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Frisbees Fly Once Again at Galway Open

Posted by Frisbee on Thu, 08-10-2015
Saturday marked the return of the Galway open. An ultimate Frisbee tournament hosted by the NUIG Frisbee club for the first time since 2012.  The 8 team tournament saw teams from UL, UCD, DIT as well as two from NUIG along with club teams Pelt (Limerick), Gravity (Dublin) and Snatch (Galway) competing over the weekend.Saturday saw some intense play with a sudden death victory for Snatch over UL. Pelt, fresh from a heartbreaking loss in the all Ireland final only days before, conquered all before them with ease, matched win for win by UCD who beat Gravity to top spot in the group. For both NUIG teams this weekend marked the first time many of them had played the sport competitively having only joined the club two weeks previously. This, however, didn’t discourage them and a weekend of gutsy performances gives us great hope for the future of the club.Sunday marked the start of the quarter finals. This saw the two NUIG teams handed tough games against the top two teams. Despite huge effort from both teams the greater skill and experience of both Pelt and UCD won out. This left Snatch as the sole Galway representative in the semi finals following a scrappy win against DIT. The big upset of this stage saw UL over running Gravity to take the remaining place in the semi finals. The semi finals went to seed with Pelt taking victory in the Limerick derby over UL. UCD also put in a very complete performance against Snatch to progress to the final with Pelt. The final itself was a tight affair early on with both teams matching each other point for point until Pelt eventually pulled away to take the title. The third forth play off saw UL claim revenge for their opening game defeat by Snatch edging out the Galway lads in another sudden death point game.The tournament itself can be hailed a success putting Galway on the Irish Frisbee calendar once again and with the high number of beginners joining the club this year Galway ultimate is on an upward trajectory.