The Greatest Ultimate Bag made waves this summer when they gave free prototypes to various Frisbee-famous people in order to generate some buzz. We here at the Show Game were somehow deemed to be part of this illustrious crew, so Sean Colfer reviewed the bag to help you make up your mind on whether to support the Kickstarter.
The Ultimate bag market in the UK is largely saturated with camping bags – duffel-type bags by companies like The North Face and Patagonia. The attraction is obvious; Ultimate happens outdoors (mainly) and it rains outdoors (often). They come in various sizes, they have useful shoulder straps to make it easier to carry and they are easy to get your hands on since there are Mountain Warehouses, Blacks and Cotswold Outdoor shops everywhere.
Hannah Pendlebury introduces the Women’s division of UKU Nationals 2016
It’s been a long 5 years since any but the letters I, C, E and N have graced the Nationals Women’s division shield. It is time for a change? If you ask the engravers of the UKU trophy cabinet, the answer is a resounding yes. It is certainly true that the ladies in gold and black are by no means unbeatable. Just ask Lemon Grass, the Russian Women’s team who took a sudden death win against the warriors two weeks ago in the show game at Mermaid and Moe.
Sean Colfer and DP discuss the UKU Nationals Open division
Schedule and seedings can be found here.
Sean Colfers previews the Mixed Division at 2016 Nationals
Mixed Nationals is the pinnacle of the season, serving as the qualifier for the European Championships. The difference between this tournament and the simultaneous Open and Women’s events is that the event comes months after the Mixed season finished – Mixed Tour 3 was won by Thundering Herd over three months ago in Cheltenham. That break means that all eight teams contesting Nationals are essentially starting a new season, trying to rebuild cohesion and re-establish connections.
That dynamic is especially true since there have been a number of squad changes across the teams. Some have either gained or lost players to Open and Women’s, whereas some have added Great Britain players absent for the Tour season. The field overall looks the strongest in Nationals history, potentially as part of the ramping up for WUCC qualification next year, with all eight teams finishing in the top ten during the 2016 Mixed Tour season.
Enough preamble; let’s take a look at the teams.
Julia Dunn spoke to some of the women involved in the All-Star Ultimate Tour to discuss the effects the Tour is having on women and Women’s Ultimate around the world.
Fifteen female athletes from all parts of the United States, Japan, Canada and Australia recently undertook a trip of a lifetime, travelling over 4500 miles to play nine elite club teams in cities across the United States. The All-Star Ultimate Tour just wrapped up its second year after being founded to address the gender gap in media coverage, and has the goal of promoting the visibility of women in Ultimate. The women who made the Tour, selected based on an application, were the leaders on their respective college teams, played each other as adversaries on the field, and came together to showcase elite Women’s Ultimate. This project forms one of the many initiatives to promote Women’s Ultimate in the world, and has given female Ultimate players around the world a set of role models.
Sean Colfer takes a look at each region in an effort to determine who will be fighting it out for the national title in Southampton next month.
This weekend will see team qualify for Nationals through their local Regionals competition. Tournaments are taking place in Stockport, Tewkesbury, Reading, Bristol and Wimbledon – let’s take a look at what might happen.
Sean Colfer previews the final B Tour of the season, where some teams will be looking to make substantial movements with the traditional crossover structure.
The final Tour of the season will feature crossovers between the top four of B Tour and the bottom four of A Tour, as well as the bottom four of B and the top four of C. There could be some considerable movement with the prospect of teams preparing for Regionals next weekend and varying focuses on Mixed and Open.
At the top of the Tour, Cambridge and Fire 2 both drop down from A Tour. Fire have been here before and performed well, winning promotion at Tour 1 in London. They will be a strong opponent for any team in Cardiff, particularly with veterans Stuart Greer and Lewis Glover back in the fold. They struggled with offensive cohesion in Nottingham in the face of the wind and some roster losses to the first team, but they will be stronger and determined to go back up this time around. Cambridge did well at Tour 1, finishing 12th, but suffered in Nottingham. Both teams will be aiming to win their crossovers – if they hold seed, they’ll be playing the bottom ranked teams in the A Tour pools so will fancy their chances.