Season Opener

Men's Frisbee was launched for 2011 at the Share the Love tournament on Sunday, January 31.

Held at Five Dock in Sydney, this was the first opportunity for clubs to meet each other in tournament format. I-Beam represented, taking a large squad divided into two small teams.

 

The two Newcastle sides were placed on opposite sides of the draw, as were the two Colony teams (North Sydney) and the two Umlaut teams (inner west Sydney).  The second team, nicknamed U-Beam, paid dearly for a poor warm-up and preparation for their first game. Meeting fellow 2010 finalists Colony Plunder, U-Beam were outclassed early and struggled to find cohesion until midway through the game. It was clearly a fluke. U-Beam stormed through the rest of the day undefeated, trouncing Umlaut and Darlinghurst (DUFF) in pool play, and coming back from two 5-2 deficits to beat Magnum (Wollongong) and draw with Colony Pillage.

From the other side Newcastle’s other half, nicknamed I-Beam, struggled with an even smaller team. Not even the return of Frisbee megastar celebrity Jonno Holmes to the Cinnamon and Emerald could inspire the quickly tiring legs. I-Beam kept up with their first opponents, Colony Plunder, but the balance of a half a team playing against a full nationals squad eventually tipped to the heavy Colony. Then I-Beam were frustrated by the newly revived Wollongong team's style of play. The former steel-city rivals managed an upset over I-Beam, and stayed alive. I-Beam were relegated.

Dropping to the lower half of the playoff draw, I-Beam sat in cruise control as they took out the ninal (technically a ‘five-al’ on the day). U-Beam’s dreadful start to the day affected their chance of making the final and they finished third. Despite neither team winning the tournament, this first hitout proved an effective trial.

The Colony teams both forfeit the final, producing a disappointing end for the day; and a curious one. While the event wound down (and the women fought it out to determine a champion) it was heard often that perhaps this would be a good opportunity for Colony to practice playing finals. Surely they of all clubs need this kind of practice the most.