THE ULTIMATE Frisbee University Men’s Indoor Nationals finals were held in Coventry over the weekend and Birmingham University demonstrated once again that they are the team to beat, writes Alex Rae.
Birmingham came through the regional stages unbeaten and sat third after day one behind Bath and Manchester at the Alan Higgs Centre.
But they overcame Nottingham and Manchester the following day to claim a place in the final against Leeds.
The final proved to be a hotly contested battle, but Birmingham had that little bit extra left after a long weekend to snatch a deserved 11-5 win.
“Playing a team twice is always tricky, and we knew Leeds would step up their game.” said Birmingham captain Tom Hodgett.
“We approached the game like it was training, trying to ignore their loud side-line and momentum. I was very confident that if we played as we had done all weekend we would win.
“Going into nationals unbeaten was something we joke about, but it never effected how we play.
“We knew we could win this season so we wanted to be as prepared as possible. That meant playing two pre-season tournaments and regionals all before nationals.”
Birmingham will be looking to defend their title next year but with six out of their nine players leaving the side they may have a tough task on their hands.