Windmill Windup 2013 Preview: Lemon Grass (Women’s)
By Adam Restad
Team Name: Lemon Grass
Location: Moscow, Russia
Year Founded: 2012
Website: not yet…
Previous Windmill Appearances: zero
Captain: Nastya Parfenchikova
Comprised of a hot roster of Russian National players and handful of eager, athletic up coming talent Lemon Grass looks to carve out a place in the championship bracket in their freshman year of Windmill Windup.
Taking no time to start establishing themselves, Lemongrass fought their way to the finals in the Rising Polish Open, (the first appearance as a team) with their captain taking home MVP of the tournament. These ladies work hard and have no intention of going anywhere but up after finishing their first test among the Polish National team and established German and Czech clubs. They have recently completed the All Stars Moscow Ultimate Camp under the coaching of Doublewide Allstar and reigning US national champion Mike Natenberg.
Team spokesperson, Tanny Ponomoreva stated, “our team just started our journey into Ultimate world. We have some talented and prospective players as well as some of the most experienced players in Russia. We hope to become a worthy competitor playing international tournaments around Europe soon. We can’t wait to play Windmill and we will be glad to see you around on the field.” Windmill Windup will be the next benchmark and despite only being able to bring a short roster they hope to perform well.
Players to watch out for:
Natasha Shebunyaeva – With over nine years of experience this Russian National Champion holds also the accolades of being the first captain of the womens Russian national team.
Alina Sharyapova - As a member of the Russian National team she played at the World Club Championship 2010 in Prague and is a silver medalist of Paganello 2013 (Cosmic Girls team).
Nastya Parfenchikova – Lemon Grass’s captain and a silver medalist of European Ultimate National Championship 2011 in Maribor with the Russian national mixed team. She also participated at the World Ultimate Championships 2012 in Japan and has some Paganello hardware to back up her play with a bronze and two gold medals. She was also voted the best captain/coach and the most spirited player according to a 2012 Discore Magazine poll. 2013 will be Nastya’s third Windmill appearance.