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« Reply #150 on: October 16, 2007, 08:29:51 PM »

I was more looking forward to going to the AIS because there will be lots of hot AIS honeys training and strutting there stuff - lots of eye candy. I mean I'm sure the facilities will be good too...

Cheesy

Kidding - I got to go there back in highschool for a week long soccer training camp - it was awesome! That's why I was actually really excited to see that we get to train there. Though I was mainly looking forward to eating there - they had that awesome cafeteria with all the health food that still tasted awesome which beats the hell out of my cooking, which isn't really cooking as much as it is microwaving... Tongue

But yeah - I'm really looking forward to the training camp now. Does anyone know if we are actually going to stay at the AIS or just train there during the day?
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« Reply #151 on: October 16, 2007, 11:26:47 PM »

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I was more looking forward to going to the AIS because there will be lots of hot AIS honeys training and strutting there stuff - lots of eye candy. I mean I'm sure the facilities will be good too...

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« Reply #152 on: October 17, 2007, 06:49:31 AM »

To focus on the lads again

Tim Booth         Owen Shepherd   
Jonathan Potts   John Greenfield   
Anthony Dowle    Anthony "Sol" Solomon   
Mike Nield          Sacha Vidler   
Matthew Dowle    Ken Shepherd   
Charles Blumer    Chris Warris
Steve Campbell    Jonathan Holmes   
Pete Gardner    David O'Brien   
Roger Bralow    Angus Keenan   
Lachlan Yates    Piers Truter   
Tom Rogacki    Joel Pillar     
John Damiani    Adam Mortimer   
Toby Vidler    Tao Browne   
Andrew Craig    Jeremy Hind       
Abra Garfield    Matthew Marcus   
David Zuk       Chris Stephens   
Lee Coady

Thats all 33 of the '04 chumps

Of those the next list of players are still in the mix to be the '08 chumps
Tim Booth         Owen Shepherd   
Jonathan Potts   Anthony Dowle       
Mike Nield           Joel Pillar
Matthew Dowle    Ken Shepherd   
Chris Warris      Jonathan Holmes   
Pete Gardner    David O'Brien   
Angus Keenan     Piers Truter
John Damiani    Adam Mortimer   
Abra Garfield        Chris Stephens   

Thats 18 kiddies plus the mystery Gak factor (I reckon that at any time before the plane leaves for the pre-tournament tour that the Gak says he wants in, he will get in and rightly so. I think he's still a dark horse option.) All of those players have been playing very well (except for Joely, who hasn't been playing at all) and I expect them all to make either open or mixed.

Now, if the reports of the slightly increased squad sizes are true, we are looking at a replacement rate from last worlds of probably just over %50. Thankfully there is plenty of quality (and some riff-raff such as myself) to replace those who have 'passed on'. That leaves 18 spaces to be picked up.

One thing I have noticed about the squad list is the relative lack of handlers. Perhaps people have put down different positions in their selection application to what I expect but it does seem like there is an abundance of skinny ppl that can run. (Obviously my category) Of course, there are heaps of ppl that could be doing either, like Tim Lavis or Joely, who can both throw and catch well enough to not have to be hidden amongst the recievers like most of us.

Anyway, the whole announcement is a bit of an anti-climax....nothing happens now until January, when everyone comes down to Canberra for a AIS chill-out session. Should be sweet. until then I'm going to go back to my regular training regime. Yes, thats right, you're just jealous coz I talk to hot babes on the internet all day...
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« Reply #153 on: October 17, 2007, 07:10:27 AM »

I'm confused Tom

I count 10 handlers and 8 cutters in your list above. When you mention the lack of handlers are you talking about the other 30 odd players that are in the squad but aren't listed above?

I count 9 more when i go down the rest of the list. To me it looks like there are about 20 handler types in the list of about 50. We must have different categories hey?


It is going to be a long wait until January hey. Lots of time for some to run and others to eat chicken.
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« Reply #154 on: October 17, 2007, 07:24:44 AM »

Yeah, its all too complex. I was referring to the wider squad, not just the old skool kids. People like boothy might be an example of differences in the list. He handled for deathstar but I think I've had conversations with him about him wanting to cut instead. I guess it all comes down to what ppl have been putting as their preferences...

Maybe I just like to do anything that will make it sound like I have the odds stacked against me Smiley

As for eating chicken? The results are still out. Perhaps if I can combine a revolutionary package that integrates Matt Dowle's dirty bird habits and your running regime, I might be able to run like you and throw like the dowle come Jan....

-Tom
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« Reply #155 on: October 17, 2007, 08:06:27 AM »

Great plan!

Not much wrong with a little odds stacking also, very Aussie way to go about it.
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« Reply #156 on: October 17, 2007, 08:32:54 AM »

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All of those players have been playing very well (except for Joely, who hasn't been playing at all) and I expect them all to make either open or mixed.

To correct you slighty there, Tom, I picked up with Fire of London for the competitive season over here. I used the picture of me skying that guy (at worlds with deathstar) as my CV Smiley.

I played Tour 3, Nationals (both 2nd place to Clapham) and European Clubs (11th or something equally disappointing, after a really close and awesome game against the Skogs from Sweden).

