Leagues – Meet 1 – A Reputable Start

The morning of the league was cold but the Bees dusted off their stripes and made the long(ish) journey to SGP.

The morning slots consisted of the Killer Bees playing in the Super League and the Worker Bees in Men’s League 1. The Killer Bees first match was against East Anglia Vikings, a very even game with the scores level all the way. It went to a sixty second set, Bees very own, Aden Woodall making a hit on Scotty Whitelaw winning the set and the match. Killers next match was against Leamington Spartans, with “the greatest first  half ever” dubbed by Aden. The Killers were winning 13-3 however Spartans made some tactical changes and fought back to settle for a draw 13-13.

Next up to play was the Workers. Their first match was against MDL Raptors where they took a win of 16-6. It was some of the best performances put on show by the Workers.  Next they were up against Nottingham Sheriffs  2, where Workers took an unprecedented amount of rebound catches, winning 23-5


Then came Saturday Afternoon, the Soldiers, Honeys and Queen Bees swarmed together at the classic Sainsbury carpark, ready for an hour and a half long journey to the quite impressive St George’s Park.

The Soldier Bees first match was against London Storm 3’s, it was hard fought and unfortunately the Bees came away with a loss, although the match showed highlights from Adam Hameed. The next match was against Bedford Eagles 2nd’s the Bees resilient as ever, came back fighting, ending with a draw of 12-12, a great result for the Soldiers.

It was the beginning of the Women’s Super League for both ladies teams and Men’s League 2 respectively. After a solid block of training (with the exception of the Euros) the Bees felt good going into their first matches of the new season. We had a lot of new faces making their debut’s for the Bees at league and they did not let us down, these included;

Amanda King, Christie Abbatt, Emily Walker, Rose Finney, Adam Hameed, Lewis Diggins, Liam Ryder, Femi Adejumobi, Patrick Briars, Michael Bailey, Jack Halpin & Ryan Foster. (Yes, we did do very well in the transfer window 😉)

The Queens first took on East Anglia Valkyries who kept the Queens on their toes in the first half. But the Bees did not waviermaking excellent hits and catches and calls made by Cesca McCarthy, Valkyries led 6-4 at half time. With the Queens not out of the game yet, they rallied together and played out of their skin to win 12-10, even with Fay Woodall and Emily Walker getting sin-binned for a ‘so-called’ late hit on a EA player. Their next match was against Leeds, you might say an ‘nemesis’ as the Queens had lost twice to them in previous opens by one game. It was on! Queens started off well again, trialling by one game at half time. After a strong half-time talk by Coach Woodsy, the girls upped the aggression and took the win comfortably with a score of 16-8.

After being promoted from Women’s League 1 last season, the Honey Bees were looking to make their mark on the Super League. Their first match was against the also newly promoted Bedford Rangers was tough. Bedford came in with a game plan, playing a rather boring single ball game. Despite losing the match the Honey Bees showed signs of what they are capable of, with some excellent timed counters and catches. Their next match was against  a very tough opponents in Nottingham Sheriffs. The ladies played well in the first half, with Imy Young making some fantastic catches alongside Kate Wood and Lucy Collins and some absolute toe dings by Sian Ellis. The ladies may of lost but with some more training behind them for meet 2, they can most certainly become the comeback kids.

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The Bees will continue with their training over the coming weeks and look forward to the next league meets.

See you next time for more updates!

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Dodgeball World Cup Preview – the Bees-iest Groups in NYC!

In a few days’ time, the second ever Dodgeball World Cup is kicking (or throwing) off at Madison Square Garden, New York (New York), in the U S of A. And you may have heard, by now, that Dodgeball’s Coming Home…

As previously reported, a number of our incredible Bees have been called up for international duty, with players from our Manchester Hive competing for the Republic of Ireland, ScotlandEngland, Egypt & Northern Ireland.


Now that the World Dodgeball Association (WDA) has announced the group fixtures, we take a look below at the Bees’ international team fixtures, including the Derbees taking place at the tournament’s outset, to assess who shall be Bringing Dodgeball Home for the Manchester Bees.


