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Singapore plays host to frisbee teams at the Asia-Oceanic Ultimate Club Championships

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August 9th not only saw the celebration of Singapore’s National Day, but also a celebration of another kind – the start of the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) 2013 Asia-Oceanic Ultimate Club Championships (AOUCC). Its first time in Singapore, the tournament was hosted at The Grandstand over a period of three days.

The first installment of the WFDF AOUCC was held in Manila, Philippines in 2009. The success of this tournament the first time round and the continuous growth in numbers was what gave birth to this year’s edition of the AOUCC. With the surge in participation of Ultimate in recent years, this edition of the AOUCC saw the biggest registration numbers so far as well, with twenty-seven teams in the Mixed Division and four teams in the Open Division.

The games were played in a round robin fashion, where teams who clocked the most points will the advance into the next stage of games. Several booths were set up around the tournament area to provide medical relief and refreshments for the entourage of players.

“This event is better than I expected it to be. The quality of the fields, the facilities and the hospitality are all very good,” expressed Professor Fumio Morooka, Guest-of-Honour for the event and board member of the WFDF. “This event has great meaning to develop this sport all over Asia. The location of Singapore is central so it’s easy to get together. We are aiming to make this sport an Asian Games medal sport and I’d like to thank Singapore for organizing this.”

After two days of grueling round robin matches, the champions were finally crowned at the finals that were held on 11th of August. In the Open Division, Team Bisaya Wild Mongrels from Philippines took home the victory in the match versus the Crackerjacks. In the Mixed Division, Ellipsis from Australia came in first place after edging out competitors like Sunken Pleasure and Mixed Nuts, who came in as first and second runner-ups respectively.

“We are very happy to have won the tournament. This is our first tournament outside the Philippines. It was not only about the games but also about meeting friends from all over Asia,” expressed Wendall Simbulan from the winning team, Bisya Wild Mongrels.

The event was a major success, having seen teams from all regions come together to compete in the name of Ultimate. “We are very excited to be having this event in Singapore for the first time. It is great to have the support from the Singapore Sports Council as well,” shared Lance Dubos, former President of the Singapore Ultimate Players Association.

The tournament, despite being held over the long weekend holidays, saw many local enthusiasts putting in their fair share of effort and support to see the tournament through.

“I am playing with a foreign team and we are here to have fun and play hard. My team is made up with players from different parts of the world like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Malaysia and the Philippines. I’m really excited to be apart of this and I hope Singapore can host more events like this,” said Chan Yen Hau Nicholas from Team Naga Thailand, a Singaporean Ultimate enthusiast who participated in the tournament with his friends from abroad.

With such positive responses from participants, it may just be possible for AOUCC to come back to Singapore again. The event concluded with a prize presentation and closing ceremony, where Fumio showed his gratitude to the organizing team for the event and shared some of his thoughts, “It was a great tournament. We would like to have more of these tournaments in the coming future and we sincerely thank Singapore’s hospitality.”

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