Kisumu residents will this weekend be treated to a rare sporting competition dubbed the Lake Victoria Grass Ultimate Tournament (LVG III) at the Kisumu National Polytechnic.
The Ultimate Frisbee tournament now in its third edition will see a total of seven teams, five drawn from Kenya and two from the neighboring Uganda battle for the top spot.
Ultimate Frisbee is a non-contact sport; a cross between netball and rugby, except with a disc rather than a ball. It is played either on grass by seven players or on sand by five players.
Two teams compete to score goals by passing the disc to teammates in the goal zone on either end of a rectangular field. With a point scored when one team catches the disc in the opposing team’s end zone. Players cannot run with the disc; it may be moved only by passing and the defensive team gains possession if a catch is missed or deemed to be illegal.
The sport is unique as it can be played without a referee and can be played by both men and women of any age.
Other teams leading the Kenyan onslaught include Kakamega Frisbee Club, KEMRI Frisbee Club, Nairobi Ultimate Club and Kisumu B Frisbee Club.
Flying the Ugandan flag will be the defending champions Impala alongside Magnum Opus Ultimate Club.
Having finished second last year Kisumu Frisbee Club will be going ham on the defending champions Impala in what promises to be a tough encounter.
Kisumu Frisbee Club, the flagship Frisbee club in Kisumu will be using the LVG III tournament as a build-up event for the World Ultimate Club Championships set for 14-21st July at Cincinnati, Ohio in US.
They will represent Africa in the competition alongside UCT Tigers of South Africa.
Introduced to Kisumu in 2014 by Prof Mike McGuik, the team currently needs funds to the tune of US$ 30,000 that will enable them take 15 local players to Cincinnati this July. This will cover the tournament fees, visa applications, flight air ticket, accommodation, local transport in Ohio and meals for the 10-day tournament.
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