UKU/BUCS University Men's Indoor Nationals 2016/17 - Results and Spirit
Congratulations to the University of St Andrews, the new BUCS Men's Indoor Champions. Victory in the final over Sussex (who had won their prior matchup on Saturday) finally wrested the title from Birmingham's dynasty of champions.
In Division 2, Durham seemed to improve with each passing game on Sunday, finally pulling out a comfortable 8-2 win in the final despite closer games in earlier rounds.
The big news once again was the depth of the Scottish teams, who again were offered far more qualifying spots than other regions but again amply justified it, finishing 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 11th in the Championship, while both their Division 2 entrants made the semifinals. For the second year in a row, the team in 5th at Scottish regionals took home a Championship bronze!
After a couple of years of flooding the quarter finals but watching Midlands teams take the spoils, winning the final means Scotland can finally claim an unarguable 'strongest region' title. Celebratory ceilidhs are already planned, and Irn Bru shares are up significantly.
The parity across the top teams was extremely high this year, and in truth a number of teams will have gone home thinking that just a little more fortune could have seen them home. Outdoors will be very exciting!
Many thanks to all the players, the tournament director, and the fantastic new David Ross Sports Village and the Jean Brown Arena for making it a great weekend. And thanks to Five Ultimate for sponsoring the UKU indoor season and providing some fun player gifts!
If you wish to enquire about any items you left behind, please contact the Division 1 TD Dan Roth on firstname.lastname@example.org or the Division 2 TD Dave Halls on email@example.com (within a couple of weeks - they are not a storage company!).
Spirit of the Game
Below are Spirit of the Game scores for all teams.
Do please get in touch if you require further information on your scores, and we will pass on any comments that have been left.
Judging by the comments left by the two opponents in some games, not all teams are making use of the spirit circle after the game to actually raise the issues they have found. Some teams are giving low scores which I'm sure would come as a surprise to their opponent - who is blissfully unaware there was a problem. Please do remember that whilst you can give feedback through the spirit scores (and it provides a good way to aggregate feedback, to hopefully separate consistent issues from noise in the data) giving feedback in person either during or after the game is also part of the process.