We welcomed 2019 with open arms and hoped to have as much good fortune as we had at meets 1, 2 & 3 back in 2018.
We wanted to give you a motivational quote but instead we decided to tell you how our meet 4 went!
British Dodgeball – not one’s to let up, had planned an extremely early league meet no. 4 in January. With Christmas just passed some players had not trained for a few weeks and we just hoped that the copious amount of Mince Pies and Prosecco hadn’t taken their toll on the players.
It was Saturday and it was the turn of the Killers and Workers to take the Morning session.
Killers first match of the day was against Nottingham Sheriffs, always a great game! The lads came away with a win of 18-6 and some excellent play all round with all Killers playing to their fullest! The hard work they have been putting in at training was clear to see! The Killers next took on Bedford Eagles, unfortunately coming away with a loss of 17-11. It was a tense match with the Killer Bees taking first blood and getting the first few games, however Bedford’s catching prowess shone through. There were however some great individual play, especially coming from England’s own, Aden Woodall, player of the day.
The Worker Bees day got off to an unfortunate start with young prodigy Femi dropping out with flu. Luckily the rest of the Workers had their flu jabs in September and were unaffected by the bug.
On to the court and the Workers faced off against MK Cyclones. After a rather dismal start the lads rallied to level things with a few minutes to go but unfortunately with a few individual errors and and other slightly ‘village’ things saw the Workers lose the match 14-10.
Next match up was against Bedford Rangers, after some ‘soul searching’ in the cafe during the 2 hour break the lads geared up and flew out of the blocks to lead 11-3. After half time the Workers managed to hold their position and win comfortably 13-9. A good day of solid performances as a team and individually. Coach Elliot Barker somehow managed to win player of the day (whispers of a rigging were heard and an investigation into corruption will begin next week).
Into the Mid session – the Queens, Soldier and Honey Bees arrived for what would turn out to be a very interesting day indeed.
The Queen Bees had their toughest league meet of the entire Super league this time round. Facing off against the two teams who currently sat above them in the table – Nottingham Sheriffs and Bedford Eagles. The Queens were up against Sheriffs first of all. They started off well, threatening and punishing one ball throws with some fantastic catches from player of the day Lucy Collins and Fay Woodall respectively. It was back and forth on game wins and by the time half time rolled around it was very close. The game caught the attention of the rest of the Super League players and all of a sudden there were spectators at every side of the court. The second half was indeed very close with Sian Ellis and Cesca McCarthy making some game turning catches. In true Bees style, the ladies managed to grind out a draw of 12-12!
Their second match was one of quite opposite fashion. Bedford being stern took out a lead in the first half, the Queens struggled but there was some good hits from Amanda King to watch out for. The second half saw the ladies rally and win a few more games ending the score at 16-6. It was a day that the ladies will definitely take.
Honey Bees have been on the comeback ever since their first league meet and with a new found sense of ‘let’s do this’ they went into the day raring to go. Their first match against Wessex Wolves was challenging upon stepping on to the court, seeing the ladies go 4-0 down but never deterred. Some great play by Zoe Rees the team were back on track at 4 all. It was a tight game with wins going both ways but brave play by Rose Finney up court saw the Honey Bees end with a draw of 10-10.
The second match of the day was against that of Leeds Dodge who had a talented team of players. The Honeys made huge improvements with group throws and accuracy keeping them in the game. Kate Wood player of the day, managing to pull out two heroic catches as last player in, winning one exciting game in particular. The second half was more of the same fast paced play, including some cracking countering by Helena Law the Honey Bees managed to go into the last frame 10 all. Sadly the Honeys painfully lost a closely contested 1 minute last game but there was so much improvement its hard to feel sad.
The Soldier Bees first match was against Minotaur’s 3, the Soldier Bees came out like a battling ram and just kept on winning game after game, the score line ending at an impressive 23-3. Mike Bailey (Snr) making a big impact and winning well deservedly the player of the day! The Soldiers next had a tough match against Bedford Eagles 2, a closely contested affair the Soldiers did everything they could to win but unfortunat…Hang on a minute, a Bees team beat Bedford Eagles at meet 4! Soldiers win 14-12! Well done, great effort by all the lads that played.
A new edition of the British Dodgeball Circuit saw the introduction of Mixed League – whereby we have men and women playing on the court at the same time (3 women/3 men). Bees love to dabble in all things so we decided to enter 2 teams into the first ever Mixed League as Manchester Bees A & Manchester Bees B.
Manchester Bees A first match was against Leicester Uni, going into something so new it was hard to tell what the score line would turn out like, but a stacked team, the Bees felt good! The end of the match finished a healthy 21-7, shout out to Ellie Ford for some cheeky dings.
Their next match was against Nottingham Sheriffs, again some great hits, catches and dodges from all players saw the finish score of 21-9. Dave Prestage has never been so happy to win player of the day!
Manchester Bees B first went up against a tough Leicester Minotaurs. Again, with it being new, the Bees B team were apprehensive but they had nothing to worry about grinding out in true Bees fashion a draw of 14-14. Congrats to Zainab who won player of the day with some crucial catching (congrats to beating out all the men for the prestigious title!)
Their next game was against Warwick Warriors, again a tough contest for the men and women on the team. They struggled but there were moments of class, unfortunately the final score was a loss 19-9.
We’ll be keeping you up to date of all the Mixed League action so keep an eye out for the next Bees Blog Blast!