10/07/10 - 10/10/10 in Phoenix, Arizona
|1||Cody Kirkland / John Kirkland|
|2||Rick LeBeau / Harvey Brandt|
|3||Conrad Damon / Tony Pellicane|
|3||Dave Hesselberth / Blair Paulsen|
|5||Dieter Johansson / Niclas Bergehamn|
|6||Jeff Woessner / Carlton Howard|
|7||Jack Cooksey / Randy Lahm|
|8||Kirk Young / Bill Wright|
|9||Chris Horn / Ray Trevino|
|10||Jon Freedman / Sam Kaye|
|11||Mark Horn / Beth Verish|
|12||John Elsner / Jim Elsner|
|13||Dan Bogan / Cade Loving|
|1||Ron Vingerelli / Beth Verish|
|2||Mark Horn / Susie Horn|
|3||Diane Harris / Rick Lebeau|
|4||Tony Pellicane / Lori Daniels|
|5||Stephanie Chan / Jon Freedman|
Tournament Level: C
One could easily ask the question, what the heck happened to the usual
timely reporting of major DDC events? Especially the 2011 WFDDF World
DDC Championships that you yourself hosted!
Well, what can I say. Could be just being flat out exhausted after a
grueling long weekend of stuff, could be getting back to the work
routine, could be trying to figure out who is going to be the Player
of the Year (yes, a new thing I am just throwing in there, more at the
end of this e-mail) or it could be nursing my own fragile ego after
getting whooped in the finals, or could even be trying to decide what
to do with my balky knee.
Anyway, there was fantastic DDC here in the desert, as usual. Mixed
Pairs started it all off on Thursday (long ago, October 7th). Only 5
teams when all was said and done as 5-6 teams pulled out for various
reasons before we got started. PDF results can be seen here:
And of course, all recent results are posted there as well.
The teams went through a double round robin with the top two playing
in the finals. There is a new hot pod of players emerging in the LA
area of California as both top teams came from there. Mark and Susie
Horn teamed up to finish with two loses (to the 3rd and 4th place
finishers), while Beth Verish (defending champ, who dumped her partner
for a new guy) and Ronnie Vingerelli (OK, not really a new guy) went
through with their only losses being to the aforementioned Horns. The
finals saw excellent play where Verish / Vingerelli turned it around
on the Horns and took the WFDF title for Mixed Pairs in two straight
games. Third place went to Diane Harris and Rick LeBeau, 4th place to
Lori Daniels and Tony Pellicane, and 5th place to Stephanie Chan and
Jon Freedman (also from the LA group).
The Women's Division portion of the event was hurt by the previously
mentioned drop out syndrome. And we needed to wait for full action as
one of the main women competitors was called into emergency action in
the Open Division when a player took ill. Diane Harris only stayed for
Mixed but she was replaced by newcomer Diana Elsner, who had
unfortunately missed the Mixed (would have partnered with her dad,
Jim) because of mechanical problems on their flight. Using a Queen of
the Court format, Lori Daniels and Stephanie Chan (another newcomer
from LA) tied for first place. Diana and Beth tied for second, and
Susie Horn took the bronze. From what I heard, it was a high level of
play throughout. I missed most of it as I had to be involved in
The Open Division, which brought out a solid if smallish 13 teams,
including the Swedish Champion team of Dieter Johansson and Niclas
Bergehamn. Can't say enough about how happy we were to have them here
and how well the acquitted themselves throughout the weekend.
We used a full round robin of games to 15 on Friday, with a semi of
the top 4 teams and finals to be contested on Sunday. Saturday was
reserved for total pick-up action as well as some golf. This is
because I cannot get a field on Saturdays and I need the insurance
that a PDGA golf event offers.
Every team was competitive for the whole day, no one was getting off
with a "gimme" game at any time. Even though many teams would have
liked to see some different results, I hope all teams realized that
this was about as high a level of DDC as can be gathered. 5 teams
clawed their way to the top of the rankings as we were nearing the end
of the day, creating a real separation. Defending WFDF World Champs
Harvey Brandt and Rick LeBeau managed to squeak out a 12-0 record to
win the pool. Number one ranked Conrad Damon with partner Tony
Pellicane finished at 10-2, losing to Brandt / LeBeau and also
dropping the game against the Swedes. Then it got real interesting
with 3 teams tied with records of 9-3. Any number of games could be
reviewed by each team to find a place where they could have busted out
of the log jam as no one wants it to come down to the dreaded tie
breaker. But it did come to that. Of course each team had gone around
in a circle beating each other to go 1-1 against the others. It came
down to points and sadly, the Swedes were the odd team out. The
computations are on the results site with all the other PDFs. Had the
Swedes not lost an early game against a lower finishing opponent
(Freedman / Kaye) they would have survived. But they also came back
strong from that loss, coming back from 11-14 against Dave Hesselberth
and Blair Paulsen to win that game and taking the previously mentioned
victory from Damon / Pellicane. It was almost enough but not quite.
