2013Feb 14

SPAD Brings Yukigassen to Ontario…and the Fun Snowballs Into a Media Frenzy

LUSB_action copyBy SPAD Bloggers Cameron Brooks and Benoit Roy

The sport of Yukigassen has taken over Laurentian University!  On February 8-10, 2013, third and fourth year SPAD students Darby Reive, Matthew Jackowetz, Benoit Roy, Brady Scott, Kendra Lilly, Andrew Berlingieri and Andrew Corradini orchestrated the first ever Yukigassen Canada sanctioned event in Ontario, the LU Snow Battle presented by SGA/AGÉ.  Over 70 participants made their way to the Laurentian Soccer Fields to take a chance on the new sport of Yukigassen and fight for snow battle supremacy.  The result was a weekend of fast paced snow battle action, closely fought matches, and the energy one would expect from students who were powered by Red Bull and keen to participate in a sport never played in their home province before.  The only thing stopping them was the incredibly cold weather which eliminated the use of the incredible snow ball making machines provided by Yukigassen Canada, but a suitable replacement was found in nerf balls. Check out the action here with the latest episode on the SPAD YouTube channel.

The tournament began with a “Learnament” on Friday where players were encouraged to learn the rules of the game while developing strategies for success on Saturday and Sunday.  Round-robin play proved to be very intriguing with nine teams fighting for the prestigious first ranking going into Sunday’s playoff bracket.  When play concluded, the all-SPAD team “Snow Us Your Balls” were sitting undefeated in first position.  Before the finals began, the first ever Old Rock Roastery Snow Bowl was played, where two members of each team were selected to compete in a mock-Pro Bowl.  Game MVP Mackenzie Boyden made his way into the record books and was awarded some swag presented by BeaverTails, who were kind enough to serve up delicious winter treats all weekend.LUSB_fistsofflurry copy

In the championship match, “Snow Us Your Balls” and “Fists of Flurry” battled it out for the right to be named the winners of the first ever LU Snow Battle.  Five long, gruelling, and exciting periods of Yukigassen treated fans to some fantastic play with “Snow Us Your Balls” taking an early lead due to the heroics of Steve Walsh, but it was “Fists of Flurry” who snatched up the win in the final seconds of the last period to be deemed Ontario’s first Yukigassen Canada Provincial Champions.  They were awarded the grand prize of free pizza for the rest of the school year provided by tournament Gold Sponsor, Fat Tuesday’s Pizza.  They now have an opportunity to battle in the Yukigassen Canada National Championships in March – congratulations guys!

LUSB_Ocommittee copyFortunately, the LU Snow Battle garnered much local media attention which began with tournament organizer Darby Reive’s interview with Markus Schwabe on CBC Morning North prior to the event, which can be found here. During the tournament, CTV News profiled the LU Snow Battle during Friday’s “Learnament” much to the excitement of the participants in attendance.  Darby Reive and SPAD Student Council President Scott Rodgers were featured in the release which can be found here.  Finally, the Sudbury Star presented a front page picture of the LU Snow Battle following the tournament and Northern Life released a feature article on the event highlighting the goings-on of the weekend, which can be found here.

As with any SPAD event, the LU Snow Battle presented by SGA/AGÉ would not have been as successful without the tremendous support from its sponsors:  Presenting Sponsor – SGA/AGÉ; Gold Sponsors – Fat Tuesday’s Pizza and Sostarich, Ross, Wright, & Cecutti, LLP;  and Supporting Sponsors – Old Rock Roastery and Red Bull.  Event organizers appreciate that students took a chance on the new sport of Yukigassen and they would like to thank the great people at Yukigassen Canada for being so supportive in the creation of the LU Snow Battle.  Until next year, roll with the snow balls and KANPAI!

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