The days leading up to last weekend were tumultuous for Dire Wolf. After solid practices on Tuesday and Wednesday night, we were all excited about Chesapeake Open, which is probably the most competitive tournament on the east coast before nationals. The tournament staff had released the seeding and the schedules and we were looking forward to games against GOAT, Sentinel, Mad Cow, and regional rivals Ring of Fire. Unfortunately, Hurricane Irene started moving north and the rumors that Chesapeake would get cancelled halted our excitement. By Thursday morning it was official; Chesapeake would not take place this year.
As this was supposed to be our last tournament before the series, we felt the need to get some real games in, as opposed to practice. When talks with some other elite teams fell through, we decided to drive to Cincinnati for a tournament called NATI Open. NATI looked a lot less competitive than Chesapeake, so most of us weren’t too excited about spending another weekend out of town. However, we all realized that we could and should win this tournament, so we made the drive, took care of business and earned our second tournament win of the season.
The goal this tournament was to work on specific aspects of our game. Since we are predominantly a hucking team, we played the first half of the first game only working the disc underneath. For our team, I was very impressed with how well this worked; we have very few turnovers that half, we worked hard to get open, and I felt like a lot of people got involved in the offense. In other games we worked on various defensive sets and ironed out some kinks in our defense. Despite not being able to play top-level teams, I believe we improved over the course of the tournament, and we came away from it confident and better prepared for the series. It was no Chesapeake, but still a productive use of our time.
Ultimate is getting crazy now, with the first Mr. Yuk tryout today, and with the Club Series in two weeks. Being on two teams for the next month and a half will be stressful, but it should also be tons of fun. I’m really excited about both the Club Series and the start of the college season.