Club Championships 2021: Clinical Offense Defined the Men’s Final

In a game that would be won or lost by the tightest of margins, discipline with the disc kept PoNY and Ring of Fire within inches of each other.

Ring’s Eric Taylor (left) and PoNY’s Chris Kocher vie for the disc in the 2021 men’s final. Photo: Kristina Geddert — UltiPhotos.com

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The story of the 2021 Club Championships men’s final between New York PoNY and Raleigh Ring of Fire was disciplined offense. Both teams employed the possession-driven, conservative approach that has become familiar in elite ultimate. Three-person weaves, small-ball, short break passes, dominator sets, whatever you want to call it — it worked.

During the first half, both offenses were confident playing catch. Both teams utilized strong lines of handler-driven players with exceptional break throw accuracy. Small-ball god John Randolph led the charge for PoNY while Anders Juengst, Sol Yanuck, and Gouchoe-Hanas led for Ring.

Ring Offensive Flow

With the exceptional chemistry of Yanuck and Gouchoe-Hanas, Ring had no problem moving the disc laterally, giving and going and dumping it until their cutters tore open for unders downfield. PoNY applied intense matchup pressure, but eventually Osgar, Williams, or Juengst would break free and punch it in.

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  1. Nolan Schmalenberger
    Nolan Schmalenberger

    Nolan Schmalenberger played college at the University of Arizona and has played club with Sprawl, Smokestack, and Prairie Fire. He captained teams Rebellion and Jeollado in South Korea and recently returned home to SoCal. He is currently on the roster for the San Diego Growlers.

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