The teams of China Ultimate





Most of these jerseys created by Five Ultimate

The champions (from Perkin Chai’s album)







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Jeff Orcutt’s final words on China Nationals

Hey everyone,

大家好,

Thanks for a great weekend. We were lucky to have such nice weather (Monday and Tuesday were 35 degrees in Beijing!!) and exciting Ultimate. Zahlen, I, and all of the organisers were very enthusiastic to see the level of play more than double from the year before.

首先感谢大家参加上周末的比赛。我们很幸运,有那么好的天气(北京周一和周二的最高气温有35度!)和那么精彩的极限飞盘比赛。Zahlen、我、以及所有帮忙组织今年活动的人都很高兴能看到今年的飞盘水平翻倍的进步。

I am really glad that all of you could take time out of your busy schedules and use your hard earned money to come to Beijing. I think most of us can agree that it was totally worth it.

我很高兴你们都愿意安排整个一周末的时间并用辛辛苦苦赚的钱来北京一趟。相信大家都能同意,这次来北京很值得。

It is dedication and excitement like what we saw this weekend that will grow our community and lead to more and more weekends full of fun like this last one. Hopefully, all of you can sit down and think about how you are going to make it to the next tournament so we can all be together again. Maybe there is some way that we can save money and time in our ordinary lives in order to get together more often for tournaments.

我们这周末见到的努力和积极性就是以后会鼓励飞盘发展的因素,也会在未来给我们带来更多类似于上周末的飞盘活动。希望大家都有机会时可以好好考虑你能够怎么举办下一个飞盘比赛,把我们再次聚到一起。希望我们以后都能想办法安排出来更多时间和金钱为了一起比赛。

Whatever it is I hope that all of us can make it a priority to get together and have great weekends like this last one as much as possible. I hope we can grow our community, ultimate skills, and our bodies.

无论怎么办,希望我们以后都能更积极的去实现类似上周末的幸福。这样我们全中国的飞盘社团、技术、和体能都能见到发展。

I would like to thank everyone who made this past weekend possible. Without all of them it could not have happened. I hope everyone realises the time that all of them put into organising the 2009 China Open.

真的想特别感谢所有帮忙安排这比赛的各位。没有他们,这一切都不可能实现。希望所有人都知道这些人付出多少时间和经历,为了2009年的中国公开赛。

Please join me in congratulating Hong Kong. It is up to them to defend their title next year. Also, congratulations to Beijing Bang and all the rest of the players from this weekend for stepping up their play and having a great tournament.

我们再次一起为香港队喝彩一下。明年看他们还能否是冠军。恭喜北京帮和许多选手,你们上周末发挥的相当出色,让我们能够看到很多精彩的比赛。

Captains please share this email with your teams and I look forward to seeing all of you very soon. Please keep a look out for frequent updates of skills, information, and new tournaments on http://www.chinaupa.org. Hopefully we can use this tool to promote our fast growing community.

队长们,请把这封邮件转发给你们的队友,希望在近期能够再次见面。可以经常查看www.chinaupa.org.,以后会有更新的信息、技术、比赛等。希望我们能通过这网站更多发展我们全中国的飞盘社团。

And last, if anyone would like advice or help on organizing their own local tournament, feel free to contact us.

还有,如果有谁想要安排或组织自己的比赛,请联系我们,我们很愿意帮忙。

中国飞盘加油!

欧阳杰

Jeff

Pictures from China Nationals 2009







From Tao’s Facebook albums titled China Nationals 2009 – Saturday; China Nationals 2009 – Saturday night; China Nationals 2009 – Sunday (part 1 of 4); (part 2 of 4); (part 3 of 4); (part 4 of 4)

Kevin Chao: Buncha Azians in Beijing

Roldy Luo: 2009 China open ultimate frisbee by XY

Mike Shyu, setting a new record for Facebook albums:
China Nationals 2009 1/17

China Nationals 2009 2/17

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Ivan Xu: 2009 China Nationals

Congratulations to Hong Kong, winners of China Nationals 2009


Picture by Mike Shyu

Hong Kong began its tournament with 13-1 and 13-2 wins — the latter against the Beijing Ugly Trolls, a Big Brother split-squad — and never looked back en route to capturing the No. 1 overall seed and winning its first team championship in Asia Ultimate in quite a while. (Someone know how many years it’s been?)

