Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Goes So Slow Sometimes

This picture says everything you sometimes need to say about Ultimate.

Labour Day Monday - Disc Golf Action

Date: Monday 3rd May
Time: 9:30am rego for 10am tee-off
Venue: Fehlberg Park, Yeronga, Meet at the carpark on Hyde Rd
Format: 18 holes
Cost: cheap - TBC
Prizes: Yes
Discs: BYO, for Hire & Sale
Divisions: Depends upon who shows up eg Male/Female/ Open/Am/Masters/ Junior/Beginner/ Intermediate/ Advanced etc...

If we start at 10am - we will be finished by lunch. However, there might be interest to play on after lunch - TBC on the day.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Next Season of Women's League is Firing Up

The next season of the Brisbane WUFL (Women's Ultimate Frisbee League) is set to start on Tuesday 11 May at Oakman Park, Toowong. The season will run to 29 June.

This is of course a great league for ladies to get their hands on the frisbee.

News just in is that the lights work has been done - all the wiring between the clubhouse and the light towers has been dug up and replaced. Let's hope this makes things groovy for the future.

Rego over at:

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A at Ationals

So Nationals is presently winding up down in Adelaide.

For the record, the Brisbane teams Firestorm and Black Betty both game 8th. The Brisbane-Gold Coast-Byron Bay-Channon collective Ghengis came 15th but won three of their nine games to get there. Brisbane-based players also featured in the success of Fyshwick United (4th - we call Myall fully ours from this week I think), Eastern Greys (10th - hi to Tim Fergs), Thunder (13th - the Aussie u19 Open team), the Sand Dunes (4th in the Women's and high praise for the Queenslanders from the Dunes coach), and Southern Terra (12th - the Aussie u19 Women's team).

The BUB was sadly only represented for the first two days, what with the burden of managing the gold plated hovercraft and bunnies here at home. But the venue was fantastic, the locals very welcoming, and the wind somewhat challenging! We'll certainly go to rAdelaide again for some frisbee action.

Now on to Nationals 2011, to be hosted here in the North Region!

BPL 2010-1 Round 9 Draw

Friday, April 23, 2010

Tantric Week ... and Now to Adelaide

Well its been a tantric week, or is that a frantic week, here at stately Brisbane Ultimate Blog mansion, and tonight the mansion's residents are off to Adelaide for the National titles.

There's a big blue bucket, freshly stolen from a walrus or something, full of Nationals coverage out there on the internet in its various forms.

Best of luck to our main representative teams - Firestorm and Black Betty - as well as the plucky never say die representative teams Ghengis (a gathering of BNE/GC/NNSW lads) and the Sand Dunes (Manly/Hills combo out of Sydney featuring four Queensland lasses).

Ok, that's it - we're out of here ....

BPL 2010-1 Round 8 Results

Lack of Nationals players across the board playing havoc with some of the results.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Public Holidays - Special Monday Nights

With the next two Mondays being Anzac Day and Labour Day, Monday Night Ultimate goes into holiday mode:

Sunday Pick Up - cancelled for this Sunday 25th April

Public Holiday Monday 26th April - Pick Up and Team Training
No league games
ALL WELCOME for Pick Up - bring a white shirt and a black/dark shirt.
Annerley fields 7:15pm to 9pm (or later if people are keen)
This is a good chance to play with and meet people in other teams/divisions
Or maybe your team would like to do some training or drills in preparation for finals ?

Public Holiday Monday 3rd May - Crazy Khaos Capers
No League games but ALL WELCOME for Craziness. Something different just for one night.
Persons interested in playing must be present by 7:15pm - Annerley
Players must bring a white shirt and a black shirt.
Teams will be drawn 'out of a hat'. Teams will play a number of short games against other teams, with breaks between games. Format will be Semi-Continuous Ultimate. Prize for craziest shorts/hat/socks or other accessory.
Finish at 9:30pm

What is Crazy Khaos Capers Semi-Continuous Ultimate ? After a point is scored
the person who caught the disc in the endzone places the disc on the ground at their feet where they scored. A player in the same team immediately picks up the disc and plays it from that location. Their team is now on offence attacking the opposite goal. No walking back after each goal. Substitutions can occur at any time but new player cannot step onto field until leaving player is off the field.

Mail Group
This yufl_intermediate mail group is now restricted to Monday night league draw and schedule information. If you are not already a member of the BUDA-Ultimate
mail group, then you are missing out on all of the non-Monday night frisbee action going on in Brisbane. Join the BUDA-ultimate mail group to find out about weekly Pick-Up games, other league start dates, new leagues, opportunities for training, hat and team based tournaments, representative opportunities and parties.

