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Love At First Flight: Tournament Report

Eventually I found some time to write a short tournament report. Friday. Finally, Love At First Flight 2011, we’re all pretty excited to host over 160 frisbee players divided over 16 teams. Sigi is still making some last minute arrangements, but everything seems to be ready for kick-off…

In the evening the first teams arrive. They’re welcomed by a cosy campfire, some marshmallows and beer, and an acoustic session by Nele Penxten, How about a warm welcome!? Next year we hope to be a bit more numerous on Friday night ;-). Saturday. The frisbee players who arrived on friday were still sleeping, the others probably on their way to LAFF, when the DH-crew started preparing the fields, lunch, etc… With everything in place we were ready to let the games begin. From the very start of the tournament it was clear to me that frisbee teams are starting to take things a bit more serious. Young teams playing at a high level, less experienced teams with enthusiastic coaches, all teams wearing fancy looking outfits… Although LAFF is a tournament for beginners and youngsters, the overall level of the teams participating was far from low. I saw some very nice plays, some nasty diving D’s, some incredible sky’ing, beautifully floating discs… In my humble opinion the general level of this tournament is growing. After an exhausting but satisfying day sports(wo)men need food, a lot of food. After the compliments we got on last years BBQ we decided to do it again. OK, it’s a bit more work, but if our guests like BBQ, we give them BBQ! 4 pieces of meat or vegetarian stuff p.p + all the vegetables, pasta, sauce and bread a man can eat. I can’t imagine a single soul ‘ld be hungry after such a meal. After digesting this 4 star BBQ everyone was asked to go change into their party outfits. Always nice to see so many of you taking the time to prepare party-outfits. Those of you who didn’t, we hope to see you in party-clothes next year! Then we all gathered around Anne, for another acoustic session. At the end of the acoustic session we came to a romantic climax when everybody lighted up their Flying lampoon. Pretty as picture, all those lampoons floating into the dark night… Party-time, 50s here we come! Despite the sauna temperatures, everybody seemed to be in for a nice party. And maybe it was the 50s music, but I had the impression people were shaking their butts off!! Sorry we had to kick you guys out at 3:30, but due to a certain law we’re not allowed to party all night long in a residential area. And, because we want to organize the tournament at this facility for a few more years, we planned to stick to the rules. But, look at it from the bright side, you were all fresh to give it your best on the court the next morning. Sunday, day 2. As often noticeable, beginner teams are growing a lot during tournaments. And this was no different at LAFF. Where I was thinking the overall level was already way above expected on day one, this seemed even more noticeable on day 2. Teams were going for it full throttle! No pain, no gain! After the ranking games, 2 beautiful teams reached the finals: Gentle09 (Beginners) against Mooncatchers (Youngsters).This final actually proofs the concept of mixing junior teams with less experienced teams in a tournament works just fine. A very close start of the game showed already the skills and gameplan of both teams. Mooncatchers patiently waiting at their endzone for the right moment to huck, showing off their incredible handling. Gentle09 building up their offense with fast short passes, and then targeting their towers or fast guys in the endzone. Remarkably Gentle09 always put 1 or even 2 girls on the line, and they weren’t on the field for esthetic purposes only. Thumbs up for that. Although the young mooncatchers were definitely outsized, they fought like lions, and showed the crowd size doesn’t matter that much on a frisbee-court. Otherwise Gentle09 played almost flawlessly and they kept on scoring. And after a break or 2 they didn’t let go of the advantage anymore, and took the victory home! Congratz Gentle09, well done! After this exciting final, everybody gathered one last time for the ceremony. As a playersgift we handed out toiletry bags, and we had a ‘golden frisbee’ for the tournamentchampion Gentle09 and the SOTG-winners Different Shades Of Black (Taking the spirit @ their first tournament, congratz!!!). To sum things up here is the final ranking of Love At First Flight 2011.

  1. Gentle 09
  2. Mooncatchers
  3. Frisbier
  4. XLR8rs
  5. Cheuzen
  6. B-Freezzz
  7. Gentle Fusees
  8. Love Pilots
  9. Zeppelins
  10. Ah Ou Puc
  11. Diabolic Heaven
  12. Veenendaal Tijgers
  13. Eul’chtimate
  14. Disco Duro
  15. Different Shades of Black (SOTG)
  16. Les Ducs du pays de Fontainebleu

Thank you all for being a part of it, and hope to see you guys next year for another edition of Love At First Flight. We noticed a lot of people taking pictures during the tournament. If you want to share them with us, you can post the link in a comment on this post or send it to me:

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