BERKELEY, California — Malafama Ultimate Club wants to become the first Mexican team to play in in a United States tournament AND they plan to make that tournament USA Ultimate's Texas Sectional in September. Currently, they're doing an Indiegogo campaign to raise money and offset their travel expenses. For those of you who don't know, Malafama is the #1 Women's Division team in Mexico.
Last November, a few Nightlockers had the privilege of playing with some of these wonderful and amazing women at a tournament called Ulticopa (watch the video above and see if you recognize any familiar faces). While the video is of Mexico's #1 Mixed Division team, Slash, most of the women are also on Malafama.
BLUE ASH, Ohio — With the U.S. Open fast approaching, we thought it might be fun to do a tournament preview. We're already in Ohio and we'll be heading to West Chester bright and early for our first round of games. These thoughts are our own---read them in a playful tone and proceed to learn all of our secrets for the weekend. #upandupandup
Eugene Summer Solstice #37 | Eugene, OR
June 20–21, 2015
BERKELEY, California — After a month or tryouts and a couple practice weekends and a team retreat, we were more than amped to play in our first tournament of the season. Since the tournament was in Eugene, OR, a few of us flew to Portland and drove down, while the other half of the team road-tripped up. We all arrived at Malina Wiebe's parents' house by 11pm and got settled in as we had an early start and a full schedule of games to be played. Full schedule and results here: Eugene Summer Solstice #37
The season is finally starting, and we'd love to see you at tryouts! First things first, before we give you any useful information, LET'S GET PUMPED:
NEXT: Fill out this form to register for Nightlock 2015 tryouts.
Tryout, tournament, and practice schedule can all be found in the tryout registration form.
See you in the arena! And may the odds be ever in your favor!
USA Ultimate Nor Cal Women’s Sectionals | Stanford, California
September 7, 2014
Well we sure had a good day today! Kicked off the series with a win against Tempo this morning 13-2, then ran through dump sets during our bye while Fury and Tempo played. Second (and last) game of the day was against Fury, who we hadn’t seen yet this season. We came out hard to score the first two points, then got nervous and started playing frantically and Fury scored the next five in the row. We traded a bit until they took half 8-5, then they scored the next two to pull ahead to a 5 point lead (10-5), which they kept through to 14-9. But we kept grinding and went on our own 5 point run to bring the game to universe at 14-14! Though we ended up losing 14-15, we’re extremely proud of how we gritted out the end of the game and never gave up. It was a great game, and we can’t wait for Regionals!!
Labor Day | Livermore, CA
August 30-31, 2014
This past weekend, while the rest of the country was busy either playing or watching the Pro Flight Finale in Seattle, we quietly hosted AND WON our own Labor Day tournament in California! Due to a last minute team drop, the rounds (and fields) had to be shortened and the tournament reformatted to a 7-team round robin. Thanks to everyone for rolling with the punches and supporting our TD's in all these changes!
We went 4-0 on Saturday with wins against Viva (8-3), Underground (8-4), Jackwagon (9-0), and Further (9-1). We were excited to see Pop in the first round on Sunday. We won the first game to three (3-2) and continued to stay in the lead through 6-4 until Pop outplayed us and rattled off three in a row to take the game 7-6. We shook it off and fired up for our last pool play game against Tempo, winning 13-1. After reseeding, we saw Underground in semis in a great game with both teams having improved since Saturday. We gritted it out to win 8-5 and earn a chance for redemption against Pop in the finals! This time, we came out firing to win the first game to three (3-0) and never looked back. Final score was 12-6.
This is our first ever tournament win!!! We're proud of how we played and super excited to take that energy into Sectionals this weekend!
Chesapeake | Leesburg, VA
July 12-13, 2014
This past weekend we travelled across the country to participate in our first Triple Crown Tour tournament of the season, the Pro-Elite Challenge! Despite the heat and humidity, we ROCKED our spray painted black cotton tanks all weekend (and keep your eyes peeled; we’ll have uniforms at our next tournament). Chesapeake is also the first tournament where we will have had spirit circles with every team we played. We really enjoyed coming together with teams after each game, so thanks to Riot for inspiring us to bring this new tradition to Nightlock. We look forward to continuing with spirit circles for the rest of the season!
Saturday had us seeing Wildfire, Capitals, and Green Means Go in pool play. Wildfire has improved a great deal since Solstice and we had to work hard against their strong marks and zone, but we took half 7-6 and ended the game with a 10-8 win. Our energy from second half of round one carried us into our second game against Capitals. We took half 7-1, and though Capitals came out firing and tightened up their defense to outplay us in the second half 6-4, we still pulled out a win to take the game 11-7. Last game of the day was Green Means Go (who were ironically repping PINK spray painted cotton jerseys; we approve!). We started the game by going down 0-2, but came back to win that first game to 3, take half 7-4, and finally the game 11-9. We were stoked to have gone 3-0 and win our pool for the second tournament in a row!
