Writer Alun Pinder takes us through the Men’s showcase event – Division 1 Nationals, a.k.a. The BUCS Championship
As the BUCS leagues conclude, the best of the best converge once more on Nottingham to take on the near-legendary conditions of the wind farm (and each other, of course). With huge BUCS points and bragging rights on the line, who can make like the gold medalists at the Commonwealth Games, rise above all others, and take home the glory? Fasten your seatbelts, don your ponchos, wrap up warm, and brace yourself. Division 1 is coming.
So here we have it: the BUCS First Leagues half-way piece from Haydon Cristou. Get your insider info, find out what has happened elsewhere, or relive the highs and lows of your league again. Strap in as we run in order of entertainment…
Harry Mason gives his view on the BUCS league at its halfway point from the second tier league perspective.
The first term of the year is over; it’s time for a well-earned rest from uni life and to look back on the BUCS outdoor season as it reaches its halfway stage. And what better to look back on than the lower leagues? Always full of excitement and nail-biting challenges for the limited promotion spots on offer, this term has been no exception. Many of the seven leagues have multiple teams leading the table tied on the same number of points, so who gets promoted is anyone’s guess. At the beginning of the year we made predictions on who would do well in each of the leagues – are these coming to pass, or have we gotten things wrong? Spoiler Alert: There are two leagues in which we are confident enough to list a new favourite.
Welcome to the University Men’s Indoor National preview for Division 1, where our writers have collaborated with me for an insight into their regions. There will be a pool-by-pool preview, and with 20 teams to get through. Let’s get to it!
(Note, since the schedule has the chance for more than one redemption to regain a quarter-final spot, the predictions will be final pool standings and conclude with who I think will win the medals.)
The new year is a time to reflect on the past, and to look to the future. 2018 brings an end to holiday festivities, the beginning of a new university term, and dozens of teams training rigorously for the chance to triumph at Men’s Indoor Nationals. This year everyone is once again gathered in the cold, unforgiving climate of Scotland’s Ravenscraig Sports Centre.
Here at Nationals, every division holds prestige. Arguably, none more so than Division 2 Men’s – filled with teams who’ve journeyed with nothing to fight for except honour, and who are determined to send a message to those Division 1 teams that they’re coming for them.
The ShowGame’s university editor Harry Mason caught up with the three captains of the Great Britain under-24 Men’s team before they jetted over to Perth. Here’s what they had to say about the build-up, what their hopes are and how the rest of the world needs to take notice.
Alright, let’s start with introductions, who are you guys?
Gabe Schechter: I’m Gabe. I’m the overall captain for GB U24 Men, and I’ve been playing for four-ish years now up at St. Andrews.
Olly Dodd: I’m Olly, I’ve been playing for eight years now, this is my sixth GB cycle and I’m the D-line captain.
Axel Ahmala: I’m Axel, I’m O-line captain, I’ve been playing for four years. I’ve played on various Glasgow teams for those years and it’s my first GB cycle!
We’re not just about GB here at tSG HQ. Tadhg Bogan caught up with both Ireland Men’s captains before all three of them flew out to Australia to show the world what the Boys in Green can do. Here’s what they had to say.
Alright, so who are you guys? Tell us a bit about yourselves.
Ferdia Rogers: I’m Ferdia, the Dublin no-craic captain. I started playing Ultimate in school in 2012, and from there have gone on to play college for UCD, club for Ranelagh, and for Ireland a few times.
Dylan Ryan: I’m Dylan, the fun captain from Limerick. I started playing Ultimate in the summer of 2012 in school. Since then, I played college Ultimate with UL and currently play with PELT. I played against Ferdia a good bit and we’ve also played together on Ireland teams most of the way up through our years.
Ferdia: We first met in 2013 as part of the Ireland Junior team, and our relationship just flourished from there. Next thing you know, we’re leading an U24 team together.