Seattle Round Robin
With the July break now behind us, Voodoo is gearing up for ECC and Chicago Heavyweights with a one day tournament against several teams from the Northwest. Thanks to Skip Sewell of Seattle Sockeye for helping to organize and run the tournament.
Voodoo vs. Seattle U23
Voodoo will start the day off agains the Seattle Under 23 team. Many of the players on this team have practiced with Voodoo asome point this year, and that familiarity will make for an intense match up. Much like the Voodoo vs. Sockeye match up, the U23 team will be looking to prove themselves against Voodoo’s established players. Look for explosive offense from the young guns and a more controlled and patient game from Voodoo.
Voodoo vs. DarkStar
Voodoo hasn’t face DarkStar this season as they were on the opposite side of the bracket at Solstice. However, DarkStar played an exciting and close game against Warchild, the eventual Solstice winners. The DarkStar team features a number of good athletes that will be sure to test Voodoo’s deep defense and composure on offense.
The Rest of the Field
Knifefight and Blackfish are both teams that Voodoo has faced before, coming away with wins against both teams. However, early season wins do not always translate to tournaments later in the season, especially when teams have had time to solidify their rosters and get some practice under their belt. Look for both teams to test Voodoo. Blackfish in particular was able to utilize a few standout players to play Voodoo to a close game at Solstice.
The Seattle Masters team is a relative unknown as they don’t attend many of the same tournaments as the open teams and often set their roster much later in the season. As the number one seed in the opposite pool, a matchup against Voodoo is sure to be close. Masters players often employ different tactics and adjusting from a team like DarkStar to the Masters team will be a good test for Voodoo’s adaptability.
Voodoo Vs. Dingoes Preview
Voodoo will be hosting Australia’s Dingoes tonight as part of Australian’s U.S. tour leading up to Worlds in Japan.
Who: Voodoo vs. Dingoes
What: Bashing heads in an international slugfest
Where: Jefferson Park, on the fields located to the SW of the park.
When: 8:30 pm
How Much: Suggested $5 Donation. Proceeds go to Disc NW.
The season has barely begun and some of the Voodoo roster will be playing together tonight for the first time outside of practice. Early success at Solstice has carried over into intense team practices, and that fire will be on display tonight against the Dingoes. The Dingoes were able to take a game from Rhino in their first U.S. matchup this week, coming back from three points down to win 15-14. In their second game against Rhino they fell 12-10. Close games against an up and down Rhino team are hard to judge, but Voodoo will certainly have their work cut out for them.
In preparation for Australian team’s historical penchant for the long ball, Voodoo skipper Ben Wiggins has helped to implement several different zone plays that will both slow down the Australian offense and cause confusion with the end result being poor throwing decisions. Saturday’s overly rainy (some might say monsoon-like) practice gave Voodoo plenty of opportunities to iron out the kinks and establish solid roles within their new defense. Expect lots of high flying plays as both teams test their offensive and defensive weapons and look to make an early splash on the Club scene.
Write-up to follow after the game.
Oh Hai Practice Times
For Voodudes who make it past our first round of tryouts next Saturday (May 12th) we’ll be holding practices on the following times:
Mon 14 @ 630pm – Track/Mini (Roosevelt HS)
Wed 16 @ 630pm (UW IMA Fields)
Sat 19 @ 11am (UW IMA Fields)
Mon 21 @ 630pm – Track/Mini (Roosevelt HS)
Wed 23 @ 630pm (UW IMA Fields)
Sat 26 @ 11am (UW IMA Fields)
Wed 30 @ 630pm (UW IMA Fields)
Voodoo Tryouts 2012
Voodoo will be hosting two initial tryouts. These tryouts will take place on May 5th, in conjunction with the Sockeye Combine, and on May 12th, at a separate tryout for players who were unable to attend the combine or who would like another chance to showcase their skill. Following these two practices, the selection committee will choose a team of players, likely around 25, who will represent Voodoo at Flowerbowl. This team will practice once or twice a week for the weeks leading up to Flowerbowl. After Flowerbowl, final cuts will be made to the Voodoo roster, and players who did not make the final cut for Sockeye will be able to join Voodoo. Please mark your calendars for the following dates:
May 5 – Sockeye Combine (10am – 4pm) @ Magnuson Meadow
May 12 – Voodoo Tryout (10am – 2pm) @ Magnuson Meadow
June 2-3 – Flowerbowl @ Vancouver, BC
June 16-17 – Solstice (first tournament with a finalized roster) @ Eugene, OR
If you are unable to attend either the combine or the Voodoo tryout, please contact the Voodoo captains as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to arrange an alternate tryout to work with your schedule. Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone you think would be interested.