Albert Park Season 4, 2014 Team

Monday 22nd of September sees the final week of Season 3 at APL with Div 2 Ducks playing off for 7th spot and Div 1 Ducks playing off for 5th in their respective divisions.  With MAD league replacing Division 1 next season, there is only one Duck team in the upcoming APL Division 2 league.  This meant unfortunately we couldn’t fit all the guys who wanted to play into the team.  However hopefully all those who missed out will be playing MAD league instead.

With just one week’s break post the Season 3 final, the start of Season 4 is just around the corner.  Without further ado, the Funny Duck Division 2 team for Season 4 is as follows:

Name Gender
Charmaine Hall F
Judy So F
Noy Hildebrand F
Maria Shipulina F
Kerryn Herman F
Jesseka Chadderton F
Kate Robinson F
Shayne Curry M
Jose Millan M
Juan Donis M
Mark Hardy M
Jonathan Walter M
Adam Jay M
Daniel Blau M
Shamai Cylich M

It’s also time to brush up on your rules knowledge. For those who have been playing with us for over 18 months, it’s likely that your previous WFDF rules accreditation is now expired so it’s time to sit the test again. You can brush up on your rules and sit the quiz here.

Wishing the Season 3 teams the best of luck in their final games and to those playing in Div 2 next season, have a great Season 4!

And the Inaugural Ninja Duck Princes Cup goes to…

Ninja Duck Princes Cup WinnersAuthor: Kevin Noble

As the Melbourne spring begins, the Smurfs leave their cozy mushroom houses and make their way over the hill to do battle against the Funny (and mighty) Ducks.

The time was right to legitimise this beautiful rivalry and the inaugural Funny Duck Princes Cup was created – supremacy of Princes Park and bragging rights at stake.

The Ninja Smurfs arrived early and were warming up with conga style drills (?) well before Funny Duck had a full line.  They started strong and pulled away for a convincing early lead.  The Ducks struggled to balance the near savage female line with the mega-epic 11 male squad.  Frustration from lack of game time set in and the team just couldn’t jell. 

Ducks tried a zone but Smurfs walked straight through it, and hucks just weren’t coming down.  Smurfs countered with their own zone which fared better earning Smurf (and sometimes Drake) Martin Montes a great ninja Callahan interception.

Half was a very welcome break for Funny Duck.  We regrouped and managed to finally have a decent team talk.  Male subbing was sorted out and the girls had a well-earned rest.  Frustrations settled.

The second half saw Ducks take three points in a row to close the gap and make for a close finish.  Noy bravely took a Smurf to the face but managed to carry on.  The level of play from Ducks and Smurfs peaked as the half went on.  Offence was patient, grabs were great and point blocks were epic.  Ducks managed to complete the come-back and secure the trophy and we all left wondering when we could do it again!! 

A spirt-game of Ninja wrapped the day up nicely, not before a spint-off with 10 contestants across each of the teams.  Jose “Speedy Gonzalez” Millan, really wanted to take on Ian “all legs” McDonald in a rematch from earlier in the year.  From endzone to endzone the race was on, however the stride length and sprint technique of McDonald was no match for Millan with McDonald beating him by a meter, with Smurf Erik coming in a close third.

Congratulations to Martin Montes and Tut Baldock for being named MVPs from the Smurfs with Richard Edwards and Sangamithra “Dhikka” Rajender being named MVPs for the Ducks.

Let’s hope we meet at VMUC  this weekend for the second installment of the Cup rivalry.  If not, the cup is up for grabs again on the 8th in Albert Park when the two teams clash in Division 2.Ninja Duck Princes Cup Teams

Ninja Duck Princes Cup is here!

After weeks of trash talking between Ducks and Smurfs alike, the inaugural Ninja Duck Princes Cup will be played tomorrow morning at the Duck’s usual training location.  The event is a play-off against the Princes Park residents of Funny Duck Ultimate and Ninja Smurfs as a warm-up prior to the Victorian Mixed Ultimate Championships next weekend.  Kevin Noble has cobbled together a really nice trophy for the occasion with some MVP prizes to boot.

See the Facebook event for more details and don’t forget to let us know if you’re coming to play or merely just to cheer us (or the Smurfs) on!

Ninja Duck Princes CupNote that this is taking place of the regular weekly training session.

Go Ducks!

No training tomorrow – enjoy the day off!

Just a reminder that due to the Monash Kings & Queens tournament tomorrow 16th of August, there will be no official training.  Some people may show up to have a throw, so check on the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FunnyDuckUltimate) to confirm who may be attending.

