TCLF Rules of Pickup 2017 - Spirit, and the Playing Field

Introduction
Pickup is a team sport played with a flying disc. The amount of people on each team depends entirely on how many people turn up, however, fewer than four or more than seven is discouraged. It is played on a rectangular-ish field, whatever size you have available, with an end zone at each end. Games are typically played as long as the daylight lasts, or until more than fifty (50)% of players wish to go to the pub.




Spirit of the Game
1.1. Pickup is a non-contact, self-refereed sport.  All players are responsible for administering and adhering to the rules (apart from beginners, obviously).
1.2. It is trusted that no player will intentionally break the rules (unless the outcome would be kinda funny).
1.3. Players should be mindful of the fact that this is pickup and who makes calls in pickup?
1.4. Highly competitive play is discouraged.

 
1.5. The following actions are examples of good spirit:
  • 1.5.1. reminding a team-mate who has made a call, that this is pickup (usually by saying the day you are playing, followed by ’rules’, eg “Sunday rules!”)
  • 1.5.2. retracting a call when you realise you’re playing pickup
  • 1.5.3. complimenting an opponent for good play or spirit (can be done sarcastically, this is also good spirit)
  • 1.5.4. introducing yourself to your opponents and teammates
  • 1.5.5. bringing food/water/spikeball/Trivolle for everyone
1.6. The following actions are clear violations of spirit of the game, and are therefore encouraged.
  • 1.6.1. taunting opposing players
  • 1.6.2. overenthusiatic celebration after scoring
  • 1.6.3. calling for a pass from an opposing player
  • 1.6.4. wearing yellow and claiming it's either a light OR a dark
1.7. Teams are guardians of pickup, and must:
  • 1.7.1.  take responsibility for teaching the novice players the rules and good spirit
  • 1.7.2.  discipline players who display poor spirit with boos and heckling on pitch and on the sideline
1.8. In the case where a novice player commits a breach out of ignorance of the rules, experienced players are not obliged to explain the breach, but probably should at some point.


2. Playing Field 
2.1. The playing field is a rectangular-ish area with dimensions and zones dictated by the space you have available, and should not be too sloping or full of holes. There should be no trees inside the pitch.
2.2. The (invisible) perimeter lines surround the playing field and consist of two (2) sidelines along the length and two (2) endlines along the width. 
2.3. The perimeter lines are not part of the playing field, since they essentially do not exist.
2.4. The goal lines are not part of the endzone (see above).
2.5. The brick mark is wherever you feel like it should be.
2.6. Eight brightly-coloured, flexible objects (such as plastic cones, bags, shoes etc) mark the corners of the central zone and the end zones. 
2.7. Moveable objects should be kept clear of the edges of the playing field. If a dog or small child wanders onto the pitch, any player may call "Dog on pitch" or "Child on pitch", and play must not resume until they have been gently but firmly guided away. 

Play must stop if there is a dog on the pitch.
Picture from http://herrylaw.blogspot.co.uk
 

What Went Down At: Open Club Regionals

Editor/Main Chair - hazard (Reading/Facebook Live commentator)
Contributors - tadhgb (PELT/ShowGame preview writer), aido19 (Ranelagh/ShowGame preview writer), connormch (EMO), hodge (Chevron), h.christou (Alba), catpope
Additional editing - ali (Facebook Live streamer)

Here are the headlines we'll be discussing:

Northern Regionals
Chevron claim title of ‘king in the North’ in close-ish 14-11 final
EMO come second comfortably
Manchester come third equally comfortably
LLLeeds, Alba and SMOG round off the qualifiers, all three teams having started in the same pool

Southern Regionals
Clapham dominate
Fire come from behind in their semi to claim second against Ka-Pow!
Devon come from behind to claim third against Ka-Pow!
Reading come from behind against Ka-Pow!, fail to seal victory
Flump round off a season in A Tour by coming 5th
Both Brighton teams struggle, but squeeze through against strong Fire 2/Camden sides

Irish Regionals
Split into East and West, Pelt and Ranelagh win their regions.

General points
Predictions for Nationals?

