In the last weekend of March, the UBC Rumble B’s (women’s B-team) traveled to Puyallup, WA to compete in the Development Division of the Northwest Challenge. This highly anticipated event included games against other Northwest teams (a combination of B-teams and DIII teams), clinics lead by RISE UP and Riot players, and opportunities to spectate the DI tourney action. With a squad of 20 players and two coaches, Rumble set out to win games by implementing skills and strategies practiced throughout the season, and continue to grow through clinics and competitive play experience. And of course have fun with frisbee friends.
In Saturday’s downpour, the day kicked off with throwing and cutting clinics. The ladies soaked it all up and put new skills to the test in their first game against Portland State. The Rumble B’s pulled off a narrow universe point win in this short game. The afternoon had a defensive focus, with clinics including downfield D footwork and marking. The ladies left these clinics as new defensive players. They proceeded to play their UVicious friends for the third time this year. The Rumble B’s built from the first game of the day, by improving the offensive flow and amping up the defense. They took the “W” in this spirited game. The Rumble B’s were grateful to have Charlie from Riot with them for the day, as she had great drills, tips and advice to share. The team also had a lot of fun watching the Thunderbirds A-team play, learning from them and cheering them on.
Sunday morning UBC faced off against Big Bang (UW-B). On defense, they found success playing some new zone looks. On offense, Rumble calmly worked the disc down the field and ran a disciplined end-zone. They played the smoothest offense in Rumble B history and won the game. Their final pool play game was against Puget Sound. In the first half, Rumble struggled to stop Puget Sound’s up-the-line cuts and hucks, however after some regrouping and adjustments, UBC was able to better contain them by playing smart gritty defense with help from the sideline. While the Rumble B’s didn’t win this game, the team pushed its defense to a whole new level, with remarkable player improvements across the board. The girls learned and embraced the answer to the classic question “What is the score?” and fought proudly to the end. The Rumble B’s ended the weekend with a strong 2nd place finish going 3-1. They capped off the season with an intermingled scrimmage with UVicious, which ended in an epic marathon point, each team seemingly unwilling to let their season go.
The Rumble B’s have come a long way since January thanks to the dedication of this keen group of ladies. Many of them leave this experience thirsty for more competitive women’s ultimate, so expect to see them rumbling around on fields hopefully for many years to come. For students interested in joining the team next year, check out the UBC Ultimate Club in the fall, and sign up for the team in December 2014, or shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.