UCC Ultimate Frisbee

Kate Daly

Early morning on Saturday the 9th of March, UCC Ultimate Frisbee’s women’s team arrived in University of Limerick’s Sports Ground ready to take on the best teams from Ireland and Great Britain at the Siege of Limerick competition. The Siege of Limerick is a staple event in the Ultimate Frisbee calendar and the UCC Ultimate Ladies team had a point to prove. UCC were originally predicted to finish in 6th place but were promoted in the rankings to 3rd before the tournament started .

The girls got off to a roaring start in their first game against local rivals UL. Despite the wind making throws difficult, the girl’s experience and class shone through, winning the game 8-2. without even a game off to recuperate and recover, our UCC Ladies came into their next game versus Galway. The wind picked up slightly and coupled with a few slight injuries, this game is became more difficult game than the first. UCC still managed to come out on top, beating the opposition with a 5-3 win.

With two games off to rest, UCC Ladies faced favourites to win, Reading Ultimate from the UK. The weather tamed in the afternoon and the girls were finally able to display the plays and skills they had been working on. Their determination, hard work and ability saw them sail through the game, 13-5, taking the top seed heading into their final game of the day.

UCC Ladies were back bright and early on Sunday morning looking to face local Cork club, Rebel Ultimate. Despite the sight of very familiar faces on the opposition the Girls once again came out on top with a 12-2 victory.

Having gone undefeated on Saturday, taking 1st seed, and beating Rebel Ultimate meant that the girls had earned a semi-final spot. They were facing their biggest challenge yet, Great Britain’s U24 Women’s team. Team GB are competing at World’s this summer and UCCs game against them was possibly the worst wind conditions of the weekend. Never a team to back down from a challenge, UCC got stuck in from the get-go, taking an early lead, going 3-1 up. Great Britain came back biting, going on a four-point run to take the lead 5-3.  Despite losing their early lead and facing the best players Great Britain had to offer, UCC girls never backed down, clawing back 2 points in gale-force winds to bring the score to 5-5, next point wins. UCC gave it everything they had, emptying their tanks, and putting their bodies on the line for each and every throw. The effort and determination paid off when the girls slotted in the final score to take the victory over team GB, 6-5.

After winning their hard-fought semi-final, the girls were tired beyond belief, and had exceeded their expected final placement. After picking up some injuries, worn out and without much energy, the UCC Women collected themselves together and got ready to face the current All-Ireland Champions in the battle for first place, Gravity Ultimate from Dublin. UCC put in immense  effort but their undefeated streak unfortunately came to an end, losing the final 13-2.

The UCC club are largely represented at national level. For more information on the club and members on Irish squads you can check out ultimate.ucc.ie