After a successful inaugural season, the Principality of Sealand returned to the UK mixed Tour to do battle with their English foes. In 2009 Glasgow managed to send a team to every event, in 2010 we managed to send 2!
Tour 1 began brightly with wins over Don’t Let Go and BAF that put the Sealanders within touching distance of the semi finals. In what was effectively a quarter, Bear Cavalry ran out 6-0 up in the first half. A brave fight back to 9-8 was followed by a mammoth point lasting over 10 minutes. Despite getting the disc over the goal line twice, it was Bears that finally converted and took the win and Sealands Sunday slump relegated them to 10th. Tour 2 saw the Principality slip back in to the top eight following another thrilling comeback and sudden death victory (by now a trademark) against Peeps. 7th overall. Nationals was another mixed bag of results, we had another close game against Bears but threw it away in the second half and took Brighton to sudden death in our best performance of the season. So close to making semi-finals again but tired legs on Sunday and we finished 11th.
This years foreign adventure took us to Amsterdam for 6 days of debauchery and the Windmill Windup tournament. 5 of our 8 games went to sudden death, again we lost narrowly to semi final contenders and ended 11th. The final victory against Ultimate Delux was one of the most spirited performances ever witnessed on the Frisbee field.
In 2011 we will compete in the mixed tour as Glasgow and return to Windmill for more fun and games. However, this may not be the last you see of the Principality…
Sealand At Windmill
Fusion are Scotlands elite open team made up from the top players around the country including several from Glasgow. In 2008 the squad split into two separate teams (East and West) in order to expand our numbers and promote player development. In 2009 the move paid off with a top 8 finish at Euros.
2010 and Fusion faced another challenge to rebuild. Star players had left for the big lights of London and it was up to a small core of accomplished veterans and talented rookies to carry the torch. Though the light shone dim during another inconsistent tour season (8th, 5th, 10th), the flame ignited as Fusion once more impressed at UK Nationals and EUCF in Spain. Fusion took a squad of 10 players to UK Nationals in Southampton, finally got a victory over Brighton for the first time that season, topped their group and earned a place in the live broadcast semi final against Chevron. A brave Fusion performance but Chevron took a lead just before half and managed to hang on to it. This was followed by a sudden death loss to Fire and another victory over Brighton to secure a place at European Championships for the 5th year out of 6. Day 1 of EUCF Spain again exposed inconsistencies in a team that had barely trained together. Crushed by Skoggs, an overwhelming victory over Feldrenner and a narrow defeat against the Fins was enough to put Fusion through to the quarters in a 3 way tie. Quarter final opponents Freespeed found it hard to make their athleticism count against an energetic Fusion squad, but in the end they made a couple less mistakes. Fusion eventually finished 8th, matching the performance of 2009. The tournament also spawned the inaugural annual Fusion scavenger hunt and fish fight. Fusion MVP 2010 was won by Shaun Webb.
Fusion are already preparing for 2011 with a more focused attitude on training and development that should see this talented squad finally fulfill their potential and probably win Nationals.
Trials will begin in February.
Fusion at UK Nationals
Glasgows biggest derby match is back. Forget the old firm, the city’s fiercest frisbee rivals will commence battle MONDAY 8th MARCH, 7.45 at GARSCUBE, expect blood, sweat and fear!!
Far Flung are just one win away from taking the series and will be confident after recently being crowned indoor national champions. However, outdoors is a completely different game and while a bulk of the Glasgow Uni team have been worryingly absent from outdoor training sessions the Horses have been putting in the hard work on the practice pitch. Strathclyde will be looking to build on a commendable recent performance at outdoor regionals and have every chance of levelling the series and forcing a decider in the 3rd semester.
If you want to get involved make sure you get in touch with Ben or Kev and get your name on the team list. Otherwise, come along and support your university club, bring banners and pom poms and plenty of good heckles. There will also be a spare pitch for another game to be run along side the show case. And of course there will be a chance to drink and mingle after the match.
Here’s the plan:
7pm: There will be changing facilities available for both teams inside the main centre
7.30: Pitch available for warm up
7.40: Kick off, (pull off just sounds rude…)
The game will be first to 13, with a 5 minute half time at 7.
There will be a 1 hour time slot and a two point cap. This means if the game is not finished in an hour then we add 2 points to the highest score and play to that.
2 time outs per half per team.
