UKU BUCS Women’s Indoor Regionals: Northern Regions

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 Chris Bamford previews the BUCS Women’s Indoor Northern regions coming up this weekend

With the new regions in place the Northern region initially looks to be the toughest of the lot. Captains’ predictions were pretty wide spread, with teams from the old northern region more inclined to back other teams from that region and teams from the old Midlands equally backing the teams familiar to them. However it turns out, it will be fun to watch a whole weekend of high level ultimate and a series of strong teams fighting it out for the 6 nationals spots on offer in this region. Let’s take a look at some of the contenders…
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After a great year in 2013/14 (including  4th place at Indoor Nationals), Leeds have managed to retain lots of the talent that got them there (Claire Taylor, Katie Lear, Rachel Douglas, Rachel Finch and Captain Alice Beeching) and have developed lots of players, thanks in part to their connection with local women’s team LeedsLeedsLeeds. To top it off they have picked up Aussie U23 Cath O’Neill, so keep your eyes out for big bids.

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UKU BUCS Women’s Indoor Regionals: Scotland and NI

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Hannah Newton gives us her outlook on the Scottish region for BUCS Women’s Indoor Regionals.

This weekend, the best of Scotland’s (*UK) university ultimate ladies will venture to Aberdeen (*except the ones that live there who will just roll right out of bed and along the street to the ASV) to fight for nationals qualification and for victory. This year there will be BUCS points on offer at Nationals for the first time driving up the stakes for qualification (*Travelodges vs. church hall floors). An epic 5 teams will qualify for the mighty journey south to remind the rest of the UK that Scotland is awesome at Uni Ultimate (*indoors).
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Emily “Will she ever graduate?” McGrath (aka Young Money) will be offering some pearls of wisdom, unsolicited opinion and general meandering thoughts as I attempt to describe and rate the chances of the different teams.

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British University and College Sport

The Question of Regionalisation

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Josh CK looks at some concerns voiced about the 2014 UKU Regionals…

[Edit – this post contains views expressed by writers that are not necessarily that of The Showgame. Our aim here is to generate a fair and intelligent discussion – please see and add to the comments below for continued discussion as well as a further elucidation of many, if not all of the points brought up. JCK]

    This year’s Regionals and Nationals were not without their share of controversy. Nationals was a formerly an event that looked very much like a final tour event, held in order to find a national champion on an annual basis as well as acting as qualifiers for the European championships. The regional qualification process for the Open division was debuted in 2010 to ‘a mostly positive response’. With a lighter 16 team knockout, the new Nationals also featured a permanent site in Southampton, featuring a show pitch with live streaming. With broad changes made with long-term plans in mind (increase in competition at Regionals and Nationals, the creation of ‘the UKU’s primary “showcase” event’*), a certain amount of adaptation is arguably to be expected. However, certain decisions (specifically in the London region) have both caused confusion and incited some strongly voiced concerns. Matt Dathan writes:
    Nationals comes on the back of a controversial Regionals this year, with Clapham given a bye at London qualifiers and only having to play two games to decide their seed. This meant they rocked up at 2pm in the afternoon to play their two games, in contrast to their eventual opponents, Ka-pow and Fire of London, who both had to turn up five hours earlier and play three games before playing a fresh Clapham team.

UKU Regionals 2014 Results

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This weekend saw the five regional tournaments taking place across the country. Below are the results of the teams that have qualified for UKU Nationals 2014.
Greater London
1. Clapham
2. Fire 1
3. Ka-Pow
4. Flump
5. Fire 2

South East
1. Brighton
2. Reading
3. DED

South West
1. Devon

Midlands
1. EMO
2. BAF
3. JR

North
1. Chevron 
2. Manchester
3. Sheffield Steal

Scotland & NI
1. NEO

This would give our speculative UKU Nationals 2014 seedings taken from Tour rankings and adjusted to avoid regional rematches:

Nationals 2014
1. Clapham
2. EMO
3. Chevron
4. Fire 1
5. Brighton
6. Manchester
7. Ka-Pow
8. BAF
9. Flump
10. Reading
11. Devon
12. NEO
13. JR
14. DED
15. Sheffield Steal
16. Fire 2

and first round games:

Round 1 games
Clapham vs Fire 2
EMO vs Sheffield Steal
Chevron vs DED
Fire 1 vs JR
Brighton vs NEO
Manchester vs Devon
Ka-Pow vs Reading
BAF vs Flump

See you all in Southampton at the end of August, WUCC first!

