Worlds Report

By Schuie

Great report from worlds by Stu, thanks!

Hi all, so I was supposed to send this before Rich got his second half of the season email out- doh! Its quite long but I hope those of you who want to ready some of it enjoy. 

So first a little preamble about the tournament- it was the biggest yet and the first time for 8 years that all the top clubs from North America, Japan and the rest of the world had all come together.  The pitches were excellent- very lush althought there were a few 3G pitches and these did dry out towards the end as anyone on the D line will testify!  The weather was hot and sunny all week bar one day where we had a pretty impressive thunderstorm.

Fire were staying in the student dorms along with a lot of other teams including Iceni (same floor coincidently...).  The dorms were fairly rubbish truth be told – small, hot, tiny beds (not that that mattered to some of us like me!)

Anyway, we all met up on the Saturday (bar Gray who arrive Wed and nearly me as our flight got cancelled Fri night!) and generally did the whole check-in, what’s going on thing, nothing that exciting.

What was exciting was getting started on the Sunday, our first day of games and our most important one. We were syked up and ready to fire! 

Game 1: Gigolo (Ukraine), score 17-4

Gigolo were an unknown to us, Dave and Jon did their best on the scouting but apparently not a lot goes on in the Ukraine.  As the score line suggests, we hammered them and enjoyed doing it. Not a lot more to say on this one.

 

Game 2: Feldrenner Mainz (Germany), score 13-15

So this was the crunch game, winner goes top half unless Revolver were to make any silly errors. The game was surprisingly close as our German opposition had picked up some good players including a young speedy American (#20) who dominated their offense. They played a typical European style of plenty of overheads and a decent long game which was very difficult to shut down. Having played a lot of zone at tour, I think our man D looked like it needed work.

 

Feldrenner took half 7-6 and then took 2 points after half to make it 9-6. Fire didn’t hit any panic buttons but did start to turn it on with 4 points in a row and much better defence and D offence (mention to Gilly for getting 2 of the points and to Lewis who got the 4th with a fantastic box out – big butts do have their advantages!). It then traded to 12-11 to Fire, but then someone did press the panic button (or more likely tripped over it), Fire then proceeded to concede 3 in a row at exactly the wrong time making it 14-12, game to 15. We put the next one in but couldn’t muster enough to send it into sudden death, losing the game.

 

It was a tough lesson for all of us, Feldrenner shouldn’t have beaten us, they shouldn’t have been as good as they were, they certainly were not well spirited. If we every play them again I want us to smash them so hard that #91 pisses in his pants (arggghhh!!!, just writing this hurts!).

 

We went away from the game understandably gutted and in fact I think we headed straight over to the drinks tents for commiseration moijtios. There we stayed for most of the evening until Captain Rich and Old man Gilly told everyone that they should probably go easy as we had Revolver the next day. Most listened, some did not!

 

Sunday Night

So name and shame time – Paul, Baron, Parslow and Luke R all went out on the town that night and I only add this not to shame them but to inform those who were not there of the hilarity that it provided the rest of the team the next day. The main story was all about Luke who having got bored of the other 3 in some dodgy nightclub in Prague, decided to go solo.  Luke then proceeded to give up on the night completely and thought there was no better option other than to settle in a random doorway in the middle of central Prague.  Just when you thought this couldn’t get much funnier, he was woken up at 6am by an old lady kicking him as she couldn’t get into or out of her home! Luke then made another great choice but choosing to walk home. However he had no idea where he was going and consequently it took him 3 hours to get back!

 

So the next day was pretty funny watching Luke try to stay awake and even better try to play Revolver!

 

Game 3: Revolver (US), score 3-17

As this was the only top level game that we were going to get having dropped into the bottom half, we decided not to rest anyone and instead just let people play.  It almost worked... no, not really, it was no where near working! They thrashed us but really we could have made it a lot more interesting if we had been able to convert any number of turnovers into goals. I know I threw 2 shots for the endzone away but better still was Parslow’s excitement at coming up against the Revolver zone for the 1st and only time and thinking ‘right this is where we can just walk it though’. First throw, scuba straight to a Revolver player- doh!

 

Anyway, enough said.

 

So this put us in a group with EMO, Mor ho, Redbacks, the BigEz and Dublin.

