For me, it’s been quite easy to look at one sudden death point and a failure to make Nationals and think we regressed as a team this season. Having trained a lot but only played one competitive open outdoor match it’s been a bit of a disappointing year personally. But when I started writing this report and looking at the year as a whole, I began to realise that there have been a lot of positives. So let’s go back to the start…..

Indoors:

The 2013/2014 club season kicked off way back in October 2013 with the inaugural Glasgow Ultimate Elite League. The indoor portion of the league was a huge success and a great warm up for competitive tournaments for both university and club teams. The outdoor games suffered from fixture congestion and lack of numbers and the plan is to make this solely an indoor comp next season (more on that soon). Congratulations to Far Flung the eventual victors (going on to finish 2nd at university indoor UK nationals)!

Post-league training sessions allowed the open team to start planning their assault on the club indoor season and for the first time ever we were able to run a womens training session. By the time Scottish indoor championships came around both teams were ready to take on Scotlands best. The open team put on a convincing display to set up a rematch of the 2012 final against Panthers. GU went 2 points down early on but fought back to take victory, a much tougher game than the previous season. The 2nds also put on a brave display, taking some scalps, winning spirit and making the semi finals. Glasgow Vixens made their competitive debut in the women’s division, finishing 4th.

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Glasgow added further trophies to their cabinet with victories over Panthers at the Rabbie Burns indoor tournament and Black Eagles in the inaugural Scottish Mixed Indoor Championship.

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The open team headed to UK indoor nationals with high expectations and an undefeated record lasting more than a year. Day 1 was tough but some hard fought victories (and a draw that almost ended in a fight) earned them a place in the quarter finals. Glasgow dispatched Reading with relative ease but couldn’t claw back an early 2 point deficit in the semi vs Grand Hawks. We went on to take 3rd with victory over Fully Charged and finished the season with a single defeat. Vixens also put in an impressive display at Nationals, finishing in the top 8. A huge achievement for a group of girls playing their first season together.

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We also had the opportunity to play indoor ultimate with a whole new crowd. Several of us spent two weeks with the East Kilbride Disability Sports Club, teaching them to throw, catch, cut and score! It was tremendous fun and everyone was thrilled to be playing a new sport. We hope to get back there again soon and extend our coaching and outreach to local schools and other community groups. Thanks to everyone that helped out!

EK

Beach:

A group of hardy foxes, missing many first team regulars, travelled to the least tropical beach tournament in the world to battle against the wind and rain in the sand dunes off the Aberdeen coastline. Despite a difficult first day and an epic nights partying they went on to find some Sunday form and claim the CUBE championship. You can read more about that weekend in Markys report.

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Outdoor:

Winter training was fairly successful. We managed to run a training session on a synthetic pitch regardless of the weather nearly every week when there wasn’t a tournament. Admittedly we struggled for numbers occasionally, and we’d really like to hear from people about what we can do to boost attendance at the Club sessions.

Glasgow entered all three Mixed Tours this season for the first time as Glasgow Ultimate. This was a massive progression for the Glasgow scene, allowing many to get their first taste of Tour. In fact, we even had a second Weegie team representing at Tour 2 in the form of Glue Factory (Horses alumni team). GU finished 11th at Tour 1, including a final game victory over Scottish rivals Black Eagles; 42nd at T2 , giving many new players experience; and 18th at T3, ending in 17th position overall. We will be aiming to finish higher next season with a specific focus on mixed and hopefully a second team.

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We capped off the mixed season with a GU summer holiday to compete at Windmill Windup in Amsterdam thanks to the efforts of Marky and Asif in securing us a place. The combination of it being their 10th anniversary edition and many teams using it as a warm-up for World Clubs meant the field was jam-packed with quality opposition. The vagueries of the swiss-draw system, taking advantage of the party atmosphere and getting an untested line-up to gel were all taken in stride, finishing 11th out of 30. We were the highest finishing team that didn’t compete at worlds and came ahead of several that did.

Tour 1, as always, was a big focus for us and it went very well – 16th overall, 9th in the UK after adjusting for the visiting teams (various European champions preparing for worlds). We came very close to going even higher but lost out to a bit of experience from some established A tour teams. Unfortunately our more development-focused squad wasn’t able to replicate this success at Tour 2 but it did provide us with some lessons and highlighted that we need to find a way to maintain our momentum throughout the season. Overall we finished 19th out of 68 teams despite only playing 2 of the three tournaments and saw a good number of players make their tour debut.

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Tour 2 was very significant in that we were able to field the first ever Glasgow team in the Women’s tour. It’s hard to overstate just how difficult it is to go to tour with an inexperienced team and 1 or 2 subs but the team put in a heroic effort to be proud of and that’s exactly how these things start.

Summer League returned in style this year with a 12 week extravaganza of mixed ultimate. This year we extended the league to last the length of summer with 4 squads (Irn Cru, Fever, Ravenous Midges and Mayhem) and over 70 participants. Our 4 captains did a great job encouraging everyone to play and developing their teams. There have been vast improvements in many individuals given the opportunity to play regularly and the teams all gelled well to give us a highly competitive finals week. Irn Cru were consistently the best team throughout the league but couldn’t hold off Fever who were deserving winners on the day. Congrats to them, but also to everyone for making it a fun and well spirited event.

