The second City vs City competition featured Warsaw Poland vs. Berlin Germany occurred on Saturday February 29th, 2020. The format for the competition was five rounds of 1 vs 1 in which a player was selected from each team to play against each other. Whoever wins the round wins one point for their team. Following the five 1 vs. 1 competitions is a Pairs round where two players perform for 2 minutes; the winning team wins 2 points for their team. That round is followed by the Co-op round where teams of three players compete against each other, and that winning team wins 3 points for their team. The first team to win 6 points wins the round and advances to the semi-finals. If the score is tied after the five 1 vs 1, pairs and Co-op rounds, a sudden death round of 1 vs 1 will determine the final champion.
The judges are Hall of Fame inductees: Bill Wright, Larry Imperiale, and Steve Hubbard. Other staff was Jake Gauthier (Broadcast Director), Lori Daniels (Host), Skippy Jammer (Co-Host) and Randy Silvey (Judging Director).
Berlin Germany Team:
Freddie “Spinner” Finner
Phillip “German PK” Kruger
Warsaw Poland Team:
Round One 1 vs. 1: Tymek Wrotek (Warsaw) vs. Fabian Dinklage (Berlin)
Tymek goes first for Warsaw with a series conservative under the leg passes then loses the disc when it pops off his nail on an inside pull. Advantage Berlin. Fabian answered with some under the leg passes followed by a Skidout to a swoop. Then a set to a spinning Barrel catch. Point Berlin.
Berlin 1 Warsaw 0
Round Two 1 vs. 1: Stefan Dunkel (Berlin) vs. Konrad Patris (Warsaw)
Stefan shows a variety of skills with under the leg passes, some lower body holds. Then swoop, back side kick into a series of rolls and sets punctuated by a mini-Vacation. Advantage Berlin. Konrad responds with some under the leg passes into a tipping combination. He then does a series of brushes and rolls into a standing Flamingo. Berlin takes the point with a split decision by the judges.
Berlin 2 Warsaw 0.
Round Three 1 vs. 1: Philip Kruger (Berlin) vs. Mateausz Gajewski (Warsaw)
Philip starts off with a behind the legs Cove Pull into a consecutive Juice Pull that pops off of his nail. Advantage Warsaw. Mateausz receives a counter throw and goes into a short tipping combination followed by a Skidout. He then drops the disc on a difficult behind the back turnover. Warsaw takes the point:
Berlin 2 Warsaw 1
Round Four 1 vs. 1: Kuba Opaluch (Warsaw) vs. Freddie Finner (Berlin)
Kuba goes first, taking a Counter throw going into a short Tipping series. Then he drops the front side Gitis off of a chest roll set. Advantage Berlin. Freddie does a couple of multiple spin under the leg takes, then sets for a double spinning Under the Back Leg Catch. Berlin takes the point.
Berlin 3 Warsaw 1
Round 5 1 vs. 1: Graf Mordi (Berlin) vs. Kuba Radwanski (Warsaw)
Graf Mordi goes first with a couple of lower leg holds followed by a perfectly executed spinning Flamingitis. Advantage Berlin. Kuba answers with a couple of inverted hold passes into a series of back side kicks ending with an Under the Leg Catch. Berlin takes the final 1 vs. 1 point in a split decision.
Berlin 4 Warsaw 1
Pairs: Fabian Dinklage and Freddie Finner (Berlin) vs. Kuba Opaluch and Tymek Wrotek (Warsaw).
Fabian and Freddie were partners at FPAW Seattle and proceed with some tight choreography doing some fairly straight forward co-ops. Then they performed a series of Speedflow catches perfectly. Fabian covers from a sloppy set, then passes to Freddie for a perfect Bad Attitude catch. At the end of their two minutes they open up their game a bit, catching Gitis, Upside Down Spinning Scarecrow, then the feed ends with 15 seconds to go. Advantage Berlin. Warsaw comes out showing strong energy with some dynamic movement passing the disc back and forth, catching Gitis, then suffer through a few errors with some untimely drops. They are unable to find their initial groove, giving the round to Berlin who wins the Match and the Game.
Berlin 6 Warsaw 1.
Co-op: Graf Mordi, Philip Kruger and Stefan Dunkel (Berlin) vs. Kuba Radwansi, Konrad Patris and Mateusz Gajewski (Warsaw).
