Fire try out process 2012. Read below to see how to be part of it.
Fire try out process 2012. Read below to see how to be part of it.
A quick look back on another great season with Fire.
It has been another memorable season for Fire, starting with an eventful off-season that saw us kick-off with a powerpoint and fitness tests at the UK’s lushest school. A superb victory at Hamburg Rumble and a good showing at Tom’s Tourney had given us some confidence ahead of Tour and we had high expectations going into Tour 1 in London.
Tour 1- London
With the sun out and top-seeding in their pool Fire 1 made easy work of the Saturday, dispatching Tooting and Devon before a big defensive performance made victory over Scottish side Fusion comfortable. However, the presence of Germany in London and the windy and wet conditions gave Fire 1 a tricky quarter-final against Brighton on Sunday morning. After a slow start Fire 1’s D line finally broke through breaking upwind, then downwind to give them the lead. With neither side’s D quite getting it done, the O lines closed it out and Fire 1 made the semis. Chevron Action Flash have perhaps been the bogey team for Fire 1 in recent times and Fire 1 simply didn’t show up in the semi-final suffering a disappointing loss. A tough game against Inside Rakete (Germany Open) finished the weekend, and despite a couple of big blocks bringing the score back to 14-14 from 12-14 the D line couldn’t make it a hat-trick and lost in sudden death.
Fire 1- 4th
v Tooting Tigers 15-3
v Devon 15-5
v Fusion 15-7
v Brighton 15-11 (QF)
v Chevron Action Flash 7-15 (SF)
v Inside Rakete 14-15
Fire 2 was very much a team getting to know each other at Tour 1 and had the toughest of starts against Chevy, losing big despite taking a lead (1-0..) Fire 2 came out with strong D in a big game against EMO, which was effectively a crossover for top 8. Despite Fire taking a big upwind break EMO hit back and pulled away late on. A disappointing loss meant Fire 2 were a little flat in the final game against Ltd Release, making the game far closer than it should have been. Sunday started with a tight game against Cardiff. While the D struggled to keep up with their fast O our O line was getting to know each other, and some luck at 11-11 when a wiffy break that eluded 3 jumping Cardiff players and magically appeared in the hands of Shimbo helped Fire across the line. The final 2 games of the day were much more impressive coming from behind to beat Tooting (theme of the season?) and dominating Leeds in the last game, with a huge D run making the game 14-7 at one stage.
Fire 2- 9th
v Chevron Action Flash 3-15
v EMO 11-15
v Ltd Release 15-11
v Cardiff Storm 13-11
v Tooting Tigers 15-11
v LeedsLeedsLeeds 15-11
Tour 2- Nottingham
Fire 1 went into Tour 2 looking to improve on the 4th place in London and had avoided GB Open and Chevy in the pools. A big start and an early lead gave a good early victory over Irish visitors Dublin. Then massive deja-vu as the game against Clapham seemed to mirror last year’s Nationals semi. Fire 1 played well, taking half and were up 11-10 before it all fell apart and Clapham took it 15-11. A disappointing finish to a game Fire perhaps should have won against a Clapham side missing players to GB. The hangover continued as Fire were down at half to Brighton before the D line came to the party and Fire were able to secure their place in the semis. After Saturday night’s Magic show the semi-final against GB was another closely fought affair. Again a late Fire surge made the finish exiting after 10-12 had become 13-13, but GB were able to hold their nerve. More deja-vu as the 3v4 game turned into an easy Chevy victory. Fire 1 had come close, but were left disappointed with the whole weekend.
Fire 1- 4th
v Dublin Ultimate 15-8
v Clapham Ultimate 11-15
v Brighton 15-10
v Great Britain 13-15 (SF)
v Chevron Action Flash 10-15
Fire 2 had some momentum from London and despite a few roster changes made easy work of the first game against Man-Up. Two epic pool games followed starting with Burro, who came out firing and took half. At 10-12 down however Fire 2’s D line got hot and 4 points later it was game over. Another game against Tooting followed. It was tense given the possibility of a 3 way tie and given that both sides were playing high- quality O with few turns. A late switch to man D meant Fire pulled it out of the bag with a huge D break to win in sudden death. Sunday meant more of the same, with the O line slotting home (as they had all weekend) against EMO before the D line turned it on late on, and Fire 2 burst into the top 8. Fire 2 then did what the 1 team could not and took half against Brighton, a great effort had them up 11-10, but a couple of point blocks later and Brighton clinched it. Fire started slowly against a small but very fit Fusion squad before bringing it back to sudden death. Again the D line got the turn, but late in the day couldn’t punch it in and Fire 2 suffered a heart-breaking loss despite a good weekend.
