Wuhan tournament date and format change

The Wuhan tournament is now going to be an open tournament held on November 6-7, not October 16-17.

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Congratulations to Mixed Nuts, winners of Singapore Open

Singapore Open 2010 champs, Mixed Nuts

Once again, Singapore Open proved to be one of the most competitive Ultimate tournaments in Asia, as teams from near and far came to compete in the mud and sun.

Last year, arguably nine teams were in contention for the finals, but only eight got the chance to play in the championship bracket (China United Ultimate Party finished third out of five in its pool on Saturday, losing to semifinalists Sunken Pleasure and Disc Knights). This year, the elimination bracket expanded to 16 teams, giving non-power-pool squads like Freakshow Prime a chance to play themselves up, but in the end it was the top four seeds — Mo’chi, Mixed Nuts, Freakshow and Shiock — that separated itself from the pack.

The best game of the tournament happened in the semifinals between last year’s finalists, Mo’chi — Uli and Will Chen’s team — and Mixed Nuts, a Jason Lopez/Derek Ramsey squad of mostly Team Pilipinas players, with some from Singapore and Taiwan.

Mo’chi took half, but with breaks at a premium, everyone sensed the game would come down to universe point. It was at 11-11, game to 12, that Uli put a sweet forehand into the end zone that just glanced off the hand of his player. Mixed Nuts quickly countered, with Ramsey throwing a backhand huck that a former Furious George player pulled down over Guangzhou’s Kwong. The play was somewhat reminiscent of universe point in 2009 (video by Perkin Chai), when Mo’chi’s Yoshio chased down a huck to put the exclamation mark on an improbable comeback (Team Pilipinas had been up 10-7 in a game to 11).

Mixed Nuts scored on its first throw after a timeout to win 12-11. Video highlights — along with the Philippines’ Will Steedman’s words — are here.

Freakshow defeated Shiock 12-9 in the other semifinals to set up its game vs. Mixed Nuts. MN weathered a valiant Freakshow comeback to prevail 17-14. (Video here via Fox Sports.)

All results can be found on Singapore Open’s official website:

  • Pool A Champions  : Mixed Nuts (PHI)
  • Pool A Runners-Up : Freakshow (SGP)
  • Pool B Champions  : Lagi Shiok (SGP)
  • Pool B Runners-Up : Young Knights (SGP)
  • Pool C Champions  : Team SMU (SGP)
  • Pool C Runners-Up : Carebears (MY)
  • Most Spirited Team : Masala Chai (IND)
  • MVP (Male) : Tim Martin (Mixed Nuts)
  • MVP (Female) : Joanne Soh (Freakshow)
  • Mythical 7
    • Ms Lesley Sim (Freakshow)
    • Ms Karen Golez (Mixed Nuts)
    • Ms Pia Ybanez (Mixed Nuts)
    • Mr Zach Ellard (Freakshow)
    • Mr Will Steedman (Mixed Nuts)
    • Mr Derek Ramsey (Mixed Nuts)
    • Mr Titi Teo (Freakshow)

p.s. Although this wasn’t official, Beijing Big Brother probably won the party (though Hong Kong and Vietnam were pretty good). When you dress like this…

…and do this in the subway station…

…and make this impression at the party…

…and have this guy on your team (who won an individual party award)…

…how can you not award the effort with medals?

Congratulations to Beijing Big Brother, double winners of Dalian Open

Big Brother, winners of Dalian Open 2010

Big Brother sent split squads to the Dalian over the weekend for the second annual Dalian Open, with Beijing “Ugly” beating “Sexy” twice — including 13-9 in the finals — to claim the trophy. Representatives from Shanghai were gracious enough to make the trip, as Huwa’s presence always adds legitimacy to Chinese-run tournaments and will help Dalian’s organizers as they try to expand their tourney into an international one in years to come.

The Ultimate Association of China (UAC) sponsored a clinic led by Beijing’s Gareth Marshall, Sandy Wang, Mike Shyu and Joe Pellicano. The following group shot was taken after the clinic:

The party was held at the same venue as last year and just as raucous. (If you need a reminder, these three things happened last year.) Pictures from Saturday night will emerge eventually.

Notable Sunday game results:

SUNDAY
Ugly vs. Shanghai, W 11-3
Sexy vs. Dalian X, W 13-1

Sexy vs. Shanghai, W 13-4
Ugly vs. Dalian A, W 13-3(?)

FINALS: Ugly def. Sexy 13-9

More pictures (Facebook album coming later [update, 9/27: here]):



Shanghai's Alec Hutson

Tommy Lee, who played for Huwa most of the weekend but played with Beijing Sexy in the finals, won male MVP, and Big Brother’s Alicia Lui won female MVP (her second female MVP win this season; the first was in Shenzhen).

Dalian as a city is, as always, a great place to take a break from industrial-commercial city life. Big Brother made it for the beach tournament earlier this year and will continue supporting its cousin city to the north and hope other China Ultimate communities will as well in the future.

UPDATE, 9/25: Bonus pictures from Beijing’s Liz Lin:

Big Brother Sexy

Big Brother Ugly


Announcing: Vietnam Hat Tournament, December 18-19

The Saigon Ultimate Club proudly presents:

The 7th Annual

VIETNAM HAT
December 18-19, 2010

Dear ultimate lovers,

First, we would like to show our appreciation for your kind support in making the Vietnam HAT a great and fun event for the ultimate community.

We have been receiving a number of positive feedbacks from the players that you really enjoy the tournament and constructive feedbacks on how to improve it. Thanks for letting us know your thoughts and we will put our effort in giving you a great memory in Vietnam.

The confirmed dates for the Vietnam HAT 2010 are 18 and 19 December. This will give you three great weeks during the Christmas and New Year’s time with both your family and ultimate friends.

So, let’s start looking for suitable flights from now and find the most reasonable one for an unforgettable and precious moment with friendly local hosts in a great field with stadium in Asia!

The registration page will be opened shortly at http://saigon-ultimate.com/. We will send you a short notification when it is ready.

If you need any further information, please feel free to contact us via this email address.

See you in Vietnam!

On behalf of Vietnam HAT 2010 organising team,

Aaron Toronto, Doanh Nguyen, and Vu Anh Vu