Beginning in 1989, Ring of Fire has cultivated a tradition of winning and fielding some of the best ultimate Frisbee talent in the Triangle area.
Since its inception, the team mission has remained to build the most competitive team around, pooling together athletes not only from Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill but also from the farthest reaches of the state.
“Ring of Fire has a storied history of high-level ultimate,” said Larry Durgin, Ring’s fundraising and communications director “Ring of Fire is steeped in a tradition of grit, hard work, brotherhood and devotion to the sport we love.”
And Ring certainly has a track record to back up its mission statement. The team has qualified for USA Ultimate National Club Championships 16 out of the past 17 years, and has attended the prestigious tournament the last 14 years in a row.
Though only making it to the finals once, Ring competed in semifinals three times and quarterfinals seven, including the last two seasons. The team also has won regionals 9 out of the past 11 seasons to be named the Mid-Atlantic Regional Champion each time.
On an international level, the team has qualified for the World Championships three times.
photo by Erin Wiltgen
Queen City 2010
“Our style is based on the principles of playing with passion and earning our worth, with no excuses and no regrets,” Durgin said.
Ring will field a set roster of 27 players for the 2010 season, and Durgin says he has high hopes for the year.
“The team has an enormous amount of talent this year,” he said. “The tryout process was very competitive, and we were very pleased with so many accomplished players from all around the region deciding to play as hard as they could for a spot on the team.”
And once again, the team will shoot for the stars.
“With the added talent and athletes on the roster this year, as well as our experienced and hungry returners, we have our sights set on the semifinals at Nationals and beyond,” Durgin said.
Aside from the series, which for Triangle area teams begins with sectionals on Sept. 11, Ring will attend four tournaments. The team competed in Queen City Tune Up July 10 and 11.
Next Ring plans to attend Furniture City Classic in High Point July 31-Aug. 1, Emerald City Classic in Seattle, Wash., Aug. 14-15, and the Chesapeake Open in Poolesville, Md., Aug.
For more info:
Official Ring of Fire Web site
Preview of North Carolina open club teams: LOS
Other Triangle area teams
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