EYPOTY Submission & Video Deadline Extended

EYPOTY, Mixed, news, Open, Womens

The outdoor season is now upon us, and we know all of you are busy playing lots of ultimate with lots of teams all over Europe. So we just wanted to send a quick reminder about the European Youth Player of the Year award!

We will be extending the deadline to submit your initial application form until 14th June. You can find the form HERE.

The deadline for videos is also extended to 29th July, so you still have plenty of time to get started! We’re really looking forward to seeing what the young players of Europe can do.

All details about the award can be found here: http://showgame.co.uk/eypoty

UKU Mixed Tour 3 Preview

Mixed, Previews

Sean Colfer previews the final leg of the UK Club Mixed Tour in Cheltenham this weekend

This Mixed season has been defined by the Worlds teams. Reading, SMOG and Black Eagles have played multiple teams at Tour events this year, splitting their stars across the rosters. That is going to change in Cheltenham as it seems all three have consolidated their strength and will be taking on the field with Worlds squads fully intact. It makes the top of the field strangely intriguing this late on in the season.

Mighty Hucks have been the best Mixed team in the UK so far this year. They won in Durham and lost to Reading in the final in Cardiff. They stand atop the current Mixed Tour standings and have a chance to secure the overall title in Cheltenham – their 45-point lead over Black Eagles means that they’d need to finish fifth in the event of a Black Eagles win to tie with the reigning champions. That means that if they win two games on Saturday they win the Tour title (making them the third team in three years to do so). If Black Eagles do win the tournament and Hucks miss out on the semis and don’t win out on Sunday, though, the Scots take the title north for the third time in four years.

The rest of the top eight features some familiar names. Pool A sees Hucks placed with SMOG and Reading as well as Thundering Herd, who have fought their way back into the top eight after slipping down the standings last year. Pool B will see the two Scottish teams take on Flat Perth, the (mostly) Great Britain under-24 all-star team who finished fourth in Cardiff, and Cambridge 1, who have leapt eight places from their original Tour 1 seeding – one of the biggest of any team.

In terms of squads, most of these teams will be at something approaching full strength. Hucks will, as always, be a bit low on women but their zone D and ability to cover for each other will undoubtedly mean that scarcity won’t hinder them too much. Several teams will benefit from having Clapham players back after their trip to Bologna over the Mixed Tour 2 weekend – particularly Flat Perth.

Birmingham take on Herd. Photo by Andrew Moss

Outside of the top eight are some teams who’ll be preparing for a crossover should their Saturdays go well. Birmingham, Deep Space, JR and Rebel seem to be the favourites in their pools but Glasgow 2 will be looking to follow up a wonderful MT2 performance and show they aren’t a flash in the pan – they’ll be a tough game for Deep Space, who have slipped from sixth seed at MT1 to 13th here but who still feature a wealth of talent and could certainly work themselves up close to their original seeding if all goes well for them this weekend.

Glasgow 2 are one of three second teams in the 9-20 bracket, alongside Reading 2 and SMOG 2. It’s hugely impressive for all of these clubs to have such strength in depth, particularly SMOG as a pretty recent addition to the UK Ultimate scene. Purple Cobras are fresh off a win at MT2 South in Glastonbury and will be looking to make some noise back in the south west too.

 

Lower down the seedings there are some interesting stories, too. Sneeeky’s and Blue Arsed Flies have both leapt nine places since MT1, the joint-second biggest jump (with Purple Cobras, behind SMOG 2 with 10) this season. Both should win their pools and get a chance to jump even further with a crossover into the 17-20 bracket. Look out, though, for LED in BAF’s pool. It might be BAF’s home tournament but LED, a group of former and current Loughborough university students featuring some outstanding athletes, have enough to knock them off top spot in the pool and earn the cross for themselves. Pool K features a rematch between Brighton Breezy and Thundering Herd 2 which is likely to be very close – their tilt at MT2 was a sudden-death Brighton win – to determine who gets a shot at crossing up.

