Storm is Montreal's elite women team, winner of the 2010 Canadian Ultimate Championships and still defending its honor with the finest women teams in the country. Storm is now part of the PMSV program made up of Storm, Mystik, Polaris and Vintage, the four competitive women's Ultimate teams based in Montreal (Quebec). In addition to offering joint tryouts, the program will offer a better framework and structure to the development of competitive women’s ultimate in Montreal.
Samedi 20 juillet 2013
Après trois tournois à apprendre à jouer ensemble, cette fin de semaine était le moment tant attendu par Storm afin d’obtenir une place pour aller au championnat canadien. Le premier match s’est déroulé sans embûches, Storm a appliqué ses jeux et a emporté le match 15-2 contre Polaris. Le 2e match de la journée était contre Mystik, une autre équipe montréalaise.
Storm a bien amorcé le match en remportant la première demie assez rapidement. Toutefois, Mystik a levé son jeu d’un cran et le match s’est terminé avec un pointage plus serré de 15-8. Le 3e match du pool était contre les Qub. Malgré la détermination et l’énergie de Storm pour commencer ce match, la puissante formation de Québec a su causer de nombreux « breaks » et l’a emporté 15-5 contre Storm. Storm conservait donc sa 2e place dans le pool et affrontait ensuite ainsi la 2e équipe de Québec, Quarma. Ce match était capital si Storm voulait conserver ses chances d’aller aux nationaux. Pour ce dernier match de la journée, où le vent s’est levé quelque peu, l’intensité était à son maximum. Les points ont été chaudement disputés. La défense était intense, les revirements et les beaux attrapés ont été nombreux. Storm a dû faire l’appel de « power lines » afin de remporter ce match 10-8 et ainsi poursuivre son parcours vers une participation au CUC .
Dimanche 21 juillet 2013 Le premier de la journée était contre Nova. Malgré une victoire de Nova par la marque de 12-3, les joueuses de Storm ont tenu tête aux championnes du tournoi en les forçant à faire des erreurs et jouant des longs points.
Storm a aussi exploité des jeux longs et certains se sont terminés par des beaux lay-outs! Par la suite, Storm réaffrontait Mystik dans un match important pour le classement. Dans ce match qui aurait dû être une formalité, Storm a cafouillé et des lignes ont dû être appelées. Une offensive déterminée, une défensive intense et des « lay-outs D » sont venus rectifier la situation. Une place au championnat canadien était enfin assurée! Le dernier match de la journée était sans conséquence pour les CUC, mais d’une grande importance pour la saine rivalité Storm-Vintage, un match serré en perspective! Un match serré ce fut! Storm avait réussi à prendre les devants dans le match, mais Vintage est tout de suite venu créer l’égalité. Les points se sont échangés d’un bord et l’autre et Storm a réussi à prendre l’avance à la demie 8-7. En 2e demie, aucune des deux équipes n’a baissé le rythme et les beaux jeux ont été nombreux. Au « hard cap », les 2 équipes étaient nez à nez, 11-11, pour un dernier point « univers »! Storm a eu ses chances, commençant en offensive, mais l’expérience de Vintage aura eu raison de nous sur ce dernier point! Ce n’est que partie remise! Bravo Storm pour la qualification!
C’est durant la fin de semaine précédant la Fête du Canada que Storm s’est présentée chez elle, à Montréal, pour affronter les meilleures équipes des environs lors du tournoi Jazz. Storm attended the Jazz Fest, in Montreal, to compete against the best teams of the region and around Texte complet: C’est durant la fin de semaine précédant la Fête du Canada que Storm s’est présentée chez elle, à Montréal, pour affronter les meilleures équipes des environs lors du tournoi Jazz.
L’équipe s’est donné trois objectifs à réaliser durant ces deux jours : appliquer la stratégie, pratiquer le sideline et avoir du plaisir! Sans oublier l’objectif mental qui était de rester positif.
La première partie de la journée opposait Storm à Terra, une équipe master de l’Ontario. Peut-être était-ce l’heure matinale de la partie, mais Storm n’a pas su donner à Terra un affrontement à la hauteur de ses capacités. Étrangement, la D line ressemblait beaucoup plus à une O line, marquant beaucoup plus de points que cette dernière. Défaite pour Storm, 15-10.
Le deuxième affrontement était contre Nova, la nouvelle équipe élite du Québec. Sans contredit, ce fut la meilleure partie de la fin de semaine pour Storm. Des bonnes décisions, des belles exécutions et une défensive sans relâche aura su donner un peu (beaucoup) de pression à l’équipe adverse! Suite à un nombre record de « picks » durant le dernier point, la partie s’est conclue au score de 15-9 en faveur des opposantes.
Pour la troisième partie de la journée, Storm se présentait devant U23 Team Canada East. Ces jeunes dames ont su montrer aux Montréalaises du Ultimate qu’on voit très peu souvent. Malgré une défensive toujours aussi intense, les « under 23 » étaient rapides et précises dans leurs lancers. Très peu de failles se faufilaient dans leur jeu. Défaite de 15-4 pour Storm.
