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Spartans are Ultimate champions

Jeigh Santarina of Soidawgz (right) throws the disc next to Mondster Leong of Spartans during the final of the Mekong Cup Ultimate Frisbee tournament
Jeigh Santarina of Soidawgz (right) throws the disc next to Mondster Leong of Spartans during the final of the Mekong Cup Ultimate Frisbee tournament at Northbridge International School on Sunday. Sreng Meng Srun

Spartans are Ultimate champions

The Spartans of Singapore didn’t bring 300 men to war at Northbridge International School on Sunday, as the Mekong Cup Ultimate Frisbee tournament permitted just the standard seven on the field for each side at any one time.

However, these masters of the shield (or rather discs) produced a gripping finale worthy of a feature film in coming from 10-8 down in the final against Bangkok side Soidawgz to emerge 13-12 victors thanks to a critical ‘universal point’ at the death.

The Spartans had progressed to the title decider with a similarly dramatic 12-11 win over host team Orphans, the last-gasp universal point coming to their rescue once again.

Soidawgz had meanwhile dealt with the Carebears 10-7 in the other semi-final to confirm their final berth. Malaysian squad Carebears went on to beat Orphans 9-6 in the third place play-off.

Swa, an all-Cambodian team debuting in the two-day competition and consisting of male players from Phnom Penh and female players from Kompong Cham mostly under 20 years old, won Saturday’s B Pool final as well as the ‘Spirit of the Game’ award. The event, featuring eight international teams including Hot Hippy Hot from Ho Chi Minh City (who finished sixth), Sabaidisc from Vientiane (seventh) and Phnom Penh’s Diamond Island Warriors (joint seventh), was sponsored by Cambodia beer and Aussie XL bar and restaurant, with funds generated to be used to help promote the sport to Cambodian youths.

Games over the weekend were played until a side had scored 13 points or to a maximum time of 90 minutes. Half time was when one side was at seven points. Line ups for each team had to involve four male and three female players at all times, with unlimited substitutions allowed.


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