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Firefighters up for a different kind of challenge

Updated: Jan 16



Challenge extended and challenge accepted.


Over the Christmas Holidays, the Amherstburg Firefighters Association picked up the gauntlet tossed down by the Ultimate Frisbee Club and well, it was game on.


Sunday night at the Libro Centre on the indoor turf, the popular sport was in full gear as up and down the field they went, all vying for the not-so coveted Extinguish Award.


Under the direction of the Windsor Ultimate Frisbee Club which started back in 2007, Amherstburg has hosted the game twice a week ever since the Libro Centre opened.


“It’s such a great field and an affordable price,” said Molly Allaire, a town councillor and also a director with the local club and who helped organize the challenge.


Adults play the game for a couple of hours on Wednesdays and Sundays beginning at 7:30 p.m. and a Youth program runs on Tuesday and Wednesdays for those 8-and-up which gives parents a chance to play along.


According to Allaire, Ultimate Frisbee is a cross between basketball and football and teams of six aside go quickly from offence to defence. The scoring comes in when one of the teams successfully passes the disc to a teammate into the end zone.


“You can’t run with the disc, you have to pass it,” she said.


There is no contact allowed but like some of the firefighters learned the hard way on Sunday, there can be collisions.


Scores can run into the high 80’s and 90’s per side and it is a great cardiovascular workout.


Sunday saw the Ultimate team take an early lead but once the firefighters picked up the game, just like they do when they answer the bell, they adapted and persevered.


Final score, Ultimate Frisbee 32 Amherstburg Firefighters Association 20.


And while the Ultimate Team was able to take home the Extinguish Award, the rematch is set at the Libro Centre for April 14.


By Fred Groves

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