On Sunday 12 March, four of the UK’s women’s flag teams will be facing off for a new title, ‘best University-based flag team’. These four teams have been long standing members of the flag community, but also have a history of unpredictability when it comes to game time, largely down to the nature of University sports and dates of game days. We hope the event will lay the foundations for a stronger university flag network, allowing the sport to grow and more teams to establish in other universities across the UK.
With the prospective change of Opal dates moving to the summer, it is important for university teams to keep leagues and games running throughout term dates. This ensures there is enough opportunity for these teams to play competitively and to retain players, key for the growth of the sport.
“Hallam are looking forward to entering this tournament and it’s at the right time of the year for the rookies to have had time to get to know the game so that they can get fully involved!”
After much discussion between the four clubs, a date and location was set to best suit everyone. Briefly, the opportunity for a fifth team from DMU came about, but clashes with their university timetable, contact team and Varsity quickly became clear and they unfortunately decided to step down. This left: University of Nottingham AF, Sheffield Hallam, Warwick Wolverines, and Chichester Golden Arrows.
The tournament will be a simple round robin, in which each team will play each other once and the winner will be decided by the number of games they have won. Games will be the full 40 minutes, and the event will be hosted on the astro turf pitches at the University of Warwick, with the schedule below.
Learn more about the tournament via the Facebook event!