ShowGame Podcast: Episode 4 with Rachel Turton and Ben Davies

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This week Sean speaks to Rachel Turton and Ben Davies. Both are longtime Ultimate players (Ben has played for New Zealand and in the AUDL, and Rachel is a reigning national and European champion with SMOG and GB Mixed) who have pivoted more to disc golf during the last 12 months and are now the male and female #1s in the UK. 

– How they got into disc golf and started playing tournaments (0:58)

–  Was there any particular piece of advice that made a difference, or thing you worked out that was crucial? (2:25)

– How long did it take to get to grips with the variety of discs? (4:25)

– How hard has it been learning to play with such precision? (9:03)

– What’s it been like playing a more individual sport like disc golf, and integrating into a different community? (10:50)

– Are you still Ultimate players that play disc golf, or are you more a golfer now? (16:01)

– Which countries are strong in disc golf? (18:02)

– What do disc golf sponsorships entail, and how do they work? (19:00)

– BEST LINE: Rachel picks her best mixed team and discusses playing Worlds with Great Britain at 20 (22:55)

– BEST LINE: Ben picks his best mixed line, including a one-time only exception for a player he trained with (25:05)

– Ben discusses his experience playing for Rainbow Brigade at Windmill (28:40)

ShowGame Podcast: Episode 3 with David Pryce

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No special guest this week, just a regular editor. DP and Sean talk about the various different items of news surrounding UK Ultimate, discuss whether the international calendar needs to be overhauled, encourage caution from people pushing themselves too hard on a return to training and pick their best lines. Here’s the Spotify link, but you can find it pretty much anywhere by searching The ShowGame Podcast!

UK and Ireland Ultimate Community Fundraiser for the Black Lives Matter Movement

Black Lives Matter, Discussion

Deep Space has taken the lead on fundraising for racial justice groups across the UK. Claire Baker explains why this cause is so important, with additional input from teammates Joanna Hamer, Leila Denniston, Matthew Hodgson, Miyen Ho and Robert White

The wave of protests across the world in the aftermath of George Floyd’s tragic death has brought issues of systematic racism to the forefront of many of our minds louder than ever before. Racism and racial inequity are systemic injustices not limited to the US; they pervade across the UK and Ireland as well. Despite our sport being built upon core values of respect and equality, particularly through the Spirit of the Game, the UK and Ireland ultimate community is not as diverse as the society we live in. Our sport isn’t always inclusive, and this has to change. 

ShowGame Podcast: Episode 2 with Fowzia Mahmood

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In the second episode of the ShowGame podcast, Sean interviewed Fowzia Mahmood, the force behind women’s team Discie Chicks and a UKU board member, about the importance of diversity and inclusion, her experiences playing in the UK and how vital it is to make mistakes. You can hear about:

  • How did you get into the sport? (2:12)
  • Joining the UKU board (4:14)
  • Diversity and racial equality in UK Ultimate (8:35)
  • Starting Discie Chicks and providing women more opportunities (18:50)
  • Would you change anything with DC? (30:08)
  • What can other teams learn from DC? (34:40)
  • Preparing for WindFarm (40:08)
  • BEST LINE: Fowzia picks her DC all-star line (41:05)

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Welcome to our new foray into podcasts! Sean Colfer interviewed Simon Hill, the UKU CEO, and they discussed a number of different topics. You can hear about:

  • Coronavirus and its impact (1:39)
  • EUCF thoughts (11:48)
  • Impact on the GB programmes for WUGC and World Games (16:45)
  • Positives to come from this? (19:20)
  • Black Lives Matter discussion (29:26)
  • EUCR-W and Nationals separation? (39:45)
  • UKU membership demographics (42:50)
  • Combining divisions to one Nationals – positive or negative (45:00)
  • Si’s call for teams to engage with schools (51:00)
  • BEST LINE: the top seven players Si would want in a must-score point (54:45)

We hope you enjoy, and if you have any feedback, suggestions or questions drop an email to showgameblog@gmail.com.

WFDF clarifies budget for WUGC

WFDF, WUGC2020, WUGC2021

WFDF today sent out an email to teams registered for WUGC 2020 further clarifying the financial situation of the tournament. Teams had previously been told that they would only be able to get around a quarter of the money they had sent in player fees back should they pull out of the tournament following postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic, and none of the team fees. This announcement had caused some controversy, with teams and players asking to know more about what their money had been spent on.

WFDF and the tournament organising committee (TOC) also said that if teams still wanted to attend the event, now taking place in 2021, then players would need to pay an extra EUR150 to make up for budgetary shortfalls. The federation took the step of sending out a letter from WFDF Vice President Brian Gisel and WFDF Managing Director Events Karina Woldt which included a number of answers to questions they had been asked and a detailed budget provided by the TOC.

The budget provided to teams by WFDF

The budget shows that costs have been taken out of a number of areas, including marketing, game advisors and competition services like equipment, while extra money has been put into medical costs. The bulk of the increases comes in staffing costs, with the staff involved now going to have to stay working on the tournament for an extra year. The costs of withdrawals have also been factored in, and shows that the amount that has been requested from teams lines up with the rough figures suggested on Ultiworld earlier this week.

Karina Woldt said: “We have listened to what the players and teams have asked, and we want to be open and honest with them about the tournament. We are talking to the TOC about what can be claimed back and they have said that around 25% is what they can currently get from their suppliers. We are hopeful that more could be refunded if the event is cancelled, but we want WUGC to be a great event. The TOC has already managed to reclaim more of their costs than they had expected after some negotiation, and we will do all we can to keep teams, players and federations informed.”

