ELCHK Lutheran Academy (LA) were crowned champions of the third Ultimate Frisbee Inter-school Tournament last Wednesday. They thrashed Chinese International School (CIS) 7-2 in the Division A final held at Tai Hang Tung Recreation Ground in Prince Edward.
LA’s Jonathan Tang Chung-hei, 17, and Heidi Lee Sin-yi, 16, were named the tournament’s most valuable players. Cherrie Chan Ho-kwan and Andrew Cheung Yun-shing, both 17 and also from LA, claimed the Best Spirit Awards.
A team wins a point when players pass the disc to their teammate in their opponents’ end zone, which is similar to an end zone in American football or the in-goal area in rugby. Players holding the disc have 10 seconds to throw it; they cannot run with it. If the player holds it for too long, drops it, travels with it, or the pass is intercepted, the other team gets a chance to score.
Top frisbee handler Jonathan said LA’s game plan in the final was successful.
“Our offensive strategy was based on the horizontal stack, which allowed us to create more spaces to attack. I’m also satisfied with my teammates’ basic techniques, such as passing and receiving the disc, which were key to the victory. It is very difficult to carry out an attack if players don’t have those skills,” said Jonathan.
Jonathan was the only local frisbee player to win the Mythical 7 Award at the Shanghai Youth Open. The event, held on May 28-29, is the mainland’s largest frisbee tournament for young players. He played for the HK Afra team, who finished fourth in Shanghai.
Jonathan said CIS was a formidable team, but a number of experienced players could not play in the final because of exams. “It would have been a totally different story if the CIS fielded a full-strength team,” he said.
LA coach Apple Chapman praised the team for their consistency. “Today they didn’t make a lot of mistakes. Their basic techniques are good,” she said. “Good passing and high speed helped us overpower our opponents. We used our skills and good coordination to carry out our attacks.”
In the Division B final, United Christian College beat Renaissance College 4-3 to clinch the championship.
The competition was organised by the Hong Kong Ultimate Players Association.