Over the weekend, Bunbury Ultimate Club hosted their annual Mooovin’ the Groove Tournament where players from all around Western Australia competed in ultimate frisbee.
University Hall (UniHall) residents Kung Yan and Douglas (as well as myself, Hazel) travelled two hours south of Perth to participate in the two-day event. The two boys normally play together in the University Hall Sports Ultimate team and take part in UWA sports social league held every Monday. However this weekend, they played against each other in separate teams – the stakes were high.
Douglas’ motive was to strengthen the camaraderie of his team through the bonding in the competition and Kung Yan wanted to leave behind the past two years of recreational frisbee and adopt a more competitive take on the sport.
“I was excited and nervous to play against someone I usually train with,” says Douglas.
The round robin competition meant that confrontation was inevitable; Kung Yan and Douglas faced each other during the third match of the first day. It was a nerve-wracking and even match, with neither team pulling ahead in the score. The side-lines were reverberating with cheers. Douglas’ team was leading eight to seven before the horn sounded for the last point and Kung Yan’s team managed to bring the score to a tie. The final fight for the universal point lasted about 15 minutes before Douglas’ team won nine to eight.
For me, it was an incredible feeling to be competing against a fellow teammate. Adapting to the different gameplays of the opposite teams despite being accustomed to each other’s playing styles was refreshing. The two teams played with extreme spirit and to their best potential. Both boys showed the efforts of their training and individual growth.
The weather proved to be an unexpectedly troublesome factor, from 9°C temperatures to intermittent showers and turbulent winds. It was something we had never encountered in Perth. We still kept our games consistent while trying our best to be unaffected.
“With this experience under my belt, I will improve my decision-making skills when I have the frisbee in hand,” says Douglas.
To quote Oliver Goldsmith, “our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.”
Kung Yan jokingly stated, “what doesn’t kill you obviously makes you stronger.” He also remarked that apart from trying his best for every single match, he learnt the most important thing about the spirit of playing frisbee: to have fun.
Written by University Hall Reporter, Hazel Tan