2000 Masters World Championships

07/11/00 - 07/15/00 in Rochester, NY


OPEN Division

Place Team
1Harvey Brandt / Snapper Pierson
2Conrad Damon / John Kirkland
3Dave Hesselberth / Blair Paulsen
4Paul Brenner / Jon Cohn
5Larry Imperiale / Tim Mackey
6Neil Dambra / Dan Roddick
7Toddy Brodeur / Erwin Velasquez
8Amanda Carreiro / Bethany Sanchez
9Paul Thompson / Rick Williams
10John Elsner / Glen Whitlock
11Pete Fust / John Tallent
12Mary Brenner / Judy Robbins
13Tita Ugalde / Beth Verish
14David Bolyard / Andy Lemann
15Dave Bogenhagen / Chris Sieben
16Steve Jennings / John Titcomb

MASTER Division

Place Team
1Harvey Brandt / Snapper Pierson
2Conrad Damon / John Kirkland
3Dave Hesselberth / Blair Paulsen
4Paul Brenner / Jon Cohn
5Larry Imperiale / Tim Mackey
6Neil Dambra / Dan Roddick
7Toddy Brodeur / Erwin Velasquez
8Amanda Carreiro / Bethany Sanchez
9Paul Thompson / Rick Williams
10John Elsner / Glen Whitlock
11Pete Fust / John Tallent
12Mary Brenner / Judy Robbins
13Tita Ugalde / Beth Verish
14David Bolyard / Andy Lemann
15Dave Bogenhagen / Chris Sieben
16Steve Jennings / John Titcomb

WOMENMASTER Division

Place Team
1Amanda Carreiro / Bethany Sanchez
2Tita Ugalde / Beth Verish
3Mary Brenner / Judy Robbins

GRANDMASTER Division

Place Team
1Harvey Brandt / Snapper Pierson
2Neil Dambra / Dan Roddick
3Paul Thompson / Rick Williams
4Pete Fust / John Tallent

SENIORGRANDMASTER Division

Place Team
1John Tallent

Tournament Level: D


 
 
 
 
 Ah, gentle readers, once again a tourney has ended and if you were not in 
 attendance, you missed a great opportunity to either play fantastic DDC 
 under great conditions, or to see some great action. The Masters Overall 
 event recently came to a close in Rochester, NY. My apologies for the delay 
 in getting this out but I had to fight off a bit of fatigue and organize my 
 thoughts so that I didn't miss TOO much in this report.
 
 And there is a lot to report. It was a fun and exciting overall event, 
 though less well attended than in the past. Let's all work to correct that 
 in the future. I can't put too many of the highlights of the overall races 
 here, so see <> for a more complete listing of results. Many 
 thanks to Stork for his fine efforts to post both results and photos to the 
 web. Andy Lemann also receives great applause from us all for the use of his 
 laptop during the event and for his many excellent pics. Among the many 
 features at Rochester:  Larry Imperiale busting out as a true overall player 
 with a 3rd place overall finish, Grandmasters running amok over the Masters 
 in discathon (yes, they can run), the return of some old time women's and 
 open players, and Jim Palmeri once again treating us all to some great 
 times.
 
 OK, the DDC. The Damon system was used again for seeding of the teams, as 
 much as was permitted by sometimes lacking numbers. And again, they told the 
 eventual story as much as any other system has in the past.
 Initial seeding of the 16 teams:
 1- Brandt / Pierson
 2- Damon / Kirkland
 3- Hesselberth / Paulsen
 4- P. Brenner / Cohn
 5- Imperiale / Mackey
 6- Dambra / Roddick
 7- Thompson / Williams
 8- Fust / Tallent
 9- Elsner / Whitlock
 10- Bolyard / Lemann
 11- Bogenhagen / Sieben
 12- Brodeur / Velasquez
 13- Ugalde / Verish
 14- M. Brenner / Robbins
 15- Carreiro / Bethany Sanchez
 16- Jennings / Titcomb
 
 The format called for round robin play in each of 3 pools with the top 2 
 from each pool to go to a round robin semi and the second 2 from the intial 
 pools to go to a B semi, the remaining 4 teams would have a C semi pool. 
 Right off the bat some of the mightly fell. 2 of the women's teams made 
 their presence known quickly with excellent play and busted from their low 
 seed positions to make the B semi pools. Brenner and Robbins jumped to 3rd 
 in their pool and were then joined by Carreiro and Sanchez performing the 
 same feat. Only Ugalde and Verish, for the women, fell in to the C pool and 
 they went less than quietly, almost taking out Brodeur and Velasquez. Yes, 
 THAT Velasquez, as Erwin made a rare appearance back in overall play.
 
