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Ultimate Frisbee was certainly Lancaster’s sporting highlight of the weekend, featuring in both the Carter Shield and the Women’s Indoor Regionals.
On Sunday, all of the colleges gathered in the sports hall in a bid to compete and make it through the qualifying stages to the Carter Shield’s Ultimate Frisbee Finals in a couple of weeks.
It was a great turn out from a large majority of the colleges and a lively atmosphere was thus created. Furness was certainly the most vocal college with regard to enthusiasm and they undoubtedly contributed to the air of college spirit.
The day played out with the colleges being colleges being divided into two qualifying groups. The first group consisted of Pendle, Bowland, Furness, Fylde and Graduate, whilst the second group included County, Grizedale, Lonsdale and Cartmel. The groups all played against each other in eight minute matches, with the top two colleges from each group qualifying for the upcoming final.
From the first group it was clear that Pendle and Graduate were undoubtedly the two stand-out colleges with regard to their performance. The Pendle team finished top of the group and were on form from the start with slick passing and tactical play. Graduate college also showed their dominance by finishing second. Unlike all of the other successful colleges, Graduate had no Fish players (members of the university team) and were severely handicapped as they were only playing with four people as opposed to five, due to lack of a turn out.
In the second group, it was Lonsdale that finished top of the four colleges. They put in an extremely confident performance against the other teams and were particularly quick at scoring the points they did. Grizedale manage to cinch qualification in second place of the group as they comfortably beat both County and Cartmel.
In the grander scope of Ultimate Frisbee news, the Women’s Indoor Regionals was also being played over the same weekend in Sheffield.
There were fifteen teams in the tournament with the potential to qualify for Nationals. Unfortunately for Lancaster, a draw with the hosts meant that they just missed out on the top tier of eight teams as they came off worse in a battle of point difference.
Nonetheless, although the Lancaster women failed to make the top eight, they continued to play well over the rest of the weekend.
Their hard-work and determination certainly paid off as they won the Plate – the prize of the second tier, beating York’s seconds 11-0 in the final.