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.
Andrew Eck preview the next region for us – the West Midlands and Wales super-division.
With Bath’s surprise second place finish at Nationals, I expect increased interest in this region. They’ve proven that the teams here aren’t walkovers. So what’s new? There are two new teams who’ve gone through the trials of relegation and worked their way into the top league. UWE (University of West England) and Southampton will be chomping at the bit trying to land in the top four and avoid a slide into the lower league. The others will jockey between themselves for the three Division 1 slots, trying to avoid slides of their own. So much so standard, but every season’s a new game with the potential for surprise.
Now that we’ve published all three previews, here’s what our ShowGame team think will happen at Nationals. We’ll give you a projected top four in every division with some discussion afterwards, and a collection of things to watch as well. Hopefully we don’t look too ridiculous come Monday evening…