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‘M’ and ‘M’, Catfish prevail in 6th Annual Saipan Ultimate Land and Hat Tournament

MIKE Manglona ended a hard-fought game to hand Team ‘M’ and ‘M’ an 11-10 victory over Team ‘Eh? at the Marianas Resort ground on Saturday while Catch Fish edged Big D’s, 5-4 at Fiesta Resort & Spa beach on Sunday in the 6th Annual Saipan Ultimate Land and Hat Tournament.

This year’s event drew players from Guam as well as players from Hong Kong, China, and Russia.

The land tournament was a hard-fought game said ‘M’ and ‘M’ team captain Trey Dunn.

They put up an early lead but Team Eh? caught up and took the upperhand halfway to the end.

‘M’ and ‘M’ came back but Team Eh? just won’t give up easily so they tied the game, 10-10.

Towards the end however, the disc landed in the hands of Manglona who went ahead and scored the winning point.

“It was a hard fought game. We went back and forth and we were ahead by few points and the other team came back and got ahead. And we just score one more point in it. It was very close game and the last point was very hard-fought,” Dunn said.

The members of Cat Fish hold their prize discs during the awarding of 6th Annual Saipan Ultimate Land and Hat Tournament at the Fiesta Resort & Spa beach on Sunday.  Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

In the Hat Tournament on the beach, Cat Fish captain Jess Williams who played her debut game this year had good reason to be confident. Her team was made up of experienced players.

“They played great, our whole team. But it went 4 to 4 in the end but we still scored the winning one,” Williams said.

Taking the most valuable player award in the land tournament were Nardson Ambalalan among male players, and Lida Shiskina among female players.

In “hat” tournament, the MVP award went to Jess Toft.

This tournament is to encourage newcomers to learn more about the game of Ultimate Frisbee, improve their skills, and play a fun, competitive game. It is also an opportunity to play with off-island players.

This is a “hat” tournament. Teams will be picked from several hats. Players will rank themselves based on experience and athleticism. Each hat will have players with similar experience/athleticism. Each team will have several players from each hat or level. This is to encourage evenly matched teams and that everyone from seasoned veterans to newcomers will have a good time.

Tournament director Amanda Dunn would like to thank the following sponsors: Trends, Inc. dba Naked Fish, Subway, Delta Beers Management, the Dunns, I Love Saipan, Imperial Pacific International, The Shack, Nami Meal, Hyatt Regency Saipan, Pacific Islands Club, WCBU, Tribes and Fiesta Resort & Spa.