9.30: Refreshments and post match shenannigans at PJ Champs
The Glasgow based division of Fusion began their campaign with Tour 0, a qualification event to make the top division at Tour. Hoping to emulate their A Tour adventures in 2008 the team had to finish in the top 6 to make the grade again for 2009. Although the core of the team still existed, West had picked up a lot of newbies for the season. Saturday was a learning experience for everyone involved as we worked on new plays, consolidated structures and finally developed a team that looked comfortable playing against a zone. On Sunday the team really gelled and we finished 3rd overall, dominating against every team apart from Leeds and going to the A tour seeded 10th.
Inconsistencies showed at Tour 1. After destroying the Brown we lost out in a 3 way tie putting us bottom of the group and were eventually relegated from the A tour by Strange Blue.
Tour 2 and Fusion West took on a different challenge, winning the B tour with 8 players. We were comfortable group winners on Saturday but found ourselves 13-9 down in a game to 14 at the semi final stage. We managed to we find a defense that worked for us, clawed back the points and made the final. We went on to take the title. At nationals the west players decided they liked playing with 8 players so much they did it again!
In 2010 Fusion will probably persist as a single squad however if there are enough players there may be a Glasgow based open team open to everyone interested.
Fusion are Scotlands elite open team made up from the top players around the country including several from Glasgow. In 2008 the squad split into two separate teams (East and West) in order to expand our numbers and promote player development. The goal was to re-form at the end of 2009 and select the top players to compete at the European club championships in London.
After a very successful 2008, dwindling numbers and loss of experienced players led to disappointing results for both teams at Tour 1. The stronger Fusion East team finished outside the top 10 for the first time and although they improved their performance at Tour 2 they were still struggling against the top teams.
We decided to unite our squads to start focusing on Europeans and narrowly missed out on a semi-final spot at Nationals after a sudden death point against Brighton. European qualifiers began woefully; we were tamed by Clapham and defeated in the crucial matches against Emo and Leeds. However, the team wasn’t quite ready to lie down and finished the weekend by comfortably taking down Chevron (eventual European champs) and Fire (2nd at UK nationals) to qualify the hard way and go to Euros as the 3rd seeded UK team. There was now a strong belief in the team that we could compete at the top and it seemed we were going to peak in time for Euros after all.
After 2 days of brutal ultimate in the London sun we managed to top our group and destroy Fire (again) to make the quarter finals. Unfortunately at this point we lost momentum and did not win any of our remaining games despite some good performances, especially against Ragnarok in our final game.
This was undoubtedly the most varied season Fusion has ever had; the journey from outside the top 10 in the UK to a top 8 finish at Euros made for an exciting story. In 2010 Fusion will return to take on the best in Britain and Europe, beginning with trials sometime in spring.
SWIFT are the Scottish womens club team comprised of female ultimate players from all over the country, including several Glasgow based members. We compete primarily in the Womens Tour, the major UK competition for womens ultimate, made up of three tournaments throughout the summer. In 2009 we developed a large squad and welcomed many new players to the team.
Despite mixed results at Tour 1 we finished 8th, more importantly, we developed as a team and figured out how to improve at the next event. At Tour 2 in Brighton we produced some of our strongest performances, the result of extra training sessions and a dedicated core group of players. Our structured defense and smooth offense led to convincing wins over Dirty Olive and Crown Jewels, both of whom had defeated us at the previous tournament. We finished in 6th position and moved up to 7th overall in the Tour. SWIFT sent a relatively inexperienced team to Tour 3 but still managed to take 8th place and consolidate our position in the top 8 of UK womens ultimate.
In 2010 SWIFT will return to compete at Tour and will also enter 2 teams in the UK indoor championships. Training is ongoing throughout the year and we are always looking to recruit more girls to the team.
For the first time in over 7 years Glasgow managed to field a team in every event of the UK mixed tour, the largest national competition for this division. Not only were we playing for our proud city, as the official representatives of The Principality of Sealand we also carried the hopes of a nation.
The season started strongly, returning from tour 1 as plate final winners and ranked 13th in the country.Without doubt the highlight of the season was our 5th place finish at tour 2. After 3 sudden death finishes in our group games we came out top of the pool, then went on to take the top 8 by storm winning all of our knockout games on Sunday and finishing as high as we possibly could. This included one of the best comebacks of all time at 8-2 down against the reigning champs Chevron, we recovered to win 15-12 and take 5th spot. This result was followed by another competent top 10 finish at tour 3 and the sealanders finished the tour in 8th place overall. A very impressive result for a team in their first season.
We rounded off the year by attending DUB (a tournament in Dublin), playing virtually as iron man all weekend and partying just as hard the team finished up 3rd.
The 2010 mixed season will kick off in the spring and Sealand are hoping to follow up their success in 2009 with another top 8 finish at Tour and another European adventure. We welcome any new faces that are interested in playing and hope to possibly have the numbers for a second team.