It was a beautiful day yesterday in Milledgeville, where Georgia College was pumped for their first ever ISL game. It had been over a semester’s wait for the Bobcats, and they were intent on bringing their best effort to the game. As if that wasn’t enough for Georgia Tech to deal with, the Georgia College home field advantage was in full effect with a couple dozen fans in attendance for the game. Everyone in attendance expected a competitive game, and they were not disappointed. Continue reading
For the first game of the season, Georgia Tech hosted Kennesaw State on a chilly Friday night in Atlanta. The match was a hard fought game and was close down to the last few seconds. Luckily, most of the game was captured on a GoPro camera, which was worn by one of Georgia Tech’s receivers.
The video gives a great look into how Georgia Tech prepares for the games and also gives up close video of the huddles. If you have the time, it’s a pretty interesting watch and the commentary will surely make you laugh. While the usual game angles are helpful, you can’t beat getting a camera out on the field.
Here’s the video from the game.
It’s been over a semester of waiting for Georgia College, but they will finally get their chance to compete in an Intercollegiate Speedball League match tomorrow at home against Georgia Tech. The team was ready to play in official games last semester, but was advised to wait until the spring to give themselves more time to practice and organize the sport club. Now Georgia College and Lou Schreckenberger. the Bobcat’s president, are looking to start their season off with a win against the Yellow Jackets, who beat Kennesaw State last weekend.
The Bobcats are a relative mystery for Georgia Tech, and they’ll be looking to come out tomorrow with an intensity the Yellow Jackets won’t be able to match. It’s been a long time coming, and they’re ready to get out onto the field to play a meaningful game. Georgia Tech will have their hands full, but they’re used to playing on the road and have experience in close games. The outcome of this game is a toss up and both teams have a great chance to walk away with a victory.
Both teams, however, will have some unfortunate absences for the game tomorrow. The injury bug has hit the Bobcats roster and will leave them with less depth than they originally anticipated. For Georgia Tech, a few key players will be gone due to other obligations, which adds to the intrigue of the game.
The game will be played on the Georgia College intramural fields at 2:00 PM tomorrow afternoon. The forecast is showing great weather for the game tomorrow, which is a complete reversal from last weekend’s conditions in Atlanta. Anyone is welcome to come out to the game and enjoy the first ever collegiate speedball game played on Georgia College’s campus. The ISL is excited for the first ever game involving an expansion speedball team, and everyone is hoping for a great match tomorrow afternoon between both teams.
Name: Keya Karimian
Year and Major: Senior/Computer Science
What convinced you to start playing club speedball?I played in high school and helped start the team at KSU. It was the only thing I missed from high school.
Who’s your favorite music artist and why? I love all music. But I like any type of house or trance music the most, because it puts me in the right state of mind and makes everything else obsolete. I can listen to it while I’m programming or even before a Speedball game to get me pumped!
If you could be anyone for a day, who would you be? Michael Jordan (preferably in the 90’s)
Which professional sports team (any league) is your favorite? DA BEARS!
Friday night’s match between Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State had been much anticipated after the last second Owls victory to end the fall season. Both teams were eager to get back out onto the field, wanting to prove this was a new season and last fall meant nothing. This game was quite different from previous speedball matches, however, as the game was not played in Kennesaw. This was the first ever speedball game played on Georgia Tech’s campus and both teams were looking to make this game a success for everyone involved. Georgia Tech was able to bring out a couple dozen fans for the late night game, and much to their satisfaction, they were given a close fought speedball match.
The teams have been practicing since the start of the semester, ready to kick off a new season and prove that last year means nothing. The first game of the season tips off tonight at 8 PM at Georgia Tech’s intramural fields, and both Kennesaw State and Georgia Tech have questions to answer. Will Kennesaw State be able to bring the same intensity and depth that led them to an undefeated season last year? Will Georgia Tech come out and prove that last season was a fluke? There are many questions that will hopefully be answered at tip-off tonight, and the game should be a memorable one.
Neither team has any idea of what to expect for tonight’s game, as both teams have had a complete overhaul since last season. Kennesaw State’s numbers have grown to an all-time high, while Georgia Tech has brought in some new faces as well. Every new season brings new schemes and game-plans that will undoubtably be adjusted until the right combination is found. Kennesaw State had the upper hand in this area last season, so it will be interesting to see if the Yellow Jackets can sneak a couple of surprises on the Owls tonight.