Final Results
1 Chevron Action Flash 
2 EMO 
3 Manchester 
4 LLLeeds 
5 Alba 
6 SMOG 

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7 The Brown 
8 Vision 
9 BAF


Southern Regionals
1 Clapham
2 Fire of London 1
3 Devon
4 Ka-Pow!
5 Flump
6 Reading 1
7 Brighton City
8 Brighton Legends
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9 Camden Ultimate
11 Bristol 1
12 Kent
13 Reading 2
14 Bristol 2

The ShowGame Previews
Ireland preview
GB preview (written on the Saturday. Prediction Score: Very good!. Only Fire 2/Camden not within one position of final placing.)

Nationals Pools
Group A: Clapham, Ranelagh, Ka-Pow!, SMOG
Group B: Chevron, Manchester, Flump, Brighton Legends
Group C: Fire, EMO, Leeds, Brighton City
Group D: Pelt, Devon, Alba, Reading



hazard
For those who weren’t aware, a set of UKU Regional tournaments occurred this weekend, in addition to two Irish Flying Disc Association (IFDA) Regional tournaments in Ireland.

For the UKU Regional tournaments, they were attempting to qualify for UKU Nationals, also known as EUCR-West (the qualification tournament for the European Club Championships). There were six bids for nine teams in the Northern Region, and eight bids for fourteen teams in the Southern Region.

Two Irish teams, PELT and Ranelagh, will be joining the UK teams at EUCR-West this year. The Irish qualification tournaments are actually for EUCR-West next year (2018). But the tournaments are a nice chance to discuss the strength of the Irish sides and whether they need more bids in future years.

Alright, that’s the dull stuff. Let’s actually start in Ireland, with @tadhgb. How were things on Pelt’s side of the isle? Were you able to get a good run-out in preparation for the end of August?

tadhgb
For PELT anyway, it was a good outing up to Galway, with PELT 1 and 2 teams coming 1st and 2nd respectively, and both qualifying for Division 1. While the second team had four games to get through to earn that spot, PELT 1 got two solid games in against Rebel and Ballincollig, getting the wins fairly handily. The work that the club has been putting in for the summer is all starting to come together from the looks of things, so when the full squad gathers for EUCR-W, we'll be ready.

hazard
How do you reckon your second team would do if they were allowed to enter UK Nationals? It’s very impressive to have two teams at the top of your region.

tadhgb
Tough enough to say (I'll let you know after All-Irelands :P). While I don't think it would do any major damage to the top teams, it would certainly give some lower down teams, maybe midcard teams a run for their money. All depends on who would make the trip I suppose!


hazard
Alright. Let’s have a look at the other side. How did things go in the Eastern Irish Regionals @aido19 ?

aido19
Well I got the top 4 spot-on in my predictions, but it was an interesting weekend. Ranelagh kept their run of 16 unbeaten Regionals games going with only one scare coming in the very first game. They found themselves 7-6 down (I think) to a determined XVI before taking half and pushing on from there. After that, XVI and Ranelagh 2 fought in a really tight game where the Lagh's second team looked to be on top until the very end, where XVI stuck on a really tough zone which helped them win 10-8.

With those three at the top, there was a significant drop off after that. Masterclass and Gravity ended up scrapping for the final spot in a universe point game that Grav pipped.  I think the old legs of Masterclass struggled to keep the intensity up for seven games after starting so strongly on day one!

hazard
How do we think the Irish teams will do at Nationals then? There will be four qualifying spots. Could the Irish take two?

aido19
I would bank on both Irish teams making top 5. Now that it's only 4 spots it makes things very interesting.

hazard
Could they even take the title? I believe Clapham have a 16 streak record there of their own, although that’s just for tournament wins. It would be really entertaining to see the Irish come over and take the title straight off the bat (although we might then ban you, like we did at University level).

tadhgb
I don't know about that, but PELT have already had a few clashes with Clapham this year, and Ranelagh are at that level. We do love playing the underdog every now and again, so anything could happen come August. If it did happen, I think it's only fair that EUCR-W 2018 is hosted in Ireland though :P

hazard
As long as it’s reasonably hellish for the Scottish teams to travel to, I’m sure UKU will consider it as an option.

