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By saints-ultimate, Mar 20 2019 04:07PM

Whew - Another busy few weeks!

Back at Indoor Nationals in February, we once again had some fantastic performances. The Men's team made the quarters despite some key injuries (and with multiple freshers on the team), while the Women's firsts played some great Ultimate but ended up on the wrong side of a few close games before smashing the lower brackets on Sunday.

But the real story is the Women's 2s, who heroically qualified for Division 2 Nationals back in November but then did a whole lot more than make up the numbers! Despite losing the opening game 9-0, our athletic but mostly-fresher team went on a steep learning curve that took them all the way to the Quarter Finals, including a draw against the eventual winners. The futures of both men's and women's teams look bright with so many freshers getting exposure at the highest level.

Women's 2s at Indoor Nationals
Women's 2s at Indoor Nationals

Next up was University Mixed Outdoor Nationals, here in St Andrews, where once again our first team stormed into quarters before losing out to one of the finalists. Our second team joined in the fun, beating multiple first teams on their way to a top-20 finish.

In the BUCS league, our Men's 2nds eventually lost out on promotion behind only Aberdeen (a top 12 team in the UK) with wins over all the other second teams as well as Stirling firsts. The men’s firsts followed up their spectacular win over Strathclyde by dropping rapidly down the league in the midst of a major injury crisis, but pulled it all together with some late-season wins to qualify for the BUCS Trophy – where they will start as strong favourites with all their injured players back in the squad.

And at Women’s Regionals, the women’s firsts overcame terrible weather and a very tough pool draw to qualify once again for Division 1 Nationals, while the women’s seconds smashed it once again and qualified for Division 2. For the third year in a row, we’ll have a great big bus and 3 whole teams all heading down to Nottingham for Nationals on the 13/14 April. Huge thanks to the University who just spent £4,500 on our hotels and transport for this event – truly we are the luckiest club in the world.

And while all this was happening, we got a total of FIVE players selected for their country for this summer’s WFDF U24 Championships in Germany.

Aidan Steer, GB U24 Mixed

Ella Hamilton-Foad, GB U24 Women

Jack Lynch, Ireland U24 Men

Chun Lee (graduated 2018), GB U24 Men

Gabi Starek (Graduated 2018), GB U24 Women

Congratulations to all! (And fingers crossed for the athletes still involved in the trials process for GB U20s!)

By saints-ultimate, Jan 16 2019 04:01PM

A quick recap as we hurtle towards the second half of the year...

For the very first time, Saints won ALL THREE of the beginners events back in October - triumphing in both Edinburgh Beginners (for the 3rd time in 6 years) and Glasgow One Day (for the 4th time in a row!) and finishing joint 1st at Stirling Tune Up after the final was cancelled in bad weather.

Also for the first time anyone can remember, the indoor 1st teams qualified for ALL THREE indoor Nationals Division 1s, in Men's, Mixed and Women's. We then sent a team of freshers down to Mixed Nationals to get experience when our squad from qualifiers was largely unavailable, and they excelled themselves by competing well when up against the best the rest of the UK had to offer, even beating Glasgow in an exciting final game. Men's and Women's Indoor Nationals will both take place in February 2019 and preparations are underway, with everyone returning for January Preseason a week before term starts.

Once again, Saints have also stepped up to represent their country, with both Aidan Steer (GB Mixed U24) and Jack Lynch (Ireland Open U24) already selected to play in the WFDF U24 Championships in Germany this summer, while a number of other players, both male and female, are also trialling for GB U20s and U24s at the end of January.

Onwards and upwards!

Our fantastic beginners squads in Edinburgh (1st, 5th and 12th out of 20)
Our fantastic beginners squads in Edinburgh (1st, 5th and 12th out of 20)
Our big outdoor result of the semester - coming from 11-8 down for the win!
Our big outdoor result of the semester - coming from 11-8 down for the win!
Men's outdoor 2nd team smashed it - and we even entered a 3rd team!
Men's outdoor 2nd team smashed it - and we even entered a 3rd team!

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.

By saints-ultimate, Apr 9 2018 10:03AM

Confirmation came in this week that the Saints once again have THREE squads heading down to BUCS Nationals in Nottingham on 21st April. Both the Men's and Women's Firsts will compete for a national title, while the men's seconds are one of only three 2nd teams to qualify for the Conference Cup, along with 7 English 1st teams.

