2014 CCC Preview

November 4th, 2014 1 comment

 

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In the good old days, heading to Athens, GA in the late fall meant celebrating yet another victory in the rivalry, while focusing on the prospects of a National Title. Those good old days have finally returned, to Florida Ultimate if not fully to Florida Football. Also returning is the majority of the 2014 team that re-claimed the Southeast Regional title for the 6th time in 9 seasons, sealed with a 6th Series win against Georgia in the last 8 games. No longer a team full of youth and hope, this is a team built for now, eager to once again be a player in late May in Milwaukee.

This weekend, Florida heads to Classic City Classic, its only Fall tournament, with a pre-season ranking of #10, but much higher expectations for the Spring. 17 players return from 2014, including 6 Offensive Starters and its two best Defensive Players.The promising recruiting class of 2012, with Bobby Ley, Jacob Dummeldinger, Brian Benge and Andrew Ranon are now seniors. James Dahl is in his 5th and final season. While the team added valuable young talent again this fall, it is very clear that the time is now.
The offense is steeped in the vertical stack tradition, content to chip away with break throws, and race past defenders for up-line gains. With most of the team playing for Vicious Cycle, except for Captains Dahl and Ley, others were put in positions to expand the field vertically. Sophomore Billy O’Bryan was a standout in the Club Season, and has the two-way explosiveness to keep the defense always worried about the deep strike.

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Sophomore Billy O’Bryan at SE Club Regionals 2014

The defense has versatility. Adding several veteran players this season, the team is big, strong and mature. Anchored by Patrick Gettino and Bradley Seuntjens, who challenged each other for the lead in takeaways in 2014, lock-down defense is the forte, but the team can use effective switching and occasional zone looks to keep the opposition off balance. While offensive players are expected to play plenty of defensive points, the depth this season will allow a couple breaks for the team’s stars. 2014 Team USA member, freshman Ryan Hiser joins the team as one of the players who will be counted on to take tough match-ups and make plays, and spell Dahl, Ley and Dummeldinger from doing all of the heavy-lifting.

This weekend, Michigan, Virginia, Alabama, Ohio and Kennessaw State make up the pool. National Runner-Up UNC, recent back-to-back Champion Pittsburgh, and Regional Rivals Florida State, UCF, and Georgia make up a deep field. The weather is expected to be very cool. The Fall has been marked by a number of key injuires, but most players are getting healthy just in time to take the field.
CCC results have hardly been an indicator of Spring success for the Program, with Quarterfinal exits in all three seasons where the team would advance to the Title Game on Memorial Day. Still the team is anxious to take the fields and get the season underway. They are even more anxious to restore the good old days in Gainesville; the days of competing for another Title.

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UF vs FSU Recap

October 11th, 2014 5 comments

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Gainesville, Florida
Florida v. Florida State University Scrimmage
October 10, 2014
Written by: Jack Skunk

 

We had three scrimmages on Friday night as the boys from Tallahassee travelled down to Gainesville for what was a very good warm up for both teams.  We started with the B-teamers, then the rooks, with the finale being the full A-team squads slugging it out in a game that went to universe.

Before I get into it though, I’d like to give a shout out to the Gainesville Ultimate community.  Virtually every aspect was present, including FUEL, lots of league people, Diesel, and former UF A and B guys.  My guess is that we had between 100 and 200 people there.  Maybe more.

 

B-Team Scrimmage:

Dear lord, this was an ugly game.  UF-B was by far the superior of the two squads, since it looked like some of the FSU guys had never thrown a flick before.  UF-B, on the other hand, was more athletic, but did their best to play down to FSU’s level.  Steven Nguy played pretty well, as did Avery.  Other than that, it was a so-so performance, with a ton of poor decisions, poor throws, and in general, poor play.  Any of the Men’s teams from league would have crushed here, and maybe a couple of Mixed teams too.  And Allen: don’t let players without cleats play.  It just looks too pickup-ish.   On a positive note though, I think the B team has a tremendous amount of potential.  They have the athletes and the throws; it’s just a matter of Coach Lu bringing it all together.

 

A-Team Rook scrimmage:

The level of play here was much better- I don’t have the stats and am unfamiliar with most of the players, so this will be unfortunately brief.  I will say that both squads looked good, but the UF rooks were overall better.  The movement of the disc looked crisp, and it just feels like Cyle has a lot of young stars on the rise.  Again, my apologies for the lack of detail, but I just haven’t met most of these guys yet.  Final score — 8-2 UF

 

A-Team scrimmage:

547069_359301414175661_1078578352_nI could be wrong, but it seems like these two teams  just don’t like each other.  I was struck by the early and often obnoxious spiking of the disc (mostly by FSU) which is utterly classless.  My thought is that you should act like you’ve caught a goal before.  I know a few of the FSU alum guys, and think very highly of them.  Maybe when they played college, they did it too.  I mean, do they congratulate each other on their spikes, or talk about how awesome their individual spikes were?  I’m old, but is being a douche now cool?  Feel free to clue me in on this pointless, antagonistic behavior.

