The top four progress: a round-up of the Women’s division

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Julia Dunn gives us a rundown on the Women’s division yesterday and what to expect today.

Quarter-finals

Torrential downpours last night threw quite a wrench into the schedule for WUGC 2016 this morning. Despite the waterlogging of most of the fields, the tournament directors communicated to all teams in the quarters excellently. The quarters happened on the high ground of pitches four and five, the only functional fields at the complex on Thursday. The women’s quarters followed all the predictions that our reporter Victoria Higgins made going into the day, with Colombia and Germany presenting the biggest question mark of the day.

Colombia ride their momentum into semi-finals

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Victoria Higgins watched Colombia top the German Women in the tightest quarter-final in the division. Here’s her report.

In episode III of an unintentional Colombian trilogy, a Colombian Women’s team beaten only by the USA so far faced off against Germany to vie for the opportunity to meet the winner of Japan vs. Australia in semi-finals on Friday.

Women’s quarter-finals are set: what happened and what to expect

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Victoria Higgins watched the Women’s division closely yesterday in case you didn’t. Here’s a report on what happened at the end of power pools, including the fall of Great Britain, during crossovers and during pre-quarters to set you up for the exciting day of women’s Ultimate in prospect today.

Pool play

Pool C closed at 1:30 pm. Sorry, no one’s getting back in. This is most unfortunate for the women of Great Britain, who accidentally left a break in there and missed out on a spot in pre-quarters by exactly that margin. Switzerland managed to lose to them in the first game of the day, but not by quite enough to lose their seat in the next round of elimination play—in a three-way tie in Pool C with Germany, Switzerland, and Great Britain each taking four wins and two losses, Great Britain needed one more break on Switzerland to stay alive.

Pre-quarter madness in the Men’s division

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Ravi Vasudevan continues his recaps of the Men’s division by going back over the pre-quarters.

The Men’s knockout stages are underway and we started with the pre-quarter and crossover rounds today. Quarter-finals are tomorrow, semis on Friday and finals on Saturday.  Here is what the brackets look like.

Colombia tap into the elements to top pool D over Australia

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Victoria Higgins watched Colombia play Australia in an instant classic. Here’s what she saw.

Agua agua! Fuego fuego! Colombia keep setting and unsetting poachy defensive formations to prevent Australia from gathering momentum. They keep hurling themselves through the air and crashing back down to the earth to make possession-saving catches. And most importantly, they keep the disc moving. What follows is a blow-by-blow account of the most thrilling game of Ultimate the Women’s division has witnessed so far this year at Worlds.

Colombia and Belgium – great Ultimate tainted by need for a spirit timeout

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Ravi Vasudevan talked to the coaches after a fiery game between Belgium and Colombia in Men’s power pools resulted in a spirit timeout – here’s the perspective from both sides.

Colombia and Belgium met up today in the Men’s power pools. Belgium have been on the rise in the last few years and playing an established Ultimate powerhouse in Colombia was something that they were really looking forward to. However, the Belgians did not have as much fun as they were hoping in a match against the South Americans. The game was a near perfect affair with Colombia breaking once and holding the whole game. This made the final result of 13-11 for Colombia a very impressive display of Ultimate. However, there was a darker side to the rest of the game.

Meet the 16-year-old Colombian twins that are taking the Worlds by storm

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Victoria Higgins met up with the youngest members of the Colombian Women’s team to see how exactly two 16-year-olds have had such an effect on their team.

Valeria prefers defence, Callahans over greatests, and layouts over skies. Manuela likes offence and greatests, but can’t decide whether skying or laying out is more satisfying. Both sisters agree that scoobers are superior to hammers, man defence is more fun than zone D, and the long game is better than the short game. And they are definitely in agreement that Colombia is better than Australia, who they have ousted from the top seed in pool D and who they face tomorrow to decide who gets the automatic bid into quarter-finals.