This past weekend I played in the NZ Ultimate National tournament. As you can imagine, today I am very sore. Quads and arms are especially stiff. And my neck is sore, I think due to whiplash from laying out. But, it’s the good kind of sore, knowing I played hard and had a good time. We finished third. Saturday was nasty weather. It just poured all day. In the afternoon, the breeze blew in and compounded our sponge-like wetness with chilly-ness. Not too much fun. Sunday was better, drier at least. I mainly played a handler position which was ok but I would have liked to play down field a bit more. I had some good layout Ds and grabs. The side lines always love that. 🙂 The competition level of the women’s teams was pretty good. The team that won was from Christchurch and I would say they could give any women’s team in the states a good game. They had some really impressive players and skill level. On the men’s side, the finals were between Auckland and a team from Australia. The ozzy team won handedly in the finals. A really strong squad. so fast! quick throws. fast running. amazing layout bids every point. So, it was a blast to watch. I have to admit that it was a bit strange for me to be at a tourney and not really knowing anyone. But, already I am getting into the scene and learning who people are and people seem to remember me too. It’s a small scene down here. The women’s scene here is very supportive of each other. Really good spirit. Although the quality of play is pretty high, I think ultimate is in it infancy here and teams/clubs are just getting their act together, getting organized, and recruiting players. So, the fact that there were 6 women’s teams at the tourney, all pretty strong, was an achievement. Our team from Wellington was pretty good. I would say better then Wahine and near Backhoe skill. Anyway, its fun to see ultimate in a new light, New Zealand light. I still miss Lookout Ultimate a lot. I just don’t get the same vibe, but how can I ever replace a team full of my best friends?
Now its on to soccer season. Games every sunday. Should be interesting….