The nation’s capital will be taking aim against the Perth Power on Tuesday night in what is sure to be a mouth-watering opening fixture for both teams.
Poised and well prepared, the Canberra Freeze have experience that runs deeper than Lake Burley Griffin, and ANU level chemistry that is sure to serve them well throughout the competition.
Perhaps the key in this first round of a new competition format will be experience, something the Freeze are certainly not shy of across their roster.
Look for Kim Spragg to be around the disc a bunch, the tall and versatile handler fresh off a top 10 finish with Ellipsis during their World Clubs campaign. With rep honours with the Crocs, Stingrays and Firetails, Kim will be integral to the Freeze’s offensive flow with her cool, calm and collected throws. Kim’s connections with Ellipsis team-mates Adelaide Dennis and Hannah Mangan could also be something to watch out for.
The boys aren’t lacking in the experience department either. Take veterans Jonno Holmes and Matt Dowle – both all-time assassins that have probably played more points of Ultimate than you’ve had hot dinners. Each representing the Dingoes on numerous occasions, count on the two as offensive threats with disc-in-hand. And don’t think they won’t put their bodies on the line for a layout d if the opportunity presents.
The game poses a lot of interesting matchups, but perhaps Canberra will win this one with their receivers. Speed and height usually bode well, and the Freeze are well equipped in both categories. Whether it’s Hannah Monty’s lightening legs or the towering 2 metre frame of Kiwi import Troy Stevenson, you can be sure that the disc will never be safely down until these two say so.
So strap in for what promises to be a fantastic game of ultimate with some awesome skill sets on display.
Get behind Canberra Freeze for their opening game against the Perth Power this Tuesday!
Written by: Sam Armes
Photo by: Pat Thorpe