There are two ways to join :
a) Subscribe to the group via email. Send a blank email to to receive all messages directly via email.
b) If you have a free yahoo id you can go to the group's page at ' http://sports.' . Press the 'Join This Group' button to become a member of the group. You can now check messages just by going to this page, or you can choose to receive messages via email.

What Next ?
We will soon send out information for the remainder of this season including dates for finals etc. We will also send out information for next season.

Questions Or Comments ? - send them to

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

BPL 2010-1 Round 8 Draw

The UQ derby is on. We took it off the draw as there was discussion surrounding it not being on, and we mistakenly took it for fact.
All tips posted via the initial post have been copied into the comments section and will remain valid until updated by the various tipsters.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tipping at the Halfway House

So the current BPL season is now half way through and, as promised, we have the current standings along with a little bit of commentary.

1= Sensei, Gref, Reece
While these 3 tipsters all are even on 67% correct tips, the definite leader is Sensei. He missed the first 2 rounds, but has tipped in the next 5 rounds consecutively. Out of the 5 tips he has missed, these have included the 2 draws involving the Buggers, and the apparent upsets of Heroes beating Cobras, Cobras beating Passion, and Lovers beating Slamtown.

Gref (2 rounds tipped) and Reece (3 rounds) need to remember the rules that you need to tip more than 50% of game for the season (being 8 round minimum) and pick their game up to make sure they don't make themselves ineligible for the end of season prize.

4. Stu
Sitting alone in 4th place, Stu's love of Bug has kept him going, but his apparent dislike for Passion has stopped him climbing any higher. Needs to pick it up to go back-to-back with tipping titles.

5= Jmac, Julz
These 2 guys show how winning on the field make it a lot easier to win your tips, as no one (except Jangles) does or should ever tip against themselves.

The Rest
7. Jdr
8= Wetnose
8= Pete
10= BW
10= Jack
10= Al
13= Jangles
13= Stefan
15. Carl

Interesting Points
- There have been a total of 237 tips this season, and 131 of these have been correct giving an average percentage of 55.27%
- The most successfully tipped round so far was round 4 when 82% of the tips were correct. People obviously foresaw that Bugs would beat Lovers (9 out of 11 tips), Slamtown would beat Heroes (11 out of 11) and Dojo would account for Cobras (7 out of 11).
- The least successfully tipped round so far was round 3 when 44% of tips were correct. No-one though that Heroes would beat Cobras (0 out of 13 tips) and people were divided over the results of Bugs and Passion (8 out of 13) and Dojo against Lovers (9 out of 13).
- No one is yet to tip the draw, yet alone tip is successfully.
- No one also knows what Pete is doing with his tips this season, except for setting up some elaborate excuse for the end of season as to why he didn't win/lose.
- Dojo is the most popular team to tip with 69.70% of tips in game involving Dojo being in support of the Kensei.
- People don't like support Heroes with only 2 out of 70 tips in their favour, giving a percentage of 2.83%.
- Tipping percentages for the other teams are Passion 64.71%, Buggers 60.87%, Cobras 60.29%, Slamtown 50.00%, and Lovers 43.28%.
- Frisbee players have no lives, with 6 of the 15 tipsters tipping every round so far, with another 3 tipsters only missing 1 round.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Science and BUB - Together for the Win

The New York Times reminds us that there is little scientific evidence for "cooling down" being beneficial after exercise.

The concluding sentence:
"As for Dr. Tanaka, he does not cool down at all. He’s a soccer player and, he says, he sees no particular reason to do anything after exercising other than just stop."
The mansion-keeper has long argued that standing around gossiping (or better yet, creating a cheer) is the best way to conduct yourself after an Ultimate game.

BUML Draw for Tonight - 19 April

Division 1 - Annerley 8.40pm-9.40pm
Field 3A Chimichangas vs Mongo
Field 3B ExQUisiTe vs Plastic Scourgery

Bye Crossover - Annerley 8.40pm-9.40pm
Field 5 Mellow Yellow vs Wushi Finger Hold

Division 2 - Annerley 7.30-8.30pm
Field 3A Kelvin Grove Cougars vs Poachers
Field 3B Baby Chimis vs Discheads
Field 5 Bermuda Triangle vs ExQUisiTe

Division 2 - Griffith Nathan 7.15-8.15pm
Field 1 Heroes vs Griffith Go Go's
Field 2 Frisky Time vs Dyspnoeics

Don't forget that you are in charge of starting your games on time - remember that whole 'players are referees' thing?

