Bury are crowned national champions for a fifth year

Bury Kings: Bury St Edmunds Tchoukball Club's first team have won their fifth straight national title. ANL-160428-112431001
Bury Kings: Bury St Edmunds Tchoukball Club's first team have won their fifth straight national title. ANL-160428-112431001
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Bury Tchoukball Club’s first team Bury Kings extended their remarkable unbeaten run to three years as they won the national championship for a fifth straight year.

Since the league structure was reformatted the side have not dropped a point, winning every single game since April 21, 2013 to pick up three Super League titles.

The record nearly came to an end on Sunday when, in the penultimate game of the season, they trailed Guildford Infernos going into the final period, but improved to win 64-57.

In their final match they beat an under-strength Southampton Stags 82-55 to secure the title and ensure they successfully completed the remarkable hat-trick of unbeaten seasons.

“It’s an incredible achievement and one we are very proud of,” said head coach Ian Parker. “We didn’t play our best but Guildford were very good.

“I think that result actually shows how impressive this record is. To be able to keep up that level of consistency for so long and to grind out results when you’re not at your best shows what a special group of players we have.”

In Division One Bury Saints finished second after two wins, while the club’s youth team Bury Wolves also won twice to give themselves a chance of a top four finish in their first ever season.