Monday, September 24, 2007

CEUUC 2007 Open Recap- Spider Biten... Again!

CEUUC 2007
Open Division Review

Another great university tournament in the books. As I said before, many eastern teams saw this as their nationals for 2007. After Saturday, there was hope for many teams.

2 of the three pools showed no surprises at the end of the first day. Goat and friends.. err Torontula showed up with many of their good players (unlike previously reported) and had a comfortable first place pool finish. McGill survived a close game with Carleton to take pool B. In pool C, Western beat Queens A and finished undefeated to steal a better Sunday seed. Curtis Kile and Nippising went 2-2 and squeaked into the quarters. We also learned that Jeff Lindquist was in fact playing for Guelph, and he finally had a great receiver.

The fun before quarters wasn't over. 2 crossovers (Backdoor baby... great tourney format) were held to determine who stayed alive for the tourney title. Nipissing, Ottawa A, Sherbrooke, and McMaster were involved, and the North Bay and Hamilton teams moved on.

In the quarters, Torontula defeated Nipissing, Carleton surprised Queens, McGill spanked McMaster and Guelph upset Western. Guelph stormed back from an early deficit and squeaked by 10-8, another key win over their much larger southern Ontario rivals.

In the semis, Toronto handled the inexperienced Carleton team, while Guelph continued its run with another upset over last year's Cinderella team, McGill.

In the final, Torontula's experience, depth and skill got the best of small town Guelph. This is the second straight Easterns title for Tula, and one must give full credit to the champions. Last year they trailed Western by 4 points early on in an Eastern playoff battle, and they showed tremendous spirit and mettle during that game and in the past two years.

Here is the final ranking of the teams and some thoughts.

  1. Toronto A- You're feeding the open club system in Toronto, and you're setting things up for future years. You'll always have a strong advantage in recruiting and development (as does Ottawa), but you'll have to be efficient in doing so. With success comes emulation and teams built to beat you.
  2. Guelph- Jeff Lindquist has a new toy (receiver) and they reportedly lit it up all weekend. This team has to feel great after a 2nd place finish, and a lot of wins in tight games. This team plays a good system and they work well together under one leader. I still worry the team will be f%^ked when they lose Lindquist.
  3. Carleton- Another big winner this past weekend. I'm not sure if they will have GOAT player Andy Corey next season, but the future looks great with Kielan Way, Allen Amos Binks and other youngsters leading the way in the next 2-3 years. Luke Phelan stepped up as a coach. That was quite evident just by watching his enthusiasm during the game against Ottawa B.
  4. McGill A- A step back from last years nationals run, but a solid tournament nonetheless. 2 years ago this program was floundering, and now the team expects to finish top 3 every time out. That's progress.
  5. Queens A- Secured 5th when Western forfeited. The program is definitely in a rebuilding year. Recruiting heavily from the west as they have done before is a must. The program success in Ottawa (Carleton/Ottawa) is also a negative for nearby Kingston/Queens.
  6. Western A- A disappointment given that many felt only Tula could safely beat this team last year, and this year looked very promising after Saturday. Western overcame a short bench and some huge losses ( a fractured ankle to their national coed champion handler Scotty Hislop, and the absence of converted CIS track star Steve Armitage and two of their three captains from previous years). Expect a strong run during the spring upas this coming year. This team is started to recruit talent, but they must frankly play more in the off season and in summer to ensure the results their athleticism promises.
  7. McMaster- New uniforms (Will collared jerseys become popular?) and better results.
  8. Nippising- The squeaked into quarters, and they probably won the party. Mission accomplished.
  9. Ottawa A- Disappointing Sunday followed by crossover loss. However, they finish on a strong note and finish 9th. The key take home is that a) They're becoming more relevant and b) They know they need to develop depth and no handler/star combo can serve as a fix.
  10. Sherbrooke- Solid tournament. Wish I had seen more of them.
  11. Queens B- Best of B
  12. Western B- A lot of athletes.
  13. Toronto B- So many bodies. Some will develop I am sure.
  14. Ottawa B- Is this the one B team who could beat their A team?
  15. McGill B- They partied with McGill's ladies. That's not all bad is it? :)

6 comments:

Jeff said...
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Jeters said...

Still, I think all the teams were showing plenty of building other than Tula (probably next year).

I thought all the A teams we played looked sharp. The key for the East in general is to get into the UPA Spring Series and really push our young players to compete with these U.S. teams. I enjoy playing against each other, but it makes more logistical sense to go to sectionals and maybe regionals than this east/west Nationals thing.

I didn't think the Goat guys were coming until I found out on Thursday night.

Finally, Tula B is close to the best B team out there. They beat all the other B teams with the exception of Queens who I don't think they played. I guess that's what the McGill tourney will tell us.

PJ

Sport Management Steven said...

Apparently the captain of Guelph and I have different opinions of the Guelph team. Here is the gist of his deleted comment (The stuff that had merit).

-"Guelph had one of it's most balanced attacks it's ever had this year."

-"Andrew Butler (from GT) dominated the weekend with huge throws as well as skies (including a massive 3/4th field upwind backhand to seal the lead after a 7-4 deficit against western)."

-"Also, we have 2 major dirt players (Cam and Andrew) as well as big receivers Andy and Chris MacDonald who will be taking over university ultimate in years to come."

-"Our average age is probably only allowed to drink in quebec, so watch out in a few years."

-"Nate Martin also is the best heckler in all of university, and sparked a confrontation against McGill that needed a timeout and 5 minutes captains talk to settle." (Editors note: You think this is a good thing?)

-"Also, western got screwed by ours (guelphs) low seed this year (due to our low finish last year at nats). they were a force and deserved a much higher rank and will hopefully make a strong showing at nats if they go."

Jeff said...

i think the fact we've never met must have made you read my comment with a different spin then i figured... i don't even know what you deleted except the intro "this recap is a sham" which, in my mind, started the entire post off as a joke.

oh i guess you also deleted where i said I didn't know which big receiver you were talking about. that was fact not antagonizing. i have no idea. 3 big receivers had awesome games against 3 teams. If you ask Mac, it was Andy. If you ask Western, it was Cam. If you ask McGill, it was CMac.

just trying to defend my team. other than me, guelph has never gotten it's deserved credit.

Sport Management Steven said...

Jeff,

I've spoken to you every tourney (Western, Open or Goosebowl) where we face off against. I specifically remember thanking you for not throwing at my teeth during Goosebowl quarters last year.

I totally understand your posts and I removed very little of your post. However, I'm going to try and make this a site about good ultimate and productive discussion, so "sham" calls or anything of the like to me or other players will get the trash treatment.

Jeters said...

I say let the comment ride. On my blog I just make sure you can't do anonymous comments, or otherwise, you get some real shams.

To the real questions at hand. Why are we paying Cupa fees for Uni nats? How come UofT's football team gets half a million to lose 40+ times in a row, and UofT's ultimate teams (who have more than one win) can't get a dime or good field space?

Oh, and why don't we have an indoor season where universities travel to each other's indoor facilities?

PJ

PJ