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Ultimaas Indoor Competition

Who needs Carnival when you can play frisbee instead?

The Women’s and Open team – starting off as usually (with car, bus and train trouble) – had a lot of fun at their last Indoor Competition Day.

The Guys finished their first game by winning 10-7 against UTKA 1. They fought hard on their last two games, but couldn’t manage to win.

After arriving at the Sports Hall in Arnhem 10 minutes before the first game started, the Ultimaas ladies took some time to wake up in their first game, which resulted in a loss against UFO Dames 2. However, the Ladies took the chance and came back with two wins against Crunch and our traditional last opponent Force Electro.

With painting our faces accordingly, cheering for each other during and dance sessions between our games – Ultimaas finished the day with 12th place for the Guys, 5th place for the Ladies and the Ladies winning the Spirit prize together with Almere Spinner.

We are all excited for Outdoor season!Ultimaas-Last Indoor Competition Day 2017 1.JPG

 

 

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Welcome to all exchange students

The new semester is upon us! If you are new in Maastricht and are keen to try a new sport, or to continue your training while away from your home team, then you are very welcome to stop by.

In February, we will host a couple of open practices. If you want to learn more about Ultimate Frisbee and are looking for an awesome team to play with, then bring your friends, water, and cleats (if you have any) and join our trainings .

If you don’t know how to get to the fields, we can always organize a biking group in our Facebook group

We are looking forward to meeting you!

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Ultimate fun

May 24, Maastricht

OMHD e Causa Ignota and AGDD Candor for joined us for some frisbee!

We started with some throwing, then proceeded with Ultimate, and finished with a drinking game; it was too dark for throwing a disc and we were not able to make the lights work for us.

Thanks for coming, we believe we all had tons of fun!

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Ultimaas Ladies rocked again!

Here is a summary written by Marriane:

What a day today for the Women’s Ultimaas Team!
Here is my side of the story…

I joined the team by the end of February when I arrived in Maastricht for my exchange semester. From the right beginning, I was warmly welcomed by Ultimaas whose members quickly gave me the basics of Ultimate (as a French, I had no clue about frisbee.. “Is that a sport?”). I just wanted to pick up a new sport and that was definitely the best choice I ever made since settling here.

Today was my second competition day and we were about to play savage (eventually, we got one substitute for the two last games!). It was going to be tough for sure.
But we did it! We won our 3 games and I am really grateful for my awesome teammates. I learnt a lot again today and enjoyed my time with you ladies! Best Team! See you soon on the field!
– Marianne Côte

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Outdoor 3 – Open

May 22, den Bosch

Our men fought hard during the 3rd competition day. Here is a detailed write-up by Chris:

Last competition day before going into brackets! Despite a less-than-wonderful weather forecast and the absence of some key players, Ultimaas went into the day with confidence, aiming to earn a spot among the top teams in the country in June.

Game 1: Ultimaas vs. Blue Spider Dogs (Loss: 13-12) We played this team to universe point in our first competition day, so we knew it would be an interesting matchup. We didn’t have an answer for their hucks in the first half, but we *were* able to get a feel how they wanted to run their offense. We were able to keep pace, but weren’t ever able to quite take the lead going into half.

The best thing about starting the game on D? Starting on O in the second half! They still managed to keep an edge on us most of the half, but we really started to lock down the defense and were finally able to force a universe point at 12-12. Unfortunately, they completed one last huck on us, and were able to convert the winning point soon after. This was a game that we knew we had to win, but we just couldn’t quite finish it off. Sadly there were also repeated foul and pick calls which had a negative impact on both the spirit and the outcome of the game.

Game 2: Ultimaas vs. R’damnit Ultimate Frisbee Rotterdam(Win: 15-9) It was tough losing that first game, but we were confident in our ability to rebound and win out on the day. So confident, in fact, that we more or less completely failed to warm up before the second game, and went in with really low energy. I think we lulled ourselves into a false sense of security: ROTTERDAMNIT was playing savage-plus-one with two ladies, and we went up 3-0 in short order. Then they tied it…and kept scoring. We knew that their entire offense was running through one handler, but could never quite figure out how to stop him. We essentially traded points and were able to take half with the lead, but it was not the situation we expected or wanted to be in.

In the second half we made some strategic adjustments on defense, and also did a better job moving the disc and taking advantage of easy options on offense. Cuts started looking a lot sharper, and once we got the disc moving we found open avenues everywhere. It took some willpower, but we slowly gained control of the game, and closed it out with a 6-1 scoring run. It felt good to get the win, but possibly a bit embarrassing that we made it so hard on ourselves, especially in the first half. Cheers to ROTTERDAMNIT; they were running their asses off the entire game, and they did it with smiles the whole time.

Game 3: Ultimaas vs. BFrisBee2’s (Loss: 13-11) We learned our lesson from the second match, and got a good warm-up in a half-hour before game time. By this point, the weather had turned completely: not particularly hard rain, but consistent. BFrisBee2s seemed like a pretty good team, but they’d lost to ROTTERDAMNIT…good for us, right?

Unfortunately not. We flat out lost the first half, and not because they were outplaying us: our decision making was *terrible*, and we repeatedly gave them the disc. Granted, the weather affected both teams, but they were just more efficient than us in the first half, and ended up taking it by three points.

In the second half, though, we fought back hard. We were able to pretty much shut down their deep shots on defense, and started making more and more of the right decisions on offense. We got as close as 12-11, and had a couple of chances to score and force another universe point. It got away from us at the end, though, and they were able to finish it after a marathon point. In any case, it was a pleasure playing such a quality, good-spirited team, and despite losing, it was a great game to close the day with.

Final Thoughts I think we were all a bit disappointed at our overall finish on the day, but we played three very close contests, and if just a few other things had gone our way we might be looking at 3-0 on the day instead of 1-2. Regardless, I think it gives us some focus on areas to work on in the build up to the finals in Amsterdam. We know we have a high-quality group of players…it’s just a matter of playing together more and strengthening some fundamentals. Per usual, spirits were high as we enjoyed the traditional Ultimaas tall boys-and-fries on the train back to Maastricht; can’t wait for next month and Amsterdam!

Go Ultimaas!

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Rising High – reach the sky!

May 15-16, Delft

Ultimaas played at an amazing tourney in Delft. Not only we won the party (according to us; thanks to Nina), we also won the spirit prize!

Here is a brief summary from Ellissa, one of our players:

Last weekend, I played my first tournament of the season with Ultimaas in Delft. Rising High is amazingly well organised and on top of that very environmentally friendly (organic, vegan food, no plastic plates and cutlery etc.). Intense games, good party, nice people!

– Ellissa Verseput

Clinic for Refugees

May 2, AZC Maastricht

Ultimaas played Ultimate Frisbee with some of the refugees currently living in Maastricht. It was an evening filled with smiles, laughter and lots of fun!

This was organized together Refugee Project Maastricht, a great initiative to connect refugees with students in Maastricht.

http://refugeeprojectmaastricht.nl/

(faces of non-Ultimaas people had to be blurred for identification reasons)

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Tourney in Gent – G-spot

May 12, Gent

This weekend Uno Maas – some Ultimaas players and a bunch of pick-ups – had a blast at G-Spot – Frisbee Tourney in Ghent; a high-level mixed tournament. With only one loss in the pool games against the French mixed national team we played in the top bracket on Sunday.
We finished with an amazing 8th place, one place above the German mixed national team.

See you again next year!

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