It was a redemptive weekend for Hong Kong captain Mike Hsu, who was part of an epic meltdown in the first China Nationals in 2007, when HK took half 7-1 in the finals only to give up seven unanswered and eventually lose. He was all smiles this time around — when his teammates doused him with ice water during a combined team picture with Beijing Bang, when the awards were being presented in the stands, when he was handed the trophy, when he drank out of it… sweet and satisfying.

His team won with defense and precision on offense, two areas of the game the Chinese teams can still improve on. It didn’t hurt that they added Kwong from Ringers of Fire, who made the tourney’s eight-member all-star team, and a couple other key foreigners. For the most part, though, Hong Kong was a squad of local players, and their pride and determination showed. Their only blemish came in pool play against Shanghai Y in the third game. It didn’t matter: they still finished its four pool games with a plus-24 point differential. They were pushed in only two other games, both against Tianjin Five Star, the tourney’s 1-seed going in. In the semis on Sunday, Hong Kong led 7-2 and 8-3, only to see Tianjin roar back and tie the game at 9. Hong Kong prevailed only after a dramatic universe point, setting up its finals against Beijing Bang.

Yes, Beijing Bang: the sixth seed entering the weekend and seventh seed after pool play, a team that had to play a fifth game Saturday (pre-quarters) and beat the second and third seeds to reach finals. It was, needless to say, one of the most improbable runs anyone’s seen in a long time, especially considering they lost to the Dalian Smurfs and Tianjin Speed in back-to-back games on Saturday.

The upset of the year, against No. 2 Shenzhen, was aided by gusting winds and a solid cup zone — and also because Shenzhen’s best player, Gareth, injured his hand on a layout catch. Bang’s zone carried them to another two-point victory against the 3-seed, Air Kazak, whose two-year run as China’s best team ended most shockingly. Let it be said here for the record, however, that they wore the crown well.

The finals started out close, with Bang’s Mike Shyu making a couple spectacular catches and Ds. It was 3-3* when Hong Kong called a timeout and Bang’s captain, Ken Su, delivered one of the more entertaining and hilarious team speeches anyone’s heard in a while (you’ll have to ask them what he said). It wasn’t enough: behind a zone of its own, Hong Kong reeled off 10 of the next 11 points to win 13-4.

*I’ve been informed Bang was up 3-2.

A big congratulations and thank you to tournament director Jeff Orcutt, who spent hundreds of hours preparing, and Five Ultimate co-owner Zahlen Titcomb, whose organization has more or less made China Nationals happen in each of its three years. This year we had 20 teams — up from 15 in 2008 — and about 250 players, by far the best turnout thus far. We only expect this tournament to grow.

We’ll have pictures up as soon as China unblocks Blogspot (we’re writing this via proxy, so: no hyperlinks, no picture uploading), which could take a couple days or weeks, if the history of YouTube censorship has taught us anything. In the meantime, here are some links to Facebook albums:

Duff Douglas, player-coach of the International School of Beijing Dragons (Red), a team of high school students who really played above their heads and beat Shanghai X in the quarters on Sunday before pushing Beijing Ugly to universe point in the semis: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=80278&id=504839598

From that album, this http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1864952&id=504839598#/photo.php?pid=1864953&id=504839598 is a photo of Joe fouling the sh** out of a high school student in the end zone.

Stephanie Kwan:

–Some nice action shots: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?page=3&aid=2175520&id=12812853

–Saturday night party and Sunday showcase and finals http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2185635&id=12812853 (Joe’s sweet layout http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=35648653&id=12812853)

–Mostly group and team pics: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?page=1&aid=2185796&id=12812853

Much more coverage later. We should note, for posterity’s sake, that Beijing’s combined team beat Shanghai’s combined team in a shortened showcase game, 6-4. Perhaps they’ll meet again in the Shanghai tourney in four weeks.

One day away

Pictures of our fields

If by chance Jeff Orcutt’s directions to the fields aren’t enough, here are a couple pictures:



Just look for the big pile of cow dung. (But the grass is nice, promise! And green (those pictures were taken in early March). And unlike in Tianjin, there won’t be an abhorrent stink hovering over us at all times.)

Who else is ready for China Nationals? Hang Time, that’s who

Posted on the Beijinger‘s popular classifieds section, titled “ultimate frisbee looking for players“: