UKU Regionals: North Mixed preview

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Ali also previewed the North (before it happened, obviously) and here’s what she thought would happen. Did she get it right…?

There are only six teams entered in the North, meaning that Northern Regionals will only be held over the course of one day. Fewer teams means that every game is crucial. Four (technically five since Black Eagles split their teams) of the top ten teams from Mixed Tour are in the North, with a convenient four Nationals places available. It’s not controversial to say that Black Eagles, Glasgow, Mighty Hucks, and SMOG will qualify, with Red Leicester and Black Sheep battling it out at the bottom. Here’s some more information on the teams anyway.

Black Eagles
How does a team take first and second at Mixed Tour? Couch Danny Hoyle says the secret is to remember that Frisbee is a silly sport. Over the Open/Women’s Tour the team have been apparently been keeping in touch with words from a GUFF (Generic Ultimate Friendship Freshener) that was issued to all squad members at the start of the season. Black Eagles have a strong legacy and will doubtless be regarding Regionals as another warm-up tournament before Nationals, but Tour results against SMOG and Glasgow have been close, so an easy Regionals victory is by no means guaranteed.

Black Sheep
Black Sheep had a good run at Mixed Tour this season, with their first team sneaking into the top 16 at MT2 and landing 17th overall. They don’t have a full strength team for Regionals, but Captain Ant Bailey assure me that they’re still planning to enjoy the weekend, put some points on boards against big names, and “have a lot of fun in the Manchester sun at the same time!”

Glasgow
Captained by GB U24 Frisbee power couple Katie Flight and Axel Ahmala, Glasgow achieved a strong seventh place at Mixed Tour and have apparently been managing to keep their Mixed chemistry alive via Linkedin. They’re aiming to qualify but are not at all intimidated by their strong opposition, as Flight puts it: “in terms of match ups, we don’t see the difference between chumps and chumps.”

Mighty Hucks
Another team that doesn’t train together yet are still uncannily good are the Mighty Hucks. They’re basically a group of mates from Open and Women’s teams that come together a few times a year and conjure up incredible results. Unfortunately many of their key men will be playing Open, so their core of female players may have to carry them through. Captain Ben Bruin is keen for the team to qualify for Worlds, but admits it may be a tall order since Hucks have suffered losses to big names over Tour, so their aim is to build chemistry over the qualification process.

Red Leicester
Red’s main priority this year has been establishing their women’s team, which they did with aplomb. Captain Neil Humpage says that their Mixed squad is nice balance comprising some relatively established Red players, along with some newer recruits who have joined up with the club this season, and they are looking forward to playing Black Sheep, having already faced off in both other divisions.

SMOG
When asked about SMOG, Coach Callum Spiers chose to give his answer in the form of a Game of Thrones metaphor which was just too good to paraphrase: “We like to think of ourselves as Jon Snow and Scottish teams as the army of the dead. Yeah it’s gonna be hard, but we’ve got a lot of dragon glass hanging around. If we can see off the undead, a few Southern families should be a breeze even if they have made a few alliances.” Watch out everyone; the North remembers.

Predictions
1. Black Eagles
2. SMOG
3. Glasgow
4. Mighty Hucks
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5. Black Sheep
6. Red Leicester

UKU Regionals: South Mixed preview

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Ali Thomas has analysed the teams playing Mixed Regionals this year and makes her picks on who finishes where. Here’s what she thinks will go down in Edenbridge.

The Tour season has finished, but competitive Ultimate is far from over. Eight southern teams will make the trip to Edenbridge to vie for three places at Nationals. There are some old teams, some new teams, some teams who are in it to win it and some who are just there to chase some plastic around and have a good time. Here’s a rundown of which teams fit into which category.

JR
First of all, incredible kudos to the JR ladies for playing in Open Tour. Managing to stay comfortably in B Tour by the end of Tour 3 (with only nine players) is ridiculous. Couple that with an overall eighth place finish at Mixed Tour and you’d be forgiven for assuming that JR train often and hard (they never train. As if they weren’t already unbelievable enough). According to co-captain Charlotte Kennedy, they’ve had a tough year integrating new players into the team (which might account for their drop from first to eighth at Mixed Tour), but their experience over six Tours instead of three will certainly give them an advantage.

Reading
Reading have notched impressive results over all three divisions this season, but are looking to remind people that Mixed is where their strength lies. They came fifth overall at Tour, which is a bit of a step down from National (and European) champions, but are confident that they can win Regionals, and according to co-captain Joe Brown, are using it as an opportunity to “solidify connections and work out some of our plays and positions before we try and dominate Nationals”. Look out for their rematch against Deep Space, there should be some exciting matchups.

