Boston Invite Pools are up. This is a preview.
No one wanted to go on record and rank the elite pool, so I guess we know how the tournament director feels. Seriously, it has to be tough to tell Philly Love that although they beat Brooklyn already this year, they are seeded lower. But one small example.
Pool A has hometown favorite Ironside, along with PoNY (NYC), Truck Stop (DC) and Phoenix of Ottawa. I think Ironside will take the pool, but the real question becomes who finishes 2nd and 3rd. Truck Stop will be looking for an upset over PoNY. Phoenix is comfortable with their seed, and will look to the improved play of cutter/handler Reynaldo "Rey-Rey" Arteaga to match day one opponents.
Pool B has GOAT as the top seed. Expect Toronto's best to put a stronger showing than at CUT. Bodhi (Mass based club) and Mephisto (Montreal) had better showings at CUT than expected, and will look to upset if GOAT doesn't bring it in pool play. Sons of Liberty was 1-5 at CUT, and will have to be better to survive the pre quarter final cross overs.
Pool C has local sentimental favorite DoG and two Washington/Baltimore based teams. Colt 45 had a miserable first tournament in Cazenovia and has to rebound in this tournament.
Pool D has three teams (Pike, Forge, and Brooklyn) who suffered early season failure and are paying for it in the seedings. Forge was very hyped (talked about is probably the better way of saying it) before the season started and I hope Pittsburgh sees results to meet expectations. Providence Pack Dogs round out the pool, and they could surprise.
Pool E is an interesting one. Philly Love and Run Silent Run Deep should be evenly matched in their head to head game. Red Tide has the ability to play above or below seed depending on the roster present. Magma from Montreal is reportedly much improved from last year, but might have a very daunting task in this pool.
Pool F has some strong Canadian content. Red Circus of Halifax is, in my opinion, often underrated every year in Canadian circles. Having seen the roster, I think Grand Trunk of Toronto might be the very best B team east of Vancouver this decade. Lots of depth and talent. I think the Metro Boston All Stars was a huge ringer team that dominated their pool games last year, so opponents should prepare accordingly. Roots of Rythym is a classic American team in this area of the bracket- Looks a little unorganized, has a guy with big dreads, and has some guys that can huck and play the deep game.
Pool G and H do not feature UPA finals candidates for this season, but these pools might show you how the game is developing for the good. Instead of pick up teams and unorganized chaos, one sees actual travel teams and teams that you want to see. Pool H features Montreal's Demon, Mephisto's B team that features ex Firebird revelation Phil Boisvert. He's a huge prospect that plays a great deep game already, very natural.
Final 8- GOAT, Ironside, Truck Stop, Mephisto, Pike, PoNY, Bodhi, Phoenix
Final 4- Ironside, Bodhi, Truck Stop, GOAT
Finals- Ironside over GOAT
Still no pools or schedule up yet... but I'll venture some guesses..
- Stella from Ottawa
- Storm from Montreal
- Lotus from Toronto
- Mystik from Montreal
- QUB from Quebec City
- Salty from Halifax
Final 4- Brute Squad, Nemesis, Lotus, Storm
Finals- Brute Squad over Lotus
* Note that wild predictions were done on estimation.. not researched properly and aim only to start conversation.