Dan Powers’s Bachelor Party, an all-star team that included players who’d been on multiple international and national-championship Ultimate disc teams, won a grand masters (over-40) tournament contested by six teams here this past weekend.
Ultimately, no final was played, presumably because the Powers all-star team, which had beaten everyone in amassing a 5-0 record over the course of the two days, was the odds-on favorite to win, and because everyone was tired.
Jennie Mae of Kansas City, who provides massages at Ultimate tournaments throughout the country, said that the grand master players were the ones she most often treated at her table. Still, it was inspiring to see these oldsters running, passing, and catching as they moved down the John M. Marshall Elementary School fields toward the goal line.
Asked if she played Ultimate, the masseuse said, “No, I don’t like to run.”
“When you play four games on one day and three the next, you need a massage,” said the 58-year-old Sas Peters of Amagansett, who has put this tournament on for the past 14 years, and plays host to a dinner for all the contestants on the first night.
Besides the above-named, there were teams from Boston, New Jersey, New York-Connecticut, Maryland-Virginia, and Brooklyn.
Philip Moriarty of Nashua, N.H., who played with the Boston team, was, at 63, the eldest grand master. He said, when asked about training, that he did all the drills that his local club’s 18 and 19-year-olds did, though, obviously, he didn’t see much playing time.
“He knows all the angles, though,” said Philip Marzullo, Moriarty’s teammate, who is to be 62 in October.
“Only I can’t execute,” said Moriarty.
Powers has a ways to go until his wedding day, which will be Oct. 11, in Westhampton Beach. He, as is the case with his peers, has played the game, which combines elements of basketball, football, and soccer, since the early 1980s.
Asked what he loved about Ultimate, one of Powers’s all-stars, Randy Ricks of Denver, who has won six of the 12 world cup finals in which he’s played, said, “Everything. The way the Frisbee flies, the artistry involved, the unpredictability of it, and the camaraderie. I’ve played with these guys for years, they’re my best friends.”
“Three years ago,” he said, pointing to some of his teammates, “Dan Powers, me, Alex (Meat) LaCrosse, and Alex DeFranzo won an international tournament in Italy. Five of the six American entries — in the open division, the women’s, the men’s, the mixed, and the grand masters — won. The only American team that didn’t win was the mixed masters, a new division.”
DeFranzo, who’s known as “The Count,” won with Boston’s DOG (Death or Glory) six consecutive world titles.
Old Line, which won this tourney last year, was named, said Tim Eubanks, its captain, after “the regiment that protected Brooklyn from the British in the Revolutionary War.”
“But didn’t we lose the Battle of Long Island?” he was asked.
“Yes,” he said, “but the Old Line prevented them from taking Brooklyn.”
Old Line, which had lost 15-13 to the ultimate winners on Saturday, couldn’t prevent Dan Powers’s Bachelor Party from taking the tournament.