Owen Westbrook was awarded The Farricker Spirit Award. Owen is everything you look for in a Farricker Award nominee: consummate representative of Spirit of the Game, fierce competitor and talented player. His play as a central handler over the last 6 years was invaluable in the team’s run from 11th in 2011 to a national championship in 2014. However, his voice is truly what sets him apart. After finishing dead last in spirit in 2011, Owen played an influential role in reshaping the culture of the team and in turn how the team was perceived by the community. Though never a captain, Owen has stepped into a number of leadership roles within the team over the years, including coordinating fields, workouts and play calling on the offensive line. Owen is intelligent, witty and kind and a great friend and teammate. He would be a very worthy recipient of Bravo’s first Farricker Spirit Award.
The Farricker Spirit Award is given to the player in the men’s division of the USA Ultimate’s National Championship Series adjudged to have exhibited personal responsibility, integrity, and fairness combined with a high standard of playing ability. Each Nationals-qualifying men’s team nominates one player from their own team as the person who best represents Spirit of the Game.
Coming off a 2014 National Championship, Johnny Bravo is gearing up for the 2015 season and has a few announcements to share.
After captaining for a combined 18 seasons, Ryan Farrell, Josh “Richter” Ackley and Jack McShane have stepped down. Jesse Roehm, Henry Konker and Jimmy Mickle will serve as captains in 2015. Bob Krier will continue as Bravo’s coach.
Bravo will be hosting a series of pre-season open practices. These practices are a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in trying out for the team to get to know the guys and get some early season touches before tryouts. We’ll run on Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. until dark at Westfield Village Park. Mark the following dates on your calendar:
We will be holding an open tryout on Saturday, May 30 and an invite-only tryout on Sunday, May 31.
If you would like to join us for pre-season practices and scrimmages, please send an email to email@example.com. If you plan to try out for the team, please complete the following form: http://goo.gl/forms/OoEmncSD9R.
Outstanding size, stature and strength — towers over defenders, has natural throwing lanes from anywhere and is able to make plays under duress. Athletic — can climb the ladder on anyone. Is a load to handle. Generates easy velocity with a quick, compact release and can make all the throws. Is very competitive and will sell out to make a play. After a debilitating injury, has a new lease on his Ultimate life and a new outlook to match. Can flat-out rip it in any condition. Darkhorse teammate. Is deadly with a mini-disc and even deadlier with a camera phone.
Has large hands and is strong for his size. Sacrifices his body and supports the run willingly; he likes contact. Takes good angles and understands contain. Outstanding work ethic. Good short-area zone awareness; reacting to throws in front of him is a strength. Hardworking and accountable. Experienced veteran of Virginia, Ring of Fire, and U23 Team USA. A true student of the game, Toner is wise beyond his years. Bravo’s only southpaw brings his unorthodox hand skills and bevy of wrong handed throws to Italy and probably after that, a township near you.
Explosive, punishing defender. Very good size and movement skills. Great explosion in his legs. Covers ground fast and is surprisingly soft-spoken for a converted Hodag. Drops into the box and covers multiple positions in the zone. Physical defender, loose-hipped. Effective mark. Aggressive and energetic. A rare combination of red hair and Mexican ancestry. Embodies all the positive traits of a utility player. Can be plugged in any position on the field, providing the necessary glue to put everything together. A great guy and great teammate, the most telling statement about Lokke can be heard along the sidelines of every team he’s left, “That Lokke really tied the room together.”
Releases cleanly and accelerates into cuts. Outstanding athletic ability and receiving skills. Threatens every level. Advanced route runner. Pierces the cutting lanes and is a mismatch vs. man coverage — regularly bested downfield defenders. Terrific quickness, agility, balance and body control against large defenders and too powerful for small defenders. Catches cleanly off his frame. Makes tough grabs look routine. Wide catching radius. Catches on the move and quickly releases upfield. Excellent production. Has the full arsenal of throws to work in the backfield when needed.
