MARQUETTE -- It seemed like dj vu. On Hurley Field, the Appleton Assassins captured their third straight Guts Frisbee National Championship defeating the Boomtown Saints 21-10, 21-15.The championship game was a rematch of the winner??s bracket semifinal game earlier in the day, when the Assassins also defeated Boomtown in the first two games.
Heading into Sunday??s double elimination rounds, sixteen teams had been split into four brackets. Teams, both young and old, came from all over the country to play in Marquette. In each of those brackets, each team played a round robin tournament to determine the seeding heading into today??s action.
The winner??s bracket games started today at 10 a.m., and the loser??s bracket started at 9 a.m. One of the longest games of the day was between O??Malley??s and the Hipsters. This game needed an extra hour of play, with the Hipsters winning 30-28.
After losing to the Assassins in the winner??s bracket semifinal game, Boomtown came back to win against Beer City in the loser??s bracket semifinal game to garner a rematch with Appleton in the championship match.
In the end, the Assassins had too many throws that went between Boomtown??s defense to capture back-to back-to back national titles.
Seventeen-year-old Assassins' captain. Josh Tews. says he was satisfied with the way his team played.
??We came in here knowing that this is exactly what we wanted to do,?? said Tews. ??We played our hearts out. We really wanted this one and we worked hard, we practiced and we did it. I feel really good about it.??
It seems it was a family affair for the Assassins. Tews was joined by his father and older brother on the team.
Teammate Michael Toll thought the team??s close dynamic helped them earn today??s victory.
??It feels great, I mean, we put in so much effort in the past,?? said Toll. ??We??ve been playing for probably five years, so it??s just been absolutely awesome playing with my team. We are probably here because we are the best of friends.??
The Assassins were awarded with custom-made trophies and $1200.
The runner-up, Boomtown Saints, were awarded $600.Beer City came in third place and the Silverbacks took fourth place.