2023 State Representative Teams – Nationals wrap-up
The 2023 Australian Youth Ultimate Championships and Australian Masters Ultimate Championships were held from Friday June 30 to Sunday July 2 at Bill Norris Oval in Beenleigh, QLD. The Australian Under 22 Ultimate Championships took place from Friday July 7 to Sunday July 9 at the same venue.
Six Victorian teams in total attended across the three events. Read on to find out how they all performed.
Australian Youth Ultimate Championships
In the first AYUC since 2019, Victoria was represented by two mixed division teams – the Echidnas and the Geckos. Both teams were competitive all weekend, with coaches noting significant improvement in all 32 athletes at the tournament. The Geckos achieved a 4th place finish, and the Echidnas came in 5th.
Ultimate Victoria is very proud of all of the Under 18 athletes and hope they have found a love for our sport. We would also like to thank the parents and families of athletes that were able to attend AYUC and support the teams.
Ultimate Victoria would also like to thank the following organisations for their support of individual athletes
Congratulations also go to Victorian athletes whose performance at the event was recognised via selection on Green & Gold Merit Teams
Australian Masters Ultimate Championships
The inaugural Australian Masters Ultimate Championships were held as a mixed gender event with state representative teams competing. Victoria sent two teams with the intent of promoting playing masters ultimate as an option for eligible players. Victoria Blue finished the event in 6th place, and Victoria White in 8th place.
While the open and women’s divisions of this event did not go ahead, Victoria assembled 40 talented athletes to represent the state in the mixed division. Some incredible individual performances and overall team effort saw both teams qualify for the semi-finals, which is a fantastic result for the community.
The Blue Devils played off in the gold medal game against traditional foes NSW but came away with the silver medal. The Greater Bilbies ended the event in 4th place.