aido19
Who knows! I know from a Ranelagh standpoint the team will look to take every game as it comes with the goal of the weekend to make EUCF. Wouldn't be too shocked if we saw a Ranelagh/PELT final somehow but then again UKU will probably fix it so that can't happen ;)

hazard
Excellent, thanks guys!
So, onto the Northern Region. I think the team most people had their eyes on was EMO. After two really strong Tours (and a third Tour which didn’t go so well), we were really keen to see which EMO side would be turning up in the final stages of the season. @connormch, were you happy with how the weekend went?

connormch
Very pleased after a disappointing Tour 3. Our strongest squad of the year (after a tough selection process) performed as well as we’d hoped on day one and Sunday morning, and didn’t drop more than eight points in a game before the final.

The final was 100x better than any performance at T3, despite the loss, and we all agreed we still had more to bring which is very promising.

hazard
EMO actually ended up in the pool of death (as it were), with all four teams in pool B managing to qualify (EMO, SMOG, Alba, LLLeeds).

@h.christou, how did they look in your game? Also, how did Alba find the weekend?


h.christou
Tough to judge from our game since we were a new team. But in comparison to T2 when we (GU) beat them they were much better at Regionals. Probably because they had a lot more of their betters players back but they were very slick. Alba traded with them at the start and EMO pulled away convincingly.

Alba had a decent weekend. Tough when none of us had played together but the EMO game was really fun. Despite the score we feel it could and should have been a little tighter. We're still figuring out our best offensive and defensive sets, also working our actual squad for Nationals. So who knows what will happen in 3 weeks time.

For more context on our results:
SMOG was a 4/5 point D roll to win on universe.
We were 8-5 down at half to LLLeeds (I think) and lost 12-6.
EMO was a tight first half.

Results all over the place...

hazard
As you're co-captain with Gabe Schechter, you're in an ideal place to tell us a little bit about who Alba are as well. They’ll likely be the only unknown name for many on the Nationals schedule.

h.christou
We are basically those not involved in either Scottish mixed team. A bunch of young guns but also some experienced club players too. It's been put together since there was a load of talent leftover for open in the hope to have one strong team as opposed to entering two weak EDI or GU teams separately.

hazard
I believe that sudden death SMOG victory carried all the way through the tournament as well, to give you a better seeding at Nationals. Well done!

Alright, let's turn to @hodge and tackle the elephant in the room. How come Chevy are looking so strong now? For the first few Tours they were a little bit shaky. Come Tour 3 and Regionals, and they’ve taken (nearly) all comers.

hodge
A combination of progressively larger squads, as we've notoriously had very short lines at Tour for the past few years. There's also been a rethink in how we approach games, we're bringing a lot more energy and positivity which is helping a lot.

hazard
I don’t think it’s unfair to say that Chevy are currently favourites to finish second at Nats. So, two questions follow:
1. Do you reckon you can beat Clapham this time and break their streak?
2. Who are you most scared of coming from below? Did EMO prove themselves a worthy opponent this tournament? Is it the traditional enemy of Fire? Or is it the new threat of the Irish?

hodge
Yeah, we think we can. We've had progressively closer games the last two Nationals that I've been with Chevron. We know the small things that we need to do better to get over that hurdle, the challenge is just executing them in the toughest game of the season.

I'd personally lump EMO, Fire, the Irish and a full-strength Reading (which I assume won't be the case at Nationals) together at present.

hazard
Any ideas how the North in general will fare? I have to be perfectly honest, it seems like there’s a bit of a jump after the top three.

h.christou
I will agree with you. It's going to be a tough ride for LLLeeds, us and SMOG at Nationals. I think any of us breaking the top 10 would be a great result.

hodge
Agreed. After the top three the South would probably win every head to head from Regionals finishers. I wouldn't look past two Northern teams in the semis though...

hazard
Alright, onto the Southern Region. This was actually getting close to proper tournament stage. There were 14 teams all hoping to claim one of 8 spots.


Brighton City and Brighton Legends both qualify, making three Brighton teams at Nationals
Photo by @ironside1987 on instagram

Clapham dominated, using it as a nice warm-up before heading over to the USA. You can see their final against Fire of London here.


Their closest result all weekend was actually a 14-8 victory against Fire of London 2 in the pool stage. We’ll cover Clapham enough come Nationals/Euros, so let’s ignore them for now.

