ISL Tournament Specifics

The ISL Tournament is in four days and the final seedings and schedule have been determined. With a 4-0 record this season, Georgia Tech has the number one seed in the tournament. Kennesaw State received the second seed with a 1-2-1 record, which is not indicative of their team’s ability. Both losses came by two points to Tech, and they are capable of putting on a show at the tournament. The third seed goes to GCSU, who finished the season with an 0-3-1 record, but has shown a lot of promise in the last couple of weeks. They’re certainly no slouch. Georgia State rounds out the tournament with the 4 seed since they have yet to play a game this semester and this will be their first collegiate speedball match.

The schedule for Saturday looks like this:

12:30 PM: Georgia Tech vs. Georgia State
12:30 PM: Kennesaw State vs. Georgia College
2:00 PM: Third Place Game
3:30 PM: Championship Game

The tournament will be held at Kennesaw State’s Owl’s Nest facility, and it’s address is 3220 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30144. The tournament should be a great time and there should be more fans than we’ve ever had before. Come out to support your team as they all compete for the first official ISL Championship and the Ramsey Cup. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Yellow Jackets Survive In Kennesaw After Controversial Ending

If the last two seasons have shown us anything, it’s that Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State don’t like each other. The first two ISL members have seen each other too often over the last two semesters and a rivalry has grown from the competition. Like usual, the game started off more physical than necessary, with some early pushing and shoving on the field. Kennesaw State started the show with a quick score to the right side of the end zone.

The Yellow Jackets looked lethargic in the first few minutes, but were able to finally right the ship. After trading scores in the early minutes of the game, Tech took advantage of some lucky opportunities and grew a marginal lead. Coming into this game, Tech knew they had to practice on beating Kennesaw’s press, and it paid off for them in the first half. The quick passing and spacing they had practiced worked well and allowed the Yellow Jackets to consistently move the ball.

The first half was quite a surprise compared to recent history between these two teams in Kennesaw. Last semester, the Owls routinely started each game off with a big run and Tech was forced to fight their way back in the second half. The script was flipped on Saturday, however, as the half ended with Tech on top 22-15.

At the start of the second half, the Yellow Jackets continued to move the ball down the field, finishing off some easy two point scores. Midway through the second half, Tech had built up a double digit second half lead, forcing a Kennesaw State timeout.

While Kennesaw hadn’t looked like their usual selves, everyone in attendance knew they had a scoring run in them, and the increased Tech lead woke them up. Coming out of the timeout, the Owls immediately looked like an improved team and were able to effortlessly move the ball down the field. They were able to convert a couple 3 point opportunities and then proceeded to force Georgia Tech turnovers by pressing.

Kennesaw’s aggressiveness threw the Yellow Jackets off their game, and they were noticeably flustered by the press. Over a 5 minute span, Kennesaw had cut the lead down to 2 points and had victory within their reach.

After forcing another Georgia Tech turnover, the Owls were able to work the ball down the field and took the lead with a 3 point kick to the right side of the end zone. With under a minute left, Tech quickly worked their way down the field, but were unable to find a score. After a quick restraining line play, the Yellow Jackets found the end zone to take a 31-30 lead, and this is where the controversy comes into play.

Georgia Tech had managed to score their final two points when the ref’s stopwatch said 7 seconds had passed since the end of the game, but this issue had not been addressed in the rule book. In previous discussions between the team captains, there were arguments about whether the ending of a game should be equivalent to soccer rules or basketball rules, essentially stating whether or not there should be added time to the end of each half.

Both team captains came together to discuss the outcome of the game, and the final decision was that the Tech score would count, but there would be 3 minutes of stoppage time added to the end of the half. While neither team was particularly happy with the outcome, they both walked back onto the field to finish the game.

Kennesaw State started the stoppage time with the possession, but was unable to score first. After an Owls turnover, the Yellow Jackets were able to convert on a 2 point score, taking a 3 point lead. Tech was again able to find the end zone with a minute left in the half, and had padded their lead to 5. Kennesaw State quickly responded with a 3 point score, but was then unable to respond with enough time left on the clock. The final score was a 36-34 Georgia Tech victory.

While neither team wanted the game to end the way it did, the outcome of the game had no effect on the season standings and tournament seeding. There will be some editing done to the rule book this week prior to the start of the tournament, and each team will be notified of the changes made.

