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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?!