University League Finals Day
"This season has been my favourite without doubt. The introduction of the regional leagues has given us a chance to play some different teams, some up-and-coming ones and some old rivals which is always fun. Following that, the opportunity to represent our region in the national finals was an amazing experience. Not only representing our University, but the whole region filled us with pride and I know everyone staying on at Uni cannot wait for next season" Nathan David, Winchester Bullets Dodgeball.
Once again we were delighted to witness the supreme high standard of university dodgeball in the UK as last Sunday the 29th April our regional league champions made their way to Leicester for the University League Finals Day. In our first season at British Dodgeball we have had 55 teams competing across our men’s and women’s regional university leagues in England, a record for the sport and one that is likely to be smashed next year.
In the women’s competition the champion team from the East Midlands league Birmingham Lions, the champion team from the South league UCL Panthers, the runners up from the East Midlands league Nottingham Balls of Steel and the runners up from the South league Winchester Bullettes took to the court to contest a round robin. The winner of which would be crowned the champion league team for the season.
3 rounds of matches were played with the following results:
10.45am Birmingham Lions 20 v 6 Winchester Bullettes
10.45am: Nottingham Balls of Steel 20 v 4 UCL Panthers
12.15pm: Nottingham Balls of Steel 4 v 22 Birmingham Lions
12.15pm: UCL Panthers 12 v 12 Winchester Bullettes
3pm: UCL Panthers 6 v 24 Birmingham Lions
3pm: Winchester Bullettes 10 v 12 Nottingham Balls of Steel
Huge congratulations to Birmingham Lions women who put on a dominant performance throughout, they have now gone through the whole league season with a 100% win record.
Men’s university dodgeball has been one of the most competitive areas on court this season in the UK and we were looking forward very much to seeing how the champion teams from the regional leagues would fair against each other on finals day. Competing we had the North champions MUDS from Manchester University, the South Champions Imperial Wolverines, the South West Champions Winchester Bullets, the West Midlands Champions Birmingham Lions and the East Midlands Champions Nottingham Balls of Steel. A five team round robin was contested to discover who would be the champion men’s university league team of the season.
5 rounds of matches were played with the following results:
10am: MUDS 16 v 10 Nottingham Balls of Steel
10am: Birmingham Lions 17 v 7 Imperial Wolverines
11.30am: Winchester Bullets 14 v 12 Nottingham Balls of Steel
11.30am: Imperial Wolverines 24 v 4 MUDS
1pm: Birmingham Lions 15 v 11 Winchester Bullets
1pm: Nottingham Balls of Steel 13 v 11 Imperial Wolverines
2.15pm: MUDS 3 v 21 Birmingham Lions
2.15pm: Imperial Wolverines 9 v 15 Winchester Bullets
3.45pm: Nottingham Balls of Steel 12 v 10 Birmingham Lions
3.45pm: Winchester Bullets 20 v 6 MUDS
The set of results meant that it could hardly be closer at the top with Birmingham Lions and Winchester Bullets both having won 3 and lost 1 match during the course of the day. With the positioning coming down to the set difference it was Birmingham Lions that came out on top. Huge congratulations to the Birmingham Lions men’s dodgeball team on their success.
"We are immensely proud to have had such great success in the University league. The hard work within the club has paid off, with all 6 of our teams performing to the best of their abilities in the leagues, culminating with our women's and men's first teams becoming champions and our women remaining undefeated! We have thoroughly enjoyed both the University events and open competitions with British Dodgeball this season, and are excited to build on our success at the University Championships later this month" Rachael Potter, Birmingham Lions Dodgeball.
Birmingham Lions came away from the finals with a historic double, winning both the men’s and women’s competitions. We’re looking forward to more of the same next season with the finals day taking place at the fantastic David Ross Sports Village at the University of Nottingham.
If you want to get involved in university dodgeball within our league system next season please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org as we are taking expressions of interest now.