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Glasgow played hosts to the Scottish Ultimate Frisbee Championships again this year, hoping to complete the double double. Going in as top seeds we hoped to win and qualify for nationals but expected a tough final against new boys NEO. We started slowly, going a few points down, but showed our famous fighting qualities to drag ourselves back in to the lead at half time. We then pushed on, taking the crucial post half point and extending our lead with the finish line in sight. With 3 chances to win the game and plenty of vocal support we couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to make Nationals. Perhaps it was tired legs, nerves, poor preparation, lady luck or a combination of them all. What we do know, is that we learned a lesson about winning and losing and we’ll be back stronger in 2015. The real success of this tournament was getting 3 teams to enter and having 2 of them finish in the top 3.

1899824_634669579963308_890264844505429418_oAlthough the first team couldn’t quite get over the line we can be very proud of what we achieved overall and throughout the course of the season:

Multiple indoor championships, 3rd place at Open Nationals.
Won CUBE.
Competed at every Mixed Tour.
Formed a Women’s team that finished 8th at Indoor Nationals and competed at Womens Tour.
Best ever finish at an Open Tour, ranked in top 8 British clubs.
One of only 3 UK clubs to represent at Open, Mixed and Womens Tour.
Hosted two Scottish Championships.
Hosted summer and winter leagues.
Finished 2nd and 3rd in Scotland.

When we look back on this season we will see this as the year that Glasgow Ultimate transformed from a team in to a club. Bring on 2015!

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Written by Shaun , with contributions from Phil and Audrey.

Glasgow’s first competitive outing of the 2014 Outdoor season commenced with an epic pilgrimage in the GUSA flagship down to Cardiff. 13 heroes undertook the 10 hour journey which was punctuated by the usual service station delicacies, contact, and Yahtzee. Such is our love of the M6 at Glasgow Ultimate (any real member spends 48 hours a year ‘’somewhere near Preston’’) that driver Rory decided to boldly fake long past Birmingham, cut under North up the same stretch we’d just covered for a while before going for the true deep cut south again into Wales! After dumping 4 chumps at a Travelodge we settled down at the pitchside campsite (Harry had kindly been guarding our site for many hours) in our cosy tents in the rain at 3am. Bliss.

Captain Jonny was up first at the crack of dawn, presumably to do some bird watching, muck out his tent, and rouse the rest of the team. Unfortunately he didn’t fully arouse us as the first match against Bristol was a slow start and a 15-8 defeat, but it blew the cobwebs away if nothing else. The next game against Cambridge was also pretty tough but we improved to 15-9. The Glasgow motor was starting to splutter to life. Unfortunately it was cut from a V13 to a V12 engine as Tom went out with a ‘’bolloxed knee’’ (his own diagnosis) after attempting an unorthodox slalom cut through the endzone vertical stack. Finally with a bit of rage and a jump start from Phil we got into gear with a win against Shiny Happy Meeple, with Katie Voss linking up with the handler trio to slide through their tired zone defence. 14-8. A good way to finish the day’s play.

The evening’s entertainment involved a huge feed and many many bowls of salad. Banagrams and beers were had by a few back at the pitches, before another team got a bit too rowdy and started taking questionable nude selfies. This just isn’t Shaun’s kind of night. We left fairly early.

Day 2 saw many improvements on the pitch. Despite being exhausted the girls came through against the zone D’s proving it wasn’t just ‘’all the boys’’ as the opposing sideline chat seemed to think. There was some great wing play by Jess and cuts through the pain by Alison. Our newest experienced player Annie also unleashed a few cannon backhands into the endzone. We fought hard against RGS for a top 10 finish but didn’t go through the gears and suffered a 15-8 defeat. Injuries were starting to hit hard on the team and ibuprofen flowed, but the GU fitness schedule started to show in some of us, with Audrey running whoever marked her into the ground. We showed a lot of the classic GU grit to take our 5th match to 11-11 before missing our chances on Universe point, but morale was still high as the group of individuals had become a unit by now. The final game of MT1 was a grudge match against the old nemesis Black Eagles and it was a good one! Glasgow took a big lead with Sarah getting involved in our slick zone O, and Phil forcing a turnover in the eagle’s endzone. Brian brought down a few key grabs from Rory’s long shots to give us an edge. The Eagles tried to flap free from the fox’s jaws but despite a threatened comeback were put away in a 14-12 GU victory.

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All in all our first Mixed Tour of 2014 was a success and an exciting building point for the rest of the season. Onwards and upward for Glasgow Ultimate!

 Tom Calvert. 

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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For the first time in over 7 years Glasgow managed to field a team in every event of the UK mixed tour, the largest national competition for this division. Not only were we playing for our proud city, as the official representatives of The Principality of Sealand we also carried the hopes of a nation.

The season started strongly, returning from tour 1 as plate final winners and ranked 13th in the country.Without doubt the highlight of the season was our 5th place finish at tour 2. After 3 sudden death finishes in our group games we came out top of the pool, then went on to take the top 8 by storm winning all of our knockout games on Sunday and finishing as high as we possibly could. This included one of the best comebacks of all time at 8-2 down against the reigning champs Chevron, we recovered to win 15-12 and take 5th spot. This result was followed by another competent top 10 finish at tour 3 and the sealanders finished the tour in 8th place overall. A very impressive result for a team in their first season.

We rounded off the year by attending DUB (a tournament in Dublin), playing virtually as iron man all weekend and partying just as hard the team finished up 3rd.
The 2010 mixed season will kick off in the spring and Sealand are hoping to follow up their success in 2009 with another top 8 finish at Tour and another European adventure. We welcome any new faces that are interested in playing and hope to possibly have the numbers for a second team.

Shaun

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