Grasshoppers step into the breach and rise to National Indoor Finals challenge

A GROUP of Matlock youngsters attending the Ultimate National Indoor Finals in Sheffield got a little more action than they expected last week.

When a competing team failed to turn up, the Matlock group took their place.

Ultimate is a game played with a frisbee that is somewhere between netball and American Football.

The indoor game is played five-a-side and the frisbee is passed between the team, the aim being to score in the ‘end zone’.

There is no referee, with teams responsible for policing themselves and arriving at co-operative decisions regarding any disputes.

There were 28 teams, mostly from universities from as far away as Exeter and Aberdeen, competing in open and women’s leagues over two days at the Ponds Forge Leisure Centre.

Having hastily come up with their name, the Grasshoppers, aged between ten and 15 years old, with the occasional adult playing as well, rose to the challenge magnificently and quickly gained huge popular support from the spectator galleries.

After 24 gruelling minutes against a team from Hull University the end score was a very respectable six-point draw.

Team coach Ben Daglish said: “ I was extremely proud and pleased with their performance, especially considering they were playing against one of the top 16 teams in the country.”

Matlock Grasshoppers meet up and play on a Sunday afternoon from 2-4pm at the Dimple Playing Fields in Matlock. Anyone is welcome to come along. Adults who want to have a go are also warmly welcomed.

There is coaching from Ben, who himself discovered ultimate while at University and has been playing for 23 years.

For more details about Ultimate go to www.ukultimate.com, and for more details on the Matlock Grasshoppers call Ben Daglish on 01629 583229.