South Wales Storm and Brixton have both had good seasons, with the Londoners jumping up seven spots since Cardiff and the Welsh club bringing two teams again, showing that they’re continuing to build a real player base. Pin N Mix have also performed well this season, but could find it tough to dislodge Leamington Lemmings who have maintained their seed so far this year. OW! are likely to be a team with chemistry and cohesion but they have drawn a tough match in Geometrically Frustrated Magnets, a London-based side who have had some ups and downs in their first outdoor season but who possess enough individual talent to make life difficult for whoever finishes bottom of pool K – a likely shoot-out between Red and Merseyside.

Glasgow arrive on the mixed scene. Photo by Andrew Moss

So; predictions time. I think one of the Worlds teams will win this tournament, and I’m going to back SMOG. I think they’ll play Black Eagles in the final and it’ll be a bit of a stormer but SMOG will come out on top by two or three points. My predictions also mean that Mighty Hucks will win the title, and as we all know I never get anything wrong so a pre-emptive congrats to them. Below is a projected top 12.

There’s streaming available this weekend on Fanseat.com by the way, so take a look at that if you can’t make it and want to see some top-quality Mixed Ultimate. Check it out!

  1. SMOG
  2. Black Eagles
  3. Reading A
  4. Flat Perth
  5. Mighty Hucks
  6. Glasgow 1
  7. Thundering Herd 1
  8. Cambridge 1
  9. Deep Space
  10. Rebel
  11. Birmingham
  12. JR

 

 

 

UKU Mixed Tour 2 South Preview

Mixed, news, Previews

Jordan ‘JB’ Brown and Josh Coxon Kelly set the scene ahead of the Glastonbury leg of Mixed Tour 2

Purple Cobras are working on development this season as it’s their first outing in Mixed Tour. They’ve spent the past few years entering every other event in the country to gel into a pretty formidable unit. As a result, it’s not that much of a surprise looking at them climbing above their seeding at MT1 where they hopped ten seeds from 29th to 19th. In Cardiff, they won their pool outright against stiff competition from Herd 2, then continued that flow into Sunday, beating Cosmic Manatees before coming unstuck against LLLeeds. They regrouped in their final game to take down GreyBH, who will represent in the mixed masters division at WUCC. Relying less on big players and more on developing as a team, Cobras will be looking to win MT2-South, if they can get past the second seeds who are also looking to take home glassware from Glastonbury. Sam Persaud, Guilia Newbery, Rich Fenn and others will cause grief to anyone they go up against.

UKU Mixed Tour 2 North Preview

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Josh Coxon Kelly previews this weekend’s Mixed Tour 2 action taking place in Durham.

And just like that, spring is in full swing and the UK club season is underway. Cardiff rewarded travellers with shockingly mild conditions that, save a few slips and slides, would be tough to complain about at any UK event. The wild combination of WUCC preparations, first tournament of the year, and a schedule that started with an element of chance and encouraged big jumps all contributed towards a thrilling opening Tour that brought big shocks as well as some business seemingly as usual.

UKU Mixed Tour Preview – 2018

Mixed, Mixed Ultimate, news, Previews, Uncategorized

Josh Coxon Kelly previews the 2018 Club Mixed Season

 

If you think back to the previous World Club Championship cycle, things are looking quite different in the UK mixed Ultimate scene. The only team to repeat qualification from last Worlds is Black Eagles, whose placing in Italy at 37th out of 48 (9 places below the next lowest UK team, RGS at 28th) is flipped on its head with the Eagles’ rise to what has been a fairly consistent dominance over seasons since. Cambridge, Bear Cavalry and RGS were the other UK representatives in 2014, but none of these teams join Eagles this year.

What we’ve seen instead is a resurgence of clubs focusing on the longer term, and largely reaping the rewards. Reading have rightly become a byword for development in the UK, and with a European Club title under their belt from 2016 and the highest placing at Euros last year at third, they will certainly be looking to make a mark on the world stage. Smog are newer to the scene but are arguably more disruptive, quickly becoming one of the most competitive sides in the nation, and facing up against Black Eagles in the 2017 Nationals final. Glasgow, whilst not present in this weekend’s opening Mixed Tour are bringing two  squads to MT2, and along with Eagles are a testament to the considerable depth that continues to be forged in the Scottish Ultimate scene.

