In the University Dodgeball South Open competition, all six teams journeyed to Ayelsbury in what was a very successful tournament. The men’s and women’s 1sts reached their finals, with the men’s team being victorious, and the 2nds both reached the semi finals.
The Men’s 1sts played some great dodgeball, and looked consistently comfortable throughout the tournament. James Shelley, the MVP for the team, made several big plays and clutch catches throughout the day, including a game-changing one against Warwick to force overtime in the semi-final. First team debutants Finn Jenkins, Sam Richards and Dan Jones also stood out during the competition, and regularly demonstrated their capabilities as they seamlessly slotted in to the side. With the team winning their first tournament as a group, they will look to continue this form as they grow throughout the year.
First team captain Nathan Christipherson was delighted with the performance of his team:
“For our first tournament together, it was a quality display. There were many strong performances throughout the day and it showed with another tournament win for the boys.”
For the men’s 2nds, team chemistry was sorely lacking in the early stages of the tournament but, despite tough opponents they pulled together and gave each opponent a run for their money. Captain Ed Raven chose Seb Gibson as the MVP for making the clutch catch in overtime to win a knockout game and keep them from going home early. It was an excellent display from the team considering they had to deal with injuries and they adapted well to overcome the tough sides and place 3rd overall.
The 3rds were the only all fresher team at the tournament, aside from captain Marcus Milton, and played very well against tough opponents and snatched a few frames against some uni first teams. Callum Birkin, as chosen by captain Marcus Milton, was MVP for impressing throughout the day but it was a great display from the whole team, especially since it was the first taste of competitive dodgeball for most of the side!
The first tournament of the season for a completely new team women’s 1sts was always going to be tough. They comfortably got through the group stages, topping the group and going straight into the semi finals against the Birmingham 2nds. The team really got into their stride in this derby, with quick counters, great dodging, and plenty of catches resulting in a strong win. The final was against close rivals Winchester and despite a great performance they unfortunately lost. Anna Major impressed the most in the silver medal-winning side, always remaining and making valuable catches at times when the team needed them most.
The 2nds faced a tough set of matches in the group stage, but put up an impressive fight against Warwick and Winchester. After drawing firstly with Warwick and a loss to Winchester, the team were determined to smash the second match against Warwick, beating them 8-4 and making the semi-final. The 2nds carried the enthusiasm forwards into the semi final against Birmingham 1s, as they played well but were unable to match the 1sts quality. A dramatic playoff against UEA followed and the team gave it their all but were defeated, finishing in in 4th place overall. The MVP was Eleanor Roshier for her unbelievable catching and determination to carry on playing with an injured hand!
In their first match as a team the 3rds played amazingly, winning 8-4. They continued to put up a good fight against the other teams they faced, playing most frames out for the full time and winning their fair share. Their MVP for the day was Joanna Seifert, who played well throughout the day, making good catches even when under pressure, and had some great dodges!