Monday, April 19, 2010

El Trofeo de La Abuela

Well friends and readers, spring has somewhat come to Madrid in that the weather has suddenly decided to be bipolar. Some days it is beautiful and sunny and warm like spring should be and other days we have lots of April showers. Lots of days we have a mix of the two. Nonetheless this weekend my ultimate frisbee team hosted our annual tournament for the fifth year. It is called El Trofeo de la Abuela (translation Grandma's Trophy) and it takes place in Alcobendas a town a little bit outside of Madrid. It was really nice to have a tournament here in Madrid and the grass fields were awesome! There were 12 teams there, most were from Spain but we had a team from Italy and one from Portugal. We started on Saturday playing the teams in our group which were Beefree a team from Italy and Fendisc, a team from Santander. Although we started the first game with some nerves we quickly settled into our style of playing and made less mistakes. We won our first game then a break. During the break however, we were busy working keeping score or selling drinks and merchandise. We played next against Fendisc and won that game as well! Our last game of the day was against a team in another group, Patatas Bravas from Barcelona. It was a hard game but we played hard to the end of the game and won. It was nice to finish the game going into the semifinals on Sunday. At night we ate a delicious dinner at a tennis club near the fields. It was one of the best meals I have had at a frisbee tournament!! After dinner we had the tournament party which was a lot of fun.

On Sunday morning, we didn´t have to play until 11 which was really nice. At 11 we were playing in the semifinals against one of the top teams, Guayota from Tenerife. Our goal was to get to the finals so we really wanted to win this game. It was a really hard game because both teams were very strong. We were neck and neck the whole game but we ended scoring on the last point of the game (universe point) to win!! We were ecstatic to go to the finals however we were up against a very strong team, Corocotta from Santander. Corocotta had won Costa Brava and we lost to them in finals in last year's Abuela. It was a rough start because it was raining and we were tired from our previous game. However we kept up and we went point for point with Corocotta. As hard as we played, we fell behind by a point at the end of the game and then Corocotta scored the winning point. They won 9-7 which was bummer for us but we were happy to make it to the finals and play a good game. After all the games we announced the final standings and gave our tournament gift. The gift this year was a wristband with the Quijotes logo on it. All of the teams were super excited to be sporting such an awesome team on their wrists haha! When the Quijotes were announced we collected our 2nd place trophy and our wristbands (as seen in the photo above)! Ole! A great ending to all the months we have spent preparing for tournaments. Viva Quijotes!

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