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Mohawks Hat Tournament 2013

Hi Hawks!

(Apologies to those receiving similar messages through other channels – need to cover all bases!)

Hope everyone’s deadlines have been handed safely in and revision is going well.

On Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2013 we will be hosting a hat tournament right here in Brighton. A hat tournament is where everyone enters as individuals and teams are drawn at random. It’s a popular format in ultimate as it makes for fun games, spirited competition and is a great way to meet new players.

So there are two things:
Firstly, you should play! Not only will it be supporting your club’s event, but it will also give you the chance to meet some great players from around Brighton. It will be great chance to meet the Brighton Ultimate captains and start to get involved with the club. There is a huge ultimate community in Brighton and I’m hoping we can help to bring more people together with this event. It’ll also be great fun and a good break from studying.

Secondly, you should help out! There’s lots that can be done to help make the event a success – both on the day and in advance. It might be as easy as encouraging another Mohawk or a Panther or someone else to sign up and play, or by sharing, liking etc on Facebook. On the day there’ll be lots of odd jobs and I hope that all Mohawks will pitch it to make it work as the profits from the event will go to help the club next year (that’s money in your pocket!).

To play you need to register using the following form:
Mohawks Hat Registration

… and also pay the player fee of £7.50. For this you get an afternoon’s ultimate played on lined pitches, lunch, great prizes and great company. (Note that payment is to a different account from normal Mohawks activity, but rest assured it’s going to the club).

After you’ve paid and signed up there’s also the Facebook event which you should help to promote.

If I don’t see you before, I hope to see you on the 27th!

Shimmy

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Practice tomorrow – 1pm – Stanmer Park

Hi all,

As tomorrow is a Wednesday we will be having an unofficial practice (unofficial since uni is “closed”), from 1pm on Stanmer Park (we don’t have the clump booked – please do not use it!).

See you there!
Shimmy

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Mixed Outdoor Nationals Team List

Hi everyone,

Mixed Outdoor Nationals is in two weeks so I thought I’d best make a decision about the team we are taking. We only got one team unfortunately, meaning places have been very limited. I’m sorry for this but hopefully there are plenty of opportunities to play mixed through Brighton Ultimate. The process of picking this team has been very difficult given the current crop of extremely talented and athletic individuals. I am sorry for those who didn’t make the team, but there is no shame in that given the depth of talent we have on our roster at the moment.

The team is below. Anyone who signed up using the GDoc but isn’t on the team I have contacted with some feedback via email or Facebook, but let me know if you think I have missed you, or you didn’t receive it.

The Mohawks Mixed Outdoor Team 2013 are:
Megan Hurst
Abi Cohman
Rachel Clark
Kim Isaac
Becca Easey
Sophie Nicholls
Selina Lee
Anastasia Riordan-Eva
John Maule (c)
Lawrence Hill
Joshua George
Richard Roberts
Ed Hamiltoe
Sam Airey
James Wotherspoon
Alex Buckley
Hayden Slaughter

Congratulation to those people – I will be in touch shortly.
Shimmy

mixedcaptain@mohawks.co.uk

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Mixed Outdoor Nationals – 16th/17th March – Durham

Hi ‘hawks,

Mixed Outdoor Nationals is fast approaching. I am looking to take a tight team to back-up our recent win of mixed indoor nationals with another strong performance worthy of the pedigree of Mohawks.

I need to know who wants play! Please fill in this GForm:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEp4aGpCclFpc0RaYmc2MmhIS0ZUbkE6MQ

The tournament is a lot of fun and I want to get as many people to play it as possible. Unfortunately the powers-that-be have not been kind to us and have put this tournament miles and miles up north in Durham. Therefore we have a general transport problem, and taking two teams could be tricky and expensive, however if enough people are enthusiastic about playing then I will see what I can do.

Regardless of your experience, if you want be considered for a spot on a Mohawks team at University Mixed Outdoor Nationals then please fill in the form!

Shimmy x

That GForm again:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEp4aGpCclFpc0RaYmc2MmhIS0ZUbkE6MQ

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Friday Practices This Term

Hi Mohawks,

I am sure you are all itching to play some ultimate with all this snow nonsense, so I thought I’d better inform everyone about Friday practice this term.

We do have the sports hall booked from next Friday (1st Feb) onwards, BUT this hall time is being used by the two Mohawks teams going to mixed indoor nationals in a couple of weeks’ time. However you are all encouraged to arrange informal outdoor practices on Fridays, perhaps starting at 2pm on Stanmer Park. If you build it they will come, as they say.

