By saints-ultimate, May 31 2018 03:04PM
Last weekend saw a great display from all teams at Saints Ultimate and a fantastic way for our graduating players to say farewell to the club.
With all three squads hit hard by injury and academic-related unavailability, it was a real challenge - and a triumph!
After the Beast from the East snowed out the regionals weekend across the UK, the women’s division had to host a makeshift regionals on the Saturday morning of Nationals. Despite having such a small team due to injuries and dissertations the team made Division 1 which was a great achievement. Their weekend was filled with many close games narrowly losing out to Huddersfield in making top 8. Even with illness or injuries many came to support the club which showed off the unity in flatball. Those who played really stepped up their game showing incredible determination and spirit throughout the tournament. The women showed off their zone which they’d been working on all season and it didn’t disappoint, providing countless turns. MIP for the weekend went to Chiara Cotronei and MVP went to Gabriela Starek.
The weekend marked history for the men’s first team being their highest placed outdoor position since the beginning of frisbee at St Andrews, following on from last year's second-ever indoor national championship. The team’s offence was clinical, producing high scores such as 13-0 in their opener, and 12-7 against last years champions. Their only two losses over the course of the tournament were both against eventual winners Bath. Despite only having 8 fully fit players (out of only 11 who were able to travel at all!) the boys exceeded all expectations and became the second best team in the UK. After a storming weekend MVP went to Calum “C-mac” MacDonald.
A number of the Men's firsts now sport the full collection of BUCS medals, with this well-earned Silver to add to the 2016 Bronze and 2017 Gold.
The men’s second team came in to nationals with a point to prove, after a hard season playing only first teams in the VERY tough Scottish 1A league (all 3 Scottish teams in div 1 made semis!) and they wanted to show that they could compete at a high level. The ShowGame's preview article had written them off but that didn’t stop all their players giving 100%. Again, with a small squad, the boys pushed themselves and produced iconic victories along the way. This hard work and willpower paid off as they surpassed hopes and finished as the best second team in the UK, at 6th overall in the BUCS Conference Cup (which is effectively division 3 in the UK). The team voted Seb Balch as their MIP and James Leech as the MVP.
All in all, a phenomenal weekend for each of the teams - stay tuned for more great stuff coming your way in September 2018.