| FLYING ULTIMATE JUNTA
"get high or go home"
ULTIMATE PLAYING, BEER DRINKING
Fuj is a proud participant in the Central European Clubs
2004 Season Finale
here we are, middle of winter, snow and cold in Prague and we're out
there training hard! Oh yeah baby. As Czecj national Champions we
earned the right to go to Rostok, Germany in July and compete in the
European Club Championsips. However, in the spirit of the game, we gave
our spot up to our brothers and fellow hard-core players from the
Prague Devils and Terrible Monkeys so they could combine teams and also
enter an open squad. Fuj has joined up with Mental Discorders of
Slovakia and a couple of our friends from Budapest to form a new squad
Our aim is to kick some butt
up to and through Euros and see how long we can keep on going. So for
now, the FUJ team is on hold although we'll continue to update this
site with the Finger's goings on.
Our first tournament as the
Fingers will be the Winter
League touranment in Vienna the first weekend of March. We'll have
two teams entered, Four Fingers Left and Four Fingers Right.
After that we'll be headed to Rimini Beach in Italy to test our skills
against top flight competition. Here are some hot snaps made last year
of Nate doing his thing on the sand at the Sand Splash
tournament just outside of Vienna.
Revenge in Kimle!
The day had passed, the
temperatures were hovering around freezing and the field was bathed in
the light from the green mercury vapor lamps high above. Not that the
lamps were any good, half the field was dark and half was barely bright
enough to see the disc zipping through the air. Nevertheless, there we
stood, Petr, our captain, with the disc, six meters from the zone, Nate
blazing from the back of the stack for the scoring cut and our first
international victory. How Sweet! But misfortune strikes at the most
inopportune moments, and Nate slows his cut for a second and then
speeds up again but slips and the disc speeds by his outstretched hand.
Chorche from Mental Discorders, our Slovak nemesis, picks up the disc
races to the line and puts out a HUGE huck for Matus, who pulls it down
over a skying Petr for the score, game and tournament. Crushed, we
spent all winter reliving this moment.
Same field, same teams, same tournament, same final, different year.
Again the score is tied in the point cap and after we were ahead all
game, Mental has come back to tie and force the game into the cap. We
take the pull and march down the field in full flow. A laser-like
forehand to Carlos, captain of the Terrible Monekys, another Czech
club, gives us the disc six meters in front of the end zone on the home
side of the field. David makes a hard cut, but Carlos looks him off.
Lukas blazes into the space that David is clearing out of and Carlos
whips a curving forehand to him in front of a diving Mental player and
Lukas snatches the disc out of the air, plants his foot in front of the
line for the score ending the tournament on a far more satisfactory
note. This year we won't have to mull our loss all winter.
In fact, 2004 was a great year for FUJ. Czech National Open Champions,
we won two CEL tournaments, another regional tournament and were in at
least seven finals. We competed in
Paganello, exceeding our seeding by 13 places, finishing third in the
lower pool, our first tournament on sand. We hope to head back there in
2005 and place in the winner's pool. We came on strong, sending good
teams to Rotterdam (13th), Nurenburg, the CEL tournaments and had many
of our players on the Czech Mixed National team
which finished sixth at the worlds in Finland! Is that not hot! We
rounded up the season by hosting the Central European League finals in
Breclav, on the Czech/Slovak/Austrian borders and finishing third and
taking the spirit award! Our sister team, the Hot Beaches
, took first place in
the Women's division at the CEL finals, and are also looking forward to
the Euros in Rostok!
in his hot FUJ Grey jersey, breaks the mark
Petr lays out a forehand in the CEL 3rd
Photo by Helmut
Photo by Helmut Pochart ©2004
2004 CZECH NATIONAL OPEN CHAMPIONS!!!
out in our hot Fuj Blue jerseys from Puma, the Fujaci showed up in
force for the Czech national championships. Fielding a tall, hot squad
of 12 players we decided from the beginning of the tournament to play
possession offense and not turn the disc over. The strategy worked as
we outscored our first two opponents a combined 30-5. We continued
through pool play on Saturday ending with an emphatic victory over last
year's champions, the Prague Devils, beating them 11-6. Our possession
offense worked wonders in that game as we started slowly allowing the
devils to get ahead 4-2 before going on a tear and outscoring them 9-2
to win the game 11-6.