By the numbers:
- Called the Pale Adonis by teammates for his 12 pack abs
- Wears 100 SPF
- Regularly eats 60 Starburst in one plane flight
Intense, active and energetic. Zooms around the field and stands out on tape. Aggressive human highlight machine — triggers quickly, flies downhill and chops down discs. Breaks on throws and shows short-area burst to close. Has quick hands to snatch Ds. Raw but extremely productive. Throws his body around like a surface to air missile. Makes up a lot of ground in the air. Outwardly humble and quietly confident. In command of his emotions at all times. Extremely steep learning curve. Only played 1 year at Delaware and has less than 5 years of experience in the game but is a steady contributor already.
Outstanding size with a well-proportioned, muscular build. Big target over the middle and in the endzone. Athletic with flexible hips and knees to run the full route tree. Bursts into routes and stretches the seam. Good hands. Has playmaking ability. Great space cutter, opens up cutting lanes for others even when not getting the disc. Cagey marker. Bends his knees, shuffles and fans disc out wide. Works well in tandem late in the count and in sync with others in zone. Takes care of his body and maintains low body fat. Has been around the East coast club game for a while and brings a very solid game to Bravo, providing a stabilizing force downfield. Morgan brings a substantial Ultimate IQ and glorious curly mane.
Exceptional take-off speed, acceleration and closing burst. Makes plays effortlessly in back-side lateral pursuit. Outstanding recovery quickness to make plays (when he is out of position). Explosive striker. Can produce “wow” plays when he triggers quickly or releases cleanly and has developed a reputation for mentally removing good players from games. Tremendous mark stifles even the best throwers. Very opportunistic defender – often makes plays in the cutting lanes on players he is not marking. Carries a strong ball hawking mentality. Smizz (or Smitty) earned a PhD in ownage but skipped the classes on braggadocio. Peterson’s stock has sky-rocketed in the last year, going from a strong role player on an outstanding Colorado team to receiving All-Region, Ultiworld 2nd Team All-American, as well as Defensive Player of the Year Honors.
Exceptional size. Outstanding arm strength — spins it with velocity and can make all the throws. Can drill the deep OI and fit it into a tight window across the field throwing to his left. Has a rangy frame with room for added bulk. Excellent height and long arms to contend in the air and set a wide mark. Good hands to snatch Ds. Nice linear fluidity. Covers ground with long strides. Flashes striking ability on offense that translates fluidly into big hucks in any condition. Primarily a defensive stopper with Bravo but can really open up the field with his throws from his time at Arizona. Tough mindset – played his first year on Bravo with a broken forearm he suffered at tryouts. Will relentlessly guard his rucksack of pork chops.
Terrific competitor. Extremely driven to succeed. Well-prepared and confident in his approach. Footwork is very clean and in rhythm — throws on balance with sound mechanics, a fluid delivery and smooth stroke. Very good timing, touch and anticipation – throws receivers open. Is patient working through his reads. Sells fakes hard and takes what the defense gives him. Poised in the face of the zone and often anticipates it coming. Is very mentally and physically tough. Is a student of the game with a very good understanding of Ultimate concepts. Plays like a coach on the field, knows the responsibilities of everyone on the field and can get teammates lined up correctly. Makes few mental errors. Consistently moves the disc and comes through in the clutch. Is given a lot of autonomy to make adjustments on the fly and understands how to exploit defenses. Meticulous in his preparation. Identifies with the game and really works at his craft. Smart, determined and focused. Showed gradual improvement every season. Highly respected, unselfish team leader. Rises to the occasion on big stages. Ultimate is extremely important to him but he enjoys nothing more than sitting on the patio with his wife Liz and a nice German Eisbock, watching his dog Scotch wreak havoc. When not on the field or at home, you’ll find him Economizing and gracing Denver television screens with his perfectly groomed beard and chiseled face, or perhaps in the gym doing right handed curls in the mirror.
Very good athlete with fluid movement skills and good range. Competes hard. Runs the alley and can negotiate traffic. Good zone awareness and play recognition. Understands angles and leverage. Can carry receivers in man coverage with little wasted movement in transition on speed turns. Good leaping ability. Very smart, motivated, team player with a passion for the game. Can line up the defense. Outstanding work ethic. Contributes as a gunner on pulls. A seasoned champion, has won on every level. Exceptionally loose hips to swivel out of cuts or perfectly execute salsa moves. Will make sure teammates are on top of their haircut game. Second guy in the building will be greeted with the sounds of One Direction emanating from the locker room.
