Sydney club side Friskee has taken out the 2016 NSW Mixed Ultimate Championships, held at Dubbo’s Riverbank Ovals at the weekend.
The reigning champions were the top seed going into the two day tournament, and downed Pompey Magnus in the final game to proceed as NSW’s top qualifier to the Australian Mixed Ultimate Championships in October.
Pompey Magnus (Sydney), Pie Wagon (Newcastle), None (Sydney), Krank (Wollongong), IWU Tarmac (inner-western Sydney) and VLS (Sydney) rounded out the top seven, and also progress to the national championships.
Hills Ultimate (Sydney) claimed the award for spirit, which is highly regarded in the self-refereed sport.
Friskee captain Alex Ladomatos, who played for the Australian men’s team the Dingoes at the World Ultimate and GUTS Championships in June, said it felt great to defend their state championships title.
“It feels great. I love playing frisbee, especially with a great bunch of friends and against a great bunch of friends as well,” Ladomatos said.
“It’s really enjoyable and high level, close games make you play the best you’ve ever played so I love being here and I love being a part of it.”
Friskee kicked off their championship defence in style with a resounding 15-6 win over IWU Tarmac on Saturday morning, before making their double-points game count by thrashing Darlinghurst 14-4.
The result carried over to day two of competition and catapulted Friskee straight into the top pool to play off for a top four place.
They continued their dominance on Sunday by beating fourth seed None 13-8, who was the first team to push Friskee to the 70 minute time-cap.
They then downed eventual bronze medallists Pie Wagon 15-5 to line up their final match against Pompey Magnus, who pushed Friskee in a thrillingly tight contest.
The Wanderers – western NSW’s representative side, which includes half a dozen Dubbo Ultimate Frisbee Federation (DUFF) players – finished 12th overall.
The side clinched a tight 9-7 victory against VLS Soda on Saturday to send themselves into the play-offs for places fifth to 12 – guaranteeing the Wanderers would beat their 13th seed and putting a top seven finish in their grasp.
In the end, the tyranny of distance and lack of experience playing together – the side trained three times as a group before the state championships – got the better of them, and they suffered two golden points losses to Krank II (11-10) and Kaf (10-8).
The Wanderers are hoping to make a national debut at the division two championships in Sydney next month.