Competition for places in Mixed Nationals was intense this year, with spots at Europeans and Worlds available, but a strong Tour season meant that ABH bagged a spot. We knew playing some of the top teams would be difficult, but games were hard-fought and we put in lots of points despite all the rain and strong cross winds. After a gritty sudden-death loss to JR, ABH finished 8th.
This year, both ABH North and ABH South fought to hold their position in Division 2. Then, in everyone’s favourite annual epic match, ABH North met ABH South in their final game. Following predictions that “the South would rise again”, ABH S won the match 15-10.
In an increasingly competitive Open Tour (with over 70 teams participating in 2013), ABH finished 27th overall, with some awesome wins in some great, and some not-so-great, British summer weather.
Those long summer nights are perfect for Summer League... and for more ABH socials including picnicking in the park, concerts and hot tub cinema parties.
After a few injuries, ABH went up for the Copa del Soul beach tournament - Iron Man style! Who needs subs on the beach? We had a great weekend, placing 9th out of 32 teams, with 7 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss, and Skegness's best Port.
The final Mixed Tour saw ABH A and ABH B end up in a collective FOUR sudden-death games (with 3/4 victories!). Off the pitch, we took advantage of the finest Thai food Cheltenham has to offer, and looked pretty hot as the ABH club. ABH A finished 16th, and ABH B finished 40th.
Mixed Tour 2 was in Manchester, and the majority of ABHers headed up on to the north on the Friday night to take advantage of the free Spa in our hotel. It was a great weekend of Ultimate with a combined 14 games (and 8 wins!). Both ABH A and ABH B moved up a few places, to 19th and 43rd, respectively, and the full report is here.
ABH had a record THREE teams out to Mixed Tour 1 in Cardiff: ABH A, ABH B and ABH H. You can't get a better sideline during a sudden death win than two additional ABH teams eating sweets and playing with the magic stick! Finishing positions were 25th (A), 38th (H), and 45th (B) overall, and the full report is here.
Leaving the chilly England behind, ABH headed to Lloret de Mar, Spain, for some wonderfully warm beach Ultimate! We finished 12th overall, and Jonny truly learned the importance of Sunscreen.
In between practice and tournaments, ABH found time for some important social events, including a geeky zombie apocalypse night at the Science Museum, a swap-your-worst-Christmas-present exchange, and Roller Disco. It seems that playing Ultimate in roller skates would be a bit of a challenge...