WFDF also clarifies in the letter that the only money they will be taking from the tournament is the relatively low sanctioning fees, with most of the money accepted and used by the TOC. The tournament is still not confirmed, with both WFDF and the TOC awaiting answers from teams that enough can attend to make the event viable. Teams now have until June 17 to respond, with a decision made by mid-July this year as to whether it will go forward.

UMIN 2020 Division 1 Preview

Indoors, Previews, University

Nate Sanders previews the men’s side of indoor nationals and predicts what’ll go down in Scotland this weekend.

14 of the teams at Division 1 this year competed at this event last year. The new arrivals are LJMU, Exeter, Heriot Watt, Swansea, Imperial and Leicester. All of last years top eight are returning to the fold this time around. We’re going to take a little look at who’s coming, what to expect and an outrageously ungrounded prediction.

South West

Bath are consistently challenging at this tournament but regularly fall short of a top-three finish. This year could well be different, with more GB experience than you can shake a stick at and the self-proclaimed “best indoor player in UK Ultimate” Andrew Sweetman still to be added to the male half of the mixed roster that performed so well at UXIN this year, the boys in blue will be well on for a medal this time around.
Exeter are having a good year after narrowly missing out on Division 1 last year they have had a resurge for this season, coming a comfortable second behind Bath at regionals they’ll no doubt put a good showing in at nationals but the top eight spots may be just out of reach this time around.
UWE have qualified for Division 1 for the second year in a row. They didn’t finish that highly last year but had notable wins against Sussex and Manchester showing they can play with the big boys. I imagine they’ll struggle to adapt to the bigger fields and the rubber crumb, but they have the talent to produce an upset if they catch a team off guard.

North

I’m sure nobody is surprised to see Durham up in Division 1 Nationals. With access to players like Will Collier (SMOG), Steve Gillman (GB Open) & Callum Mcgowan (He’s quite good) who have been playing together for several seasons now, you’d expect these boys to be up there.
Liverpool John Moores, on the back of what has been a good season, they will again be competing at Division 1 this season. They’ll be relying on key players Ben Oliver and Tom Jackson to steady the ship if they want to compete at this tournament. A good performance at regionals and a respectable placing at UXIN, I think they’ll be likely to upset someone’s weekend.

Yorkshire & East Midlands

Loughborough have qualified two teams to indoor Nationals this year seeing their second team claim a spot in Division 2. They’ll bring the usual Loughborough athleticism, characteristic weave and unnecessary amount of lefty scoobers but even if you expect it, you’ll still struggle to keep them out for too long. History shows they’ll have a good Saturday and then lose a quarter final so expect to see these boys in the 5v6.

West & Wales

Swansea will be pleased to be at this event but without much big tournament experience the weight of Division 1 will likely be too much for them. They’ll be relying on product of Junior Ultimate Ryan Kapma to put a shift in if they want to win games.
Birmingham are an athletic group of guys, lead on pitch by an athletic anomaly, Isaac Davis. Playing frisbee together is one of their favourite past times along-side the occasional spot of bird watching. Despite some big losses thanks to recent graduations, Birmingham never fail to provide a strong output.
Warwick are no strangers to indoor nationals. With players like Adam Carver and Dan Wilson they’ll be able to challenge well at this tournament. Having played their regionals on a 3G pitch they’ll have had a good chance to feel out their offence on the different style of pitch and that will stand them in good stead ahead of the tournament.

South East & London

Sussex struggled last year at UMIN leaving themselves in the bottom of their initial pool only finishing above fellow south east counterpart Surrey. After a more respective 10th place finish at UXIN they may be able to pick themselves up this time around
Surrey boasts a lot of young talent including recent U24’s Tom Davies and Jonah from Bears. They will be alongside new signing from Swansea, Ross Hurley, who will add a big aerial threat. After a lacklustre outing at UXIN finishing 18th at UXIN and 20th at UMIN last year. Surrey will have something to prove on the trip to Edinburgh.
UCL have remained strong after the big loss of Axel and CJ Colicchio who brought them into the spotlight last year. They’re showing a real display of depth in their squad as they barely seem to be feeling the departures.

Scotland

With an outrageous (but not undeserved) five spots at Division 1 we will be seeing a lot of Scotland at this event. Scotland always have a strong showing at UMIN and with the home-turf advantage this year we’re all expecting big things from them especially locals Edinburgh.
Strathclyde dominate this event year after year, and I’d be surprised after their showing at regionals if we didn’t see that again. The Dark Horses are my favourite for a Gold medal, consistently sitting at the very top of UK Ultimate, they certainly have the class to see out nationals in a familiar setting.
Edinburgh, with a tidy second place at UXIN (Division 2) they’ve got a lot of ability and experience on the spacious 3G Pitches. Lochlan Fisher stands out amongst other less easily recognisable athletic talent and they will be difficult for any team to contain. The home turf will likely see this team battle it out for a Semi-Final.
Glasgow have suffered a lot of graduations which means that only two of last year’s bronze medalists remain in the squad for this year; not helped by captain Iain Cambell who will be missing out due to a concussion. Expect to see some fresher faces on this Glasgow team but they will be punctuated with players like Joel Terry, of recent U24 and Alba fame, so they’ll still be competing in the top half of this tournament.
The rest of Scotland is a mystery to me, but I’d expect Heriot-Watt and St Andrews to both perform relatively well as they usually do.

The Fight for not bottom

The remaining teams in the division (Sheffield, Leicester, Imperial) I think will struggle to compete with some of the other big teams and may find themselves coming a long way for some losses, either that or I don’t have a good understanding of their ability but I’d rather make a guess than ask for help.

Prediction:
Strathclyde
Bath
Edinburgh
Loughborough
Birmingham
Durham
Glasgow
LJMU
Warwick
Exeter
St Andrews
UCL
Heriot Watt
Sussex
Surrey
Swansea
Sheffield
UWE
Imperial
Leicester