Our Sunday morning quarters matchup was Ozone. We were down 5-7 at half, but battled to come back and win 13-11 to make it to semis! We went down 4-7 at half to Scandal and they never looked back, pulling away to win the game 13-6. Our last game was a 3/4 placement game against Molly Brown. Both teams had just come from a semis loss, but Molly Brown entered the placement game with more energy and efficiency. We lulled for the first several points of the game and were never able to recover, going down 4-7 at half and finally losing 8-12. We’re crossing our fingers for a rematch at Colorado Cup in a few weeks!
We’re proud to have broken seed at Chesapeake (seeded 5th, finished 4th), but know that we have more work to do before Colorado Cup.
Retreat Weekend | Sacramento, California
June 28-29, 2014
We'd like to wish everyone a very happy Pride, and good luck to our friends at the US Open this weekend!
This past weekend we had a great PRIDELOCK practice and then headed to Sacramento for a team retreat weekend of FUN and Nightlove, which included a road trip challenge/scavenger hunt, the fabulous FABULOUS hospitality of Bubb's parents, a late night trip to the lake, and river tubing in the morning!
Solstice | Eugene, Oregon
June 21-22, 2014
This past weekend we participated in our first tournament of the season in Eugene, Oregon: SOLSTICE! We thoroughly enjoyed watching our new teammate, Claire Sharman, constantly giggle and tear up over how happy she was to be back in Eugene. We started the season strong by going 3-0 in Saturday pool play against Schwa (12-9), Further- Eugene Women’s Ultimate (13-3), and Viva Ultimate (8-6). Saturday evening had us playing in the showcase game against Seattle Riot. Though we lost 6-9, it was a very high level and gritty game, with teams making incredible plays on both sides of the disc. Thanks to everyone who stuck around to watch and support, and to Fury, whose heckling was ON POINT. Sunday morning we beat Wildfire Ultimate 15-6 in quarters, which led us to a rematch with Riot for semis. We had a few lulls and lost 6-15, but are grateful for the opportunity to play such an excellent team twice in one weekend. We ended the day with another win over Schwa (14-9) and a third place finish in the tournament. Three more weeks until Chesapeake!
USA Ultimate Southwest Women’s Regionals | Scottsdale, AZ
September 28-29, 2013
The Gamemakers presented us with impressive accommodations for regionals, putting us up in spacious condos with king size beds for every Nightlocker and full kitchens. Unfortunately, there was no lamb stew with dried apricots; they are, of course, saving that for the Quarter Quell.
Our first game of the day was against the Bay Area’s newest team, Tempo. As always, Tempo’s tributes–specifically their tall receivers–gave us a strong fight, but we pulled out ahead with a 13-7 win. After settling into our Nightlock flow, we felt faster and more energized–but not enough to take down the #1 seed, who ended up beating us 7-13. With the sun at its highest and temperatures pushing the mid-90s, we rehydrated to face Venom, an Arizona-based team. With a final score of 13-2, we used this game to perfect our defenses and get some O-on-D lines in! Our final game was against Los Angeles Viva. After going down two breaks, we refocused to take back the game, winning 13-5.
After watching our local Bay Area men’s teams, Revolver and Boost, play out their final games, we headed to our resort’s pool to grill and cool down. It was unexpectedly Thud’s birthday, so we celebrated with already-eaten cookies. Exhausted Nightlockers headed back to the condos to ice our legs in what were probably the most boring ice baths of all time.
We woke up early on Sunday morning for our last pool play game against Safari, knowing that we would likely face them again in the second game-to-go. Their zone-y/junky wall gave us trouble at first, but after minutes of dump-swinging, we were able to repeatedly break the disc through, leading us to a 9-6 win. We met Fury again in the finals, but fell behind: congratulations to Fury for a 15-5 finals win! Prepared to face Safari again, who had just fought Viva for a 13-9 win through the back door, we refueled and talked strategy. After blowing through our nerves in the first few points, we settled into our stride and finished 14-9. For the second year in a row, Nightlock has deservedly been selected as tributes and will be headed to the arena in Frisco for Nationals on October 17-20.
As always, the arena will be a surprise, but we’re training for everything, including Texas-sized force fields. Practice will likely involve running through acid fog, scrimmaging Monkey Muttations, and playing amongst Jabberjays, who imitate the screams of our lost coach, Jit.