Congratulations to Tianjin Speed Yellow, winners of China Open!

It’s possible China Nationals 2010 will be remembered as a tournament of firsts: the first time observers were used in China Ultimate (and maybe all of Asia Ultimate, excluding Japan), the first time a World Cup-style draw was used to determine pools on the day before games, and importantly, the first time team from Tianjin — Speed Yellow — two-time bridesmaids but never the bride, won. They did so in convincing fashion.

Drawn into the toughest pool — with No. 3 overall seed Graduates, Air Woo and CUG Prospectors — Speed won their first two pool games 11-2 and 10-6. Then in an epic game for Saturday standards vs. Graduates, Speed prevailed 11-8 to secure the No. 3 seed going into Sunday.

Speed ran through Ningbo, then obliterated 2009 runner-up Beijing Bang 13-4 in the semifinals. They would go up 10-2 vs. Hong Kong in the finals before Junk went on a 5-1 run to make it 11-7. Tianjin used a timeout to regroup, then traded scores with Hong Kong and would score another — the final point — on a simple 15-yard pass. In a game that had its share of highlights, this was quite the conventional ending — final score: 13-8.

Afterwards Edward Wang, one of the original Tianjin Speed players who was present when the team lost in the finals against Air Kazak in both 2007 and 2008, nearly got emotional celebrating the victory. He was hoisted into the air by teammates, as were others, including the only foreigner on the team, Jeff. There was no doubt who was the best team at the end of the day, and the scary part for the rest of the country: they’re only getting better. Watch out.

Congratulations should also go out to Michael Hsu’s Hong Kong Junk, which defended its 2009 championship valiantly and refused to roll over in the finals. No doubt they’ll be back next year.

On Sunday:

Crossovers:

Tianjin Speed Red 8, Air Woo 5
Graduates 11, Yangtze Dragons 6
Hangtime 9, Dalian Smurfs 5
Ningbo 11, Changsha City Storm 5

Quarterfinals:

(1) Hong Kong 11, (8) TJ Speed Red 3
(5) Graduates 11, (4) Air Kazak 2
(3) TJ Speed Yellow 11, (6) Ningbo UFO 6
(2) Beijing Bang 11, (7) Hangtime 2

Semifinals:

(1) Hong Kong 11, (5) Graduates 9
(3) TJ Speed Yellow 13, (2) Bang 4

Finals:

TJ Speed Yellow 13, Hong Kong 8

13th place bracket:

CUG Prospectors 11, Tangshan 1
Beijing Bang Bang 9, Tongzhou 7-Up 4

CUG 9, Bang Bang 5

Picture by Dean of CUG Prospectors

Happy Rat featured in CUPA

A brilliant little bit of Q-and-A from the guys over at CUPA (you can tell Happy Rat emailed his answers because a lot of the punctuation placement (not usage… placement) is sic).

Picture by Kevin Reitz

If you don’t know Happy Rat, by the way, you probably shouldn’t ask — God knows we in Beijing don’t. Let’s just say deniable plausibility and leave it at that.

Highlights:

And we are not just playing we are team. We are terminator.

I taught them how to get girl . how to be smart how to get money etc that’s our practice

We don’t practice like bb or any other team we practice a lot .

99% people they are students and ethnic people.
Only one percent that s me an asshole

If big brother is the brother or leader of china
Then I am air woo s big brother .
Bie ke is my student we are on the same boat .
And by the way there is another team now days call them air loo from shan dong .
You will see them soon.

Air Tibet took me a lot . I will show them not by words .
But I can represent them and give china ultimate a gift (扎西德勒)
I swear that some day they will kick your ass no mercy

HT: Ivan Xu

The teams of China Ultimate





Most of these jerseys created by Five Ultimate

The champions (from Perkin Chai’s album)







Pictures from the Tianjin tournament and a two-minute summary


All-female 2v2 disc race at the after-party

We’re still in the process of collecting information for the official recap of this past Saturday’s Tianjin tournament, but here were the key happenings:

Shanghai Huwa — an abridged version led by Jon Greenberg — won the A pool, beating ISB, Tianjin Waiyuan, Beijing Bang and Tianjin Speed.

Beijing Big Brother won the B pool (though word was Beijing was the No. 1 overall seed), consisting of Changsha (长沙, a Tianjin/Qingdao mix), Teda (with some Dalian players and foreigners), Air Kazak and Tianjin Speed Up.

The pool winners met in the finals. Shanghai jumped out to a 2-1 lead before the teams engaged in a long fourth point that saw two goal line turnovers and an injury (Beijing’s Tao — okay, me — as he tried changing directions on an in-cut). Shanghai took half at eight and extended its lead to 9-6 before Big Brother clawed back with three unanswered points. An energized (or intoxicated) murmur wormed its way through the crowd — chilled by a brisk wind on a suddenly cloudy evening — but the suspense quickly ended when Shanghai scored the next two to win 11-9.

Beijing Bang won the Spirit Award and, like Shanghai, got a trophy out of which they drank beer. Shanghai’s players also each received a Frisbee and a municipal government official-signed/endorsed certificate in the form of a red card.

Pictures follow.

Mike Shyu’s Facebook albums (check out his videos, too):

One:

Waiting for the Beijing Party Bus in front of Ginza Mall

Two: beautiful eye (picture tag)

The Shyu man himself, with Kevin Reitz

Three: Members of Big Brother, Bang and Shanghai


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Eight: Hail the champs and the tourney organizer



Edward Wang, man of the hour

Nine: After-party

Yin Kong

The party was pretty spectacular. More on that in the next post.

One more picture — the man who made the party bus (and so much of Frisbee-related activities in Beijing) happen:

Jeff Orcutt, fresh from a pee