Additional Contributions*: Amy Niven and Alex Thompson (Newcastle Captains)
*These quotes were generously provided externally to the chat
2. Birmingham 1
=3. Newcastle 1
=5. St. Andrews
=9. Birmingham 2
=9. Durham 1
=9. Leeds 1
UCL celebrate being Mixed Outdoor National champions!
Photo Credit: UCL
Firstly, how did we feel about not having Swiss draw? Did we prefer the tournament format? And did it do a better job of sorting teams and finding a winner?
It was a really difficult weekend conditions wise but the Newcastle team that we brought was not only physically strong but mentally strong as well. We were exceptionally proud of the efforts of our team. I think a few people suspected that we could obtain the position that we did and it felt really great to show everyone the success of our hard work this academic year. As captains we really switched up the way that our team trained this year and it's exciting to see that its been getting results.
Otherwise, shout outs to who Alex Monaghan really killed it in the Birmingham game in particular. Skying folk left, right and centre. Sam Griffiths also did a great job of catching the winning disc against Strathclyde. Big ups to Yasmin Gill who is a 2nd year who was doing a shitload of upwind handling; and also Rio Hamilton - she did some critical offensive work in the Birmingham game which was so crucial considering how tired and cold we all were. Also everyone they all did big work for us this weekend. #nobignames #allbignames.
And our second team were so great this weekend and they were really good for giving some hype on the sidelines with the famous “how many pies? Too many pies” chant that we all know and love.
I do genuinely wanna shout out my co-captain Alex too (we were joking about it so need him to know it's serious). He's done really great work with the men for this tournament and has been has really stressed the importance of 'proper mixed' to the men on our squad which i think is often overlooked.
Amy Niven and Alex Thompson
We've brought a lot of new drills to out sessions and we've really been pushing fitness which was something we've never really done before. We've always relied on people working on their own fitness outside of trainings but this year we've discovered that finding time for it is worthwhile.
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