Last month saw the 3rd Malawi Ultimate Battle, between the Lilongwe and Blantyre Ultimate teams.
It was a great weekend of frisbee, with the level of play all around improving each time we meet.
As well as the mixed game for the tile of Malawi Ultimate Champions – to be the holders of the prestigious Malawi Ultimate Hippo – we had three other competitive games.
These kicked off with Lilongwe Women vs Blantyre Women. I’m sorry to say that this was a bit of a whitewash, with the Lilongwe team really outplaying Blantyre. There was no lack of heart or effort from the Blantyre women, but as a club we need to do more to develop our women’s skills.
- MVP (Lilongwe): Emma
- MVP (Blanytre): Liana
Malawi vs the World
Our next game mixed up players from Blantyre and Lilongwe, but pitted Malawians against players from the rest of the world.
Fittingly, Malawi were victorious. Hopefully this bodes well for Malawi’s ability to compete on the international stage as Malawi Ultimate develops.
- MVP (Malawi): Andrew
- MVP (World): Momcillo
Our final warm up game was for our younger players, again the teams were mixed gender and mixed between Blantyre and Lilongwe.
There was fantastic play by all, with skill and commitment matching the, expected, youthful energy!
- MVP (winners): Momcillo
- MVP (losers): Chris
The final game of the day, which strecthed into the night, was our mixed gender Lilongwe vs Blantyre game.
Lilongwe took the first point easily and Blantyre looked a bit shell-shocked. Blantyre confidence was boosted, however, when Zack Brady pulled off an amazing diving catch to grab the frisbee from Chris’ feet.
There was also great defensive play, with Mina blocking Blantyre from what looked like a certain score right on the goal line.
Despite the high stakes, and the game swinging back and forth, excellent Spirit was shown all round, notably by Ian, who took time to explain his thinking and came to amicable agreement over some contentious issues.
- MVP: Zack
- Spirit Champion: Emma
Final score: Blantyre 15 – 11 Lilongwe