Location: St Albans
Date: 1/2 June 2013
Opponents: The B Tour

Game 1: Glasgow Ultimate vs Fusion

The big derby, both teams keen to prove that they are the best in Scotland. Both teams came out to prove that there is a difference from playing at Stirling to playing at tour, and they did. Both teams had some excellent plays, and excellent flow that many A-tour teams would have been proud of.

However there can only be one winner and Glasgow managed to edge it in the 2nd half after trading for most of the game and taking it 13-11.

 

Game 2: Glasgow Ultimate vs Zimmer

The new vs the old is what it could really come down to, the experience of Zimmer matched up against the youth of Glasgow (apart from Phil & Shaun). It was again a close game with both sides very evenly matched, Glasgow had the legs but Zimmer had the experience and the throws. It made it a very interesting game to watch and take part in. But all credit to Glasgow they dug deep in universe point to take the game 15-14.

Described by those on the pitch at the end as the match of the tournament it is not hard to see why by the score line.

 

Game 3: Glasgow Ultimate vs EMO 2

Expecting a big game from EMO hearing of their success against other teams in our group Glasgow came out to win. EMO showed us what 5 months of fitness was all for making us run hard and push already tired legs a little further. In a contrast from the last game Glasgow showed their experience and cool head to take the back to back game 15-6.

3 from 3 and we top our group to go to the quarter finals.

 

Game 4: Glasgow Ultimate vs Reading

If there was ever a wakeup call that we were in the quarter finals it was on Sunday morning matching up against Reading. Reading came out hard and pushed Glasgow and rattled the heads of ‘The top 4’ with throwaways and silly drops letting Reading get into the game. But Glasgow is not a group of individuals and some excellent performances from the rest of the team the dragged the now ‘disappointing top 4’ through to a comfortable win, 15-10.

 

Game 5: Glasgow Ultimate vs Manchester

Like the Zimmer game this was a very close encounter, however it was also very different. Both teams were evenly matched in all areas of the game, both had the throws, both had ambitions, both teams willing to fight.

Much like the Reading game Glasgow’s regulars pulled the team through with no single individual performances shining through but the team working as a unit making solid decisions and converting points. However Manchester were also doing the same, probably more so taking half 8-5. So Glasgow dug deep and went on a D roll bringing the game back to a Universe point. A tense affair, a guaranteed place in A-tour at stake and a place in the final, but no need to be alarmed Glasgow were not about to give up now taking the game and earning a place in the Final.

 

Game 6: Glasgow Ultimate vs Zimmer

We have been here before, game of the tournament last time in the groups Glasgow winning 15-14. But this time it was the final. Like in many of our games of the weekend Glasgow went down, fighting to stay in the game, fighting to keep those hopes of glory alive. Glasgow is a fighting club and we fought back, but the experience of Zimmer shone through taking the correct decisions and converting their chances, taking the final 15-13.

 

Highlights of the weekend have to be the fact that in every game we showed a will to win. A burning desire to go out and give the other team a taste of pain, no matter if we were ahead or behind. Key performances from everyone on the team over the weekend contributing to us winning games when other players were underperforming, and an attitude of friends who want to compete, enjoy, win and have fun.

That’s why no matter where you are in the country and no matter how good/bad, tall/small, old/young, Scottish/other you are when asked what team you want to play for, there can only be one answer.

Glasgow Ultimate.

 

Report by Number 4 in the Top 4 Jonny Ferry.

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limerickattack February 22nd saw the initial advancement of the Glaswegian force heading towards Limerick, Ireland. The troops assembled in Dublin, dropped off courtesy of the air regiment where we proceeded to retrieve our chariots for the weekend. After splitting Glasgow company into our zafira and ‘roomy’ micras we marched into the night reaching our informant, who kindly put us up for the night.

limerickpitches 0700 hr rise. Final preparations began for the assault as we donned our sexy new kit and rode to the battleground.

Our first test: the Maynooths. D lines and O lines set, we made our initial push. A strong, steady score of points collected, with a few lucky interruptions. Glasgow win 13-4.

Next were the Ninjas. With their spirits high we had to maintain a strong sideline presence but they proved little contest to our pressure defence. Another win, 13-2.

