Last weekend, Cambridge’s men’s Ultimate Frisbee team travelled to Coventry for the BUCS Indoor Nationals.
The indoor format of the sport involves 5-on-5 matches. With no wind or weather affecting the flight path of the disc, indoor matches allow some of the most audacious throws and catches. The competition this year for the trophies, medals, and BUCS points on offer was tougher than ever. In almost all of the matches throughout the tournament, the margin of victory was only one or two points.
Cambridge – the Strange Blues – entered the Championship seeded third out of sixteen teams, having qualified by winning the Midlands Indoors Regionals in October. On Saturday, Cambridge advanced from the group stage and progressed to a power pool consisting of top seeds Dundee, Midlands Regionals finals opponents Birmingham, and Glasgow. A 10-8 victory over Dundee in the final match of Saturday ensured Cambridge’s place in the quarter-final on Sunday.
The morning quarter-final against Southampton Skunks was extremely tight with Cambridge equalising just as time ran out. Despite starting on defence, Cambridge managed to get the disc back and scored the sudden-death point to win 6-5. Cambridge then blew away fellow Midlands team Birmingham in the semi-final 10-6 to set up a final against Glasgow.
Glasgow had narrowly won the previous pool stage match, but the Strange Blues took an early lead. Glasgow fought back, pulling off some astounding catches to tie the game in the last few seconds. In the sudden death point, Glasgow could not break down Cambridge. With Cambridge winning 8-7, the Strange Blue squad came away with the Championship trophy and BUCS gold medals.
Captain George Anegg was delighted to start the year in the best possible way. "This is the first time that Cambridge has won BUCS Indoors Nationals. It has always been difficult for us to succeed at Indoors. Sports hall time in Cambridge is very expensive, and our term starts very late, so we have fewer hours of indoor practice than other university teams. Hopefully, the situation will improve with the new University Sports Centre."
This victory also established Cambridge's status as the team to beat in the upcoming outdoor season. Cambridge was the losing finalist at Outdoor Nationals twice in the last six years and they will be hoping the indoor success will motivate the outdoor squad to do better.