The top four progress: a round-up of the Women’s division

Julia Dunn gives us a rundown on the Women’s division yesterday and what to expect today.

Quarter-finals

Torrential downpours last night threw quite a wrench into the schedule for WUGC 2016 this morning. Despite the waterlogging of most of the fields, the tournament directors communicated to all teams in the quarters excellently. The quarters happened on the high ground of pitches four and five, the only functional fields at the complex on Thursday. The women’s quarters followed all the predictions that our reporter Victoria Higgins made going into the day, with Colombia and Germany presenting the biggest question mark of the day.

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Colombia ride their momentum into semi-finals

Victoria Higgins watched Colombia top the German Women in the tightest quarter-final in the division. Here’s her report.

In episode III of an unintentional Colombian trilogy, a Colombian Women’s team beaten only by the USA so far faced off against Germany to vie for the opportunity to meet the winner of Japan vs. Australia in semi-finals on Friday.

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Mixed round-up: playing for second?

Sean Colfer has been watching the Mixed division this week and has been looking for evidence that any of the other teams can challenge the USA’s all-star roster.

The United States of America are the best team here. That much is not in doubt. They have played seven games so far before the quarter-finals and have conceded 22 points – an average of a hair over three points per game. They’ve hard-capped everyone. So, with an average score of 15-3, I think it’s fair to say they’ve been absurdly dominant.

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Women’s quarter-finals are set: what happened and what to expect

Victoria Higgins watched the Women’s division closely yesterday in case you didn’t. Here’s a report on what happened at the end of power pools, including the fall of Great Britain, during crossovers and during pre-quarters to set you up for the exciting day of women’s Ultimate in prospect today.

Pool play

Pool C closed at 1:30 pm. Sorry, no one’s getting back in. This is most unfortunate for the women of Great Britain, who accidentally left a break in there and missed out on a spot in pre-quarters by exactly that margin. Switzerland managed to lose to them in the first game of the day, but not by quite enough to lose their seat in the next round of elimination play—in a three-way tie in Pool C with Germany, Switzerland, and Great Britain each taking four wins and two losses, Great Britain needed one more break on Switzerland to stay alive.

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Russia: Breaking marks, breaking seed

Julia Dunn takes a closer look at Russia, probably the biggest surprise so far in the Women’s division following their rise from ninth in Europe to World quarter-finalists.

Russia’s Women’s team, the fourth seed in pool D going into the tournament, made their mark on the tournament today by upsetting the second seed Australia. Beating all their competitors except Colombia thus far, the dynamic squad showed that intense defence wins games. Coming in seventh place at EUC last year, the team has really grown in the past year leading up to Worlds.

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Hong Kong forging their own path

Sean Colfer talked to some players on the Hong Kong team about their aims for this tournament for developing the sport in their unique corner of Asia.

Hong Kong Ultimate has long been in a strange situation. Due to the nature of the city, with a large number of foreign nationals coming from across the world to live and work in such a vibrant, thriving place, many of the players involved in the scene there are expats.

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New Zealand brings the thunder to powerhouse Swedish squad

Julia Dunn watched a tight game between Sweden and New Zealand and spoke to the Kiwi captain afterwards about their journey to London.

That this game could play a key role in determining the second seed in pool A brought a riveting edge to the New Zealand and Sweden matchup on Tuesday. Both teams fought to the bitter end, coming down with amazing catches, putting on intense defensive pressure and making good decisions throughout the entire game. These teams were well matched in style of play, with their focus on the long game and fast transitions.

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