GCC Team

The first of the big tournaments for the Open Season (VUL aside) starts next Saturday.  GCC is normally the season opener and it is going to be a big one.  Last count there are 5 HOS and 3 Chilly teams and a couple of other teams.  Of course Drakes wouldn’t miss this and the team we are sending to compete can be seen below. We have 14 players on the roster, with two only playing the Saturday.

More information for the tournament can be found at the GCC Event Page.

GCC FDU Drakes Team
Adam Rappaport
Brendan Butler
Dan Cliffe
Gareth Cook
Joel Pereira
Jose Millan
Kevin Noble – Saturday only
Merric Northey
Nick Harris
Nikhil Sachdev – Saturday only
Pontus Åkerling
Raphael Buelens
Shayne Curry
Tony Dang
Please see  your emails for more details.

Albert Park League Season 1, 2016

Happy New Year Funny Ducks!  I hope everyone had a great break with lots of food, sun and fun with family or friends (or both!).

Season 1 of APL starts this coming Monday and we have been confirmed two teams again.  Unfortunately one team has been placed in Division 3, however this is a great opportunity to take it out and get our name on the plaque once more!

Below are the teams. We tried to accommodate everyone has best as possible.  Unfortunately almost everyone wanted to play Division 2, but as we were given a Division 2 and a Division 3 team, we couldn’t put everyone the Division 2 team and unfortunately some guys even missed out on a spot in either team.  If anyone has any extreme feelings towards the team they were placed in then please let a member of the committee know as soon as possible.  Of course we could always do with another woman or two.

Please note that in the coming month, the committee will put out some guidance on how players can be recognised to be able to move up to the Div 2 team if we consistently happen to have a Div 3 team going forward.  Keep an eye out for that information.

For the first week Funny Duck Yellow – Div 3 has a 6:30pm game versus Kiss Kiss bHang! bHang! whilst Funny Duck Black has an 8:50pm game versus long time rival The Real MUFcoy.  Remaining games are available via  the APL Season 1 2016 Fixture.

If you haven’t already done so, payment of League Fees ($70 for current members, $75 for new members) is due immediately and you won’t be able to take the field unless you have paid.  See your email for details on how to pay.

Without further ado, the teams for this coming season are:

Div 2 Ducks – Black Div 3 Ducks – Yellow
Jesseka Chadderton Annie Hung
Maria Krumnow Georgia Chatterton
Maria Shipulina Hanh Huynh
Nicole VanDewerker Jessica Seward
Sally Robertson Kerryn Herman
Adam “Doc” Rappaport Adam Rignall
Brendan Butler Alex McDonald
Craig Drayton Drew Wakefield
Dan Cliffe Jonathan Khey
Joel Pereira Kevin Noble
Ollie Forster Philipp Hartmann
Pontus Akerling Tony Dang
Shayne Curry Xavier Ang

Special Guest running training tomorrow.

Usual coaches are away, but training is still on tomorrow, being run by a special guest! This week focusing on good decision making.

Register your interest in playing with FDU at Albert Park League in 2016!

It is almost the end of the year, and that means that we start looking to 2016.  Team registrations for Season 1 of Albert Park League (APL) will be open soon, so it is now time to start registering your interest in playing with Funny Duck Ultimate in 2016!

See our APL page for more information and to register your interest.  Looking forward to another great year for FDU!

Results from Day 1 of Victorian Ultimate League 2015

Saturday 7th of November saw the first day of the inaugural Victorian Ultimate League; with 8 Open teams from across Victoria converging on Albert Park for the first three games.  The newly named Princes Park Drakes (Funny Duck Ultimate’s very own open team) took a small squad and were out to continue the impressive performance of last year of not losing to the Division 2 ranked Victorian teams.

Some drizzly and overcast weather and confusion about which fields were being used made for an interrupted start for the day.  Soon though play was underway.

The Drakes first game was against Knox Colossus (HOS) who were much improved and picked up several experienced players since last year.  Whilst Drakes got off to a good start winning the toss and getting the D and score on the first point, it wasn’t such a strong showing for the rest of the game.  Where Colossus were pulling down hucks for scores, Drakes missed some opportunities with several throwaways and dropped discs.  Drakes went down 7-15.  Tyson was our strongest on defense with 4 Ds.  With Doc and Travis strongest on O with 4 assists to Doc and 2 goals from Travis.

After a short break for lunch and the weather much nicer with the sun out burning those who forgot to sunscreen, the Drakes second game was against one of the Chilly teams – Caulfield Cannons.  Doc subbed out for Ao for the second match of the day.  This was a much better game from the Drakes.  We might have lost the toss with this one, but Drakes managed to score the first two points of the game and never lost the lead opening up a 5 point lead at one stage (12-7).  Tyson Hartwig was the star Drake in this game cleaning up on the major stats with 5 Assists, 4 Ds and 3 Goals (equal with Xavier Ang).  Unfortunately the game was marred by several on-going cramps an injuries with an almost savage Cannons team and worst of all a rolled ankle from Travis who took no part in the rest of the day after his ankle swelled up like a tennis ball. Despite this, Drakes ran away to a 15-11 win.

There was just enough time to eat a yoghurt which somehow appeared on the sidelines before the third and final game started.  We were now without Ao or Travis and therefore down to 9 players.  But that was still two more than our last opponent, the second and stronger of the Chilly teams, South Yarra Sharks.  We again managed to win the toss, however were slow off the blocks in this game, despite having more legs, giving the Sharks a 0-3 lead right off the bat.  The Sharks were clinical having a lot of experience on the team, despite giving up to cramp at times due to playing completely savage.  The Sharks took half 1-8 before the Drakes finally found some good flow, however we ran out of time to make a full comeback going down 6-12 (despite getting back to within four points during the second half).  Once again Tyson topped our scorers with 3 points, however this time it was Dan Cliffe taking out the most assists with 4 and Craig taking Tyson’s mantle with 4 Ds for the game.

So that’s a 1-2 record for the first VUL day after probably playing two of the top teams in the competition.  That has us sitting seventh on the ladder.  We’ll see what the next day brings in the first weekend of December.

No training this Saturday due to the Victorian Ultimate League

As most are aware, this Saturday 7th of November is Day 1 of the first Victorian Ultimate League (VUL) where 8 Men’s teams from around the state will battle it out over four one day tournaments per month at various locations.

Due to this our regular training session will not be running.

Day 1 of VUL is being held at Albert Park with games at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:30. Our very own Princes Park Drakes will be represented by a small squad of the following players:

Brendan Butler
Craig Drayton
Dan Cliffe
Joel Pereira
Jonathan Walter
Kevin Noble
Shayne Curry
Travis Foster
Tyson Hartwig
Xavier Ang

It would be great to see some non-playing Ducks to come down and support the guys.
If there is anyone else wanting to join team it’s not too late.

Hope to see you down there.  Good luck Drakes!