Author: ashleyyeo

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My Thoughts After Nationals

Fourth place at nationals would be a massive achievement for 90% of the teams in the UK. But for us we walked away feeling like we’d missed an opportunity that we’d messed it up. There’s lots of reason that you can put forward as to why it didn’t happen for us and a lot more than I will talk about here.

Going into the weekend we felt like we were the best there was and thought that we might have some tough games but we would come through them. On reflection I think we were right and wrong at the same time. We definitely did have the best group of players, one on one nobody could go blow for blow with us. However that’s not what it takes to win, we might have been the best collection of players but we certainly weren’t the best TEAM. It’s the old saying which gets banded around so much that you get sick of hearing that “the best players don’t make the best team” but on this occasion it was 100% true. It was no one’s fault and it can’t be, to be a team you have to work to improve things together. We simply didn’t do enough, train enough, or play enough together.

I look at Birmingham and think how the hell did they even get close to us, they probably don’t have a player in the team that would make the top four of ours. Teamwork goes a long way but we weren’t that bad. Then I think back to 2010 when we were chasing our first national championship for a long time. We weren’t expected to do anything special, maybe top four would have been great for Mohawks in a lot of other people’s eyes. We had a belief that we would win it all and that we were the best team and had something to prove and something to fight for. Even though Birmingham came up short they reminded me a lot of that team we had in 2010. The hunger was there, the excitement, the cohesion and the belief that they could win, they worked hard and ran all day on defence. They were probably just two top end players short of being able to win it all.

I look at our team and think we wanted to win but maybe the belief wasn’t right. I think we all thought it would come to us easily just like regionals had and like we expected. It’s nationals and the quality is ever improving, no team is going to be able to show up and hope for an easy ride. The way we went up in games and then expected to coast made me think that this was certainly one of our big problems. Maybe we had the desire to win just didn’t want to work hard for it.

Then I think about the Brimingham game again and I think they just wanted it more, 3rd to them meant a lot more than it did to us. We have got to the position where we are at the top but because most of those people that worked there arses off in those meaningless games over the years building up to this have gone there are few who realise that pain that it takes to be the best. It’s time to realise that it’s hard to get to the top but it’s even harder to stay there.

At some point it might be a year it might be two or three, the club will have to rebuild and we need to keep the desire and spirit to succeed going. We need to work as hard as we can and then go a little bit further. Winning doesn’t come easily at all that’s why they only let one team do it. It’s just as much about the willingness, desire and hard work that it takes as it is about the tools that you have. Only a few are lucky enough to have the players that we do, if we can combine all of the aspects above then we can and will be the best once more and for a long time.

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Awards Dinner Info

To those of you going to the awards dinner tomorrow (Thursday evening).

 

You need to be at the Thistle hotel (located on the seafront) at 7.00pm. Dinner will be served at 7.30pm so do not be late. There is a bar in the hotel so we can’t bring our own drinks in.

 

Dress code is formal (suits and dresses) so bring out your best for the evening!

 

After dinner we will have the awards and dancing. We have the venue and the DJ until 1:00am so prepare for a good Mohawks party!!!!!!

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone looking dapper!

 

 

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AWARDS DINNER LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP AND PAY

If you would like to come to the awards dinner then the last chance to sign up and pay is tomorrow (Wednesday 30th May).

The menus are:

Non-Vegetarian option:

Tomato and Basil Soup

Maize Fed supreme of Chicken, served with champagne chive sauce, roasted chateau potatoes, turned carrots and courgettes

Sticky Toffee Pudding

 

Vegetarian option:

Tomato and Basil Soup

Vegetable Tarte Tatin

Sticky Toffee Pudding

The form is below

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDhEX0ZVQUdQcmxVd0JfVlQ5VkdUQXc6MQ#gid=0

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Varsity Teams and Information

These are the teams for tomorrow. If you have emailed me and haven’t been put on a team then please get into contact as soon as possible, I am very sorry for any mistakes. If you have not yet got into contact with me then please do so ASAP and I will try to accommodate you.

 

Please meet at 12 noon at the underpass at the front of campus to walk to the pitch on Brighton campus. Open game will be at 12.30 and mixed game at 1.30. The aggregate score of the two games will decide the winner.

 

Open Team

Lawrence

Pete

Joe

Sam

Spoon

Jallen

Rob Ellis

Dude

Frank

Faron

 

Mixed Team

Lucy

Jessie

Easey

Selina

Paula

Beth

Charlie

Frank

Faron

Benjy

Pete

Lawrence

 

Thanks

Ash

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Varsity

Hey Mohawks,

 

We have Varisty (Sussex vs Brighton) this Wednesday. We have an Open game and Mixed game and will take the aggregate score from the two. The teams will be picked on both ability AND commitment. If you want to play please email opencaptain@mohawks.co.uk.

 

Lucy, Kneetu, Rhona and myself will pick the teams by Tuesday evening. If you don’t want to play please still come and watch. It’s on the astro turf at Brighton uni.