Group A: Austria, Canada, England, Hong Kong, USA

Group B: Australia, Egypt (Vero Naguii), Malaysia, Singapore, Slovenia

Watch out for…

Group B is undoubtedly a tough draw in the Women’s tournament, but Vero’s incredible dodging and catching skills, as well as those sneaky counters, will look fantastic on the international stage. We can’t wait to see what she brings to the court for Egypt against some incredible international teams!

Vero is ready for the international stage!
Vero is ready for the international stage!


Group A: Canada, England (Aden Woodall), Malaysia, Slovenia, USA

Group B: Australia, Austria, Egypt (Vero Naguii), Hong Kong, Scotland (Ross McGuigan)

Watch out for…

England’s Aden Woodall looks set for a great tournament and with no other Bee-inclusive international teams in the Group, he can focus on saving his bee-snaking ways for the knockouts!

Everyone’s favourite Scottish Pensioner, Ross McGuigan is also flying solo as the only Manchester rep in Group B(ee) of the Mixed tournament.

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We can’t wait to find out if we’ll have a Battle of the Bees in the knockouts!


Group A: Australia, Canada, England (Aden Woodall), Northern Ireland (Bru Cousins), USA

Group B: Austria, Egypt, Malaysia, Republic of Ireland (Rob Kearns & Colm Mallon), Singapore

Whilst the Republic of Ireland also get a der-bee free group, in Group A of the men’s group stage is where one of the most interesting der-bees is set to take place – with Bru Cousins’ Northern Ireland set to face off against Aden Woodall’s England.

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We certainly can’t wait to see which Bee will come out on top – one thing for sure is that every single Bee stepping up on that international stage is determined that the Bees’ will bring it home!

And we can’t talk about the World Cup Bees without wishing best of luck to all those who became part of the international Bees’ family at the first ever World Cup in April 2016 in our great city. Best of luck in NYC – we hope you love it (almost) as much as Manchester!


Want updates on how our Bees are getting on? Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates as the tournament progresses.

Like the idea of getting involved an alternative sport like dodgeball – perhaps with a little less international intensity? Manchester Bees are tailored towards every ability, so you’d like to jump in and join a social sport in the Greater Manchester area, led by qualified coaches (who just so happen to know how to play the some of the best dodgeball in the world). So, if this sounds like your kind of thing, come along to a session and get involved!

World Cup Build Up Part 1: Republic of Ireland & Scotland

Long term friends and followers of the Bees will of course remember when, not so long ago, the first ever World Cup was hosted in our very own city in April 2016. Since then, the sport has gone from strength to strength.

In just two months’ time, the World Cup will be held at the one and only Madison Square Garden, New York (New York).


And what is the most exciting part of the Dodgeball World Cup in New York (New York)? Why, the fact that some of our very own Bees will be there, proudly playing for and coaching their national teams and giving us cause to feel like a very, very proud hive!

This month’s blogs focus on the incredible players who will be making the journey to New York (New York) to represent their country as players and coaches. Bloggy McBlogface has asked those special Bees nine bold, hard-hitting questions to find out their innermost thoughts and feelings about the most important, eagerly anticipated sporting World Cup this year (admittedly, one of them is inspired by Buzzfeed). Unfortunately, some led to slightly boring answers (international dodgeballers can be so professional)… but not one to let down her readers, Bloggy McBlogface has the highlights below.

Profile: Killer Bee & Republic of Ireland Men’s player, ROB KEARNS

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He’s ready…

What do you enjoy most about playing/coaching the sport? It matches a hobby of mine – throwing things at people. Previously I was getting into trouble doing this in public to random people.

If you were at this year’s football world cup, what position would you play? Goalie. To be honest, I’m surprised I’ve not had the call up considering the woeful choices they’ve made!

What are you most looking forward to about playing at MSG in this year’s World Cup? It’s not really sunk in yet. Probably the opening ceremony, when I get to see the rest of the opposition standing in MSG.

