Club Nationals: The Epilogue by Grant
December 22, 2010, 2:39 pm
Filed under: tournament write-ups

Sunday of Club Nationals. This one singular day is probably one of the most media intensive days in our sport and the pen might be mightier than the sword but not necessarily as mighty as the video or picture cameras. And there are a lot around at the Sarasota Polo Club today all focused on three games. So, I took my pen elsewhere and covered the action missed by everyone else, namely, asking folks one important question:

What has been your favorite tournament party ever?

“Easy. 2003 College Nationals.  This was the last official UPA [college] party.  They bussed people over to this rugby house out in the middle of nowhere.  It was great.  There was trashcan jousting among other things.”

-Byron Hicks, USAU Bigwig

“Kaimana tournament.  You can’t beat a park next to the beach and the fields.  There was food, beer and music every night.  Good scene and good people.  It was the sheer enjoyment of the whole experience that made it the best for me.”

-Angela Lin, Ozone

“I’m not a big tournament partier but Paganello and Kaimana and stick out.  We stayed up till 4 or 5 am every night when we had to play at 8 in the morning.”

-Mike Namkung, Black Tide/Condor/Jam/All around legend

“Fall Ultimax ’07 or ’08.  I can’t remember.  It was at a pool hall in Greenville.  When we were driving, we got a flat tire and stopped at a Wal Mart.  Wee picked up weird clothes and made it to the party where it was half ultimate players, half locals.  There were a few good skirmishes that broke out between the ultimate players and the locals.  I don’t remember too much after that.”

-Rob Sayre-McCord, wHagenwheel

Mike is willing to party till 5am at Kaimana.

“Oooooh.  Kaimana 21, whatever year that was.  The theme was, since it was the 21st one, it was an adult now.  There was an ice luge, chair races and a good band.  It was an out of control experience.”

-Chelsea Dengler, 2003 Callahan Award Winner/Schwa/USAU Announcer

“Paganello ’08.  Red wine and grilled sardines.  Tons of non ultimate players running around.  Party on the beach.  It’s definitely a tournament to go to.”

-Matt Tsang, Fury Coach

“Hellfish Bonanza 2007.  It was held in a barn and the Hellfish folks are the coolest people around.”

-Tyler Conger, Virginia/Axis of C’ville/Tanasi

Future tournament partier

“President’s Day of 2005.  It was a huge dance party with free beer.  It was my first time travelling across the country [for a tournament].  It was early in the season and so many players attended the party.”

-Mike Zargham, AMP


For my own personal favorite tournament, I’m going with the Chico Hops Ultimate Gathering party of 2004.  This was my first college tournament party and it was a blast.  The venue was a house on a big piece of property somewhere in Chico.  I believe it was a pirate them so the Chico team set up a big boat racing platform that resembled a pirate ship so competing teams could be showcased.  There were more than enough kegs and the live band was great.  All the men and women’s teams showed up for the event and it was a great first party to go to.

Well, that concludes the 2010 club story.  Players and fans alike will now retreat to their prospective areas of the continent or in the case of Masahiro Matsuno, other continents, until the gossip of off season moves come to light as the winter thaws.  Until then, rest up, drink up, get excited for 2011 where the champions of each division will represent the US at the 2012 World Ultimate and Guts Championships.

Goodbye Sarasota

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