Deep Space
Much has been said about Deep Space; their ethos of Mixed and Mixed only, combined with an experienced and athletic roster, got them to sixth overall at Tour. Some were surprised they didn’t place higher, but Deep Space welcomed Tour as an opportunity to build connections as a team and not worry about results. Any problems that arose have no doubt been ironed out in the intervening months. Captains Sam Vile and Matt Hodgson will be aiming for top three if not the top spot, as well as revenge on JR, against whom they had a close loss at Tour 1.

Thundering Herd
Herd are a strong squad that boast players from a variety of London club teams such as Fire, Flump, and Chaos. This Tour season saw them slip down a few places from third last year to tenth, though whether due to the addition of three GB U24 teams at Tour, or some slight deficiencies in their mental game, I couldn’t say. Herd have stepped up their training in recent weeks and are determined to qualify for Nationals, but they will have to produce some major plays to upset the top three, especially since some of their male players may opt to play for their Open teams this weekend.

Guildford
Guildford have the squad depth to consistently enter two teams to Mixed Tour, and their firsts finished a solid fifteenth. Despite this success, most of the team have been training and playing with other clubs for Open/Women’s Tour, so for them Mixed Regionals is a nice way to end the season together. They’re not a walkover by any means, but they’re not looking to qualify.

At the lower end of the Mixed Tour results we have Brixton, Curve, and Zero Degrees. These three London teams look to develop players and have fun doing so. They all know each other quite well and have been playing each other over the course of the London Summer League. Though they may have a tough time of it on the Saturday, their match-ups on Sunday will certainly be more enjoyable as they face off against local rivals.

Final predictions
Reading
JR
Deep Space
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Thundering Herd
Guildford
Brixton
Curve
Zero Degrees

WCBU 2017 Preview

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Sean Colfer previews the World Championships of Beach Ultimate from the British and Irish perspective. Stay tuned on live.wcbu2017.org for our tSG coverage and fanseat.com for the live stream!

The first pull of the World Championships of Beach Ultimate in Royan, France, is now 2 days away. The latest bit of information to be released came in the form of the pools and first game of the tournament were revealed by the tournament organising committee in France.

While the first game will see Germany, reigning champions in the Mixed division, take on the host nation France, the key concern for most readers in the UK and Ireland is how our own pools shape up. So let’s take a look!

UKU Mixed Tour 2017: The Final Countdown.

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Sean Colfer presents his insight (with potential bias) and predictions going into the final weekend for the regular Mixed season.

Mixed Tour will come to a close for another year on Sunday evening, again in the sunny(ish) climes of Bishop’s Cleeve. As we prepare for the final event of the regular Mixed season, here’s a brisk look at what might happen.

UKU Mixed Tour 2017: Durham here we come!

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After an eventful Cardiff tour Sean Colfer looks ahead to this weekend’s second instalment in Durham.

 

This weekend, the second Mixed Tour of the season will be held in Durham. The venue, which has hosted the Durham Hat for several years now, is much further north than most teams are accustomed to. While this will suit the Scottish teams, who must travel for hours to get to almost any tournament in the UK, and teams like SMOG who are based in the north east, it presents unusual logistical challenges for the majority of teams in the UK. That seems to have been reflected in the turnout; 20 teams have been lost from the MT1 total of 56, with only 36 teams making the trip. However, that cosier total means you all have to suffer through fewer words of my drivel, so every cloud, as they say, has a silver lining.

UKU Mixed Tour 2017: Tour 1 Preview

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Sean Colfer introduces us to the Mixed Tour ahead of the opening event this weekend.

Mixed Tour is upon us once more, and it’s a big year. Nationals this year will act as a qualifier for the World Ultimate Club Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio in the summer of 2018. Tour no longer plays a part in determining qualifiers, but the quality of the field reflects the excitement that Worlds qualification always brings the division. However, there are things to look for right the way through the draw, not just at the top. Let’s take a look.

University Ultimate 2016: Mixed Indoor Nationals Div 2

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Georgina Morrison previews Division 2 at this weekends Mixed Indoors Nationals.

Another year, another Nationals. For every avid mixed player this is the pinnacle of the indoor university season, and quite rightly so! Last month’s Regionals came with some glorious victories and devastating upsets across the nation; Division 2 teams will fight back hard for gold. Warwick were crowned champions last year, who have this year qualified for Div 1. In fact six out of the 16 Div 2 teams from last year have qualified higher this year, giving room for some fresher faces in the national competition.