Last weekend a few of us, mainly the older folks (who didn’t have to study day and night), had a great time on the beach of Hofstade. Jetset organized their 10th fun-party-hat-tournament “Jetset Goes Beach” and you can say they are starting to get the hang of it.
When I arrived friday around 8 o’clock, the party was already going on for quite some time, and it went on for the rest of the weekend.
But, of course, no party without ultimate…
Jetset Goes Beach is a HAT-tournament, which means you won’t be playing with your own teammates. Every player joins the tournament individually, and at the start of the tournament teams are composed with players of different teams taking into account the level of each player. All teams should be equally strong!
The sun came out to watch us play, and so we had a beautiful day of ultimate ahead of us. The first couple of points it’s always a bit of a struggle to adjust to other teammates, but a few drops and bad passes later, the team I played in, found each other blindfolded. Some very talented and experienced players took the lead, and in no time we were playing as if we had played together for years. It seemed to me that other teams were struggling a bit harder, so after the first day we were still undefeated. The rest of the DH-crew was having a great time as well…and so we all were in party-mood.
We dressed up for a night of Hells Angels vs Charlies Angels, it seemed that I didn’t look very Hellish and some people were calling me Albert (Motard). After some dancing, posing, biking and friendly wrestling with Jan, we were pretty tired and went to bed, and a certain someone was so tired he fell asleep sitting straight up…luckily his caring roommates tucked him in!
The second day was a bit less sunny, and due to some sort of dehydration it seemed tougher…but, when you’re on an ultimate field, you forget about these minor issues, and after your first dive, everything falls right into place. After winning every game on the first day, my team was still celebrating when we had to play our first game of day 2, and so we took a minor beating. Luckily this was our wake-up call, and after winning every game from than on, we had to play the final.
In the final I stood face to faces with Jan & Fery…yes, yes Diabolic strongly represented in the final! After a wet and rainy final, my team took the victory home….and yet again, there was some celebrating to do!
In my opinion this tournament shows what Ultimate is all about. People of all corners of the country (some even crossing the border) meeting each other to play the sport of all sports, outrunning the daily routine…