According to Buzzfeed’s (accuracy guaranteed*) quiz, which sport were you born to play? Baseball!

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Anything else you want to say? I know quite a few people coming over to support the Irish team, me and some fellow Bees – it means a lot, so thanks to those coming along!

Profile: Killer Bee & Scotland Mixed Player, ROSS McGUIGAN

He's readier...
He’s readier…

How long have you been playing dodgeball? 9 years. Some say I was playing before time began…

What’s your favourite thing about playing/coaching the sport? The pace of the game – other sports you might get the change to relax, but it’s a continuous adrenaline rush in dodgeball!

According to Buzzfeed’s (accuracy guaranteed*) quiz, which sport were you born to play? Track & Field!

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What are you most looking forward about this year’s DWC? Playing at MSG and seeing the progression the sport has made with it becoming a huge spectacle! And seeing a few old pals who are heading there too…

Profile: Killer Bee & Republic of Ireland Men’s Player, COLM MALLON

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he’s readiest…

What’s your favourite thing about playing/coaching the sport? It’s such a cliche, but I have to say the community, and everyone who’s part of it.

If you were going to play any sport besides dodgeball, what would it be? Basketball – I played for 8 years before uni.

According to Buzzfeed’s (accuracy guaranteed*) quiz, which sport were you born to play? Golf!

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What are you most looking forward about this year’s DWC? Playing in MSG! I’ve wanted to go ever since I was a kid so it’s really surreal that I won’t just be going – I’ll actually get to play there!


Enjoying our World Cup Build Up? Check back soon for our write up on featured players &  coaches who will be proudly representing England, Northern Ireland & Egypt in August!  You can also keep up to date via FacebookTwitter Instagram feeds!

Like the idea of representing your country at the best sport there is? Take the first step under the guidance of National, European and World Champion players, who happen to also be part of Manchester Bees Dodgeball’s incredible coaching team.  Find out more about our all-comers sessions and come and give it a go at one of our summer sessions!

(*Accuracy definitely not guaranteed.)

The Youth of Today… the Future of Dodgeball!

It’s official: the 2017/18 dodgeball season is upon us. And now that we’ve  caught up with our grown-up Bees’ progress, it’s time to cross over to see what’s going on with the best that the future of dodgeball, has got to offer!

Manchester Bees Dodgeball Academy

The newly formed Mr Dodgeball/Bees academy, open to anyone aged 14-16, is now up and running. The sessions are suitable for all abilities and take place from 7-8pm at St Anne’s High School in Stockport, on Wednesdays – for more information, visit the Bees Academy facebook page!

the Bees' Academy sessions are now well underway!
the Bees’ Academy sessions are now well underway!

The sessions are coached by qualified coaches Sam Wrench and Colm Mallon and take place 7-8 at St Annes High School in Stockport.

Mr Dodgeball and his Junior Bees

Mr Dodgeball’s Junior clubs’ coaching team, Helen Slater, Sam Wrench, George Howard, Victoria Foster, and Chris Riley have been working hard to provide fun, innovative sessions to all young players.

Coaches Chris and Victoria alongside this season's first tournament winners!
Coaches Chris and Victoria alongside this season’s first tournament winners!

Regular sessions have restarted and the uptake, as always, has been fantastic – with both returning players and also lots of new players getting involved.

Weekly sessions

Mr Dodgeball runs weekly sessions at a variety of locations for teams, including the Horwich Heat, Heaton Hurricanes, Altrincham Dodgers, Avondale Avalanche, Handforth Hawks, and new club the Burnage Bruins.

For more information on weekly sessions, visit Mr Dodgeball’s website!


Mr Dodgeball has monthly tournaments running from October 2017 until July 2018, with support and additional coaching provided by Manchester Bees’ Players – and sometimes with very special, surprise guests!

Bumble the Bee making a very special surprise appearance at one of last season's final Junior Tournaments, alongside Bath Spartan's James Robinson and Bees' very own Sam Wench
Some of last season’s special Guests: Bumble the Bee, Bath Spartan’s James Robinson and Manchester Bees’ very own Sam Wench!