Advancing to the last spots in the semis were Hesselberth / Paulsen
and the father and son team of Cody Kirkland and John Kirkland.
Again, full results are here:
Before the Sunday semi and finals action, Saturday brought a wonderful
opportunity for players to really mix it up and get tons of high
quality games. Three courts were in action most of the time as all
sorts of teamings took place. A real plus for attending this event
Sunday saw top seed Brandt / LeBeau picking Hesselberth / Paulsen
(originally seeded 6th) as their opponents. Leaving Damon / Pellicane
(original seed of #2) to fight it out with the Kirkland family (seed
#3). Brandt / LeBeau were able to overcome the solid play of
Hesselberth / Paulsen in two straight - 21-19 and 21-17. Definitely
hard fought and as close as the scores indicate. Damon / Pellicane
took the first game 21-17, but the Kirklands fought back to take the
second 21-18, setting up a third game for the match. With solid
defense, precise attacks, and a slowed Pellicane due to a nagging foot
injury, the Kirklands prevailed 21-16.
The finals then saw the rising star of Cody Kirkland paired with his
ancient and decrepit (not!) father (former world champ, inventor of
every throw ever thought of, and legend in his own mind - and
everyone's actually) John Kirkland facing off against multi time world
champs (and the defending WFDF champs) Harvey Brandt and Rick LeBeau.
Brandt / LeBeau jumped to an early 8-2 lead in the first game and led
13-12 but lost 15-13. They came back to win the second game, 16-14,
squaring the match. Then it all gets a little fuzzy for me. Given that
I ended up on the losing end of all this, let us just say that they
threw more discs in the court than we did and out played us completely
in taking the final two games in dominating fashion, 15-10 and 15-9.
Wish we could have made it more competitive for them but give credit
where it is due, the best team won.
To top it off, a brand new DDC court was offered up by the tourney
director to the person who most accurately predicted the finishing
order to the top ten teams. Wouldn't you know it, Cody Kirkland was
quite on with his picks and took home a new court, as if he needed any
Now for a new feature that just popped into my head as I tried to make
sense of the pummeling. Why not name a "Player of the Year"? So here
it goes. Contenders obviously would come from those who won tourneys
this year. Narrows it down a lot.
Dave Hesselberth and Harvey Brandt won VA States.
Harvey Brandt and Dave Hesselberth won the US Open (changed the order
because they changed who played front and back)
Conrad Damon and Cody Kirkland won East Coast DDC.
Cody Kirkland and John Kirkland won the WFDF DDC.
We'll throw out John and Conrad as they each only won once. John
didn't make it to VA, had a third place finish at both the US Open and
East Coast. Conrad also was not at VA, a second place finish at the US
Open, and the third place at WFDF.
For the last three:
Harvey - played back in winning at VA with Dave. Then played front in
taking the US Open with Dave. Fell off by finishing tied for third at
East Coast (with John Kirkland, go figure) and the runner up at WFDF.
Dave - the VA and US Open finishes with Harvey, obviously, then
beating Harvey and John K at East Coast (with Mark Horn) before losing
in the finals to Cody Kirkland and Conrad, polish it off with a third
place finish at WFDF (actually a tie for third but used a tie breaker
for the bronze medal awarded to third place) losing to Harvey and Rick
in the semis (sweet revenge!)
Cody - a no show at VA this year (he is a former champ actually, his
first major title a couple of years ago with Harvey), then a tie for
third with his dad at the US Open, losing to Conrad and Carlton Howard
in the semis. The victory at East Coast with Conrad and then the WFDF
title with dad.
Would be so easy to say, well it looks like a tie, two victories for
all three. Or to say, how about co-players Dave and Harvey, each with
four solid finishes all year long. But no, the victories at the two
highest level events of the year go a long way towards making my
decision easy (as I did not consult with anyone else on this)
elevating Cody Kirkland just a bit above the rest. So for our first
time award, Player of the Year, Cody Kirkland.
Hope you enjoyed the visit through memory lane on the 2010 WFDF World
Don't forget to check on the 2011 events at
Contact me if you have anything to add to the schedule, or anything at
all to add to anything!
And check the AZ web site soon for goodies from the 2010 event. A cool
DDC shirt design, DDC hats, and of course, DDC discs.
your dutiful scribe