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Ultimate in Cambridge: Lent 2014 wrap-up
7.Apr.2014

This, our second termly summary, is intended to allow our alumni to hear about the club's successes and important alumni events without the noise of camdisc.

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Firstly, important events coming up for alumni:

Uni Nationals and Alumni Cup: 26th/27th April, Manchester
Mike Fletcher is running the Alumni Cup squad for Cambridge University alumni. Signups still open [1]!
AGM -- end of Easter term. Elect a new committee and discuss the direction of the club.
Annual Dinner -- anyone who wants to is welcome to attend. Details will be announced by the Social Secretary.

STRANGE BLUE / STUDENTS

After last term's successes indoors, there's been a lot of anticipation for what the open student squad can achieve outdoors. Competition at trials for places on the squad was fierce.

Despite SB entering several of them, poor weather didn't allow us to actually attend any London Winter Leagues (no-one was really surprised). Our warmup eventually came in the format of the Haze Invitational, a one-day tournament with Midlands uni and club teams. We were narrowly beat by Haze in a slow start to the day, before giving EMO quite a challenge and ending strongly by beating Jesters and JR.

Two weeks later was Midlands Uni Open Outdoor Regionals, hosted in Cambridge. SB1 rolled through the first day, including a victory over Oxford OW, won our second day semifinal against Nottingham Fling but couldn't quite overcome Warwick Bears in the final. Qualification for Div I nationals was achieved though, and we're still looking to win it all. Report: [2]

SB2 had a great tournament and ended 10th of 24 teams, the highest an SB2 team has placed for many years. Report: [3]

We also had a third team, composed mostly of our women's squad, who got some valuable tournament experience before ...

The hugely important day that was VARSITY! 7 matches were held on the day: Open 2nds Indoors (W), Open 1sts Indoors (L), Womens Indoors (L), Alumni Outdoors (L), Open 2nds Outdoors (L), Womens Outdoors (L), Open 1sts Outdoors (W).

With the Open 1sts indoors and Alumni outdoors going down to sudden death, and some great ultimate on show in all the matches, it was a great day out. The Open 1sts outdoors match in particular had some of the best ultimate SB has played all season. Reports are online: [4] [5].

CULT / CLUB

The guys and gals heading to the World Ultimate Club Championships in August as Cambridge Ultimate mixed have been training hard after being selected at the start of the year. The squad divided in two for Mixed Tour 1 and placed 3rd and 5th -- not bad considering this isn't even their final form! Those not on the worlds squad weren't left out, Cambridge send an additional two teams who both broke seed and placed 30th and 46th. Four strong teams from one club impressed pretty much everyone.

Meanwhile CUlt Open practices have been progressing well, with a great turnout and two strong teams expected at Open Tour 1.

COLLEGE LEAGUE

College league was as exciting as ever with Homerton beating Churchill Chillies at the top end of the league. As a brand new event this year, we held an Indoor Cuppers in the new West Cambridge Sports Centre. It was a really great day out. Several teams learned that indoors is actually quite different from outdoors as Penguins won overall, Chrembroke won Plate and Downing 1&2 shared spirit. Report: [6]

Not much off-pitch news this term. We are looking forward to our AGM and Annual Dinner at the end of Easter term.

Next term starts off with Student Nationals, the end of Mixed Tour and the beginning of Open Tour. It's gonna be good!

Tejas
President

Cambridge Ultimate
UPCOMING PRACTICES


Tuesday - J.G.
18:00-20:00
Open + Womens Tour Practice

Thursday - J.G.
18:00-19:00
Mixed Tour Practice

Sunday - J.G.
11:00-12:30
Main Practice

Sunday - J.G.
12:30-14:00
Pickup

More info...