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.
Jonny Arthur previews the region featuring the reigning champions – the South East.
Welcome to the South Eastern Men’s BUCS league, home of the reigning champions Sussex who once again asserted their dominance in league-level play before stepping up to the National stage and claiming the University Outdoor National title. Elsewhere in the league, there were shocks and upsets as Surrey slipped to relegation and Hertfordshire took a place in Division 1 Nationals for the first time. So, what does this year have in store? I will once again be giving my thoughts and opinions on this year’s teams and giving those all-important predictions about final placings; and of course, with the ShowGame guarantee that if I’m wrong then you get your money back.
Another debutant and another University preview. Samuel Higginbotham gives us his views on the North!
We can all feel it. The nights are drawing in, the days are colder, wetter, and the club season is over. It can only mean one thing. Winter is coming. Just like in Westeros, the battle lines have been drawn, teams have been rushing to prepare before Winter truly arrives, and an almighty clash is about to occur in the North.
Alun Pinder makes his writing debut for the ShowGame, by taking us through what is traditionally considered one of the strongest regions – the Midlands
Last year, the Midlands region looked like anyone’s game. This year, the competition seems even closer, with two National Divisional champions, along with a pair of top ten Division 1 finishers all out for the top spot. They’re seeking to add to the five golds won by Midlands teams (from an available six) since the BUCS league was implemented. Let’s meet the teams.
Our new second leagues writer Tom Claxton gives a quick recap of last season, and a preview of who will be the big names fighting for promotion this year.
Welcome to the second leagues: full of grit and determination, where a team’s Nationals prospects can be made or undone in just a single game. And with the weekly league structure it is not just your prospects for this season, but for the following as well. Promotion into the top leagues guarantees a Division 1 or 2 Nationals place the following year. But this requires a team to be near undefeated for the entire year, which is made further challenging by having to play on average eight games a season with a lot of travelling and persuading players to make up numbers.
Oscar Nolan will be previewing Scotland’s university scene this year – here’s his introduction to the season, and our first preview of the year.
It’s that time of year, the university Ultimate season has rolled round once again. Club season is closing up shop for another year until the summer, Euros are over while the GB U24s are slowly getting their act together for their trip down under. Beginners have been recruited and engrained into the clubs at universities across Scotland. The graduates are deeply missing university Ultimate and thinking about masters, PhDs and the like. The opening game of the BUCS league is fast approaching and I couldn’t be more pumped to discuss this. Scotland is a region known for its excitement and a deep history of shock results. This year promises more twists and turns along the way so sit back, relax and let’s delve into the preview of the Scottish BUCS region.