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24 Jun 2017 - 20:06

A final look: Royan storylines

Filipino and Canadian players greet each other at the end of a tough game. Photo by Deepthi Indukuri.The previous post was an in-depth look at the whole tournament, but here are a few storylines from Royan that are worth pointing out. Spirit is the Ultimate winner The spirit scores all week were […]
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24 Jun 2017 - 20:06

What happened at WCBU2017 – a full round up

Sarah Levinn wrestles the catch against Canada. Photo by Tino Tran.The World Championships of Beach Ultimate have finished, and the champions crowned. After a week of sensational Ultimate on the beaches of Royan, let’s have a look at how things shook out at the top […]
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23 Jun 2017 - 20:06

WCBU 2017 Fantasy Draft

TT-170617-125514Now that the tournament is very near to finishing, we decided to run a fantasy draft with our writers picking a Mixed team of the best players we’ve seen at this tournament. Given that we […]
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23 Jun 2017 - 18:06

Marko’s story: be strong, and be yourself

Irish captain Mark Earley feels the love in the Masters division. Photo by Deepthi Indukuri.There are many things that make this sport unique. The Spirit of the Game, the respect between you and your opponent, the community. It’s a giant family that once you’re a part of, you’re there […]
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23 Jun 2017 - 13:06

Game review: Spain Women vs Canada Women

TT-170622-090048Canada have been notable at this event for their desire to huck it at every possible opportunity, across all divisions. Their conversaion rate has typically not been high, but given the fact that they play […]
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23 Jun 2017 - 12:06

Game review: USA Women vs Switzerland Women

WCBU2017_Deepthi Indukuri_USA_SUI_WMN-2483The USA start the game strong and for the first three points the Swiss struggle to make it out of their own half of the field. Although the USA could have been punished after throwing […]
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23 Jun 2017 - 04:06

What a day. Here’s what went down.

TT-170622-002347The dust has settled on an eventful day five of WCBU and we have some of our finalists. The Men’s division played out some entertaining quarter and semi finals, while the rest of the tournament […]
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23 Jun 2017 - 02:06

Game review: Great Britain Men’s Masters vs Spain Men’s Masters

TT-170622-030409Great Britain and Spain faced off for a spot in the Masters semi-finals earlier today. The teams were pretty evenly matched and had each had similar results in the lead up to the game. Britain […]
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23 Jun 2017 - 01:06

Game review: Germany Mixed vs Great Britain Mixed

TT-170622-041024-2Germany come into this match having yet to be defeated, one of the last remaining powerhouses to have not suffered some sort of upset this tournament. Great Britain just beat an Italy side who yesterday […]
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23 Jun 2017 - 01:06

Game review: Denmark Women vs Russia Women

TT-170622-085006Background When you get to the top eight Women’s teams in the world, it’s always going to be tough to separate them. And both teams have shown they deserve to be top eight. Honestly, Denmark […]
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22 Jun 2017 - 22:06

Game review: Portugal Mixed vs Canada Mixed

WCBU2017_Deepthi Indukuri_POR_CAN_MXD-7767Background By the time you reach the quarter-finals, you are guaranteed a good game. There are no easy opponents. This is exemplified with Portugal vs Canada. Two great teams, both looking to reach the top […]
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22 Jun 2017 - 19:06

Game review: Denmark Women vs Latvia Women

WCBU2017_Deepthi Indukuri_AT_DEN_WMN-7571Background It’s the last game in the power pools of the Women’s division. Teams are trying to boost their seeding as much as possible in order to get the best pre-quarter (last 16) game that […]
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22 Jun 2017 - 17:06

Game review: Portugal Mixed vs Switzerland Mixed

TT-170622-003115Portgual and Switzerland faced off in a pre-quarters game for the right to match up against Canada in the quarter-finals of the Mixed division. Portugal entered as prohibitive favourites having come second in their pool […]
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22 Jun 2017 - 15:06

Game review: Spain Men vs USA Men

TT-170620-024431In the final game of Men’s Pool A, table toppers the United States (8-0) looked to close out the early stages of the tournament with a whitewash of results to cement their place at the […]
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22 Jun 2017 - 15:06

Game review: Canada Women vs France Women

WCBU2017_Deepthi Indukuri_CAN_FRA_WMN-7599Knowing that Canada enjoy sending the disc deep, France come out on defence with straight up force in the first point. Although both teams end up turning under pressure, France are able to break Canada […]
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22 Jun 2017 - 02:06

Where we stand going into day five of WCBU 2017

TT-170621-083137The heat has been bearing down in Royan, with day four now coming to a close. The Mixed and Women’s pools have finally concluded, joining the Men’s Master’s division in entering the exciting stage of […]
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22 Jun 2017 - 01:06

Game review: Portugal Mixed vs Germany Mixed

WCBU2017_Deepthi Indukuri_GER_POR_MXD-7093Germany came into this game how they had started the tournament – the number one overall seed, an imposing team full of stars and players who know what it takes to win medals at this […]
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22 Jun 2017 - 01:06