Le samedi s’est terminé contre Vintage, les masters de Montréal. Il faut savoir que les Stormettes n’abandonnent jamais et donnent toujours un niveau de jeu intense à leurs adversaires. Toutefois, l’expérience de Vintage a eu raison de l’équipe qui s’est inclinée après une belle bataille.
Le dimanche a commencé plus tardivement pour les filles de Storm. En effet, un manque de terrain a fait en sorte que l’équipe dut subir un forfait contre U23 TC. Ainsi, les Stormettes se battaient donc pour la 5e position à leur arrivée à Douglas.
Storm affrontait d’abord P77, l’équipe « party » de PPF. Storm a laissé échapper 2-3 points au début de la partie et par le fait même, la victoire. En effet, de nombreux revirements ont empêché les joueuses de combler l’écart qu’elles avaient creusé. Triste défaite de 12-9 pour Storm. Le tournoi Jazz s’est terminé pour Storm avec un affrontement contre Stella B, une équipe de l’Ontario. Notre défensive de zone a fait ses preuves face à cette équipe un peu moins expérimentée. Storm a su prendre avantage de ses atouts et en est ressortie avec une victoire de 11-6.
Notre prochain rendez-vous : les CQU7. D’ici là, Storm prend bien note de ses forces et ses faiblesses et reviendra beaucoup plus forte pour les qualifications régionales! Don’t mess with dynamite!!
L’équipe de Storm s’est présentée au Boston Invite avec une fébrilité palpable de se démener sur le terrain! Les joueuses avaient hâte de démontrer la synergie qui s’était développée au cours des entraînements qui avaient précédés le tournoi.
Les trois objectifs qui devaient orienter leur jeu durant le week-end étaient : appliquer la stratégie, avoir du plaisir et altruisme (travailler en équipe).
Dès 8h30 samedi matin, le tournoi américain a débuté avec l’équipe new yorkaise Brooklyn Book Club comme adversaire. Il y a eu une belle exécution dans les stratégies tant à l’offensive qu’à la défensive, qui a d’ailleurs créé beaucoup de revirements provoqués par l’équipe adverse. Malgré cette discipline, certains éléments étaient à retravailler notamment le partage de l’espace du terrain entre les joueuses, l’intensité et l’agressivité envers le disque. Après un match où Storm a démontré une volonté particulière de jouer intelligemment avec ses coéquipières, le match s’est terminé avec un score de 15 à 5 pour l’équipe montréalaise.
Suite à cette première victoire, Storm affrontait ensuite Mother Apocalypse. Storm a démontré une intensité soutenue malgré la baisse d’énergie de l’adversaire, en plus d’offrir une meilleure offensive par le biais de bonnes lectures des longues passes. Autant la stratégie « men to men » que la zone ont été efficaces pour empêcher l’exécution facile de l’équipe adverse. Le pointage final, en faveur de Storm, s’est arrêté à 15-3.
Seacoast, originaire du New Hampshire, a été la 3e équipe qu’a rencontrée Storm au Boston Invite. Lors de cet affrontement, les Stormettes se sont bien démarquées alors qu’elles ont maintenu une bonne exécution tout le match. Toutefois, Storm a connu une baisse d’intensité, probablement due à la chaleur intense, causant à l’occasion un manque de finition dans certains lancers. Marquée par plusieurs revirements, la rencontre a permis à Storm de marquer 15 points alors que du côté de Seacoast, elles n’en ont complété que 7.
La synergie était à son comble durant le tournoi alors que les joueuses de Storm disputaient un match contre ROC, une équipe de Rochester. En effet, les décisions prises ont organisé un jeu intelligent et non précipité.
Une meilleure utilisation de l’espace et compréhension de la présence des coéquipières sur le terrain ont permis un beau « flow » en offensive. Beaucoup de plaisir sur le terrain! ROC s’est inclinée 1 à 15, contre Storm. Suite aux victoires de la veille, Storm avait hâte de retourner au jeu le dimanche matin. Au programme, elle affrontait Lily, une équipe composée de Torontoises. Malgré que la défensive manquait un peu d’agressivité, Storm a su capitaliser sur les revirements en les utilisant intelligemment. Par ailleurs, la « cup » aurait dû être plus serrée et la force backhand mieux ajustée. Malgré tout, Storm a terminé gagnante de ce match avec un pointage de 15-6.
À l’aube de l’avant-dernier match, les joueuses de Storm ressentaient la fatigue les envahir avant le début de la rencontre contre Vice, originaire de Boston. Elles ont toutefois livré une performance épatante en maintenant une intensité notable, particulièrement en défensive et ce, jusqu’à la fin de chaque point. Quelques décisions ont été précipitées, causées notamment par le vent et la baisse d’énergie. La zone a néanmoins été efficace même si une meilleure rigueur dans la communication aurait été souhaitée. Le score final favorisait encore une fois Storm alors qu’elle a terminé avec 13 points contre 4 pour Vice.
