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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Singapore Open in the online news world

From Red Sports:

Japan-Taiwan Ultimate team Mo’chi came from behind to beat Philipinas from Philippines 12-11 on the final day of the 11th Singapore Ultimate Open 2009 to emerge champions.

CUUP (China) beat Vudoo (IndonesiaVietnam) 12-8 to become Pool B Champions while it was an all Singaporean final in Pool C, where Lagi Shiok beat SMU 12-7 to claim the position of Pool C Champions.

Ultimate players from countries such as Thailand and India came together for this 2-day event, each bringing their passion for the sport.

“Ultimate is good spirit and fun, but at the same time challenging…A lifetime of fun!” exclaimed India’s captain Mark Scott, 33. Alec Hutson, 29 from China United Ultimate Party, also known as CUUP, shared, “Ultimate is based on fairplay, fun and love for your opponents…One of the best things in my life.”

Also see: Disk Knights Orange come in 3rd in Singapore Open 2009.

Congratulations to Mo’chi, champions of Singapore 2009

Much, much more to come next week, when this correspondent returns from Borneo.

Serious congratulations to Mo’chi, the Japan-Taiwan team led by all-around good guy Yoshio, who beat Pilipinas in a riveting final, 11-10.

Pilipinas appeared to pull away halfway through the game and led 9-6 when cap was called, making it a game to 11. They also led 10-7 before Mo’chi, through three or so layout D’s, fought its way to four straight points. The final score was a swirly backhand huck caught in the far corner of the end zone.

A message from Lance DuBos:

I hope everyone is safe and sound back home. Thanks so much for coming; we loved having you. So many great games, and great spirit throughout. Thank heaven (or secret Singapore government policies) for great weather.

Results are attached [ed’s note: we’ll post later]. Not all placement games were played, hence the ties for various ranks.

Pools C & D played out exactly to seed, Pool A had two flips between 2 & 3, 5 & 6. Pool B was the only wacky one. China were supposed to be good, right? Sorry, Alec, had to drop one good heckle since you weren’t within mic range.

The video will be edited and we hope to have a DVD to show at Manila if possible. Both finalists will also get a copy.

POSTSCRIPT: The shock of the tournament was not China United Ultimate Party failing to make Pool A quarters; it was home team Freakshow — Shanghai Open runners up and the tourney’s 1-seed before and after Saturday — losing in its first game Sunday to Disk Knights, the team that beat CUUP in pool play. And for the record, CUUP’s pool included two A Pool semifinalists (Sunken Pleasure and Disk Knights) and the Pool B champs — CUUP.