In what has been a truly monumental year of sport in the treaty county this year, Limerick has yet another All-Ireland title to add to its list for 2018.
However, this particular All-Ireland title brings with it something a little different. For Pelt Ultimate, an Ultimate Frisbee team based in Limerick, they have claimed a historic second All Ireland title in just four years.
Since they captured their title in dramatic fashion just over three weeks ago, it has been an action-packed schedule for the Limerick-based side, and they made the trip across Europe last weekend to compete in the European championships as result of their successes.
Speaking to team Head Coach Chris Tinkler earlier this week, he said: “We went to Poland last weekend to play in the European club championships, so it really was a great achievement for the team.
“It wasn’t too bad, we didn’t do as well as we had hoped. We came in the top 18 whereas last year we came in the top 12, but we kind of slipped up the first day, but still done well enough all things considered.”
Despite not achieving what they had set out to on the European stage, Chris still feels that this years All-Ireland success was more significant than their victory in 2016.
“It’s been our fourth year in a row being in an All-Ireland final. The first year when we won it in 2016 there was a lot of relief, but this year there was definitely a bit more of a celebration.”
“Obviously going into it, it was still very nerve-wrecking, having lost two of the last three finals, there was a bit more anticipation going into it, in terms of whether we would be able to keep our nerve or how we’d play.
“To come home with the win was absolutely brilliant, we were absolutely delighted too in the manner in which we did it, against our closest rivals from Dublin (Ranelagh Ultimate),” he added.
Despite only being founded in 2012, the club is currently ranked at 28th in the Ultimate Frisbee World rankings after they finished 28th at the World Championships in Cincinnati, in the USA last summer.
The club also boasts a membership of over 40 players and has three active teams, but funding the club is proving a difficult task for those involved.
“There is a women’s club, a men’s and a junior club. The junior club was created last year. We go into schools and we try to get kids involved as much as we can ranging from the ages of 13 to 20.”
“It’s only this year that the sport was recognised by the Irish Sports Council as an official sport. In terms of funding, we fund it ourselves,” Chris explained.
“It’s difficult to build popularity around the sport as it hasn’t been recognised officially until now. Hopefully we get funding in the years to come especially on the international basis for the Irish team, and hopefully it will then filter down into the club scene eventually.”
At present the club has five coaches, all of whom work on a voluntary basis.
“We’ve not got to the stage yet where we have coaches who have played for years and can take a step back. It’s done on a voluntary basis. But it really is tremendously rewarding and I really love doing it, and I get a lot of help from the lads as well.”
Despite the difficult factors that come with running the club such as funding and coaching on a voluntary basis, Chris remains positive and is sure that the club has a bright future in store.
“We are always hoping to grow and inviting new members. We’re trying to get the club to grow every year. We were on of the last clubs to be formed in the country but we’ve grown ever since.
“Every year we’ve improved and improved and got better and better,” he concluded.
Information on how to join the team at Pelt Ultimate can be found on their Facebook Page @PeltUltimate