The Southern Region then has a number of teams all at a similar level (those who might fancy they’d reach middle/top half of A tour). One such team, and one we haven’t really spoken about so far this season, is Devon. @catpope, should we be scared of them as we enter the final stages of the season?

catpope
Yes, I think so. In the past they've been quite an unpredictable team, but this year they've put a lot of effort into recruiting and even some training. They came 3rd at Regionals with a small twelve man squad, at Nationals they'll have their full squad back.

hazard
Any notable players returning we should watch out for?

catpope
Cowie springs to mind, pretty sure he's their MVP. They'll also gain Ed Hammond, Max Craven, Samuel 'Cowboy' Luxa, Joe 'Mojo' Bampton, Macca Oldfield, James 'Wolfie' Wolverson, Richard 'Cowie' Coward, and a few more.

hazard
I’ve got good odds on Si Hill.

catpope
They had a great comeback in their rematch against Ka-Pow! to take 3rd. They were down 8-4 and eventually won in sudden death 10-9. 3rd is good result and they'll be aiming for top four at Nats. I think they'll have some super exciting, intense games.

hazard
Isn’t being exciting and intense part of the Devon playbook anyway?

catpope
Pretty much, fab team to watch (hence why I fangirl them all the time). You can tell they really want it this year. Quote from Josh “Ginge” Awcock: "Heart and legs!"

hazard
It’s actually quite interesting they managed to take down Ka-Pow!. They were last year’s surprise Nationals package. There were some hints of strength this year, but the fact that both Fire 1/Devon recorded successful comebacks (and Reading were one pre-half break from doing it) indicates there’s still a bit of a mental game they need to match their physical skill.

Other stories from Southern Regionals were: both Brighton sides narrowly squeaking in, Reading qualifying in Open to secure a team in every division at Nationals (whoo!), and Fire 2 being pushed out of the game-to-go by Camden.


Fire of London 2 seemed a little bit uncertain at points this weekend.
Photo by Tristan Millington for the ShowGame
Alright, for everyone who took part, here is your closer. Please give your top six for Nationals.


hazard
1. Clapham
2. Chevron
3. EMO
4. Ranelagh
5. Fire
6. Pelt

h.christou
1. Clapham
2. Chevy
3. EMO
4. Fire
5. Pelt
6. Devon

hodge
1. Chevron
2. Clapham
3. Pelt
4. EMO
5. Fire
6. Ranelagh

catpope
1. Clapham
2. Chevron
3. Fire
4. Devon
5. Ranelagh
6. EMO

tadhgb
1. Clapham
2. PELT
3. Chev
4. Ranelagh
5. Fire
6. EMO

aido19
1. Clapham
2. PELT
3. Ranelagh
4. Chev
5. EMO

6. Fire 

What Went Down At: Mixed Outdoor Club Regionals

Editor/Main Chair - hazard (Reading*/Facebook Live commentator)
Editor/Assistant Chair - ali (ShowGame preview writer/Facebook Live streamer)
Contributors - k-j (SMOG), h.christou (Glasgow*), geegee (Mighty Hucks), catpope (Deep Space), rupalghelani (JR), nads (Reading)
Additional Contributions** - Nicky Shaw (Black Eagles), Bea Perks (Thundering Herd), Deep Space Captaincy Team, JR Co-Captains Ally Lead/Charlotte Kennedy

*These players played for the club at Mixed Tour, but didn't play this tournament
**These people were kind enough to give us quotes, but didn't have access to the full chat. We have placed their words in italics for clarity.

Alright. Here are the headlines the Mixed chat will be discussing.


Intro
What we expecting going in/Qualification structure (basically a primer to allow anyone reading the piece to understand) 

Northern Regionals

Bleagles beat everyone, look really strong going into nationals. Not really a story here, but if anyone has anything to add, I'll leave a space.
SMOG finish a strong second, but never play third placed Glasgow Ultimate. Do we reckon one of those teams could take the extra spot to Euros?
Mighty Hucks didn't look as strong as their tour form. Is it fair the write them off early?
Also of note: Only six teams? Was it worth it?

