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IMPORTANT – Regionals teams and times changes.

Hi all,

So due to masses of people dropping out, we have had to pull one of the teams out of regionals :(

People have been shuffled around in teams so check the lists below to see where you are now!
Everyone who wants to play is still playing, just check what team you are now on.

(Mo 6 will become a pick up game on the schedule).

Here is the Schedule. Please check it to see when you start.

Mohawks 1,2 & 3 will be starting at or very soon after 9am.

Mohawks 4 & 5 will be starting at or very soon after 1.20pm.
The venue this weekend is very close to campus but hidden away a bit so here are some directions which should get you there safely!

It is at BACA (Brighton Aldridge Community Academy)

http://www.baca-uk.org.uk/contact-us/how-to-find-us/

From campus:
1. Walk out of university along the path which is the entrance the buses come into campus on towards Brighton.
2. When you reach the crossroads where the traffic lights are, go under the bridge and then straight on.
3. You should see a tunnel ahead of you with a no entry to cars sign, go through that tunnel.
4. Ahead of you up a slight hill on your left you should see a big car park and a large glass looking building. The tournament is in there!

Also, please pay £15 to Ash for the tournament. If you do not pay before 9am Monday morning then this will go up to £20! Once you have paid, email Ash ( finance@mohawks.co.uk ) with your name, reference and amount paid. Just make sure you put [YOUR NAME] and TOURNAMENT MONEY in the reference.

Details for payment are:
Mr Ashley Yeo
16932060
30-96-83

Just a reminder that those of you without kit will need to bring a light and a dark top (ideally a red and a black).

Any problems contact me: 07708233094 or Ed: 07515877908

Mo 1
Lawrence (c)
Ed (c)
Shimmy
Rapo
Frank
Ash
Hayden
Charlie Gorton
Sam Airey

Mo 2
Fluff (c)
Prossie Pete
Spoon
Faron
Jallen
Football
Dan K
Izzy
Sim
Alex Gorton

Mo 3
Geezer (c)
Toto
Rob Ellis
Wham
Kosuke
Zac
Mike C
Gabe

Mo 4
Benjy (c)
Chris PM
Ed P
Steven
Oscar
Stu
Pete Harrison

Mo 5
Lucy (c)
Jessie
Gully
Rachel
Isobel
Onion
Adam
Rhys
Starzy (sat)
Natalie (sat/sun)
Alicia (sat/sun)

Experienced players please bring any spare kit you have too :)

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Regionals Teams this weekend.

Here are the teams for University Open Indoor Regionals this weekend.
They will be held at Brighton Aldride Community Academy (BACA). This used to be Falmer School and I think is still Falmer School on google maps. It is just over the A27 from campus and a bit towards Brighton.

If you do not know where this is then meet at Stanmer bus stop by the underpass at 8am. We will walk you there.

My number in case anyone gets lost/needs information is: 07708233094
Or you can call Ed on: 07515877908

Mo 1
Lawrence (c)
Ed (c)
Shimmy
Rapo
Frank
Ash
Hayden
Charlie Gorton
Sam Airey

Mo 2
Fluff (c)
Prossie Pete
Spoon
Faron
Jallen
Football
Dan K
Izzy
Sim
Alex Gorton

Mo 3
Geezer (c)
Toto
Rob Ellis
Wham
Kosuke
Zac
Mike C

Mo 4
Benjy (c)
Chris PM
Ed P
Steven
Gabe
Nick
Pete Harrison
Thomas

Mo 5
Lucy (c)
Jessie
Callum
Stu
Onion
Tin
Ian

Mo 6
Gully (c)
Rachel
Isobel
Adam
Rhys
Oscar
Starzy (sat)
Natalie (sat/sun)
Alicia (sat/sun)

Socials

Social Wed 26th Sept

This week the social is Oceana. The plan is to meet at 8 at Falmer bar* then to head to Pav Tav (get there for around 9:30) before moving on to Oceana around 11ish. Feel free to come to all or part of it.

*people will be in falmer bar from the end of training until everyone leaves after 8.  So stay in falmer bar, quickly shower at some point, then head back again.

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Help the club. Pay in advance.

Hi all,

So this year we are trying to get as many people as possible to pay an advance sum of money to the club for your tournaments etc. The suggestion is you pay £100 to the bank details below and this is your credit. When you play a tournament, the fee will come out of this credit. All you need to do is top up when you run out. A list of who is in credit / debt will be published periodically so you can check it, or you can just ask Ash personally.

