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Beast Performances II

Team Canada

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Team Canada Beast Performances: Oscar Pottinger #25

Oscar Pottinger, one of the best-known of all monkeys, possesses without question the most complete trophy case in Canada: he has been there for it all.

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Joining the team in 2000, he has 12 played years with Furious George, at just 29 years old. He has in that time accumulated 1 Junior Worlds title, 3 UPA titles, 2 WUGC titles, 5 CUC Open titles, 2 CUC Junior titles, and 2 CUUC titles. As a captain of the first UBC team to qualify for the UPA College Championships, he finished 3rd in Callahan voting. He has also won the Canadian Championship MVP trophy (the coveted “toaster award”) and has represented Canada twice at the World Games well as being on the World Games team twice.

Over the years Oscar has had many memorable performances, snatching iconic catch-blocks and ripping bombs. His standout beast performance, though, came early in his career in 2002. The Furious George vs. Death-or-Glory (DoG) in the semi-final at the UPA Championships pitted an upstart Canadian team against the powerhouse that had recently won 6 titles. To this day, DoG is arguably the greatest team in the history of the Open division. Marc Roberts was unavailable to play offense. Oscar Pottinger was called up onto the offensive line.

For those of you who do not know, this game changed the face and strategy of elite Open ultimate for years. Tight games were nothing novel, but this game was unique in the staggeringly small number of turnovers for the time. In this epic tug of war, two high-powered offenses met and neither could be stopped. Despite the intensity and effort, there were five turnovers in all (just one in the second half). Another noteworthy fact about this high-profile game was that the final goal was decided by three threafter famous 19-year-olds. Derek Alexander threw to Oscar Pottinger laying out past diving speed-demon Josh Ziperstein for the decisive 17-16 score. It marked the end of the DoG dynasty and the beginning of Furious’ golden period.

A last-minute, game-time change put young Oscar in a position he had not played in before, in one of the most memorable turning-point games in the history of the sport, and he made the play to win this game at Sarasota — the altar and the crucible of ultimate.


Alex Davis

One Response to “Beast Performances II”

  1. match Says:

    Oscar has undoubtedly had numerous moments of glory in his career with Furious/Team Canada. However, the one I will always remember is his layout D on Tim Gehret in the WUGC 2008 Gold Medal Final.

    In a game where Furious was easily the underdog, that block so early in the contest set a tone that Sockeye/Team USA was not prepared to handle. Tim was/is one of the most relentless and feared handlers in the game, but Oscar flew over his shoulder and sent a wounded duck into the Furious sideline. His TC teammates erupted around him, but Oscar’s warrior scowl never wavered and he quickly flipped his defense –> offense switch to convert the break.