2nd Place for UCC Women at Siege X2.0!
Final placing: 2nd
MSP: Louise Coombes
A-Game: Lauren Walsh
BDP: Kate Daly and Meghan Choy
An article by Captain Kate Daly for the Evening Echo:
“Early morning on Saturday the 9th of March, UCC Ultimate Frisbee’s women’s team arrived in University of Limerick’s Sports Ground ready to take on the best teams from Ireland and Great Britain. Having been originally predicated to finish in 6th place, but eventually promoted to 3rd before the tournament started the UCC Ladies had a point to prove.
The girls got off to a roaring start versus local rivals UL. Despite the wind making throws difficult the girl’s experience and class shone through, winning the game 8-2. Not even getting a game off to recuperate and recover, our UCC Ladies came into their next game versus Galway club, Tribe, hungry for blood. Despite the wind picking up slightly and some of our girls picking up slight injuries, UCC pushed through a 30-minute point to win 5-3.
With two games off to rest our Ladies faced current favourites to win, Reading Ultimate. With calmer weather the girls could finally display the plays and skills they have been working on at trainings without wind interference. Their determination, hard work and ability saw them sail through the game, 13-5, taking the top seed heading into their final game of the day.
UCC Ladies were back bright and early on Sunday morning looking to face local club, Rebel. Despite the sight of very familiar faces on the opposition the Girls once again came out on top with a 12-2 victory.
Going undefeated on Saturday, taking 1st seed and beating Rebel meant that the girls had earned a semi-final spot. They were facing their biggest challenge yet, Great Britain’s U24 Women’s team, that is competing at World’s this summer, in possibly the worst wind conditions of the weekend. Never a team to back down from a challenge, UCC got stuck in from the get-go, taking an early lead, going 3-1 up. Great Britain came back biting, going on a four-point run to take the lead 5-3. Despite losing their early lead and facing the best players Great Britain had to offer, our girls heads never dropped. They fought tooth and nail, and clawed back 2 points, in gale-force winds, to bring the score to 5-5, next point wins. Our girls gave it everything they had, emptying their tanks, and putting their bodies on the line for each and every throw. The effort and determination paid off when the girls slotted in the final score to take the victory, 6-5.
After winning their hard-fought semi-final, the girls were tired beyond belief, and had exceeded their expected final placement. After picking up some injuries, worn out and without much energy, the UCC Women collected themselves together and got ready to face the current All-Ireland Champions, Gravity Ultimate, in the battle for first place. The girls gave it everything they had but their undefeated streak unfortunately came to an end, losing the final 13-2.
We couldn’t be prouder of our Women for bringing home the silver medal, and for their countless hard fought victories across the weekend, especially their semi-final win over Great Britain.”
Final placing: 10th
MSP: Josh McMahon
The Open side had a rockier start to their weekend, losing 2 of their group games but eventually pulling it together to finish off the Saturday with a win in their crossover against Uproar. The next day went much better, with UCC confidently winning their games to reach the plate final versus Uprising, a tall and athletic team. In an extremely close game with challenging winds and hailstones (ouch), UCC conceded the game by one break to take a very respectable 10th seed.