Avec 6 victoires en main, Storm s’est ainsi qualifiée pour la finale de sa catégorie. Au terme de Boston Invite, Storm affrontait The Collective, une équipe basée au Nouveau-Brunswick, et qui a choisi de ne pas donner sa place facilement. Storm a disputé le match jusqu’à la fin en imposant son intensité. Le manque de patience au niveau de l’exécution des stratégies offensives a engendré une mauvaise connexion entre les « handlers » et « cutters » sur le terrain et ainsi coûté quelques points. Malgré une énergie et une intensité constantes, Storm n’a toutefois pas su démarrer rapidement certaines de ses attaques. La suractivation des joueuses a servi à quelques reprises, assurant une zone efficace contre l’adversaire. Tous les efforts déployés et la détermination d’acquérir cette première place n’ont pas suffi à Storm qui a terminé derrière The Collective, occupant la 2e place au classement final, avec le score de 10-9 inscrit au tableau.
Storm attend maintenant impatiemment la venue des CQU7 qui se tiendront les 20 et 21 juillet prochain. Avec l’objectif ambitieux de se présenter aux CUC, l’équipe redouble d’efforts lors de ses entraînements d’ici le tournoi, car elles comptent bien se tailler une place de choix au classement.
Les Stormettes sont prêtes!!!
Un début de saison prometteur pour Storm!
Samedi 18 mai 2013
Le FrisbeeFest était le premier tournoi de cette saison 2013 pour la nouvelle formation de Storm. Avec une équipe complètement renouvelée, ce tournoi avait pour but d’apprendre aux filles de Storm de jouer en équipe avec discipline, communication et plaisir! Le premier match pour mettre en application toutes ces semaines de pratique a débuté à 10 h 45 contre Polaris sous un beau soleil et un vent léger. Storm a donc appliqué une défensive de zone (la cup) tout au long du match. Cette défensive a forcé Polaris a utilisé ses « handlers » pour bien circuler le disque et elle a mis une pression qui a ainsi réussi à créer de nombreux revirements. L’offensive de Storm s’est faite un peu hésitante dans ce premier match malgré une victoire de 13-1. Les passes courtes ont fait le succès de ce match, les longues passes étant plus discrètes! Trois lignes de joueuses se sont alternées et la chimie au sein de ces lignes a commencé à se développer.
Le tournoi bien entamé, Storm affrontait ensuite Quarma, ancienne rivale pour les anciennes de Mystik! Quarma a attaqué le match en instaurant une zone défensive sur le premier point, mais Storm a bien réagi et la zone de Quarma n’a plus été revue. Storm a aussi bien joué contre le « hardest » de l’adversaire pour prendre les devants dans le match. La défensive de zone de Storm a encore une fois été profitable à l’équipe en créant de nombreux revirements. Les points se sont échangés, mais Storm a réussi à conserver son avance dans un match assez serré pour remporter la victoire 10-6. Mentionnons une belle défensive suivie d’un point d’Ève-Marie Huet!
Pour terminer la journée, Storm affrontait Mystik. La défensive de zone a cédé la place à une défensive individuelle avec l’intention de pratiquer le « share » entre les filles. En offensive, Storm a commencé à exploiter un peu plus le jeu long. Dans cette victoire de 9-3, soulignons une belle performance de la ligne 2.
Dimanche 19 mai 2013
Après un samedi soir tranquille, Storm se préparait pour son plus gros match de la fin de semaine si elle voulait changer de pool, l’adversaire étant cette fois-ci Vintage. En offensive, Storm a dû travailler contre une « cup » lors des points contre le vent. La circulation du disque s’est bien faite et de beaux jeux longs ont été vus. L’exécution était de mieux en mieux. Malgré tout, Vintage a pris les devants dans le match, mais la rapidité des filles de Storm en défensive a permis des revirements pour permettre à Storm de revenir de l’arrière, forçant ainsi l’adversaire a appelé des temps morts. Les deux équipes étaient nez à nez (6-6) avant que l’expérience de Vintage ne gagne le point de la demie. Par la suite, Vintage a su reprendre l’avance pour l’emporter 12-8 dans un match très serré. Storm doit tirer une belle leçon de ce match en apprenant à profiter des revirements que la défensive réussit à créer. Ce match a été très prometteur et soulignons entre autres les belles défensives de Mel Aubé, Pâillé et Émilie! Bravo les filles.
De retour dans son pool initial, Storm avait maintenant pour objectif de maintenir sa position. Elle affrontait à nouveau Polaris, les objectifs du match étant de ne pas échapper le disque et de ne pas concéder de points à l’adversaire. Malgré une victoire de 13-0 et l’atteinte d’un des objectifs, le pointage final ne représente pas l’allure du match. En défensive, Polaris a su bien bouger le disque malgré la « cup » de Storm. En offensive, Storm a cafouillé à de nombreuses reprises avec le disque contre le vent. Une autre leçon à tirer pour Strom, plus de discipline et focus!
Finalement, le tournoi se terminait avec un match revanche contre Quarma. Storm a gagné 12-5 dans un match qui a laissé une meilleure impression aux joueuses. Le vent s’étant calmé, nous avons pu voir de belles passes longues, des bris, des défensives, de la communication entre les filles et un beau mouvement des « handlers ». Un bel été en perspective pour les Stormettes!
