2019 Illinois Open

Ten of the best Guts teams from around the Midwest met in Joliet, IL for the 9th iteration of the Illinois Open. The field featured former Illy champs Beer City and also the defending champion Shottle Bop (Bop!) along with four other teams that could challenge for the crown. After round robin and the first round of the bracket the six teams remaining in the winner's bracket headed into Sunday were Beer City, Bop, Midor, Tito's, Yeetloaf and Buck's Brigade.

Sunday featured some amazing defense against remarkable offenses. Tito's knocked Brigade to the loser's bracket and Beer City did the same to Yeet. Bop started hot by beating Tito's before lunch. The winner's bracket final featured a three game war of defense in which Bop pulled out a close game three to send Beer City to the loser's bracket final. In the loser's bracket Buck's Brigade disposed of Yeetloaf before being knocked out by Midor despite leading 16-12 late in the game. Midor (Wisconsin) put up a helluva fight but couldn't quite muster enough offense to knock out Beer City. So the stage was set for the finals between two former Illy Open champions in Bop and Beer City. The general consensus in the gym was the more accurate team would win as both teams play phenomenal defense. Beer City had a hard time staying on a target while Bop was very accurate with devastatingly hard shots. While Beer City grabbed an early lead in game one they could not hold on as Bop stormed back behind stellar play by Carter Nettel and Stephen Dudenas. The two bagged multiple shots and scored back with those yooper thumbers to erase a 3 point deficit and prevail 21-17. With Bop warmed up and completely engaged they throttled Beer City in game two 21-15 to take the title for the second consecutive year. Carter Nettel took home the MVP for the tournament. Congrats to Shottle Bop (again)! Catch y'all in Wisco. 

Shottle Bop (left to right):

Ron Blau, Will Blau, Al Nettel, Carter Nettel, Stephen Dudenas and Kyle Suvanto

 
 

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