The AAA Class leaderboard featured several of the UK teams who will compete at the World Cup 2013 next week, and the Sun Path Products NSL News will follow up with more information on this topic later.
The Hibaldstow Cup is traditionally a good opportunity for UK teams to collect additional competition experience ahead of the UK Nationals, which will take place at the same place in a few weeks. It will be a busy month for the teams in the UK delegation for the World Cup.
Hibaldstow Cup 2013 Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Total Avg Rank Rookie B,K,E C,F,Q O,G,D M,H,P L,N,J A,O,K Total Avg 1 Fly Wild (UK) 12 14 11 15 9 11 72 12.0 2 Justice for Hoops (UK) 4 5 5 5 4 5 28 4.7 3 Team Meteor (UK) 8 1 2 7 6 3 27 4.5 4 4Saken (UK) 3 3 4 4 2 3 19 3.2 5 Tetramorphic (UK) 4 4 3 1 3 3 18 3.0 6 Tragic Skydogs (UK) 1 0 5 5 0 5 16 2.7
There was no serious competition for Fly Wild for the gold medals, while the race for the silver medals ended up with a 1-point advantage for Justice for Hoops.
The team's coach Gordon Hodgkinson reported that Fly Wild is based at the Wild Geese Skydiving Centre. He was onsite at Hibaldstow to guide the team through their first 4way competition. He said that only Nadine Bibby had previous 4way experience with a scratch team. Well Wild had attended the Hibaldstow Cup and the UK Nationals in 2012.
Coach Gordon Hodgkinson said that the team had three hours of wind tunnel training. Bad weather was "scuppering their training dates", and Fly Wild arrived at Hibaldstow with only 18 team jumps. However, the team was still well prepared, as Gordon Hodgkinson explained: "The team's dedication to creeping and homework has been impressive, and it stood them in good stead when they did get in the air."
Fly Wild will make the long car and ferry journey back to Hibaldstow again in three weeks to attend the UK Nationals.