Unfortunately for us, we hadn’t seen a truly competitive game until at the beginning of our third round at Tally Classic. That’s not to say that there weren’t any, just none that we were witness to.
That was all to change as we watched the Notre Dame Papal Rage face off against the Georgia Southern Eagles. Notre Dame won the Tally Classic last year and were certainly one of the favorites to win the tournament again this year but Georgia Southern’s results so far this season indicate that they are a team that is capable of playing on just about any level.
In the end though, Notre Dame’s experience would come out on top as Papal Rage won by a count of 13-8.
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El Diablo's Bryan Sansbury moves the disc up the field at Club Sectionals. Photo courtesy of facebook stalking. Taken by Michael Gastaldo's camera.
Every year in every sport where there is any semblance of a playoff system there is that team. You know the team, the Cinderella story, the team that, by anyone’s account, doesn’t belong in its surroundings. Last year in the UPA Open Club Series, that team was El Diablo. A team that, prior to the last two seasons had made very little noise in the Ultimate world, somehow, the team that is a blend of players from Georgia and South Carolina made Nationals and no one saw it coming.
This year, captain Mike Nash and the rest of the Diablo boys were ready to be more than just that team. They had their time in the sun as the Cinderella story and they were ready to become true contenders.
One team in the Georgia/South Carolina made a name for itself early on in this preseason. The Georgia Southern Eagles sprinted out of the gates to a 13-0 record and had two tournament victories (Frozen Goose and Battle in the Boro) under their belts. However, March would roll around and GSU would fine that its season was not going to go exactly as planned.
“We went into the Chucktown (Throwdown) 13-0 expecting to win out the weekend,” Georgia Southern junior captain Ryan Randall wrote us in an e-mail. “After our first 2 games we were 0-2 and our heads were down.”