See you all next week for the inaugural Ninja Duck Princes Cup!

Season 3 starts Monday!

With only one week’s break it seems hard to believe that Season 3 starts tomorrow already!  This was the season last year that saw Funny Duck Black take out the season against the undefeated MUFcoy and repeat again in season 4, knocking out, the again undefeated MUFcoy in the Semi-Final on route to an easy final win.  Can either Div 1 or Div 2 Ducks take out another season?  Who knows what this season will hold for our teams, with Div 1 being a vastly different landscape with many players taking a season off due to the World Club Championships.

There’s been a few small changes to both the teams from last season.  A couple of players have dropped down to Div 2, being both Millan and Hildebrand.  A couple of imports into Div 1 sees I. McDonald, finally getting the call up after a season layoff with injury, and the addition of ‘Doc’ Rappaport, replacing Curry who is sticking with the Div 2 team this season.  Unfortunately we have had late withdrawals, in both Jay and A. McDonald from Div 2, leaving that team with 7 guys for the time being, while the search is on for a replacement.

The Duck flocks or both divisions can be seen below.  The fixture has now been released (and sees a double header for Div 1 for one of the weeks) and can be seen on our league page.  Good luck to both teams this season!

Div 1 Ducks Div 2 Ducks
Amy Thornton Charmaine Hall
Camila Gonzalez Jesseka Chadderton
Joanna Bowen judy so
Sangamithra Rajender Maria Shipulina
Therese Karlsson Noy Hildebrand
Dan Cliffe Camila Gonzalez
Johannes Horlemann Jose Millan
Ian McDonald Daniel Blau
Jonathan Walter David Martin
Adam Rappaport John Hocking
Kevin Noble Juan Donis
raphael Buelens Shamai Cylich
Richard Edwards Shayne Curry

Funny Duck finish 3rd at VIUC!

It was a tough but an enjoyable day with the Mixed Division of the Victorian Indoor Ultimate Championships being held on Sunday 13th of July.

After a 6th showing a last year’s tournament, the team was out to improve that placing.  It was a great start with two fairly convincing wins.  Then came Yarra Ultimate, playing fresh after a bye (and a pretty much non-start first game), Yarra was quick and tall and the Ducks faulted a little with tiredness creeping in.  A 7 point loss was the first for the day.

Despite the loss, the intensity picked up in the next game and another strong win over Wyndham saw the Ducks go 3-1 after four games.  No rest for the wicked and straight into yet another game.  This one against the second Monash team.  Despite the continuous Ultimate getting to us, the height of Dave Martin and Dan Cliffe, combined with the great hands of Camila Gonzalez, the great throws of Koen Alexander and amazing all round play (and possible Duck MVP of the day) of Therese Karlsson saw another convincing win.

For the sixth game of the day (and consecutive mind you) the Ducks had to come up against the only undefeated team for the day in Ballarat (who took out the Men’s division the day before).  The Ducks however were not intimidated and with very calm heads and hands thanks to great movement from all (and perhaps from the calming affect of one Jake Martin) the Ducks managed a 3-0 start by working their way through the zone.  The usually “big field handlers” Sangamithra “Dhikka” Rajender and Shayne Curry with support of all the others and great positioning and patience of Noy Hildebrand worked back and forth until an opening presented itself.  However Ballarat showed why they were undefeated with a run of 6 straight points (so quick that it felt like only half of them were scored from then on it was Ballarat in front for most of the game.  A mini fightback from the Ducks wasn’t enough to save the game with Ducks going down by four.

A bye and then lunch saw the Ducks start to stiffen up, however it was time to play in the semi against Yarra again in order to play off for 1st against Ballarat.  It was a tough and heated game, but Ducks managed to get ahead early. The lead changed several times though the game, but with the Yarra girls (as well as their answer to our “Tall” Dave) catching everything and dominating the game, it was a little too much for team who’s median age was probably 10 years above the opposition.  A few scoring confusions and a controversial end to the game saw the Ducks go down again by four.

It was time for the 3rd v 4th play off against Wyndham, Ducks again started strongly thanks to another win of the toss, however Wyndham showed their never say die attitude threatening to come back at many stages throughout the game, with one run of points almost proving that they could.  Ducks managed to hold their nerve and regained position to come out winners 17-11 in the final game and take 3rd.

It was a tough day, but lots of fun.  Time for another indoor tournament I think!  Who’s up for it?