European Championship Review

Congratulations to the GB Mixed and Open teams who both won Gold at the recent European Ultimate Championships (EUC) in Gyor, Hungary. Both teams retained their 2015 titles in closely fought games, with the Mixed team beating France 13-12 and the Open team winning a hotly anticipated game against Germany 15-14. Both teams were unbeaten throughout the tournament, with the Mixed team ending EUC with a points difference of +90 and Open finishing with a points difference of +85*. 


The GB Womens’ team finished the tournament in 11th place. Although a lower placing than previous European Championships (5th place in 2015), the women had several notable results throughout the week including a 13-14 loss to eventual silver medallists Switzerland and 13-15 loss to subsequent semi-finalists Italy. Credit should also be given to the GB Womens’ team for a valiant fight back from 2-8 down to 11-13 in an exciting pre-quarter game against France. Results across the Womens’ division show growing strength and depth in this division; a promising outlook for women’s ultimate in Europe.


In what proved to be a well-spirited tournament (10.9 average spirit score across all divisions), all three GB teams also scored well in spirit achieving averages of 11.21 (GB Women), 11.4 (GB Open) and 10.8 (GB Mixed), with no individual category averages lower than 2. 


All three teams will now be setting their sights on the World Ultimate and Guts Championships (WUGC) which will be hosted in Leeuwarden, Netherlands from 11-18th July 2020. In the meantime, there’s plenty of GB teams to support. This weekend, the GB U24 teams (Mixed, Womens, Open) head to the World U24 Championships in Heidelberg, Germany. The tournament will be streamed on Ultiworld (ultiworld.com) and Fanseat (fanseat.com), with the championship games streamed on the IOC Olympic Channel (olympicchannel.com). In August, the GB U17 and U20 teams (Womens, Open) will head to the European Youth Ultimate Championships (EYUC) in Wroclaw, Poland. The GB Masters teams (Mixed, Womens, Open) will complete the season in October when they head to the European Masters Ultimate Championships (EMUC) in Madrid, Spain.


Ali Tincknell

GB Performance Director

 

*All results from euc2019.ultimatecentral.com