Corporate Teams Play Super Scoreball
UXBRIDGE, MA — Monty
Python’s Holy Grail team, led by Field Commander Rick Rearick, easily defeated the Astros 29-19 during corporate-level
Super Scoreball action at the Habitat for Sports in Uxbridge. Ron Perreault officiated. Scoreball is a team sport developed in Central Massachusetts four years ago.
The majority of players during Thursday night’s game were playing their first Super Scoreball contest, limiting scoring
during the first period. The game began
with a tug of war at center field to determine which team would earn first ball possession and a possible scoring opportunity.
The Holy Grail team yanked away to victory in a rope-pull contest that lasted just under a minute. As the rope was pulled off the field, the enthusiastic Holy Grail team began
a game-long effort to keep possession of the ball. Todd Masterman scored the game’s first points with a shot into the
tower. That quick toss for three points was just the beginning of a sustained effort by his teammates which kept the Astros
busy defending their towers most of the night. Scoreball players employ the same athletic skills used in basketball and soccer when scoring or moving the ball up
and down the field, but the point value is different in this hybrid game; A kick into the goal is worth two points, while
successfully tossing the ball into a tower opening earns three points. Results of recreational games indicated that people who are given a chance to play the game will
adapt to it quickly, and will have fun while doing so. Despite the constant pressure, Astros’ Field Commander Preston Wilmot, along with Jay Bucci, Jason
Nourse, Chris Weagle, and Pat Redmond never gave in during the battle, some receiving minor injuries while keeping the defense
strong. Jim Lowry of the Grail team suffered a split calf muscle, forcing him to leave the game for medical treatment. Despite the loss of Lowry, the Grail’s Tom Peltier, John Desplaines,
and Nate Abzug carried out a scoring attack with Tod Masterman as their point man. At the other end of the field, teammate
Matt Sroka displayed the skills of an accomplished tower watch by smothering the net to prevent successful two pointers, and
by disrupting other scoring attempts on the towers by Astro players. The Holy Grail led at the end of the first period 9-0,
and 19-7 at the end of two. They never looked back as they went onto victory at the end of the three twenty-minute periods.
Guards Dominate New Sport Event
– Team Life Guard easily defeated the Rock Crushers of Central Massachusetts by a score of 24-5 during a Super Scoreball
event this weekend. The first-time player game took place at the Habitat For Sports, a multi-field indoor facility located
on West Street in Uxbridge and was preceded by an information session and training clinic. Youngsters came from as far away
as Barre and Worcester for the three-hour event which was hosted by the World Super Scoreball Federation. Super Scoreball
is an indoor/outdoor sport created in Massachusetts several years ago as a means of fighting childhood obesity while providing
more fitness and leadership opportunities to its players. The game begins with a tug of war at center field, then offers players
the option of scoring points by kicking the ball into the soccer net, or tossing the ball into the opening of one of the twelve-foot
high towers that are placed on each side of soccer nets.
During the game, the Rock Crushers came out strong, winning the game-opening tug of war. This gave them first-ball
possession but their hopes of scoring right away were short-lived. Their first shot bounced off the wall near the tower opening,
coming down onto the field. At this stage, the Life Guard team, led by Britnee Farland of Oxford, swiftly went into action,
scoring on their first trip down field. Emily Trotta, who plays soccer on a regular basis, kicked the ball right past the
defense, squarely into the net for the day’s first two points. She earned most valuable player honors during the game
while scoring a total of eighteen points by making four successful tower shots, and three kicks into the net.
As the Rock Crushers tried moving the ball down field to
score, Shane Carneiro of the Life Guards put up a solid wall of defense which the Rock Crushers had difficulty getting past.
When they did, they found their shots on goal blocked by Britnee Farland who played the tower watch position for her team.
The Rock Crushers never gave up but the combination of good defense by Carneiro, and Farland, and scoring skills by Trotta
and Eva Purdy of Barre were too much to overcome. When asked about her experience playing Super Scoreball, Trotta was excited
about a chance to play again. "I definitely liked playing. This sport should be worldwide. It’s energetic. I loved
moving the ball up field and having two ways to score." Carneiro agreed with Trotta, saying, "It was really fun,
I want to play again."