The Grapevine Returns

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As the title suggests we will be bringing back The Grapevine but as a monthly collection of the best Ultimate links and news.


Just before WUCC we had our Club and Country series which you should definitely read, got an opinion to add then comment or even email us with a contribution! 

WUCC is over with some great results from the UK teams check out the final results here and here. Also DP went along with Skyd Magazine who did some great writing and footage which you can watch back now!

Moving forwards, next week sees the peak of the UK season: UKU Nationals. Schedules are up and check out some of last years footage from PushPass to get you pumped! 

Finally, whilst WUCC was going on we reached over the 200,000 views mark on this page! We are so thankful for you guys reading and spreading theShowGame love, keep coming back for more.

Photo courtesy of Tino Tran.

WUCC Results Day Five – Friday 8th

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With only finals left to play we look back at a strong British showing at the 2014 World Club Championships…

Women’s

Iceni finish 11th overall with a decisive win over U de Cologne and sustained and confirmed their European dominance throughout the week. Whilst the highest placed European team, they will be frustrated to not have made it into quarter finals, and also by their results against North American competition with scorelines that do not represent the potential of this team.

Win 17 – 6 vs. U. de. Cologne (GER) 

Nice Bristols had a tough week with only 3 wins against Rogue (AUS), Brilliance (RUS), and YAKA (FRA) to finish in 22nd. Whilst they missed out on top 16, they will be happy to have improved on their seeding by 2 and will undoubtedly come home with a huge amount of international experience that puts their squad in good stead for years to come.

Win 13 – 11 vs. YAKA (FRA)
Lose 10 – 16 vs. E6 (SWE)


LMS also beat their seeding to move from 30th to 24th. Whilst they may be gutted to lose out in sudden death to CUSB shout in bracket play, they will be happy with big wins over Rogue (AUS), Brilliance (RUS) and Nice Bristols.

Lose 9 – 17 vs. E6 (SWE)

Lose 7 – 12 vs. YAKA (FRA)


Open

Clapham secure 5th place in dramatic style with Rob Schumacher getting the game winning block in sudden death against Furious George. Whilst the team will be rightly disappointed about not making Semi-finals, this is a landmark Worlds campaign for Clapham as they suffer a single defeat by one point to the defending World Champions, as well as a first (and convincing) victory over Buzz Bullets. They are the highest finisher of all European teams.

Win 17 – 12 vs. Buzz Bullets (JPN)
Win 17 – 16 vs. Furious George (CAN)

EMO found difficulty in their 9-16 bracket before closing the tournament on a sudden death win to finish 15th. The young Midlands squad have shown their worth at this tournament and undeniably stepped up once again with victories against Freespeed and Juggernaut. They smashed their seeding in a very competitive division and will be looking to continue their late surge up the rankings of British and European ultimate as the season continues.

Lose 11 – 17 vs. Ragnarok (DEN)
Win 17 – 16 vs. Juggernaut (AUS) 


Chevron beat Freespeed in their final game to finish 17th, also in dramatic fashion with Marky ‘JL’ Fandango taking the final point of the tournament with a layout callahan against the European Silver Medallists. This team will be disappointed to lose out on a top 16 finish, but show promise and grit to finish the tournament with only two losses at the hands of Juggernaut, and Clapham.

Win 16 – 14 vs. Tchac (FRA)

Win 16 – 13 vs. Freespeed (SUI)

Ranelagh had a brutal tournament to say the least with only two victories late in the tournament over FAB and in their final game against Mor ho! to finish 43rd. As tough as it is to face defeat on such a stage, the Dubliners will only gain from the lessons they learned in Lecco. Check out A Ranelagh Player to get a closer look at their Worlds campaign. Also took Spirit in the Open Division! Congrats!