Montreal Women’s Ultimate Program We are proud to announce the creation of the PMSV program, made up of Storm, Mystik, Polaris and Vintage, the four competitive women's Ultimate teams based in Montreal (Quebec). In addition to offering joint tryouts, the program will offer a better framework and structure to the development of competitive women’s ultimate in Montreal.
Why create a committee? To ensure the sustainability of the program regardless of leadership changes, to free up the leadership so they can focus on their main tasks, to promote the development and performance of each team, to nominate and hire coaches, to foster development and progression of players throughout the program, to facilitate the recruitment and promotion of the program and to develop a sense of belonging within the program. To date, the following six subcommittees have been created and will oversee the 4 competitive teams: coaching, logistics, recruitment & promotion, involvement & volunteering, social and fundraising. Moreover, we are happy to announce thatGustavo Castano and Sparta Humphreys will be the official coaches of Storm and Mystik, respectively. For more information on the PMSV Program and on each team, please visit our website.
IMPORTANT INFORMATIONS – TRYOUTS 2013
Registration: Please complete form before April 4th to confirm your registration.
When: Saturday, April 6th 2013 from 6pm – 10pm (inside turf) Sunday, April 7th 2013 from 12 pm – 4pm (ouside turf)
Where: Saturday: Collège Français Multi Sport Center , 1720, boul. Curé-Poirier Est, Longueuil, J4J 5L6
Sunday: St-Jean-Vianney College, 12630, Boul. Gouin East, Montreal (Québec), H1C 1B9
To Whom: All women interested in playing for one of the program's teams as well as any ladies interested in learning more about women's ultimate (no experience necessary). Don’t be shy! If you just want to develop certain skills, play for fun but intensely for a week end; you are more than welcome to come even if you don’t want to play competitively!
How much: 40$ per player for both days (or 25$ if you can only come one day).
What to bring: Cleats, a white and a black shirt with a number (if possible), water, field food, and your money (cash or check). Don’t forget warm clothes for Sunday since we will be practicing outside. If you need help finding a ride to tryouts, please let us know.
Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. We hope to see you all on April 6th and 7th, 2013.
Storm, Mystik, Polaris and Vintage
On July 21 and 22, Storm participated in the Quebec Ultimate Championships in Laval. As defending champions, the ladies of Storm were very motivated to win again this year and had three tournament objectives: pleasure, performance and adaptability.
The first game was against QUB, a team that had given Storm a difficult time at Frisbeefest and Boston Invite earlier in the season. The teams started off exchanging points, with both teams using the favourable conditions to use the long game. QUB then took the lead to take half and held the lead through the rest of the game.
In the following game, Storm played against Qarma. After several points that were a little chaotic, Storm called a time-out and after regrouping, took the game in hand and won 12-5.
The third game set up Storm against her sister team, Mystik. During this match, Storm was taught a lesson about what a team can accomplish when it wants something badly enough. Mystik, playing very well, took the lead from the get-go. With clean offense and a ferocious defense, Mystik took half 7-6. Storm scored the first point after half and then the hard cap horn blew. The game would be decided on universe point, with Mystik starting on offense. An excellent defensive play by Rio permitted Storm to take possession of the disc near her endzone and to score.
The close game provided a good kick in the pants for Storm from her “little sisters.” After a break, Storm played EXO, with the goal of avenging a loss to the Sherbrooke team in the finals of the Jazz tournament. The Storm ladies came out on fire, scoring the first three points. Unlike at Jazz, Storm used EXO’s poaching defense to hit the open long cutters for easy scores. The team also adapted well to the wind that began gusting right before the start of the game and won handily, 8-5. The win against EXO essentially guaranteed a second-place finish for Storm in round-robin play, and a spot in the finals on Sunday.
The ladies of Storm got a good night’s sleep dreaming of ponies frolicking in the meadows. Early Sunday morning, the team played Polaris, whose defense was very intense as it has been all season long. The ladies of Polaris got many turnovers, but Storm’s experience enabled the team to regain possession of the disc and win the game 13-1.
In the finals, Storm faced QUB again. The team from Québec started off strong, scoring the first three points. The defense by both teams was unflagging, causing numerous turnovers on both sides. However, Storm in particular had difficulty breaking QUB’s zone defense and QUB capitalized well on turnovers near the endzone to score many points. With a final score of 13-4, the ladies of Québec became 2012 provincial champions. Congratulations to QUB and good luck at the Canadian Ultimate Championships!
After a bye, Storm played EXO again for second place at the tournament. EXO’s players were better at exploiting the windy conditions and pulled out the win 10-8. A little pony ride dance following the game enabled everyone to finish the day on a positive note.
Storm travelled to Devens, MA over the St. Jean Baptiste weekend to play in the women's elite division of the Boston Invitational tournament. Out of pool of eight, Storm entered the tournament ranked fifth. The team's original goal for the tournament was to make it to finals but an unusual tournament format (round robin instead of pool play and elimination rounds) meant that win/loss record against all other teams in the division would determine the team's final placement.
