Victoria Higgins caught up with the Philippines Women’s team, who are attending their first Worlds, as part of the effort to get to know the new teams here in London. She took a close look at what this seminal tournament means for the Filipino women (the Binibinis), who debut in St. Albans as the 20th seed of 26 teams.
There has been much hype and hubbub over the introduction of the Indian Women’s team to the international theatre, but they are not the only Women’s team that is making their first appearance at the World Ultimate and Guts Championship this year. The exponential growth of women’s Ultimate in recent years has also paved the road to the biggest stage in Ultimate for the Philippines, Hong Kong, Spain, Belgium and South Africa.
Charlie Blair reports on a tight matchup in the Mixed division as the Wild Dogs take on the Philippines
Despite another drizzly start to the day’s play, the first game between the Philippines and South Africa brought the pitches to life. The luscious field, newly dampened with a fresh sheen of rain, invited spectacular athletic plays from both sides.
Those who braved the wet were treated to a stand out performance from South’s Africa #00 Jarrod ‘JB’ Banks, who set the team alight early on. After chasing down an overshot swing pass to score a layout callahan, he brought the Wild Dogs level 3-3. In a game that remained tight to the end, his big plays proved to be game-changing, as another huge layout block on Philippines’ own
end zone line saw South Africa take the half 9-7.