The Athletic Union are currently busy booking transport, accommodation (and the wonderful Premier Inn breakfasts that we so look forward to at Nats) for an absurd number of people. All hail the bottomless pit of BUCS knockout funding! :-)

By saints-ultimate, Apr 5 2018 09:00AM

Yesterday saw our AGM of 2018! It was a huge turnout so thank you to everyone who came along. The new committee elected for 2018/19 is as follows:

President - Max Triebnigg

Women's Captain - Ella Cherokee Hamilton-Foad

Open Co-Captain's - Aidan Steer & Jack Lynch

Treasurer - Maren Seelert

Tournament Convenor - Fraser Park

Secretary - Sarah Graham

Social Secretary - Shona George

Charities and Outreach Officer - Mattea Hazel

Marketing and Press Officer - Morgan Curran

Social Captain - Matt Graham

We also awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership to:

Katie Burns,

Andrew Boyce,

Keith Fingland,

Lochlan Fisher,

Ryan Moar

A huge congratulations to everyone elected committee positions or awarded Lifetime Memberships. Next year is an exciting time for the development of the club, with some fantastic ideas in the pipeline. Watch this space!

#EverToExcel #GoSaints

By saints-ultimate, Mar 9 2018 11:00AM

Yesterday saw a great day of Ultimate for the Men's 1st and 2nd teams, both playing FarFlung - Glasgow University Ultimate 1's in their BUCS fixtures.

The glasgow indoor team were National Indoor champions back in February (see pic) and all but one of those players - including St Andrews alumnus (and former YCC champion) Julian Grant - travelled over (plus the rest of their outdoor squad). That counts as a challenging opponent by any measure!

For the 1sts, it was the final BUCS Wednesday game of the season. After starting slowly and finding ourselves 4-1 down, we took half at 8-7 and went on to win comfortably 13-10. It was a really intense but fun game, and the win ensured a 2nd place finish in the league and a spot at Division 1 Nationals later this year.

Glasgow stayed in St Andrews to play our 2nds on the same day, rtaher than travel again for a separate match, and very nearly regretted it as the game turned into one for the ages. With both teams pulling out some great plays throughout the game and the momentum swinging from one team to the next, it was Glasgow who eventually took a close win, 11-9. Despite the loss, the 2nds are not disheartened after playing some of the best Ultimate of their season so far and pushing such an excellent Glasgow team to the very end.

By saints-ultimate, Feb 16 2018 03:24PM

This week we are celebrating the amazing women we have in our sports teams at the University of St Andrews as part of #ThisBUCSGirlCan. Last weekend, we had 2 teams in Aberdeen competing in Woman's Regionals, and both teams proved #TheseGirlsCan.

Our 1sts played some unbelievable ultimate to finish in 5th place, qualifying for Indoor Nationals!! It was an fantastic team performance from the squad, but MVP went to Janis Thomas and Emma Landes for their consistency and great play throughout the weekend.

Our 2nd team also had an incredible weekend finishing in 8th position as the highest placed 2nd team (even beating 1st teams!). MVP for the weekend went to our resident University of St Andrews Hockey Club star Anna Hall.

A huge well done to both teams for a fantastic result, Nationals here we come! A big thank you to those at Aberdeen University Ultimate Frisbee Club - Mojo for running such a smooth tournament :)

By saints-ultimate, Feb 16 2018 03:21PM

It's the time of year for Indoor Regionals, with mens happening last weekend and womans this weekend coming.

Saints Ultimate had 3 teams competing in the mens division, with all 3 finishing strong. The 1sts, despite missing 4 key players, comfortably qualified for Division 1 Nationals and finished in 4th place after an undefeated Saturday. The 2nds finished in 11th place after a couple of unfortunate universe point losses to strong 1st and 2nd teams alike, and the 3rds finished in 15th (the 2nd highest finishing 3rd team at the tournament!). A very strong showing from all involved.

The women have 2 teams heading up to Aberdeen tomorrow morning, and will be battling it out to try and finish in the top 4 and qualify for Nationals. We wish them the best of luck for the weekend, we're sure you'll crush it!

For updates on their progress, follow along on Twitter (@UStAUltimate) or add us on snapchat (FlatballUlti).

By saints-ultimate, Feb 16 2018 03:18PM

We had amazing time at Glasgow 1 Day last weekend, with all our teams absolutely smashing it! We had 4 teams representing the Saints at the warm-up tournament on Saturday. Our Womens 1sts came 5th in their division, Mens 1sts 6th, Mens 2nds finished 11th and our Beginners Team won their division!

Fantastic results from all teams, but especially to our beginners who have come back with silverware after all 3 tournaments they have entered.

Glasgow 1 Day marks the end of the warm-up tournaments for a little while as we move into qualifying events, with Mixed Regionals first up this weekend. We wish both teams travelling to Edinburgh on Saturday the best of luck. Many thanks to FarFlung - Glasgow University Ultimate for organising such a fantastically run day!

By saints-ultimate, Feb 2 2018 10:00AM

Congratulations to our Men's 1st Team who, with the win over Edinburgh last night, have achieved 20 consecutive BUCS League wins. This is by FAR the longest steak in the UK, in by FAR the the most competitive regional league.

A huge thank you to the Saints of past and present who have worked to achieve this record-setting benchmark, and to the continued support of @SaintsSport in helping us come this far.



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