If you would like to receive the draw via email, then send an email to

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mr Anderson's baby

Joyous news was received by us here at the BUB Manor today when we learned of the news that former Moreton Bay Bugger, and current Gold Coast Slamtowner, Nandor Locher has had a baby. The telegram read:

Hi guys,
Great news, we have another beautiful boy, Neo Sparke Locher. Mum and bub are well. He is healthy strong and already hungry. Weight was 8 lb 4 oz. We are over the moon.

We do hope that all is well in the Locher house and be sure to congratulate Nandor next time you see him around the traps.

Flat Out Like a Lizard Drinking on the Surface of Jupiter

Go read this - about why people choke.

A sample:

Sian Beilock, a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago, has helped illuminate the cascade of mental events that lead professional athletes to fall apart on the fairway. She uses golf as her experimental paradigm. When people are learning how to putt, it can seem like a daunting activity: There's just so much to think about. Novice golfers need to hold the putter properly and keep their shoulders square. Then, they have to make sure that they hit the little white ball with a smooth stroke, making contact at the center of the putter head and letting the club move to the inside after impact. For an inexperienced player, a golf putt can seem like an endless checklist of do's and don'ts.

But the mental exertion pays off, at least at first. Ms. Beilock has shown that novices hit better putts when they consciously reflect on their actions. The more time they spend thinking about the putt, the more likely they are to avoid beginner's mistakes and sink the ball in the hole. A little experience, however, changes everything. After golfers have learned how to putt—once they have memorized the necessary movements—analyzing the stroke is a dangerous waste of time. Ms. Beilock has found, for instance, that when experienced golfers are forced to think about their putts, they hit significantly worse shots. All those conscious thoughts erase their years of practice; the grace of talent disappears. "We bring expert golfers into our lab, we tell them to pay attention to a particular part of their swing, and they just screw up," Ms. Beilock says. "When you are at a high level, your skills become somewhat automated. You don't need to pay attention to every step in what you're doing."

This is what happens when people "choke." Because the performers are nervous, they begin analyzing actions that are best performed on auto-pilot. When playing against Mr. Woods, for instance, golfers might start second guessing their drive, a skill they've honed through years of practice. Instead of elevating their game to compete with the superstar, his intimidating talent makes them think like a beginner. They regress before the crowd."

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sharp Dressed Men - the BPL Showdown!

So something like 43 of you (ok, probably more like 36 plus someone from Dojo stuffing the ballot box) voted in our poll "Which BPL team is best dressed?"
The *initial* result is below. But we say initial, because now we're going to have a poll SHOWDOWN between the top two teams. We figure this is a way to drastically reduce any skewerage from those who just vote for their own team (despite our own preferences, we find it hard to believe that anyone seriously views the Lovers or Heroes as amongst the Best Dressed in the League - but comments are open if you disagree!)

So, check out the new poll to the right there - going on the initial poll, only the black gammasnake outfits of the Cobras, and the orange beachbum ensembles of the Slamtown Flatball Club are left. WHO IS THE truly BEST DRESSED TEAM IN THE BPL?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Firestorm Showcase - Inside Knowledge

So yesterday we fired up about Tuesday night's battle!

Well, here's the info from our "deep throat" within the anti-Firestorm camp, who goes by the pseudonym of Ekim Dlien. Yes, he is a little Arabian, in the Lawrencian mode.

Dossier - Moreton Bay Figjam (Fris I'm Good Just Ask Me)

Player Rundown

Ryan Black - Original Frisbee Dojo - There is no pain in this Dojo.

Tim Ferguson - At least a decade of bleeding maroon for Queensland
on the frisbee field. MBB original.

Mike Neild - MBB, Dingos, Thong, Crocs, MBB, FIGJAM.

Lee O'Dwyer - Gold Coast in hair cut, lifestyle, Frisbee club and
attitude - "yeah i might be able to make it, i'll let you know sometime next week". "I'm keen to smash them though ey".

Graham 'Special G' Pricket - MBB - the only guy going around in
Brisbane who can claim an Open Australian National title. He did however have to sell his soul to Victoria for the pleasure.

Stefan Rappazzo - the man with the plan - the heart, mind and
hammer of the new frisbee power in South East Queensland - Slamtown.

Manuel Romerez - MBB, The Colombian Killa, the Bogota Bomber - at
least the opposition finds him as hard to predict as we do.

