Four UWA students travelled to the Gold Coast last week (26-29 April) to compete in the 2018 Australian Ultimate Championships.
The annual competition pits the top 12 men’s and women’s clubs from across Australia who have qualified to compete in the peak championship event.
The Perth women’s team featured student athlete Max Qua alongside fellow UWA student Yulyn Ng, as well as UWA senior research fellow Minh Huynh, and graduates Genevieve Woods, Mariah Smith, and team captain Geri Daube.
The team began their competition with a clash against Melbourne Phoenix, coming out with a strong 11-4 victory.
Their subsequent games were a mixed bag of results, pulling off some convincing wins as well as suffering some close loses.
The team were knocked out in the quarter-finals, losing 15-11 after letting go of a 10-5 lead.
Meanwhile, the Perth men’s team featured graduate Jeremy Ha alongside student Alex O’Neil.
Despite a number of close games, they were unable to find winning form, finishing the competition in eighth, with three wins and five losses to their name.
One of the standout players of the tournament was UWA student athlete and UWA Sport employee Jodie Palmer, who made an appearance as the spirit captain for Melbourne Ellipsis.
Jodie helped Melbourne Ellipsis on their way to an unbeaten run which secured them their third back-to-back victory at the Championships, with the third highest spirit score at 10.43.
Speaking on the event, Jodie said that it was a fantastic experience to play for Ellipsis.
"This year is the first year I have played for Ellipsis and it was a huge privilege to play with such a talented, hard-working team.
"This was not only my first national championships win, but the first time I’ve played with a team who has made it past quarter finals, so it was a pretty amazing experience."
Jodie began playing Ultimate Frisbee in 2009 and has been representing Australia since 2010.
She will be joining Ellipsis at the World Ultimate Club Championships in July this year in Cincinnati, Ohio.
With the National Championships over, Ellipsis will be training hard over the next two months to make an impact on the world stage.
Graduate Officer, UWA Sport Marketing, Communication and Events