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Despite not playing Tour Event 2 (for potentially spurious reasons), Rogue deserve the honour of an event recap, having finished first at the UAT Qualifier Event. 2020 has seen Rogue enlist several big names to what was an already #swol line-up – Clare Barcham, Kat Smith and previous Rogue coach and Worlds Gold Medallist Bree Edgar give extra throwing power and spice to an already peppery line-up. They will definitely be a force to reckon with this season, convincingly beating Ellipsis in a windy final at the Qualifier Event with tactics that can be described in many ways but will in this article be (accurately) described as successful.
With the addition of Mish Phillips to the Mundis, Ellipsis (my team) are no longer able to defend their title of being the only women's club team in Melbourne with any Australian reps. Perhaps we will use this as an excuse for our loss to Rogue in the final of the Qualifying Tournament? Regardless, the 2020 Ellipsis line-up looks stronger than it did last year – with the re-addition of Spragg, Prentice and Dignam (although Dignam isn’t playing Tour 2 or 3 due to the inconvenience of having an overseas lover).
Still – there are holes in our offence and defence that windy conditions have already blown directly into public view. As a result, expect for us to come out firing at Tour Event 2, although, of course, the Rogue re-match we were itching for is not to occur this weekend. (This is perhaps wise, as the game may have necessitated more than just game-advisers, if the spirit circle from the UATQ is anything to go by…).
Factory Forge (or Factory 1 if, like me, you get confused by alliterative team names) did nothing but kill it at UATQ – coming 3rd and terrifying Ellipsis by being up in the first half of the game. A whole host of huge names grace this team’s list – from the likes of Christa Shen to Hannah Monty – and it’s exciting to see such a strong team come from outside of the coastal capitals. Expect huge flicks from Georgie Burchett and full-stretch layouts from Caitlin Grange, and watch them closely at Tour 2.
Despite having two of their most impactful players acquire injuries at the Qualifying Event, Fuse still managed to finish a solid 5th. It will be interesting to see what more they can achieve with the full running and throwing power of both Dom Simpson and Ash McInnes on the field (both were supposed to be in Japan playing Dream Cup with the Mundis for Tour Event 2 but, you know, #justcoronavirusthings).
After finishing a respectable 7th at UATQ, many casual observers would be forgiven for questioning whether the WA jetlag is really as bad as every Perth person purports. Not only are Kaos coming to the dark side (the east coast) more than once in a year (unheard of), they’re also playing extremely respectable frisbee when they get there! It must be the on-field and off-field guidance of super-coach Sarah Brereton, and the fact that they somehow, at the last second, snagged Reyer Carpenter from the jaws of Rogue. It’ll be exciting to see our WA besties again after so little time apart.
This fresh club team started its second-ever season with the zing that would make even a jalapeño jealous. After finishing a brave last at Nats last year, it’s safe to say expectations for their 2020 season were cautiously low – but they gave an impressive performance at UAT Qualifiers, coming 8th and beating some (supposedly) better teams in the process. Their roster looks like a healthy mix of old and new, and its exciting to see players like Louie Battista and Shu-hwei Huang Freundt help sow the seeds of growth for this burgeoning team.
GWS surprised some by coming 10th at UATQ, despite a solid 4th place finish at Nats last year. What ethereal component is missing to cause a decline such as this is anyone’s guess. They still have a solid base of players – with Alice Si, Danni Sutton and Bec Carman still gracing us all with their on-field prowess – so perhaps we should blame the flying marquee at the qualifying tournament for their lapse in concentration (to be fair – it was terrifying). Keep an eye on them at Tour 2 though – they definitely have more to give.
Zig Theory put in a valiant effort at UATQ, and despite not attaining all of the results they wanted, were looking powerful and clinical in a lot of their movements on the field. Ailsa Enting-Hawke and Anna Roesler give the team that little bit extra in the leg and grit department which means they may have more to give at Tour 2. Without the imposing figure of Mikki Dunmall in the end-zone however, they may struggle.
It’s a really cool thing when you get to see a slightly less experienced team put themselves out there and push their limits by competing at Div 1 tournaments (much better than being way too overqualified for a Div 2 tournament – looking at you Bauhaus (just kidding we get it you all have children)). Despite not having many games go their way at UATQ, the team is improving fast, and their continued show-up at tournaments will help with the development even more frisbee talent at chez ScoMo.