Thursday, August 27, 2009

Chesapeake Open 2009


Biggest tournament of the weekend happens in Poolsville Maryland. The Chesapeake Open is one of the two big American tournaments (along with Labour Day) that serves as the tune up and preview for the UPA fall series.

The tournament has three divisions (Open, Womens, and Mixed) and the talent pools look very strong this year.

Open Division

Some strong Canadian content with Invictus (Calgary) making it all the way to this tourney. Despite being crushed 15-3 at CUC 2009 semi-finals by Mephisto (Montreal) two weeks ago, they are seeded 4 spots above the defending national champions. This could be one of two things- UPA tourneys shun CUC results, or the TD is simply trying to give a team from Alberta their money's worth in pool play.

GOAT of Toronto seems to be well seeded and will look to find themselves in the finals.

Others teams of note to watch include top seed Revolver, Ring of Fire, and the undefeated Prairie Fire from Kansas!

Women's Division

12 women's teams in this tournament, and for what the division lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality. At least 10 of these teams are in the elite category.

Canada's hope relies on the third seed Capitals, who are regrouping this year for another Ottawa-Toronto upa finals run. After such strong years for Lotus and Stella, it will be tough to merge the two teams and select the best players.

Other team of note is Iceni from London/United Kingdon. This team makes the trek across the Atlantic, and we'll quickly get to see where the stack up versus some of the very best in North America.

Co-ed Division

One thing that really impresses me looking at the teams is the continuity of some of the teams/programs. There seem to be fully set team names and programs in cities, and this helps get a better read on teams when you can compare year to year results.

No Canadian teams or teams from abroad, but it looks like the tourney has drawn the best from the eastern part of the states. Of note will be Axis of C'Ville featuring former Sockeye star Chase Spalding Beckley, and the very strong AMP from Philly, which has played in five tournaments this summer already and has won all but three matches.

Special note is Kung Fu Grip from Rochester NY, which came to Ottawa for Mixed Up this year and has really seemed to gell as a co-ed team this year. We all still miss Zebra Muscles (open) though!


Bill Mill said...

Re: Mephisto/Invictus seedings

The elite vs. open decisions were made months ago, before that 15-3 result, so it's neither of the two things.

-Not the TD,
Bill Mill

Druski said...

Decisions made months ago or not, it is disappointing that the tournament structure appears to have no corrective mechanism for mis-seeded teams. Mephisto, seeded 18th, can't finish higher than 17th.

Daniel said...

Actually, the highest that Mephisto can finish is 13th... not that it is much better than going for 17th but at least there is the potential to play against one or two teams that get bumped down from the Elite bracket.

T1000 said...

GOAT has a favourable seed, but they still have a hard road to the final. First, they need to hold seed against Ring, which will probably be tight game by itself. Even after that, any of the prospective semi-final match-ups will put up a challenge (depending on roster fluctuations, of course). But on any given Sunday, they have a shot.

Good luck, GOAT.