Eastern University Games: Chris Hill Ultimate
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Ultimate Frisbee! If your experience with a Frisbee is limited to flinging one casually to a friend at an afternoon picnic, you need to check out Ultimate. This fast, exciting and exacting game IS played with a Frisbee, but that's where any resemblance to the game of your childhood ends. This is a serious team sport – and is brilliant to watch.
Invented by students, Ultimate mixes the best features of sports such as Soccer, Basketball, American Football and Netball into an elegantly simple yet fascinating and demanding game. As such, players require a high level of fitness to keep up with the twists and turns of Ultimate.
Played by thousands the world over, there are seven players per team and, in what is an interesting difference to most other sports, players umpire each match themselves. It's a game known for its honesty and integrity, yet at the same time, it's a competition of strategy and skill where two teams pit their wits and athletic abilities against each other.
OUR PLAYER TO WATCH
You have the opportunity to witness Ultimate up-close-and-personal at the Eastern University Games being held at UON from July 6 to 11. Captain of the UON 2014 team is Chris Hill, a 25-year-old Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) / Bachelor of Mathematics student. Chris is a four-time Australian University Sport Green & Gold Recipient, a 2010 University Blue and Australian Under 23 and Australian Open Representative. His skill on the Frisbee field is unmatched.
UON took out a Bronze for Ultimate in last year's Eastern University Games in Wollongong. With three teams entered into a busy 17-side competition, this is a must-see event as Team UON ups the Ultimate stakes and goes for gold.
Competition Dates: Monday 7 to Friday 11 July.
Location: Oval 1 and Oval 2, University of Newcastle.