Happy new year!

To kick off the new year, we present to you our men’s and women’s rosters for the 2015 season.

MENS:
Alec Francis
Alexander Jew
Alexander Ferguson
Allen Greer
Anthony Phan
Brayden Gee
Bryan Young
Bryce Jay
Connor McFayden
Eddison Ng
Edward Guo
Fred Lam
Jimmy Rennie
Jack Li
Kevin Chu
Kevin Wang
Nicholas Lin
Nicholas Yun
Patrick Mavety
Peter Yu
Ryan Hoy
Sam Creed
Sean Montgomery
Victor Cheng

WOMENS:
Amy Luo
Camille Chanoine
Elise Caron
Ellen Au-Yeung
Emma Madden-Krasnick
Erin Bussin
Esther Au
Evelyn Chan
Janelle Siwa
Jessica Chung
Joanna Lo
Judith Yeo
Kailin Chang
Leah Mulholland
Lisa Wong
Megan Leong
Mira Donaldson
Naomi Johnson
Naomi Morcilla
Serena Tam
Svenja Kemmer
Terynn Chan
Victoria Lam
Victoria McCann
Zoe Suche

Happy new year! Looking forward to lots of excitement this coming season. #TB1RD5

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Rumble B’s Wrap Up Season at Northwest Challenge

10245185_10201187655966989_316084790_oIn 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 ladies10259525_10201187655686982_930863274_n 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 ubcwomensulti.b@gmail.com.

Jogging =/= Sprinting

The T-Ladies left the nest for the first time this season two weeks ago to take on the competition at Stanford Invite – a historically significant and strong tournament. The tournament started off unfortunately sombre with some terrible news – 5 players from Carleton CUT were on their way to the airport when their car skidded on ice and was hit by a semi on the highway – 2 of the young men were seriously injured and 3 of them were killed. Both Carleton CUT and Carleton Syzergy opted out of the tournament this weekend and the entire ultimate community was rattled by this tragedy. The TBirds send our deepest condolences and our hearts are with all those affected by this tragedy.

Alongside this tragic news, the birds were also rattled by flight cancellations and delays that led the majority of the team to come in quite late. But after an extremely long day for the team, finally everyone was safe and sound in Redwood City, sound asleep, dreaming of layout d’s and beautiful break throws.

Naomi Johnson makes a clean under cut for the disc. Photo courtesy of William Brotman of UltiPhotos.

Naomi Johnson makes a clean under cut for the disc. Photo courtesy of William Brotman of UltiPhotos.

Our day started bright and early with an 8am game against friendly Northwest rivals, Western Washington Chaos. Chaos took the long road to Stanford Invite, winning the Stanford Open to qualify. And they definitely proved that they deserved their spot at the tournament – a team that had developed drastically since the last time we matched up at Bellingham Invite two months ago, Chaos brought beautiful break throws and an unstoppable junk-defense that the TBirds simply could not adapt to in time. Despite our best efforts and ending the game with 2 breaks in a row, our NW rivals defeated us 10-7 – it was simply too little, too late. Callahan nominee Callie Mah is a force to be reckoned with, a veteran player that has done a phenomenal job putting the team on her back.

Rookie Natalie Lim after a layout score against UCSB. Photo courtesy of William Brotman of UltiPhotos.

Rookie Natalie Lim after a layout score against UCSB. Photo courtesy of William Brotman of UltiPhotos.

Our next game matched us up against a new opponent, UC Santa Barbara Burning Skirts. 2nd place finisher at President’s Day Invite and a seasoned team dotted with stellar throwers and receivers, the TBirds fought a close and hard battle. We started off strong going 2-0 at the beginning, but it was difficult to stop hucks from the likes of Callahan nominee Lisa Pitcaithley. The Skirts played some catch-up and took a few breaks in a row to take half. Despite the Birds coming out of half strong and getting a break, we traded points until the Skirts scored to make it 10-9 for them, when a miscommunication regarding hard cap occurred. The miscommunication resulted in a 10-9 universe point win for the Skirts. Though we were quite disheartened by this mishap, there were a lot of great things to take out of this game – the Birds were starting to gel and making those connections, with some clean endzone and assists from baby-birds Judith, Emma and Mira.

Next up was another Southwest contender, UCLA Bruin Lady’s Ultimate (BLU). The TBirds came out firing and started the game 2-0, but started to let the Blu’s in as the game progressed. Despite some very nice and patient flow movement, the Blu’s tied it up at 4’s. Some sweet things this game – Ca$hy with a huge bid for the score, Man-D with a nasty footblock and a beauty hammer from Mira to Gera to take half. The Blu’s only managed to score 1 after half and the Birds took their first win of the day 9-6.