This game was just the most recent of multiple classic games between the two schools. As they continue to grow and ISL expansion takes place, these two teams will continue to form a rivalry that creates some memorable moments and gives the ISL a backbone to focus on. The outcome wasn’t ideal for either team, but both should have something to prove heading into the tournament, which benefits everyone involved with the sport.

Here are some highlights of the game.

Georgia State: The Newest ISL Member

With the spring ISL season coming to a close, that means the Intercollegiate Speedball League Tournament is just around the corner. Next Saturday(April 19th), we’ll be hosting the first inaugural ISL Tournament. KSU, Georgia Tech, and Georgia College have each been training all season for the tournament, but Saturday will mark the first ever appearance by the newest ISL member, Georgia State.

Last fall, a contingent of Georgia State students attended a few Georgia Tech practices and learned the rules of the game. It took a while for State’s leader, Patrick Faerber, to find enough interested athletes to practice, but there is now a group willing to become the fourth ISL member.

There is currently a scrimmage between Georgia Tech and Georgia State scheduled for Tuesday, April 15th on Georgia Tech’s campus, and barring weather complications, this will be a great way for Georgia State to gain some experience heading into the tournament. Expectations many not be high for Georgia state in next Saturday’s tournament, but the valuable experience they’ll gain will be huge going into the fall season.

As the ISL continues to grow in size, there will be an increase in the number of proactive people involved. The team at Georgia State began to form prior to any plans or discussions made about the team’s direction. This was huge for their team since they didn’t need to rely on the other schools to get them started.

Looking ahead to the fall, the goal is to have six teams in the ISL, adding UGA and GGC into the mix. This will allow us to hold 5-6 game seasons with a major speedball tournament at the end of the season. There are big ideas for the sport moving forward, and we believe everyone will continue to enjoy the sport as much as the players have.

Latest Draw a Hard Pill to Swallow for KSU

Kennesaw State’s previous game against the Bobcats of GCSU was one of utter execution. Leaving their field with a 67-29 scoreline was enough to keep every visiting player happy headed in to KSU’s spring break. Little did the team know that once they came back home to play GCSU again, they would be in for a completely different match.

The team’s preparation was drastically different with GCSU having practice every day of the week leading up to the game while the Owls were off on vacation. Both teams were hungry for a positive result and it immediately showed in the first five minutes. KSU was first on the board, but the Bobcats were hot on their tail for much of the first half. Obnoxious bickering between the teams and the ref, however, threatened to turn the already intense rematch in to an all out brawl. Furious players on GCSU’s squad continually fought the official’s calls in the game and tensions were coming to a head between many of the players on the field. Luckily the halftime reprieve was in favor of the Owls with a 29-24 lead.

After the halftime interval, when both team captains got a chance to speak to their respective teams and the official, the second half started with a lot less chaos. Game play happened more smoothly from then on and there was much less to argue about. The game itself was turning into a shoot-out however as both teams refused to lose. Coming down to the last seconds of the game, it was KSU’s ball with :46 left on the clock, and only holding a 2 point advantage. A heavy punt by Ryan List of Kennesaw State fell right in to the hands of Josh Harrison of GCSU at mid-field and the game had become sudden death. Working the ball around Kennesaw’s woeful defense for the last fifteen seconds afforded GCSU the opportunity to tie up the game, which they executed with precision. The final whistle blew; 40-40 the final score.

While it will be noted that this game gave precedent for a rule change in the conference that there will be no more draws, GCSU was content to leave with a draw while the Owls were growing irritated and angry for allowing it to come to an end without a definitive result. Out played in the last few minutes and tactically outwitted, the Bobcats can look forward to another meeting against KSU at the Inaugural Intercollegiate Speedball Cup in two weeks time. Before then, however, The Owls will have one more game to revamp their strategy while hosting their rivals, the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech…

Georgia Tech Cruises Past Georgia College At Home

Three weeks ago, Georgia College competed in their first ever collegiate speedball game. Down by double digits in the second half against Georgia Tech, the Bobcats fought back to make the game close. In the final seconds, they were unable to convert a scoring opportunity and lost by 2 points. This game gave the team hope and something to build off of.

Fast forward a week to Georgia College’s next home game against Kennesaw State, and expectations were still high for the Bobcats. Kennesaw had been coming off of a heartbreaking loss to the Yellow Jackets and no one knew what to expect from them. Unfortunately for Georgia College, the Owls unleashed an offensive attack that led to a final score of 67-29. This game was a turning point for both teams involved, as KSU had found its confidence it had last semester. Georgia College, however, had suddenly realized winning would be tough to come by and they were going to have to improve.

