February marks the start of the second semester, Chinese New Year and more ultimate frisbee events.
A large part of the Chinese New Year celebration takes place in Chinatown – from fireworks, dragon dances, parades, and many more – there’s always a ton of things to do in Manchester! Check out manchestereveningnews.co.uk for upcoming events.
Most of my February days however were spent in university and trainings. Just this last weekend itself, I was at the Alan Higgs Sport Centre in Coventry for the Club Women’s Indoor Nationals. This tournament is focused on club teams, like the Manchester Women’s Ultimate rather than university teams.
The tournament starts of with pool plays on Saturday – 4 pools of 5 teams – before moving onto crossovers and then playing for brackets (1-8, 9-12, 13-20). Finishing 13th out of 20 teams, we did ourselves proud. Notable points of the weekend include beating our previous year’s seeding and winning the last game on Sunday afternoon against Flyght Club (a strong ultimate frisbee team based in Nottingham), beating them 8-3. With that, we left Coventry on a high note as well as feeling inspired to work harder on our fitness and training to come back even stronger next year.
I know ultimate frisbee is not the most common sport and it still needs more media attention to allow it to grow but having played different kinds of sports all throughout school and college, I can honestly say that ultimate frisbee is the sport that I enjoy the most. Everyone in this community is extremely friendly and welcoming. No matter where you come from, when you started playing ultimate frisbee or whether you have played a sport before or not, everyone welcomes you with open arms and a big heart. The honesty from experienced players and the patience they have in teaching beginners the tactics of this sport is incredible and unlike anything else. During our last match against Flyght Club, one of the opponent’s players caught the disc in the end zone (which makes it a goal) but as she fell, she lost control of the disc and dropped it. Without a referee, we are allowed to make our own calls and as we stood on the pitch debating whether it should be considered a goal or not, a more experienced player from their team itself voiced out and ruled it wasn’t a goal, based on her understanding of the rules and what she saw. This is an example of the level of honesty players have in this sport. She could’ve called it a goal and changed the dynamics or mental attitude of the match but she didn’t, in favour of honesty and with that, Flyght Club will always have my respect.