By Mark Taylor – Reporter
UCLan Spinners have qualified for the Division One Nationals for the first time in their history at the North East & North West Mixed Indoor Regionals.
Held at the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre, 17 University Ultimate Frisbee teams from across the two regions competed for one of five national’s spots.
UCLan 1 got off to a dream start in their pool as they beat Durham 3 15-1, Lancaster 2 15-0 and Newcastle 5 15-1.
In their final pool game, they faced off against an experienced Liverpool 1 knowing a win would see them top the group and take second seed.
UCLan got off to a fast start, racing to a 4-0 lead. Liverpool grew into the game, but could do nothing to stop the clinical Spinners offense as they won 10-4.
UCLan 2 were dealt a much tougher pool, losing their first two games 10-7 and 9-3 against strong sides Manchester 1 and Durham 1 respectively.
They won their final game convincingly against Newcastle 3, remaining in ninth seed thanks to a 14-0 win.
Going into Sunday, UCLan 1 played Manchester 1 for a chance to secure a Nationals place.
Once again the Spinners started strongly taking a 3-0 lead before the game levelled out to 6-3 in Spinners favour.
Two more points for Manchester made for a tense climax to the match, however the Spinners held out to secure a place at Mixed Nationals for the second-year running.
A solid 12-5 win over rivals Lancaster 1 set up a first ever regional final against Durham 1, a win securing a Division One spot.
A close start saw both teams trading points with each other to make it 2-2 after about 10 minutes, before Durham went on to take a three point advantage at 6-3 with little time left.
Two very quick points for UCLan gave them hope with just seconds left but it wasn’t to be and they would have to play Newcastle 1 to secure a place at Division One Nationals.
The match was a cagey affair and both teams were very evenly matched, as the 4-4 score line after fifteen minutes showed.
UCLan then scored two points, followed by a final Newcastle point.
That final point proved to be a consolation for Newcastle however as UCLan held onto second place to qualify for Division One.
UCLan 2 also had a dramatic Sunday, winning all three of their games to win the Plate.
Their day started off with a 7-4 victory over Durham 3, followed by a comfortable 7-2 win against Liverpool 3.
In the Plate final, UCLan 2 outplayed Manchester 2 to win 10-3 and take the Plate with ease, wrapping up a magical weekend for the Spinners.