This will save us and the other captains from having no money until we get paid back for all the tournaments we have to pay for and it will save you from constantly being nagged. All the time. By all means pay more if you like and then you won’t have to worry about money until spring or even all year!

Once you have paid, email Ash ( finance@mohawks.co.uk ) with your name, reference and amount paid. Just make sure you put [YOUR NAME] and TOURNAMENT MONEY in the reference.

The account number is 16932060 and sort code is 30-96-86.

 

Thanks,

Lawrence.

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SICKO 2012

Mohawks, Panthers and Brighton Ultimate are again hosting the annual SICKO tournament.  The Sussex Indoor Challenge Knock-Out tournament.  This year mind you it’s a bit smaller.  It’s being hosted at Sussex and Brighton Uni’s though, which is handy since that’s where the party is!  Saturday will see the women over at Brighton Uni Falmer Campus in their new sports hall.  Saturday morning the beginners are at Sussex’s sports hall until the afternoon slot, which is when the experienced division sets off.

After the day’s play everyone will head to their host, have something to eat and get dressed up for the party (Hospital theme).  The party is back on campus at the same place as last year.  Amazing party last year even despite the efforts of the fire alarm!  The bar staff have promised us they’ll change it to infra-red detection rather than smoke.  Smoke of course coming from the smoke machines the bar staff provided.

Sunday everyone is at Sussex’s sports centre for the finals.

(captain’s pack and schedule can be found here)

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Important information for the new season.

Hi all!

So here is a basic calendar of the first couple of weeks from now so that everyone knows what is going on.

Monday 17th: Monday Funday. Campus. 11am – 4pm.

Tuesday 18th: Freshers Fair. Campus. 10.30am – 4pm.

Wednesday 19th: Unofficial training on Stanmer Park. 1.30pm – 3pm. Unofficial fresher session 3pm -5pm.

Sunday 23rd: Pre-freshers training to remind everyone how to coach freshers. Russells Clump. 1pm – 2pm. Fresher Taster 2pm – 4pm.

Wednesday 26th: First training starts proper. 1pm – 3pm Experienced. 3pm – 5pm Everyone!

 

We will be at Monday Funday with a target range of sorts where freshers can try to throw a disc through a hole at different distances. Feel free to come along to HELP. This is for freshers, it isn’t an opportunity for all of us to try it out. We will do this one practice sometime don’t worry 🙂 If it does get very busy then just be sensible, maybe come back later, we don’t need 20 people manning the stall at once!

Freshers Fair on Tuesday. We have a stand in library square next to the grass in front of Arts A. This is our big recruitment drive! Come along and get people signed up. The more people we get interested in the sport the better! We will have a laptop showing some videos of the sport, some people’s GB kit, some medals, all sorts so we should look like an awesome club! Put your name down on the gdoc so we have an idea of who will be there when. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AqE6JD3kgqE3dHRfRTRDNWpyeURtbG1YQlFIVHBsZ2c#gid=0

(If you do feel the urge to throw a disc around, when you should be recruiting people, please go to the grass behind falmer bar or somewhere away from crowds. Last year there was a lot of it going on around the stall and it really doesn’t help. Not to mention if a disc goes wayward and hits someone we look like fools and nobody will want to join us!)

 

Its important that you turn up to the sessions before fresher ones so that we make a good impression as a popular club when they turn up. Felix will also be running through the basics on how to teach freshers again. Remember we have  a duty to pass on what we learn to new players, so grab a fresher and help out anyone you can!

 

Looking forward to seeing you all again and exited for a great season ahead of us!

See you all next week 🙂

Lawrence

Open Captain 2012-13

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GB Open in the final of Worlds!

Last night GB Open beat Sweden 15-14 in a tightly fought game to advance to the final of the 2012 World Championships in Japan where they will play USA. The final will be shown on NGN for a small fee of $5 at 7am Saturday 14th. (Tomorrow morning)

http://www.ngnultimate.com/schedule

You can expect to see appearances from the likes of Callum Smith and Richard Harris (both featured in ‘Mohawks who made GB’).

So tune in and support GB for what could be an historic event of epic proportions and therefore lead to celebrations of all types, shapes, sizes and levels of excitement. You wouldn’t want to miss that now would you!

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Brief history of the Mohawks (by Felix Shardlow)

I found myself at Sussex University in October 2000 almost by surprise. Two weeks earlier, whilst I was still undecided about whether I wished to attend university at all, my elder brother forced several questions upon me; “Do you want to live far from home?” – not particularly… “Do you want to live by the sea?” – yeah, I suppose so… “Do you want to join an Ultimate Frisbee club?” – sure, that sounds like fun. The answers I gave that day, sitting in a B&B garden on a family holiday with the clearing lists spread out in front of me, would shape the rest of my life.

