EUCr 2018 Results

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Last weekend five Irish teams made the short journey across the pond to battle it out with our neighbours at EUCR-West (UK Nationals to them). Spanning across all three divisions, Irish Ultimate was represented by two Dublin Gravity sides (Both Women’s), Rebel Ultimate (Mixed), PELT, Ranelagh and XVI (Men’s). Here’s how each division looked:

WOMEN’S
Gravity split their teams by age, so the ‘first’ team contained players born before 96, while the ‘second’ team were all eligible for the current u24 cycle.
The Seniors had a fantastic weekend, racking up wins against HYDRA and Purple Cobras between tough loss to SYC in the pools. This left them in 4th seed going into Quarters, where they faced a tough test in the form of Tour 1 finalists Reading. The game, which was streamed live on Fanseat, was an incredibly intense and eventful affair, where our girls showed both their skill and composure to take a 15-12 win and reach the semi-finals.
This lead to a clash with Nice Bristols, who had become one of the heavy favourites for the national title across the course of the season. The Gravity side managed to prove worthy opponents to the Bristol side, giving them their closest scoreline of the weekend, but couldn’t cause the upset, falling 9-13.
This resulted in a rematch with the only other team to beat Gravity all weekend, London side SYC. Revenge proved to be sweet however, as the Dublin side came away 15-11 winners to essentially flip the first result and take third place!
The more youthful Gravity side finished in 8th place, having fought hard throughout the two days, keeping both their heads and spirits up. They will be sure to have gained valuable experience from the event!
MIXED
Rebel smashed their initial seed of 7th to make the final of the division. Having initially been put in the “Group of Death” alongside Black Eagles, Deep Space and Thundering Herd. After a slow start, Rebel couldn’t claw out a win against Deep Space in their opening game. However, after dusting themselves off, they managed to take down any threat that Thundering Herd posed before falling to last year’s champions, Black Eagles. This left them in 5th, with a quarter final against local outfit Leamington Lemmings. The Cork side won with relative ease to set up a semi-final rematch with Deep Space. Like Gravity, Rebel managed to exorcise the demons from the day before, changing their tactics to stifle their opponents and come away with a 13-10 victory to make the final, and to qualify for EUCF in Poland!
In the gold medal game, Rebel fought hard in awful conditions, but their Scottish opponents, Black Eagles, once again proved too strong as they retained their crown as the top Mixed team in the South of Europe.
MEN’S
The Men’s division proved, to some, to be the most shocking of the weekend. Ranelagh (3rd seed) and PELT (5th), heavily tipped to finish in the top four and qualify for EUCF, both fell to early Saturday defeats to Reading and Manchester respectfully. The result of this meant that they would have to try qualify through the back door, with another loss over the course of the weekend eliminating them from contention. Of course, typically, Ranelagh and PELT would end up meeting in the final Saturday game.
The two sides, who have become fierce but respected rivals over the last number of years, played out an incredibly tight game where neither side was ever ahead by more than one. In the end, PELT managed to keep their EUCF dreams alive, while crushing their opponents, leaving Ranelagh to play for 9th.
Meanwhile, XVI, seeded 13th from 16, managed to turn heads after beating both Ka-Pow! and Manchester Ultimate, setting up a semi-final against giants Clapham. It wasn’t to be a fairytale day for the young side as the European champions beat them 15-5, which meant the Dublin team would have to fight to keep their 4th seed on Sunday.
PELT’s first game on Sunday would be against EMO. Knowing that they were fighting for their lives, the Limerick lads battled though with a 15-10 victory, setting up a game-to-go with XVI, and guaranteeing an Irish men’s team at EUCF.
XVI, who had played one game fewer as a result of their achievements the day before, came out strong with a 5-2 lead. PELT however showed their experience, throwing on a zone that XVI struggled to find an answer for. PELT would go on to win 15-6 and secure a spot at EUCF for the third year in a row.
FINAL STANDINGS:
– Women’s
         – Dublin Gravity Seniors – 3rd
         – Dublin Gravity U24’s – 4th
– Mixed
         – Rebel Ultimate – 2nd (EUCF Qualification)
– Men’s
        – PELT – 4th (EUCF Qualification)
        – XVI – 5th
        – Ranelagh – 9th (Spirit Winners)
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source: http://www.irishultimate.com/p/eucr-2018-results

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