Wrap Up: Borneo Headhunters Hat 2011

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah: An awesome weekend of Ultimate action at the Borneo Headhunters Hat 2011 wrapped up here Sunday at the most international pick-up session Kota Kinabalu has ever seen.

Borneo Headhunters Hat 2011

The surprisingly fast-paced, and energetic pickup game was the cherry on top of the super-moist, double chocolate cake that was Saturday’s hot hot hot Borneo Headhunters Hat Ultimate tournament.

The tournament had lots brilliant plays, dramatic fumbles, a sudden spate of ankle-rolls and cramps, a slight drought of layouts – but that which there were, were brilliant – and fairly evenly balanced teams.

Before lunch the games were narrowly contested and the scores were fairly close. After lunch the differences were slightly more pronounced, but both the penultimate game and the finals were decided off Universe Points, making for riveting Ultimate right here on Sabah soil.

An incredible mix of new and experienced players representing nearly 10 countries attended the Hat this year, hopefully giving the newer players the opportunities to measure themselves against more experienced ones and learn something new.

The participants also showed tremendous spirit, with all the teams scoring either 29, 30 or 31 points for Spirit, with the eventual winners just pipping everyone to the post with 32 points.

Here’s what the day’s 12 games came to.

Results from the Tournament

1st & Tournament Champs: Blue Wave in Blue
2nd: Big O in Orange
3rd: Hail Bloody Mary in Red
4th: Mat Salehs in White
5th: Lean Mean Green Machine in Green

MVP Female: Nicky from Blue Wave
MVP Male: Donny from Blue Wave

Best Female Layout: Lee from Big O
Best Male Layout: Dickson from Big O

Best Spirit Award: Mat Salehs

Click on the pic for the games scores and point differentials:

Click for games scores and point differentials

Big Up to Our Sponsors

Without our sponsors we would have been a lot more limited and would like to say a big thank you for your monetary contributions, discounts and supplies.

Core FitnessImperial International HotelMega Tech Consolidation Sdn Bhd
Gatorade - Non-carbonated Sports DrinkBTC Group

Photo Albums of the Event

A big thanks to our Official Photographer Charles Lai who snapped away the entire day.

There were loads of other cameras out at the tournament though, so if you would like to share your images with everybody, please email me the link and I will list it here. If you give me the Facebook link from the bottom of your Facebook album’s front page, then people who are not your friend can also view it.

Open to all:

For Facebook users only (might require friend request):

Awesome Headhunters Hat 2011 Suppliers

Here’s the awesome businesses that we used for the various bits and pieces. Their great service, punctual delivery and competitive prices ensured a smooth running tournament.

  • Outstanding Headhunters Hat 2011 Logo by Graphic Artist Lim Sheng Haw (limshenghaw.com);
  • Kick-ass PA + music system by Dee Entertainment Music Services (Ph: 012 826 6889);
  • Tents / canopies by Syarikat Khemah Sejadi (Ph: 088 754 303);
  • Water and dispensers by Nabalu Trading (Ph: 088 976 880);
  • T-shirt and printing by Loung Bee Enterprise in Asia City (Ph: 088 211 031);
  • On-field catering by Maju Cafe (Phone James Lamson on 017 831 8447);
  • First Aid services by Field Skills (Phone Simon Amos on 088 484 734

Borneo Headhunters Hat 2011 In The News

News Paper Articles

Blogs & Other Websites

2nd Print Run Shirts

The 27 extra shirts we had printed to sell at the tournament sold out fast, so we’re accepting orders for a second print run. If you want to order more shirts, please email me with the quantity you want, what size and colour and add your phone number, and when we have enough we’ll order some more.

Available colours are red, green, blue, orange, white and black.

And that’s it – thanks again to all the participants, spectators, sponsors and suppliers that were involved with this year’s Headhunters Hat. We look forward to doing it all again, but better, next year!

See you then!

Borneo Headhunters Hat 2011 – What to Expect

Ok Headhunters Hat participants, it’s the final countdown.

Hopefully you have your sunscreen and hat packed and you’re ready for a hot weekend of Ultimate in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah!

However, prepare for mud – if it rains leading up to the weekend, the field might be a bit muddy. ¬†Nothing much you can do about it, except play safe. Always be aware of what’s going on around you, and don’t jump for discs that already has 5 other people jumping for it.

We’re going to try and avoid injuries in this tournament.


“Will you encourage particpants to play with the wigs on Saturday?”, asked a participant in an anxious email. By all means, it’s the Getting Wiggy With It edition of the Borneo Headhunters Hat – so wear the wig as much as you like.

The schedule looks roughly like this:

Friday Night

Registration party at Upperstar (see this post for details)

Saturday: 08:00 to 17:30

Borneo Headhunters Hat

Saturday: 19:30 until you fall over

Getting Wiggy With It Party!

Sunday: 16:00 – 18:00

Sabah Ultimate Pickup Game

What should I bring?

Play clothes, dry clothes, sunscreen, socks and football boots / cleats.

We will provide: your team shirt (of course), water, bananas, lunch, snacks and limited Gatorade and beer on the field.

There will be a few shaded areas next to the field, but there’s a large covered area about 20m from the field to hide from the sun / rain in between games.