 

Thanks

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Regionals Final Team List and Information

Hey Everyone,

 

Regionals is coming up this weekend and if you are on the list below then you are currently confirmed to play. If you are not on the list you have 24 hours to contact me. If you are on the list and haven’t paid Callum then you need to NOW. If you haven’t paid by Thursday evening you will not be able to play. You must fill in the Google spreadsheet that Rich posted on the Mohawks homepage within the next day. Finally you need to have UKU membership. If you played indoor regionals then you should already have this. If you did not play indoors or did not buy the membership then you need to do so before Friday. Tpo do this go to this page http://www.ukultimate.com/join then sign up for one of the membership options. If you are planning on playing tour at all then I suggest you buy the full membership for students and under 18s if you are only planning on playing this tournament then you only need the basic one. You then need to go to this page http://www.ukultimate.com/team/mohawks and ask to join the team.

 

First Team

Ashley
Kneetu
Rich
Callum
Shim
Frank
Lawrence
Ed
Joe
Spoon
Sam
Jallen
Faron
Dude

 

Second Team

Princess
Taxi
Charlie
Megan
JIzzy
Football
Jonas
Sim
Dan
Wham
Geezer

 

Third Team

Benjy
Lucy
Natalie
Jessie
Tag
Jon Kit Chan
Ed Pocock
Kyle
Rob
Chris
Tobias
Geert
George

 

There will be a transport plan sorted later this week and I have attached the Schedule and Captain’s Pack to this post/email. We will be getting there for 9am so you will need to be on campus outside Lancaster House by 7.50am at the latest.

 

You will need to bring the following,

  • Sleeping bag + roll matt/something to sleep on.
  • Warm clothes to wear before and after games
  • Waterproofs (it’s likely to rain)
  • Clothes for the party (it’s only in the SU bar so not particularly dressy)
  • Football boots
  • Full Mohawks kit
  • Toiletries
  • Money
  • Food for lunch (there’s a bar but it’s not cheap)
  • Bin bags to keep your bag dry
  • Student Card + ID (to get into the party)

 

It is required that you do not go inside the bar whilst wearing you boots and your bags must be stored outside (hence the bin bags).

 

On a final note, I hope this does not apply to any of you but I need to say this. Whilst I don’t have any problem with you having fun at the party please do not do anything stupid such as getting on the roofs of buildings, causing disturbances near the residences or causing any damage. We are lucky to have been given the chance to come back this year and stay that the venue after some of the behaviour last year. Anyone seen causing any trouble may be banned from future Mohawks tournaments.

 

Any questions please comment.

 

See you soon.

Ash

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Mohawks Captaincy 2012/2013

Hey Guys and Girls,

 

Now is the time to start thinking about whether you would like to be a captain for the next academic year. Please send us a paragraph or two explaining why you think you would be good for the position and what you think you could bring to role. Please don’t do this on a whim because it takes a considerable amount of time and effort but if you think you can spare the time this is a very rewarding role and will be very good for your CV.

 

The positions you can apply for are:

  • Open Captain
  • Women’s Captain
  • Mixed Captain
  • Women’s Vice Captain

 

If you think you would be a good candidate for more than one of these positions then please apply for both (stating any preference that you have). We as captains will liaise with each other so don’t worry about applying for multiple roles. Please let us know before the end of the term so that we have Easter to discuss the applications.

 

Please send any Open Captain enquiries to opencaptain@mohawks.co.uk

Mixed Captain enquiries to mixedcaptain@mohawks.co.uk

and Women’s Captain and Women’s Vice Captain enquiries to womenscaptain@mohawks.co.uk

 

Finally if you are thinking about any other committee roles then please refer to http://committee.mohawks.co.uk/. You don’t need to worry too much about this until the agm which will be some time early in the summer term but it is something to certainly consider.

 

Thanks,

 

Lucy, Rhona, Kneetu and Ashley

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Open Regionals Update and Payment Details

You will all be happy to know that we have managed to get three teams into Open Regionals in Chichester 10th/11th March. This means that everyone who signed up on the Regionals Sign Up Form saying they are able to play have a place on a team. There are still places available and if you would like to play then please sign up or contact me as soon as possible.

 

There are two lists below the first one is everyone who has signed up and the second is for those people who have spoken to me about regionals/are likely to play regionals but haven’t signed up yet. If you are on that list then also please contact me as soon as possible. For anyone on the first list you can now pay Callum (If you have not done so already) You need to transfer him £25 to the details below and then email finance@mohawks.co.uk stating what reference you used and how much you have transferred. A good reference would be “YOURNAME_REGIONALS”. Lawrence, Meg and Charlie only need to pay £12.50 as you are playing one day.

 

Callum Smith
Sort Code: 60-30-09
Account Number: 27175839

 

Signed Up
Ash
Kneetu
Rich
Callum
Shim
Frank
Ed
Joe
Lawrence (Saturday Only)
Dude
Sam Airey
Spoon
James Allen
Faron
Pete
Wham
Geezer
Benjy
Lucy
Natalie
Megan (Sunday)
Jessie
Football
Taxi
Charlie (Saturday)
Dan Knightley
Kyle Shurtz
Ed Pocock
Tag
Rob Ellis.

Need To Confirm List
Jizzy
Jack Pasco
Sim

 

Thanks.

Ash

 

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Training Today (Falmer Bar Session)

Training today is officially cancelled due to the snow and really hard ground. I went down there this morning and the ground wasn’t rock solid but would potentially cause injury due to you not being able to see where you are putting your feet. Therefore it is advised that you don’t go and use Stanmer Park either.

I propose that we all go to Falmer Bar (I will be there from 2.30pm) and have an afternoon of watching ultimate (I will bring DVDs), playing pool/darts, playing mafia or anything else you like doing after a Wednesday training.

See you later.