Photo by Sam Mouat

There are no shortages of teams waiting in the wings to to take down the worlds qualifiers, and a fair few of these teams can be found in Pool A. Thanks partly to the randomised seeding after the top four, Pool A looks potentially overpowered and a lot of fun. Alongside Black Eagles’ only squad are Reading 1, who are presumably a roughly even split with Reading A and seeded suspiciously low. Whilst Reading are known to forego placings early in the season in favour of greater cohesion later on, I would expect to see both teams improve on their 10th and 11th seed. Brighton Breezy will put up a solid fight against Reading 1 for a quarters spot, but they’ll also have to fend off Flat Perth, a squad made out of GBU24 players and coaches that are also potentially under-seeded, maybe by a lot. They will be riding high off the back of their January campaign, and whilst not a practising club will have no shortage of on-field chemistry.

SMOKE, one of Smog’s split squads look to have an easier time of things in Pool B. Despite sharing it with teams that have been dominant in the past (particularly Birmingham and Cambridge), these teams are mixed squad representatives of larger clubs rather than specifically mixed-focus teams, and therefore may be slower starting as they get things moving again after a long off-season. The second Smog Worlds split, MIST, face both JR and Herd who will be gunning hard for an early season upset as these three teams jostle for the two quarters spots. If Smog’s overall attendance is hurt by the long journey down south, they may find themselves vulnerable in both pools. However, finishing strong in 2017 and the presence of an entirely separate Smog 2 suggest no lack of depth and some hard fought battles on the way on Saturday.

Pool D is set to be equally tight at the top. Mighty Hucks were consistently strong last year, and given the pickup nature of this squad we may well see them holding on to their fourth seed and heading beyond quarter-finals. Deep Space will be looking to get one back on them after a sudden-death loss against Hucks to end Mixed Tour 3 last year, and will also be looking to use the foundations laid in their inaugural season to break into the top four. With Reading A also in this group, there will be no room for slow starts and plenty of rivalries to rekindle early on in the season. Guildford may not initially look in the running, but they put in a strong showing at a pre-season London scrimmage. With coaching from ex-GB Open captains Dave Barnard and Pete “Rodders” Wright they’ll be well poised to take advantage of any team that loses focus on Saturday.

The familiar Llanrumney fields in Cardiff host what is prepped to be one of the most competitive seasons of mixed yet as representatives look to build towards what they hope will be a peak performance in Cincinatti. Surveying the rest of the field, it is certainly a team list that feels as though it is more and more reflecting the club and development focus within UK Ultimate. Outside of the top 20, Herd, Cambridge, South Wales Storm, Red Leicester and Curve are all bringing multiple squads, and the days of Mixed being dominated by pickup teams across the seedings seem largely gone. With this of course comes growing rivalries, increased pressure for these teams to live up to their own hype, and with it the added prestige to any team that can take them down.

Of course – we’re all hoping that this potential for intense competition comes to light, rather than the weather once again being the main story to emerge from Cardiff. However any victories gained this weekend should not be celebrated too soon. With Mixed Tour 2 returning to Durham, we’re set for higher attendance from arguably the strongest and most in-form teams. Things are only going to be heating up in what is already looking like a vintage season of mixed Ultimate.

University Mixed Outdoor Nationals 2017/18 Preview

Mixed, news, Previews, Uncategorized, University

With the nation’s fields cleared from snow (and hopefully staying that way despite warnings…), Isabel Goh brings us previews and predictions ahead of this weekend’s Mixed University Mixed Outdoor Nationals in Manchester.

GB U24 Mixed Interview

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The ShowGame’s university editor Harry Mason caught up with both captains of the Great Britain under-24 Mixed team before they jetted over to Perth. Here’s what they had to say about how they team came together, their high hopes and that dance-off video.

Let’s start with introductions. Who are you folks?

Charlie Daffern: I’m Charlie, one of the captains of the GB U24 Mixed team for this cycle. I started playing four years ago at university in Cambridge, and most recently played with Deep Space for the 2017 club season. This is my first time playing GB Ultimate.

Alexis Long: I’m Alexis, the other half of the captains for the GB U24 Mixed team going to Perth. I originally started playing with Kent Ultimate whilst at school, and am currently playing with SMOG X. This is my second cycle of GB U23/24; I played with the Men’s team in 2015.