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.

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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.

Womens

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!

Mixed

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!

Mens

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!

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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!