Southern Regionals
Reading dominatine, win every game
JR qualify in second 
Deep Space narrowly sneaking a victory against Herd (second time of asking) to qualify for National
Also of Note: Reading beat Deep Space for the first time this season, look much stronger than their tour form
The gap between the top four and everyone else

General points
Did we enjoy the addition of the first ever Mixed regionals?

Link to a Facebook group where you can find a lot of the streams from Southern Regionals

Here

The ShowGame previews
North (Prediction Score - 100%!)
South (Prediction Score - Nearly everything right. Top four correct, late Purple Cobras entry/Curve resurgence not predicted)

Final Results

Mixed Regionals (North)
1 Black Eagles
2 SMOG
3 Glasgow Ultimate
4 Mighty Hucks
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5 Red Leicester
6 Black Sheep

Mixed Regionals (South) 

1 Reading Ultimate
2 JR
3 Deep Space
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4 Thundering Herd
5 Purple Cobras
6 Curve
7 Guildford
8 Brixton
9 Zero Degrees

Finally, the pools for Nationals

Pool A:

Reading
JR
Glasgow
Mighty Hucks

Pool B:

Bleagles
SMOG
Deep Space
Gravity (Ireland)



hazard
Welcome to the UKU Club Mixed Regionals 2017 chat! Here we’ll be taking you through what happened in both UK regions, and also having a quick look ahead to Nationals.

To start with, here is a quick overview of what Regionals is, and what we expected going in.

ali
In terms of formats, the Northern region was fairly simple: six teams, two pools of three, with finals and a 4v5 game to go. There were essentially four shoo-in teams (Black Eagles, Glasgow Ultimate, Mighty Hucks, SMOG) for four qualifying spaces. Simple.

The Southern region was not so clear cut. With nine teams (Purple Cobras making a late entry), there was a pool of five and a pool of four. Those in the top four on Sunday morning who won their semis were safely through to Nats, those that were not so successfull ended up in a 3-6 ‘bracket of death’ scrambling for a single qualifying space. JR and Reading faced off in the final, while Deep Space, Curve (having beaten Guildford in a minor upset), Purple Cobras, and Thundering Herd battled for a shot at the 3v4. Herd and Deep Space came out on top, and while I won’t even try to describe that game, I don’t need to, as you can watch it in full here.


It was bound to be a weekend of close Ultimate in the Mixed Division.
Photo shows Felix Miron making a grab for Reading against Deep Space.
Photo taken by Tristan Millington for the ShowGame



hazard
Business pretty much went as expected in the Northern Region. There were four spots to qualify, and (apologies to Red Leicester and Black Sheep) four teams you’d expect to qualify. What might have been slightly surprising was the dominance with which Black Eagles won the region.

Bleagles player Nicky Shaw had this to say:
We were pleased with the first tournament performance from our smaller squad against some strong competition and familiar faces from the Mixed Tour season.  We look forward to Nationals where we expect tough games across the board.

Does anyone have any comments on the Bleagles team? Will anyone challenge them at Nationals?

k-j  
Yep. SMOG will. Black Eagles were an extremely strong side, with 21 players meaning that they had lots of fresh legs and a very enthusiastic sideline, and were a spirited team as well as being strong competition. However, from my entirely neutral standpoint, I think that they can and will be challenged at Nationals, by both the Northern and Southern teams.

hazard
Black Eagles beat SMOG in the final 15-6. What do you reckon will change between now and then?

k-j
SMOG knew that we had qualified so used the final at Regionals as an opportunity to try new plays - and are aiming high and training hard for Nats. However, I'm not trying to lessen their victory in the slightest - their D was especially strong and challenged us to not just be clinical but to be be smart as well.

h.christou  
They will be challenged but I don't think any team will come within two points of them. The team is just so strong and will be dominant again at Nationals in my opinion.

geegee  
I agree, Black Eagles have stepped it up this year with their performance, attitude and strength. Their squad is huge as well which is fantastic to see.

hazard
So, we know SMOG will be going hard at Nationals. However, due to the odd Regionals schedule, they achieved second place without ever facing third-placed Glasgow. Given Glasgow only lost to Bleagles 14-9, who do we reckon (in the North) has the best chance at the second EUCF spot? *

