Day one reportage by Matt:

Brixton arrived at nationals brimming with enthusiasm and lots to prove, and demonstrated this in a fantastic first game against S&L, top seed of the group and 2nd seed nationally. However, after 7 minutes, the score was 3-3 and the game had attracted a great crowd. We cut through their zone very quickly, and continued to break through time and time again. We were also capably able to match them against a strong man. Massive highlights was an epic jumping game from Will who pulled down some great discs against some of the best players in the country without breaking a sweat. As the game went on, S&L started to pull ahead with their long game improving.

Final score 10-5

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Our next game was a rematch with Mustard, we knew exactly what to expect – a consistent offence with a very intense man D. Unfortunately, we encountered similar issues with our offence struggling to get going. However, after a time-out, we started to produce some of our best offence of the season against a very aggressive D. Moving the disc off the line effectively using the weve patterned we had trained. Like the S&L game, we were able to slow Mustard’s offence using our zone, but once we fell onto four on the line, the end-zone was simply too deep to defend against and they were able to score. However, switching into Man Defence, we also produced some of our best defence of the tournament, making them hold onto the disc for minutes at a time. Ultimately, this game was one of the most frustrating of the season, with us simultaneously producing some of our best and worst defence of the season. One day, we will definitely beat Mustard, but unfortunately, Saturday was not that day.

11-4, The score did not reflect some of our quality.

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Now, the game we’ve all been waiting for. Cloud City. Both teams had lost their opening games and had a lot to prove.

This was a compelling game, extremely strong defence by both teams with a great mix of Man and Zone, but both teams able to break through after some hard grafting by some equally strong offence. At the end of the day, the main difference was a couple of unbelievable layout Ds from Rasmus. On a different day, we could have won this game, but unfortunately, this was a narrow loss 8-6.

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After finishing bottom of our group, we had an opportunity to cross up into the middle 8 with a game against our other London rivals, Chesham Kites. Another very exciting game, where Luke was able to run the show using his great jumps. Even when we were 2 points behind, we were able to bring the score close and force them into a cap, unfortunately we could not force another turn, and ended up losing 9-7.

Final score 9-7.

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Day two report from Soni:

Brixton @ UK Indoor Nationals (Day 2)

  1. Prologue

Day 2 (at least for me) began with the iconic sound of the BBC match of the day on the telly at 8am courtesy Ben Lewis and it showed how the premier league title was nearing an interesting finish- we had our own version of ‘finish’ to look after at the Indoor Nationals. Memories of day 1, trouble finding a single restaurant (in the vicinity) that would take us in due to some commercial holiday, Codenames, Snake game & Papa John’s (dinner of champions) was long forgotten. There were the final three games to be played and Brixton got ready to tackle the day head on (Dodgy showers will not dampen our spirits)!

 

  1. Game 1: Jest we forget

Skipper Jon (who was also playing the role of the gaffer) got the team ready and psyched for the first game and ensured everyone knew their roles as there were some last minute changes to the team on day 2. The first point was quite scrappy with four turnovers, but we scored the first point of day 2. We really got into our flow as the game went on and we had an insane zone defence that forced multiple turnovers. Jon was chasing around as if he never had any old age problems! We really turned up the intensity as the game went on and scored our max haul of points in this match and won it well! Some said it was playing for the first time in red, some said it was the ‘Buy one get one free offer’ from Papa John’s, but Jacqui definitely knew that it was her infectious presence in the team that got to them, lest we forget!

Match Stats:

Final Score: Brixton 9 – 5 Jest We Forget

Brixton Scoring Chart:

  • Ant – 5
  • Luke – 2
  • Soni – 1
  • Will – 1

Brixton Assists Chart:

  • Ben – 5
  • Soni – 3
  • Will – 1

 

Game 2: Bristol

We wanted to continue our form from our (task: repeat those last 4 words 10 times rapidly) impressive first game but were weary that our Brixton chant might get them hyped also (well at least some hard of hearing members on their team)! This was a game where we were punished ruthlessly for our low intensity start and at 4 – 0 down we had no choice but to call timeout to get our heads back in the game. This game was definitely way more physical (reminiscent of the Mustard game on day 1) with more calls including a ‘pull smash no grab’ that really looked to spur Luke on from there. We got our zone to start clicking and forced some decent turnovers! Will making sure everyone was aware of his ‘Big D’ on Valentine’s Day! The gaffer also chipped in with some good play and got a good assist despite his old age problems. Jacqui made sure we did not drop our intensity by doing what she does best! Oh and we had our dopamine releasing last second huck and catch just on the buzzer- thanks Ben!

Match Stats:

Final Score: Brixton 58 Bristol

Brixton Scoring Chart:

  • Soni – 3
  • Ant – 1
  • Luke – 1

Brixton Assists Chart:

  • Ben – 4
  • Jon – 1

 

Game 3: JR

After our second game we had a decent 2+ hours break and it was spent rehydrating, reading Arsenal go down to Leicester thanks to Jamie Vardy, gobbling chocolate digestives, reading Leicester go down to 10 men, playing codenames, reading Arsenal getting one back thanks to Walcott, popping blueberries in Jon’s mouth, reading Arsenal score in deep injury time courtesy Welbeck and Soni celebrating a bit too much and hurting his funny bone in the process.

Team Brixton prepared for the final game of the tournament and the gaffer made sure that he gave a strong team talk (without any clichés) for us to realise the occasion and get us together.

JR took the first three points and as soon as we got 1 back, Brixton called a timeout. Ant gave the team as good a hairdryer treatment one can give within 30 seconds. This was a game that had a silly silly start. There were possibly 7 to 8 turnovers in the first point. Both teams were guilty of disjointed play, more so on our side as the score would suggest.

Brixton once again, like many times before, got the zone to be its catalyst towards recovery with some great D work from Will, Ant and Luke in the mid area. Luke and Ant also had some major grabs to move our points forward. There was a massive discussion on an out call with a lot of commotion from people trying to chip in from all over the place. Our opposition showed why they are called jesters as time and time again they were doing the ‘Ronaldinho-no-look pass’ and one of them even had the audacity to launch the disc from between the skipper’s legs! This only increased their unforced errors and we ensured that we would not hesitate in delivering the coup-de-grace when possible!

 

Match Stats:

Final Score: Brixton 6 9 JR

Brixton Scoring Chart:

  • Ant – 2
  • Luke – 2
  • Ben – 1
  • Soni – 1

Brixton Assists Chart:

  • Ben – 3
  • Luke – 2
  • Will – 1

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  1. Epilogue

To append, this was a great tourney for the lads (& lass) to represent Brixton at one of the highest levels of Indoor Ultimate. We kept our seed, avoided the round robin and really demonstrated that we did not get to nationals on a technicality.

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Tournament Awards

MVP – Luke

MIP – Will

 

(Day 2) Brixton Stats Totals

Scoring Chart-

  • Ant – 8
  • Luke – 5
  • Soni – 5
  • Ben – 1
  • Will – 1

Assists Chart-

  • Ben – 12
  • Soni – 3
  • Luke – 2
  • Will – 2
  • Jon – 1

Sergio Aguero Award for Most Points Scored– Ant

Mesut Ozil Award for Most Assists– Ben

 

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