Fire 2- 8th
v Man- Up 15-10
v Burro Electrico 14-12
v Tooting Tigers 13-12
v EMO 14-11
v Brighton 12-15
v Fusion 13-14
Tour 3- Cardiff
After losing Schuie, Parslow and Freddie to GB, Fire started the weekend in emphatic fashion by schooling Fusion. However tougher opposition was to follow in the form of GB and then Brighton. The game against GB was close with Fire giving them plenty to worry about with some tough zone play and easing in the O points. However GB eventually showed their class and came back to take the game in sudden death. The Brighton game was more straight forward with another routine victory for Fire. Day 2 brought a semi-final against Chevy which was a tough, well fought match. Both teams traded blows until Fire took a couple of points in a row to take them within touching distance of the final. Chevy had other ideas and brought the game back to sudden death. Fire were on O but we don’t do straight forward! A turnover or 2 later, Baron hucked to Sarje for the winning point resulting in a full on pitch invasion by Fire 1 and 2 – awesome! The final was against GB again but this time they worked the zone better and put on a little poachy D of their own winning the game comfortably.
Fire 1- 2nd
v Fusion 15-5
v GB 13-14
v Brighton 15-12
v Chevron Action Flash (semi) 12-11
v GB (final) 8-15
A late start for Fire 2 meant they were dry for their second crack at Chevy in 2011. However, despite the O line playing well, Fire were never really close. But they were pumped for Clapham and came out firing, Clapham’s O was a mess early doors and Fire took an early lead to the confusion of many spectators, who weren’t sure if Fire had their 1st team out or not. However, Clapham showed their class and Fire couldn’t keep up the good work, despite scoring a Callahan. Full of confidence Fire 2 then crushed Ireland, with zone- D working well. Incredibly, every player on the team had an MVP vote in this game. Sunday started with a tough game against the runny kids from Devon before a solid win against a Fusion side missing a few players. The final game against Brighton however was another classic with both teams trading until Fire pulled out a small lead and gave the O line 2 chances to win it. However, they made it exciting and despite Dino dropping a huck on sudden death (!) the O line closed it out with style, overheads and a big disc to Sicko. A great finish to the season left Fire 2 6th overall at tour, and above GB. Great work lads!
Fire 2- 5th
v Chevron Action Flash 7-15
v Clapham Ultimate 9-15
v Ireland Open 15-10
v Devon 15-11
v Fusion 15-10
v Brighton 15-14
UKU Nationals- Southampton
Fire 1 opened their account at Euros with a convincing win over The Brown, followed by a similar result against Burro, who had wrecked the exciting possibility of a Fire on Fire quarter-final. The semi was a different matter however. Off the back of a tense sudden death game at Tour 3 Fire 1 and Chevy had their nationals re-match as the Saturday night show game. It was close all the way through the first half, but Fire kept their noses in front to take half 8-7. The second half then see-sawed dramatically, with first Chevy then Fire scoring 3 in a row. Fire’s D- line finished strongly, breaking on double game point to Chevy, then turning Chevy’s O on the goaline in sudden death to give them a shot at the final. But it wasn’t to be, an unlucky, easy turn gave Chevy a second chance and they made no mistake. It was an absolutely gutting loss. They secured 3rd place the next day, however, by completing the season sweep over Brighton.
Fire 1- 3rd
v The Brown 15-4
v Burro Electrico 15-4 (QF)
v Chevron Action Flash 13-14 (SF)
v Brighton 15-10
After Tour, Fire 2 felt they might have an outside chance of making Euros, but were set back immediately with a disappointing loss to Burro. Traffic, missing players and a lack of focus cost them big and they struggled to find their best form after. An easy win against Strange Blue was followed by a hard- fought game against Fusion. Fire able to keep it close for the most part but lost touch near the end, meaning their Euros bid was over. They finished Nationals strongly, taking newcomers Bristol apart, but only after another poor defeat, this time to Leeds. The weekend was a real downer, but the season overall had been very encouraging.