What else Can I do to prepare for the tournament?

Read. The. Rules.

If you remember nothing, remember the Spirit of the Game: things like calling yourself out when you’re out. Not calling a score if you caught it outside the endzone, and above all – be competitive, but have fun!

Don’t forget, you can congratulate your opponent when they score on you. And at all times be respectful to other players. No arguments are needed. The rules are simple: if a foul is contested, it goes back to the thrower. Game on.

One team with the most outstanding spirit will win the coveted Spirit Award. It’s not just about the games you play afterwards, or the cheers, but also how you call fouls and deal with fouls called on you.

Think about it.

Other than that, you are what you are for this tournament. Make the most of it, have fun and learn as much as you can.

Registration Party, Fields & Main Party

Here it is, the details of this weekend’s Borneo Headhunters Hat!

On the map below you’ll see 5 bubbles. Green bubble are accommodation, pink bubbles are party venues and the yellow bubble is the fields where we’ll be playing.

Purple Bubble: Borneo Beachouse Backpackers

For those of you staying at the Borneo Beachouse Backpackers, you’ll notice that you are very near the sea.

What you will also see upon closer inspection is that you’re very near our Sunday pickup field – literally across the road from the Borneo Beachouse Backpackers. So if you didn’t get enough Ultimate on Saturday, join us on Sunday from 4 – 6pm for more!

Green Bubble: Imperial International / Boutec Hotel

If you’re staying with our sponsors in the city, that’s it.

Part of the Warisan Shopping Centre, next to the Centrepoint Shopping Centre, and just behind the KK Waterfront, at either the Imperial International Hotel or the Imperial Boutec Hotel, you really are in the middle of the city with everything at your finger tips.

Pink Bubble: Upperstar Kota Kinabalu City

One of 3 outlets, the Upperstar Kota Kinabalu is where we will all meet on Friday night. Come drop by from 19:30 – we’ll be upstairs in the bit above Burger King. Most importantly, you’ll find out in which colour team you are and who you teams are.

Upperstar has some of the cheapest prices in town for food and drink, so come knock yourself out. We should be there until about 23:00, so make it if you can.

Yellow Bubble: Borneo Headhunters Hat Tournament Field

The fields are in Tanjung Aru town, right behind the Tanjung Aru Plaza and the police station. Our games will start early, so be there at 08:00 to warm up, get to know your team and think of a team name and cheer.

This needs to be reported to the Tournament Director by 08:30, because the games will start soon after that. Don’t be late and make your team forfeit the first game. That would be bad.

Blue Bubble: Cock & Bull Jessleton Point

Ah, the venue for our Saturday night party. Remember, there’s prizes for the best wigs & outfits, so don’t be shy – we’ll all be doing it.

Meet here from 19:30 – there’s a restaurant right next to the bar, which as a varied menu. So don’t worry about eating anywhere else.

We will be providing some free drinks, and softdrinks for those who don’t drink, so come early and stay late – there’s a live band, pool tables and good atmosphere, so bring your lively self and celebrate the awesome Ultimate you would have played.

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Borneo Headhunters Hat 2011 Sponsors

Thanks to the sponsors of the Headhunters Hat 2011, we are able to provide the things that are vital and needed.

Lunch? Gatorade? Shade? All made possible by sponsors, and for that reason we would like to thank our sponsors.

Headhunters Hat Main Sponsors

Providing substantial financial assistance is the our 3 main sponsors Core Fitness, Imperial International Hotel and Mega Tec Consolidation.

Core FitnessCore Fitness

Core Fitness is the premier, independent lifestyle fitness club in Kota Kinabalu. Personal training; muscle sculpting, weight control, yoga, aerobics and spinning classes are all available at Core Fitness in City Mall, Kota Kinabalu (and soon Centrepoint).

Imperial International HotelImperial International Hotel

Imperial International Hotel is surrounded by Kota Kinabalu’s most popular nightlife, shopping, food and entertainment outlets, making it first choice accommodation for tourists to Sabah. Quality accommodation at affordable prices in the right location; that’s Imperial International Hotel.

Mega Tech Consolidation Sdn BhdMega Tec Consolidation

Mega Tec Consolidation Sdn Bhd is a wholesale supplier of building chemical products to the local building construction and hardware trade. The company is also the main distributor of Fosrocs tailored construction solution in Sabah & Sarawak.

Headhunters Hat Co Sponsors

Providing additional extras for the benefit of the participants of the Borneo Headhunters Hat, are our 2 co-sponsors Gatorade and BTC Group.

Gatorade - Non-carbonated Sports DrinkGatorade

By popular demand, Gatorade will be quenching the thirst of the Borneo Headhunters Hat participants this year.

The non-carbonated sports drink that replenishes fluid, carbohydrates and electrolytes for hard playing Ultimate players and other sports people in over 80 countries, will be doing the same at the Borneo Headhunters Hat, supplied by Permanis.

BTC GroupBTC Group

BTC Group are caterers extraordinary and will be involved with the Borneo Headhunters Hat for the 2nd year running.

Due to a full schedule they won’t be providing lunch, however, they will be keeping the Headhunters Hat participants’ energy levels up with their sponsorship of local kueh mueh (desert like pastries).