After mixed nationals is done we will review what to do with the indoor session – it may be an invite practice, open to all, or we may look to move the ‘official’ practice outdoors to make the most of the season.

It is important that you don’t use Russell’s Clump as, for the time being, we do not have it booked on a Friday. The first one will be tomorrow (25th Jan) – Simba Kennedy has volunteered to lead the way this week and will be there with kit, boots, a disc, and a smile, come rain or shine (or ice).

Fondest and bestest wishes,
Shimmy John

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The Term in Preview: Spring 2013 and beyond…

It’s going to be a busy term, but one that I am certainly relishing. It’s a great time to be a Mohawk, with lots of opportunities to play at all levels, whether just for fun or to push yourself as hard as you can. So here’s a little preview of just some of the ultimate-related events happening this term (and a bit about this summer) for you. But I couldn’t cover or predict everything – stay tuned to this website for news of extra practices/tournaments!

January

“Hardcore Hove” Monday practice restarts on the 7th (and then every Monday), 7pm-9pm at Hove Recreation Ground. Despite the “Hardcore” label, this practice is open to everyone and all Mohawks are encouraged to attend. It will give you the chance to get to know the players from Brighton Ultimate and meet more of the Panthers in a friendly, development-focussed environment.

The 13th is the first Longface Sundays practice. Come along to Stanmer Park to work on whatever you want to, do a couple of simple drills and then play a game. A great opportunity to get some extra training in with a top quality player/coach there to guide you.

Local open tour team Brighton are also holding trials for their open team over the weekend of the 19th and 20th. They are looking for athletic, young and talented players (Mohawks are always a good choice!) to better their 4th place finish at UK Club Nationals 2012, and 9th place in Europe. Sign up! There’s even rumours of the team being re-branded under a new name!

Meanwhile our GB U23s (Lawrence, Ashley, Kim, Emma) will be away making the Mohawks presence felt at a training camp, amongst the best young ultimate players the country has to offer.

And adding to a bumper ultimate weekend, the 19th also sees the inaugural Mohawks Campus Halls Cup, part of the student union’s multi-sport league where players from each of the halls (and off campus!) battle it out to win points for their hall. The details are just being finalised, but it may be run as a women’s event, with the aim to cast a wide net over campus and introduce more women to the sport. But watch this space – sign-ups for that event will be available in due course.

Mohawks regular Wednesday practices begin again on the 23rd January, on the clump. Keep your eyes peeled for updates to this website as there may be other informal sessions before then!

Our mixed teams are preparing for indoor nationals, with a one-day tournament in London on Sunday 27th January. The tournament is being held in an enormous sprung-wood hall, created as a training venue for the London 2012 Olympics.

February

The 2nd/3rd is the first GB U20s trial for both the women’s and the open teams. If you were born on or after January 1st 1994 then you should sign up! If you make the squad you will join a long history of Mohawks who have represented GB at Junior level, including Ashley Yeo and 2010/11 Grand Slam-winning Open Captain, Jack Beezer.

Two teams of Mohawks will go to university mixed indoor nationals in Wolverhampton on 9th/10th February, with a team in Division 1 and another in Division 2. As ever, updates during the weekend will be available via Twitter.

The following weekend sees the Brighton Ultimate Draft Indoor Tournament. The brain child of our coach Felix Shardlow, and follow-up to last summer’s very successful Draft League, BUDIT will begin with an exciting live draft night on Friday 15th at The Druids where captains will select their rosters from the available players. These teams will then play the tournament over the weekend. Sign-ups are open now.

If draft ultimate isn’t your thing then come down to the sea front on the morning of Sunday 16th to watch at least two Mohawks (your humble mixed captain and Helen Brunt) running in the Brighton Half Marathon. For those who fancy running it – normal entries are sold out now but you may have the chance to get a charity place. I am raising money for Sane and will be badgering you all to sponsor me soon.

Finally, on the 23rd a team of 15 open players will travel to Ireland to represent Mohawks on the international scene in a high-level open tournament. Other teams competing include Ireland’s Under 23s and Belgian Champions, Gentle. The Siege of Limerick promises to be a tough challenge for a development team keen to make the most of playing on the smooth, grippy 3G pitches out there. We’re very grateful to Sussex Sport for helping fund this trip through the Focus Sport scheme.