Handler Judith Yeo played a dominant role this weekend, before suffering a concussion in the final game against USCB.

Handler Judith Yeo played a dominant role this weekend, before suffering a concussion in the final game against USCB. Photo courtesy of William Brotman of UltiPhotos.

Last game of the day was against the Central Florida Sirens. Once again the birds came out firing, starting the game with a 2-0 lead, and took half 7-4. The Birds were looking patient and steady in the first half of the game, but something went terribly wrong in the second half. The Birds just could not complete and let the Sirens in – they went on a 5 point run to defeat us 13-9. A disappointing end to the day.

Day 2 started bright and early once again with our last pool play game at 8am against Sonoma State D’vine. The wind was picking up and some zone D was played by both teams. The TBirds started getting the hang of this whole marking thing and were able to stop some big hucks. Finding our flow, the Birds took half 7-3, where we learned a very valuable lesson from Coach Tas.

Jogging=/=Sprinting

She wrote this very important equation nice and big on her clipboard for us to see. We kept this very important lesson in mind for the rest of the game and won 13-5. Sprinting helps.

Steve McCann winds up for a big flick huck. Photo courtesy of William Brotman of UltiPhotos.

Steve McCann winds up for a big flick huck. Photo courtesy of William Brotman of UltiPhotos.

Despite winning our last pool play game, it wasn’t quite enough to get us into the championship bracket. We faced up against another friendly Northwest rival, Washington Element, in 5th place semis. A team with some incredibly strong handlers – Shira Stern, Amanda Kostic, and Lucy Williams, to name a few. Unfortunately for them, Lucy was out with an injury and Amanda was playing through a broken/dislocated(?) elbow. One of their key cutters Barbara Hoover is also away and we’ll be seeing her at Northwest Challenge Cup in two weeks; Alysia Letourneau is also a huge threat in the lanes. Shutting down Element’s dominant handlers is absolutely key to anyone that faces up against them and the TBirds always have a fun time matching up against Element! This game we were faced with lots of zone as the wind was picking up – zone O is my personal favourite and I loved receiving Mira’s flawless hammers all weekend. Some great handler movement by Jess, Devra, Juju and Ca$hy led the Birds to break Element’s zone as we took half 7-5. Some big plays out of half by Steve McCann and Leah brought the birds to victory, 10-8.

Birgit Rogalla with a big D. Photo courtesy of William Brotman of UltiPhotos.

Birgit Rogalla with a big D. Photo courtesy of William Brotman of UltiPhotos.

Off to fivals we go! And we faced up against familiar foe UCSB Burning Skirts. Knowing a bit more of what to expect and finally gelling after a long 6 games together, the Birds were ready to lay it all on the line for the last game of the tournament. Similarly to the last game the Birds came out firing 2-0 to start. We kept our 2 point lead and took half with a break, 7-4. However, similarly to the game against UCF Sirens, something went terribly wrong in the second half as the Skirts went on a 5 point run to finish the game 12-10. The Birds finished the weekend 6th overall, going 3-4.

A couple takeaways from this weekend:

  • Despite starting many of our games 2-0, we let in teams after half and let up way too many breaks. Being a younger team, we still need to develop that mental fortitude to finish games strong and fight until the very end. We seem to lose that momentum after half.
  • Stanford Invite was our first real tournament, whereas for many other teams it was their 2nd or 3rd tournament of the season. The TBirds fared quite well when put into perspective, however, this means we have a lot of extra work to put in between now and the series.
  • The depth of our team and the strength of our rookies really made a huge impact. Rookie handlers Judith and Jess were dominant and initiating cutters Leah and Steve McCann made big plays in the lanes.
  • Our veterans really stepped it up this weekend, considering the huge turnover from last year (World Games bronze medalist Catherine Hui, Traffic players Rena Kawabata, Carolyn Churchland, Amanda Ho, Crystal Koo and Amira Maddison). Big plays by Zephyr players Ca$hy Lee and Christine Liu, as well as our captains Gera Stancheva and Devra Waldman.
  • Missing at the tournament were senior players Laurel Jay, Terynn Chan and Lisa Wong. Laurel and Terynn are key handlers on the team and we really could have used their wisdom and experience on the fields. Lisa is dominant in the lanes and on defense and is great at finding holes in the zone, which we really needed in games like the one against Chaos.

Looking forward to the Northwest Challenge Cup. Lots of work to do.

– Amy Luo

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