This game was too hot for only 10 top plays... so here are the top 11!
On June 2, the Torch traveled to Atlanta to play in the first professional women's ultimate fribsee game in the State of Georgia. The Atlanta Soul treated us to a great crowd and an incredibly welcoming, competitive and spirited atmosphere.
With only 20 seconds left in regulation and down by two scores, Amy Broome connected with Elise Bjork who put a gorgeous flick to the end-zone. Thanks to Bethani Eberhart's masterful box-out and Elise Franke's ups, the Torch pulled to within one with only 8 seconds left. Assistant Coach Colleen Kepner called an on-sides pull, which would give the Torch ONE chance to get a D and a huck. Thanks to Bex Forth's intense mark, Dre Esparza's run thru D and quick throw and Michelle's perfect snag, the Torch sent the game to OT, later to win on Universe Point in double over-time. Relive the game highlights and experience here:
On May 12, 2018 the Austin Torch made their professional ultimate debut in Austin, TX in front of a crowd of over 1,200 cheering fans! The Medellin Revolution flew in from Colombia for the inaugural game and both teams put on a fantastic show of high quality ultimate, phenomenal athleticism, spirited play and some killer dance moves, too! Come see the second home game against the Nashville Nightshade June 23, 2018. Special thanks to Ultiworld for live streaming the game and Hoag Kepner for shooting and editing this film.
Check out the KXAN news feature on the Torch and the game on May 12th vs. Medellin Revolution! Thanks, KXAN! Aired 5/10/2018
We are thrilled to host Colombia Revolution for the very first game of our inaugural season!
When: May 12th at 5 PM
Where: House Park in Austin, TX
Buy tickets at the door! One ticket will get you into our game as well as the Austin Sol game afterwards.
Wanna help? Use this link to donate:
Torch Trivia Night Fundraiser!
Saturday April 28 * 7-10pm
Advance Tickets Required!
We've need to raise about $10,000 more to cover the costs of running the Torch this year so we're putting on some fun events to help raise that money and give fans and friends a chance to get to know the Torch.
TICKETS AND INFO: https://atxtorch.bpt.me
Trivia night is hosted at Bonesaw (co-owner) and Colleen (GM) house in South Austin, is sponsored by Get it Gals and Dulce Vida Tequila. 100% of your ticket to the Torch Trivia Night goes to the team!
The 2018 Austin Torch Roster!
The Austin Torch is proud to announce Amy Kendziorski as Head Coach, Colleen Kepner as Assistant Coach and Sarah "Slider" Blyth as skills coach!
Amy Kendziorski is an ultimate and engineering geek with a binary tattoo and over ten years of coaching and captaining experience. She started her career playing with Melee, milking every year of eligibility for all it was worth. After college she founded and captained developing women’s teams with assistant coach Colleen Kepner and returned to Melee to coach for two years.
After a series of injuries and a brief stint in an all-girl rock band in Texas (in which she played a killer guitar), Amy returned to ultimate to coach Moontower (a mixed club team based in Austin) and join the coaching staff for the Austin Torch. As the chief strategist for the team, AmyK brings a keen eye and tactical mind that complements her assistant coach’s flowery language. She’s excited to be a part of piloting professional women’s ultimate in Texas and to exhibit the tremendous talent on the team.
Colleen is a lifelong athlete who comes from a family where sports = life. After a successful Division I college field hockey career and a move across the country from Amherst to Austin, she was eager for a new team and sport. She found a home on Texas Melee, and went on to play for a number of club teams including Texas Showdown.
Inspired by her mother – a career athlete and hall-of-fame coach – Colleen’s coaching background includes growing the team at Kealing Middle School in Austin alongside friends and mentors Cara Crouch and Michael Natenberg, and working as USA Ultimate’s Girls Outreach Coordinator for the state of Texas. She is also a co-founder and director of the Texas Ultimate Summer Camp, and writes young adult fiction about powerful girl-athletes.
Colleen is excited to once again join forces with AmyK after the two collaborated on developmental women’s teams in the past. She fondly recalls playing the tender heart to Amy’s calculated head, and hopes to put their combined efforts to good use on this new adventure. Colleen's coaching style is focused on community-building, relationships, and shared goals, and she’s passionate about contributing to the future of women’s ultimate with the Torch.
Sarah "Slider" Blyth
After many years of soccer and playing an unsatisfying season of college soccer, Slider transferred to UT and found her way onto the ultimate field with Melee in 2005.
She never went back to soccer and played 3 years with Melee and many more with Showdown. She was fortunate enough to play at worlds with Showdown in Prague in 2010 and Italy in 2014 capping off her playing career.
Since retirement, Slider has been largely removed from the ultimate scene, but couldn’t stay away once she heard about the creation of the Torch.