Looks every bit the part with long arms (big wingspan) and large hands. Athletic marvel with raw explosive power and rare speed for his size. Is physically tough and will battle through injuries. Can collapse the field with ease and offensively, rag-dolls defenders (see US Open Final, 2012). Highly disruptive — creates a lot of pressure on the offense and flushes production to his teammates. Plays with leverage and power in his hands — converts speed into power and bulls receivers off their cutting lanes. Disrupts a thrower’s vision with long arms and can bat down discs. Seldom leaves the field. Flashes playmaking ability and can produce athletic feats in a category with few others before him. Versatile — lines up against anyone on the line and can win with strength, power, quickness and speed. Has the personality of a pleaser and does not like to disappoint coaches or teammates. Looked like a grown man in high school and has since graduated to a human specimen of mythic proportions. Always at the forefront of fashion, Snieder also enjoys speed skating, eating fine cheeses, and hibernating. Snieder will be coming down from the mountaintops to join Bravo in its quest for the double peak.
Outstanding size-speed ratio and athletic ability. Fluid movement skills — makes it look easy flipping his hips and reacting to the thrown disc. Very good transitional quickness and recovery speed. Superb feet and agility to pop out of his breaks and close on the disc — explosively quick. Natural interceptor with very good hand-eye coordination (a la Champ Bailey), leaping ability and has greatly improved overall disc skills. Very good vision, timing, and traffic burst as a cutter. Finds the holes, deep and shallow, and fills them. Excellent drive in the weight room and on the court. Med school is next for this speedster with throwback good looks, but in the meantime he’s been labeled the “Lebron James of serving” by his peers. Line up across from him and he’ll serve you too.
Disruptive first-step quickness. Outstanding instincts — locates the disc quickly and is around it a lot. Very good body control, bend and balance. Developed huck defensive moves which allows him to play way above his height. Very explosive. Excellent pursuit — tracks down offenders from behind. Sacrifices his body and sells out around piles. Strike cuts with authority. Provides a high level of physicality, bangs with the big boys. Highly motivated. Played big vs. better competition. Can cover a large zone with ease. Highly competitive and energetic. Regularly was the focus of defensive game plans and still produced despite facing flat marks to attempt to stop his big hucks. Does not stand up well to the sun. Imposes his will in an argument, can play both sides with ease.
Has a very quick trigger and good wrist snap that translates to a smooth throwing motion and clean, compact delivery (little windup). Lightning release quickness. Urgent decision maker. Sells pump fakes. Athletic enough to slide in the backfield, give and go, and buy time with his feet while keeping his eyes downfield. Good anticipation — throws his receivers open. Can change ball speeds and drop it in a bucket. Does not take self-deemed unnecessary risks and will dump the ball. Will deliver the ball looking down the barrel of a gun. Tough-minded and poised in zone — can withstand hard contact and pop back up. Highly competitive. Smart and respected. Very durable, experienced, former club champion and Callahan winner. Good Ultimate intelligence. This Georgia Tech product comes with Megaman-like arm strength and virility.
Light on his feet with terrific balance. Sinks his hips with ease and pops out of breaks to separate. Tracks and adjusts. Quick hands with the disc. Good concentration, body control and boundary awareness. Runs like a gazelle, making up ground in a hurry. Shows creativity and vision after the catch. Unafraid to play in the tall trees. Highly productive as a defender before numerous injuries derailed his career. Confident and competitive, he is back and better than ever this season. With Bravo’s influx of talent, Mangan won’t have to assume a heavy workload and can concentrate on making plays when he is on the field and maintaining his health. Expect Mangan to once again be back amongst the premier defenders in Ultimate by season’s end.
Well-versed operating a Krier-style offense and makes USAU-style progression reads. Is comfortable working from under vertical and in the split stack. Competent enough to read past the first wave. Good field vision, timing and anticipation. Very good short-to-intermediate accuracy. Throws with accuracy while being fouled — good wrist snap. Delivers the ball under duress. Has enough arm strength to fit the ball into spots. Consistent throwing mechanics — has a smooth stroke. These talents weren’t natural, displayed a tremendous amount of improvement from college to club as a result of his work ethic. Good caretaker and decision-maker. Smart and articulate; well accomplished despite proclivity for detonating himself and everyone around him. Bravo drafted Padget out of Colorado after a compelling and controversy filled career where he often came in from the offseason overweight, with a nicotine addiction. Despite an offseason skiing injury which caused a late start to his season, Padget is hitting his stride (and maximum velocity) coming into the Worlds Ultimate Club Championships.
