NZMUC 2017 Preview:
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Tournament hosts, Hammertron Prime are hoping to wow with both their on-field and logistical skills. Not an easy task by any means.
Give us a short history of your team
The Hammertron club has been around in various forms for a long time, dating back to the Hobbling Hobbits and KapowBOP. The current club has been steadily growing and improving over the last 6 years, and fielded 2 teams at NZMUC for the first time last year.
If you're a returning team, who's in and who's out from last years (or previous years) side?
We've lost a number of very experienced players from last years team, including our coach Hamish Furniss, Leon Keefer, Dan Laughlin and Tim Germann. Overall only half of last years team is returning, we have lost some to retirement, some to other teams, and others who we were happy to be rid of (traitors!). We've added a number of new and developing players with a look to strengthen the teams performance in the years to come.
What are your goals for the tournament?
We are the joint hosts with Waikato Ultimate, so we're aiming for everyone to have a great tournament. We finished in the top 8 last year so we're hoping to maintain or improve that position, while teaching our newer players to compete at a high level.
How would you sum up your team in 3 words?
huck, hope, party
Who should we be looking out for?
Our Captain Kelly Carter has represented NZ at the last 2 worlds events, in London on grass and in France on the beach. Her range of throws and coolness under pressure make her the foundation around which the team is built. With 11 new players there are lots to look out for. Special mention to Lucas Willcock and Maringi Hogan, who are both still at high school and have developed a lot in the last 6 months, watch to see them bossing out on the D line. Michael Downey has also been working hard at training, on and off the field. Look out for some focused and determined defense, and strong counter attack.