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Ultimate tournament draws top teams, players


In the end last weekend’s Alpenglow Ultimate tournament and trophy went to 9 Pumps or Less, a team that includes many of the players that will be on Team Canada in two weeks as Vancouver hosts the World Ultimate Championships. It was the second time that 9 Pumps has won the tournament in the five years since Scott Barr has been organizing the event, and as expected with their roster of players they went undefeated this year.

Whistler fielded a team after missing a year, and managed to place sixth out of eight teams in the round robin to go into the quarter-finals against Milk It, the reigning champions of the tournament. Whistler started that game well, and were down by just one point, 7-6, after the first half. Milk It milked the downwind advantage in the first half to go up by two points, and built on their lead to advance to the semi-finals against 7 Deadly Spins. That set up an exciting semi-final match, which went to overtime and was settled by a “next point wins” tie-breaker.

Barr was happy with the tournament, and hopes the Whistler team can do even better next year.

“I can only base the success of the tournament on the feedback from everybody who comes, and they can’t say enough about it,” he said. “Some of them play at some very elite tournaments around the world and yet they’re always talking about my tournament, which is really cool to hear.”

The tournament took place over two days at Myrtle Philip, with a round robin on Saturday and the playoffs on Sunday.

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