Team Grey Goose flies to the top in Ultimate Frisbee

Published: Monday, January 22, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 10:42 p.m.

Ultimate Frisbee action kicked into full swing at the Southwest Rec fields Saturday morning.

The University of Florida's Ultimate Elite Ladies Frisbee tournament produced the largest crowd to date with more than 220 people playing in the tournament.

The event was an open tournament for anyone in the community to play. Mostly students turned out, though the ages of competitors ranged from 13 to 50.

UF's FUEL team had only planned for 150 players plus its 20-member club.

The extra players meant two additional teams were formed and that sent members scrambling.

"We didn't have enough T-shirts for all the people that came to play," FUEL member Allison Walford said. "We had to go and get almost 30 more shirts printed."

After adjusting to the initial overflow of players, the tournament went forward as scheduled and only ended half an hour later than scheduled.

Many families brought their children to watch the day's competition.

Even those who did not make it to the final round had a fun time.

"We actually did not win a game," UF student Sarah Minkoff said. "But we had a lot of fun. The competition was really good and the teams were fairly even. There were a lot of good players out there."

The final round came down to a showdown of team Tidy Blue Bowl and team Grey Goose.

Tim Gehret, last year's winner of the Callahan Award — the equivalent to the Heisman Trophy of Ultimate Frisbee — was a member of Grey Goose. The team had fairly easily downed the competition most of the day and went into the final round considered the favorite.

Tidy Bowl Blue wasn't bowing to the pressure. The team pulled ahead by three points and needed one more score to cap off the upset victory of the afternoon.

But in a collapse of the defense, Grey Goose fought back and tied the game at 10.

Though Tidy Bowl Blue members battled to the end, the team couldn't pull it out.

Gehret passed to fellow Goose member Steven Pullis in the end zone for a stunning come-from-behind win.

"We were the underdogs," Tidy Bowl Blue member Kristen Lamm said of her team.

She's played for Florida's women's team for three years.

"We were up by three and then they came back on us," Lamm said. "They had a lot of really good people out there. Having Tim Gehret certainly doesn't hurt."

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