After two very grueling days, WTF 2011 is finally over!
Day 1, which was played last July 02 (Saturday), featured the round robin games for all teams. 3 games. 45 minutes each. Race to 11. With very thin lineups during that day (no team had more than 10 players on their roster), it ended up testing every person's endurance. At the end of the day, based on the results of the round robin match ups, the semifinal match ups were:
PULAr Bears vs. Happy BERDE
Team BLUEtongs vs. BLACKheads
The semis and finals were played yesterday, July 09. The point cap was still 11, but the time cap was raised to 50 minutes.
The first semifinal match up featured our special guests Bonnie and Clyde (a.k.a. the Honeys) playing for PULAr Bears and Happy BERDE, respectively. Unfortunately for the BERDEs, one of their main female runners, party girl Jackelens, was out of commission from the PUA Summer League Party held just the night before. As if that wasn't enough of a disadvantage already, the Bears seemed to have a full roster. 13 out of a possible 15 players to be exact. It was like they paid everyone on their team to be there! Hehehe :o)
So with the numbers on their side, the Bears ended up with the win, and finally put a stop to Dino's 4-peat record for WTF competitions.
The second semifinal match up had both teams playing with thin rosters again - 9 players for the Blackheads and 10 for the BLUEtongs. Unfortunately for the BLACKheads, main offensive weapon Lemuelle seemed to have too much of a good time during the PUA Summer League Party from the night before. I will spare you all the details, basta may Bow Tie, Special Chair, 8 seconds, at posteng involved. 'Nufff said. Suffice it to say that Lemuelle enjoyed himself, and probably had one drink too many. Alam ko ito kasi nung binabantayan ko siya, amoy chico pa rin. Hahaha.
It was still a good match up, though. With hucker extraordinaire Mundz added on to the BLACKheads roster, they were able to keep the game close. It was such an even match up that the last point for the game was played for AT LEAST 25 minutes! The score was 5-5, and the point was being played for a few minutes already when a timecheck was called. It was 11:36AM, which gave the teams another 24 minutes to play. Nobody knew that it would be the LAST point of the game.
BLUEtongs ended up with the universal point to victory to barely make it to the Finals.
Battle for 3rd: Happy BERDE vs. BLACKheads
It was the BERDEs handler one-two play versus the BLACKheads' endzone huck connection. Run and Gun vs. Wham-Bam-Thank-You-Maam. The game was tight. Both teams were exchanging points early in the game. At one point, the BERDEs managed to get a defensive break, and scored to lead by 2. The BLACKheads were able to react though, and via their bread-and-butter Mundz to Lems long-range connection, quickly tied up the game.
FYI: Lems scored something like 6 points in this game, almost all of them endzone receptions via hucks.
The game continued to be close until soft cap was called, at which point the BERDEs seemed to have just a little bit more left in them than the BLACKheads. They managed to score the remaining two points to reach the point cap, and close out the game.
Championship: PULAr Bears vs. BLUEtongs
The effort that both teams put into the game was something that a championship match deserved. There was a good distribution of the disc. There was offensive flow. But there were also really good plays on D, which evened things out. Enteng made some fabulous defensive stops right at their endzone, which prevented a couple of potential points for the BLUEtongs. On the other hand, newbie Miko and long-time absentee Kenneth also did a good job on their defensive assignments JM and Enteng.
It took some spectular plays, though, to determine this year's Champions. There were some layout Ds and hustle plays in the game, but these were all overshadowed by the layout goals of the Bears' Secret Offensive Weapon, JP Santos. Goalkeeper na goalkeeper ang dating! Ibang klase ang mga dive.
Despite keeping the game close, it was strength in numbers that finally got the PULAr Bears the win. Congrats to them for being the WTF2011 Champs!
At the awarding ceremony, we gave away a lot of raffle items and special prizes. Here's a rundown of all the awards that were given out:
Champion: PULAr Bears
1st Runner Up: Team BLUEtongs
2nd Runner Up: Happy BERDE
3rd Runner Up: BLACKheads
Most Spirited Team:Happy BERDE
Male MVP: Enteng Catura
Female MVP: Chlods "Robot" Manguerra
Macky "Back from Hibernation" Puentevella"
Lemuelle "Hotlegs/Party Animal" Labadan
Best Defensive Player: Enteng Catura
Best Offensive Player: JP "Layout Boy" Santos
Newbies of the Year:
MJ "Basurera" Awa
Most Improved Players:
Loverboy of the Year Award: Lemwell "8 seconds" Labadan
Oldie of the Year: Bobby Paras
Macky Puentevella Lifetime Achievement Award (a.k.a. Back from Hibernation Award): Macky Puentevella
Basurera Award: MJ Awa
Layout Goal Boy Award: JP Santos
"Chill lang 'Teh" Award: Jacqueline "Dangerous Girl" Reyes
We, the organizers of this year's WTF - team captains Yelle, Lei, Tish and Mina and Tournament Directors Yaya and Fel - hope that you all had a blast in this year's tournament. We also want to thank all the people who pledged to help generate funds for this tournament, allowing us to give the prizes that went out to our awardees.
And of course, we would also like to thank all of you who attended this event. It would not have been successful without your participation. As I said yesterday at the party, 52 out of 59 participants were able to attend at least 1 of the 2 tournament days. That's a pretty awesome attendance rate right there.
So once again, thank you all for your contributions and your participation in this year's WTF. See you all again at next year's event!