U Frisbee – Mixed IVs Reports
On Saturday 28th February, UCC sent two teams to Mixed Outdoor Intervarsities in Maynooth. For UCC1, the day began with a win against UCDY. This game allowed us to settle into the tournament and begin to play with the kind of confidence that we wanted to show all day. Our second game of the day was against NUIG. They really pushed us to work hard on defence and to use our plays and be clinical on offense. They put some well worked points together, using both girls and lads to great effect. In the end, it showed that we had worked hard in the lead up to the tournament to gel as a team, and we pulled away to win the game by a comfortable margin.
Next up was UCD1 in the semi-final. The strength of the UCD side and the worsening weather conditions meant that we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. This certainly ended up being the case. The game was incredibly tough, with both teams playing with huge intensity and showing how much they wanted the win. UCD really punished us with their deep game, getting a lot of joy from some great hucks. This allowed them to pull ahead early in the game. However, we refused to let this rattle us and continued to play the kind of mixed ultimate that we’d been playing all day. We worked the disc well up the pitch, especially against their zone defence. Everyone put in really strong performances yet we found ourselves trailing 9-6. The final buzzer sounded and we scored the next point to make it 9-7 to UCD, game to 10. In a series of hard fought points where both teams worked hard on offense and defence, we managed to bring the game to 9-9 and universe point. This was one of the longest points of the game, with flashes of brilliance and excruciating drops from both sides making it very difficult for everyone, especially the players on the side-line! We eventually managed to clinch the victory with a great layout grab from Tommy. We were understandably ecstatic to come through such a difficult game. Spirit throughout the game was commendable, as plenty of calls were made but both teams showed great respect and communication to resolve them.
Naturally, the adrenaline was pumping after the semi and, as the game had run over, we were immediately up to face UL1 in the final. Having such a battle in the semi-final really stood to us in the final. We forced UL to swing the disc a lot and put big pressure on the handlers, forcing several turns. We played really hard defence to shut down their deep option and stayed calm when we were on offence. Our defence made it hard for UL to work the disc up the pitch through their cutters and resulted in a final score of 13-3, which did not really reflect the efforts of a good UL side. We ended the day with the victory we wanted and finished joint third in spirt.
MVP Male – Matthew Feely (overall MVP & MVP of the final)
MVP Female – Aoife Blake
MSP Male – Matthew Feely
MSP Female – Aoife Blake (overall MSP)
A-Game – Dave O’ Regan
By Michelle Leahy
Saturday the 25th of February 2015 saw 2 UCC teams travel to Maynooth for Mixed Outdoor IVs. UCC2 was a beginner heavy team and for many of us, this was our first ever outdoor tournament. Arriving just in the nick of time, we rushed to the pitches for our first game against DCU2. We got off to a shaky start, the lack of a warm up leaving us a bit frazzled. However, after a few minutes we really settled into the game and got used to playing with one another. After trading points for the first half of the game we gradually began to pull away from the opposition following some lovely hucks from Shtinger and some great end zone grabs from our captain Doireann. DCU2 still kept up their intensity and the match finished with a final score of 13-5.
In our next match we faced a very strong and experienced UL team who eventually went on to finish 2nd overall in the tournament, losing out only to our own UCC 1st team. This was without a doubt our most challenging match of the day and UL’s strong defence coupled with their clinical offence proved to be a little too much for our relatively inexperienced team. The final score was a disappointing 13-1, however, everyone agreed that we had gained a lot of valuable experience from this game.
After lunch we met another DCU team, DCU1 this time. Here, both teams were very evenly matched and it made for a very exciting and competitive game. After trading for the first few points the DCU team began to pull away, the experienced players throwing some massive hucks to one another and seemingly forgetting about their more inexperienced players. Undaunted by this, we came back fighting, but still making sure to include all of our players! We managed to get some lovely scores thanks to great handling from Teph and Fiachra and some great cuts and grabs from both Aaron and Sinead. Alas, this was just not enough to catch up and the game ended with a respectable score of 10-12.
By the time out last match came around, the weather had taken a turn for the worst. Gale force winds and hailstone lead to a challenging and low-scoring match against a strong Maynooth team. We were determined, however, to not to let the weather get the better of us and we went on to play what turned out to be our best game of the day. It was our patient offence and aggressive defence that really gave us the upper hand in this match. The game finished with a final score of 7-5.
After a long, cold and tiring day we were wrecked and more than happy to be returning to Cork having gained lots of experience and finishing in 7th place over all.
MVP: Shane Walsh
MSP: Doireann Ni Mhuimhneachain
By Emma Healy