Proudly sponsored by

BE Ultimate Jointworks Chiropractic

2013 — Monkeys, Birds, and Maple Leaves


A few months ago, I wrote this article on the dizzying prospects of planning for the 2013 season. And since then, an endless parade of e-mails, conference calls, and deadlines marched through the winter months. I think we may even have invented a form of Morse Code out of confused punctuation (“!? !?!”). But today, with the announcement of the MLU Nighthawks roster, the last official piece fell into place, so there is at least the comfort of something like a plan. And we can finally say something publicly of what 2013 will look like for the Vancouver confederacy of angry monkeys.

The Season

The Nighthawks (Facebook/website) — the Vancouver franchise of the new MLU syndicate — concluded its player evaluation process March 14, under torrents of quintessentially west coast rain. Managed by local ultimate magnate Brian Gisel, and staffed by former Furious greats Andrew Lugsdin, Jeff Cruickshank, and Greg Shiring, the franchise was destined and designed to carry the Monkey’s trust, and our players turned out under the lights in force to try out.

UltiPhotos: Combine Full Coverage - MLU Nighthawks &emdash; nighthawks_combine_20130313_JBP-22

Eighteen members of the 2012 roster joined with eight other hometown heavyweights (from the young Keane Knapp to the renowned Kirk Savage) to form the Hawks. While Furious George extends its official offseason to June, they will spend their spring learning to play the game under MLU rules and formats. The differences are many, and will take some getting used to. From the new Innova Pulsar discs to the 53yd-wide (endlessly wide!) fields, to the freshly-trained referees, there is a lot to take in, and a lot of room for new thinking.


Overlapping this spring schedule, five of our finest (Berezan, Collins, Hibbert, Loach, and Menzies) continue to train for the World Games squad, whilst Collins (coach), Davis (coach), Underhill and a host of candidates also share their time with the U23 national team as they prepare to defend their title in Toronto.

In July, Furious George will regroup and begin the Triple Crown Tour in Atlanta, in the Elite Flight, just before the World Games and the U23 Championships. In August, the Angry Monkey plans to attend the Canadian Ultimate Championships on home turf. Come September, we will being the road once more to the USA Ultimate Club Championships.

Alex Davis

Comments are closed.