Alun Pinder brings us his thoughts ahead of this weekend’s UXIN!
November draws to a close, the nights draw in, Michael Bublé re-emerges from hibernation for another round of Christmas cover versions, and UK Ultimate prepares to crown its first National Champion of the academic year. It’s Mixed Indoor Nationals time, and the best of the best are ready to descend on Coventry. Grab your cocoa, wrap up warm, we’re going back to the Alan Higgs centre, and we won’t be going home until we find a winner. Let’s meet the teams.
Becky Greenwood talks us through the West region.
It’s that time of the year again, that we’ve all been waiting for! Women’s Indoor Regionals is just around the corner, and it’s time for the western women to shine and show their talent, teamwork and improvement. There are fourteen teams entering this year, and though some teams have lost players to graduation, all have new fresh talent ready to pounce and surprise. This year is set to be an intense one as every team pushes for a Nationals spot, ready to exceed expectations and have a lot of fun along the way!
Annie Bechtel is a product of the Scottish Ultimate scene, and is here to bring you the hot gossip before the women of Scottish Universities descend on Aberdeen to battle it out for the title of Indoor Regionals Champs.
Kat Rowland brings us her first preview from the UWIR in the North.
With UXIR and UMIR out of the way, the spotlight turns to the year’s first women’s tournament. Beginners have settled into their teams and the North is becoming a little cold and dark for outdoor training, so UWIR is the next major event. Each team will have their own aspirations, whether that is one of six prized qualifying spots for Nationals, to develop team cohesion, or to beat specific local rivals. Certain teams are expected to dominate, but who knows who might rock the boat? Some final standings are predicted, but aim to exceed expectations and prove me wrong!
Isabel Goh presents her preview on the East Region ahead of Women’s Indoor Regionals.
With the top two finishers of the University Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Nationals for the 2016/17 season coming from this region last year, the East region crown seems to be anyone’s for the taking. With five qualifying spots for University Women’s Indoor Nationals (UWIN) up from four last year, it can only mean more thrilling games in a highly competitive region. This preview, peppered with quotes from the various team captains, will hopefully get you psyched for the weekend because it promises to be two very exciting days!
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.