Story by Yvonne Yap/Red Sports. Pictures by Vanessa Lim/Red Sports
Disc Knights’ Eugene Wong in action. DK Orange finished 3rd overall in the Singapore Ultimate Open 2009. (Photo 1 © Vanessa Lim/Red Sports)
Anchorvale Fields, Sunday, August 9, 2009 – Singapore Ultimate Club Disc Knights came in 3rd after 2 days of competitions at the 2009 Singapore Ultimate Open. A total of 9 Singapore teams took part in this event, which attracted foreign teams from the region such as India and Vietnam.
Ultimate is a relatively new sport in Singapore and has elements of various sports incorporated in it such as one-on-one attacks and zonal defence. However, one unique feature is the “spirit of the game” – no referees are involved in the entire play. Players possess the integrity to admit their fouls and settle their own disputes peacefully on the field.
There were 4 pools playing on Day 1 of the event. After which, the top 2 from each group were matched up to play the quarter finals in Pool A, while the subsequent 2 teams played in Pool B and the bottom 2 teams played in Pool C.
The local teams included 3 teams from Freakshow, 2 teams from Disc Knights, Chuckies, Shiok and Singapore Management University. Freakshow Green won all their Pool A matches on Saturday but lost out to Disc Knights Orange narrowly in the Pool A quarter-finals 9-10. DK Orange then lost to eventual champions Mo’chi 6-13 in the semi-finals and had to settle for joint 3rd with Sunken Pleasure (Philippines).
Lagi Shiok, the second team local club Shiok sent for the competition, came in fifth in Pool D on Saturday and were matched up against El Ninos (Malaysia), India (India) and Singapore Management University (Singapore). They won their matches 13-4, 12-8, 12-7 respectively to take the position of Pool C Champions (ranked 17th).
“We are a relatively new team,” Ee Ghim, captain of Lagi Shiok revealed about his team. They are made up of mainly students from polytechnics and universities. Their target for this tournament was to make it to the upper half of the team standings.
Youths were also seen at the event supporting their peers, some of whom were pickup players. Pickup players are usually ultimate players themselves, but are not affiliated with any clubs. A Hwa Chong ultimate player there to catch the event summed up his thoughts on the sport, “Ultimate is a legal drug. It’s addictive!”
The organising committee for Singapore Ultimate Open 2009, led by tournament director Lance Dubos, started preparation for the event a few months back. The planning was tough, especially when it came to securing a venue suitable for the ultimate games.
“As SSC no longer has any large multi-pitch sites, we had to resort to SLA open land, which meant dealing with various government bodies (SLA, HDB, Town Council, MPs) to get the approval. These sites are not quite groomed enough, so we had to do a bit of gardening ourselves to remove mimosa and surface rocks,” Lance shared about their hard work to make the event a success.
Disc Knights White calls a time out. Disc Knights sent out 2 teams for this event, DK White and DK Orange. DK Orange finished 3rd while DK White ended their run in 13th position. When asked what his target for Singapore Open 2009 was, Loh Biao, 23, from Disc Knights said he wanted to “learn more stuff and perform under pressure.” (Photo 2 © Vanessa Lim/Red Sports)
Freakshow’s Serena Wong (green) in action. “Never enough” – Serena shares Freakshow’s team motto. The local club believes that what they learn is never enough and constantly pushes themselves to greater heights. Freakshow had won the Singapore Ultimate Open six times since it began in 1999, with their last successful run from 2005-2007. (Photo 3 © Vanessa Lim/Red Sports)
“As always, our goal is to have the best-run, most competitive Ultimate tournament in SE Asia. I think we achieved that. We had some great games, even some surprises,” reflected tournament director Lance Dubos (in picture) on Singapore Ultimate Open 2009. (Photo 4 © Vanessa Lim/Red Sports)
“We are a relatively new team,” Ee Ghim, captain of Lagi Shiok revealed about his team. (Photo 5 © Vanessa Lim/Red Sports)
Chuckies’ Jeremy looking for a pass. The team, made up of mostly working adults, finished 21st in the competition. “It is an intense sport that combines running, jumping and great teamwork to be successful,” 51 year old Chris Crawley from Chuckies said about Ultimate. (Photo 6 © Yvonne Yap/Red Sports)
SMU Ong Li Rui in action. SMU had their girls making many contributions to the team by making deep runs into the end zone to receive the passes and score. SMU finished 18th, losing the C Pool title to Lagi Shiok. Captain Bernard Huang. 23, feels that Ultimate can be summed up in 5 words – “High speed, fast paced action”. (Photo 7 © Vanessa Lim/Red Sports)