David “DP” Pryce brings you his outlook on the top two Mens’ divisions in Cardiff this coming weekend.
With Tour “this is why I don’t make predictions” 1, Windmill and a very exciting WCBU out of the way, we move back to the rest of the regular UK season. Next up is what has become a staple of the calendar: Cardiff.
The changes we discussed last time are now in effect and so I will cover the top 16 A Tour plus some mention of the next 16 in B Tour South.
Jordan Brown once again does us proud with a quick preview of the slim line B Tour North.
With UKU mixing up their classic tour structure due to our weird sport becoming too popular to accommodate everyone, this weekend sees the biggest change in proceedings as half of B Tour will descend upon Salford for the Northern Division.
After teams at Tour 1 did their utmost to take a dump over all of my predictions, hopefully this 12 team event should yield a little more accuracy – especially as there are no crossovers between divisions here.
Hannah Pendlebury once again gives us a fantastic view into the Women’s division.
If looking at the results from Tour 1 should tell you anything, it is that Women’s Tour has officially been blown wide open. Despite my initial scepticism this year regarding the relative security of the top four (and continued scepticism from the schedule writers judging by the format), the top 12 is now a veritable hotbed of challenger teams. With so many games ending in sudden death on Sunday in Nottingham, I am certainly very pleased that my preview involves very few predictions of final standings… But mostly I am excited for what this means for the development of women’s Ultimate in the UK!
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!
Returning to preview the B Tour again is Jordan Brown – here’s his view on the start of a very different season at this level.
So this season we’re seeing UKU shake things up a little in order to cope with the surge in teams for the Open division and the fact that there’s nowhere to stick them all. The fix for 2017 is that B Tour has been split into North and South sub-divisions for Tours 2 and 3, meaning that WindFarm is the only chance everyone will be in the same place. With the forecast not being too windy, Grove Farm should be playing host to some nicely competitive games, unmarred by whinging of matches being lost on the toss. Still, even without the tournament’s titular gusts being somewhat of a leveller, B Tour was always going to be a ridiculously scrappy dogfight anyway.
While it’d take some pretty jaw-dropping upsets to knock the two GB U24 squads out of contention for the final, it’s tough to predict where the other 14 squads end up.
Hannah Pendlebury returns to offer insight on the new Women’s season, which should see some new faces and names making a mark up and down the Tour.
My theme for this women’s season is change. Whilst this applies to me at a personal level with Relentless sadly absent for the 2017 season, as a keen observer of Women’s roster announcements there have been some exciting stirrings amongst the top teams over the winter. But will these changes lead to meaningful differences on pitch this year, finally ending the reliable predictability of the top four? I’m inclined to say no… But I’m certainly ready to find out. So without further ado – let’s take a closer look at the teams coming to Nottingham!
Firstly a quick announcement from Black Sheep:
This weekend the Manchester based club Black Sheep will sell stickers to show that the Ultimate Frisbee scene in the UK and Europe stands in solidarity with Manchester, the victims and families affected by last week’s tragic bombing attack.
A sticker can be purchased for a small donation (suggested donation 50p to £1) at any of the three Black Sheep teams and also at the TD desk. All profits raised will be donated to the “We Love Manchester Emergency Fund”, raising money to help those bereaved or injured.
Please help Black Sheep raise some cash for this very worthy cause. Now onto the frisbee, with our preview from David “DP” Pryce.