 

Game 4: EMO (UK), score 15-8

A game that on paper, could have been tricky against a combined EMO/Fusion team with a mix of experience and youth.  Fortunately this was one of the games that we brought our A game to and we ripped it apart. Our offense never looked troubled and every couple of points the D line would put in 2 or 3 on the bounce by mixing up a bit of zone in with FSU and man.

 

The game actually finished early as the first signs of thunder and lightning came over the horizon. Still a convincing victory for Fire.

 

Tues night

So another night worth noting. The entire Fire team went along to the Revolver night out which by all means was pretty cool. A couple of us went home early so I can only tell you what I heard about the rest of the night. From what I hear, and the photos show, quite a few people went out to the 5 storey nightclub in central Prague and had quite a night out.  2 players especially enjoyed the night (well at least some of it). Baron and Chris P (aka Hollywood) both pulled lovely girls that night. Baron chose not to take his back to the shitty dorms but went back to her place while Chris got taken back to the dorms by his girl only to be told that she was a bit tired – gutted. Anyway, make sure you get to see both commemorative discs that Paul got made for them, each with a very special photo on - classic!

 

Game 5: Mor Ho! (Slovakia), score 15-10

Another game, this time against a fired up Slovakian team aided by the loudest person on earth (promise if you think I shout on the sideline, you int heard nothing yet!). Fire started very strongly taking the first O point and sticking in 2 D points. In fact we took the half 8-2. We then had a bit of a dip in focus (probably due to activities the previous night) and the Slovakians got their tails up at 11-8. However I think we showed just enough experience and grit to see it out but it was by no means comfortable.

 

Game 6: Redbacks (Australia), score 15-8

Redbacks just came to Worlds for fun but they still gave us a game despite having at least 2 players bigger than Lewis and Lee stood side by side.  To be fair, we didn’t play that well and probably should have made it an thrashing but again we did what we needed to against fairly relaxed opposition, on a rough 3G surface and in very hot conditions.

 

Wed night

This was Trade Night but only a couple of us went, Parslow doing the best, trading his old Fire tops for a sweet fully sublimated RIP top and US National top. 

 

Game 7: The Big Ez (Austria), score 17-15

Our big game of the group. A win would take us through no matter what. Both teams came out pumped and the first half was a close affair. Just 3 breaks, 2 to Fire, meant that we took half 9-8. Big Ez got a break after half and traded to 13-12 (game to 17).  Fire finally started to play at this point, the D line eventually putting in 3 D points to take it to 16-13.  The O line had a slight wobble with the first game point but to be fair they had done extremely well up to that point to keep Fire in the game and they showed their class on the 2nd attempt to avoid any sudden death rubbish, 17-15.

 

One funny point to note was drop of the week from a very on form Schumacher – trying to milk a Baker huck into the endzone, Rob then decided to jump into the endzone but forgot that he hadn’t caught the disc yet resulting in a classic 2 handed pattercake fumble. Claaaaaassic!

 

Game 8: Dublin (Ireland), score 11-15

Yes we lost. An odd game in which we did not play well. Perhaps too relaxed, perhaps just glad to have won the BigEz game. It was not pretty and not good.  We couldn’t shut down their long game (even if it was sometimes a bit lucky) and our O looked off.  We had taken half at 7-6 but then the Irish just blitzed the game taking the final 5 points in a row.

 

One highlight or almost highlight was a Glover Brother Greatest that would have been the best thing I’ve ever seen live. Lewis going long, catching a huck out the back of the endzone, Greatesting it back into play and Max laying out fully for the score. The problem came with Max actually layed out from outside the back of the endzone – such a shame and I think the Irish were pretty apologetic to make a call on such a thing of beauty.

 

So Fire finished top of the group, meaning that the next day we would be playing off for the 25-28 bracket, the best we could have hoped for after Sunday’s loss to Feldrenner.

 

Game 9: Silence (Czech Rep), score 13-15

Having beaten Silence at Tour 1 and knowing a few of their stronger players, we went into the game fully up for making our ‘final’. However we came up against a very strong, athletic local team who brought with them strong support and lots of gusto. An early break for Silence was followed by a double break from Fire with Chris Pope taking an awesome catch to make it 3-2.  I seem to remember more about this game than others and I certainly remember quite a few players who had possibly not had that great game yet, doing that right here. Chris was one but Luke H also shone on D. Fire took half 8-7 and the second half was even tighter.  To be fair it came down to their D being better. 2 points decided the game, both Fire O points which were scored by Silence, one to make it 8-9 the other to make it 11-13. The points lasted 12 and 11 minutes respectively and had we taken them it could have been anyone’s game.

