Yukon Frisbee team catches wins in Victoria

Costumes, competition and a lot of "chasing plastic." That's a loose description of the Pumpkin Pull 2015, an Ultimate Frisbee tournament hosted by the Victoria Ultimate Players Society on Vancouver Island.

Costumes, competition and a lot of “chasing plastic.”

That’s a loose description of the Pumpkin Pull 2015, an Ultimate Frisbee tournament hosted by the Victoria Ultimate Players Society on Vancouver Island last weekend.

A total of 22 teams hit the field for the annual tourney, including one from Yukon.

Team Yukon Gold did both the territory and the potato proud, coming away with a 2-4 record and finishing in the C pool.

“This was our second tournament in two years. It’s sort of indicative of a recent surge in the popularity and interest in Ultimate Frisbee, which we’re very excited about,” said Yukon Gold captain Ryan Agar. “Travel to the tournament was made possible by Lotteries Yukon and their travel assistance funds.”

The team, which consisted of 14 Yukoners and five from Kelowna, wore Yukon gold potato sacks as team jerseys. They mashed the competition in a pair of games.

The Yukon team beat Victoria’s Marvel vs. Capcom – dressed as Marvel and Capcom comic book characters – 13-4 on Saturday for their first win.

Yukon Gold then sacked another win, beating Lower Mainland’s Inconciva-Pull – a play on words from the film the Princess Bride – 13-2 to finish off on Sunday.

The Yukon tream almost pulled off an even record. In their third game on Saturday they found themselves in a 12-12 tie with Victoria’s Noah’s Ark, a team dressed as the biblical character Noah and animals from his ark. But Noah’s Ark team managed to stay afloat, getting the final point in the sudden-death next-point-wins situation.

“Jenn (Dagg), this was her first tournament and she caught her first point at her first tournament. That was exciting to see,” said Agar. “Nitin Singh, this was his first tournament as well, and he has basically been our rookie of the year. He came out on a whim to play last year and has improved exponentially over the winter. He said, ‘I thought I was hot stuff, but then I came out to the field and realized I still have lots to learn.’ He’s going to a fantastic player.

“Lindsay Agar, my sister, and Marisa Hart were just key in getting everything organized and with logistics, getting everybody from the airport to the B-and-B to the field. They were so awesome to make that happen.”

The sport of Ultimate Frisbee has some slight similarities to football, with players moving the Frisbee down the field and scoring a point when a team member catches it in the end zone. It is played with seven players a team outdoors, five a team indoors.

Despite the stereotype, it’s not only played by hippies on college campuses.

“We’re definitely a small but dedicated fringe sport,” said Ryan. “The height of our sport was probably the late ‘90s when we had a league with regular teams – three or four teams – playing twice a week.

“The low point was the mid-2000s and now we’re on a rebuild.

“You don’t see us very often because there’s about 50 of us in the territory right now. We’re a fringe sport – you don’t really hear about us.”

With an upswing in popularity, the Yukon Ultimate Frisbee Association plans to add to its drop-in play on Sundays at the Canada Games Centre.

The association hopes to organize “mini league” one night a week for a month or two leading up to Christmas. Details haven’t been hammered out yet.

“We play a lot of pick-up and it’s hard to get a lot of interest because you’re not always playing with the same people over and over again,” said Ryan, the association’s director at large.

“We went to Anchorage for a tournament three or four years ago and there was lots of interest. It got people keen on building their skills, so it created a nucleus of people who keep pushing along.

“We’re at the point now where we regularly have 30 or so people on any given Sunday night for pick-up, which is awesome. We’re wondering now if we can build on that momentum to maintain our Sunday night for new players and structure a bit of a league as well so we can continue to build our skills as well.”

More information can be found on the group’s Facebook page at Yukon Ultimate Frisbee (Whitehorse).

Sunday drop-ins at the Canada Games Centre start at 5 p.m.

“We love people coming out to our pick-up games,” said Agar. “The key thing is to bring a pair of indoor shoes, a white shirt and a dark shirt – that’s how we split the teams.

“Afterwards we often go out for a beer at the Ridge (Pub).”

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Mobile vaccine team Team Balto practises vaccine clinic set-up and teardown at Vanier Catholic Secondary School. Mobile vaccine teams are heading out this week to the communities in order to begin Moderna vaccinations. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Mobile vaccine teams begin community vaccinations

“It’s an all-of-government approach”

The now empty lot at 410 Cook Street in Whitehorse on Jan. 19. As developers move forward with plans for a housing development that would feature 16 micro-units, they are asking city council for a zoning change that would reduce the number of required parking spaces. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Developer asks for zoning change

Would reduce the number of required parking spaces

The Liard First Nation is preparing to enter negotiations for self-governance with the territorial and federal governments. (Jackie Hong/Yukon News file)
Liard First Nation preparing to enter self-governance negotiations with Yukon, federal governments

Chief Stephen Charlie seeking an agreement separate from “dead end” UFA

asdf
WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World for Jan. 20, 2021

A Copper Ridge resident clears their driveway after a massive over night snowfall in Whitehorse on Nov. 2, 2020. Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for the Whitehorse and Haines Junction areas for Jan. 18. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Winter storm warning for Haines Junction and Whitehorse

Environment Canada says the storm will develop Monday and last until Tuesday

Mayor Dan Curtis listens to a councillor on the phone during a city council meeting in Whitehorse on April 14, 2020. Curtis announced Jan. 14 that he intends to seek nomination to be the Yukon Liberal candidate for Whitehorse Centre in the 2021 territorial election. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Whitehorse mayor seeking nomination for territorial election

Whitehorse mayor Dan Curtis is preparing for a run in the upcoming… Continue reading

Gerard Redinger was charged under the <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> with failing to self-isolate and failing to transit through the Yukon in under 24 hours. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Man ticketed $1,150 at Wolf Creek campground for failing to self-isolate

Gerard Redinger signed a 24-hour transit declaration, ticketed 13 days later

Yukon Energy, Solvest Inc. and Chu Níikwän Development Corporation are calling on the city for a meeting to look at possibilities for separate tax rates or incentives for renewable energy projects. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Tax changes sought for Whitehorse energy projects

Delegates call for separate property tax category for renewable energy projects

Yukon University has added seven members to its board of governors in recent months. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
New members named to Yukon U’s board of governors

Required number of board members now up to 17

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: Your Northern regulatory adventure awaits!

“Your Northern adventure awaits!” blared the headline on a recent YESAB assessment… Continue reading

Yukoner Shirley Chua-Tan is taking on the role of vice-chair of the social inclusion working group with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences’ oversight panel and working groups for the autism assessment. (Submitted)
Canadian Academy of Health Sciences names Yukoner to panel

Shirley Chua-Tan is well-known for a number of roles she plays in… Continue reading

The Fish Lake area viewed from the top of Haeckel Hill on Sept. 11, 2018. The Yukon government and Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) announced they are in the beginning stages of a local area planning process for the area. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Local area planning for Fish Lake announced

The Government of Yukon and Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) announced in… Continue reading

Most Read