Sunday started slowly because we had to celebrate the Czechs beating
the Dutch in the European Football championships, and we escaped the
Terrible Monkeys, the 2002 champion, in a sudden death match 7-6. In
the semi-finals we romped home 15-6 against Yellow Fever securing our
second consecutive place in the finals for the Czech championship. We
played a savage Terrible Monkeys team and it was a tight game until 7-7
when the Monkeys ran out of legs and the FUJ blue men rang up three
straight points to seal the victory and the championship! Final score
In the four years since the FUJ ultimate frisbee club was formed, we
have finished 4th, 3rd, 2nd and now 1st in the Czech championships, an
inspiring climb up the ladder.
2004 Czech Open champions!
Back row from left: Strom, Mira, Maro, Pablo, Jeff, Iain, Colin
Front row from left: SteveO, Nate, Petr (capt.), David, Joe
A little about the team
Fuji (pronounced Phooey) started
playing as a team in the Czech Ultimate
League in 2000. Before that we were a bunch of guys and gals who played
pickup disc on Letna Plain throughout the 1990s. We decided to give the
league a shot, though, and we had so much fun that we decided to grow
our team, play harder, go to more tournaments and drink more beer.
So we did. We've gone to about 100
tournaments in the last four years and had some stellar finishes like
LAST in the EUCCs in 2001 (27th out of 27!). Not to dwell on past
misfortune, we redoubled our dedication to the game, practice and
getting better players on our team and have started to do a lot better.
Frequently we win the parties which,
suspiciously, doesn't help us win tournaments. We have managed to put
together a bunch of spirit victories, though, like in Winterthur,
Switzerland (2002, 2003), Basel, Switzerland (2002), Rumba Cup (2002),
Winterthur again (2003), and the Czech League finals (2003) so that
bodes well for the future. And three of our players helped the Czech
National Coed team win the spirit award in the 2003 Euros!
After our first victory in last
year's Chrast tournament, FUJ has become accustomed to being in the
finals of tournaments we enter. 2004 has already brought us victory in
our home CEL tournament Celakovice where both our men's and women's
team brought home gold and now the open team has won the Czech
championship. We also combined with Yellow Fever to bring home the gold
in an Austrian coed tournament and a mix of both of our clubs played
against each other in the coed sandsplash tournament in April.
What to do next? Well, we needed to
grow the team. One day on our practice pitch we found a bunch of scouts
who were tossing the disc, so we took them aboard and started to train
them. Then a bunch of women decided disc was a totally righteous sport,
and they came to us for training. So NOW we have three teams, an open
squad which participates in about 20 tournaments per year, a B squad,
which goes to about 8 tournaments a year and a women's
team called the Hot Beaches.
In 2002 some teams from Czech,
Austrian, Hungry and Slovakia decided it would be really cool to play
against each other a lot and try to raise the level of the game in all
four countries. So we founded the Central European league. Each year
each country hosts one tournament and
points are awarded on the basis of teams' finishes in these
tournaments. A final is held between the top eight teams every year to
determine the Central European Champion and bragging rights in the
region for the upcoming season. You can find out more information on
the CEL website, which is listed on our links opposite.
This site is sponsored by Prague
Accommodations, your place to stay while visiting Prague.
- We train
twice a week in the summer, Mondays on Letna Plain next to Sparta
Stadium and Wednesdays at the
training pitch in Suchdol. To get there you need to take the A line
Metro (green) to Dejvicka. Then take the 107 or 147 bus and get off at
the stop Kamycka. Cross the street, go straight for 200 meters, turn
right, walk 200 meters and you'll see flying discs.
We haven't sorted out a winter hall yet, but we are working on it.
Watch this space for more information.
training is open and you're welcome to come out and play with us, train
with us and if you're living in Prague, join one of the teams and go to
STUFF FOR SALE -
purchase one of the hot new FUJ Blue or Red jerseys for 30 Euros.
jerseys are sexy, cool and you'll
be the envy of your frisbee playing buddies wearing either of them.
also have socks from our sponsor Curve
for sale at 4 Euros per pair. These socks rock and are great to
in. Ask any Fuj or Beaches player and he or she will tell you so.
kick ass FUJ socks to keep your feet
So you want
to play and party with one of the most spirited teams in central
Europe? Cool. We want to play and party with you too. The best thing
you can do is drop David a line
If you are already in town and want to
play, give him a call on 608 228 999. If you show up on the weekend
during the summer, chances are we'll be out of town playing, so wait
the weekend out and call on Monday morning.
Brandon lays out on D!
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