East Coast DDC Championships

09/24/11 - 09/25/11 in Raleigh, NC

OPEN Division

Place Team
1Harvey Brandt / Cody Kirkland
2Conrad Damon / Dieter Johansson
3Jon Freedman / Dave Hesselberth
3Jim Elsner / Mike Prost
5Sam Kaye / Scott Zimmerman
6Carlton Howard / Jeff Woessner
7Richard Paschal / Drew Preiss
8Peter Andrews / Stewart Hubbs
9Nathan Joswiak / Gus Webb
10Randy Aiu / Hank Bass
11Ashton Lewis / Dave Taylor
12Dan Bogan / Cade Loving

Tournament Level: C

Thanks to Harvey Brandt for the results.

 Better never than late, as I am prone to say. One week after the
 tourney start? Not too bad. I had to find a way to recover from severe
 physical torment, drain the blood from several toe nails (like you
 need to know that!), and figure out where I was.
 Let's start with extreme kudos to Carlton and Anne. Especially the
 Carl-meister. Not only does he make this a no cost event for the
 participants, put on the party at his house, supply the beer (well,
 Corona), give out shirts, and round up the Triangle DDC crew to
 provide the food, this year he also had to find alternative fields
 starting at 3:00p on the day before the event starts! With all the
 rain in the Raleigh, NC, area in the days prior, Carlton received a
 call in the middle of the afternoon on Friday telling him that he
 could not use the designated and reserved fields due to the
 possibility of them being torn up by our use. Scrambling like the best
 of them, and using all his local contacts, Carlton was able to find us
 an alternate location. Fields were a bit mushy on Saturday, but
 totally playable, and firmed up nicely by Sunday's semis and
 finals. Come out next year and you will see them as he has booked them
 for 2012.  Other props go out to the rest of the Triangle crowd, Stu
 for eggplant, Drew for bread, someone made some killer chocolate
 things. And plenty of housing by everyone there. Definitely the
 current DDC focal point.
 Suffice to say that the competition was excellent, every team playing
 well. We did have some shuffling of teams early on. One player dropped
 due to an injury on Thursday, another had a death in the family just
 before the start of play. Our sincere thoughts go out to the family.
 But in the end, we did have 12 solid teams.
 Results of the pool action can be seen here:
 Look for the East Coast listings on the right hand side. 
 Highlights include killer play by the Florida players. In particular,
 the team of James Elsner and Mike Prost. They were the hot team of the
 day. They took out number one seed Harvey Brandt and Cody Kirkland in
 pool action. Another hot team was Sam Kaye and Scott Zimmerman, giving
 several teams a struggle before finishing just out of the semis.
 After the mud settled, Brandt and Kirkland nipped the number two
 (Conrad Damon and Dieter Johansson) and three seeds (Jon Freedman and
 Dave Hesselberth) to win the pool with a 10-1 record. Damon /
 Johansson lost only that game to also finish at 10-1, but lose the
 head to head. Freedman / Hesselberth and Elsner / Prost both finished
 at 9-2. This set up an interesting pick for the pool winners. Do
 Brandt and Kirkland pick world #1 Conrad Damon and hot Swede Dieter
 Johansson (he says he is over in the US for business reasons but we
 all know it is for DDC), or Dave Hesselberth and Jon Freedman (#3 and
 #11 respectively and always dangerous) both of whom they defeated in
 pool play? Or pick the only team to whom they lost, Elsner and Prost.
 The semis did become Brandt / Kirkland against Elsner / Prost and
 Damon / Johansson against Freedman / Hesselberth. And what great
 action. Both matches went the distance, three games. See the results
 page for the games scores. Of note is the fact the Dave and Jon won
 the first game and led 16-12 in the second before Conrad and Dieter
 rallied. Harvey and Cody took the more conventional route of winning
 the first game, losing the second, and then winning a tight third
 game. Like I already mentioned, James and Mike were the tourney's
 hottest team.
 The finals were great by all spectator's accounts. Harvey and Cody won
 the opening game. Conrad and Dieter again rallied to take games 2 and
 3. Game 4 went down to the wire with Harvey and Cody winning
 16-13. Then all reality seemed to be suspended as Harvey and Cody
 opened a 9-1 lead in the fifth and deciding game. So much for
 suspense, eh? I understand someone once said that it ain't over till
 the disc stops in the court. True enough here, as Conrad and Dieter
 went on a 12-4 run to tie the game at 13. Then a tough ending for the
 international team agains the multi-generational team (39 years
 between Cody and the ancient Harvey) as Conrad caught the lead shot
 right before Dieter made a good grab of the burn. Double and
 match. Interesting information - the total points scored by each team
 in the finals were dead even.  More interesting info - reportedly,
 Cody made some incredible plays. I can't say as I had my own hands
 full at the time. I do believe that the results may have been
 different without some of the youthful things he did during the
 weekend. Watch for more from him, he is now three time defending champ
 at East Coast. With three different partners. Catch him for next year
 if you want a victory, eh?
 Next up and the last big event of the calendar year, the West Coast
 DDC event (the renamed and relocated AZ States) taking place in San
 Diego, CA, November 10-12. Mixed Pairs on the 10th, Open on the 11th,
 semis and finals on the 12th, massive pick up otherwise.  And the
 bonus of the great freestyle action all weekend on the beach with the
 huge Beach Jamming event.
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 Contact me anytime.