Club profiles: Frisbee


Ultimate, often called ultimate frisbee, is a relatively new sport. Started in the late 1960's, it has grown in popularity, now with millions of practitioners worldwide. In Ireland it is one of the fastest growing sports, with under-24 male and female teams,as well as full male and female national teams. Earlier this year the Irish Women's Team won gold in the European championship, which is a huge achievement both in the discipline and nationally. NUI Galway students were part of the team, and are strong elements in the student coaching body.

Most major universities in Ireland are involved in the sport with many fielding 3 or more teams. There are as many as 7 Universities Teams, as well as 9 Irish clubs which train regularly. Here at Galway we have enjoyed much success, always finishing in the top half of varsities tables and finishing 3rd in 2009 and 4th in 2010 as well as winning the plate at the Siege of Limerick tournament in 2008, 2009 and 2014. If you're interested come along to training and see what you think of it.

Ultimate is a diverse sport, and allows players to play both same-sex matches as well as mixed. It is also a social sport, and encourages friendships to develop no matter the team. Spirit of the Game is a huge element of the sport, and puts good sportsmanship and fair play on the same level of wining. Frisbee is a self-refereed sport, meaning that there is no referee, rather it is up each player to be a steward of the game. Frisbee not only provides a good mode of exercise in the midst of study, it also gives you a huge circle of new friends, as well as increasing each player's self-confidence.

Check out this video of the tournament we held here in Galway in 2011:

Remember Ultimate is a unisex sport so everyone is welcome and if you have any queries don't be afraid to drop us an e-mail. From Erasmus students here for just a semester, to beginners who've never touched a frisbee before, everyone is welcome to training and to we encourage anybody who is interested in joining to come along even just to one training session to get a feel of the game. All our members will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you can contact us on facebook (link below), which is probably the fastest and easiest way to get in touch. Here is a link to a wikipedia article on Ultimate, it may help clear up any misgivings you have about the sport: And here's a link to the The Irish Flying Disc Association website:

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Catapulted from obscurity in 2005


Plate winners at the 2008, 2009 and 2014 Siege of Limerick tournament.

Mixed Outdoors - Won Plate and Spirit 2018

6th place at the 2008 Ultimate intervarsities. 3rd place at the 2009 Ultimate intervarsities. 4th place at the 2010 Ultimate intervarsities. 5th Place at the 2011 Indoor Ultimate Intervarsities.

2nd at Maynooth Open 2011

Winners of Trinity Beginners Tournament 2011 & 2013 (men's) and Runners-up of same tournament in the womens division 2014, winners 2015, winners in 2018

Plate winners of womens Nationals and overall winners of Womens Developmentals 2015, winner of spirit 2019


5/6 November 2011 - DCU hosted this season's Indoor Open Intervarsities, it was a good weekend for the Panteras with NUIG 1 finishing 5th and NUIG 2 finishing 11th beating their seeding by 4 places.

7/8 April 2012 - UCC hosted this year's IFDA Open Intervarsities. It was agreat weekend for a developing NUIG team emerging victorious in the plate division.