Kicking off a new tradition in Texas
For the first year, the Houston Firehawks and Dallas THC co-hosted an invitational event in Texas. The 2 clubs have been putting up solid performances over the past few years; Houston has brought home 2 open division titles over the past 3 seasons. Meanwhile, Dallas has grown into a force to be reckoned with on the National scene. Hosting an event was the logical next step and they pulled it off successfully!
Chicago goes undefeated, brings home gold
Our men’s team knew they had their work cut out for them, with an opener against the Houston Firehawks. In our last encounter, Houston came out on top during the California Cup and went on to win gold at that event. This game proved to be another tough match-up, with both teams fighting back and forth throughout the game. The final result was a 20-20 tie the immediately raised the stakes for the next 2 group games.
In their second game, our boys maintained control of the game and won 25-14 over Texas A&M, but lost left wing Alex Lohr to injury. Alex was ruled out for the remainder of the tournament and we wish him a speedy recovery over the Holiday break!
We closed out day 1 with a late night game against Knight Air. The team played disciplined handball and took a commanding 16-6 lead into the half. But the servicemen had no intention of rolling over and put on a strong comeback in the second half, forcing our men to battle to the end to come away with the win. The 27-23 mark gave us the edge over Houston for first place, and matched us up with the Air Force Academy for the next day’s semifinal.
Sunday started off on a strong note, with a 29-23 win over the Air Force Academy. Despite fielding a lot of newer players (as is the curse of all college teams when their seniors leave), Air Force looked strong and will grow stronger still as the season wears on.
Having jumped that hurdle, our men’s team was now faced with their rival San Francisco CalHeat. The Bay Area team knocked out a tough Houston team 24-21 in the other semifinal. As always, this was a tough game, with both teams playing hard. CalHeat took a commanding 14-9 lead early on the second half and looked to be rolling. But Chicago fought back and pulled off the come-from-behind win, 22-20.
Standing, left to right: Kevin – Alex – Justas – Eloy – Patrick – Zak – Risto – Bojan
Kneeling, left to right: Jaime – Brenno – Roman – Marko – Tak
Missing: Keigo – Marti
A first trophy to cap off a good start
Our men’s has put in hard work and had some good results in this early part of the season. After a tough loss in our home tournament, this win in Texas is the reward this team needed to build on as we head into the Holiday break. Through 10 games in invitational tournaments, the team has now won 8, tied one and lost only one. We head into the break with 14 points and the lead in the Wild Card race; and the lead in the Midwest League.
We are looking forward to a strong second half of the season and will be back in action in January. We will host Game Day 3 of the Midwest League and travel to the California Cup XII.