Game review: Spain Women vs USA Women

TT-170621-002635As the Women’s pools draw to a close, the final match up for both teams sitting at the top of the table of Pool A turned out to be against each other. Neither team had […]
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22 Jun 2017 - 00:06

Game review: Italy Mixed vs Netherlands Mixed

WCBU2017_Deepthi Indukuri_ITA_NED-6552After Sweden provided one of the biggest sudden-death upsets of the tournament so far, a win for Italy against the Dutch would see them top the division above the USA. On the other side of […]
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22 Jun 2017 - 00:06

Earley’s Army go marching on

WCBU2017_Deepthi Indukuri_Day3-4212(1)Part of every Ultimate player’s dream is to reach the pinnacle of the sport – To play Masters Beach. While countries such as the United States, Great Britain and Australia have established teams for the […]
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22 Jun 2017 - 00:06

Game review: Russia Men vs Ukraine Men

TT-170621-085659Background Russia have been training hard and playing hard. The Men’s team was picked in late October, and despite the huge distance between their player bases (Moscow, St. Petersburg and Nizhniy Novgorod), they’ve trained over […]
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21 Jun 2017 - 23:06

The important stuff: the ten best jerseys at WCBU 2017

WCBU2017_Deepthi Indukuri-1650Tonight is trade night, so in honour of this time-honoured tradition both Harry and I (Sean) will take a look at what the media team has agreed (agreed may be a strong word) are the […]
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21 Jun 2017 - 23:06

Game review: Finland Grandmasters vs Germany Grandmasters

WCBU2017_Deepthi Indukuri_FIN_GER-2116It is a truism of Ultimate that it’s difficult to win when your opponent consistently breaks the force. When forced the defend the whole field, it’s much more likely that space will open up, that […]
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21 Jun 2017 - 22:06

Game review: Belgium Men vs Australia Men

Belgium Men celebrate a score against Australia. Photo by Deepthi Indukuri.With the Men’s pools reaching their climax today, every single result is massive for not only the teams involved, but the others around them. Before first pull this morning, Pool B was wide open with […]
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21 Jun 2017 - 20:06

Game review: Philippines Mixed vs Canada Mixed

Jeffson Ong completes a throw for the Philippines against Canada Mixed. Photo by Deepthi Indukuri.The Philippines and Canada entered yesterday’s Mixed contest in similar positions. Both were undefeated as yet in the pool, both had conceded fewer than 30 points and scored around 60. It carried an air of […]
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21 Jun 2017 - 12:06

Spain Men: un juego de pulgadas

Spain move the disc quickly against The Netherlands. Photo by Tino Tran.Where has this Spain team come from? That must have been the thought of the Canadian players, as Spain secured a 7-0 lead, and eventually a 12-8 win. Or maybe the Singaporean players, as Spain […]
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21 Jun 2017 - 12:06

A turning point for Turkey

TT-170620-095155We catch up with captain Emre Can after following Turkey’s progress throughout Day 3 of the tournament Turkey may seem to be a new team on the international scene but they did in fact represent […]
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21 Jun 2017 - 02:06

Game review: Italy Mixed vs Dominican Republic Mixed

WCBU2017_Day3_ITA_DOM-1925The Italian Mixed team seem to be a real contender. They fell to the USA by three points, 11-8, but had the disc at 8-8 before some poor choices in the wind sent them to […]
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21 Jun 2017 - 02:06

So, what’s happened at WCBU so far?

WCBU2017_Day3_ITA_DOM-1917It’s day three in Royan, and the pool stages are finally drawing to a close in some divisions (Mixed, Women’s, Men’s Masters). Teams are finding themselves under pressure to get that last, necessary win to […]
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21 Jun 2017 - 01:06

Game review: France Grandmasters vs Great Britain Grandmasters

Great Britain handler Si Hill makes a throw against France. Photo by Deepthi Indukuri.Background France, as the host nation, really want to perform in front of the crowds. Fastforward to mid-day Tuesday, and only their Mixed Masters and Grandmaster Men’s teams are unbeaten.  This French Grandmasters team is […]
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21 Jun 2017 - 01:06

Game review: Russia Mixed vs Austria Mixed

Anatoly Vasilyev probably threw a score after catching this. Photo by Deepthi Indukuri.The Russian Mixed team entered Tuesday unbeaten, beating Great Britain, Malaysia and Ukraine. Austria had lost heavily to Great Britain but brought in wins against a much-fancied Portugal team (albeit on universe point) and Poland. […]
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21 Jun 2017 - 01:06

Game review: Sweden Mixed vs Netherlands Mixed

Sarah Eklund catches a score for Sweden Mixed. Photo by Tino Tran.As Mixed Pool C begins to heat up, two teams in the hunt for a comfortable place in the top eight come bracket play, Sweden and The Netherlands, faced off. Before the game, NED had […]
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20 Jun 2017 - 19:06

UAE Women showing how far they’ve come

Monica Saade lays out for a catch against Australia. Photo by Tino Tran.The UEA Women’s first international appearance was on home turf at the Dubai WCBU two years ago. Even though they finished in bottom place last time round, this year they found themselves beginning the tournament […]
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20 Jun 2017 - 18:06

