Last Saturdays outcome was not the one we expected. We had played a good season with small crews accross the Finnish league. For this game we had a proper sized team and good preparation practices for the previous two weeks.
In the game it all came down to the will to take the title. Saints had it a lot more than us this time. They came hard at us from the very beginning and did not really give us any chances to recover after a disaster start. Vaasa boys really deserve the title this time for the consistent O and hard D in the game.
Losing is painful, but there is something positive to be drawn from losses like this. We will learn from it, do something about it and come back stronger next autum when the Indoor season starts again!
Otso congratulates Vaasa Saints for the Indoor Championship Title 2015!
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Tomorrow it all comes down in Pasila, when Otso meets Saints in the National Indoor Championship Final! Will Otso take yet another title, or have the Vaasa boys figured out how to stop the bears? The event starts at 15:00, and Otso will play at 19:00. Come cheer for us if you are around, or check ultimate.fi in facebook tomorrow for a live feed!
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The third and the last Tour in the Finnish Indoor Championship series was played last weekend. While Otso had already secured the spot in the final, Otso2 still had a chance to fight its way to the bronze game. Both teams played in the same division for the first time this winter, and everyone was eager to witness the battle of the bears.
The weekend was characterized by small rosters and injuries, making the Tour even tougher than the previous ones. The awaited encounter of Otsos was the first match of the weekend. Otso2 started strong by taking one break point in the beginning, but Otso evened it out by taking another one in the end of the first half. In the second half Otso kept its game solid, and with two more breaks the victory over an intensive game to Otso 14-12.
The second game of the day was a bleak moment for Otso. Way too many unforced errors for the bears, which UFO was not afraid to take advantage of, and the first loss of the indoor season for Otso, 13-15.
The second day offered two tough games against the most prominent opponent candidates for the Final. In the first game Saints gave a good fight, but Otso took the game 15-11. In the second game Terror once again ran hard and performed well, but even with six guys Otso managed to take the necessary breaks, winning the game 15-12, and taking the third title in the series!
After the game against Otso, Otso2 had to admit another defeat against Terror in a tight game, ending 13-15. However, on the second day Otso2 stepped up their game, taking victories against Saints (15-12) and UFO (15-13). And in the end, Otso2 took the second place in the last Tour! Unfortunately, though, they didn't get enough points in the overall ranking to make it to the bronze game.
Otso2 also dominated this Tour's player ranking, with the dynamic duo Lassi Kallio and Tomi Sandberg in the lead, taking 33 and 29 points in four games. Also Roni Hotari was on fire, with 19 points in only two games!
The Finals are played 21.3. in Pasila, Helsinki. See you there!
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One week has passed since the championship thriller that left Viima again with a silver medal.
Before the game we knew that Atletico would come on strong and the only way to be in the game was to slow down Atletico's offence flow. And thus, for the first time this season, Viima played most of the game a hard poachy defense which resulted in a surprisingly strong lead of 14-11 to Viima. The game was rolling nicely until this point, but then the momentum turned totally. Few unforced errors and hasty decisions and suddenly the team saw the good lead fade away and the gold medal slip away even though it already seemed to be firmly in our hands.
Well, this is ultimate. The tide can turn in seconds, but in the end all that matters is the feeling that we gave our best on the field and enjoyed while doing it. We lost bitterly, but we can be proud and happy how the whole team performed on and off the field, especially after a fairly challenging season.
Special credits go to the coaches for the brilliant game tactics and Laura #5 for playing like a true MVP! Congratulations to Ultimateseura Atletico for the great come back and victory. See you all outdoors!
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