This left us with our final pool game against another invading party, Nuts from Amsterdam. Their experience proved more troublesome to deal with but we kept our heads in the game, taking it to sudden death. Corporal Hudson pulled off a ridiculous layout grab at the second attempt to close out a close win 13-12.

So after battling through our pool, we were left with the final game of the day. The crossover. The fate of this game would decide whether we would have a shot at the big boys on Sunday, and of course we were looking for total domination. Entering the game pumped from inspiration from our captains, we hit the game hard. Trinity looked down, but were most certainly up for a fight. With many clutch grabs and big d’s the game drew out the final seconds, ending with Glasgow victorious, 13-8. We’re in the big league.

keep-calm-and-screw-it-mosh-pit After coming away from four for four, the troops celebrated with a bit of downtime. The local watering hole provided live entertainment, courtesy of Rusty Fixtures. Brilliant. This was then followed by a DJ set gone wild. A few of the boys headed into the dance floor ready to jam when the beginning of RAGE came on. We could feel the apprehension building, the testosterone filling, with the seal of fate coming from a random gangsta – ‘Are we doing this?’. Boom, the beat drops resulting in a full blown mosh pit!

Sunday saw the troops falling back into rank, ready to brave the final line of defence. The Irish sent out their best infantry – the under 23’s. This was for taking 1st seed, and the Irish were determined to keep it. Big points proved tough defence on both sides. Ireland went up two points, before our offence got on track but perhaps this was too late. Glasgow suffered their first loss in sudden death 6-5.

The games loss drained morale. We could see how close we were to taking it. But the team needed a boost. This called for goal hack!

limerickteam Next brigade was Rebel X. This was probably on par for most intense game of the weekend with the U23’s, but was most certainly the one that solidified us as a team. Rebel came out firing hot while our heads were still low. Popping the discs in, they took a 6-1 lead. On the brink of giving up the half, Glasgow could take no more. Beast mode: Engaged! We brought out block after block to bring it back to sudden death.

The d line had one last challenge and we rose to it with Doug making a fantastic layout catch, finishing in an assist! Absolute high, 13-12.

limericklesssensible This pushed us on to our last game for taking 5th, against Rebel X’s brothers: Rebel Y. We put up a big fight but unfortunately Y remained solid throughout their game and stood up to our man defence, sealing the game at 13-9.

Overall, we came away with 5 wins from 7. Very respectable for our teams first tournament I think. I’m very excited to see how the team progresses over the season and I’m sure we’ll be able to pack a punch at Tour 1.

Highlights/lowlights outside of frisbee include:

  • Hypothermia endured by all in our hosts house. Swear I seen a tumbleweed too.
  • Pointy grab foot hand ball game.
  • Instigating mosh pit and crowd surfing then leaving.
  • Peter carrying all his luggage on himself, including boots.
  • Kev’s need for longer sleeves for MVP stars.
  • Tom’s goal hack ‘skills’ leading to his forfeit of waddling half a pitch in his boxers.
  • Doug’s attempt to checking in 1 minute late leading to a 60 quid surcharge.
  • Free Whiskey at Prestwick Airport
  • Eating Dutch biscuits
  • Peters Fluffy Bunnies and odd socks
  • Winnie the pooh crowd surfing and finding Tigger
  • The wee fight in the corner of the pub

Tom was very excited to be in Ireland.

The ‘Ultimate’ highlight – winning from 6-1 down against Rebel!!

Well done to everyone on the team, made for a fantastic weekend. Special congratulations to the MVP’s.

MVP awards:
Defence – Tom
Offence – Shaun

Report written by Lance Corporal Marky.

We held our AGM a couple of weeks ago on the 2nd of November. We reviewed the past year and set out a number of goals for the coming season. The highlights were:

  • Glasgow Ultimate will attempt to have an open team this year that trains regularly and competes in the UK open season
  • New Kit this year
  • Finding alternative winter training facilities
  • Running a schools tournament
  • Running an “Ultimate summer camp”
  • Running a showcase Scottish outdoor tournament
  • Club Elections

Please take a look at the full document here:

2012 AGM minutes

If you have any feedback/anything to add please get in touch with glasgowultimate@gmail.com

Scottish indoor open club regionals was held Nov 12th and 13th in Edinburgh this year with Glasgow sending two teams to compete for the four indoor nationals qualifying spots on the line. Glasgow 1 entered the tournament seeded 3rd and drawn into a pool with Mother Huckers (aka Dundee 2), Sneekys 2 of Edinburgh, and Mojo 1; while Glasgow 2 was seeded 15th and placed in a very tough pool along with Ro Sham 1, Black Eagles, and Abstract.