Representative teams

Mr Dodgeball will be entering teams into British Dodgeball’s Junior Tournaments thisseason!

Players will be selected from Mr Dodgeball’s community clubs in the under 11 and under 13 categories, to play for Mr Dodgeball’s Junior Bees team.

At this year’s inaugural Season Open in Leicester in September, the Junior Bees were runners-up in both categories, having played to a brilliant level throughout the day!


Thinking about getting involved? Manchester Bees cater for all ages – Mr Dodgeball’s junior sessions for ages 6-13; the Manchester Bees Dodgeball Academy for ages 14-16; and Manchester Bees Dodgeball for adult players!

Glitter, Glory & Girl Power: A Tale of Two Teams

For the first time ever, in this 2016/17 season, the Manchester Bees had not one, but two women’s teams.

Whilst the Queen Bees had been established some time ago, this year, the Queens took the crown as the club’s women’s first team, setting a prime example to the club’s newly founded ‘Honey Bees’ second team. Both teams competed in the Women’s National League 1 North.

At the end of March, we recapped the Queens’ and Honeys’ favourite moments so far and now, with league wrapped up for the season, we relive some of the ladies’ best moments of their most successful season yet.

Racing for the run-off: The Queen Bees start the game in great style
Racing for the run-off: The Queen Bees start the game in style

The Bees’ first meet was an undoubted success, with both teams unbeaten at the end of the day. What a way to start the show!

The Queen and Honey Bees celebrate a full house of wins at League Meet 1
The Queen and Honey Bees celebrate a full house of wins at League Meet 1

At meet two, the league saw its first der-bee, with Queen’s snatching and catching their way to a win against the Honeys. Final score, 8-6.

Catches win matches: Queen Bee and general #BNID Suzanne Vickers shows us how it's done.
Catches win matches: Queen Bee and general #BNID Suzanne Vickers shows us how it’s done.

Not down for long, the Honeys bounced back in no time, securing a hard-fought and well-earned 9-5 win over the Queens in the next der-bee during the fifth league meet of the season.

With both teams performing consistently against the other WNL1 North competitors, the Bees swarmed at the top of the table from meet one, throughout the season.

The league finale saw the Honeys battling valiantly onwards, unfortunately a player down, but never to be underestimated. Only the Queens managed a clean sweep against the Honey Bees this season in their final der-bee, showing their experience and capitalising on their one-player advantage, securing a 14-0 victory.

From a total of 21 matches,  the Honeys’ loss to Queens marked only their fourth – and final – defeat of the entire league. A good premiere for the newbees!

Plaits, Ribbons, Glitter: Honey Bees Alex and Laura (C) know how to do a girly pre-league ritual!
Plaits, Ribbons, Glitter: Honey Bees Alex and Captain Laura know how to do a girly pre-league ritual!

The best bits about this season? To name but a few: the road trips to Sheffield & back, the girly pre-game team glitter and hair-plaiting rituals, the camaraderie between teams and club and team spirit, the cheer-bee-ders showing support at the sidelines of each other’s games, as much and as often as possible.

Defeated only twice throughout the season, the Queen Bees ended the final league meet crowned this year’s WNL1 North Champions. Not ones to leave empty handed, the Honey Bees were presented their well-deserved Runner Up medals. Not bad for the first attempt, eh? The ladies’ first year with two teams and first time for a #Bees1and2. I think we’ll call that a success.

It must bee love: Queen Bee (and general #BNID) Suzanne Vickers and Honey Bee Kate Wood
It must bee love: Queen Bee (and general #BNID) Suzanne Vickers and Honey Bee Kate Wood

So what about next year? The Queens will face the challenges of the DPL for the first time, and the Honeys will strive to double their collection of silverware in WNL1 North. How will they fare? Time will tell. One thing for sure is, the Bees will have fun every step of the way.

Feel like getting involved? The Bees are always looking for more members. Whether you want to get involved for the socials, fitness or competition, Manchester Bees Dodgeball have something for everyone. Our all-comers sessions run on Tuesdays, 8-9.30pm at Manchester Academy School, M14 4PX. Why not come along and have a go?!