Last Sunday marked the third collegiate speedball game of the season, when the Bobcats traveled up to Atlanta to take on the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech, coming off of two close wins, was looking to send a statement to both Georgia College and KSU, while the Bobcats were hoping for an underdog victory on the road.

GT Team Huddle

The game started well for the Yellow Jackets as they took the tip off and converted on a scoring opportunity to take the quick lead. Like usual, the Yellow Jackets used the early score to press the Bobcats, who were looking to play the ball in from the end zone. While Tech wasn’t able to force any turnovers near their end zone, the Yellow Jacket midfielders forced the Bobcats into some poor decisions. This allowed Tech some early opportunities on Georgia College’s side of the field.

The Bobcats really struggled to convert the scoring opportunities they were given, which was a huge storyline for this game. There were multiple occasions where a Georgia College receiver was unable to come down with a pass, along with a few passes that got caught by the wind. It was a miserable first half for the away team, as Tech led 25-4 at the half.

The second half started with much of the same from both teams. The Yellow Jackets were able to convert on some quick runs from their midfield, and the back seven were able to compress when the Bobcats pushed to Tech’s side of the field. The Georgia Tech defense had their best game of the season, as they were able to keep the Bobcats from getting within striking range for most of the game.

Towards the end of the second half, Georgia Tech went on another small run, caused by a couple Georgia College turnovers near their own end zone. The late run led to a final score of 49-8, which was the largest margin of victory in ISL history. This victory adds on to Georgia Tech’s surprising undefeated season, as they turn their attention to KSU. They will play the Owls in Kennesaw in two weekends, as the two ISL cofounders look to end the season on a high note.

For Georgia College, their focus turns to game by game improvements for the team as a whole. The last two games have been rough, but there were positives to take from each of them. If their offensive timing can be altered, their production will improve tremendously. The players are there for the Bobcats, and they’ll continue to improve with experience as the end of the season grows near. All three teams, however, should be playing at their best by the time the Intercollegiate Speedball Cup arrives in two and a half weeks.

Record-breaking Win for KSU in Milledgeville

Bouncing back from a heartbreaking loss in Atlanta to the Yellow Jackets, Kennesaw State’s Club Speedball team needed to redeem themselves not only for the sake of the loss, but for the future of the season. 

Earlier today KSU’s team traveled down to Georgia College’s intramural field to play them for the first time in Club Speedball history. Although the game itself had to start half an hour after its original planned time due to traffic conditions for the away team, the beginning of the game was met with tremendous energy. GCSU won the tip off and started off bright with link up play between some of their stars. The Owls however deployed a tight, high press defense that was constricting the home team’s passing lanes. While Kennesaw’s defense was iron clad at the back with Ryan List marshaling the defensive end zone with veteran teammates Josh Bramblett and Josh Bilecky, their offense was being opportunistic and efficient. The positional play of everyone on the team was far and away better than their previous outing at Georgia Tech. With 3 key players out for KSU it was already decided upon early that they would have to make up for it with grit, high intensity, and creativity in scoring.

As the first half ended for the Owls they were up with 25 points on the board and were able to hold Georgia College’s Offense to a season low of 12 (with no trios). The second half started out from Kennesaw’s end zone and they began what would turn into an onslaught of offensive point scoring. Pressing GCSU back into their own half only opened up more scoring opportunities for Mid Runner’s like Nick Oliver, Santiago Sierra, and Andrew Gorges to shoot the ball into the awaiting hands of a KSU player. Although only starting with 2 Receivers: Stepehen Poole and Parker Armagost, Kennesaw’s Club Speedball team recorded as much as 7 different players with points to their name including Trent Paris, Matt Ficklen and Joey Sabbagh. The attacking nature of the Owls and relentless press was more than a match for Georgia College’s apparent but-not-yet-tested potential.

The game ended with a Final of 67-29 and the dominant display shown by Kennesaw State’s team will only carry them into the favorable part of their Spring Schedule heads held high. Then hopefully in top position when the Club Speedball Cup comes around.

Georgia Tech Avoids Last Minute Falter Against Georgia College

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

Inside Look At GT vs. KSU’s Season Opener

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.

 

Georgia College Looks To Defeat Georgia Tech In Their Inaugural 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.