Over 200 players took to the fields of Pulman Park over the weekend to contest the College Sport Auckland Outdoor Ultimate Championships. Ultimate Frisbee (or just ‘Ultimate’) is a fast growing sport in New Zealand schools and combines elements of netball, touch rugby and American football (having been invented in America). Players require speed, stamina, agility and the technical skill of throwing a flying disc.
The final of the Girls’ Division saw Epsom Girls Grammar continue their dominance of the sport in Auckland, defeating Rutherford College who were making their first appearance in the final. The Open Division feature a local rivalry with Takapuna Grammar School taking on Westlake Boys’ High School, with Westlake emerging the winner.
A unique aspect of the sport is that is it completely self-officiated (even at the World Championship level), with players on the field charged with calling their own fouls and violations, followed by a quick discussion process to resolve the call. Key to making this work is having all players adhere to the Spirit of the Game, which is formally recognised through the Spirit of the Game Awards. This years winners in the Girls’ and Open divisions respectively were Pakuranga College and Takapuna Grammar 2.
In Term 2 the action will move indoors with games played on a basketball court. The College Sport Auckland Indoor Ultimate Championships will be held on Sunday 16 June at Pulman Arena.
Takapuna Grammar School – Winners of Open Spirit of The Game
Takapuna Grammar School – Winners of Senior Girls
Westlake Boys High School – Winners of Open Division
Pakuranga College – Winner of Girls Spirit of the Game