This year’s Colorado Cup showcase game will feature Toronto’s GOAT against the home team, Johnny Bravo. GOAT formed in 2002 as a merger between the top teams in Ottawa and Toronto. (Greater Ottawa And Toronto=GOAT). Today, most of GOAT’s players are from Toronto. They pull young players from the University of Toronto, McMaster University, Queens University, Western and the University of Guelph. Since the team’s inception in 2002, GOAT has qualified for the UPA Championships four times. They had a breakout performance in 2007 when they met Johnny Bravo in the semifinals. Though Bravo beat GOAT 15-11 and advanced to the finals, GOAT’s performance over the past three years has established them as one of the truly elite teams in the sport.
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GOAT will be one of the most exciting teams to watch at Colorado Cup 2010. John Hassell (#38) and Andy Ouchterlony (#43) are two of Canada’s best players, both traveled to Taiwan last year to represent Team Canada at the World Games. Both are excellent receivers and Hassell will stand out of any group with his outstanding deep shots. Many of GOAT’s younger players are picking up international experience in the World Junior Ultimate Championships in Europe this summer; they have 7 players on Canada’s U23 team and 2 players on Canada’s U20 team. In addition, veterans Kirk Nylen and Pat Mooney are coaching Canada’s junior teams. This means GOAT will be fielding a smaller roster of around 16 players for Colorado Cup. If GOAT hopes to turn things around against Bravo, they will have to do so without some of their key players.
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GOAT and Bravo have met a total of 6 times in the past three years and each match has been an exciting one. While Bravo has never lost, GOAT has held a late lead on several occasions. Two of Bravo’s wins came on double game point. The last meeting at the 2009 UPA Club Championships was arguably the most dramatic match of the tournament. GOAT took half 8-5. Bravo rallied from behind (9-13) to score 5 breaks and win 16-14 in the pre-quarterfinal elimination game. Despite the fierce competition, the two clubs remain friendly, often sitting down together after a game to share drinks and stories. When asked what GOAT enjoys about playing Johnny Bravo, GOAT spokesman Phil Watanabe replied; “Bravo is always a fearless, athletic and talented team and that always makes for a great game.” Johnny Bravo welcomes our Canadian friends and looks forward to playing another exciting match with them.