|Select questions from our interview with players Peter Koch and Matthew DiFranco:
Talk us through the selection process for your team.
Since Austria has a tight-knit Ultimate community, and most players know each other and have played with and against one another, we opted for a very democratic process. We gathered names of interested players and then polled each player on who they’d like to see on the team, and how large the team should be. Any selection process comes with tough decisions and disagreements, but this seemed to work out well.
How has your team's season gone so far? What tournaments have you played?
We played several tournaments (indoor, grass and beach) and did most of the time quite well (including one victory on grass). The toughest tournament we played was the Bibione Beach Co-Ed Challenge at the end of April. There were a number of national teams prepping for Spain, so we had a good chance to gauge where we are while coming together as a team.
Which teams are you looking forward to playing against the most in Spain and why?
WCBU 2011 saw GB take gold in the inaugural beach mixed masters international, so we are definitely looking forward to taking our best shot at the “defending champs”. But it goes without saying that we have our sights set on the Germans, our natural rivals.
Who do you think will be the big contenders for the title in your division?
Aside from Austria, I’d say that GB and Germany have a solid chance. However, since the division is such a new one, the other nations could very well rise to the top. Spain, France and Belgium all have veteran Ultimate communities capable of fielding a solid mixed masters national team. Expect a lot of close games.|