 

Much like the Feldrenner game, it felt gutting to lose, especially knowing it could have gone either way. Just one more layout block or one less turnover could have made all the difference.  Perhaps the long week and occasional nights out was taking its toll or perhaps they were just the better team on the day? Next time lets beat them!  Again not the best spirited team, a few niggly calls but not the worst team for sure. One compliment they did give us after the game was something like “Fire are known for their bad spirit, today this was not so”, I guess that’s still leftovers from Euros in 2008!

 

Game 10: Ultimate Vibration (France), score 17-8

So we could have sulked about and gone into the next game cold but we didn’t, we upped our tempo once again. UV couldn’t live with us and to be fair they looked exhausted.  We took half 9-5 then got 5 on the bounce after half and never looked back. Highlight of the game was the Jake to Stein goal which they had been planning all week and it only materialised in the last game, resulting in a double reverse hat spike celebration- you won’t see that again in a hurry!

Friday Night

We started off by doing a little voting on a few categories and I can’t quite remember the results but it was something like:

  • Best play of the week: winner- Chris Pope for his grab against Silence
  • Worst play of the week: winner- Rob Schumacher for this milked dropped against BigEz
  • Most dodgy night out: winner- Luke Ryan for his doorway sleepover
  • MVP: winners- Lewis and Lee (they won an Ego bar)
  • MIP: winner- Paul Sergeant (or Ian Vidgen?)
  • Sharking Award: winners- Baron and Chris

  

Then it was off to the party which was set in a massive area next to the river with several bars, a beach a stage with bands playing, food stalls and most importantly a boat!  Gray did an awesome job of getting everyone tickets for an 11.30pm boat cruise which nearly everyone made (some people (cough Ant cough) might have been preoccupied with members of the opposite sex…). This proved to be just brilliant as Fire plus guests (including Elliott and Eva) had our own little VIP area at the back of the boat and what’s more it was even funnier watching T-Bone Turner try to thrown various people overboard. Yes that’s right, our gallant captain had had a few too many and was quite happily causing trouble. Rich very nearly succeeded with Gray, getting both of them over the rails but luckily there was a ledge on the other side which stopped them from making a big splash!

 

Another unusual suspect was Dave Ford who is normally T-total, also having quite a bit to drink and making every use of the new found catchphrase “Fire in the Disco!”.  Elsewhere the ‘O Team’ were on the pull at every given opportunity (ie Baron, Parslow, Chris, Paul and Max) and Schuie did his usual thing of getting so drunk he couldn’t stand up.  I hear there were still people at the party taking dips in the river at 5am but I was tucked up in bed at this point so you’ll just have to ask Fordy!

 

So ended WUCC 2010. Saturday was a day of hangovers and people slowly making their way to the finals to watch a very close UNO vs Fury (15-16) and a more confident win for Revolver against Sockeye (17-13) (most of us missed the mixed final where some American team won, probably by not throwing to their women). Then it was goodbyes and see ya laters although for anyone staying in Prague, you couldn’t help bumping into ultimate players wherever you went for the next few days!

 

The WUCC page has lots of good stats but here were the final Fire scores although as they don’t count blocks I don’t think they mean much! wink

 

Name

Passes

Goals

Tot.

#99 Rob Schumacher 

9

23

32

#29 Lee Baker 

19

8

27

#5 Matt Parslow

21

6

27

#17 Lewis Glover

19

4

23

#15 Jonathan Middleton

6

13

19

#66 Richard Turner

11

7

18

#9 Max Glover

2

11

13

#73 Luke Ryan

8

4

12

#18 Luke Hartley

5

6

11

#56 Matt Ford

5

6

11

#24 Ian Vidgen

0

10

10

#3 Iain Gill

4

5

9

#77 David Ford

3

5

8

#7 Anthony Stevenson

4

3

7

#88 James Baron

5

2

7

#27 Paul Sarjeant

1

6

7

#20 Chris Rowlands

4

2

6

#78 Chris Pope

0

5

5

#4 Gray Hoffman

5

0

5

#52 Stuart Greer

2

3

5

#21 Sam Poulson

0

4

4

#47 Jacob Greenland

2

1

3

#23 Dan Stein

1

1

2



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