Tuesday, August 4, 2009

U-19 Summer League Championship (Write-Up)

The U-19 division went great...very smoothly. We started the day on time! Imagine that! We did have a third field so we played all the consolation games (game for 3rd and game for 5th). It went a little like this...
Round 1:
Orange v White
Lt. Blue v Red
Lt Blue grabbed the reins of the game against Red pretty early despite having no coach and only one sub. They were pretty athletic and had a few throwers but it was their D that won the game. Red couldn't seem to get into a rhythm and was having trouble completing passes.
Final Score 13-7?
The game between Orange and White was a thriller and really fun to watch. Both teams had a pretty solid roster of really athletic players which made the game all about defense and big plays. Both teams struggled on the end zone line making judgement errors resulting in turnovers. However, most the time, both teams seemed to get the disc back with a crazy D of some kind. Players like Luke Hancock were laying out all over the place making sick Ds and grabs. The game came down to the wire as white tied it up as the hard cap horn sounded making it universe point. Orange decided to go for glory trying a full field huck play right after the pull. White denied that and then proceeded to work it down the field and marched it right into the endzone with Jillian making the final grab at the cone.
Final Score: 11-10?
Round 2:
Navy Blue v White
Green v Lt. Blue
Navy Blue had a pretty dominant season so I think everyone expected them to walk past White especially after their long universe point win in the first round and the fact that they only had one sub. White came out a little tired and ended up going down early in the game. But Shawn Roberts showed up at about halftime and seemed to give them the boost they needed. Blue was playing their usual steady game but were struggling against some of the firepower from White's multi-talented handlers like Ernest, Ian, and Tate. As these handlers started using the other players on the field, they slowly started to close the gap. Just as White had begun their last minute run, the clock ran out. The cap horn gave Navy Blue a chance to finish the game on the next point. They ran it like clockwork down the field and closed it out with as easy goal.
Final Score: 14-12?
Lt Blue also came into their second game a little tired. With only one sub and not enough handlers, they struggled out of the gate with Green's balanced handler set. Green's seasoned players like Kelly Weeks and Lindsey Lang poached like champs making it difficult for the Lt Blue players to find any space near the disc. However, their solid defense kept them in the game and within striking distance during the first half. The second half was a different story. After a small run to tie the game at 8s, the Lt. Blue team seemed to run out of steam. Green used their fresh legs and solid handlers to their advantage and closed out the game.
Final Score: 15-10
Consolation: 5th place game
Orange v Red
While the semifinals were being played, Orange and Red were battling it out for 5th place. It was a fun and hard fought game. The two teams seemed to be having a good time with it. Orange used their experience and athleticism to their advantage holding the lead for almost the entire game.
Final Score: 14-11?
Navy Blue v Green
So, the two top seeds did find their way to the finals. The first 4 points set the tone of the game. Navy Blue showed their dominance from the very beginning making great plays and playing good solid D. Some key catches were made by Cody and Robert. Navy Blue played really well together and it showed. Despite some pretty good offensive moments, Green seemed to struggle with defense trying anything that might work from different forces to zone. But nothing seemed to stop the well oiled machine. Navy Blue finished out the game with a solid 7 point victory.
Final Score: 15-8
Consolation: 3rd Place Game
White v Lt Blue
Both teams wanted to play but decided on a shorter game due to their lack of subs and energy. It was a good game with the two teams pretty evenly matched. They traded points for most of the game and had a good time playing. However, this time White came out on the wrong end of universe point giving Lt Blue the 3rd place finish.
Final Score: 9-8?
Final Standings:
1st Place: Navy Blue
2nd Place: Green
3rd Place: Lt. Blue
4th Place: White
5th Place: Orange
6th Place: Red
Special Mention: A couple of players told me that Orange deserved the Spirit Award so congratulations to them!
A HUGE thank you to all of the coaches that came out and made this season a success. We really appreciate all the time and energy you put into this season.
Another thanks to all of the parents, family and friends that came out throughout the season as well as to the tournament. A special thanks to those of you who helped me set up, etc. this weekend. You all are terrific!
It was a great season and a great tournament. Thanks to the players that made it all fun to watch. I hope to see you on the field in the future!
Jen Waldrup
Vice President, TYUL

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