Last Tuesday we had the annual End Of Season dinner, after a year that saw some excellent results from all the Brighton Ultimate teams. Highlights included two Mixed teams getting 5th/6th at Mixed Tour 1, three Open teams at every Open Tour (we are one of only two clubs to manage that), Brighton 1 getting 4th at nationals and an awesome 8th at the European Ultimate Championship Finals, and Brighton Women improving their result at each tournament.
Mixed Tour 1: BUM1 5th, BUM2 6th
Mixed Tour 2: BUM1 3rd
Mixed Tour 3: BUM1 5th
Open Tour 1: BU1 5th, BU2 21st, BU3 42nd
Open Tour 2: BU1 5th, BU2 26th, BU3 44th
Open Tour 3: BU1 6th, BU2 28th, BU3 44th
Open SE Regionals: BU1 1st
Open Nationals: BU1 4th
European Ultimate Championship Finals: BU1 8th
Women’s Tour 1: 12th
Women’s Tour 2: 10th
Women’s Tour 3: 9th
Women’s Nationals: 8th
Here’s Brighton 1 captain Sion’s write-up of the awards given out at the dinner:
Women’s Player of the Year – went to Bobbi. Aside from the fact she’s a very talented player with great grabs, spatial awareness, and steely determination (her German side I think), she was also commended for firing up a relatively new team with her competitiveness, passion and banter. A well deserved bottle of Cava is on ice for you somewhere in Brighton, (ditto those who didn’t collect).
Open Player of the Year – went to Sion, awarded by Mental for his input into running the first team. His style of managing the team is based on being formless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.
Mixed Player of the Year – went to Robbie. Robbie was nominated for a number of awards – he’s had a big impact this year on the club, whether representing Brighton at Mixed or Open. Its early days for Robbie, but already he’s marking out some of the best players both here and in Europe.
Most Improved Male – went to Toppers, (Chris Frame). During the entire season he played both within his ability and at the same time inspirationally; getting some vital D’s at critical moments. Playing within your ability on the first team, whilst also being able to dig deep and bring the intensity needed to make a difference is a hard balance to strike…great job Toppers.
Most Improved Female – went to Alice Wylie. Although Alice is a new player, she’s certainly wily. She showed great commitment to the team and tour this year, and her game has improved hugely, whether on disc or cutting and taking down discs up-field.
Most Spirited Player – went to Megan. The secret to her success is based on politeness, honesty and respect, (taken from nominators feedback), underpinned by a encyclopedic knowledge of the rules, (Robbie, Megan, Callum and YT sometimes play this really fun game. What you do is get a hard copy of the rules and then each person has to think of a pertinent example that applies to that particular rule; if you can’t think of one, your out. Megan’s always last man standing).
This true anecdote does demonstrate something fundemental. You may have good knowledge of the rules, but its fair-mindedness and respect that set Megan apart…someting to think about and aspire to next season. Great job Megan.
Other Mentions – Last, but not least its really important to mention all the people behind the scenes who are committed to Brighton Ultimate. Evil has done a great job this year as treasurer and was especially thanked by all; Alize for organising the event; Tom White for sorting Regionals, Megan for always stepping in and helping in numerous ways; Callum for sorting out the Forum; Rolls and Ala for many good suggestions and ideas throughout the year and Rapo, (with others), for organising SICKO. I’m sure there are many others – apologies if there are any glaring omissions.
Brighton Ultimate have played and won their final game of the World Ultimate Club Championships 2010 in Prague. They beat SQOAL from Japan 18-16 in the 19th/20th place playoff this morning. Congratulations to all who played, from the scorelines you can tell that there were a number of close games and their eventual placing deserved to be a bit higher.
From Tom White, written on the day before their final game:
A very tight and hotly contested game ending in a [16-14] loss to Duke sums our tournament up. We never managed to properly fire on all cylinders for a whole game, and we seemed to have an unlimited supply of out-of-character individual errors. We had some great patches with everyone the team playing awesomely, and there is a great feeling from all that they wouldn’t want to be playing with anyone else.
Tomorrow we play for 19th. Not where we’d hoped to be at the end of a hard week. But I think it’s pretty much right, and we’re all proud of what we’ve achieved together.
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Brighton Mixed stormed through to beat German team Frizzly Bears 15-6 in the final of the mixed division at the European Ultimate Championship Finals. Well done everyone!
Meanwhile, Brighton Open had a lot of really close matches, only winning 2 of their 7 games. Despite a low finish of 37th place, they gave their opponents a really tough time and showed that they deserved to be competing at XEUCF.
Check back in a day or two for some photos from the tournament.
Brighton Ultimate have had mixed results over the first two days of the eXtended European Ultimate Championship Finals. The Mixed team have been storming through – winning all their games – and are currently top seeds in the mixed division. The Open team won their first game on Thursday but lost their subsequent four games – they had some very close matches though and made their opponents really fight for every point. Over the next two days Brighton Mixed will be looking to reach the mixed division final, and Brighton Open will be trying to iron out the creases in their game, get some more wins under their belt, and gain a few places in the rankings.
You can follow our progress by checking the Brighton Ultimate Twitter feed, which will be updated live throughout the tournament. The final placings will be posted here next week along with a link to some photos from the tournament.
After their excellent 2nd place at Mixed Tour 1, Brighton Ultimate’s mixed team continued their great season of results with 3rd place at Mixed Tour 2, and 2nd again at Mixed Nationals. These excellent results mean Brighton have qualified for the European club championships, to be held later this year in London.