Mat Ryan - The angriest man in Queensland Ultimate, and that was
before he started coaching womens Frisbee. Watch out.

Spinner Sheppard - MBB, the height, the length, the spirit and the
tooth. Spinner!

Reece Stewart - Cobra, A top product of the Kelvin Grove State College Excellence in Ultimate Frisbee program, one of the few Queenslanders playing frisbee for Australia this year.

Dave Watson - You think you know but you have no idea - There is no fear in this Dojo.

Dan Walls - Still the most exciting new prospect in Brisbane Ultimate after almost a decade of fris - there is no defense for this Dojo.

Brenton Williamson - UQ lover, Firestorm Squad member - If you can't join em, beat em.

Very clever of the FIGJAM to try to keep their lineup quiet. Avoiding all those salary-cap investigations and stuff.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Firestorm Showcase - Tuesday Night!

Firestorm, the Brisbane-based Open Ultimate club, will be competing at the Australian Ultimate Championships in Adelaide from 24 to 27 April.

As part of its preparation, the lads will be playing Brisbane's best of the rest in a showcase game!

Head on down and give Firestorm a Nationals send off - take your black and yellow pom poms!

WHEN: Tuesday 13 April, 7:15-9:15pm 7.45pm for an 8pm start.
WHERE: most likely Oakman Park, Moggill Rd, Toowong Oval 4, near to the swimming pool at the University of Queensland, St Lucia.

The management will be presenting the Firestorm team with their jerseys for Nationals on this evening - this will be the first game in the new strip.

Firestorm's opponents will be a team of old hands and young guns assembled and led by Mike Neild, and will be hungry for an upset victory.

There will be a BBQ and drinks for sale, cheap.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Money for Women$10,000_to_develop_female_coaches_and_officials

Galah galahga

As you may know, before settling in to the stately Brisbane Ultimate Blog mansion, the mansion-keeper played a bit of Ultimate in the UK and helped found the Flaming Galahs. The Galahs premiered their new strip last weekend, and thus were deemed worthy to be the photographic support to this nationally-important article.

Friday, April 09, 2010

BPL 2010-1 Round 6 Results

BUML Draw for 12 April

So assuming everyone's fanging for some BUML after having Easter Monday off ...

Division 1 - Annerley 8.40pm-9.40pm
Field 3A Wushi Finger Hold vs Chimichangas
Field 3B ExQUisiTe vs Plastic Scourgery

Bye Crossover - Annerley 8.40pm-9.40pm
Field 5 Mongo vs Heroes

Division 2 - Annerley 7.30-8.30pm
Field 3A Kelvin Grove Cougars vs ExQUisiTe
Field 3B Mellow Yellow vs Frisky Time
Field 5 Baby Chimis vs Poachers

Division 2 - Griffith Nathan 7.15-8.15pm
Field 1 Bermuda Triangle vs Griffith Go Go's
Field 2 Discheads vs Dyspnoeics

Don't forget that you are in charge of starting your games on time - remember that whole 'players are referees' thing?

If you would like to receive the draw via email, then send an email to

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

BPL 2010-1 Round 6 Draw

BPL 2010-1 Round 5 Results

There will be a mid-season posting of tipping placings. Although we think that special mention should go to Sensei for his great tipping so far. Even though he has missed the first 2 rounds of tipping, he has gone 7 from 9 since then and has only missed the 2 results that no one else got either. Those being Heroes win over Cobras and the Bugs-Cobras draw.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

BPL - To Go Boldly

And we're back with part 2 of our special analysis of Brisbane Premier League teams and their fictional spaceship analogues. What a great and insightful idea, we're sure you're thinking, dear readers.
UQ Passion = Discovery

Beginning with an extended sequence of grunting herbiverous apes searching for food, being attacked by leopards and chased from their caves by other tribes .... sound familiar? Passion's story too may be Kubrickian in scope, rising from a gang of unintelligent beasts to travelling into space before transcending simple humanity by winning a BPL Final. It's all there, to a great soundtrack.

UQ Lovers = Liberator

Crewed by a band of rebels fighting against a fascist totalitarian regime. Fifteen kinds of awesome, yet oh so cheap.

Dojo Mojo = Millenium Falcon

"May not look like much, but she's got it where it counts". Piloted by the swashbuckling Han Solo and his Wookie first mate Chewbacca, the Dojo Mojo are a team ... hang on a minute. Are we here at the Brisbane Ultimate Blog so snarlack batooched that we're lining up the Dojo next to one of the coolest spaceships ever? Well, it all fits you see. The Wookie. Check. The cool previous owner. Check. The hidden smuggler's hatch. Check. Ventrally mounted hatch-concealed antipersonnel repeating lasers. Check.