Lose 17 – 11 vs. Gigolo (UKR)

Win 17 – 7 vs. Mor ho! (CZE)


Mixed

Cambridge are the Cinderella team of the competition. Despite a pre-tournament friendly win against Bear Cavalry the team went to Lecco seemingly as GB’s second best mixed team. This was emphatically overturned by a pre-quarter meeting between the two teams, which Cambridge one in sudden death to proceed to the top 8 bracket, and knock out their British rivals in the process. Going on to finish 6th with only North American competition above them, the midlands team will be rightly delighted with their showing in Lecco.

Win 16 – 11 vs. Hanabi (JPN)

Lose 13 – 7 vs. Union (CAN)

Bear Cavalry fell short in the cruellest way at the hands of domestic rivals, finishing 12th. Their final game loss by one point to a team they had previously beaten will be tough to take, but the Warwick alumni team will nevertheless be proud of showing themselves a serious force capable of competing on the world stage.

Lose 13 – 17 vs. Wildcard (USA)

Lose 14 – 15 vs. Gecko (CAN) finishing 12th.

RGS missed their seeding by one after two losses on the home straight to finish 28th. The squad showed their quality as they challenged finalists Polar Bears (USA) early in the tournament, but were unable to creep up into the 17-24 bracket.

Lose 14 – 15 vs. Grandmaster Flash (POL)
Lose 15 – 17 vs. Catchup Graz (AUT)

Black Eagles notched a win over RGS and bared their teeth in opening game against eventual 4th place finishers Team Fisher Price (CAN). Their finish at 37th with two decisive victories suggest a much higher placement could have been within their grasps.

Win 16 – 12 vs. China United Ultimate Party (PRC)
Win 17 – 12 vs. Outsiderz (CZE)

Women’s Masters

ROBOT Finished 5th overall, narrowly missing out on the championship bracket. Their victory over eventual Bronze medallists Golden Girls (GER) suggests this finish to be deceptive in a division which, perhaps other than the North American finalists, was very closely matched.

Masters

Zimmer finish 7th overall after falling to eventual finalists FIGJAM (CAN) in the quarter finals. Whilst they couldn’t overcome FIGJAM or Surly (USA), their early tournament win over Vigi (JAP, 6th) and decisive victories over all other competition add up to a strong showing. 

Lose 17 – 12 vs. Surly (USA)
Win 17 – 10 vs. UFO Masters (FIN) 


BAF achieved strong wins as well as two sudden death losses first to UFO Masters (FIN) and then in their last game to Ultimate Vibration (FRA). They finish their tough campaign in 12th. 

Lose 13 – 17 vs. Wolpertinger (GER)
Lose 14 – 15 vs. Ultimate Vibration (FRA)

Finals – live streamed by Skyd Magazine

Women’s – Seattle Riot (USA) vs. San Francisco Fury (USA) (10:30am BST)
Open – San Francisco Revolver (USA) vs. Seattle Sockeye (USA) (16:00pm BST)
Mixed – Polar Bears (USA) vs. Drag’n Thrust (USA) (13:15pm BST)
Women’s Masters – Vintage (CAN) 17 – 13 Godiva (USA)
Masters – Boneyard (USA) 17 – 8 FIGJAM (CAN)

That’s all from the tSG coverage of WUCC 2014. Congratulations to all UK players and teams for a fantastic showing!

WUCC Results Day Four – Thursday 7th

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Keeping you up to date with how the UK teams get on today…

Women’s
Final games in the power pools with quarters later.

Iceni
Lose 13 – 7 vs. Scandal (USA)
Lose 11 – 17 vs Fusion (CAN)

Nice Bristols
Lose 11 – 17 vs. LMS
Lose 7 – 17 vs MUD


LMS
Win 17 – 11 vs. Nice Bristols
Lose 14 – 15 vs CUSB Shout


Open
Today sees the pre-quarters and quarter finals.

Clapham
Win 17 – 11 vs. EMO
Lose QF 16 – 17 vs Revolver (USA)

Chevron
Win 17 – 15 vs. Frizzly Bears (GER)

EMO
Lose 11 – 17 vs. Clapham
Lose 11 – 12 vs. Lucky Grass (RUS)

Ranelagh
Win 15 – 9 vs. Wildcard (NZL)
Win 15 – 13 vs. Flying Angels Bern (SUI)

Mixed
Pre-quarters and quarter finals.