As for the game itself, UF started on offense and worked the disc well against FSU’s tough defense before getting the goal.  James Dahl looked really good as the team’s primary handler.  After that, FSU scored pretty quickly with a nice huck.  From there, the two teams traded points, with Florida getting a break and then giving it up and taking half 8-7.  Out of half, the slugging continued back and forth with Florida giving up a break.  This resulted in the eventual universe point, and Florida was pulling.  UF got the take away, but then gave the disc back, and FSU scored, to win it 15-14.  Stand outs that I saw:

Tanner Repasky– Tanner was just a beast out there.  He had 4 big Ds and 4 big goals.  Cyle’s been talking him up to me for a while now, and I finally understand why.

Patrick Gettino– Patty had a really great game and picked up 4 nice Ds, including a handblock.  I think he kept drawing the assignments on FSU’s deep cutters;  yeah, he got beat a couple of times, but he also got those critical stops.

Bobby Ley– Bobby didn’t play much, and when he did, he hopped around like an injured bird.  Apparently the injury isn’t that serious, but it was obvious that Bobby wasn’t 100%.  FSU had such respect (fear?) of him that they yelled “thrower! thrower!” every time the disc was in his hands.  He had at least two beautiful bombs for scores, and I think was responsible for 5 assists total.

Billy O’Bryan– Billy played great and had a really nice long throw for a goal.  I do want to know why, though, he chose to make an incredibly difficult backhand break throw into the teeth of the FSU defense?  That wasn’t his only turn, but it was by far the ugliest.  Still, Billy is the real deal.  He ran hard all night and really didn’t seem to have any problems getting open.

Doug Terza– Doug seemed to make his presence more known late in the game.  Doug just seemed to be uncovered, and did a nice job of moving the disc.  I can’t swear to it, but I think he was the one that made perhaps the worst decision of the game by jamming the disc down the sideline.  Ok, it was a goal (which is great!) but the fact that it wasn’t a turn is shocking.  The disc just magically missed all of the FSU defenders jamming the corner.

James Dahl– I already mentioned him, but he was the driving wheel to Florida’s offense.  He touched the disc a lot, had very few turns, and only one chippy incident with an FSU player, which for James must be a personal best.

Jacob Dummeldinger– Jake didn’t post any sexy stats, but like so many on the team, he operated as a cog to keep the engine running.  He was open when he needed to be and did a great job of playing defense and moving the disc.

Danny Bishop– I hate to end on a bad note, but Danny just didn’t have the best of games.  He had at least two turns where the disc squirted through his hands- most notably on universe.  I only bring this up because it is so amazingly unusual.  Losing, by no means, was Danny’s fault, but if he had been firing on all cylinders, then I’m pretty sure that Florida wins by at least 3.

 

The fact of the matter is that Cyle Van Auken has one hell of a good team.  They have great chemistry, all the athleticism that anyone could hope for, and most importantly, are a very smart team.  The blade is already sharp, but once Florida gets a tournament or two under its belt, the edge will be razor thin.  As long as injuries don’t cripple this squad, Florida will be a part of the National championship conversation all season long.

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UF vs FSU preview

October 10th, 2014 1 comment

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What about Florida State? No, said Van Auken, “they’ve never been a team that we’ve been afraid of.” – Ultiworld, February 2013

 
While not exactly the quote delivered, it has been a rallying cry for the team from up north, and part of a rejuvenation of a deeply meaningful rivalry for both schools that has often been one-sided in Ultimate. 
 
Florida State has joined Florida among the top programs in the country, notching its biggest wins in the series in 2013. Florida State knocked off Florida 13-11 in front of a large home crowd in Gainesville at the Conference Championship, but both teams headed to Southeast Regionals in position to claim one of the three bids at USAU College Nationals. In Tupelo, Florida was upset by Georgia, and Florida State was upset by LSU on Saturday, leaving both teams fighting for one spot, and forced to go through each other.
 
In rain and muck on Sunday, Florida would win the opening meeting, taking an 8-3 lead at half time and holding on for dear life to win 12-11. Florida would lay down to Central Florida in the next game and survive LSU to advance to the game to go. Florida State whipped Tennessee and a spent Georgia Tech team, to set up the same day rematch. With players wearing trash bags and a field that showed little grass, each team would scratch and claw the whole way. Florida State went up a break in the first half, but Florida gained control in the second, taking a 14-12 lead. On the doorstep several times, Florida could not convert, and Florida State would score 3 straight to secure its first trip to Nationals since 1989, and send Florida home.
 
Both teams would spend much of the 2014 season in the top 10, but Florida would regain the upper hand in the rivalry, taking 3 out of 4 meetings. Each game continues to be a back and forth battle, often ending on double game point. Florida clipped Florida State 13-12 in the Semi-Finals at Warm Up, and Florida State claimed a victory by the same score on Saturday at the Conference Championships. Sunday, Florida would capitalize on a tired Florida State squad to win 13-9, which set up a collision course for the Semi-Finals at Regionals in Tuscaloosa. Behind a stout defensive effort, Florida would secure a 15-12 win on route to its 6th Regional Title in 9 Seasons. Florida State would knock off Central Florida and Georgia to secure back-to-back trips to Nationals for the first time in program history.
 
