Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Cremas Beach Challenge
After a couple weekends of not doing to much because the weather has been really terrible here lately (lots of rain and cold boooooo), I got to go to another frisbee tournament!!! This time the tournament was on the Castelldefels beach near Barcelona and it was a women´s tournament. Since our team usually plays coed Ultimate we don´t have a ton of opportunities to play/practice with the girls we do have. However, the girls team in Barcelona organized a women´s tournament since there really aren´t that many. We had 7 girls from our team go to the tournament and another girl who plays for a team outside of Barcelona met with us there to play on our team. The tournament was on the beach which was really fun but I am quickly learning that beach ultimate is almost a different game than grass ultimate. It is a lot more difficult to run and cut in sand so everything takes a lot longer in beach ultimate and is a lot more tiring. Since there is no beach in Madrid we don´t have the opportunity to practice on beach, it is a bit of a disadvantage. However, I got to layout lots of times over the weekend so I was really happy!!! We played four games on Saturday against a team from London, 2 teams from Spain, and one from France. We won the first game but then lost the next 3. After a delicious dinner of salad, jamon, pineapple, and pasta and then a fun party on Saturday night we woke up ready to play Sunday! We won both our games on Sunday which was really exciting, finishing 3 and 3. Not bad for a team that never practices together. We are going to try to make an effort to practice together more as a women´s team so we can be ready for other tournaments. Although I really like playing coed, I do miss playing on a women´s team in some ways. At the end of the tournament, we finished 4th out of 7 teams. The icing on the cake to a great weekend, was that our team won the Spirit of the Game award!!! We won a giant plastic Chupa Chup (the lollipop brand here) filled with lots of lollipops! It was great to fly back carrying our massive lollipop with us through the airport. All in all, an awesome weekend playing my favorite sport!