Bear Cavalry
Lose 14 – 15 vs. Cambridge
Win 17 – 12 vs Heidees Mixed (GER)

Cambridge
Win 15 – 14 vs. Bear Cavalry, and move on to quarter finals.
Lose 12 – 17 vs Drag’n Thrust (USA)


RGS
Win 17 – 12 vs. Vaasa Saints

Black Eagles
Lose 13 – 17 vs. Hippo

Women’s Masters
Last day of round robin.

ROBOT
Win 12 – 10 vs. Golden Girls
Lose 9 – 15 vs. Godiva


Masters
Quarter finals.

Zimmer
Lose 17 – 15 vs. FigJam


BAF
Win 17 – 10 vs. Mucche – Ult. Bergamo.



Excitement Elsewhere

Buzz Bullets come back from 14 – 11 to win in double game point. 

Clapham take the top seed Revolver to universe point in their quarter final. 

WUCC Results Day Three – Wednesday 6th

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Keeping you up to date with how the UK teams get on today…

Women’s
All still to play for with more games from power pools tomorrow.

Iceni
Win 13 – 11 vs. Cosmic Girls (RUS)
Loss 6 -15 vs. Showdown (USA)

Nice Bristols
Win 13 – 8 vs. Brilliance (RUS)

LMS
Win 15 – 10 vs. Rogue (AUS)

Open
Familiar faces as Clapham and Chevron find themselves in the same power pool, where both will be looking to overcome Melbourne’s Juggernaut as well as each other.

Clapham – Undefeated, up into top 16 where they face EMO.
Win 15 – 12 vs. Juggernaut (AUS)
Win 15 – 11 vs. Chevron (UK) 

Chevron  – Down into 17-24 bracket
Lose 15 – 11 vs. Clapham (UK)
Lose 12 -15 vs. Juggernaut (AUS)

EMO – Up into top 16 to play Clapham

Lose 11 – 14 vs. Furious George (CAN)

Win 15 – 11 vs. Freespeed (SUI) 

Ranelagh
Lose 11 -15 vs. Prague Devils (CZE)

Mixed

Bear Cavalry – Undefeated, up to top 16.
Win 12 – 11 vs. Gecko (CAN)
Win 15 – 12 vs. Croccali (ITA) 

Cambridge – Up into top 16.
Win 14 -13 vs. IKU! (Japan)
Lose 8 -15 vs. Team Fisher Price (USA)

RGS
Win 12 – 6 vs. Panthers Bern (SUI)
Lose 12 -15 vs. Black Eagles (UK)

Black Eagles
Win 15 – 12 vs. RGS (UK)

Women’s Masters

ROBOT
Win 15 – 13 vs. Sanz (JPN)
vs. Vintage (CAN)

Masters

Zimmer
Win 15 – 8 vs. UFO Masters (FIN) move into 1-16 playoffs
Win 17 – 6 vs MTX (MEX) – Undefeated, up to top 8.

BAF

Lose 15 – 7 vs. Surly (USA) move into 1-16 playoffs
Lose 16 – 17 vs UFO Masters (FIN) – Down to 9-16 bracket.


Excitement Elsewhere

In the Women’s Division, Scandal narrowly avoid an upset beating Texas Showdown (feat. Bex Forth) 12-11.

Ragnarok (feat. Alex Cragg) beat CUSB in a tight game to guarantee top 16 and pre-quarter against Jonny Bravo.

WUCC Results Day Two – Tuesday 5th

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For those less Twitter-literate, keeping you up to date with how the UK teams get on today in Lecco. Scores will be updated as they come in, so keep an eye out…

Today’s play follows the Sunday schedule with only minor changes.

