Am vergangenen Wochenende fand in Jena eine deutsche Meisterschaft statt, die wohl in vielerlei Hinsicht einzigartig war. Das kühle Wetter und der anhaltende Regen sorgten dafür, dass das Organisationskomitee fast stündlich gezwungen war den Spielplan zu verändern, Spiele zu verschieben, zu verkürzen oder gänzlich zu streichen. Sogar eine ganze Liga musste abgesagt werden, weil ein Bespielen der Felder schon nach wenigen Spielen unmöglich war. Unter diesen Umständen für den reibungslosen Ablauf eines Turniers dieser Größe zu Sorgen und unter Druck, ständig die richtigen Entscheidungen zu treffen, gehört sicherlich zu den schwersten Dingen, die am Wochenende in Jena vollbracht wurden. Deshalb startet dieser Bericht mit einem großen Dankeschön an alle, die bis zum Schluss hart gearbeitet haben, um Ordnung in dieses matschiges Chaos zu bringen.
Für Bad Skid begann die Deutsche Meisterschaft am Freitagmorgen mit einem Spiel gegen Hamburg. In strömendem Regen starteten 13 Bad Skid Spieler die Mission Titelverteidigung. Schon von Beginn an gelang es der Defense des deutschen Meisters mit einer Zonenverteidigung die Hamburger an einem schnellen Passspiel zu hindern und somit ein ums andere Mal zu punkten. Auch im weiteren Spielverlauf konnten die Spieler aus der Hansestadt nicht zu ihrem gewohnt sicheren Spiel finden und so endete das Spiel mit einem deutlichen 15:5 für Bad Skid.
The last day of the WUCC is over for Bad Skid and the last games are played. There is a strange feeling within the team, anywhere between being proud of a good tournament and being sad about the one big struggle.
Our first game of the day was a semi-final of the bottom pool against sublime from Australia. Happy to not play a team from Europe again we started on offense and scored immediately. The Defense did the same, so the momentum was on Bad Skids side, right from the beginning. The D-line was on fire getting more and more blocks, but struggled to convert them into points several times. This seemed to be the only problem so far, as the O-line managed to score each point very calm. In the end, the scoreboard showed a 17-12 win for Bad Skid. This meant, playing game for 25th place against Euforia from Columbia.
No need to say, that this was kind of a revenge for us, because Communidad el Oso, the team we lost to so sadly, is from Columbia, too. We wanted to make things better. We wanted to stay calm on offense, and put some pressure on them in the defense. To keep that short: We mostly did this. The Columbians played a really good offense, but we got the blocks we needed. Even though we again did convert too less of them, it was enough to win the game, because the offense had a fantastic game, giving Euforia only one break at the end of the game.
Now the WUCC is nearly over and we finished on place 25. The fact, that this is the worst possible placement you could reach with only one defeat, is somehow the best way to describe the bad luck we had. Nevertheless we managed to regain our self-confidence and made the best out of the worst situation. We again would like to thank everybody who found words of consolation for us. Thank you all, for cheering for Bad Skid in any given situation. If we are up, or down, playing for gold or just for honor, that’s simply amazing. So let this be the last thing to say about worlds:
Bad Skid – Now it’s cheering for you!
Today was probably the most confusing day at the fields so far. It was very difficult for us to play games ourselves on the one hand and look others play in the upper brackets on the other. Even the focus sometimes seemed to be on the real quarters, than on our lower-bracket-crossover-games.
In any case, the day started with our first 9 o’clock game in this tournament. We were facing Morja, the Polish champion in the last game of our lower power pool. To proceed playing for 25th we had to win this game, but to be honest, this was not that hard, as the polish gave lot of discs very easily on Offense. On the other side, the Bad Skid O-line found a way to keep the momentum from yesterday and played solid and mostly without any errors. Maybe the most difficult point of the game was, when the polish tried to confuse us with a 6 man Offense. Even though it took everyone on the field a few seconds to realize this, I would not suggest this for further usage. The game ended with a 15-5 in a game witch was never contested at all.
For sure the hardest part of the day was to sit next to a field and watch others playing for the titel of the world champion. There were a few very interesting and hard fought games, but you can read about this on several other pages in a more detailed way. To go back to our own game was not easy and so the warm-up for the cross-over game against Iznogood from France was, let’s call it a little bit lazy. Nevertheless, we are all athletes and when the disc is in the air for the first pull, there is nothing holding us back. This, kind of, sums up the whole game better than anything else. The finale score was 17-7, on a game to 17, as might have already guessed.
With no defeat yet, in the lower bracket, we are heading now to the final of what you could call “the best of the rest”. In the first game tomorrow we are facing Sublime Ultimate.
The award for the best catch of the day goes to our D-line captain and athletic coach Christoph Köble, for saving a huck with an amazing layout to end the game. Considering the fact that he is playing with a broken finger all the time, he definitely deserved to win this award today.
Last but not least, we have to thank all the parents and especially Mr. Kant for the fantastic barbecue, we got today. Strengthened like that, we are looking forward for tomorrow.
Bad Skid – it’s ….playing “Zoff im Zoo”