Ultimate throws down the gauntlet

25 October 2010

The UCT Ultimate team won second prize and praise at Rocktober 2010Flying high: The UCT Ultimate team that won second prize and praise at Rocktober 2010 - (back, from left) John McCoy, Tim 'Tadhg' Moore, Richard Gore, Zach Lou, Jon Luies and Laen Herschler; (middle, from left) Amy Chiang, Helen Gibb, Lucy Rosenbloom and Kyle 'McBad' Mcbard; and (front, from left) Jon 'Chron Jon' Aronson, Tim 'The Toolman' Taylor, Nick Zaloumis and Amir Aschner.

Travelling to Johannesburg, UCT Ultimate celebrated the closing of their first year as a card-carrying UCT club with a second-place finish at Rocktober 2010, said to be the biggest Ultimate - aka Ultimate Frisbee - tournament in Africa.

UCT won their seven opening games, enough to pip defending champions Chilli for a spot in the final even though they would lose their final pool game against their fellow Capetonians 6-7.

In the title clash they were up against sentimental favourites Long Donkeys of Pietermaritzburg, oft-losing finalists in previous years. And though the students would put up a brave fight to take a 7-6 lead, they couldn't match the Donkeys for experience, height and speed, eventually succumbing 8-12.

Despite the defeat the young team earned the respect and praise of their rivals, reports Jon Luies, one of the UCT captains.

"We made the finals, which was my personal and our team goal," says Luies. "We played very sexy, very patient Ultimate - a brand that I hope UCT will carry into the future."

That "sexy, very patient Ultimate" also earned the team's Kyle 'McBad' Mcbard the joint prize for best female defender at the competition.

(Anyone interested in joining the club can email Luies or find the team on the Woolsack fields on middle campus at 16h00 on Wednesdays.)

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