Berlin comes out first fresh off of winning the Game vs. Warsaw. They begin their three minutes with some Counter Spin simple passes. Graf begins to push the difficulty envelope a bit. His team mates follow but they don’t quite have their groove yet. The feed gets cut-off with 1:20 left in their routine. Advantage Warsaw. Warsaw starts off with some controlled passes with the disc starting to hit the ground a bit too often. Super Rad rightens his team’s ship a bit with a nice series and a few solid catches. Mateusz shows some skill deep into their routine. Konrad and Kuba both finish strong with a decent team effort. Berlin takes the round with a split decision.
Berlin 9 Warsaw 1
Fabian Dinklage 2 Points
Stefan Dunkel 2 Points
Freddie Finner 2 Points
Graf Mordi 2 Points
Philip Kruger 1 Point
Mateausz Gajewski 1 Point
Re-cap written by Skippy Jammer
Patrick gives an update on some of the Toronto players and the Frisbee scene from the 80’s, which was hot at the time. He fills in some gaps to bring us up to speed. Toronto showed up well in the World Championships in 1995. There were very few players though, and Patrick was worried about totally losing the sport. However, about 6 years ago, new players showed up, and people are playing every day now. Patrick talks about the Frisbeetarians at Trinity Bellwoods Park. How about a hat tournament in Toronto? Would you come?
Bill Wright recently visited Jake & Lori in Hawaii, bearing some special gifts. Randy gives some context. You can view and purchase these discs on wrightlife.com, and the proceeds help raise money for the FPA.
We have some exciting guests coming soon: “Crazy” John Brooks, Larry Imperiale, Skippy Jammer, and one of Randy’s all time heroes, Krae Van Sickle.
Randy reports back on his month in Medellin and the incredible jam scene. He breaks it into layers of experience to explain it all and uses some interesting analogies. Jake and Randy dissect and discuss while comparing the Medellin jam scene to others. Randy shares his pleasant surprise about meeting a great player that had not participated in the tournament. Who is coming to Jammers? Traveling allows you realize it is a big, small, world, and Frisbee continues to be a connector.
Congratulations to Medellin for kicking off the first City vs. City with a win! The next City vs. City, is February 29th, at 11am,PST, Warsaw vs. Berlin, who are the reigning champions.
Format: Five 1 vs 1 battles followed by a Pairs vs Pairs (worth two points) then a Co-Op (three points)
The first City vs City competition of 2020 featured Medellin, Colombia vs Toronto, Canada on January 25th. The format for the competition was five rounds of 1 vs 1. A player was selected from each team to play against each other. Whoever wins the round wins one point for their team. Following the five 1 vs. 1 competitions is a Pairs round where to players perform for 2 minutes. The winning team wins 2 points for their team. That round is followed by the Co-op round where teams of three players compete against each other. That winning team wins 3 points for their team. The first team to win 6 points wins the round and advances to the semi-finals. If the score is tied after the five 1 vs 1, pairs and Co-op rounds, a sudden death round of 1 vs 1 will determine the final champion.
The judges are Hall of Fam inductees Bill Wright, Larry Imperiale and Steve Hubbard. Other staff was Jake Gauthier (Broadcast Director), Lori Daniels (Host), Skippy Jammer (Co-Host) and Randy Silvey (Judging Director).
Round One 1 vs 1: Santiago Sepulveda (Med) defeated Brian McIlwain (Tor)
Brian started things off with a nice inside against the spin crank then did an under the leg set to a straight forward catch that popped out of his hand. Advantage Medellin. Santiago countered with a nice Bad Attitude freeze then a long tipping combo. He set the disc for a nice Bad Attitude catch but the disc also popped out of his hand. Medellin takes the dual.
SCORE: Medellin 1 Toronto 0
Round Two 1 vs 1: Patrick Chartrand (Tor) defeated Monica Correa (Med)
History was made in the next match up. For the very first time a woman competes in a match. Monica Correa throws down a nice combo, showing her skills. Patrick responds with smooth control, winning the matchup for Toronto.
SCORE: Medellin 1 Toronto 1
Round Three 1 vs 1: Brett Schramek (Tor) defeated Pablo Azul (Med)
Brett the Jet leads off with an against the spin behind the back crank to a go set into a huge gitis. Advantage Toronto. Pablo takes upside down Counter spin, turns it over, sets for a matching huge gitis catch but the disc pops out of his hand. Toronto takes the matchup.
SCORE: Toronto 2 Medellin 1
Round Four 1 vs 1: Juan Piercing (Med) defeated Jon Soles (Tor)
Jonny tips the disc a couple of times then tries to take the disc under his leg. But the disc hits his leg before he can get started. Advantage Medellin. Juan takes the counter throw, does a couple of passes then executes a somersault delay move, tips then sets the disc for a basic invert catch that also pops out of his hand. But it was more than enough to take the match.
