Photo by Jeff Bell- Ultiphotos.com
Ultimate is a sport of big moments – the long downfield huck, the layout goal, the sky in the end zone and the list goes on. Over the past four years of Major League Ultimate, those moments have been captured by our partners at UltiPhotos. In our series, Caught in Action, we look at some of the greatest moments from MLU’s history and how they have been captured by the talented photographers at UltiPhotos. This week, we take a look at a spectacular moment captured by Jeff Bell.
For the first three seasons of the Vancouver Nighthawks franchise, the team was anchored by their captain, Morgan Hibbert. A towering, physical athlete, Hibbert is the team’s all-time assists, blocks and points played leader, and was among the league’s most impressive players during his time with the Nighthawks. A fierce competitor, Hibbert was frequently seen surrounded by opponents in the end zone, vying for the disc.
As the Nighthawks hosted the Seattle Rainmakers in Week 8 of the 2015 season, Hibbert had the most productive offensive game of his illustrious career, scoring 12 points on four goals and eight assists. Early in the first quarter, with the score knotted at 1-1, Hibbert showed the Rainmakers just how impressive of a physical athlete he could be. As Vancouver’s Alan MacFarlane launched a 40-yard huck towards the endzone, Nighthawks fans caught the familiar sight of a surrounded Hibbert prepared to make his bid. Boxing out one defender, while turning to face another, Hibbert leapt upward and snagged the disc with both hands, bringing it in for the score.
As Hibbert went skyward, Bell perfectly captured the physical exertion of the Nighthawks captain as he gave everything for his team.