Entering the 2015 season, both teams have great expectations, returning the core of their teams from a season ago. In addition, each teams stars played deep into the Club Season with Gainesville Vicious Cycle and Tallhassee Shrimp Boat, with many of the standouts playing as teammates on Florida United. Tonight’s Exhibition Game in Gainesville (7pm at Maguire Field) should be a taste of what is sure to be the matchup each team needs to win to accomplish their season goals.
 

FSU Players to watch:

77279_bigChris LaRocque (#18) – The selfless captain for the ‘Noles is often looked upon for his offense, but it is his defense that sets the tone for the team.
 
Andrew Roney (#3) – The stats from last year’s College Nationals tell the story of how great an offensive load Roney has to carry for the team to be as successful as they plan to be.
 
Connor Holcombe (#27) – Often tasked with the toughest defensive assignment, Holcombe pairs explosive speed with springiness and a knack for producing in the big moments.
 
Andrew LaRocque (#28) – Not to be overshadowed by his brother, this LaRocque will need to make an even bigger impact, especially for the team to make a deep run at College Nationals.
 
Bobby Patterson (#2) – If this is the Bobby that is being talked about after a game against the Gators, then it will be FSU coming out on top. The intense defense that Coach Van de Burgt requires from Patterson and his teammates will be critical for the ‘Noles game in and game out.
 

UF Players to watch:

25584_bigJames Dahl (#3) – Like the captain counterpart on FSU, it is defense impact that defines Dahl. Always tenacious, the 5th year player is eager to make a name for himself at Florida.
 
Bobby Ley (#9) – Everyone will look at the big plays and be impressed, but Ley will need to be efficient for Florida to be successful. If his defense prowess can match his offensive talents, Florida will be difficult to handle.
 
Jacob Dummeldinger (#11) – He’ll find himself covering either LaRocque or Roney for most of the game, and UF can’t afford for him to only be useful on defense. His offensive role this season must expand for Florida to advance deep at College Nationals.
 
Tanner Repasky (#15) – The Tallahassee native struggled early in his career against the ‘Noles, but is playing with an even greater level of confidence, that will need to be matched with veteran poise.
 
Billy O’Bryan (#2) – The one that everyone on both sides of the rivalry has been talking about, this youthful sophomore is set for a breakout season. He’ll need to quickly overcome the nervous excitement, and settle into his new role.
 
Florida vs Florida State
Friday, October 10th
7pm
Maguire Field 
 
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Gainesville Youth Ultimate

October 2nd, 2014 1 comment

Let the kids play ultimate!

Gainesville has a thriving ultimate community, and one that’s been around for at least thirty years. Teams such as Fat Women, Vicious Cycle and Diva have achieved near-legendary status in ultimate communities across the country, consistently winning or finishing high in tournaments and national competitions. The men’s club team at the University of Florida won national championships 2006 and 2010 and the women’s team FUEL has advanced to the Big Show multiple times in the past decade. There’s also the perennial pick-up games hosted by the likes of the JJ Finley crew, Squirrel Park and other motley assemblies scattered throughout town. (And let’s not forget to mention that Gainesville’s adult league is growing and bursting at the seams.)

youthBut what about Gainesville’s youth ultimate scene? Where are the high school and middle school students getting their game on?

Several teachers and coaches in area middle and high schools are playing ultimate with their students—sometimes pitting their teams against other schools’ teams—but there currently is no centralized place for Gainesville’s youth to play ultimate on a consistent basis. And though there are no rules specifically barring kids from playing in the adult league and pick-up games (and some of these kids can hang with the best of the adults!), wouldn’t it be better for all involved if our youngest players could play competitive games with their peers? To compete in structured games and tournaments like our club teams and league enjoy?

To this end, several interested parties, including players and coaches from the UF Club Teams, league organizers and other players and figures from the Gainesville community are collaborating to host a series of FREE, youth-centric learn-and-play events to coincide with the adult league this fall. The idea is to bring as many interested middle and high school students as possible together, briefly review the basics of Ultimate Frisbee®, learn some skills and about the spirit of the game from qualified instructors, and then play ultimate with their peers. The goal is to reach the critical mass necessary to set up developmental teams and a league dedicated exclusively to those interested 11- to 19-year-old middle and high school students wanting to experience what ultimate is all about.

Our hope is that the joy, thrill, competition and comradery we all enjoy from playing ultimate can be shared with our kids, neighbors and community. If you’re a middle or high school student that wants to learn what ultimate is all about, click here and plan on attending one—or all—of the events we’re throwing this year. If you’re the parent of a kid that wants to play, someone who works with kids or knows anyone with kids that might be interested, send them our way.

The learn-and-play events are designed for all middle through high school students, female and male, regardless of one’s ability to throw a disc. If a kid wants to play, we want to give them the opportunity to play, and these events will provide the instruction necessary to get new and experienced players playing ultimate.

For more information, check out our flier , or email GoPlayUltimate@bellsouth.net.

To register for the Learn-and-Play events, complete the electronic registration form and print and complete the waiver of liability.

 

All Gainesville Youth Players need to Print, Complete, and Return this Waiver:

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