Held on June 21st and 22nd in Devens, MA, Brute faced a mix of early-season U.S. club teams and a few Canadian teams preparing to compete at the WFDF Club Championships in August.
Brute began the tournament coming out strong in pool play, going 3-0 against Vintage (15-5), Godiva (15-6), and HOPE (15-2). Highlights of pool play included a no-turn first half in the first game.
Saturday’s play ended with a 9-15 loss in the crossover pre-quarters game against Quebec City’s QUB. Regrouping after the loss, we called it our first wake up call of the season, and learned the dangers of coming out flat. A great lesson to learn early and a milestone to build off of for our season.
Sunday morning we returned to the fields for quarters refocused and ready to go. Philly-based Green Means Go came out with fire, playing aggressive and hungry, taking the first 2 points. Brute quickly stepped it up and answered back to take half, 8-4, and end the game 15-6.
Next, Brute faced Bent in the semis, and continued the aggressive defense with huge blocks from Sara Jacobi, Liên Hoffman, and Kami Groom. The O line found some pretty flow against the 1-3-3 transition D Bent threw, with some pinpoint hucks from Leila Tunnell. The D line was quick to capitalize on breaks. Brute ended the game 15-6.
The finals saw a rematch between Brute Squad and QUB. Hungry for revenge, we came out strong, matched in turn by QUB’s intense energy and excitement. Brute scored first off a break, and QUB answered back to tie it 1-1. The rest of the first half saw offensive points traded between Boston and Quebec until Brute took half 8-7 on a throw from Hoffman to Laura Bitterman.
Brute came out of half fired up and scored another break on a huck from Shira Klane to Jacobi. Shortly after, Mia Greenwald contributed one of the major highlights of the tournament with a dominant sky in a sea of contesting players. Pumped up from these plays, we pressed on to take the title of Boston Invite Champs, 15-11.
Thanks to all our friends and family for your support all weekend!