So there I stood on Russell’s Clump, frisbees flying all around me in the late summer sun, being given advice on how to throw by a man with a large beard, who over the next decade would become a very close friend of mine (and a fierce competitor in the World Beard and Moustache Championships). I had never seen or played Ultimate before, like most people who join the Mohawks (Sussex’s Ultimate frisbee club), but the club was & continues to be very accepting and encouraging for new players.

Immediately, I was hooked. I bought a frisbee and kept it on my person at all times, I didn’t miss a training session, I became known as ‘the frisbee guy’ by my Philosophy tutor, and at the Regional Championship hosted at Sussex, I got myself a traditional Mohawk haircut. Ultimate completely dominated my time at university – in my final year I became captain, and although (with my brother’s help) I had chosen the right course, it distracted me from Ultimate only enough to earn a 2:2 (known as ‘the captain’s degree’ within the Mohawks).

My first year was a strong year for the team – the 1st team finished 3rd at Indoor and Outdoor Nationals (not quite able to repeat their victory of the previous year) – however, come June, the entire first team graduated, and I was one of only two new recruits to stay with the sport. The next two years saw many friends come and go; without a solid base of strong players, we struggled to attract or hold onto serious athletes.

By this time, Ultimate was my life. I had started playing with the local Brighton club team, competing nationally against around 50 other teams from cities around the UK, and there was no way I could simply leave the Mohawks with their future uncertain, after the club had given me so much. I made it clear at my first job interview that I would need Wednesday afternoons off, so I could attend frisbee practice, and somehow my request managed to stick. I came back to Russell’s Clump every single Wednesday, naturally falling into a coaching role as I saw players, and the club, lacked direction.

In 2005 I took my involvement to new levels, becoming South East Regional Coordinator, setting up a regional league (which would go nationwide the following year), and arranging competitions & events. This chance to compete attracted new freshers who would stick with the team for 3-4 years, and quickly a solid player base begun to emerge again. The club regained the continuity it had missed for the last few years. Players became more involved and more competitive. Ties with the local Brighton club team were strengthened. The team was now a social group as well as a sports club. ‘Frisbee houses’ would pop up all over Brighton as 2nd year Mohawks would all live together and adorn their hallways with frisbees on the walls. In 2006 we were runners-up at Division 2 Nationals, and had just recruited a new player – Richard Harris – who would go on to be one of the best players in the country. I drafted up a week-by-week training program and, as I continued to attend every Wednesday training, I would work on improving it every year. Each year we attracted more and more athletes who would go on the represent Great Britain in a few years time. Despite being a non-playing non-student, I didn’t miss a tournament, and between coaching would film games with a video camera – the start of something that would again change my life.

Before long we had a title under our belt – University Women’s Outdoor National Champions 2007. Many more would follow – Women’s again in 2009, numerous Regional titles, and this year bigger achievements than have ever been seen before in University Ultimate – Sussex are now outdoor champions in all three disciplines – Open, Mixed & Women’s – plus Open Indoor National Champions to boot. We were particularly proud to achieve this in our 25th anniversary year as a club (and one of the longest-running Ultimate clubs in the country), and to also earn the Sussex ‘Club of the Year’ award. This is truely a golden age for the team, and with the depth we currently have and the time we dedicate to developing new players, this could continue for many more years.

Personally, I have continued to film big tournaments, producing DVDs of the highlights & finals which I sell to players after the event – a venture that has been so successful that in 2010 I left my office job to concentrate on filming ultimate & other sports full time (alongside coaching the Sussex (and now Brighton) University teams). In 2009, Ultimate became an officially recognised University sport, meaning Sussex could finally put me on the payroll (having been aware of my contributions for many years, they were very eager to do so). Playing wise, I’ve become a National and European Mixed Champion with Brighton Ultimate, travelled as far as Australia to compete at World Championships, and this year I made the Great British Open squad, looking to hold onto our European Gold this summer in Slovenia.

If you’ve ever been a part of the Mohawks, join us in celebrating the club’s 25th anniversary & recent achievements at a huge reunion on 16-17th July – contact 25th.anniversary@mohawks.co.uk. If you’re interested in playing ultimate in Brighton, visit www.brightonultimate.co.uk – open to all ages, no experience necessary.

As I return to making preparations for filming & competing at the European Ultimate Championships, it’s undeniable that my life has been entirely shaped by my time at Sussex University… and I wouldn’t have it any other way.