Other Contributors: Hazard (Oxford*); Rush (Edinburgh); Andrew (Swansea*); Clackers (Lancaster); Slender (Sheffield); Alun P (Leeds); Hillmaniaa (Loughborough), Jonnyarthur95 (Sussex*); Ed Hanton (Bristol**); Andy Moss (tSG Photography Editor*); Sam M.**
*Contributor was not present at tournament
**Contributor is part of the tSG photography team, rather than a dedicated writer
(In the order we discuss the regions)
|Jonny Shaw was thrilled to finally beat Glasgow this weekend.|
Photo by Alberto Rossi for the ShowGame
The final story is Aberdeen 1 losing their crossover to Strathclyde to slip to a lower seed but gaining redemption against Heriot Watt (and Aberdeen were a side I tipped not to do well this year).
Early predictions for nationals?
I expect all six Div. 1 teams to finish inside the top 10, we really are that good. Strathclyde 1 will finish 1st, Glasgow 3rd, St. Andrews 4th, Dundee 5th, Edinburgh 6th, and Aberdeen 10th. As for Div. 2, Heriot will finish 3rd and Strathclyde 2 in at 8th.
Any other business?
|Loughborough found themselves only a few inches short of total victory this weekend.|
Photo by Alice Hanton for the ShowGame
Neither of last year’s Div. 1 teams (Sussex and Portsmouth) made it to Div. 1 this year. Instead, Oxford, Reading and Surrey claimed the top spots. This is after Oxford and Reading claimed 1st/2nd in Mixed too, establishing themselves as powerhouses in the region. Portsmouth were hit hard by the loss of Josh Awcock to a GB U24 Men’s session, and Sussex are just a bit weaker this year. Surrey will be happy though: The extra Div. 1 spot for the region is one they earned by finishing 2nd in Div. 2 last year.
So Oxford as champions, a surprise?
Oxford were a very solid team, not surprised to see them take the win. Lots of experience on the pitch, and some very good coaching from Jon Daly (Ka-Pow!). Looked to generate space, very much felt like outdoors ultimate on a smaller pitch, with big receivers (like Andrew “A*” Bunting) to make endzone plays when needed.
Interestingly, Sussex also looked like they were playing outdoors on a smaller pitch. They were all around solid and had zero trouble maintaining possession, but seemed to lack a little when it came to finishing points off. They either scored in flow or got stuck. Even with big receivers such as Luis Semple, there was a lack of deep game.
Surrey had standout players Ash Long and Sam Fowler, who did a lot of work on both O and D all weekend. Double losses to Reading and Sussex left them with a tough route via the backdoor bracket into Div. 1, but they were very motivated and really keen for revenge going in to the 3v4 game to go, especially with ex-Surrey mens captain Sam Bonsor playing on the Sussex squad.
Chichester had an effective zone which saw take early leads in games until the opposition figured it out. Possibly lacking more than one big receiver to really push the Div. 1 teams, and the zone will probably lose some of it’s venom on the larger Ravenscraig pitches.
I also found it surprising Brighton didn’t make nationals. They had very good offensive flow, moving the disc quickly through their whole team. I think the lack of height on their team is what stopped them challenging the top teams. They were definitely the loudest team at the venue in terms of energy and hype during important points/games. One to watch for outdoors.
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