Drawing inspiration from the amazing and informative Facebook group started by Mike Lawler, Women's Ultimate Film Study Group, I've started to watch the Men's Nationals Finals from 2016. Partly to re-watch one of the best games of ultimate that I've ever seen in person. Partly to re-watch a game that created the 2017 Men's champion. And partly because someone in the YouTube comments of the video already wrote down the rough start and end times of each point. Of course I'm talking about the Boston Ironside versus San Francisco Revolver finals of 2016.

We already know who won (Ironside), but the game undoubtably has a lot to be learned from it. I'm hoping to highlight those specific instances through gifs, screenshots, and walls of text.

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Now to the game....


Ironside Roster - Revolver Roster

Here is the game on YouTube. Start at the 6:35 mark for the beginning of the game, and of the point.

0-0, Ironside receives

  • Ironside starts in a ho-stack to start the point, with the disc centered up to Kurt Gibson.
  • Tyler Chan makes the first cut, but the disc ends up with John Stubbs. Stubbs is able to have so much space there to receive the disc because of the cut Chan made.
  • Tyler cutting so much ends up being the focal point of Ironside's time with the disc this point. For all three throws that go up, he was the primary in-cut that you see on screen.
  • Stubbs throws the disc to Will Neff after Tyler's cut. Again, Tyler's cut does a good job at opening up space for the next cut, albeit a smaller window in this instance.
  • Part of the reason the window is smaller is because of how close to the disc Gibson set-up. Look at this:

  • Then Ironside throws a turnover, when Neff's throw is simply behind where Tyler Chan (who else) is cutting to.

Gif of the play

Revolver disc

  • Revolver comes down in a side stack to the far sideline, away from the camera.
  • Nathan White picks up for Revolver, and it's important to note that he's not being marked by Kurt Gibson to start the point. As a result, you see him just pivot into any throw, and the throws are ultimately uncontested by the mark.
  • Grant Lindsley gets the disc on his cut back inside, towards the stack, after he was looked off on his initial cut into space.
  • From the start, we see that the Revolver side stack is prioritizing creating space on the opposite side. Like a lot of space.
  • Saying that, watch Lindsley this point. He stops at one point more towards the center of the field, and he's always available for a reset cut.
  • Greg Cohen calls a timeout after a swing isn't readily available to Nathan White. Kurt does a great job shutting down his (poor) dump-cut here.
  • While that was going on, Byron Liu was cutting down the sideline space. He started his cut well, and created that space underneath, but Cohen never looks at him as he's cutting in. Then once the stall count is higher, both White and Lindsley are occupying the same space - making it a much more difficult throw to hit Liu.
  • Seriously, they really clogged that space and no one filled for the around throw:
  • And here's that whole sequence: gif here
  • During the timeout, we learn that Chuck Kindred plays the fiddle. Evan Lepler suggests the Auburn trombone player and Chuck should have a duet. The world is better that they have not.
  • After the timeout, Nathan White is the difference maker in moving the disc upfield for Revolver. He's able to still get his throws off thanks to his long pivots and fakes, even while Gibson is guarding him. Some of his throws aren't perfect, but they don't have to be when he's throwing to the likes of Grant Lindsley.
  • Lucas Dallmann does a great job late in the point at setting up an in-cut: gif here
  • As the disc moved towards the far sideline, notice the side stack switches to the opposite side of the field. That's a small thing that takes a lot of practice to perfect. Cuts didn't come late or stop all together, and the handlers are still in a great position to attack the up-line space.
  • Revolver scores as Joel Schlachet beats Jeff Graham up-line for the break.
  • On the Revolver score, you can see Jared Inselmann realize just too late that he could've peeled off of his assignment earlier to make a play on the disc - or take away the cut's viability entirely.

1 SF - 0 BOS, Ironside receives