AMUC Div 1 Preview:
Having come a long way since their Div 2 NSL start in 2007, this year Friskee are going for the three-peat. With a long term goal of WUCC 2018, will this team rise to expectations?
Give us a short history of your team
Friskee started out in 2007 (-ish!) as a high school team. With a lot of U20 and U23 representation over the 2008-2010 period, Friskee developed from a middling-grade league team into a force of nature within the mixed scene, having clocked undefeated seasons in 2016, 2015 and a really nice holiday to Magnetic Island in 2014.
If you're a returning team, who's in and who's out from last years (or previous years) side?
Out: Mark Evans, Alex Ladomatos, Rob Andrews, Geoa Geer (potentially joining the WUCC campaign later if cleared from concussions), Em Gunawong, Phil White
In: Michael 'Henry' Thomas, Laura Manescu (Friskee 2010), Thomas Vo, Seb Hardy, Ali Zalums (Friskee 2014), Deborah Lee, Loughlin Murphy
What are your goals for the tournament?
Friskee aims to win, showcasing the best mixed ultimate possible and have the best possible time doing it. AMUC is an important tournament for us, but the most important thing for us is building connections, tactics and stoke for the WUCC Qualifiers in December.
How would you sum up your team in 3 words?
Froth. Love. Principles.
Who should we be looking out for?
Eunice and Cath have been absolute standouts all over the field and are in great form, and we're looking forward to having Rachel back from injury in the downfield. Eshan is definitively Back after taking the 2016 mixed and 2017 open seasons off and will be taking charge from the handler spot.
Who are you most looking forward to playing?
Looking forward to playing basically anyone that isn't from NSW. We've seen a lot of good weeknight/weekend games in Sydney this season, as well as a bootleg underground #noAFDAnorules day ran by VLS which has been great. But anything outside the greatest city on earth has remained shrouded in mystery. Friskee vs. Fun/Trick/Whiskee is also guaranteed to be the game of the tournament.
What do you think of the 'endzone decides' rules?
Into it. We call 4 women probably half of the time we have the genzone. Hasn't really affected our roster or strategy, which has for the last few years been very dependent on our women getting fat blocks.
If your team was stranded on a desert island and you could only take one other team from AMUC, which would it be and why?
Asides from the kind of shitty 'Fun/Trick/Whiskee bc then we get to hang w/ our friendz' (hanging out with your friends is for losers), for the punters hangin' to find out what human steaks taste like, the amount of thicc bois on VLS would keep everyone else on the desert island pretty well fed until we could be rescued.