Colts gallop to bronze at ultimate provincials

Tournament's 14th seed enjoys big weekend in Surrey

The upstart Richmond Colts earned a bronze medal finish in the Senior Tier One Division at last weekend’s B.C. High School Ultimate Championships in Surrey.
The skilled, fast and highly competitive co-ed Frisbee sport has become very popular in Richmond. That was reflected in the eight District teams that competed in three divisions at provincials that attracted 80 entries in total.
The Colts were joined by the RC Palmer Griffins and Steveston-London Sharks, who entered the top senior flight as the tournament’s No. 1 seed. The McRoberts Strikers, McMath Wildcats and McNeill Ravens competed in the Senior Tier Two Division, while the Colts and Sharks also had teams entered in the Junior competition.
Richmond teams have tasted success at the championships before. McRoberts were the defending Tier One champions, and the Colts earned Tier Two honours in 2015.
Playing six tough 90-minute games in two days of scorching 30-degree heat at the Newton Athletic Park, every team faced adversity as the level of competition was very high.
The 14th seeded, but always well prepared Richmond Colts played their best Ultimate of the year and opened the tournament with close victories over Churchill, Palmer and Burnaby North.
In the quarter-finals, the Colts faced cross-town rival Steveston-London and used a late rally to beat the Sharks 10-8.
Richmond then suffered their only loss of the tournament in the semi-finals against Point Grey, but rallied to defeat Burnaby’s St. Thomas More Collegiate Knights 11-10 in a thrilling bronze medal match.
The team included: Abraham Pawlik, Anna Wei, Bernice Xiao, Brandon Dayao-Maas, Calvin Ki, Chelsea Ramos, Connie Xiong, Harry Acob, Henry Kwok, Jay Kit Foong, Jessica Liu, Lance Pineda, Liam Brussé, Michael Cabrera, Mirabel De Guzman, Parker Laing, Ryan Feng, Sam Wang, Sandra Balitaan, Sierra Shikaze, Vivian Xu, William Wang and Ysabelle Santa Ana.
The Colts were coached byMarcus Yeung, Sam Law, Nick Okuma and Bowen Liu. The team manager was Kenji Wong.
The Sharks’ fine campaign concluded with a seventh place finish.
The Eric Hamber Griffins took Señor Tier One honours in a well-played 14-12 victory over Point Grey while Stratford Hall won the Junior Tier One title.

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