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.
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.
Life Guards Dominate New Sport
UXBRIDGE, MA – 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.
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."