*Currently EUCR-West (UK/Ireland Nationals) is only expected to have two spots.

h.christou  
I back Glasgow to challenge but I’m not 100% sure they'll beat Reading to that 2nd spot (if there's two EUCR spots). I know they were a little frustrated not to have been able to play SMOG for 2nd at Regionals.

hazard
How were Glasgow looking? There were some thoughts that some Black Eagles players (after being cut) may return to them, but it looks to me like they’re doing just fine with the players they’ve had all season. 

h.christou  
No Black Eagles players have gone to Glasgow, they've trusted their current crop from what I've seen.

hazard
Let’s close our section on Northern Regionals with Mighty Hucks. They were looking really fearsome at tour, but I feel may have been disappointed with some of the weekend results.

geegee  
Hucks have so far had an incredibly consistent season over Mixed Tour and this is the first time that we have actually ventured into Regional/National territory. We expected to qualify for Nationals, but losing some of our male players to their respective Open teams (Connor McHale to EMO, Rollo Sax Dixon to Chevron, Lloyd Cheesman to Clapham) we did unfortunately also lose some of our quality.

The strength did lie in the ladies, and for a team that doesn't train together we feel pretty happy with the result. Going into Nationals the only thing we want to do is improve upon how we performed at Regionals and play some high quality Mixed Ultimate.

hazard
Any particular approaches you’re hoping to take to achieve that goal?

geegee  
Our offence needs some work, that was our downfall ultimately at Regionals against really tough defence, and our lack of chemistry. We seem to have solid defence for the most part so holding onto that is important to us.

ali
Was it weird only playing one day in Northern Regionals?

geegee  
It was a bit bizarre, especially going back to watch the Open finals on the Sunday. But with the number of teams there it was a good call only having one day!

hazard
Right. Onto the Southern Region! Arguably the more interesting region, since there were four teams all thinking they were in with a good shot at qualifying. Reading, JR, Thundering Herd and Deep Space all had respectable Tour Seasons, but I don’t think any of them performed quite as well as they would of liked. As such, this would be a real test of how the post-Mixed Tour training (and the different approaches they all took) had paid off.

I think the real drama on the first day definitely came from Herd’s victory against Deep Space in the pool games. 

Bea Perks gave us this quote:
The energy from our Guildford game set us up nicely to take on Deep Space. What a game. Taking a 3-0 lead Herd were feeling strong with O flowing very nicely and our zone causing problems for DS early on. DS started working through our zone very nicely and once broken, they took full advantage of their incredibly athletic men and women to make the most of their long game and gained a few points back. Herd switched to man to mix things up a little and pressure them in a different way which proved successful, with a couple of run through Ds and a few unfortunate drops/overthrows from DS. A number of incredible layouts and beautiful hucks led us to an intense universe point at 9-9; Herd were able to remain calm to take the final score of 10-9 to Herd.

hazard
What was the feeling in the Deep Space camp after that game?

catpope
Going into the weekend we knew there would be tough games against Herd/JR/Reading. We definitely started slow against Herd (going down 3-0) which left us in a big hole to come back from, but we also learnt from that on Sunday and started much better in those games. I think the general feeling was that it was a tough loss; on a different day we could've won, but at the same time Herd did play very well and capitalised on our errors. We put ourselves in a tough position for Sunday (semi -final against Reading) but we also picked our heads up quickly, and prepared ourselves to fight for Nationals.

Quote from the Deep Space captaincy team*: Deep Space went into the weekend aiming to qualify for Nationals and in that respect we achieved what we set out to do. We will aim to continue building as a team, also as a club for the future by learning from what happened at Regionals. We know we've still got a long way to go to become the club we want to be, but it's amazing to see the dedication from our players, even at this early stage in the club's history, to self improvement and to the club as well.

*Matthew "Smatt" Hodgson, Sam Vile, Dom Norton, Ange Wilkinson

hazard
One side result of that game was that JR ended up playing Herd in their game to go to Nationals. @rupalghelani, how was that game for JR (or the weekend in general)?