Coaches Corner – thoughts on the season so far!

As the season draws to a close and the Killers, Workers, Queens and Honeys look towards the end of their respective league meets, let’s catch up with our dedicated coaching team on what they think the Bees have bossed this season.

Bru Cousins, Head Coach and Killer Bee

I have been really impressed with the development of all players this year. Most players have shown brilliant commitment and this has meant good numbers at training – which in turn allows for quality sessions that develop specific aspects of people’s games.

The debrief: Another busy training session draws to a close with a hands in for four buzzes and a BEES!
The debrief: Another busy training session draws to a close with a hands in for four buzzes and a BEES!

The Honey Bees are proof of this – smashing teams that have been playing for a similar length of time – well done Alice Heaney and Kate Wood for some great catching improvements this year. The Queen Bees’ power has improved this year, and their attitude has improved – meaning they now want to win without sacrificing fun. Coach Helena Law has been instrumental in this, whilst Lucy Collins and Imy Young have stepped into the centre of the team and played well. The Killer Bees have refined their ability to see matches out and are now much less vulnerable to pre-throws – Rob Kearns has improved this during the latter half of the season. Worker Bees are finally playing at the level we always knew they could do, despite being without some of the players they were expecting to have in the side. They continue to develop their throwing power and timing. Particular shout-outs to Paul Brunger and Kevin Johnson for stepping into that team and getting stuck in.

All teams will be looking forward to more 5 ball training now to ready ourselves for the upcoming Northern Champs.

Aden Woodall – Men’s Coach and Killer Bee

Through consistent play, the Killer Bees are looking likely to finish fourth (barring any disasters which could always happen in such a fast and frantic sport). We haven’t yet beat a top 3 team, but we have drawn with Leicester Minotaurs. The main thing our team has learned is that every match and every point matters – we drew to Leeds in last place due to underestimating them. Technically, our safety play has improved – we are far less vulnerable to pre-throws now and this is allowing us to confidently see out matches rather than letting teams catch and hit their way back into a game. Liam McMahon has showed dedication throughout the season. Bru Cousins and Alex Bembridge have both been making great catches throughout the league season, and Ross McGuigan’s speed has helped the team with ball retention.

Helena Law – Women’s Coach and Queen Bee

At the end of season meeting last year we discussed the possibility of having 2 women’s teams. This season we introduced the Honey Bees and what a first season they have had! The Honey Bees have comfortably competed in tournaments against more experienced teams and have been storming the league. At training the impact has been incredible; the Honeys have built on their own skill set and raised everyone’s level of play! The Queens have definitely felt the benefit of being able to regularly play against such a strong team at sessions and the resulting success of both teams is a massive testament to that.

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The Queens and Honeys celebrate a #Bees1and2 in the Plate at the Leicester Open – with their very own commemorative plates!

The Honey Bees won the Plate at the Leicester Open and currently sit second in the league following several incredible performances; including beating the Queen bees at the last league with a fantastic mixture of catches and counters. The Queen bees have seen their own success this season; winning the West Midland tournament, beating DPL teams and leading the WNL 1 North.

As a coach for the womens teams, I can’t say how excited I am to see both teams continue to develop, improve their skills and compete at a high standard…all while covered in glitter chanting “ALIVE! AWAKE! ALERT! ENTHUSIATIC!”

Alex Bembridge – Women’s Coach and Killer Bee

What Helena said.

The Queen and Honey Bees pose for a picture with player-coach Helena (bottom row, centre) and Alex Bembridge (top right) Honorable mention: Supporter/Cameraman David Streather
Queen/Coach Helena (bottom row, centre) and Killer/Coach Alex Bembridge (top right) pose alongside the Queens and Honeys after another successful league meet!
Honorable mention: Supporter/Cameraman David Streather (top left)

Elliot Barker – Assistant Coach and Worker Bee

Since doing the UKDBA level 2 course last year, I’ve taken our third men’s team, the Soldier Bees to several tournaments and fount it rewarding watching the players develop throughout the season.