Women’s

Iceni (8th)
Win 15 – 4 vs. Prague Devils (CZE, 23rd)

Nice Bristols (24th)  – Coming third in pool puts them in lower power pools.
Lose 15  – 2 vs. Traffic (CAN, 7th) 

LMS Ultimate (30th)
Win 12 – 7 vs. Brilliance (RUS, 14th)

Open

NEWS: Potential schedule change going forward. Top 2 from each pool will enter into 8 power pools of 3 teams. Top 2 of the power pools go to top 16 play-offs. Important implication is that some groups will be 1st-1st-2nd seeds, and some will be 1st-2nd-2nd; substantial considering that only the top 2 proceed from power pools to final 16. Please note – this change is yet to be confirmed.

Clapham (8th) – Top the pool 3 – 0 going into power pools.

Win 15 – 7 vs. KFUM Orebro (SWE, 32nd) 


Chevron (12th) – Top the pool 3 – 0 going into power pools with game against Clapham tomorrow.
Win 15 – 13 vs. Heidees (GER, 36th) 

EMO (22nd) – Take 2nd in pool and head to power pools as a 2nd seed.
Win 14 – 9 vs. Crackerjacks (SIN, 46th)
Win 14-10 vs. Iznogood (FRA, 27th) 

Ranelagh (41st)
Lose 11 – 15 vs. Mephisto (CAN, 17th)



Max McCartney takes the grab and makes sure of it for Clapham. Photo courtesy of Kevin LeClaire / Ultiphotos.



Mixed

Bear Cavalry (8th) Top pool to keep 8th seed.
Win 15 – 8 vs. Slash (MEX, 32nd) 

Cambridge (18th)  Top pool to take 7th seed.
Win 15 -5 vs. China United Ultimate Party (PRC, 42nd)

RGS (27th)
Lose 11 – 15 vs Polar Bears (USA, 46th)
Lose 10 – 14 vs IKU! (JPN, 46th)

Black Eagles (38th)
Lose 10 – 15 vs. Salaspils FK (LAT, 14th)

Women’s Masters

ROBOT (6th)
Win 14 – 9 vs. Guacamayas (COL, 4th)
Win 15 – 9 vs. Funky Masters (FRA, 1st)

Masters

Zimmer (4th)
Win 15 – 4 vs. Yanomami (VEN, 16th)
Win 15 – 8 vs. Gronical Dizziness (NED, 17th)

BAF (8th)

Win 15 – 5 vs. Dedushka (RUS, 21st)
Win 15 – 8 vs. MTX (FRA, 11th)

Excitement Elsewhere

Iznogood pushed Buzz Bullets with Buzz narrowly taking half  9-8. Buzz emerged victors 15-11 in an unexpectedly close pool play match up.

Bad Skid have been knocked out of top 24 by Communidad del Oso (COL) in a contentious game which included a spirit time out. 

WUCC Results Day One – Monday 4th

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Keeping you up to date with how the UK teams got on today…

Things eventually got off to a boggy start in Lecco today after games from Monday were rescheduled due to waterlogged fields. Here’s how the home teams got on.
Full results are here.

Women’s

Iceni seem comfortable as they take two wins, Bristol take 1 W 1 L, and LMS take a loss to the experienced Woodchicas.

Iceni (8th)
Win 15 – 5 vs. Athletico (FIN, 23rd)
Win 14 – 10 vs. ZUF (SUI, 9th)

Nice Bristols (24th)
Lose 9 – 14 vs. U de Cologne (GER, 10th)
Win 13 – 9 vs. Rogue (AUS, 26th)

Little Miss Sunshine (30th)
Lose 9 – 15 vs. Woodchicas (GER, 19th) 




Open

Clapham and Chevron both secure power pool qualification with two wins, EMO lose out to Buzz (view stream here), and Ranelagh unfortunately fail to get their first win on the board.