Biba Guåhån! Guam are in Royan to show they belong

John Espe has been laying out a lot. Photo by Deepthi Indukuri.Guam is a new team on the international scene, which isn’t exactly surprising. Guam is a tiny island out in the Pacific Ocean with a population of 170,000. The fact they have an Ultimate scene […]
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20 Jun 2017 - 13:06

Game review: Korea Mixed vs UAE Mixed

Sahir Jamal after a point for UAE mixed. Photo by Tino Tran.The United Arab Emirates, who hosted WCBU 2015, faced off against newcomers to the beach the Republic of Korea in an affair that featured many expats and showed an array of global talent. Both teams […]
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20 Jun 2017 - 02:06

Game review: Netherlands Mixed vs Mexico Mixed

A Mexican player makes a great layout catch against Netherlands Mixed. Photo by Deepthi Indukuri.Background Mexico have never played WCBU before. Now, here in Royan, we get to see them for the first time. After years of building a reputation for themselves on the international scene at U23s and […]
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20 Jun 2017 - 02:06

Venezuelans come together to represent home

Mariana Otero throws against Spain Mixed. Photo by Tino Tran.Community players and expats are anything but uncommon when it comes to World Championships. Across the board national sides are littered with players who qualify through residency or playing history, but Venezuela have a special […]
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20 Jun 2017 - 01:06

Hungarian Mixed Masters reuniting in Royan

The Hungarian and British Mixed Masters team have a post-game paddle. Photo by Tino Tran.The Hungary Ultimate Frisbee Association (HUFA) is one of the newest to receive full IOC recognition, having been formally recognised by its country’s Olympic committee in only 2015.  At the time, HUFA president Péter Kramer […]
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20 Jun 2017 - 01:06

Men’s Masters show how far Indian Ultimate has come

The Indian Masters gather to discuss things during a game. Photo by Deepthi Indukuri.India is a country on the rise in international Ultimate. The release of the video ‘175 grams’ catapulted them into the collective zeitgeist, and they’ve stayed there ever since. India have been determined. They’ve been […]
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20 Jun 2017 - 01:06

Latvian Women looking for upsets

Latvian cutter Lasma Kublicka with a huck against Great Britain. Photo by Deepthi Indukuri.Latvia’s Women have made an encouraging start to their WCBU2017 campaign. They defeated perennial power Germany 10-8, but then fell to Great Britain 9-6. Still, that game contained plenty of positives for the Baltic team […]
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20 Jun 2017 - 01:06

Game report: Denmark Women vs Austria Women

Helle Trinderup makes a catch for Denmark against Austria. Photo by Deepthi Indukuri.Background It’s good to see that both Austria and Denmark have managed to field Women’s teams here in France. Despite both countries having strong Ultimate scenes on grass, neither have managed to field teams at […]
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20 Jun 2017 - 00:06

Spanish women continue to make waves in the pool

Marta Mampel Arija attempts a throw against an Aussie force. Photo by Tino Tran.The matchup between Spain and Australia was set be one to watch this morning after some unexpected results in the opening games of Pool A yesterday. While USA and Canada entered the second day maintaining […]
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19 Jun 2017 - 18:06

Game review: Philippines Men vs Australia Men

Jeff De La Cerna makes a patented big play for Philippines Men.Background Philippine Men won silver at WCBU 2011 in Italy. They won bronze in WCBU 2015 in Dubai. And they are looking strong here in Royan too. They’ve gelled at club level as the Boracay […]
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19 Jun 2017 - 18:06

Canada Men start day one with strong wins

Iain MacKenzie completes a throw for Canada Men. Photo by Tino Tran.It was a perfect start to the week for Team Canada’s Men on the opening day as they showed their guile against both Japan and Denmark in pool play. In the North Americans’ first game, […]
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19 Jun 2017 - 02:06

New kids on the block: Interview with Malaysia

Malaysia pose with Australia after their game. Photo by Deepthi Indukuri.Within the space of just two years, we have seen a huge explosion in the number of teams attending the World Championships of Beach Ultimate, from 24 nations in 2015 to 39 in this year. […]
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19 Jun 2017 - 01:06

Game review: Great Britain Women vs Switzerland Women

Karen Kwok of Great Britain cools down between points. Photo by Tino Tran.Background Great Britain Women are looking to win big at WCBU 2017. In the last two World Championships of Beach Ultimate (2011, 2015), they’ve come home with bronze. This time, they want something more. Six […]
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19 Jun 2017 - 01:06

Game review: Great Britain Men vs Germany Men

Matt Parslow makes a tough catch ahead of a German defender. Photo by Tino Tran.Both teams entered this game desperate for a win. Great Britain let slip a two point lead over Ireland, eventually falling in sudden death to their near neighbours. Germany lost on universe point as well, […]
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15 Jun 2017 - 20:06

Final preparations under way on the beach

Royan1The World Championships of Beach Ultimate start in Royan on Sunday, only three days from now, and final preparations on the beach are well under way. As these photos show, gazebos and marquees have been […]
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