The squad has been selected for 2011. Congratulations to those below, this year the standard was very high. The hard work starts now.
Chris Rowlands - Magic
Ian (pops) Popplestone
Nick Curzon - Sicko
Nick Haworth - Junior
Séamas Kinsella - Shimbo
Steve Walton - Smiler
Injured: Matthew Novak
Back during season: Joe Bolton
An email has been sent out to britdisc and here is the summary of what's happening over the winter. . .
Even though last season is only just finished, Fire are already looking ahead to the 2011 open season. We would like to invite open players in the London area who are looking to develop their skills to sessions we are running in the off season, especially players who are enthusiastic about the challenge of playing for Fire and who can help us take the club forward to bigger and better things next season.
There will be plenty of opportunities to come and play with Fire over the winter. We are running floodlit sessions on Tuesday nights in West Ham (East London), are looking to run the occasional Saturday open training session on Clapham Common (South London), as well as competing in London Winter League.
It may be you've got 10 years experience or that you're a budding university player but either way commitment, passion and the desire to improve are what we are looking for at these sessions (and perhaps enjoying the odd shot of Jagermeister!).
When the next session is can be found under Events. Bring a light and a dark top, a disc, and suitable clothing (it will be cold). The session cost will be £3 per person for one session, or £10 for five sessions if you pay in advance. This is to help cover the hire cost of the sweet 3G astro.
Fire 1: We qualified for Euros in Barca, but could have achieved more. . .
Nationals was in Southampton, and wet. We won our first few games easily and made it into the semi-final without having really played, but the same was true for Clapham, our opponent.
In the first half of the semi we were struggling to get turns, and our O-line gave away a few breaks. We were down 8-5 at half and hadn't turned their O-line yet. I can't remember what was said at half time, but it worked. We stepped up our game to our usual standard, and started playing ultimate. In the second half we stopped trying to play zone and just played a hard man D, and went on a roll and went up 11-10. You could feel the shift in momentum, the game was ours! Remember this feeling. This is what we should be feeling every game, all the time. We have shown again and again that we should not be afraid of anyone in Europe. They were playing very short lines towards the end, while we didn't stack a single line. Maybe we should have, but ultimately the target isn't nationals - it's Euros.
Anyways, our O-line made a couple of silly mistakes and let them back into the game, which they then closed out. We were in this game, and at 11-10 I think we should have had a better shot at winning. Next time we'll close out the game rather than them. Enough about this game. We went on and won the 3v4 closer than it should have been, and the Euros qualifier 3v6 also closer than it should have been, but all credit for this goes to our opponents Fusion and Devon respectively for putting up a good fight. So we did what we came for, got our Euros spot and had a few good games. . .
I can't tell you how psyched I am about Euros. It's going to be huge. Let's show what we've got!
Fire 1 at Nationals 2010, 3rd place