The Gateways U17s Ultimate Frisbee squad had another successful nationals tournament on Sunday 12th November.
The team started very convincingly, beating the first two teams in their pool by a significant margin, whilst Hannah Wilson and Hollie Turner looked like they were just warming up with their slick throwing. At this point, the wonderful Mrs Ingham and her husband arrived to support the team, staying for the rest of the day and bringing much cheer. The girls then faced the number one seeds in their final game. After a very tightly fought game, in which Gateways trailed 2-0 initially, the girls emerged as winners by a two goal margin, topping their pool and earning the top ranking going into the knock out stages.
After progressing past the quarter-final opponents comfortably, the semi-final was against a tough, aggressive team known as Air Badgers. It was a shaky start for Gateways and they trailed 5-2 with about five minutes on the clock. The girls then reacted with a switch in the defence play, with performances such as Charlie Rea Nelson and Isla Murphy shutting out players and Lucy Church making intercept after intercept, bring the score to 5-5. With seconds on the clock, the opposition scored in what was a virtually sudden death, but the fight back spirit was great to behold and the organisers said it was the most exciting game they’d seen all day. Our opponents went on to win the tournament, which is sign of great things to come.
We ended the tournament having lost no games by more than a single goal with some convincing performances and improvement in all the players. Nadia Ditta, who is the newest player on the team, was thrilled to have had the experience. Our MVP on offence was Hannah Wilson, who controlled our play throughout all the games. On defence the MVP was Lucy Church, whose fast intercepts were vital to our success. The MIP was Sophie Bull, who played with more confidence than ever before. Finally, the best play of the day was made by Millie Wright, who managed to drag her foot in the pitch to catch the disc well out of the sideline, eliciting a round of applause from the opponents’ sideline. We couldn’t be prouder of the team and we are excited to enter with the squad next year for the final time in the age category.