Saturday:
Glasgow 1 started pool play with a convincing 13-4 win over Mother Huckers. Next up was Sneekys, who traded points with us early, before we stepped up the D to pull away for the straightforward 11-7 win. Our final pool play game was against Mojo, who also entered the game with 2 wins, meaning first place in the pool and an automatic spot in the quarterfinals was on the line. Glasgow made the most of the opportunity, storming out to a quick 5-0 lead, before cruising to the 10-5 win, first place in the pool and a spot in the quarterfinals Sunday morning.

Glasgow 2’s first pool game was a tough one against Ro Sham 1 losing 13-2. Next up was an even harder game against the eventual champions Black Eagles. Despite the tough competition, Glasgow 2 showed up to play in this game, fighting hard with tons of specular Ds and an efficient O, pushing the Eagles right to the end before eventually losing 9-7. Last up was Abstract, a game Glasgow 2 needed to win in order to make crossovers. Unfortunately Glasgow came up just short again, leaving them to play in the placement games on Sunday.

Sunday:
Due to a scheduling quirk Glasgow 1 played Sneekys 2 again in our quarterfinal. Feeling somewhat annoyed that we had to play the same team a second time so early in the tournament, and that we should have handled them more easily in pool play, we came out to prove a point. As a result Glasgow 1 absolutely dominated the game in every respect rolling to a big 12-2 win. This set up a semifinal again Dundee 1. Entering the game having not been truly tested yet, Glasgow came out flat and made a few mistakes leaving us down a couple points early on. This allowed Dundee to switch to their soul destroying zone D in order to slow the game down, and while we fought hard our lack of practice against the zone meant we could never really get ourselves back into the game, ultimately losing 7-3. Despite the setback, Glasgow 1 came back strong in the 3rd place game against Stirling. Glasgow never trailed in the game, and despite letting Stirling twice fight their way back into the game, managed the 8-7 win. As a result, Glasgow 1 finished third, maintaining our initial seeding and grabbing one of the 4 Scottish region spots in indoor nationals to be held on Jan 28 and 29 in Stoke-on-Trent.

Glasgow 2 continued to play hard on Sunday and after losing their first game of the day came back with a big win over Mojo 2. While they lost their final game of the day, it still left them seeded 14th, one better than their original seed. More importantly, Glasgow 2 showed the true colours of Ultimate in Glasgow bringing home the spirit award!

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Overall it was a great tournament for all involved, and no doubt Glasgow 1 will be looking to make some noise at nationals!

We held our AGM a couple of weeks ago on the 15th of November and discussed what we are aiming to achieve as a club over the next few months. Please take the time to read through the minutes, especially if you were assigned a responsibility at the meeting.

The main points covered were:

  • Coaching in schools
  • Additional training and training facilities
  • Coaching in schools
  • Away kit
  • Club elections

You can read the full document from the link below:

Meeting Summary

In 2008 a band of Frisbee vigilantes took an oath to revolutionise and dominate the indoor game and to never play a quarter final sober. In 2010 they succeeded.

2010 Season:

UK Indoor National Champs

UK Mixed Indoor National Champs

Mix and Mingle Champs

With home advantage at UK Nationals, DiscMen were able to sweep aside their old foes Old Skool (twice) and romp to victory in the final against Fully Charged (losing finalists 3 years in a row….ouch). The home crowd went wild! The mixed season brought more silverware as DiscMen once again taught everyone in Sheffield how to win, party and generally live their lives. We went in to Mixed Nationals as favourites and did not dissappoint. Bears were the opponents in the final and we knew they would be tough after fighting out a draw against them on the first day. Bears went up by 3 with 6 minutes to play but swift offense and cool heads brought the game to Sudden Death. DiscMen forced a turnover and sealed the win and a double National championship. Undefeated in 2010.

