UBC Rumble B’s are off to a strong start!

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On January 25, 2014, the UBC Rumble B’s (UBC Women’s B-team) set off to the island for a friendly face off against UVicious (UVic-B team) on the Victoria campus. This was a very exciting endeavour – UBC Rumble B’s first ever scrimmage against another university. Venturing with a squad of 16 women and coaches Catherine “Chewy” Hui and Ellen Schelew, they set out to play a couple of games to three points, with breaks in between each game to regroup and talk about different strategies and concepts, then end the day off with a full scrimmage to 13. There were athletic plays from both teams and everyone played with great sportsmanship and spirit of the game. It was fantastic to see the support from parents, friends, the UVixens and UVictim who came out to cheer and watch as these two teams played. In the end,  the UBC Rumble B’s came out with the W, and finished the game 13-4. It was a great learning experience for all of the players and the invitation to UVicious has already been requested for a rematch on UBC soil.

Our vision is to foster a supportive environment where these women can make lasting friendships,improve their overall frisbee skills, and have fun doing it. The UBC Rumble B’s is open to all skill levels and all UBC students are welcome to participate! Join us for some serious fun!

UBC Women’s Ultimate at Bellingham Invite 2014

This past weekend the women’s team participated at the Western Washington University annual Bellingham Invite. We’ve attended this tournament several times in past years as it serves as a great warm-up tournament to the season and because we can never get enough of that northwest domination on the field – we love having such great rivals within our region!

We had a first round bye, so the rest of the day would be 4 consecutive games. The TBirds started the day off with a defiant 13-0 win against Whitman Sweets, who was unfortunately a bit short on players, with only 2 subs. The Whitman team last year under Jeremy Norden nabbed the last bid to Nationals and was looking really good at regionals, and as well at Sundodger this past November despite a split squad. We look forward to playing Whitman at full strength later on in the season.

Our next game had us match up against 2012 college champions the University of Washington Element. A team with quite the arsenal of strong returning handlers, the TBirds worked hard to stop their up lines and hucks. The wind began to pick up and play a bit more of a factor in this game, and the TBirds pulled off a hard capped 10-5 win. The game felt much tighter than the score reflected, as the game was capped because of how long the points were (and the wind playing a factor).

For our third game of the day we matched up with host team Western Washington Chaos. We were met with more junky-zone defense and had to adapt our offense quickly. There were a number of turnovers from both sides, both teams still developing chemistry and learning to work with each other. But the TBirds pulled out the win this game 13-4 against Chaos.

The last game of the day we faced returning 2013 champions Oregon Fugue. Our toughest match up of the day, we really had to step it up and leave it all on the field. The intensity of this game was much higher than the previous, the defense had to be extra gritty to shut down their huck plays and quick transitions. However, Fugue being the experienced team they are, pulled out an 8-13 win against the TBirds.

This weekend was an excellent way to finally put our rookies out there and see where our much younger team is at this year. Even though we had a large turnover, the rookies are looking fantastic due to the high level of junior talent in Vancouver. After playing together it’s been made clear a couple specific things we need to work on as well as general team dynamic and chemistry. But overall, the returners have really been stepping up to fill the spots of those who have left us and the rookie talent we’re seeing this year is some of the strongest yet. The Oregon game has left us with a thirst for more and we’re trucking to amp up the intensity of each and every practice. We’re super excited about the upcoming season and can’t wait for our next tournament!

Anyway this was my first ever tournament recap, I’m still working on my tourney recap writing capabilities so please bear with me! I hope you enjoyed reading and stay tuned for more of #allin2014!

– Amy Luo

We’re alive!

With a new year ahead of us and a new college season, UBC Ultimate’s website is back and better than ever. It has been quite some time since we’ve used this website and a lot has changed since 2011 – let’s recap where our team is at now!

UBC Ultimate has now partnered with the Alma Mater Society to become an official UBC club. So our team now has two dimensions to it – the AMS club side of things, as well as the competitive team that competes in the USA Ultimate College Series. As an AMS club we offer a fun and welcoming environment open to anybody interested in ultimate frisbee and meeting new people. We host open practices in the fall for any club members, as well as social events and tournaments that are open to everyone, where we offer a discounted member rate. We’re still pretty new to this whole clubs thing and we’re working on creating the best possible experience for our members, so stay posted for lots of fun and exciting happenings for our beloved members!

Here are our current club executives:

President: Fred Lam
Treasurer: Laurel Jay
Vice President: Jo-Hannah Yeo
Social Coordinator: Mandy Wong
Logistics: Alex Jew
Senior Advisor: Kevin Greer, Keane Knapp
Public Relations: Amy Luo

Both the men’s and women’s team compete in the competitive USA Ultimate College Series, with the goal being to qualify for and win nationals. We practice three times a week and attend 2-3 tournaments throughout the season. For those looking for a different pace, we also offer a semi-competitive B team that practices twice a week and is looking to attend 1-2 tournaments.

Since 2011, the women’s team has qualified for nationals in Boulder, Colorado in 2012 where we placed 11th. In 2013 we also qualified for nationals and finished tied for 5th place. The men’s team have fought hard but were unable to qualify for nationals since 2011 – but there’s no time better than the present, right? Follow along on their quest for nationals this year with #ALLIN2014.

The women’s team has the talent of Tasia Balding and Jenn Kwok of Traffic Ultimate coaching us. We are excited for this dynamic duo of handler/cutter and their combined 20+ years of experience and talent to lead us to nationals once again. The men have welcomed Marc Seraglia of Furious George as their head coach. Under his guidance the boys are looking to make their long-awaited appearance at nationals this year.

Our club and team is fast growing with lots of new up and coming talent every year. The ultimate scene in Vancouver is phenomenal and we’re lucky to be in such a great city with such a massive pool of talent. As well, the growing interest in ultimate in Vancouver and at UBC has helped us foster a great club base thus far and we’re looking to keep on growing. We love this sport and we’re looking to advocate it in as many ways as possible.

Big thanks to the many veterans, alumni, coaches, and sponsors that have helped us get to where we are today. Looking forward to a fantastic 2014!

– Amy Luo, Public Relations