Well, hello again to all our loyal readers!!! (All 3 of them as David put it) I apologize for it taking FOREVER to get this blog rolling again but as it has come under recent new management (a.k.a. me) I hope you all will forgive me.
Sincerely yours truly, AJ.
Let me start by saying that this last fall was an exciting time for everyone in the Full Tilt world, as well as the Ultimate community itself. The entire UPA was being re-organized, re-structured and coming under new management. The Men (Open) and Women’s College Divisions were changed the most; as some regional boundaries changed, teams being shifted into D1 and D3 categories (we are D1) and the “Sectionals” tournament in the spring was replaced with a “Conference” tournament, as well as the road to Regionals was changed entirely. It’s based on team “Conference” rankings for the entire spring season now kids, or an outright win at Conference, so get PUMPED!
Anyways, we had a number of returning veterans to the squad and the team was very excited to get the year going. We had a good number of rookies show up at first, a bunch of athletic, cool kids wanting to join this crazy family, hahaha they had no idea what they were in for. All shenanigans aside, many of the rookies showed potential (as well as some who already had pretty decent ultimate skills) and the team started dreaming of big things to come this spring. The rookie numbers dwindled, like always, but the “keepers” stayed, and the team was happy about that. All the rookies were a fantastic addition to the team and were a very nice group of handlers and cutters.
Also, a point of interest to most was that our women were getting their stuff together and forming there own team, they even made it to their own tournament, how exciting! We wish them the best of luck in the future at building upon the good foundations of both clubs.
Stanley Cup is always a good first tournament to get our new boys and girls accustomed to tournament play, and is always a great time. Our team had a very rough first game as we had to play the ISU Alumni team and we almost got donuted. After that game the captains of the team called an impromptu meeting to talk about sloppy game play and set about to change that. The next coupled of games went better and we were able to cycle in lots of rookies and the girls on our team got lots and lots of playing time, as it was a co-ed 4:3 tourney. Everyone learned a lot to say the least. We showed up against the other mixed teams of the tourney but we had a lot of new people so we didn’t win many of the games. The weekend was still great and was a great way to meet new people and catch up with old friends. The Gnomes and Lady Gnomes always show everyone a great time and it is much appreciated by everyone. Also I’m pretty sure that this was the most fun weekend flounder had that semester as him having so many friends up in Normal lol.
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KING FLOUNDER UP TOP!! HAHAHA
The fifth annual Southern Illinois home tournament was a huge success and as usual we had enough people for an X and a Y team, as well as a great showing from our Alumni team, not to forget that flounder wore a crown around all weekend. Lots of friends made it down for the tournament and we had some tough competition from Missouri S&T, Western and Rose Hulman, as well as the other teams. As I was on the Y team I couldn’t tell you how the X team did but I heard they had excellent flow among the handlers as well as a good turnout from the rookies. The Y team had a crucial first round match up on Sunday against Missouri S&T and they took half well, only to have S&T battle back into the game. It was a hard fought for the rest of the game until a big, open-side huck went up from the Y team and had Danimal pull it down in the end-zone right on the line for the game winning point.
This set up the critical match up for the weekend, Semi-Finals…. Full Tilt X Vs Full Tilt Y!!! This game might have been one of the most exciting, competitive and nerve racking games that most of us have been in awhile. Both teams came out very fast and very strong, and traded upwind and downwind points but the Y team managed a bit of a lead and took half. The intense game play continued but exhaustion was setting in and it became more of a mental game. There were drops on both sides and Y managed to take it to game point and had a chance to score downwind. We squandered a couple of chances to score but the X team would not let those chances slip. They converted on a couple for points and tied the game on Universe Point, (12-12). The Y team took the disc and then tried for the score and the win downfield but couldn’t capitalize. The X team then marched the disc up field (and upwind) and eventually got right in front of the end-zone. They then had the amazing sense to call a timeout (fantastic move on their part!). After the timeout was over, X team set up on the field and called “time in”, the handler on the open side made a up-line cut, (Chris B, on yours truly) beat his defender and caught the disc in the end zone, winning the game on universe point. Bravo X team, they were to play in the championship game against Rose Hulman (Rose Hulman won) who had just beaten the Full Tilt Alum. Our X team was exhausted and put up a good fight but eventually lost the game and had to accept a 2nd place finish.
Also, on a side note, the Full Tilt X team had a fantastic cheer! AND best of luck to the Alums next year who, with their swelled numbers, “Swear” they are going to win the tourney next year.
