Glasgow University Ultimate (affectionately known as FarFlung) celebrated one of its most successful seasons yet this year.
The 2015/16 season kicked off with Glasgow entering more teams than any other Scottish university into Scotland’s three beginners tournaments (Stirling Tune Up, Edinburgh Beginner’s and Glasgow One Day), with a mighty 4 teams entered into Stirling Tune Up. This successful start was followed by a record number of members (114) signing up, showing that Ultimate really is fun and competitive at all levels.
As the indoor season began in earnest the focus turned to Men’s, Mixed and Women’s Indoor Regionals, with high hopes to continue our previous streak of qualifying for and competing at Division 1 Nationals in all 3 categories. Despite the fact that most people only start playing Ultimate at university, Glasgow was able to enter 6 teams into Mixed Indoor Regionals, more than any other university in the UK. After a tense, hard fought final against long standing rivals Dundee, Glasgow came away with the gold as Mixed Indoor Scottish Champions! We also showed strength in depth, as the Glasgow 2 came in 8th beating both Edinburgh 1 and Stirling 1. More medals followed at the Men’s Indoor Regionals, with Glasgow finishing 3rd and also qualifying for Div 1 Nationals. Women’s Indoor Regionals was held in Glasgow for the first time this year, and Glasgow firsts was captained by Amina Malik (previously Captain of the GB U23 team at the World Championships in 2015). After weeks of training and another highly competitive final Glasgow came away victorious as Women’s Indoor Scottish Champions!
At Div 1 Indoor Nationals later in the season Glasgow continued to shine, finishing 5th at Men’s, 4th at Mixed and bringing home bronze medals at Women’s! This is a huge achievement for the club and has really marked Glasgow as the ones to watch in the coming 2016/17 season.
The 2015/16 season was the first time Men’s Outdoors became a Wednesday BUCS league, with our boys finishing up 2nd in Scotland 1A league. A weekend away in St. Andrews for Women’s Outdoor Regionals showed our girls were just as strong, also finishing in 2nd place. FarFlung celebrated its most successful outdoor season yet, competing at Div 1 Nationals across all 3 categories once again and coming home with silver medals from both Mixed and Men’s, bringing home those all-important BUCS points. Even our beginners were at it, finishing 2nd at Rookie Rumble, an outdoor tournament for players who have been playing for <2 years designed to bridge the gap between beginners teams and first teams.
In every way the club has grown this year; we’ve recruited many new faces, built on our alumni network by releasing our new alumni strip and brought home more medals than ever before.
Glasgow’s players have also been proving themselves outside of the FarFlung, with more FarFlung players than ever attending training and competing with Glasgow Ultimate, a club team which competes at an international level. Vice President Hugo Degerth is University Scottish Regional Coordinator, working closely with UKU (Ultimate’s governing body in the UK) to organise BUCS events.
This summer also saw our new Women’s Captain for the 2016/17 season, Kristina Ferencova, competing for the Slovakia Mixed National team at the World Ultimate Championships in London. Kristina was also awarded ‘Slovak Junior of the Year’ and ‘Best Individual Spirit’ by the Slovak Frisbee Association in April this year. Lulu Boyd (previous FarFlung women’s captain) also represented the Ireland Women’s team at the World Ultimate Championships this summer, where our coaches Phil Webb and Shaun Webb won Bronze with the Great Britain Masters team.