Perhaps our new kit (to be worn with pride) will arrive at some point during February too…

March

The 9th/10th sees the first of the university outdoor tournaments – open outdoor regionals. As with every year we will no doubt be looking to field several Mohawks teams so everyone gets a chance to play a competitive outdoor tournament. Sometimes it snows!

There’s no rest for the wicked, and the very next weekend (16th/17th) is university mixed outdoor nationals. Mohawks will be looking to field at least one strong team (hopefully two), and hoping to improve on last year’s 4th place finish. Selection for mixed outdoor nationals will occur in early March, and will be based on performance at practice so everyone has a chance to get on the team!

Luckily our Easter break comes around just in time to hop on a plane to Italy to play in the most prestigious club beach tournament in the world – Paganello. There are several Brighton-based teams representing across the open, mixed and junior divisions, playing against some of the best players and teams in the world. From the red wine party on the Thursday night, to Felix inevitably conducting the crowd during the finals on Sunday, ever year is filled with the promise of more epic memories and embarrassing anecdotes.

April

The first weekend in April (6th/7th) sees the first of the Mixed Tour events run by the UKU. Tour is a series of large national-level club tournaments bringing together the best clubs from around Britain in high-level and enjoyable competition. Mixed tour runs in the spring and Open & Women’s tour in the summer, providing crucial preparation for UKU Club Nationals in late August. There will surely be several teams entering from Brighton, so get yourself involved with Brighton Ultimate if you are interested in pushing your play to the next level, or just want to meet a bunch of new players, through playing tour. Every year there are many Mohawks and former Mohawks playing in top-teams at tour.

The end of our term dovetails nicely with the end of the university season, with Open & Women’s University Nationals on the 20th/21st April. This is the tournament we have been building towards since September. The Squaws and (subject to qualification via regionals) the open team, will both be looking to uphold the fearsome reputation of the Mohawks on the national stage. There is a fair amount of pressure on our teams, being holders of both the Women’s and Open titles for the past two years. Once again the alumni cup runs alongside the university divisions so expect some former Mohawks to grace the tournament with their presence and banter too.

and beyond…

The last tournament of the university season doesn’t mean it’s the end of your season, though. There is still mixed tour, open/women’s tour, hat tournaments, international tournaments, beach tournaments, UKU regionals, UKU nationals, Club Euros, the World Games, U23 Worlds, U20 Euros, and Beach Euros all to look forward to. And if you aren’t playing in all of these, many of them can be watched or followed online. You will probably be able spot at least one Mohawk, or former Mohawk playing in every one of these events. Whether you want to be on the pitch making a game-saving block on an international stage, or the life and soul of the party at a hat tournament somewhere in Asia, you will be joining a long line of Mohawks all contributing to the history, success and reputation of the name.

With such a calendar of university events, and Mohawks playing in every major competition this summer, we should be especially proud to be Mohawks this year, and can all share the successes and triumphs of every Mohawk, at every level of the sport. Every one of us should look forward to doing our bit to uphold the Mohawks’ reputation for elite performance, spirited play and all-round love for the ultimate community. See you on the field.

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UMIR Start times!

Hi mixed players!

Really looking forward to this weekend, can’t wait to see Mohawks rock this region. I have emailed everyone playing with the tournament schedule, information pack and indoor rules – worth a look!

Here are some directions from campus to the venue http://www.mohawks.co.uk/forum/regionals-venue-directions-t1395.html. If you have any doubts or trouble on the day then call your captain(s) or me.

 

Remember you need to bring:

Clean, non-marking shoes

Red & Black shirt

 

If you don’t have a red and a black shirt then let me or your team captain know NOW! We will do our best to help you out with some spares. Don’t arrive on Saturday and expect to borrow kit unless you have specifically asked for it!

 

The pools & seedings have changed since the information pack & the email I sent yesterday. Games are 18 minutes long, with one minute between games. One 30 second timeout per team, per match, to be taken between points only and not in the last 3 minutes of a match.

