and WUCC 2018.

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