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
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!
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
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!
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
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!
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 Facebook, Twitter & 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.)