By Kimberly Bond: Teams from all over the country came to Fenton Manor in Stoke-on-Trent to compete in the UK Ultimate Frisbee Open Nationals.
Players from Glasgow to Bristol gathered at the City Road venue to bid to be the UK’s best club.
Ultimate Frisbee or Ultimate is a worldwide sport, which is played by more than 200 teams in the UK.
The competition to be the best is always fierce and the Open Nationals were no exception, with both the mens and the womens games showing off some great skills.
In the mens competitive play, Warwick team Spartans made up of Warwick university alumni, win the trophy.
But Staffordshire had their own triumph when women’s team No Balls Allowed, which has three graduates from Staffordshire University, moved to 7th in the UK after beating off fierce rivalry and losing only three games.
Amy Bennion, who studied Bsc Psychology and Msc Health Psychology at Staffs, is one of the players in the women’s team.
She said: “I think our team performed really well and we exceeded our expectations and beat our original seeding (11th).
“We really enjoyed the tournament and the opportunity to play together again and join forces with players from other universities who we met when we were students.”
The event was also a personal triumph for tournament director Matt Burton, another Staffs graduate, who won the bid to host the Nationals at Fenton Manor.
He said: “Although organising it was quite stressful, I feel the tournament went really well.
“The results are a reflection of how much work the teams have done in terms of fitness, skills and tactics.
“A lot of the players that played in the Open and Womens Finals either do or have played for Great Britain at some level.”
If you want to get involved with Ultimate Frisbee at Staffs, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Staffordshire-University-Ultimate-Frisbee-201112-STOKE/152440531503927 or www.ukultimate.com to find your local team.