 After the initial pool action, in the semis, the top 6 teams fell right into 
 seeded formation at the end of the pool play with these numbers, records 
 afterwards:
 
 1- Brandt / Pierson       5-0
 2- Damon / Kirkland       4-1
 3- Hesselberth / Paulsen  3-2
 4- P. Brenner / Cohn      2-3
 5- Imperiale / Mackey     1-4
 6- Dambra / Roddick       0-5
 
 The real surprises were in the B semi pool as seeding went completely by the 
 wayside. Teams jumped all over each other and jumbled the results in a way 
 not seen in a while. The team of Carreiro and Sanchez made the biggest jump, 
 rising from a seeding projection finish of last in the pool to take 2nd, 
 falling only to Brodeur and Velasquez in the final tally. Here are those 
 team's final finishes in the pool, the place number actually indicating 
 their final place in the tourney. And after their names, their record in the 
 semi pool action:
 
 7- Brodeur / Velaszuez    4-1
 8- Carreiro / Sanchez	  4-1
 9- Thompson / Williams    3-2
 10- Elsner / Whitlock     2-3
 11- Fust / Tallent        1-4
 12- M. Brenner / Robbins  1-4
 
 The final places showed again that the women were here to kick some butt in 
 the open format of the event as the last teams finished thusly:
 
 13- Ugalde / Verish     3-0
 14- Bolyard / Lemann    2-1
 15- Bogenhagen / Sieben 1-2
 16- Jennings / Titcomb  0-3
 It must be noted that Jennings and Titcomb had to pull out of the final pool 
 action due to injury.
 
 So the finals were set with the top 2 teams from the A semi facing off on 
 Saturday, a day threatening rain. Also, because all of the women's teams had 
 been unable to fully meet in head to head action, it was decided to have a 
 round robin women's final on Saturday morning.
 
 Saturday action started quite promptly for a frisbee event, the women 
 starting at 8:15a. After all the dew settled, it was a decisive victory for 
 Carreiro and Sanchez. Outstanding action was observed in all the games, with 
 escapes by all teams and some aggressive shot making. The records as 
 follows:
 
 1- Carreiro / Sanchez   4-0
 2- Ugalde / Verish      2-2
 3 M. Brenner / Robbins  0-4
 Many Kudos to all the women for taking part in the open field, their 
 fantastic success there, and the excellent level of play.
 
 The open finals started at 9:30a, before the women had finished, as the 
 schedule was tight and rain threatneded. Facing off on a cloudy, almost 
 windless day, were the so far undefeated team of Brandt and Pierson against 
 Damon and Kirkland. Amongst them, these teams had 3 out of the top 4 world 
 ranked players, with the remaining player being easily in the top 10. The 
 first game went to B and P in an almost too easy score of 22-15 as it seemed 
 that the defensive play of D and K had yet to kick in. The second game 
 brought out perhaps some of the best DDC action seen by many in a long time. 
 Countless rallies and escapes punctuated by seemless officiating by the 
 esteemed Blair Paulsen. Decided at the cap score of 25-24, D and K staved 
 off elimination as Brandt threw the last shot short, right on the front 
 line. This brought on the final, capless game. D and K had solidified their 
 defense and were fresh. B and P, being excessively old guys who had played 
 the entire overall event during the week, seemed a bit fatigued. The action 
 went back and forth the entire last game. Just when it seemed that Snapper 
 had called on all his amazing skills and shot makiing to put their team in a 
 position to win, Brandt would pause, as if to say "no, thank you, let's not 
 take this victory away from them, they have traveled so far. Let me throw 
 this shot out to make them feel better." Thankfully for B and P, Snapper 
 would have none of that. With an off-side, cross court shot, he ended the 
 match with a winner just off the outstreched hand of Kirkland, 25-23. Whew! 
 You should have been there.
 
 Some words out to everyone, thanks to John and Conrad for making the trip 
 all the way to the east coast to show what DDC can be, and for their gracing 
 the golf course in the final round, to all the women at the event for their 
 fantastic play all week and particularly in DDC, to the weather for  
 allowing such great action, to Palmeri for his hosting of the event, to all 
 the real old-timers - Erwin, Ted, Papa Jack, JT, JC and all the rest.
 
 Remember that all these people at the event are truly our family and we 
 should treat them as such. With respect and consideration. Families can have 
 squabbles and fights, but in the end we have to put it behind us and move 
 on. The frisbee family is above all of that.
 
 AZ States will be the next big DDC event. November 11 and 12. There will NOT 
 be a 3rd day added as was rumored. Expect the best DDC field in the world, 
 Karl Storz is planning a possible visit from Germany. Everyone is pumped up. 
 So send me your e-mail or post address for upcoming info. And please us this 
 e-mail address for me until further notice. Send this report to anyone who 
 may be interested. Throw in and catch. 
 
 - Harvey Brandt