We are proud to have a number of Brighton Ultimate players who have been picked to play for various Great Britain Ultimate squads, and have the potential to represent GB at the upcoming 2007 European Ultimate Championships in Southampton this July. The players are as follows:
Great Britain Open – Thomas “Roach” Roach
Great Britain Mixed - James “Waggle” Houghton, Ham “The Hamdler” Roushanzamir, Richard “Gash” Harris
Great Britain Junior Open – Ryan “GB Ryan” Tarascas
Great Britain Masters – Doug “Dougie” Milne
Great Britain Junior Women – Lola Denham and Erin Brownbill
There are also some current & former Brighton-based players playing for other teams at EUC2007 – Inese Birgele is representing her home country of Latvia in the women’s division, and Johanna “Lethal” Weppen and Alizé “Bob” Clough are playing as ‘foreign‘ guest players for the Belgian women’s team.
Good luck to all the Brighton people at EUC!
All too suddenly the Mixed season has come to an end, but it ends with Brighton Ultimate acheiving their best ever Mixed Tour result. At MT3, our first team did exceptionally well, and only very narrowly missed out on an appearance in the final – winning 4 out of 6 games and eventually coming 3rd. They also ended the season in 3rd place overall in the Mixed Tour!
Brighton 2 had a tougher weekend, losing a lot of games by a slim margin, and eventually finishing 12th. It’s a testament to Brighton 2′s performance earlier in the season though that they finished in the top 12 at MT3 despite losing all their games. They still retained a great position of 10th overall in the Mixed Tour however (the best 2nd team by 12 places), which is an excellent result.
Last year our final Mixed Tour standings were 7th and 28th (although we then finished 3rd and 20th at Mixed Nationals), so to improve this to 3rd and 10th is awesome. Apparently having 2 teams in the top 8 at MT2 was the best any true geo-team has done (IF acheived it as well last year).
Hopefully we can carry this success on to the Open Tour and the debut UK outing for the Brighton Women’s team in a couple of weeks.
Well done to everybody who was involved in the Mixed Tour this year (especially the girls who had been playing for less than a year and suddenly were playing ironwoman against some of the best players in the country!), and many thanks to everyone who helped with coaching, captaining, transport, line-calling, finance, and filling Gash’s bag with pistachio shells.
“Comprising the rest of the top eight at close of play on Sunday, BAF had slipped a couple of places while Brighton 1 were joined by Brighton 2, even playing each other in the 6 v 7 cross in their penultimate games! For Brighton to get two teams into the top eight is a big achievement, and all credit to them: their selection tactics of splitting their squad into two roughly equal teams has paid off; I for one would love to see how a true Brighton first team would fare against the established teams, and perhaps Mixed Nationals, if it happens, will be the place to see.”