For the first time Kernow Ultimate has enough women to enter a team into BUCS Indoor Women’s Regionals which took place in Bath last weekend.
Kernow Ultimate’s women’s team were seeded 16th upon entering the tournament. Their first match was against Bangor 1 who were very comfortable on the disc throughout the match and used a defensive cup zone against Kernow Ultimate. Kernow Ultimate started slow and were thrown off balance by the use of a zone but still managed to put pressure on Bangor and get in some amazing D’s. Despite this the match ended two minutes early as Bangor reached the 13 point marker.
Having lost their first game, Kernow Ultimate Women ran through drills to get them pumped for the next match. That, coupled with the arrival of members of the Kernow club, Robin Ellis-Cockcroft, Tom Berry and Arthur Holt to cheer them on from the side-lines proved to be a winning combination. Kernow Ultimate started as they meant to go on getting numerous end zone scores in a row, putting pressure on the disc and cutting effectively to run the disc up the pitch. Kernow Ultimate women ran Cardiff 2 ragged and were rewarded with a comfortable 7-5 victory.
Emma Suzuki had this to say of the tournament, ‘Women’s regionals was my first ever tournament. By getting actual game experience and playing against such skilful women, I feel like I’ve learnt and improved a lot over those two days. Most importantly, it’s shown me how much fun ultimate can be.’
On the Sunday Kernow Ultimate had five matches scheduled and won three of them. A vast improvement could be seen within the team after having had coaching on how to play against zones and having learnt from the previous day’s matches.
The highlight of the day was the final game against University of West England (UWE). Everyone on the team really wanted this win and were giving it their all. There were seemingly impossible end zone grabs galore from Emma Suzuki, screeching end zone scores from Victoria Stevens, shimmying defence from Michelle Greensted, crazy defence from Alejandra Piazzolla who was everywhere, strategic positioning leading to vital scores from Beth Dawson, spicy throws from Luna Tilles, dedication to catching the disc even if you ended up on the floor from Heloise and sharp cutting from Elizabeth Paull and Laura Goodhead giving lots of options to the handler. All of these skills displayed by individuals as well as the team led to an 8-5 victory and meant that Kernow Ultimate Women finished the tournament in 13th seed.
Elizabeth Paull said, ‘The atmosphere was super friendly, other teams were encouraging and everyone tried so hard. We felt like we could try new things and it was incredible to do so well despite having played for only a few months as a team, and for many us being Freshers to ultimate.’
Socials and Outreach officer, Laura Goodhead said, ‘After only playing together as a team for two weeks, there was some incredible throws and scores from all the girls. After an amazing weekend, we all left feeling proud and ready for the outdoor season.’ Most of the players on the team have only been playing since September so expect big things from these ladies!
On another note, the Kernow Ultimate Mixed Team are heading to Nationals this weekend in Birmingham. If you would like a live update on their progress at Nationals, you can like their Facebook page, Kernow Ultimate: https://www.facebook.com/groups/kernowultimate/
There will be live updates throughout the weekend and some matches will be live streamed on Facebook. So watch this space!