Ultimate Frisbee comp the end goal as Gypsies host come-and-try day

The Inland Gypsie's Clare Stuart. Photo: ANDREW MURRAY 0106amfris2

The Inland Gypsie's Clare Stuart. Photo: ANDREW MURRAY 0106amfris2

Ultimate Frisbee is a cool sport, no matter which way you look at it.

The athleticism, the skill of throwing and catching, the tactics of rugby, soccer, Australian Rules and basketball all thrown in together – with the concept of tries thrown in for good measure – what’s not to love?

Well, aside from the fact that Frisbee's never go where you’re aiming them.  

There’s a renewed push to bring Ultimate Frisbee to Orange, as the western NSW representative side – the Inland Gypsies – host a come and try day at Jack Brabham park on January 13. 

Ultimate frisbee is a seven-a-side, non-contact team sport that’s all self-umpired, and the Gypsies are inviting men and women of all ages to get a taste.

Clare Stuart is the only member of the Gypsies from Orange, with the majority coming from Dubbo.

Stuart said there was an Ultimate league in Dubbo, and the hope was to get a league up and running in Orange, and she hoped it would take off. 

“It’s a mixed sport and it’s not too intense. It’s touch and a lot of people in town play touch football so the interest is there,” she said. 

“It’s a bit of fun – a lot of people throw Frisbee’s around at the beach or at the park so people do use them,” she said.

“If anyone’s new year’s resolution was to do something different and be active, this is the perfect chance.” 

Stuart also said people shouldn’t be put off by learning to throw a Frisbee, which while is difficult, isn’t the be all and end all of the sport. 

“I took it small by throwing a short distance but it took three or more months before I felt confident,” she said.

“It’s not just throwing the disc though, people can concentrate on catching or running or defending, there’s something for everyone.

“People with AFL or netball backgrounds really thrive, there’s plenty to do with those tactics and often those players can be really effective.” 

The session – the first of its kind in the Central West – will run from 10am to 12pm and focus on basic skills and throwing, but Stuart said the emphasis was more on having fun. 

For more information, search ‘Try Ultimate – Orange’ on Facebook, message the Western NSW Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Facebook page (facebook.com/inlandgypsiesultimate)

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