Back in 2011, we put aside our differences to form a united Toronto mixed team, bringing together the three top Toronto mixed teams — Big Hammers, Monster, and Tundra. That experiment worked so well that this year, in the fine entrepreneurial spirit of a young Dr. Frankenstein, we worked to build in a few more.
We proudly present our 2015 list of Ladies and Lords, complete with former mixed players from Prodigy, MuD, Crash, Thunder, The Tribe, and Fresh (!!!). Oh, and maybe one or two imports:
Garlok “Steven” Lee
Jenn Le Roux
Practice Roster: Nadine Steenhoek
We’re excited to continue to practice, build, and sweat together to become the most exquisite MFK players the world has ever seen. Our first test will be Boston Invite on June 20-21 in Devens.
P.S. Rumours of an FFF sighting may not be entirely exaggerated…
So we’ve had a bit of a break. We dreamt of pizza and ACE gelato for many months. We relived our 7? 8? universe point wins, including the back-door to the game-to-go at USAU regionals — the game that secured our place in the USAU Select tier. Some of us used the time to take a trip to Dubai, and pick up some more hardware.
Union is BACK in 2015 and we are hungry for more gold. We’ve been hitting the gym, practicing in the snow, and making new friends. We’ve been getting excited for another year of ladders, MFK, and playing the best mixed ultimate North America has to offer. Our season last year was an all-time high for many – competitively to be sure, but also in terms of the spirit of competition; Union finished 2nd in spirit at both the US Open and WUCC. We took pride in bringing hard work and a universal respect to all our games — and we’re looking to continue that tradition in a serious way:
GOAL: CUC GOLD
IMPLICATION: Represent Canada in London in 2016
METHOD: Tuesday practices + some weekend camps
VICTIMS: Boston Invite (June 20-21), US Open (Cincinnati July 2-5), Ontario Regionals (Barrie July 11-12), Pro-Elite Challenge (Colorado, Aug 1-2), CUC Nationals (Winnipeg, Aug 13-16).
We were thrilled to get another invite to go to the US Open – an exceptionally professional showcase of our continent’s best ultimate (which last year also had the best tournament party we’ve ever been to), and additionally to the Pro-Elite Challenge in Colorado – a first for us.
If you’re interested in seeing what we’re about and want to compete with us, our tryout sign-up form (and schedule) is here: http://www.playwithspirit.com/tryouts
Questions? Comments? Feel free to post below, visit us on facebook, or email us at email@example.com
Ultiworld had asked us to provide some information to them preceding NE Mixed Regionals in Devens. We wanted to be able to provide some information to an organization that is trying to bring legitimate news & discussion to ultimate.
However, we also didn’t want to open up the kimono too much prior to regionals and divulge anything that might hurt us. In the end, we settled on what we do best — had fun with the responses.
The Ultiworld article, written by the witty and (thankfully) affable and good-natured Alisha Schor, can be found in all its “mysterious” glory, can be found here: http://ultiworld.com/2014/09/24/ne-mixed-preview/
Our original and complete answers to her questions, are revealed below for your reading pleasure.
We may not be going to Texas in a couple of weeks, but we will keep on finding reasons to laugh.
- To start, can you give me a brief run-down of who you are and why you decided to play in the USAU series this year? How often do you practice, what’s the experience level of your team overall, etc.
We’re a mixed team from Toronto that’s the end result of many frustrating years of 3 different teams finishing 5th, 6th, and 7th at Canadian Nats. So we slammed it all together and over the years even attracted top talent from some surrounding ultimate communities as well.
- Does your USAU series roster differ much from your WUCC roster?
For medical reasons, Rob Ford felt he needed to decline his roster spot for fall series.
- Can you self-evaluate for me and tell me if you are where you’d hoped you’d be at this point in the year? Also maybe give me some of the highlights and lowlights of the regular season?
Finishing 5th at WUCC was short of our hopes but in perspective a great achievement. We have been challenging the top US teams all year and have always been within striking distance of winning tournaments. Finishing 4-2 against Wild Card, Slow White, and The Ghosts gives us confidence. 2014 Highlights include: scoring a stunning villa and sipping wine & slurping ACE gelato pool-/lake-side instead of staying in the WUCC apocalypse barracks; and getting away with WUCC player ID photos (still available on wing23) that included a computer-generated soccer player, a footlong hotdog mid-swallow, and a (fake) moustache & (real) nipple combo. The season lowlight was getting TMF’ed 6 times at the US Open for profanity (e.g. “F*, nice D man”). Oh yeah, another highlight was T’ing up an observer who kept giving us TMFs.
- Going into regionals, are you looking at the specific strengths & weaknesses of teams? This year, you’ve gotten to play Wild Card & Ghosts a lot for example. Do you prepare for particular matchups?
We all know that regular season rosters can change so much, especially with all of the travel involved this year, that rosters can appear pretty different from tournament to tournament. We definitely work on game plans for these teams but more importantly use them to critically evaluate what we struggle against, what needs work, and what we can add to our games. That said, we’ll definitely prepare for a universe point game. [NOTE: we ended up being 2 for 2 in universe point games in Devens!]
- What are one or two major things you’ve been working on between sectionals and regionals?
Learning names & getting enough jerseys. Wish we were kidding.
- If you had to choose one thing that you believe your team does better than anyone else in the region, or one quality that Union has, what would that be?
It’s a tie between Ladder Worlds and MFK.
- What’s your goal for the tournament?
Keep winning & if we get there, don’t lose that 1/2 game. Also, Fewer TMFs. Added bonus: leave with more friends than we started with.
A little late to the show but this was our roster for the 2014 USAU Championship Series.
Thanks to all the summer players for continuing on and all the new players that joined us and battled through Regionals in Boston.
Without further ado:
- Amanda Moore (captain)
- Warren Tang (captain)
- Andy Milne
- Cam Dunning
- Chris Bracht
- Dan Johnson
- Emma Seaborn
- Hadiya Roderique
- Heather Neary
- Jacky Hau
- Jamie Galloway
- Jenn Le Roux
- Kate Jardine
- Kevin Tian
- Kirsten Niles
- Krista Kotwa
- Matt Chellew
- Michelle Chandler
- Miki Antonijevic
- Peyton Leung
- Stephanie Malcher
- Steve Lee
- Thomas Black
- TJ Reeds
On the eve of our first match at Worlds, we ‘d like to announce the winner of the NHL Authentic Jerseys (Johnny Bower and Gordie Howe) from our Indiegogo Campaign:
Jeremy Hamm – Johnny Bower
Jamie Mott – Gordie Howe
And thanks again for all of your support!
I've never played for a team that I enjoyed as much as this!— Every past player on the team
Union is the best team I've ever played against. They were super spirited, but challenged us on every level.— Some former opponent