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?

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Congratulations to Korea KUNT, winners of Shanghai Open 2010

Rumors had circulated for months that something was brewing on the Korean peninsula, but few could have expected KUNT (Korea Ultimate National Team) to arrive on the mainland and destroy all-comers like they did over the weekend. Employing a U.S.-style offense and an aggressive D, Korea beat Southwest China in Sunday quarters, 11-7, then Beijing Big Brother in semis, 13-4, and finally Philippines Sunken Pleasure, 15-9, to win the 8th annual Shanghai Open tournament.

Korea’s Gina, possibly the best female player at the tournament, was selected onto the Mythical Seven all-star team, while “yellow-cap guy,” i.e. Adam, won male MVP. Solid performances from Dave and Clay also paced the squad, which will be continue being a force to reckon with in Asia Ultimate.

Sunken Pleasure made finals by beating Shanghai Huwa 11-9 in a well-played semifinals.

Quarterfinal teams were Hong Kong Junk, Shiock (which took one-seed Huwa to Universe Point), Tianjin Speed (broke seed… big time) and Southwest China.

Congratulations also go out to tournament organizers Glenn, Alec, Nads, Robin and everyone else who helped out. Great job once again.

Congratulations to Shiock, double-winners of Singapore Single Gender Tourney

Word’s slowly trickling to the corners of Asia Ultimate that Shiock, a home-grown team that formed out of Freakshow a few years back, has beaten Freakshow in the finals of both the Open and Women’s division of the Singapore Single Gender Tourney. Two championships, one tournament, one team. Amazing.

Shiock has been on somewhat of a roll lately. At Manila Spirits in November, they suprised everyone with a run to the finals (they entered Day 2 as the 8-seed and proceeded to beat top-seeded Sizzle and fourth-seeded Boracay). In June at Shanghai Open, Shiock upset Big Brother on Day 1 and finished second in the pool. We expect great things from this team, which has proven practice and unity can pay huge dividends.

Leftover videos from AOUCC / Manila Spirits

The incredible Link vs. Boracay finals in the Open division on Friday:

Parts 2, 3, 4 and 5. The crowd’s fully into it at the end. Also see: how Boracay got to finals.

Women’s finals, D-CUUP vs. Team Pilipinas Bebots:

Part 2

Mixed finals, Black Flag vs. Shiock:

Other videos: Team Philippines vs. Sizzle, Saturday; Mulatto Davao vs. Hong Kong Junk, Saturday.

Congratulations to Black Flag, winners of Manila Spirits 2009

Black Flag vs. competition:

vs. Cherifer, W 11-0
vs. Vudoo, W 11-3
vs. Freakshow, W 11-5
vs. Boracay Dragons, W 11-2

+34 point differential after Day 1

Quarterfinals vs. Hong Kong Junk, W 11-1
Semifinals vs. Team Philippines, W 9-8
Finals vs. Shiock 13-4