After three years with Brunel Ultimate, I can safely say this has been, in my opinion, the best year for the club. From the first indoor tournament of the year at Skunks, we knew that we were going to have a good mix of social members and those that were technically already very good.
After some very good results and a bit of a telling off for our social team for being “too hostile” our preparation for indoor regionals was well underway. Indoor regionals was a personal highlight for myself, captaining the second team to an 11th place finish and improving our seed.
The first team again came agonisingly close to qualifying for nationals and the third team did fantastic to improve their seed despite having no substitutes over the weekend. Mixed regionals signalled the end of the competitive indoor tournaments for Brunel Ultimate and a 6th placed finish was a great achievement for the club as we have been pushing for a mixed team for a number of years.
After a bit of a break outdoor regionals was soon upon us. The team claimed a 9th place finish, winning nine matches and losing two, in less than favourable weather conditions for ultimate Frisbee. Rounding off our year was perhaps one of the biggest moments for the club, our first ever varsity appearance.
After a convincing win against St. Marys earlier in the year, we went into this fixture confident but still wary of complacency. A convincing 14-3 win was swiftly followed by champagne, flares and for some a pretty hazy morning…