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.
What we expecting going in/Qualification structure (basically a primer to allow anyone reading the piece to understand)
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?
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
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
The ShowGame previews
North (Prediction Score - 100%!)
South (Prediction Score - Nearly everything right. Top four correct, late Purple Cobras entry/Curve resurgence not predicted)
Mixed Regionals (North)
1 Black Eagles
3 Glasgow Ultimate
4 Mighty Hucks
5 Red Leicester
6 Black Sheep
Mixed Regionals (South)
1 Reading Ultimate
3 Deep Space
4 Thundering Herd
5 Purple Cobras
9 Zero Degrees
Finally, the pools for Nationals
To start with, here is a quick overview of what Regionals is, and what we expected going in.
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
Bleagles player Nicky Shaw had this to say:
Does anyone have any comments on the Bleagles team? Will anyone challenge them at Nationals?
*Currently EUCR-West (UK/Ireland Nationals) is only expected to have two spots.
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.
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:
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
|Old rivals Reading and JR put aside their differences for a photo op.|
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!
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?
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.
(I am reliably informed that SYC won one game 5-4, and Iceni won the other 5-0)