But then you say, the Millenium Falcon was instrumental in some of the Rebel Alliance's greatest victories over the Empire. Dojo meanwhile haven't won a final for years. But to this we can only add that the Falcon's reconditioned hyperdrive often fails, and its current captain, has even been seen to restart a failed ignition sequence with a hard rap on the bulkhead with his fist. See, it all fits.

Friday, April 02, 2010

BPL - The Final Frontier

Maintaining our near constant coverage of the Brisbane Premier League, this week we delve deeply into analysis and consult with the top Ulti-scientists and writers from around the nation to consider the question:

What Fictional Spaceship is Your BPL Team Most Like?

Slamtown Flatball Club = USS Enterprise

Now sure, you might be thinking that as one of the newer teams on the block, the Slammers might not necessarily fit with a ship designed in the 1960's. But consider the retro feel of the Gold Coast-based club. The crazy mix of accents. The commitment of senior members of the team to make sweet sweet Captainy love to whatever alien species they may come across. Huck long and prosper, indeed.

Moreton Bay Buggers = Professor Calculus' Rocket

On the Moon a good 11 years before Apollo 11, the rocket that brought Tintin to our satellite and back is an iconic beauty, much like the red and white shirted Moreton Bay Buggers. The Bugs may have lost their Captain Haddock to retirement, but the interchangable Thompson and Thomson vibe is still there, and of course Tintin and Snowy will save the day. This spaceship also featured a spare spacesuit for a dog, just in case. And the Buggers are always ready with the puppy fence.

Cobras = USS Cygnus

Both the Cobras and the USS Cygnus look good from the outside. But when a push comes to a shove, its all so easy to get sucked down into that big big Blaaaaaack Hole. I mean, if I was going travelling in outer space, I'd want to be cruising around in a glass-dominated cathedral-like structure, crewed by a bunch of demented robots that end up destroying each other and any puny humans who happen to be in the way. Not. And its the same with the Cobras.

Heroes = Starbug

"Starbug was built to last sir. This old baby's crashed more times than a ZX81."

"Its green!" "And so is your face sir!"

"Step up to Red Alert!" "Are you sure sir? It means changing the bulb."

"The green, red and blue alert lights are all flashing. Are we under attack?" "Either that, or we're having a disco."

"Hey, this has been a really good day. I've eaten five times, I've slept six times, and I've made a lot of things mine. Tomorrow, I'm gonna see if I can't have sex with something. "

"We're a real Mickey Mouse operation, aren't we?" "Mickey Mouse? We ain't even Betty Boop!"

And this one:

"Lister: Cat?
Cat: Mmm?
Lister: Ya ever see the Flintstones?
Cat: Sure!
Lister: D'ya think Wilma's sexy?
Cat: Wilma Flintstone?
Lister: Maybe we've been alone in deep space too long, but every time I see that sharmi body, it drives me crazy. Is it me?
Cat: Well, I think in all probability, Wilma Flintstone is the most desirable woman that ever lived.
Lister: That's good. I thought I was goin' strange.
Cat: She's incredible!
Lister: What d'ya think of Betty?
Cat: Betty Rubble? Well, I would go with Betty... but I'd be thinking of Wilma.
Lister: This is crazy. Why are we talking about going to bed with Wilma Flintstone?
Cat: You're right. We're nuts. This is an insane conversation.

Lister: She'll never leave Fred, and we know it."

More tomorrow!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Maximum Power!

Much like Servelan when she took control of the Liberator back in the early '80s, we here at stately Brisbane Ultimate Blog mansion have been busy flexing our muscles and maintaining our bullying dominance over the Australian Ultimate blogosphere.

And so it is time for our He-Man-like axe to fall. The poll results are in:

What's been interesting of course is that since the poll started, the Canberra Ultimate blog has gone from no posts for many months, to three in the last week. Coincidence? Hardly - its just a demonstration of the awesome power of this fully operational Brisbane Ultimate Blog battlestation, and of course of its associated readers (that's you) and their magnificent voting power! Muhahaha! (Although before we go too nuts, Simmo and Alex/Tiger haven't done much - not even at this time of Regionals and Nationals).

But as Wetnose regularly implores his Cobra colleagues, we're not going to let this go to our heads. So just like Reece, we're going to give them a second chance.

That is, except for Chump Ultimate. You're cut like a second string Firestormer, bud!

Don't forget to check out our new poll!