“This year we are challenging for medals”: Frisbee Captain Helen Barron

Jessica Woodlock

DCU Ultimate Frisbee captain Helen Barron is calling on more women to get involved in the club after DCU’s ultimate frisbee team competed in the mixed outdoor Intervarsities.

After gaining wins on two occasions against UCD’s first and third team, the second day of matches were unfortunately cancelled due to the bad weather conditions. However, captain Helen Barron, who is in her final year of business studies, is hopeful that when the matches are rescheduled it will be another victory for DCU. Having grown from a club with just three girls to 12 in the last few months, Barron emphasises that they are hungry for success and looking for success.

“This year we are challenging for medals, challenging for final places and challenging for trophies,” said women’s team captain Helen Barron.

The women’s team have made headway this year as they look to enter the upcoming ultimate frisbee women’s developmental’s for the first time in four years.  Developmental rules dictate that out of the seven players playing, two must be in second year and five in first year, so there is a huge emphasis on new players. With the men’s team having got to the final in the past two years, the club are looking forward to good results.

Entering a women’s team is a great success for DCU and a product of the work put in by players and coaches alike. Fiona Mernagh, who plays for Ireland’s ultimate frisbee team , has been instrumental in the development of the team, according to captain Helen Barron.

“She (Fiona Mernagh) brings a focused nature to the team and has helped us bring in people who are interested in the competitive nature of ultimate frisbee,” said Barron.

Having captained the Irish U24 mixed ultimate frisbee team last year, Helen Barron is no stranger to success, but for her, having a women’s team this year in DCU means just as much.

“It has been frustrating in previous years not having the numbers to compete. When there is a lack of girls on the team, it effects the whole club. We’ve a great group of girls this year and we are all now experienced in playing together, its brilliant,” she Barron.

Jessica Woodlock

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