At 8:30 am on Saturday, Storm took the field against fellow Canadian team Stella from Ottawa. In a feisty, hard-fought match, Stella took the lead during the first half, forcing Storm to dig deep in an effort to beat the higher-ranked Ottawa ladies. During the second half of the game, Storm tied it up and despite excellent defensive pressure by Stella, the Montreal team pulled out a win on universe point (16-15).
In the second game of the day Storm played Brute Squad, the top-ranked team at the tournament. Storm's main goal for the game against the Boston-area team was to have players gain experience through competition against a stronger, faster, more veteran squad. With a strong defence and an offence that moved the disc rapidly all over the field, Brute Squad won the game handily and we all headed to the shade to get out of the hot sun during our bye.
After a two-hour break, Storm played against Toronto-based team Lotus. The two teams started off trading points until Montreal's offensive players took charge and ran up the score. Supported by excellent defensive W zone and good man-to-man matchups, Storm succeeded in winning the game handily with a final score of 15-7.
Menacing storm clouds could be seen the sky as Storm headed into her fourth game of the day against another Boston-area squad called Vice. And sure enough, after about 30 minutes the tournament directors stopped play because of lightening and all players were required to seek shelter from the oncoming storm. As occurs almost every year at this tournament, the thunder and lightening passed through Devens quickly and teams were able to return to play with about an hour left to complete the final round of the day. Storm defeated Vice 15-8 to finish up the day 3-1, despite suffering the loss of several key players due to sprained ankles.
After a team dinner at the local restaurant, Storm headed back to the hotel to rest up in preparation for an 8:30 am start for the second day of the tournament. Unfortunately, the team suffered a rude awakening on Sunday morning when we discovered that eight pairs of cleats that had been left in the hallway outside of the team's rooms had been stolen in the middle of the night. A mad scramble to track down the missing cleats ensued but it was to no avail. Luckily teammates and players from other Montreal teams were able to lend extra pairs of cleats to those whose shoes had been stolen.
Storm struggled in her first game on Sunday against the Quebec women's team QUB, suffering a loss of 15-5. After a bye and time to regroup, Storm played EXO, Sherbrooke's women's team. The game was well fought on both sides, good spirited and replete with beautiful throws and strong defensive play. Storm took the lead early only to relinquish it before half. The Montreal ladies mounted a comeback in the second half, losing 11-10 in the hard cap.
PPF, another Ontario team, was Storm's final matchup of the day. The women in purple had amazing deep throws, two big layouts catches and excellent spirit. Several times during the game Storm took the lead only to have PPF fight their way back to tie it up. At the soft cap, Storm was up 12-9, game to 14. The teams both fought hard and the ensuing points were long. When the score was tied at 13-13, the teams realised that the hard cap horn never sounded and the game should have been finished several minutes before, with Storm leading 13-12. After some discussion, the teams agreed that one final point should be played with PPF pulling to Storm going downwind. Storm marched the disc downfield only to turn it over near the endzone. With some pressure defence by Storm, PPF turned the disc near her own endzone and Storm punched it in for a score and the team's second win on universe during the tournament.
Storm kicked off her 2012 season at Frisbeefest in Trois-Rivières on May 19 and 20. Despite having to play the 7:30 am timeslot (cleats on at 6:30 am) on Saturday morning, Storm was excited to get on the field together after playing six weeks of split squad in the MUCC competitive spring league.
Storm's first two match-ups were against fellow Montrealers; Mystik and one of the two Polaris teams in attendance. Mystik showed plenty of grit and determination so early in the morning, and there were some lovely cuts and throws from players on both teams (final score 15-2 for Storm). After a few minutes of rest in the shade, Storm began her second game against half of Montreal's newest women's team. Although Storm's experience won out (final score 15-0), Polaris' strong handlers led by Bubbles highlighted just how much depth and talent there is in women's ultimate in Montreal.
After a bye and a walk-through of our new offensive strategies, Storm met Calypso for the third and final match of the day. Calypso, made up of the women from Montreal's Odyssée, several experienced pickups and some junior players, came out strong with excellent cuts, throws and strong positional defense. Storm worked hard to adjust to the higher level of competition and worked on using her new offensive strategies. After losing the first half 8-1, Storm tightened up on defense and played more efficiently near the endzone. The team managed to outscore Calypso 3-2 in the second half before the horn went and the game ended with a final score of 4-10.
On Sunday, the quarterfinal match-up between Storm and Qarma, a team from Québec City, started at 9 am. Both sides played gritty defense in the breezy conditions, which caused numerous turnovers and kept the score relatively close for the first few points. Once Storm got a handle on throwing in the wind, the offense ran more smoothly and Storm pulled away for the win.
For the semi-final game, Storm play QUB, a different team from Québec City. The game consisted of many long points with plenty of strong defensive plays by both squads. In the end, QUB's quick speed, up-line cuts and break-mark throws got the best of Storm (3-11) but there will no doubt be many other spirited, close matches between the two teams this season.
Storm played her final game against Sherbrooke's women's team Exo, led by a former Storm player. The match for third was challenging for both teams in part because it was the first time any of us had played in 30+ degree C temps this year. The start of the game saw several deep looks, smart poaches and unforced errors on both sides. Outstanding cutting by some of Storm's youngsters combined with some beautiful hucks by the team's handlers enabled Storm to take control of the match for the win, and finish the tournament in third place.
