Players from Sublime, WA (in the blue) and Chilly, Vic (in the red) battle it out in the mud.
Players from Sublime, WA (in the blue) and Chilly, Vic (in the red) battle it out in the mud. Chris Rixon

Glory in mud

IF the shelves of local supermarkets are bereft of Napisan this week, most of the blame can be attributed the Ultimate Frisbee teams that wore white uniforms for the Past four days.

The playing fields at the Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park may have resembled mud baths since matches on Friday were played through rain storms which made conditions for competitors more than challenging.

The heavy fields didn't deter the hardy souls from across the country who threw themselves around in the wind, rain and mud with reckless abandon.

Thankfully the rain stopped before Friday night's Test match between Australia and New Zealand and a healthy crowd watched at the BCU International Stadium.

Parochial supporters loved the way the girls in green and gold overcame their rivals 15-5 in a terrific warm-up for the world championships in Vancouver in August.

Yesterday was finals day and the New Zealand girls found some sort of revenge for the loss in the Test Match when their team Raging Wahine took out the women's title.

Gaining an 8-3 half-time lead over Sydney team Wildcard X-Factor created enough of a buffer to let the Kiwis eventually win the final 15-8.

The men's final was a tough match which saw Canberra's Fyshwick tackle Sydney team Fakulti trade points early on.

Through some athletic layouts and aggressive defence, Fakulti gained a lead and won 15-12.

"This has been a great event," tournament director Simon Farrow said.

"There has been some very high-quality Ultimate for people to come and see."


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