Fire 2- 11th
v Burro Electrico 13-15
v Strange Blue 15-9
v Fusion 11-15
v LeedsLeedsLeeds 11-15
v Bristol Ultimate 15-4
European Ultimate Championship Finals (EUCF)- Bruges, BEL
Fire travelled to Euros looking to right some poor recent European showings and with the news that they would play in the Elite division after the withdrawal of Swedish side VIF. They started well in a tough group with a strong showing against reigning champs FAB, keeping it close for much of the game. However, they couldn’t find enough against 7 Schwaben. The silly errors that had crept in all season gave the germans the upper hand and they closed the game out. The unseasonal heat wave was clearly in effect by the end of the first day and a sloppy game with Chevy left Fire bottom of their pool. In the crucial game of the weekend, Fire then played out a close game with german newcomers Bad Skids. Hard man D gave them problems but they hung on to win in sudden death, a tough result to take as Bad Skids went on to finish 5th. Despite taking a strong early lead against Bologna, the game left a bitter taste with calls and arguments dominating the game, meaning , not for the first time in 2011, Fire lost a poorly spirited game to Italian opposition. However, the weekend finished on a high with solid victories against Danish side Raganarok and Finnish side Helsinki, as well as a good showing at the party, with unconfirmed reports that Pops may actually have got some.
Possibly a disappointing result given how close Fire were to beating some top 8 sides, but it had highlighted our need for consistency and belief late into games. A lot of players will be richer for the experience however, and we will be stronger in 2012!
v Flying Angels Bern 12-15
v 7 Schwaben 12-15
v Chevron Action Flash 9-15
v Bad Skids 13-14
v CUSB Bologna 14-15
v Ragnorok 15-12
v Helsinki 15-12
Fire won the first Hamburg Rumble, tournament report by Stu. Nice work boys! The first of many.
So 15 legends (Rob S, Lewis, Stu, Brickers, Freddie, Lee B, Luke H (Woody), Luke R, Luke T, Magic, Parslow, Sarje, Stephan, Tim Burton, Willis) rocked up for Fire's first warm up tournament of 2011. We were welcomed with glorious sunshine and a very handy lift from the airport from Capt Schuie! (which really was handy as we'd all be up since 4am getting the dirty cheap Ryanair flight at stupid O'clock and our first game was in 90 minutes)
First group game: Poland 1 aka Girls Stay Home
A nice and easy first game to start the day. The Poles were without superstar fellow national Luke T (now better known as Toby) but put up a good fight. They were fairly inexperienced and the pressure started to tell after the first few points as throws went wayward and catches were missed. The D was intense (a word I'll be using a lot in the report) and we soon found our rhythm on the offence. One of our goals at the start of the season was to kill off weaker teams and we certainly did that although 3 scores was probably generous even so.
Second group game: Fruhsport (Germany)
Again we steamrollered them. They looked like they had a few decent players but we soon identified them and took them out of the game. A bit of infighting on their part hindered them further and it was over within the first 6-7 points. For some reason they persisted in playing an awful zone all game which I can't remember us turning over against once. Again we kept up the intensity and took them down. A few great blocks from Stu and Brickers were awesome and Sarje brought the house down with a lush high grab. Parslow also took his travelling to a new level but calling it on himself and travelling back to where he came, total bamboozling the Germans (has to be said- he also dropped a clanger. Why? Because he'd already stuck his thumbs up in celebration before the catch... smooth!)
Third group game: Czech 1 aka Silence (Czech Republic)
The Czech national squad had split their team fairly evenly so they were fairly handy but certainly not the full Silence team that we know and have had some difficult battles with last year. We'd had lunch and a fairly long break by this point and given the early start to the day we'd had, the intensity had dropped somewhat before the game. We made a huge effort to get it back up to what it should be in the warm up and boy did it make a difference! We hit them hard with some really strong defence and moved the disc around really well on O. Again we had loud sidelines, noisy celebrations and everyone contributed to what ended up being a comfortable victory.
Fourth and final group game: Heidees (Germany)
This was the game to go, Heidees had beaten all the other teams and so as only the top team was guaranteed a semi final spot, it was a must win game. By now we'd been up for 14 hours and out in hot sunshine. The games were only an hour long but this still took its toll. It was also the first time we'd faced a team who gave us an top of the A tour level game. They had plenty of talent including a few German national team players. They swung the disc to great effect and really made us work for every yard. I think we might have been up at one point but found ourselves 6-7 down and on D. We had a chance to level the scores after a turnover but failed to convert meaning that it was a game to 9. Unfortunately we couldn't force another turnover despite the O line sticking their score in. We also lost Woody who got broken during the game when he tried to mess with Brickers and some German - he couldn't play the rest of the tournament and we wish him all a full recovery soon. Big shout out also to Sarje and Toby who played well and got a big block / nearly got a great grab respectively.