We are excited to inform you of the 2012 Storm & Mystik tryouts dates. The invitation is open to all women willing to play at a competitive level in Montreal.
- When? Saturday March 10th 2012 @ 16h30 to 20h30 Sunday March 11th 2012 9h00 13h00( Sunday will be split into two groups: Storm or Mystik)
- Where? Stade Hébert – 7655 rue Colbert, Montréal, H1S 2Y7
- Cost? TBC
- Inscription : Registration form here!
Note: If you can't attend tryouts but would like to be considered for the team, please inform us as soon as possible.
2012 Storm objectives
- #1 Quebec women team
- Participation at the 2012 Canadian Ultimate Championships in Victoria, BC
- Participation at the Falls Series for qualification to the 2012 USA Championships in Florida.
This year participation to the CUC and Fall Series will be two distinct objectives. We plan on having 2nd tryouts towards the end of the season to recruit the best women in Quebec to qualify for 2012 USA Championships.
Tournament (dates to be confirmed):
- TUF Toronto, May 12-13 2012
- WMO Hanover May 19-20 2012 (possibly 26-27th)
- Boston Invite, Boston, July 23-24 2012
- Jazz Montreal June 30 - July 1 (mandatory)
- No Borders, Ottawa July 7-8 2012 (possibly 14-15)
- Regionals, Laval July 22-23 2012 (TBC with FQU)
- CUC, Victoria August 16-19 2012
- Sectionals (September)
- Regionals (October)
- USA Championships (End Oct. - Beg. Nov.) (need to qualify)
- Monday (1 out of 2 weeks)
- Wednesday (every week)
- Weekend practices (1 out of 2 weeks)
Note: Weekend dates will be confirmed at the beginning of the season
- April: MUCC ligue Wedn. nights + theory clinics Monday nights
- May: Regular practices begin
Looking forward to seeing all on the field in top shape!!
Thursday August 11th, 2011
Nearing the end of a season of training and constant progress, Storm is ready to demonstrate all the skills achieved during the summer and the chemistry that has grown between the players. It is with great enthousiasm and motivation that the team starts their first day of the championship, on a clear and sunny day. The warm-up ensues with a palpable liveliness and to the sound of fresh beats compiled for the event. Storm’s first game against their faithful rival Stella (Ottawa) ends in a 13-7 victory, where each player gave all their intensity. Feeding on the past triumph, the Montreal girls fire up their second game against Dames (Ottawa) and prevail with a 14-6 score. After a well deserved break, Storm faces Fusion (Winnipeg). In spite of a good fight, it is not enough to get the game, and Storm is defeated with a 3 point difference (8-11). Still, the girls end the day with their heads up, satisfied with their performance, and with a smile on their face. The tournament has just begun, and the team needs to rest in order to stay focused on their objective: top 4!
Friday August 12th, 2011
Again today, it is under blue skies and low wind that the day begins for Storm. The warm-up, although a little tougher than the previous morning, is still run with high energy and zeal. Although their adversary Capitals (Toronto/Ottawa) is seeded first, the game starts with high intensity, where each girl gives their maximum to get that one break. The only point made by Storm is scored in the first few minutes of the game, for that matter. From that point on, the energy stays high, but many unforced errors from Storm faced with Capital’s flawless offense gives the Ontario team a considerable lead to win the game 15-1. Luckily, Storm doesn’t let this discourage them in face of the game against Salty, a Halifax team with high spirits. A decisive win of 15-4 is enough to give Storm the confidence to give yet another good performance in front of Wild Rose (Calgary). For the last pool play game, what better than a 15-6 victory to end the day on a good note?
Saturday August 13th, 2011
Despite an aching body from the efforts deployed in the past days, it is with great determination that Storm faces Fusion, yet again, this time for the quarter final. As Storm is looking to finish top 4, this victory means a lot for the team. The game is kept to a tight score up to 10, where Fusion scores three consecutive points and defeats Storm’s initial goal. Although you can feel the deception, the team decides not to let negative emotions affect their play, and gets ready for the next game against their eternal rival Stella. This great attitude allows the Montreal team to win the game 14-10 and a chance to grab 5th place. A hot battle against PPF (Kitchener-Waterloo) ensues, with many turns on each side. Finally, Storm triumphs with a 14-12 score and a spectacular come back. The girl’s expressions after the game definitely reflect the satisfaction of their performance during the Canadian championship; it is with peace of mind that the team can go celebrate this wonderful end of season.
Congratulations again to the captains, who took this young formation to a whole new level and who never stopped believing in each and everyone one of us, in the team. Without you, Storm wouldn’t be what is is today. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
After a very challenging tournament in Boston, Storm was ready for JazzFest on their home turf. This tournament allowed the team to consolidate certain skills in order to be ready for the CUC qualifications. With the Provincial championship fast approaching, it was time for Storm to step-it-up. http://scores.usaultimate.org/scores/#womens/tournament/943
Saturday Game 1 vs P77
he Storm ladies were on time and ready for their first game of the tournament, unlike some P77 girls who celebrated a bit too much the day before. The warm-up was effective and well executed, and Storm was ready to take on any challenge. Part of the P77 roster was on the PPF team that beat the Montreal girls in Toronto. Storm was thirsty for revenge, and was thoroughly satisfied with a 15-5 win.