Tonight also marks the first home game for the Georgia Tech team, as they’ve had to deal with field issues and other location problems through their first two seasons as a team. Tonight will be a milestone for the Georgia Tech team, similar to the Owls’ first home game last semester. It should be a great atmosphere as there is expected to be the largest crowd to ever attend a collegiate speedball game. While last season wasn’t much to go off of, there is a noticeable difference in the amount of buzz the sport has generated this semester and everyone is expecting that to carry over into the game.
If you have the time, head on out to the game tonight. It’s going to be a great experience and should be something completely different from anything you’ve seen before. The game is going to be filled with a lot of emotion, since both teams are tired of playing each other, and we expect that to bring the best out of everyone. Hopefully we’ll see everyone there!
Over the last year, Georgia Tech has struggled with finding field space for practice, given the space issue on Georgia Tech’s campus. As if practices were hard enough to plan, organizing a home game was nearly unmanageable. This became an even bigger issue last semester when Georgia Tech’s intramural fields were closed while the school renovated the fields. Therefore, all of Georgia Tech’s “home games” were played at Kennesaw State last semester.
These issues have piled up and have been stressful to say the least, but with the intramural fields finally open to students, the Yellow Jackets will finally have their first home game next Friday, February 28th, against Kennesaw State.
Georgia Tech’s struggles last semester were highly documented and created tension among members of the team. This semester has been a breathe of fresh air, however, as the team welcomed in quite a few new members, some of which returned to campus this semester after an internship last fall. The talent level on the team has substantially improved, but there’s no way of predicting how the team will respond to all of the new faces.
While Georgia Tech’s improvements are promising, Kennesaw State has been working as well, growing to a remarkable size given the team’s short history. The Owls’ roster size has risen to 30+ members and their depth will be key to their success against the Yellow Jackets on the 28th.
KSU will be looking to start the season off with a statement as they try to win back to back ISL championships. The first game of the season is shaping up to be an excellent match between the two impressive teams, and we welcome everyone to come on out and watch the first game of the season. The game will start at 8:00 PM on the Georgia Tech intramural turf fields, which are next to the Campus Recreation Center. I will be informing everyone on the parking situation as soon as I here more from the club sports office. I hope everyone can come out and enjoy the first game of the new ISL season. We have high hopes for this season and would love for everyone’s support as we continue to grow across the state of Georgia!
This is one series of post we will be going through over the next few weeks leading up to the first game of the season. We will first start off with the Georgia Tech Secretary, Andrew Pofahl, who is a first year student at Georgia Tech, and provides the humor throughout most of practice, as you can tell by his answers.
Name: Andrew Pofahl
Year and Major: 1st Year, Mechanical Engineering
What convinced you to start playing club speedball?
I met some of the guys at FASET (Georgia Tech’s freshmen orientation) and thought it looked interesting.
Who’s your favorite music artist and why?
Childish Gambino because that’s what is on right now and he has sick flow.
If you could be anyone for a day, who would you be?
Which professional sports team (any league) is your favorite?
Give an embarrassing story about one of your teammates:
One time we were all at practice and Michael Burtt took the ball right to the private parts. Fortunately our manager was there, videoing practice, so we can watch and laugh over and over. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rdx945pDVTo Go to 1:55 and enjoy.
Since we’re getting ready to start the most important semester ever for the ISL, here’s an update on how we got to this point and where we stand right now.
When TJ Flesch and I first decided to start a “collegiate speedball league” (or at least something of the sorts), there really wasn’t much thought put into it. One night a little over a year ago, I received a text message from TJ, asking if I’d be interested in creating a Georgia Tech speedball team. Impulsively, I responded back with a less-than-enthusiastic “sure”, not really expecting much to come of it.
Now that we have finished this season’s highlight video, it’s time to take a look back at Georgia Tech’s top 5 plays of the season. While there were many choices to choose from, these 5 showed the best individual efforts of the season. Below is the video.
The video focuses heavily on John Wagner and Trent Keatley (the really tall kid) who are Georgia Tech’s top players on the field. While both are predominantly runners, they can move around on the field when the team needs them to fill other positions.
In the coming weeks, we will be doing player profiles on specific players from all the Intercollegiate Speedball League teams. They’ll give the public a chance to learn more about the players who make up the league. Thanks for checking out the highlight video and come back soon to see what else we have in store for the site.