Scottish University Open Outdoor Regionals Preview

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Rory Curran finishes off UKU University regionals with Scotland.

Scottish Uni Open Outdoor Regionals will have a different look and feel about it this year. With the introduction of a Women’s sanctioned event running along side the main BUCS open qualifier it’s unlikely many girls will feature in the main event (though they will be fighting for medals of their own). Another change is the introduction of upfront bad weather arrangements meaning teams will travel safe in the knowledge they will be settling nationals qualification one way or another, with most regionals in recent memory having been rained off, this is a luxury that those from the drier side of the country may take for granted. Another big change in Scottish Ultimate is the fact that Edinburgh, after at least a decade of top two finishes, are no longer considered to be part of the top two north of the border their demise has been likened to that of Manchester United, with some going as far as saying Man U and Ro Sham Bo alike are top Division material.
Edinburgh in the final last year, can they repeat? Photo courtesy of Andrew Moss.
Everyone’s pre-tournament favourites are undoubtedly Dundee. Since winning both Open and Woman’s Indoor Regionals Dundee have failed to finish top of the Scots in any tournament since. All those in Scotland are aware this is because Dundee have shifted their focus to outdoors in a bid to taste outdoor national success as “they have nothing left to achieve indoors”. Key players Dickers and Footjob will heavily influence the outcome of this tournament, however they will be backed up by a very solid team who have been training hard for months and have half a dozen warm up matches under their belts already. The warm up matches have taught us a few things. Firstly Dundee have more than two big players, they play a quick handler based offence utilising Pierre McCarthy who is as fast as a Ferrari while focussed training by Thomas Parkhill has seen him up his game and look likely to make a big impact at regionals. Pre-tournament favourites with a lot to prove outdoors – Man City?

Most captains tip Glasgow to build on the silver medals they won at indoor nationals with the core of their team having come off the back of a successful debut club season at Tour and Nationals playing for Glasgow Ultimate. Captain Rory Curran will be looking to dictate play with his big throws, and as shown at indoors he has plenty of big men to bring the disc down – most notably indoors Div 1 MVP Joe Crisp, and vice captain Tom Calvert. Most teams will try and mark these guys out so it may be down to the “FarFlung Futures” to show they are better than “good for a beginner” and make a few big plays. Glasgow Uni an era ago were great, there are glimmers of hope they may be returning; the Liverpool of Scottish Ultimate?

Heriot-Watt were tipped by myself qualify for Div 1 at indoors in my previous preview, much to the disgust of their closest rivals. They succeeded, surprising those who doubted them along they way. John Stainsbury will be their key man, and in what could be his final year with the team he will be looking to repeat if not improve upon the team’s indoor triumphs. Owen Martin (imported from America) looked a real talent during the indoor season, but with his style of play was clearly suited to outdoors he is likely to be a key player when unleashed on grass. A team who will work hard for each other and will get blocks, they play with a lot of energy and could beat anyone in Scotland on their day. Everton?

Strathclyde, like FarFlung, have been reaping the rewards of Glasgow Ultimate and their regular high-level training has brought the Horses players on leaps and bounds. The return of GB U23 star Jonny ‘Tubby’ Ferry and the pick-up of arguably the most experienced fresher in Scotland – Asif Arshad – are notable assets that this team didn’t have at their disposal last year. If captain Matt Scott can whip his team into line the Dark Horses will be looking for a top four finish. Tottenham?

Edinburgh are clearly undergoing a rebuilding year having lost a number of key players since beating all but the Irish at nationals last year. Usually Ro Sham Bo rebuild without vacating the top two and many still believe indoors was a blip as opposed to the end of an era. Given the size of the uni, the player base within the capital and ample space to play on the meadows it’s easy to be convinced that Ro Sham will be targeting, if not competing in the final again come regionals. Man U?

