It has been an incredibly successful year for the University of Portsmouth’s Ultimate Frisbee team, beating Southampton in all of the Varsity fixtures, finishing sixth overall in the National BUCS league, and now the men’s team finished 4th at the National competition in Nottingham to cap off a great year.
In the overall points table, Portsmouth currently have 37 points and are beating the likes of Southampton, Loughborough and both Oxbridge universities. A huge reverse in fortunes from the 2014/15 season where they finished forty sixth.
The club has come on leaps and bounds since winning Club of the Year from the Athletics Union in 2010.
On April 15th and 16th, the men’s team travelled to Nottingham for Division 1’s University Outdoor National Championship, after securing a spot because of their second place finish in the south east league.
The weekend did not get off to an ideal start, the team started in the pool of death and were down three players through illness so only competed with nine.
This dent told as the team lost 12-7 to third seeds Manchester in their first match, losing to an experienced team in high winds.
The second match of the weekend to prove far more successful as they beat Bristol 9-6. Coming up against a team they had never played before, Portsmouth began the game the stronger team and held the ascendency throughout the match.
Now with their heads held high Portsmouth played Glasgow in a tie where they could potentially top the pool. Prior homework told the team that Glasgow’s main tactic would be to constantly huck (a long pass of the Frisbee downfield), they tried to prevent this being used. The gap between Glasgow University and the University of Portsmouth is 447 miles, in Frisbee terms, its only 11-9.
Portsmouth continued to play Scottish teams, next facing Dundee in the last of the Saturday games. With the morale of the team deteriorating as fast as the weather, motivation was low.
Dundee started strongly, taking an early 2-0 lead. However, regaining that Pompey spirit, Sublime flipped their fortunes and mounted a comeback to eventually win 10-7. A frustrated Dundee side were riled up by the result and began trash talking towards Portsmouth.
After a successful Saturday finishing in the top 8, Portsmouth started the Sunday as a marked side. Their next opponents were another Scottish side, St Andrew’s University. the team has watched the Dundee fixture but failed to get anything out of their Saturday homework as Portsmouth beat them 12-6.
Portsmouth then faced Glasgow in the semi finals. After loosing 11-9 on Saturday, it was time to get their revenge. However, the Scots changed their tactics form the previous match and Portsmouth failed to adjust. The semi final finished 9-7 to Glasgow.
Finally, Portsmouth came up against Birmingham. After a successful weekend, the lack of players began to tell for Portsmouth. Birmingham took an early lead and held this advantage to the end, winning 12-9.
After an incredibly successful weekend, Sublime became the 4th best Ultimate Frisbee team in the country, thanks to an incredible effort from the likes of Josua Boorer, William Rowledge, Alex Robinson, Josh Awcock, and coach Joseph Spreckley.
Speaking about the the incredible successes of the year, the club said: “This year has been a turning point for the club to regain its reputation as one of the best clubs in the UK university scene.”