On Wednesday, the varsity for Ultimate took place. This is a sport which is commonly referred to as Ultimate Frisbee. It is a non-contact sport and a point is scored when the disc is passed to a teammate in the end zone. Players cannot take a step while holding the disc and the other team can intercept the disc and try and pass it to a teammate in their end zone, which is usually the opposite side. After each point, they switch sides. Three games are played and the best out three wins.
While the team from De Montfort University (DMU) was playing at home, they had a clear disadvantage. Their team existed out of only seven players while the University of Leicester (UoL) seemed to have enough to form multiple teams if desired. There were only five players of each team playing, but players were swapped out regularly to be able to take a rest.
The first game:
The University of Leicester (UoL) started out strong. They scored three points in rapid succession while DMU seemed to have trouble finding each other. DMU was good in intercepting and getting a hold of the disc, but then they seemed to struggle with passing it on to a teammate. UoL were seen discussing tactics more often and maybe this worked to their advantage. DMU only managed to score one point while UoL scored seven. By the time the seventh point was reached by UoL, the lads from DMU began scoring points for themselves. They managed to score four, but before they had a chance to catch up, the first game was over. Leaving UoL to win the first game with 11-4.
The second game:
This game seemed to be a lot harder on DMU then it was on UoL. This might be because DMU had to made do with only seven players and thus were unable to rest. It has to be said that DMU was giving everything, they really were fighting hard in an attempt to claim the second game as theirs. Especially one player, Jack, was seen sliding multiple times in an attempt to catch the disc, gaining multiple scrapes and grazes while attempting to do so. Another player ran into a spectator in his attempt to catch the disc. Still, UoL managed to score plenty of times and remained in front, winning the second game with 10-5.
The third game:
Since DMU technically had already lost, UoL offered some of their players to play for DMU’s team. This because UoL couldn’t deny how passionate the DMU players were and how they had quite the disadvantage in player numbers. DMU thanked for the offer but turned it down, stating that they wanted to finish this together as a team. This shows true sportsmanship from both sides.
While DMU knew their varsity this year couldn’t be won, they weren’t planning on going easy on UoL in the last game. They played passionately and with everything they had, not allowing the spirits to go down and giving their crowd something to cheer for. DMU scored the first point, but a player from UoL questioned whether it really counted. Here it was clear to see that the Ultimate teams were missing a referee, they had none, so they had nobody to remain impartial and objective and make the decision for them. It was eventually agreed that the point didn’t count and that they would continue playing. DMU couldn’t give their crowds a win for the third game either, but their crowd still cheered them on enthusiastically, shouting out encouragement. UoL won the third game with 11-3.
Final score: 3 games won by UoL and 0 games won by DMU.
DMU had a clear disadvantage in player numbers but made up for it with passion and enthusiasm. They can be very proud of themselves even if they can’t call themselves the winners of this year’s Ultimate Varsity. Be sure to check them out for the next academic year, whether it is to join them and up their player numbers or to come and cheer them on.