At the end of April, just in time to miss the last few events of Fiesta, the mixed team (we’re still nameless…we really need some help, guys!) traveled with a rag-tag squad to Round Rock, Texas to compete in Club CenTex. With a larger pool of competition (12 teams instead of the expected 8), we knew that we were in for a tough weekend. We started off with a first-round bye (so much for that tough weekend!) and then played our first game against Austin’s Beta Test (usually playing as BID). After a slow first half, the gang started to get their act together to rally in the second half. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough and we ultimately (ha!) fell to Beta by just a few points. Next up, we played Flying Dutchman from Dallas…and we KILLED it! We threw out some strong lines, focused on playing chilly, and took them down with a score of 13-9. Everyone’s highlight of the game was when our youngest player, David, caught a disc over Dutchman’s tallest player, aptly named “Tree.” Yay David! In the last game of pool play, we took on Pad See Ew, one of our favorite teams to play from Austin. Although we played well, we weren’t able to take down their squad and lost again. We took third in our pool (that win against Dutchman really helped us out!), then we played our crossover game, the last one of the day. It was hot, everyone was tired, but we stuck to our guns and pulled out another win, finishing the day with a 2-2 record. After a long day in the hot sun, everyone was ready for a cold drink and some spicy tacos, so we headed down the road to Torchy’s for the most excellent post-game meal anyone can remember. The Mavs’ last minute win over the Spurs was the only damper on a great evening.
After a restful night, we made our way back to the field on Sunday morning for another full day of ultimate. Our first game of the day was against Black Pearl, the little sister team of Flying Dutchman. Although everyone was sore and tired and both teams were plagued by injuries (nurse Mona sent one of the other players to the hospital for seven stitches), we came out with the W after a long game going all the way to hard cap. Our second match, against Robot Chicken, was arguably our best game of the weekend. Robot Chicken (aka Arkansas’ RUA) is a great team that consistently ranks near the top of our region. We kept it close for the entire game, running hard, chasing down discs, and pulling down some fantastic grabs. After a spectacular Callahan by Eddie to take it to universe point, we weren’t able to keep ourselves going and fell by just one point. Next up, we had a chance to redeem ourselves against Pad See Ew…and we DID! Despite our tired legs and sunscreen burning our eyes, we showed that the day before was an anomaly and we’re a team who came to compete. I think we surprised PSE with our intensity after an already long day and pulled out an easy win, getting to 15 before soft cap even went off. Our last game of the day was against Lone Star, a mixed team from Houston. By this point, we were the only teams left at the field and the lack of sideline action started to get to us. It’s always easier to play when you know people are watching, I think. We lost to Lone Star after agreeing to play a shorter game due to our dwindling roster and the skyrocketing heat. Overall we went 4-4 for the weekend and took 6th place in the tournament, a victory by any means!