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