Over this past weekend, 8 ultimate frisbee teams from across Asia gathered for the Hong Kong Pan-Asian Tournament 2005, each vying for the coveted spot at the top of the podium reserved for the tournament’s champion.
After two days and seven grueling games, only one team was left standing: Shanghai‘s very own HuWa (沪蛙 or Shanghai Frogs), a team of 14 expats (9 men and 5 women) who live, work, and study in the city of Shanghai. The championship is the second this year for HuWa, who also took home the crown from their home tournament in June.
The final game on Sunday was a highly contested match between Shanghai HuWa and Beijing‘s Flaming Maos, a 2.5 hour slug-fest that showcased some of the best frisbee talent living on mainland China, including Alec “The Toe” Hutson, Jim “Puddle of Water” Kerchoff, and Rupert “Jesus” Alesbury. When the dust settled, it was HuWa that emerged victorious from a contest that just as easily could have gone to the Maos.
So what’s up next on the Asian ultimate calendar? The 3rd Annual Manila Spirits International Tournament, one of the craziest, most competitive athletic events in the Eastern hemisphere. The Manila tournament takes place on the weekend of November 26-27 and promises to be a real barn-burner, as all of Asia looks to knock off perennial tournament favorite Singapore Freakshow.
Whether Shanghai HuWa can continue its winning ways is left to be seen, but one thing is certain: ultimate frisbee in Asia is alive and well.
Want more information on ultimate frisbee? Check out these links:
- Shanghai Ultimate Players Association (SUPA)
- Ultimate Handbook
- A Fun and Illustrated Guide to Ultimate
Photo from the Philippine Ultimate Homepage