Champions – Craicheads (Vancouver/Ireland)
Craicheads from Vancouver/Ireland were the big story this year. After going 1-3 on Saturday, they started Sunday as #8 seed in the A pool. To everyone’s surprise, they knocked off the #1 seed and 2015 finalists Whatev in the quarter-finals on universe point. Much of the same happened in Craicheads’ semi-final as they took out the #5 seed Rebel Alliance, once again on universe point.
On the other side of the draw Toolbox faced Homegrown Kittens in the semi-finals, a team they have faced deep in the tournament a few times before (2013 semi-finals, 2014 finals). Homegrown Kittens took an early commanding lead. Toolbox clawed back but as soon as they got close, Homegrown Kittens widened the gap. In the end Homegrown Kittens held off Toolbox to punch their ticket to the final. Appearing in their second Whistler 5 on 5 finals, they were the clear favourite to finally get their name on the trophy.
But Craicheads continued to play outstanding and the finals crowd was treated to best final we’ve seen at the tournament to date. The two teams traded points all the way until half when the score was 11-10 Craicheads. After the annual half time show, the crowd was serenaded by the two finalist teams belting out the Irish and American national anthems, at the same time….
As the game resumed, Laura Mcgrath from Craicheads continued to display her dominance in the game with several key throws and layout grabs. Craicheads went on a min-run and established a 3 point lead, which they held on to win 21-18, as Laura made one of her trademark layout endzone grabs. In epic SOTG fashion, Laura was hoisted up, and carried off the field by BOTH teams.
Other Notable Awards:
B Pool – Azure D (Vancouver)
C Pool – D’s & V’s (Nelson/Vancouver)
D Pool – Hammer Prose (Seattle)
Spirit – Snack Attack (Seattle)
Party – Miss America (Seattle)
MVP Male – Sam from Homegrown Kittens (Nelson/Victoria)
MVP Female – Laura from Craicheads (Vancouver/Ireland)
Champions – Blackcomb Black Tie (Portland)
For Third Time’s a Charm, 28 teams descended on Whistler for another fun-filled weekend that will be talked about for at least another week.
After Saturday Pool play, teams were re-seeded into A-D pools. The field was the strongest it’s ever been. The defending champs, Toolbox from Seattle fell from # 1 seed to #4 seed after Saturday, while a new team from Vancouver/Victoria called Babysitters Club took over the #1 seed. Nevertheless both these teams would be knocked out by Saturday’s #5 seed, Blackcomb Black Tie out of Portland Oregon, earning them a spot in the Championship game.
On the other side of the A Pool draw the #3 Saturday seed, Whatev from Victoria, decided to roll back the clock and play like the all-stars they were 20 years ago beating The Way of The Superior Man and Homegrown Kittens on their way to the finals. In the finals Blackcomb Black Tie took an early lead and kept that going into half 11-7. Whatev made a push in the second half but couldn’t recover resulting in Blackcomb Black Tie taking the title.
Other Notable Awards:
B Pool -Team Tacktlelneck (Seattle)
C Pool – What? (Vancouver)
D Pool – Local Talent (Whistler)
Spirit – Stampede (Seattle)
Party – BABR (Seattle)
MVP Male – Ted from Blackcomb Black Tie (Portland)
MVP Female – Emily from Whatev (Victoria)
Champions – Toolbox (Seattle)
The second edition of Whistler 5 on 5 was a huge success! 20 teams from all over BC and the U.S Northwest competed for the glorious trophy, party and spirit awards, but mostly for the fun and joy of 5 on 5 ulty in Whistler.
The field was strong this year with 5-6 teams that could have won the title. Nelson/Victoria Homegrown Kittens were the team to beat as they rolled through Saturday with a 4-0 record and impressive wins over top seeds Toolbox from Seattle and 2013 Champions The Way of the Superior Man (previously called “More fun than Mike Clay”).
On Sunday, Homegrown Kittens fell behind in their quarter-final against South Beach from Portland and in their semi-final against Got Milk from Vancouver, but they came back in both games to reach the finals. On the other side of the draw, the semi-final saw a rematch of last year’s final with defending champions The Way of the Superior Man from Vancouver taking on Toolbox from Seattle. The Way of the Superior Man led all game and looked to be a lock for the finals, but Toolbox pushed hard in the last few points forcing universal point at hard cap. Both teams had a chance to score with incomplete throws to the end-zone, but it was Toolbox that scored with a bobbly lay-out grab for the shot to win the championship.
The final was both well-watched and well-heckled. Nelson went down early resulting in Toolbox taking half at 11-4. After half, Homegrown Kittens came on strong narrowing the lead to 3 points, but in the end Toolbox was able to close it out at 21-14. Congrats to Toolbox, 2014 Whistler 5 on 5 Champions!
Other Notable Awards:
Spirit – Mixed Bag O Penguins (Seattle)
Party – South Beach (Portland)
Team Costume – Poop Deck (Vancouver)
MVP Male – Alpha from Toolbox (Seattle)
MVP Female – Emily from Homegrown Kittens (Nelson/Victoria)
Champions – More fun than Mike Clay (Vancouver)
May 25-26 turned out to be an awesome weekend of weather, delicious home made breakfasts, closely contested 5-on-5 ulty games, and shoe bocce!!
Congratulations to the Inaugural Whistler 5 on 5 Champions “More fun than Mike Clay” who edged out Toolbox from Seattle. Nelson Homegrown gave the title a run but fell 21-19 to Toolbox in an exciting back and forth semi final.
There were 13 fun teams playing great ulty. Many more are expected for 2014.
See you all next year and we’ll do it all over again – breakfast at the beautiful HI Whistler, lots of close fun games, field food you’ll keep talking about, a fun party theme, and plenty of fantastic prizes and gifts for captains and volunteers!