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International Bee Network: The Anzac and Asia Beach Tournaments

Whilst we all know the hive is based in Manchester, there’s no denying the Bees who call it home, like to migrate all over the world from time to time.

In April, one of our student member Bees, Sam Wench, flew all the way to South-East Asia to compete for Outkast International Wolfpack in the Anzac International Tournament, this year held in Singapore, and Bali’s Asia Beach Tournament.

Sam representing the Manchester Bees kit enjoying the Singapore sights
Reppin’ the Manchester Bees kit, enjoying the Singapore sights

Sun, sports and ‘Stingapore’ – The Anzac International Tournament

Having landed in Stingapore and attended a training session with Outkast to grapple with the six-ball rules and foam play, Sam played in the mixed and men’s tournaments at the Anzac International Tournament, held in Singapore on the 20 and 21 April.

With intense competition and experienced teams from countries including Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand, the Outkast men made it through the group stages but succumbed in the quarter finals to Malaysia’s Earthshakers, who were the eventual winners of the contest, having demonstrated superb and consistent play throughout the tournament.

Sam with his Outkast team, lining up with New Zealand’s Canterbury Vikings for a post-match photo

The Buzz from Bali’s Asian Beach Dodgeball Tournament

On 28 and 29 April, nine teams from six clubs went to Bali for the two-day dodgeball extravaganza, which included one cloth-ball division and a separate foam-ball division, both playing six-ball rules! Competition was strong with representatives from nine different countries, including Germany, Canada, Australia, the Philippines, and England (Go Sam!) around the world, competing for the titles.

The teams had a great time over the two day tournament and the finals involved not only some tough competition – the teams ended up fighting the setting sun, incoming tide and tiredness.

Life's a beach: running off in the sunshine
Life’s a beach: running off in the sunshine

Outkast’s performance throughout the tournament was strong, with the team coming second in the foam division and fourth in cloth. Highlights included some great hits and catches and one particularly awesome triple catch, with our very own Sam making three catches in immediate succession… if only it was on film!

Check out Asia Beach Dodgeball’s video album of the tournament, below.

“It was an absolutely brilliant experience and goes to show how dodgeball can really open doors for travelling and making friends all round the world. It’s crazy that, a year after the Dodgeball World Cup in Manchester, I was on a plane to visit and play alongside friends I’d met there. It was great – and I’ve learned a lot about my own dodgeball technique and how to strengthen my performance. Plans are already in place for next year’s overseas adventures – Roll on Melbourne #Anzac2018!”

Like the sound of international friendships,  travels and overseas competitions? Why not give dodgeball a go a bit closer to home – the Bees’ all-comers sessions run on Tuesdays, 8-9.30pm at Manchester Academy School, M14 4PX. We hope to see you there!