After two very sunny outdoor competition days (one even including winning the division and lots of beer!) it was probably some sort of retributive justice that on this third day in the outdoor competition we enjoyed the best of Dutch summer: the heavens opened and with wind, rain and sub-20°C temperatures it promised to be a mud fight rather than a bright day of Ultimate.
Even with our new fear inspring “Eat the babies”-yell, we started traditionally slow against organizing Flying High.
Although we started out trading points, our O had to work harder to convert our points compared to the opponets offence. Forcing a break against the well thrown hucks from tilburg proved difficult, with r’damnit never in the lead.
In the end it appeared that Flying High woke up quicker then we did and they took victory with 9-11.
Things looking grim for the rest of the day as the devision was very well matched.
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The last day of the mixed competition. The question: can we stay in the 2nd division?
Unfortunately we couldn’t.
Next year we will try again, hopefully with a complete team of: R’damnit.
Last Sunday was Right To Play 2013.
We achieved a very nice Third place. Hopefully new player will join R’damnit, so we can at least defend or even gain some spots next year.
The joint team between Force Elektro and R’damnit went to the fields of Rijswijk last Sunday 15-09-13 to take on the third division. Our first match of the day was against Meer Ultimate Graag (MUG) from Haarlem. Sure, MUG has not been a club that long, but all their players were looking feisty and intimidating during their warm up, so we prepared ourselves for a fight. Our team had a good connection from the start of the match and took an early lead. Terrified that MUG would channel their inner champion at any minute we fought on. Our wariness proved founded after a three point run by MUG. Luckily we were able to shut them down once more and took victory with an impressive 15-5 victory.
Our second match was against the organizing team of Ultimus Prime. Given the friendly rivalry between FE and UP, we were once again ready for a serious match from point 1. UP was missing some of their strong players but still put on one hell of a fight. At half time many of us were genuinely surprised to see that we had an 0-8 lead… that couldn’t be right. Trying to rest our poor 5 guys (we had to play each match with only 3 women on the line), we set up both a confining zone and a trap zone on alternating points. Although the confining zone had some success, our trap zone was a small disaster given the lack of wind and our lack of practice at that particular zone. Despite the toll on our energy (at least for the women) the zone took, we still managed to maintain our lead and took the win at 15-3.
We prepared for our match against UTKA by watching the exciting (and lengthy) end of the MUG-UTKA match. UTKA took that match 14-13 on universe point and had us quaking in our football boots with their speed and fighting spirit. We therefore entered our match against UTKA somewhat nervous but full of focus wanting to deny them everything from the get and go and to maybe exploit the fact that they were tired… surely they must have been tired after their match against MUG. There was luck on both sides with some awesome garbage scores and catches by UTKA but we got a few close calls in there as well. Our extra energy and focus proved decisive and we managed to secure another victory with 15-6. With three victories under our invisible belts we secured a promotion back up to the second division. Lets hope we fare better up there this time around.
On the first of September the combination team of Force Elektro and R’damnit went to Arnhem to take on the rest of the second division. Arriving there around 10 in the morning we were soon to face the reality of the day, many many skilled ulitimate players.
The day started out with our match against GD. After several points of amazingly good team play, perhaps shocked to be winning, we fell apart a little and GD took the lead. Although we became more competitive once more following halftime, but GD had already run away with the lead and continued to play solid ultimate, leading them to a 15-7 victory.
Our next battle was against the host team: Airborn. again we took an early lead, and again we lost it. But there followed a very intense fight after that, which we emerged victorious: 12-10. After some more healthy snacks and chatter we faced Crunch 2. They had won both their matches so far withe a pretty 15-10. Following a very mixed match (both in terms of gender and strategy) which brought out our best fight, we managed a 15-11 loss.
It was a tough day in the second division, we fought hard, had a good day´s worth of ultimate and a nice beer or two at the end. Unfortunately we demoted to the third division.
Sunday 07-07-2013 we have been competing in the Hargen Beach Tournament. We won’t take about the first day, this day was used to warm-up. So the second day was a new beginning of the tournament where we will show that R’damnit is growing each day. See some awesome attached action photo’s for your self.