Old rivals Reading and JR put aside their differences for a photo op.


rupalghelani  
The weekend was pretty good for JR, the fact they had trained as a mixed team all season really showed as the girls looked stronger than ever, taking match-ups against guys confidently and giving JR a quicker pace to their game. Qualifying for Nationals was the main aim and the final against Reading was a closer score than we managed to muster up last season so the progress is definitely there!

The Herd semi-final was one of the best games we played all season, knowing there was a spot at Nationals at stake meant both teams really went for it so the quality was good despite the windy conditions. Both teams played what looked like some of their best offence and defence resulting in a close and well-spirited game with big plays from both sides. There’s a lot of potential in the JR squad and I'm very excited to see what they can do over the next couple of years!

hazard
The JR captains (Ally Lead and Charlotte Kennedy) also gave us this quote:
In general we were pleased with how the weekend went and felt we improved as it went on. Managed to get results in the games we needed to. Definitely stepped up in our semi-final vs. Herd and were pleased to get a second shot at Reading in the final. Looking forward to Nationals.

Speaking of Reading, they had a great tournament and went unbeaten throughout (although did show some love for JR on Twitter).

@nads, is there anything about the Reading team that you reckon gave them the edge this weekend?

nads
Reading has the benefit of a very strong core of players that have known each other for a long time and also train together pretty much every week. This has created a lot of trust within the team and everyone backs each other to bring any disc down, and there's always lots of positivity.

Our final game against JR definitely wasn't the strongest (perhaps due to the weather) but it will definitely give the squad something to work on. There's a lot of momentum behind this squad and we're all excited for nationals.

hazard
Score wise, it looked like your game against Deep Space was the closest all weekend (12-10). Did they cause you any panic @nads?

nads
The Deep Space game was personally my favourite game of the weekend. It was a change-up in terms of intensity with some great match-ups for both men and women. It's been great to watch Deep Space develop over the season and they pushed us to play some great Ultimate. I think we lost focus towards the end of the game and Deep Space definitely capitalised on that, however we kept our cool and ground it out for the win. I'm excited to see what they bring to Nats.

catpope
To follow on from Nads, the Deep Space v Reading game was really great, and the team are looking forward to some more top match ups at Nationals.

hazard
The final game-to-go was a rematch between Deep Space and Herd.

bea.perks
Rematches are always challenging, but when the wind is raging, it’s the game-to-go and last of the day, it’s really testing. The tables were turned and DS started strong with a 3-0 lead. D game from Herd was strong, coming out with zone again but somehow DS were able to work through it much more smoothly this time round, once again making the most of their long game. I think the strong wind and the fact our zone was less effective in this final game really affected results for Herd. There were a number of overthrows from both sides but overall DS’s ability to swing the disc more successfully worked wonders for them. The intensity on D from both sides was really something else - a number of point blocks, stall outs, run throughs and layouts is testament to that.

hazard
How do you prepare for a rematch like that?

catpope
The team mentality of Deep Space was to focus on one point at a time, I think that focus might have been lacking in the previous Herd match. We didn't talk about the final outcome, but just put loads of intensity into every single point. And I think that made a huge difference.

ali
Final question for everyone then: was it fun? There was a significant gap between the qualifiers and the non-qualifiers in both regions. I know some of the non-qualifiers were a bit fed up by the end of Saturday, how was it for the qualifiers?

catpope
Super fun. I guess the Southern region was a lot more interesting given there was a fight for the top three spots, with four strong teams.

nads
It was fun, and another opportunity to practice together, and especially to play against the teams going to Nats, however there was a big variation in team experience. @catpope  I can imagine the 3v4 would have been very intense.

bea.perks
Overall, the weekend was a lot of fun and there was a lot of high level Ultimate across the board.

catpope
Very intense, and good practice for the kind of intensity we'll need at Nats!

ali
Any thoughts on general set-up, or the way brackets and seeding were done?

nads
Overall great setup and location, not sure Reading enjoyed playing the first and last game of the day, but nice to see nine Mixed teams.

hazard
Well, that’s it for Mixed Regionals. We’ll be covering Open Regionals tomorrow, but until then, enjoy this tweet about a spontaneous “Southern Women Regionals” from the SYC twitter.

(I am reliably informed that SYC won one game 5-4, and Iceni won the other 5-0)




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