Terrific size. Smooth accelerator — jets off the line, eliminates cushion and has speed to stretch the field vertically. Good balance and body control. Can stem his cut and leverage defenders. Drives off defenders and creates separation. Outstanding leaping ability to elevate and pluck throws out of the air. Flashes playmaking ability. Able to sidestep defenders and pick up chunk yards after the first bit of physicality. Can stretch the field with throws to secondary receivers. Predator-like silhouette. True to his Indiana University roots, will flip the script and deny separation on defense or the dance floor.
Instinctive and anticipatory. Advanced understanding from the back end — makes subtle adjustments and diagnoses pull plays. Steps downhill quickly. Outstanding overall production in all facets. Good competitive playing speed — runs as fast as he needs to. Very good Ultimate-playing demeanor — confident and opportunistic. Showed up in big games and made clutch plays (see World Games Final). Times up the bids very well and plays bigger than his size. Has contributed as a cutter and displayed good short-area burst on offense. Exceptional work ethic and leadership traits. Respected, vocal team leader with an infectious attitude that can unite a locker room. Has been extremely durable, especially given his size and playing style. Marriage has helped him shed the lifestyle that led to missing most of 2008 with a smashed hand and countless smashed phones but he is still in the business of smashing an opponent’s spirit. He practices and trains like he plays, just in less clothes.
Quick-twitch athlete with prototypical speed. Can mirror on a cut and shadow possession receivers. Terrific balance, loose-hipped, can spin in both directions confidently. Quick-footed and agile. Smooth transition and change of direction. Flips his hips and has ample speed to carry cutters downfield. Plants and drives in a blink. Quick-handed on the mark. Excellent ball hawk with top notch body control to bid around receivers. Shows recovery speed. Stands up well to physicality and aggression. Feisty, does not hesitate to sacrifice his body. Displays good zone awareness and has experience in off-man. Extremely versatile, will transition from nickname to nickname with ease. Goes by Carrot Tim, Air Tim, Bucket Hat Tim, The Kid, Applejack, etc… Spinning prowess is unrivaled and carries a childlike wonder. Exceptional teammate. Drew criticism at the combine for controversial social media posts, posting queries regarding the viability of future fellatio. Penchant for crispy bacon, acidic wine, and friendly women.
Terrific pivoting ability. Reverse spins, draws contact and buys time with the disc while continuing to scan the field — can still set his feet, alter his throwing motion and manipulate his arm and throwing platform. Houdini-like escapability (uses subtle, nifty sidestep moves) and improvisational ability to pull a rabbit out of his hat and create magic. Sets quickly. Can sling it when he’s in rhythm and has a clean lane. Good zip short-to-intermediate. Can launch deep throws with ease and flashes a slight air bounce to drop it in the bucket. Shows composure in the face of a zone and is willing to put his body on the line to make a play. Makes plays with his feet, rolling downfield, extending plays or throwing on the move (left or right) to get the next pass. Slippery and elusive to escape physicality and is a threat to cut deep. Functional straight-line speed and run strength for a primary handler. Experienced, International player. Terrific character. Has a likable personality. Relentlessly positive. Only knock is he often uses his escapability to elude would-be Ultimate situations in order to engage in the Hangout, however Johnny Bravo GM Ryan Farrell stated this as a primary reason for signing him.
Exceptional Ultimate playing speed — can flat out fly and take the top off a defense. Has world-class track speed. Extends outside his frame and plucks the disc. Outstanding body control and agility. Tracks the disc well over his shoulder and is a natural hands-catcher who can make an average thrower look good. Possesses big-time playmaking ability and is very effective creating in the open field on isolation cuts and quick-hitting endzone strikes. Good burst out of his cuts to separate. Detractors have called him a liability with the disc in the past but has stepped up his game in the past few seasons and really improved his throwing skills. Showed incredible heart this past season playing with a debilitating foot injury. Look for Mr 12 Goal, scoring and mumbling indignities that will have you questioning everything. He’s the one with the sweet smile and sweeter buzz cut.