The past year was a great season for Brighton, with improved postions in nearly every event.
We started off the winter by winning the London Winter League mixed division (placing 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st in the individual events!) and finishing high in the open division. Brighton’s indoor team then took the plate (9th) at indoor club nationals and over Easter Shocker finished 7th at Paganello.
The Mixed Tour was highlighted by Brighton entering two fairly evenly matched teams, with Brighton Mixed 1 finishing 8th, 6th and 3rd, and Brighton Mixed 2 finishing 13th, 8th and 12th. Mixed Nationals never happened, but Brighton’s over Tour positions were an excellent 3rd and 10th (the only club to have two teams in the top 16).
Open Tour was a success as well, with Brighton 1 staying in the top 12 of the A-Tour throughout (6th, 11th, 8th) and Brighton 2 consistently acheiving their best results ever in the B-Tour (14th, 12th, 11th). Their overall Tour finishing positions were 9th and 27th respectively.
The great results continued at Open Nationals, with Brighton 1 narrowly losing the 3rd/5th playoff to come 5th, and Brighton 2 finishing 27th and winning the Spirit prize.
2006 was also the first year that Brighton entered a fully-fledged women’s team into the Women’s Tour (last year they combined with other south-east women to form Blue) and they set an excellent precedent, coming 9th, 9th, and 5th at the Tours (overall position 6th), and finishing 5th at Women’s Nationals.
Well done to everyone who played with Brighton throughout the year for doing so well and thanks for making it all so much fun. Special thanks to our coaches, captains, transport organisers, and everyone who helps run the club. Finally, I’d like to say goodbye to two team members who played with us this year – Dexter and Inese – who left to emmigrate to Australia and return home to Latvia, respectively. Come back and visit some time guys!