Clapham (8th)
Win 15 – 5 vs. Ranelagh (IRE, 41st)
Win 15 – 9 vs. Mephisto (CAN, 17th)

Chevron (12th)
Win 15 – 10 vs. Wildcats (NZL, 37th)
Win 11 – 9 vs. Euforia (COL, 13th)

EMO (22nd)
Lose 6 – 15 vs. Buzz Bullets (JPN, 3rd) 

Ranelagh (41st)
Lose 5 – 15 vs. Clapham (GBR, 8th)
Lose 12 – 14 vs. KFUM Örebro (SWE, 32nd)

Mixed

Bear Cavalry and RGS keep a clean record for the first pool play games, Black Eagles are unable to get their first win and Cambridge turn their pool inside out with a sudden death loss to the 31st seeds, and a 15-11 win over the highest seeds in their pool.

Bear Cavalry (8th)
Win 15 – 8 vs. Sexy Legs (EST, 41st)
Win 15 – 6 vs. UFO Mixed (NED, 17th)

Cambridge (18th)
Lose 14 – 15 vs. Panthers Bern (SUI, 31st)
Win 15 – 11 vs. Wild Card (USA, 7th)

RGS (27th)
Win 15 – 5 vs. Fire of Anatolia (TUR, 46th)

Black Eagles (38th)
Lose 11 – 15 vs. Team Fisher Price (CAN, 11th)
Lose 7 – 14 vs. Grandmaster Flash (POL, 35th)


R.G.S getting horizontal on the first day of play. Photo courtesy of Kevin Leclaire/Ultiphotos.

Women’s Masters

The Brits finish the day 1 and 1, and in 4th position in the pool round robin.

ROBOT 
Lose 8 – 15 vs. Welldone (FIN)
Win 15 – 9 vs. Primal (AUS)

Masters

Zimmer stay strong with two wins, and BAF end with a 1 and 1 for the first day.

Zimmer (4th)
Win 15 – 5 vs. MM (MEX, 24th)
Win 15 – 11 vs. Vigi (JPN, 9th)

BAF (8th)

Win 15 – 10 vs. Mokonui (NZL, 20th)
Lose 11 – 15 vs. Flood (CAN, 13th)

Excitement Elsewhere

Rumour mill: Davide is taken away from a universe point loss to Bad Skid by a WFDF rep – TRUTH: Davide was simply taken aside by his team during half time to calm down a little.
Viksjöfors push Furious George to 15-13, narrowly losing.
Texas Showdown lose out to Japan’s HUCK.
Cambridge beat the American Mixed team Wildcard to mix up their pool.
Some pitches are very boggy but weather was beautiful today. 
Schedule has changed a number of times in the day for tomorrows play but minimal effect for UK teams. 

One of the entrance roads into the venue, a little muddy. Photo courtesy of Kevin Leclaire/Ultiphotos.


WUCC 2014 Mixed Division Preview: Bear Cavalry

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Matt Dathan and Matthew Hodgson finish off our previews with Bear Cavalry.
Bear Cavalry took Gold at Windmill Windup this season. Photo courtesy of Martine Bootsma/Windmill Windup.

Squad

Adam Maxwell
Alex Wylie
Darbi Donaldson
David Tyler (C)
Gemma Wakeford
Hanna John
Helen Swan-Thompson
James Freeman
Joe Swan-Thompson
Josh Wakeford
Lauren Tyler
Lucy Hawkes
Matt Alders
Matt Hodgson
Pedro Vargas
Ronja Wöstheinrich
Rosie Musgrave
Theo Tizard

About Bear Cavalry

The World Club Championships in Lecco is what Bear Cavalry has existed for since the club of mainly Warwick alumni players was formed more than four years ago.


With a 95 per cent retention rate since that first full season together, there has been little need for adding extra players to a tight-knit group, many of whom have played together at university, in the 2011 GB mixed team and at clubs such as Fire of London and Ka-Pow.

But for their final path to World’s they have added two missing jigsaws of the puzzle in the form of two Ka-Pow players – Pedro Vargas, the Portuguese handler, and the versatile Matt Hodgson.

