Cork Open

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The Cork Open is an annual tournament held in early November that gives Ultimate players a chance to experience the People's Republic of Cork and traditionally marks the end of outdoor play in Ireland. While the first tournament originally had less than X teams on the roster, the Cork Open has grown to become Ireland's premier Ultimate tournament. Nowdays it boasts more than 20 open teams from as far afield as Italy, Luxembourg and Belgium as well as teams from all corners of Ireland. It's success lies with its intense hard-fought games, great spirit, great weather, affordability and hugely enjoyable themed parties. The event which is hosted by the local university Ultimate team UCC Skulltimate has so far earned 2 IFDA "Tournament of the Year" awards.

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[edit] History

First held as an intervarsity competition and later as the first official Irish Intervarsities, the Cork Open has grown to be the largest tournament in Ireland. In 2007 it will host 20 teams from Ireland, the UK, Italy and other European parts.

In 2009 the Cork Open held 24 teams, consisting of teams from Ireland and across Europe. The tournament took place over the Halloween Weekend. The oveall winners of the tournament were Broccoli.

[edit] Venue

The tournament is held in the People's Republic of Cork in south west Ireland. Originally held at the Mardyke arena, the Cork Open has more recently been held at the UCC Curraheen sports ground colloquially known as "The Farm." It is located at the western outskirts of the city and is easily accessible via the Cork bypass. The venue is serviced by the number 8 bus which has the Curraheen area as its final stop heading west. The Farm has the capacity to host more than 15 Ultimate fields (3 of which are floodlit), a marquee, a sizeable carpark and changing facilities. The grass pitches are reknowned for their excellent quality owing to their delicate management by the UCC groundsmen. While the Farm hosts the Cork Open it is regularly used by the UCC Skulltimate team for grass training.

[edit] Johnny Chimpo

Any team that is lucky enough to win the Cork Open will forever be compared to the might Johnny Chimpo who won in 2004, 2005, 2007 & 2008 in the midst of their dominant run in Irish ultimate. While subsequent winners may claim glory at the Open, their efforts pail in comparison to those of the Chimps. The awesome Chimps. The Chimps who are serious about winning it again.

[edit] Website

For more details about the upcoming Cork Open visit [[1]]

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