So that meant we were out effectively, or wait did it?? There were 3 groups, 3 winners but 4 semi final spots. It was all going down to the best runner up... Chevy lost their last game too but had also had more difficulty seeing off the weaker teams so they were out of it. The show game decided the third group and the results there went in our favour meaning Fire were the tournaments lucky losers! After some quality inner ring banter in the showers, we headed off to make our beds in the gym provided for us, eat food and went to sleep - a very long day!
Semi Final: 7 Schwaben (Germany)
Where to begin... It poured down during the warm up so the pitchers turned to mud. We warmed up loud and proud with a number of drills and running. It felt good, we were back in the game and pumped to the max. The game started well with a D and a score and our O team putting the disc in to make it 2-0. Then 7 Schwaben upped their game and score a number of O points with ease, really making the most of their Euro blades to frustrate our D. However we adjusted our D to take this out and it left them with very little else. We took a few D points to take the score to something like 7-4 and had a least 3 or 4 chances to get more scores on D but a few errors meant that 7 Schwaben got back in with a sniff. A couple of Fire O points didn't go as planned and suddenly we found ourselves at 8-8 on O in sudden death. The crowd were loving it, the players were caked in mud, the pull was perfect, right in the back corner (after going around and not touching several out of bounds trees!). Magic was a cool as ever though and despite being on stall count 8 without even a first pass, managed to finally get the disc out and to the safe hands of Capt Schuie. Then to Parslow who spotted Freddie going deep. His huck floated a bit too long but Freddie managed to get some incredible air time to snatch it from the defenders grasp. That only got us just outside the endzone so more work was needed and Parlsow thought he'd scored but for a pick. Fire worked it round calmly and when Lewis got the dump, he threw probably his worst disc of the day to the break side of the endzone, floating it high and leaving it open to a D... However, "Super Freddie" wasn't going to let that happen and lept salmon like into the air to take the victory and send Fire into the Final!
The Final: Bad Skids (Germany) Score: 9-8
So the scene was set, a big pitch, a big crowd and a massive game. Schuie won the toss and put us on D in a game with no half-time (brave or genius?). Both teams were pumped and the D was intense! Bad Skids played a zone on us which frustrated our O line leading to the first turnovers of the game when we rushed it and threw hammers that got D'ed. That gave Bad Skids a break and our D line was finding it hard to shut them down, Lewis getting o-so close with a giant layout block over the offensive players shoulder which was fairly called a foul - bugger! Tired legs began to show half way through the game when a great pull went up and only Sarje chased it down, needless to say Bad Skids scored that one but the lesson was learnt - Woody started bollocking everyone and no one likes Woody shouting at them so it got us mad. We started chasing the pull down with renewed vigour and it paid dividends. We cut out their long shots and made them do a lot of work. Then the D's started coming, first from Lewis, although we failed to score that one and then from a rushed long shot which we put in. Our O-line had been working hard too and had tightened up since the early hammers and were scoring more regularly. Freddie even decided it was time to pull out the spinals which worked to great effect, twice! Although I'm sure the only reason the second wasn't D'ed was because the defender wasn't looking the right way as Luke Ryan catch the disc right over his shoulder! (Please note: a spinal in a game that doesn't work will result in 100 push ups...no stopping!). The hard work of our D-line and the consistency of our O-line meant that we'd clawed the game, that should have been lost, back to sudden death. However Fire were on D and Rob's call to take D at the toss was looking a bit shakey. The final point was probably the best team D Fire has ever played. The pull went into their endzone and everyone was down there. The down field cuts were all marked up and no one were getting free. This meant that their 2 handlers had to make at least 6 passes in their endzone until they tried to throw to their big cutter coming under who slipped (probably because he was so tired) and the disc went to ground 5 metres outside the endzone. Lewis took his chance, picking it up and throwing it to Harry for the score, to win the Championship!! It felt so good to have put in all that hard work for the sweetest of victories.
Fire of London - Hamburg Rumble Champions 2011!
However the winning was not over...
Fire also won Spirit!!
Well done to all those players who reacted in the right way, were polite and respectful to the opposition and were generally really well spirited. Its a fantastic achievement to be the best and win spirit and it shows how far the club has come from being the most hated team in European Ultimate just 3 years ago. Special mention to Rob for being an inspirational captain, Lewis for being just inspirational and Stefan for some good warmups and some great warm downs. Well done Fire, the first of many.