Photo by Sandy Canetti – UltiPhotos.com
While the weather was cold, the play was hot at the New York Rumble’s third tryout. It took an invite to be welcomed back to the fields on Randall’s Island this time around, as the Rumble continued searching for top talent in the Tri-State Area.
New York is looking to add new faces this year to fill out the 30-man roster as the season quickly approaches. Head Coach Anthony Nuñez and General Manager Michelle Kondracki had to sit down ahead of time to whittle the list of players down for this invite-only event.
Current Rutgers coach and former Rumble player Ari Weitzman was also on hand to assist Nuñez and Kondracki with the tryout.
The attendees were able to display their talents in break mark drills, various three-on-three scenarios, a designed help-defense situation and then in a pair of scrimmages officiated by referees.
Some of the standouts from Sunday include cutters Simon Johnson, who came up big throughout the tryout, and Albert Alarcon. At the handler spot, Charlie Patten impressed with his fluid disc movement on offense and showed he could play mistake-free ultimate.
“As we start to trim down the people at tryouts, it gets to be a harder decision for the coaches,” said Nuñez. “This year we have a lot of talent at the receiver role, and we have some very hard choices to make to be down to 40 tryouts for our final invite-only tryout next weekend.”
According to Nuñez, the Rumble are looking for players who can provide depth at the defensive handler spot. Injuries really hampered this Rumble team last year, so finding reliable depth will be essential.
The last and final invite-only tryout will be this Saturday, January 17 on Randall’s Island to determine the final roster.
Check out highlights from the tryout on UltiPhotos.