Game 2 vs Qarma
This new Quebec team, against whom we played at White Mountain, was not to be taken lightly. Despite some unforced errors on both sides, Montreal still pulled it off with a 15- 1 win.
Game 3 vs Vintage
Storm seemed to be facing some problem with third games on tournaments, and this was no exception. With a short roster, physical and mental fatigue was starting to take its toll, and mistakes were multiplying. Vintage, a very experienced Montreal team, dominated 15-5. But the tournament was just beginning, and Storm wasn’t ready to abandon ship...
Game 4 vs Lotus
For this last game of the day, Storm as we know them was back with all its vitality and was looking for a big win. With a 12 people line up and the sun still blazing, the girls got their second wind and played with as much intensity as their first game. Lotus did a nice last minute comeback towards the end, but it wasn’t enough and the game ended at 15-7 for Storm.
Game 1 vs Exo
The first game of the day was against Exo, Sherbrooke’s women’s team. They arrived well prepared and used a cup defensive. During the first half, Storm took longer than expected to adjust to this D. Fortunately Montreal came back with a 3 point gainer and created the final score of 10-8 for Storm.
Game 2 vs Vintage (semi final)
This game against Vintage was awaited by many, especially by the captains that had elaborated different strategies to adjust to the opponent’s tactics. Storm was better prepared and was looking for revenge. The team tweaked its offense to overcome Vintage’s sharing strategy. Storm started off strong with a 4 point lead, but faster than you can say TURN! the all-talk no practice team caught up. The rest of the game was tight, with the score gapping by only one or two points. The last point was played on a Universe; after some nail-biting turns on both sides, Storm leaped for the last crucial point, and victory was theirs.
Game 3 vs Stella
For the first time this season, Storm was playing in finals. Stella has always been a rival team, although Storm won by a considerable difference in Toronto. This tournament, we had quite a different team in front of us; Stella had a couple girls from Capitals, and had gained considerable experience during the last month. Storm wanted to break the third game curse, but it took a while before they actually started playing. Stella had come from a shorter game and had time to recompose before the finals, whereas Storm had played to the horn at the semi final. The Ottawa team took a 4-0 lead, but Montreal showed enormous character by not letting physical fatigue affect their mood and determination. It’s with high intensity that the finals ended, and a 12-11 win by Storm on home turf!
As third tournament of the season, Storm played at the Boston Invite. This is a high calibre tournament with some of the best teams in North America and it was a great opportunity to play in the elite division.
First game: Storm vs Hot Metal
Hot Metal is a young team from Pittsburgh. As the first confrontation, we had a good chance against a fast and physical team; like many of the american teams. We had some problems completing our throws at the beginning of the game, maybe a signs of being nervous, but we make some adjustments and we started to come back into the game. However, it was too little too late and we lost that game 15-12.
Second game: Storm vs Capitals
After a two hours break, we met Capitals; finalist of UPA championship last October. We knew that it would be a really tough game and the score reflected that. All the girls gave a really strong performance. We got some great D's but had trouble converting these into points. Capitals took the half 8-1. Our captain challenged us to come out strong and to score 5 points in second half. This was what we did and the game ended at 15-6; a marvellous effort against a very strong opponent.
Third game: Storm vs Ozone
Ozone is a team with lots of experience and great technical abilities. Their players were well versed in the long game and used it effectively. We gave a great opposition and had some really tough points, but the experienced side finally pressed their advantage and the game finished at 15-9.
Fourth game: Storm vs Bent
Last game of the day. Another game in our reach. We were really up for this game and we came out intense. Again, it was a game of strong D but we just were not as efficient on O and Bent eventually run away with the game at 15-11.
Fifth game: Storm vs Safari
It was an intense first game on Sunday morning, each team wanted the win and the right to progress to the quarter finals. We started strong and took the first few points, but it was not enough to turn over Safari. In this 2 hours marathon-game, we traded points in much of the game but Safari took some decisive break points and took the game 14-11.
Sixth game: Storm vs Green Means Go
Without a break, we started our last game of the tournament. We were a bit lethargic to start but we eventually got ourselves into the game. Green Means Go eventually took half 8-7. The fatigue was beginning to show within the team at this point and Green Means Go showed a bit more killer instinct and took the game.
This tournament was always going to be tough and we were not disappointed. It was a great opportunity to test ourselves against some of the best teams in North America; including some of the best players in the world. The weekend, unfortunately, ended with 6 loses but there were a lot of close battles in each game, and overall, the girls were really committed and gave their all over the weekend. The progression of the team throughout the tournament, was there and we were able to raise our level. The weekend was a good learning experience and has shown that we need to be slightly more efficient on O to be able to convert these close loses into wins.
Next stop : Jazz Tournament, Montreal, 2nd and 3rd of July.
