At the start of 2009, I began playing ultimate frisbee. In October that year I attended my first national competition: Mixed Nats with an awesome team called Pillow Fight. Last year, sadly, Pillow Fight did not attend, although I went with the sixth best club team in the world, Smurf. THIS YEAR, however, we were determined to make P-Fight happen again, and happen it did! Stakes were higher this time around, as only two spots were allocated to SA instead of the usual three. Naturally, though, we were amazing, and nationals-bound! (And off on a frisbee road trip! My first one since my very first tournament, the Keith Calippo Classic, Tournament of the Year 09.)
Last time, the Pillow Fight theme extended to wearing PJ shorts (for most people, just on the first day) and a couple of random pillow fights. This time, we fully embraced it. Uniform shorts were, naturally, pajama shorts.
In addition, the night before the tournament, as we were all gathered in our accommodation, we had a pillow case-painting party to create our MVP prizes for the next day. Surprisingly and awesomely, the boys got into it way more than the girls, and created some masterpieces of pillow case art. At the tournament, instead of the traditional MVP voting in the circle, we selected two people who would be Most Fun To Have A Slumber Party With and made them pillow fight it out to win the grand prize of a handcrafted P-Fight pillow case. Word on the street was that at least one team wanted to play us in order to partake of this excellent new P-Fight tradition.
We lost all three games on Day 1, but came out and won three of four on Day 2, and won our last game on Day 3 to take 11th place and become officially the best mixed team in SA, as UE sadly only came 17th. We had a ton of fun in games, with 'fluffing the pillows' (pictured) and wiggling (not pictured, you're welcome) happening all over the shop. I threw my first scooba in a game and got a handblock on the first day. I threw some goals and caught some goals.
I fully endorse the P-Fight policy of selecting people based on whether they are fun to play with. It was an exceptionally fun tournament, and I hope it happens again next year.