Club Championships 2021: Ultiworld Fantasy Draft (Women’s)

Which squad of women's Nationals players would come out on top?

Brute Squad's Julianna Werffeli just before a pull at the 2021 Pro Championships.
Brute Squad’s Julianna Werffeli just before a pull at the 2021 Pro Championships. Photo: Sam Hotaling —

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Ultimate isn’t yet to a place where franchises are paying general managers to go out and draft or sign the best players to compete for their club. But that certainly won’t stop us from pretending it is!

We’re back for another one of our favorite annual exercises around the Club Championships — matching our wits against each other in trying to draft the best team of players to win a championship right now made up of those attending Nationals. This year, we’re pitting a pair of Ultiworld staffers against one lucky Ultiworld subscriber who was selected in our Discord.1

Our participants as theoretical GMs for the mixed division draft are Staff Writer Alex Rubin, Senior Editor Keith Raynor, and subscriber Nicolette Bertsch. Nicolette (or Nico) has been playing ultimate for the past eight years, including playing with Toronto 6ixers since the team’s inception. She played for Team Canada at the 2018 WU24 Championships in Perth, winning silver, and just recently won the Ultimate Canada Invitational with Toronto. Due to the team’s decision (that she fully supports) to forego USAU Nationals, she is a little sad that 6ixers won’t be able to compete with the best in North America but very excited to watch all the streams and tape delay games.

We drafted eight players per team. Without further ado, let’s get to the draft grid:

1Anna Thompson (Fury)Claire Chastain (Molly Brown)Angela Zhu (Brute Squad)
2Carolyn Finney (Fury)Kami Groom (Brute Squad)Julianna Werfelli (Brute Squad)
3Yina Cartagena (BENT)Lindsay Soo (Phoenix)Manuela Cardenas (Molly Brown)
4Claire Desmond (Fury)Erika Baken (Parcha)Dena Elimelech (Fury)
5Sophie Knowles (Brute Squad)Beth Kaylor (Fury)Claire Trop (Brute Squad)
6Catherine Menzies (Traffic)Lisa Pitcaithley (Molly Brown)Carolyn Normile (Parcha)
7Lien Hoffmann (Brute Squad)Octavia Payne (Fury)Jessie Grignon Tomas (Brute Squad)
8Sara Gnolek (Nemesis)Sarah Griffith (Fury)Marika Austin (Fury)

Here is what the drafters had to say about their picks:

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