Being asked to run our members’ session for the first time was a great experience. As ‘Joint village-idiot” of the Bees (shout out to Huband), I was worried I wouldn’t be taken seriously – and it was the longest two hours of my life, but I enjoyed the challenge! Massive respect to Bru,  Aden and the other coaches who regularly run our all-comers’ and members’ sessions. Fortunately everyone was great, I got good feedback from the coaching team on how to improve my coaching technique too.

The workers have had a tough season with the team ravaged by injury. Despite this, morale remains high in the squad and it’s great to be with a group of lads who genuinely enjoy each others’ company #WeDemBees.

Do you want to give dodgeball a try? Whether it’s for fun, to get fit or make new friends, at the Manchester Bees you can hit all three bees birds with one dodgeball stone! Our all-comers sessions run from 8-9.30 on Tuesdays at Manchester Academy School, M14 4PX. We hope to see you there soon!

Keeping Up with the Killers: Episode III

Missed out on the previous episodes of #KUWTK? Catch up on the Episode I: The Premiere and Episode II: The Midseason Special before continuing, or suffer the spoilers!

Having played all the teams in DPL once, the Bees had settled in fourth place, suffering defeat to only two teams. With week 4’s fixtures mirroring those from Week 1, the Bees began the second half of the season against London Storm whom they had previously defeated 13-6.

The teams could not be separated over the first two games, with both ending in tight draws after three minutes. The Killer Bees managed to gain control of the contest thanks to precise throwing, finishing with a 15-4 victory over the team from the capital.

Buoyed by their dominant display against London Storm, the Killer Bees managed to execute their best performance of the league season, achieving the maximum 19 points from Nottingham Sheriffs whilst dropping none themselves. No Manchester player put a foot wrong in the match, combining terrific throws, dynamic dodging and crucial catches throughout the encounter.

Some very happy Killers
Some very happy and successful Killers

Searching for a hat-trick of wins for the day, Manchester were to play their final match against Meteors, themselves desperate for a win after a defeat to Wessex Wolves.

The Bees were sluggish out of the blocks and lost the first two games before clawing back points, heading into the final game with the match delicately balanced at 6 points apiece.

Manchester’s initial sluggishness would come back to haunt them as they were unable to earn the final points of the match and succumbed to their second defeat against the Lutterworth collective.


In Week 5, the Killer Bees were due to repeat their fixtures from week 2. That week, Manchester had suffered their heaviest defeat to Bedford Might Eagles, 17-2. Determined not to suffer the same fate, the Bees headed into the match in something of a frenzy. However, there was perhaps too much desire and excitement, with Mighty Eagles soaring into a 6-0 lead. Tactical changes and standout play from Aden Woodall dragged the Bees back into the contest before a number of close calls went against the Manchester team; the match ended 13-6 in Bedford’s favour.

Playing next against a full strength Dirty Ducks team, the Bees suffered their second defeat of the day and their first of the entire season to a team below them in the league. Smart catching from the Warwick University alumni saw them take 15 points in a desperately disappointing defeat for the Killer Bees.

Meet Paul (L) and Elliot (R). Neither are Killers (yet), but at Meet 5, the Killers were a bit camera shy. Paul and Elliot aren't camera shy.
Meet Paul (L) and Elliot (R). Neither are Killers (yet), but at Meet 5, the Killers were a bit camera shy. Paul and Elliot aren’t camera shy.

Determined to end the day with a victory, the Bees faced Jammy Dodgers in what was set to be a tense, attritional game. With clinical throwing and tactical discipline, the Bees ground out a gritty 13-6 victory over the Hinckley team.

With three fixtures left, Manchester Killer Bees remain in 4th place in the Dodgeball Premier League, 25 points ahead of 5th place and 37 points behind 3rd place. With their next three fixtures against a team trying to cement their status at the top of the league and two teams scrambling to secure safety, the Bees are taking nothing for granted.