Toronto 2 Medellin 2
Round Five 1 vs. 1: Jolan Canrinus (Tor) defeated Andres Rivera (Med)
Andres looks fired up to pull off a big move. He does a basic move, then a figure 4 delay freeze. He tilts the disc and sets if for an inside pull that ends up on the dirt. Advantage Toronto. Jolan comes up with some nice pulls and rejuvenations followed by another rev up and an outside kick then sets the disc for a perfectly executed spinning under the leg catch. Toronto retakes the lead. This result also ensures that the match will either be decided in the Co-op round for Toronto, or Medellin has to take the Co-op round to force Overtime.
Toronto 3 Medellin 2
Round Six 2 vs. 2: Jon Soles/Jolan Canrinus (Tor) defeated Pablo Azul/Juan Piercing (Med)
Now the match moves into the Pairs round. Toronto comes out first. Jonny and Jolan display some intricate and accurate passing. Their co-ops are quick and punchy, constantly moving and using space. They’re also catching almost everything. They have 25 co-ops/quick catches with only 4 drops. A solid round for the original freestyle city jammers. Advantage Toronto. The Medellin jammers bring out Pablo and Juan who show great skill by turning the disc over, brushing counter and effectively passing the disc. They have longer combos and end up with 9 Co-ops and only 3 drops. A close round taken by the Canadians. Now The Colombian’s must take the Co-op round to force overtime.
Round Seven 3 vs. 3: Andres Rivera/Monica Correa/Santiago Sepulveda defeated Patrick Chartrand/Brett Schramek/Brian McIlwain. The Canadians come out first with the veterans Patrick and Brian setting the stage for the young shredder Brett the Jet. They execute well and show a strong variety of moves with 20 exchanges and only 4 drops. Things look good for the the team from the Great White North. And now the Colombian’s know what they have to do. It is uncertain if it was a strategic move or if it was the plan all along. But they come out with a ‘shred-or-die’ mentality. They start off with a double disc co-op featuring Monica. Then Andres catches fire executing a double spinning barrel catch. On the next co-op the disc is set for his big catch. He levitates for an instant, twists and catches a crash-and-burn phlaud. There’s more gitis, a big flying Bad Attitude, and more gitis. Then Andres sets the disc for the final catch, an elevated Flamingitosis which he completely nails. What a round. Game on. And now onto Overtime.
Overtime: Andres Rivera defeated Jon Soles
Talk about excitement! A one-on-one dual to decide the Match. Andres leads off with some nice control moves, rolling, brushing, stalling. He sets for a spinning under the leg catch which he misses. A slight edge to Toronto. Jonny Soles does some nice pulls, rerevs, kicks and rolls. Then he sets the disc for the big ending catch which he also misses. Now it’s in the hands of the judges. They confer and decide the content of Andres longer moves were the difference. But by the narrowest of margins.
Final Score: Medellin 6 Toronto 5
Santiago Sepulveda 2 points
Andres Rivera 2 Points
Juan Piercing 1 Point
Monica Correa 1 Point
Jolan Canrinus 2 Points
Patrick Chartrand 1 Point
Brett Schramek 1 Point
Jon Soles 1 Point
Link to the live feed:
City vs City 2020, Round 1 will be live on January, 25th at 1p EST. Round 1 is Medellin, Columbia vs Toronto, Canada.
In Den Hallen 2020 Finals will be live streamed. On January 5th, Chris Bellaj will be bringing us the action from Karlsruhe, Germany. In Den Hallen is an indoor event and one of the first of the new year. As such, it attracts many players who have been pent up in doors waiting for the winter weather to clear. Divisions include Open Pairs and hat draw Co-Op. With at least 29 players committed to attending, this is sure to be a great event.
Thanks, Chris for the stream and to the Karlsruhe crew for hosting the event. Watch it here.
- Daniel compares an old game show, to Freestyle. Apparently both Randy & Jake follow and apply his logic, they all bank it!
- Randy asks Daniel if he could steel someone else’s moves, what would he take, and why? Find out what he says.
- Daniel shares his Cirque du Soleil experience, which was SO cool!
- AND, Daniel has many ideas about continuing to incorporate Freestyle at that level. If anyone can do it, he can!
Exciting News! Because City vs City was such a success in 2019, we will be doubling the number of teams in 2020! Stay tuned to find out which cities will be competing and when to tune in.