A couple of weeks ago I started my fitness routine to be ready for the January camps. Tae Kwon Do and Jiu Jitsu to toughen the body, Cross Country Running and Cycling for base fitness, and of course tons of Ultimate with the local club EMO and University team the Leicester Jesters (helped them to the highest placed university team from the Midlands in a tourney on the weekend after being seeded 11th Smiley).

I'm playing the Porro Open in Barcelona in a couple weeks and have a bunch of Uni tourneys (plus midlands league) over the next few months.

So far from inactive. You better believe I'll be ready come January. It's great that the list is so strong because everyone knows they're gonnna have to earn their spot, and work damn hard, which can only make these teams stronger. It's going to be awesome.

Yeah ULTIMATE!!!
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« Reply #157 on: October 17, 2007, 10:25:52 AM »

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It is going to be a long wait until January hey. Lots of time for some to run and others to eat chicken.
So that's were you get your super speed and jump from! Here I was employing Pottsy high volumes of liquid carbs diet (particularly on Friday and Saturday nights). I'll have to speak with my nutritionist (aka my mum) to arrange a more training friendly diet.

On a more serious note - does anyone have the inside word on what this first trainign camp will consist of? Like will it be like the other NTC or will it be more focused on fitness and conditioning? team bonding? Or will it simply be selectors chance to refine the teams a little more?

I mean I have to think that at least the men's open team is pretty much picked aside from 5 or 6 spots... the mixed team is where I imagine all the tough decisions will be made. 

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« Reply #158 on: October 17, 2007, 10:40:24 AM »

We come full circle, eh?  Chris says the open team is virtually picked...why not post your open team as of now?
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« Reply #159 on: October 17, 2007, 10:50:44 PM »

To clarify Joely, I didn't mean you weren't playing at all, just that you weren't playing in Oz and so I can't actually tell how well you are playing if I can't see you. But its good to know what you've been up to anyway. You'll have to tell me all about the euro scene when you come back, I'm thinking of being over there mid-2009 (long ways off indeed)

Yes Bretty, we have indeed come full circle...I was certainly thinking about posting my "easy choices for the teams" list but was having trouble after the first few. Its going to be tough to guess what the picks for the open and then the mixed squads are going to be like because it will in part depend on the mindset of the selectors. Of course, they are going to pick the 'best' team but that could be a variety of teams. A team with as many of the old hands as possible? A team with a sizeable chunk of the up and coming players? A team of almost all the usual suspects but with one or two 'wildcard' players, unexpected picks who have never truly had a chance to turn up the awesome? A really mobile team? I really tall team? (The last too options would probably be the most unbalanced...)

And the same list of options is available for the mixed team but with the added confusion of the mystery girl factor. You aren't directly competiting for a position on that team with the girls but their selections will effect team balance. What if they already have two female D handlers, does that only leave room for one or two male D handlers instead of three? I suspect that players on the mixed team will have to be less specialists and more jack of all trades, as there is less flexiblity with team picks.

And for Chris: Well Mikey would know for sure but I got the impression from others that there was more off-field stuff, like physical testing. And that they would start using ultistats! Huzzah for stat whores!

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« Reply #160 on: October 17, 2007, 10:58:39 PM »

Going over my previous team on page 1, I think I would be willing to make a few shifts in my team after NUFL and getting to know more of the players.  Definitely would have a few people to change/add.   
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« Reply #161 on: October 28, 2007, 12:47:24 PM »

...and the opponents are...

Representing the United States at the World Ultimate and Guts Championshps in Vancouver, will be:
Women: Fury   San Francisco, CA
Masters: DoG   Boston, MA
Open:  game currently tied at 5's between Johnny Bravo (Denver, CO) and Sockeye (Seattle, WA)
Mixed: Slow White (Boston, MA) v. Shazam returns (Seattle, WA)

I am quite confident that Shazam will win considering they met in pool play and Shazam took it 15-9, let alone acquired one loss all season and it was to Brass Monkey. 

Bravo is currently up on Sockeye 6-5.
Bravo goes up a break 7-5 and Sockeye quickly scores to make it 7-6 Bravo.
Bravo takes half 8-6

Ok, it is 2:45 am and hitting refresh all night is not getting me the kicks that I desire, so might head to bed.  But everyone should check the site:
OPEN:
http://www.upa.org/scores/tourn.cgi?div=124&id=3907
MIXED:
http://www.upa.org/scores/tourn.cgi?div=124&id=3908
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« Reply #162 on: October 28, 2007, 04:45:20 PM »

Shazam wins as predicted
Sockeye takes the open.
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« Reply #163 on: October 28, 2007, 10:13:46 PM »

I've watched some of the ultivillage clips, damn it'd be sweet to have been there and watched all those games. Shazam hey? Interesting, I'll have to go check them out.

I was amazed that Furious George bought it so hard on day one, going three-nil down in their pool. Crazy tough comp, will have to go and watch UPA some year, make a holiday out of it...

Guess all the teams can start doing a little bit of research as to how to beat those teams at least Smiley

-Tom
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« Reply #164 on: October 29, 2007, 12:27:14 AM »

Shazam have a few ex-Sockeye, Dave Bestock from last year's team.  Hard run, and mix of Hard Man and zone.

Sockeye is the same old team from years past.  From what I have read, played a big mix of hard Man D and zone. 

Fury is a San Fran based team centered around Stanford University.  Those of you that have played Kaimana, have probably played the heart of Fury a few times.

DoG, well, enough said.
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