Both were hand-picked by the Bears captain, Dave Tyler, as individuals who would easily adjust to Bears’ particular style of offense and hard man defense.

Playing and Coaching Style

That style of play is built around a pivot-based offence, characterised by cynical opponents as a hierarchical offence because it is designed around Joe Thompson and Dave Tyler, the two pivots around which the rest of the offence runs.

“Calling it a hierarchical offence is disingenuous, because outside of the top two the hierarchy isn’t well defined,” Dave explains.

It is an approach targeted for mixed ultimate and designed to bring out the best of the teams’ star players. 

“It often looks like quite a naive V stack, but it’s a bit more complex than that – the stack is just somewhere to keep people out of the way until a pivot player gets the disc. It’s not an offence that would work for most teams – and definitely not in open – it’s evolved over time as the way to get the best out of our best players.”

When observing their style of play, you may come to the conclusion that Bear’s strategy has remained unchanged from their university days, but while the principles remain the same – man defence and a vertical stack offence – the adjustments made by the captaincy have filtered in over the years.

On first glance the offence style may look basic, but the adjustments made have highlighted the strengths of the squad and have been drilled in so thoroughly that the team has confidence in the strategy and in the reliability of the team to execute it. 

Bears are hitting World’s after a hugely successful domestic season, dominating all three mixed tours and remaining unbeaten until earlier this month, when they suffered a surprise loss to Cambridge in a friendly.

The defeat was brushed aside by Bears players, who pointed to the fact they were missing four of their key players. “We needed to experience what defeat tasted like so we know never to taste it again,” said a particularly defiant Bear. And it was on Cambridge’s hallowed home turf, of course, so no confidence has been lost from within the very close unit of players.

Domination has not been a new experience for Bears however, having won mixed tour in 2011 and 2012, winning nationals in 2012 and 2013 and the European Club Championships in Bordeaux last year.

They continued to impress on the international stage this season, winning the Golden Elephant trophy at Windmill Windup in Amsterdam. Winning on the domestic and European scene is one thing; world domination is another level altogether, and captain Dave is realistic when it comes to setting a goal in Lecco.

Predictions

He said it was difficult to predict how a club like Bears will fare against non-European teams, pointing to the example of Venezuela under-23s at last year’s World Championships to show how dangerous it is to guess the strength of teams from more unfamiliar countries.

As with the Open and Women’s divisions, the pinnacle of European mixed clubs come from the UK. But unlike Clapham and Iceni, who have both recently returned home from facing North America’s elite at the US Open, Bear Cavalry have never played a team that competes outside of Europe, so adjustments will have to be made based on filmed footage and adapting throughout the tournament. 

When pushed for a prediction – and Dave was the only one of the UK mixed teams’ captains who was brave enough to give a prediction, a reflection of his straightforward, honest approach to leadership – he told The ShowGame that a realistic goal for the team was a finishing position between seventh and 12th place.

“I’d say it’s a huge success in results if we come in the top eight,” he says. “I’d like us to come up against one of the top four teams and prove that our systems work. We won’t win, simply because we aren’t individually good enough, but I want to see whether what we’ve built as a club holds its own to the top of our abilities as individuals,” he adds.

Lecco is the last hurrah for Bear Cavalry. Like retiring footballers, it is always best to go out on top, leaving a positive legacy to remember the team by. Barring world domination, there is little left to achieve for the club, having risen from winning student nationals to European champions and what the team hopes will be a top eight finish at World’s.

The best crop of players in the team are likely to focus on GB for the next couple of years and while Bear Cavalry might make the odd reappearance at tournaments at home and abroad, it will no longer be a club with such a serious and focused set of objectives.

Whatever you make of their style of play and approach to the game, you cannot doubt the commitment of the players to a set program over such a length of time and the impressive journey they have made all the way from Freshers’ year at Warwick University.


And that is that. Keep you eyes open for the SkyD and tSG coverage of WUCC.