THE Alan Higgs centre played host to the Indoor University Ultimate Frisbee Regional finals for teams in the West Midlands and Wales and Daniel Moore was there for the Observer taking in all the action.
Ultimate Frisbee is a rapidly growing, non-contact sport. It is played between two teams made up of five people and the idea is to score more points than your opponents by throwing the Frisbee between you and your team mates, until you score by having one of your players catch a Frisbee in the opponent’s end zone.
The other team will receive possession of the frisbee if it is intercepted, if the frisbee hits the floor or if it goes out of bounds.
A total of 20 teams entered the tournament with the top three competing in Division One, while the teams finishing fourth to six compete in Division Two
The opening day consisted of pool games to give teams a chance to secure a higher seed before the start of the tournament.
The University of Birmingham came in to the weekend as favourites having been unbeaten on their run to becoming national champions last year. They were placed in the top pool along with Warwick, Bangor and Staffordshire.
Birmingham came up against Staffordshire in the first semi-final with top seed up for grabs and the two teams traded points until 3-3 before Birmingham broke Staffordshire.
In the battle for second place, Warwick beat Bangor 10-5 to put them in a strong position to qualify for Division One, while Staffordshire beat Bangor 8-6 in the third against fourth play-off match.
Staffordshire then played Warwick with their eyes on the second seed but it was not to be as as Warwick won the match.
The final match to decide who took the third place finish was between Staffordshire and Cardiff and it was the Midlands side who came quick out of the blocks by flying into a 4-0 lead.
But Cardiff scored some fantastic points to get back within two before Staffordshire went on to claim a 12-7 win to finish third and qualify for Division One for the second year running.