St. Andrews’ hosting the tournament and entering three teams clearly shows their intentions. Director of Ultimate Benji Heywood has been rebuilding this squad since it last featured in Div 1 (open) in 2011. He seems to finally have a decent mixture of experienced players in Miles Knight and Ben Murdoch backed up by some promising freshers such as Gabe Schechter all of whom will have benefited from playing together and gaining big game experience at COWIN at the end of February. Could finish anywhere between 4th and 8th. Newcastle?

Aberdeen haven’t had the distraction of indoors having narrowly missed out on qualifying for nationals in what proved to be a very tough region. The North East team has used this time wisely with some rumours of a club team having formed, perhaps as a result of all that extra time they had. Daryll, Danny and Aaron will remain the key men on the pitch, and if that fails you can be sure they’ll be singing/chanting/heckling with enthusiasm on the sidelines. Swansea?

Stirling have had recent success indoors however have failed to shine outdoors. Matt “wrecking ball” Tomlinson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tk1Cho7tksM) has a point to prove having lost to Dundee 2 last year before the tournament was called off for water logged pitches or as Matt described them “ice rinks”. Matt has managed to convince Stirling Uni to have him back for another year and hopes to make the most of it.  A very small squad, Blaze boast the ability to offer every fresher a ‘frisbee mentor’ to guide them.  Matt will be looking to Anthony Hulatt and Mike Thomas to step up and fill the holes Calum Easton left behind, however he may have to turn to his freshers to help complete the job, F. Blaster having shown most promise outdoors at Stirling Tune up at the beginning of the academic year. Stoke?

So that’s a wee run down of the eight first teams competing for the title of Scottish Champions. It’s a different looking tournament to what the region is used to, and who knows this may be this regions last chance to become British Champions…

My predictions in order:
Dundee, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh, Strathclyde, Flatball, Aberdeen, Stirling.

Good luck to everyone playing this weekend, possibly 18 degs on Sunday! Yippeee!!

University Regionals 2014 Results.

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Congratulations to all the teams who qualified for University Nationals 2014 from University Open Outdoor Regionals. Here are the top 6 from each region:

West
Div 1
1. Bristol
2. Bath
3. Cardiff
Div 2
4. Exeter
5. Southampton
6. Bournemouth

South East
Div 1
1. Sussex 1
2. Sussex 2
3. Imperial College
Div 2
4. LSE
5. Surrey
6. Kent

Midlands
Div 1
1. Warwick
2. Cambridge
3. Birmingham
Div 2
4. Nottingham
5. Oxford
6. Loughborough

North
Div 1
1. Durham
2. Manchester
3. York
Div 2
4. Newcastle
5. Liverpool
6. Bangor

Scotland

Div 1

1. Dundee
2. Heriot Watt
3. Edinburgh
4. Glasgow
Div 2
5. Strathclyde
6. St. Andrews
7. Aberdeen
Into possible seeds for Nationals:

Division 1 (suggested by Ashley Yeo)
1. Dundee
2. Warwick
3. Durham 4. Sussex 15. Bristol6. Heriot Watt7. Manchester8. Cambridge9. Birmingham10. Bath11. Edinburgh12. York13. Sussex 214. Cardiff15. Imperial16. Glasgow


Division 2
1. Nottingham
2. I1
3. LSE
4. Strathclyde
5. St. Andrews
6. Oxford
7. Exeter
8. Aberdeen
9. Newcastle
10. Surrey
11. Southampton
12. Bournemouth
13. Liverpool
14. Bangor
15. Loughborough
16. Kent

The Grapevine – 28/02

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Couple weeks off for the Grapevine but back in for this almost leap day!


UKU/BUCS University Ultimate Regionals (we love acronyms) start this weekend, see our coverage here.

The UKU needs info for the upcoming tour season! New team? Get involved email Benji at benji.heywood@ukultimate.com

Benji also wrote a piece on his site Understanding Ultimate this week about possible Match Fixing in Ultimate.

Last night saw a big meeting of minds for Women’s ultimate. Wasn’t able to go? Contact us and we can link you up and help develop the Women’s division in the UK!

Windmill Windup have made their decision on who will get to play there this year! Go see some big teams warming up for WUCC2014.

Check out this old school news piece from Ross-On-Wye explaining Ultimate in the UK, 25 years ago!


Make sure to tweet from your region this weekend, e.g. SEUOOR -> #seuoor. Good luck!