 

Here are your Saturday game times:

Mo1 aka Shimmy’s Superstars (Seed 1st)

Arrive no later than 0815

0845 v Surrey 2

1039 v Herts

1233 v Silverbacks 2

1427 v Blades

1621 v Thrown 1


Mo2 aka The Hamilton-Stanbrook Massive (Seed 8th)

Arrive no later than 0853 

0923 v City

1117 v Panthers 1

1311 v Up The Arts 2

1505 v Kent 2

1640 v DD 1

 

Mo3 aka The Howarth-Baptiste Bruisers (Seed 15th)

Arrive no later than 0931

1001 v Holloway

1155 v DD 2

1330 v Sublime 1

1524 v Kent 1

1737 v Panthers 2


Mo4 aka Gully’s Giant Gulls of Great Gullington (Seed 16th)

Arrive no later than 0950

1020 v Chichester

1214 v Sublime 2

1349 v Silverbacks 1

1602 v Surrey 1

1756 v Up The Arts 1

 

Last two things:

1. Support each other from the sidelines & communicate on pitch.

2. Have a great time. Mixed is the best!

 

Yours with anticipation,

Shimmy xxx

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Practice tomorrow (Friday 9th November) – Outdoors!

Hi everyone,

Tomorrow’s indoor session is a Mixed invite-only practice for the first and second mixed teams to get ready for regionals. I have already been in touch with those who I am hoping will come.

As ever though there will be an unofficial outside practice on Stanmer Park (please don’t use Russell’s clump – we don’t have it booked). Come in to the sport centre to get discs/cones from the cupboard (I’ll be there just after 1:30pm to help you if you need) and get playing!

Shimmy

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Team lists: Mixed Regionals 17th-18th November

Hi everyone,

The last and greatest of the three indoor regional competitions is coming in a couple of week’s time. Again hosted at BACA, so (almost) no travelling involved! Not this coming weekend, but the one after  – 17th/18th November.

Mohawks have four teams entered, meaning lots of people get to play in the most fun division in ultimate.

The team lists are below. I have spoken to almost everyone on the teams, but if I haven’t and it turns out you can’t make it please let me know asap so I can replace you! If you aren’t on a team I’m sorry if you are disappointed. It is incredibly hard picking from the whole club, trying to balance genders, abilities and development of players. Please don’t feel disheartened, and if you want to ask me about my decision then please do.

Now seems a good time to say – if you haven’t yet filled out this form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDNHbjlEbG5pZ1BQVWthbWdHTWl5bkE6MQ#gid=0 … please do so NOW. It will make it much easier for captains to contact you regarding team selections in future. And it will mean I can ring you if you don’t turn up for your 9am game!

In no particular order (but ladies first)…

Mohawks 1

Megan Hurst
Emma Edge
Becca Easey
Lucy Wiggins
Anastasia “Starzy” Riordan-Eva
Kim Isaac
John Maule (c)
Ashley Yeo
Richard Roberts
Frank Wheeley
Sam Airey
Hayden Slaughter

Mohawks 2

Sarah McCann
Jessie “Todger” Stanbrook (c)
Mette Moller Nielsen
Selina Lee
Agata “Alligator” Matusielanska
James “Spoon” Wotherspoon
Charlie Gorton
Ed Hamilton (c)
Faron Young
Lawrence HIll
Will “Bumfluff” Foster

Mohawks 3

Sarah “SJB” Jean-Baptiste (c)
Sophie Nicholls
Helen Brunt
Bethany “Donker” Eldon Kerr
Rachel Clark
Natalie Sharma
Sim “Simba” Kennedy
James “Jallen” Allen
Gabriel “Gabe” Greening
Alex “Al Gore” Gorton
Pete “Prossie” Howarth (c)

Mohawks 4

Carolyn Ireland
Lizzie Withall
Becky “Gully” Evans (c)
Isobel “Izzy” Clements
Alicia Coupland
Aleex “Football” Bucounited
Mike “Moike” Claridge
Dan “DK” Knightley
Benjy Rees
Josh “Geezer” George (c)
Steven Matthews

 

It’s especially important that everyone on these teams fills out the contact details form so that I and your team captain can contact you, so please do so now! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDNHbjlEbG5pZ1BQVWthbWdHTWl5bkE6MQ#gid=0

Shimmy

mixedcaptain@mohawks.co.uk

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Friday Practices – Use Stanmer Park

Hi all,

Indoors today is an invite-only practice for the open first and second teams. But as with previous weeks we will also have an outdoor session going on so come on down!

Just a quick note – we DO NOT have Russel’s Clump booked on Friday afternoons. This means that if you are coming along to play some ultimate on a Friday (including today…) you must use Stanmer Park.

I believe Megan will be the adult responsible for the outdoor stuff this week, but in case any of you arrive before her please do not use the clump but head down to the flat, well-drained and flint-free grounds of Stanmer Park, just the other side of the wooden posts.

Thanks!

Shimmy John