Due to a last minute business trip that I am on, we won’t be having practice tomorrow, Thursday the 28th. Our next event is the under-the-lights game in Falmouth on Saturday. We will be starting the game at 7:30pm but please plan on having your players to the field by 7pm for warmups.
Just a reminder—we’re playing in the Southern Maine Invitational Tournament on Saturday at the Wainright fields in South Portland. Here’s a map of Wainright.
Our first game starts at 8:45am and we’ll be done by 1pm. Here is the schedule for the two teams:
4/5/6 Team: All games played on the middle strip of fields
Game 1, 8:45-10:00 vs. Cumberland 1 on field 3
Game 2, 10:15 – 11:30 vs South Portland 1 on field 4
Game 3, 11:45 – 1:00 vs Portland 1 on field 4
7/8 Team: All games played on the last strip of fields
Game 1, 8:45-10:00 vs. South Portland 2 on field 9
Game 2, 10:15 – 11:30 vs Cape Elizabeth 3 on field 8
Game 3, 11:45 – 1:00 vs TBD on field 8
Please have your players at Wainright by 8am on Saturday so that we can get organized and warmed up before our first game. Remember that it’s about a five minute walk from the car to the field.
The organizers of the tournament are bringing in a number of Food Trucks for lunch that will be rolling in just after the first game. It’s probably not a bad idea to think strategically about getting in line for the food trucks; last year there were quite a long wait for food at peak lunchtime.
From left to right: Teddy, Ash, Coach Shea, Jameson, Jake, Ayla, Julia with baby Anders on her lap, and Caitlyn, Anders’ big sister. Missing from the photo are Liam and Michael.
An intrepid band of nine FMS Ultimate players journeyed deep into the heart of Massachusetts yesterday to battle against some of the best middle school ultimate teams in New England. The sun was beating down upon their heads like so many fiery raindrops but the players pushed through it like it was a cool spring day.
In our first game we were pitted against the Four Rivers Boys team, a program with a rich 20+ year history that has reliably turned out top notch squads ever since. It was a great view of the future of our own program, though a view that was seen on the losing end of a 13-1 score. Still though, we did score one point and kept up high spirits throughout.
Our second game came against the evenly matched co-ed Ottoson team. We jumped out to an early lead that held all the way through to a 9-7 victory (our game was capped, due to time, at nine points). And our final game of the day was against another co-ed team, PVPA, a small team that had just one sub. We won our last game 13-4. Two wins, one loss on the day.
FMS Ultimate played like champs this weekend. They scored with long hucks and with short smart passes. They got wily D blocks. They ran their offensive formation and started to feel how smoothly the disc can flow around the field when everything comes together. It was great to watch.
And we can’t wait to get back next year!
Thank you to our host family the Zobels for their generosity and hospitality. Thank you to the parents who made the three hour trek down to Amherst to cheer us on. Thanks to the players for giving everything in the 88 degree heat. Thanks to Cumberland Ultimate coach Gregg Novick for giving us lots of helpful tournament beta. And thanks to Jim Pistrang, the Amherst tournament director and middle school coaching ultimate legend.
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Our game on Monday, May 11th, is at the Wainright fields in South Portland (Google Map link). The walk is a bit long at Wainright as we are playing on the field all the way down from where parking is. Click on the map below for details on where to walk after parking. Please plan on arriving with your players by 3:40pm for our 4pm game start time.
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