We fell short of the championship, but our second place finish positions us well for the rest of the season. Here's a quick breakdown of the weekend:
A cold front (relatively speaking) made warm-ups a breeze as we prepared for the day and to face The Incredible Huck. A team of current high school students and recent grads, they were great sports who are learning a lot about the game. Ultimate is growing tremendously in high schools across North Texas and we're glad younger athletes are being exposed to the sport earlier and earlier.
Final: Risky Business 13 - The Incredible Huck 1
Next up, Balloon Terrorists. Risky started out strong, convincingly taking half 7-3. In the second half, Balloon Terrorists went on a short point streak, capitalizing on some long points. In the end, Risky came away with the win, with a score from Austin Reed.
Final: Risky Business 13 - Balloon Terrorists 9
After some rest and shade during our 1 pm bye, we faced Pandamonium, a team comprised of many of our friends from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. With a renewed sense of intensity, Risky took half 7-3, then went on to win 13-4 to end day 1 of play.
Final: Risky Business 13 - Pandamonium 4
In our 9 am game we faced another DFW team, Flying Dutchman. Both teams came out strong, battling to a Risky lead 7-5 at the half. By dialing in on our offense flow and coverage in the deep space, Dutchman only scored one point in the second half. Risky won the game with Mattina Maloney's cut to the front of the end zone for the score.
Final: Risky Business 13 - Flying Dutchman 6
Since we won out our pool, we cheered on our friends on the open team Plex during a bye, then faced Austin-based team BID in the semifinals. Risky charged ahead, using a combination of zone and man defenses. Tim Records' pull to the back left of the end zone set up the cup in great position, causing a Callahan caught by Huay-Zong Law, one of the many highlight-worthy plays of the game.
Final: Risky Business 13 - BID 7
In the blistering heat of the middle of the afternoon, Risky's final opponent of the weekend was Identity Crisis, another DFW-based team. Focusing mostly on man defense, Identity Crisis took an early lead while Risky struggled to find its offensive flow. Naomi Trang caught two dramatic hucks for scores which helped to rally the Risky team. In the end, unforced turnovers and Identity Crisis deep looks proved too much, as we lost in the finals.
Final: Identity Crisis 15 - Risky Business 6
In the time since 2Finger, we have a renewed focus and intensity in our practices, honing in on our weak spots and bolstering our strong areas. Next is the Chesapeake Invite August 17-18 in Leesburg, VA.