The Western Classic is always a great tournament, run real well by our boys from up north, Mass Hysteria. Full Tilt showed up to play for this tournament, unfortunately about only 9 people made it. We played well, 3-1 on Saturday, and had a good showing against all the teams, Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois Edwardsville etc… Even WIU Alumni, Sunday morning, when half of our team wasn’t there and the other half was still dressed up in suits! Oh, Gentlemen of Leisure After this debacle, we as a team (with MOSTLY credit to Owl, Giggles and Krohn) stole the western flag! “Sweet defense Hysteria hahaha”, as was quoted from one of the WIU alumni. The weekend would have been considered a success but…. K-tan flew about 7 feet forward on a defensive layout and broke his collar bone… bummer…. he OK now though! 🙂
Itchfest 2011 was the first time any of Tilt in recent history had gone to Nashville for Vanderbilt’s annual fall tournament. Many of us were excited to visit the city and see what it and the teams at the tournament had in store for us. Saturday started off a little slow as we met an old enemy in Tennessee, the team was very excited to play them again and were looking for some vengeance, but it was not to be true. We came out asleep and not intense enough and we couldn’t handle Tennessee’s Vert and couldn’t keep up with the boulder cuts going into the handlers. They had the right intensity and beat us rather to easily. The next teams we played were Lipscomb and Kennesaw State. We lost to Lipscomb closely but Tilt came out ready to roll against Kennesaw (who was the 1 seed in our pool) and we beat them in a tightly contested game. The most memorable moment was probably when Owl jumped about 16 pizza boxes into the air to come down with the disc, off of a huck from Yash, right over his defender. Sadly (but true to form) Owl “out jumped” his body and bruised his heels on the way down, but he quickly threw a flick to Durbin for a score before sitting down. To end the games on Saturday we had to play Mississippi State, and they might have been the best team we played so far that weekend. They were tall, fast and could huck the disc, we hung with them and put up some points of our own but they took the game in the end.
Saturday night was rather interesting as Full Tilt exploded onto the downtown Nashville scene and it was a lot of fun. Sunday morning came a little too early and it pitted us against a very fun and spirit team out of Maryland, Towson. They were a buncha fun Pandas but there were also talented at Ultimate and beat us. All in all a very good time down south in Tennessee.
What more can be said about the 20th Harvest Moon to describe its pure amazingness. It is by far the best tournament I’ve ever attended and is always a highlight of everyone’s fall season. For all of you that haven’t experienced Harvest, it is a Halloween Tournament with college, club, and women teams based in Fayetteville Arkansas. We showed up dressed in cleats, tights, and pantyhose and our costumes for the tournament was Troll Dolls! We played some pretty tough and spirited teams on Saturday which included a team of golfers, soccer hooligans and little kids. We played well and had wins against the little kids and golfers but the soccer hooligans (mostly soccer players and referees) were a very talented squad out of Tulsa, OK and other places. We lost to them and were no match for their studs and shifty players but kept up with them in the game.
Saturday night was a fantastic social event and all of our players had a good time. Many different characters showed up in costumes that night, including the “Coon and Friends”, the Pirates of Panzanse, Quail Man, LeBron James and half of the Rugrats crew.
Sunday morning was much the same as we played a spirited team of traveling carnival people (carnies i feel is much too rude to say) and then we played the all too familiar and lovable vagabonds that make up the Risky Bidness Experience. A very fun game ensued with much heckling on both sidelines as well as from both the teams on the disc, a great way to end our time in Fayetteville. All in all it was a fantastic weekend, colored by individuals from all over the Midwest and other notable parts of the country. It is the people and teams that make Harvest Moon a tournament that teams want to come back to again year after year. See ya in 2011!!
Missouri Loves Company
This years Missouri Loves Company was a big deal, and Tilt was very excited to be a part of it. Some big named teams were attending and we looked at this tournament as a precursor to the spring and were looking forward to put the word out that Full Tilt was for real and meant business. That being said, our goals for the weekend slipped a little bit as we met some teams that were good, smart and athletic. We did our best to play up to these teams’ levels and at times there were bits of greatness and the “flow” that we were looking for. UW Steven’s point was our first game on Saturday and they were a good team. We played hard and battled them all game in the cold, dewy morning but Steven’s Point proved the better team and won 11-4. The next game we got moved to a different field and to put it nicely, it was a piece of garbage. It was small, crooked, and had a fence on one end. Tilt was pitted against Colorado State and came out strong but our offense was flustered by different factors and eventually Colorado State took the game 13-10. The next game we played was against an Oklahoma squad that was familiar in the fact that about half of them had played against us at Harvest Moon (disguised as Soccer Hooligans though lol) and they were very talented. Despite fantastic solo performances we also lost this game, 11-6. The last game of the day was against UW Platteville and despite them having the greatest cutter I’ve ever seen in Ultimate (even better than Mr. Lindsley of CUT), we won the game, 11-7. One a good note, Condor showed up and even played with us and there is a funny picture of Compton’s reaction to getting elbowed in the eyeball below.
Sunday opened up with Tilt hungry for wins and determination to change our results from yesterday. Our first match was against Nebraska, and they were a solid team, although their numbers were small. We traded points with them all game and even took the lead later in the game. Our fortunes that weekend were not kind to us however and we lost the game 12-11. The team was so disappointed in this loss that we couldn’t muster up enough energy to play our last game and we let a heated call-fest against Loyola drop… badly. After that our games were done so half the team left, but the other half stayed to watch the championship game of UW Madison-Hodags Vs Colorado Mamabird. Both teams played well but Colorado shredded the ‘Dags with their Slut-Stack, eventually dominating the game defensively as well and won the game. On a side note, it was very nice to have a loud and proud cheering section on our sidelines, let by our very own “FRISBEE MOMMAS!”
All Said and Done, Fantastic Fall Tilt! We grew in many ways, individually and as a team, our leaders stepped up in their roles and became real focal points of the team, as well as the rest team acted like a sponge and tried to soak it all up. So proud of everyone and can’t wait to see what happens in the future.