Far Flung are the Glasgow University Ultimate Frisbee club and compete in all university competitions and divisions. We have a large squad of players that enjoying playing to the best of their abilities and a thriving social scene.

2009 started on a bit of a low for FarFlung with a reasonably long trip to Aberdeen for Outdoor regionals. 9 brave flingers braved the winter cold and performed admirably. For some of the players it was their first outdoor tournament and they played very well. Although we had fewer players than we would have liked, we finished mid-table and had a great time playing with this fresh new team. Unfortunately we didn’t qualify for nationals, but there is always 2010.

Then came the summer lull (in terms of there being a FarFlung team) and the end of the university year. However the start of the new semester brought fire and desire back into the team. With indoor Regionals just around the corner, the team was anxious to get started. The trip up to Dundee for Scottish Regionals proved to be a great one. FarFlung managed to finish 4th only narrowly missing out on Division 1 Nationals competition. This team was strong, fit and very ambitious, and were very unlucky not to have done that bit better. The team went on to division 2 and performed well with a depleted squad.

Then it was the turn of the FarFlung Ladies. Finishing 3rd at Regionals was just as unlucky, if not more so, as the boys missing out on 3rd. They were capable of winning the competition, but luck was not on their side that day. However, they made the trip to Manchester determined to prove themselves on a National stage. Having finished 7th at the previous national tournament earlier in the year they had their eye on an even higher finish. They did exactly that! First they beat the Scottish champions and only narrowly missed out on the national final in sudden death. They won the 3rd/4th place play-off easily, so they were a little disappointed not to have made the final.

Nevertheless, with Mixed Nationals coming up at the start of the new year, these successes have built the platform for a great team to do very well and possibly win the tournament. Here’s hoping 2010 will bring prosperity to the club both on and off the pitch! The club trains 3 times a week including indoor, outdoor, first team and girls only practices. The team always welcomes new members at any stage of the season whether you are a complete novice or a seasoned pro.

Ben

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Strathclyde Ultimate Frisbee, Dark Horses, has been around for the best part of 10 years and competes principally in the open and mixed university competitions as well as a handful of other tournaments, both indoors and outdoors.

After mixed results in the early part of 2009 Dark Horses began the latest indoor season positively, taking 2 teams to most tournaments and always finishing with at least one team in the top half. The first notable tournament of the season was Edinburgh Beginners where we took one team, battled hard all weekend long, partied hard on the Saturday night and were rewarded with a finishing position of 8th out of 28 teams.

Perhaps our most impressive results of the season so far have been Discgow and Glasgow Iron 5’s. These were both open tournaments, attracting a lot of non university teams with some very experienced players. We recruited only one non university player to help us out at Discgow and beat a top St Andrews team on our way to a 6th place finish out of 16. A few weeks later we topped this at Glasgow Iron 5’s where we entered a team solely of students. Our squad of 6 players gelled really well and we topped our group without too much difficulty. We were unlucky not to make the final after going 5-2 up against Discmen in the semi final before they came back to win 9-8. In the end we finished 4th out of 20 and were the 1st placed all university team, a fantastic result.

We are looking forward to the start of the 2010 season, the first tournament being mixed indoors followed by open outdoor regionals shortly after. We are hoping for results that will put us in Div 1 or Div 2 Nationals in both these tournaments. Other key aims for the future are to establish a woman’s squad whilst continuing to grow and improve the club as a whole. All levels of players are welcome to come along, learn from the experienced players and enjoy the social scene.

Kev

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