Storm 2011's attended its first tournament in Toronto on May 14th and 15th. Their goals were to develop team cohesion and to get to know each other on the field, and these objectives were well reached. The team also worked on some other aspects of the game, such as being stable and taking smart decisions. The Storm ladies had had the chance to play as a unit during practices; however this tournament was really the first ground test. As the day progressed, the players demonstrated a greater chemistry on the field, which definitely improved the flow of game. It is just the start of the season and there is still a lot to learn, both individually and as a team; nevertheless Storm is off to a very good start.
First game: The tension was high: not only was this their first game, it was also against a team that had a lot of rivalry with Storm. Stella (Ottawa) exploits a very physical style of play, but Storm deployed a new approach that proved to be successful. With a good lead at half, the Montreal team never let their guard down and stayed intense all the way through, which allowed them to win the game with a comfortable 7 point lead at 13 to 6.
Second game: Fueling on the past victory, Storm went on to face Lotus (Toronto). This time, the pace was set faster, but the game proved to be less physical. The girls repeated the exploit with a final score of 13 to 6.
Third game: After a much deserved game break, it was time to play PPF (Waterloo). The intensity of the first games had worn out, and the girls didn't show up until half time after trailing 4 points at 5-1. It was time for a comeback, and Storm got back into the game by taking it one point at a time and by concentrating on the basics. Unfortunately it was too little too late, and the dream team hung from a thread ending the game at 9 to 10 for the Ontario team.
Fourth game: Storm called on the rain for the last game against Who. Their legs were getting heavy and the fatigue was kicking in as little mistakes started to accumulate. Nevertheless, Montreal dominated the game with a 13 to 2 win.
Unfortunately, the storm had spoken and the fields were filled with water, so the Sunday games had to be cancelled. With three victories up their sleeve, the team finished third overall!
With this new season comes a new leadership team already very enthusiastic about taking on the challenges that await Storm this summer. The leadership team is composed of:
- Cathy (“Kattsee”) Janvier;
- Mélanie Prescott;
- Isabelle Lemay;
- Frédérique Asselin.
For those of you interested in perfecting your running technique, we’ll have running training sessions at the Claude Robillard Center starting Monday January 17. The sessions will be taught by Alex Doré of Spécifik Performance, a consulting business in physical activity. The sessions will be held on Monday evenings starting around 8 PM (exact starting time to be confirmed.) The cost is $10 (+ taxes)/session/person (please note that this does not include access to the Claude Robillard Center’s running track which costs about $40.) To sign up: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=fr&pli=1&formkey=dHl3RS1VQUZ...
We also invite you to sign up for the women’s league that takes place every Wednesday at the Loyola Campus of Concordia University. It’s an excellent way to stand out and meet us. All of the details can be found on the website of the AUM: http://www.montrealultimate.ca/
Open tryouts for all of the players interested in joining Storm for her 2011 season will take place this Spring. The exact date and time are to be confirmed. As soon as we have more details, we’ll keep you informed.
If you have questions, do not hesitate to communicate with us. Otherwise, happy training everyone!
At last weekend’s Canadian Ultimate Championships held in Sherbrooke, Storm took home the gold, with a resounding 15-6 win over Stella from Ottawa. Now in its 8th year of existence, Storm has always reached the quarter-finals, and has been in the semis-finals every since year 2006. In 2008 in Calgary, Storm made it to the finals but unfortunately lost to Stella 15-11 in a hotly contested battle. This year, the team was formed in early April, in order to prepare for its participation at WUCC in Prague. Under the tutelage of our coach, Lorne Beckman, Storm had an impressive debut on the world stage, finishing 13th. However, our goal for 2010 was always to win a nationals championship.
Our tournament in Sherbrooke started on Thursday with pool play against Lily from Toronto, PPF from Waterloo and Mystik, our sister team. Although a little rusty after the long post-worlds layoff, Storm finished the day with a 3-0 record, having had 14 goals scored against them. Pool play was completed on Friday morning, with a resounding 15-2 win over Fusion followed by a 15-0 win over Salty. Having assured ourselves a spot in the quarter-finals, we was able to relax for the rest of the day and cheer on the Montreal teams. However, it was back to business Saturday morning, with a quarter-final match up against Wild Roses from Calgary. Momentum had been slowly building since Thursday morning, and the team was focused on playing efficiently, and delivered a 15-2 victory. This set up the match that we had waited for since game 1: a semis match-up against Lotus, from Toronto. Storm arguably played its best game of Ultimate ever, and before we knew it, the game was out of reach and a spot in the finals was assured with a 15-2 win.
This set up a re-match of CUC2008 against Stella. The conditions were similar: bright, sunny and quite windy. However, there was never a doubt that Storm was not going to be intimidated by its opponent or the weather conditions. Storm took half at 8-4, and put the game out of reach early in the second half, sealing the victory on an up-wind flick huck to a striking handler. Not only did Storm win gold, we also won the spirit award, a true testament that the Spirit Of The Game can exist at the highest level of competition.
Storm would like to thank all supporters who made the trip down to Sherbrooke, and supported the team throughout the season. Next stop, Fall Series, and hopefully a trip to sunny Sarasota!