The first few days have wrapped up here in Aguas de Lindoia, and clear favorites for making semis have started to emerge.
Although some questions were raised about Sockeye’s short roster (11 players) at this tournament, they’ve been employing a number of different zone and junk defenses that have outright confounded their Latin American opponents, while at the same time saving their legs. The Fish remain undefeated in Pool A with wins over Soul Frisbee, Fenix, and a key victory over Warao in their only game today.
The next three teams in the pool are tied with two wins and one loss each: Santos, Warao, and Evolution Up. Warao is the most likely to pass on to the semis, haven given Sockeye the most trouble, and with an easier schedule tomorrow. Evolution Up and Santos both have Sockeye as an opponent tomorrow.
Fenix (Colombia) and Soul Frisbee (Brazil) have struggled, unable to post a single win.
In Pool B, Voladores (Venezuela) and Xaquimas (Colombia) are the favorites to make semis, barring any upsets tomorrow. Evolution, seeded second in the pool, had a string of bad luck on days one and two, losing to Voladores and Xaquimas by one point each. Also with two losses are Brazzinga and Mavericks. Stinga (Argentina) and Ultimaters (Brazil) bring up the rear of the pool.
Riot has been untouchable in the women’s division. In five games, they’ve scored 65 points and given up 7. They beat their next closest opponent, IFP (Venezuela), 13-3. IFP had perhaps the game of the tournament against Venezuelan rival Mantis, filled with athletic playes from both teams. IFP pulled the game out on universe point. Riot aside, there’s quite a bit more parity in the women’s division and it will be interesting to see which of the four teams makes semis.