Add to these victories Far Flung dominance at mixed uni nationals and the spectacular arena that is Toryglen, it is no wonder why Glasgow is now regarded as the spiritual home of indoors. Lately we have competed indoor tournaments as Glasgow, but the heroes and villains of DiscMen are still out there, waiting for a time when the world needs them again…

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After a successful inaugural season, the Principality of Sealand returned to the UK mixed Tour to do battle with their English foes. In 2009 Glasgow managed to send a team to every event, in 2010 we managed to send 2!

Tour 1 began brightly with wins over Don’t Let Go and BAF that put the Sealanders within touching distance of the semi finals. In what was effectively a quarter, Bear Cavalry ran out 6-0 up in the first half. A brave fight back to 9-8 was followed by a mammoth point lasting over 10 minutes. Despite getting the disc over the goal line twice, it was Bears that finally converted and took the win and Sealands Sunday slump relegated them to 10th. Tour 2 saw the Principality slip back in to the top eight following another thrilling comeback and sudden death victory (by now a trademark) against Peeps. 7th overall. Nationals was another mixed bag of results, we had another close game against Bears but threw it away in the second half and took Brighton to sudden death in our best performance of the season. So close to making semi-finals again but tired legs on Sunday and we finished 11th.

This years foreign adventure took us to Amsterdam for 6 days of debauchery and the Windmill Windup tournament. 5 of our 8 games went to sudden death, again we lost narrowly to semi final contenders and ended 11th. The final victory against Ultimate Delux was one of the most spirited performances ever witnessed on the Frisbee field.

In 2011 we will compete in the mixed tour as Glasgow and return to Windmill for more fun and games. However, this may not be the last you see of the Principality…

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Fusion are Scotlands elite open team made up from the top players around the country including several from Glasgow. In 2008 the squad split into two separate teams (East and West) in order to expand our numbers and promote player development. In 2009 the move paid off with a top 8 finish at Euros.

2010 and Fusion faced another challenge to rebuild. Star players had left for the big lights of London and it was up to a small core of accomplished veterans and talented rookies to carry the torch. Though the light shone dim during another inconsistent tour season (8th, 5th, 10th), the flame ignited as Fusion once more impressed at UK Nationals and EUCF in Spain.  Fusion took a squad of 10 players to UK Nationals in Southampton, finally got a victory over Brighton for the first time that season, topped their group and earned a place in the live broadcast semi final against Chevron. A brave Fusion performance but Chevron took a lead just before half and managed to hang on to it. This was followed by a sudden death loss to Fire and another victory over Brighton to secure a place at European Championships for the 5th year out of 6. Day 1 of EUCF Spain again exposed inconsistencies in a team that had barely trained together. Crushed by Skoggs, an overwhelming victory over Feldrenner and a narrow defeat against the Fins was enough to put Fusion through to the quarters in a 3 way tie.  Quarter final opponents Freespeed found it hard to make their athleticism count against an energetic Fusion squad, but in the end they made a couple less mistakes. Fusion eventually finished 8th, matching the performance of 2009. The tournament also spawned the inaugural annual Fusion scavenger hunt and fish fight. Fusion MVP 2010 was won by Shaun Webb.

Fusion are already preparing for 2011 with a more focused attitude on training and development that should see this talented squad finally fulfill their potential and probably win Nationals.
Trials will begin in February.
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The Glasgow based division of Fusion began their campaign with Tour 0, a qualification event to make the top division at Tour. Hoping to emulate their A Tour adventures in 2008 the team had to finish in the top 6 to make the grade again for 2009. Although the core of the team still existed, West had picked up a lot of newbies for the season. Saturday was a learning experience for everyone involved as we worked on new plays, consolidated structures and finally developed a team that looked comfortable playing against a zone. On Sunday the team really gelled and we finished 3rd overall, dominating against every team apart from Leeds and going to the A tour seeded 10th.

Inconsistencies showed at Tour 1. After destroying the Brown we lost out in a 3 way tie putting us bottom of the group and were eventually relegated from the A tour by Strange Blue.

Tour 2 and Fusion West took on a different challenge, winning the B tour with 8 players. We were comfortable group winners on Saturday but found ourselves 13-9 down in a game to 14 at the semi final stage. We managed to we find a defense that worked for us, clawed back the points and made the final. We went on to take the title. At nationals the west players decided they liked playing with 8 players so much they did it again!

In 2010 Fusion will probably persist as a single squad however if there are enough players there may be a Glasgow based open team open to everyone interested.

Shaun

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