Cup win as Bury Tchoukball Club caps off perfect season

Martin Cates shooting against Southampton Stags in the Tchoukball UK Super Cup final. ANL-160525-124341001
Martin Cates shooting against Southampton Stags in the Tchoukball UK Super Cup final. ANL-160525-124341001

Bury St Edmunds Tchoukball Club capped off a perfect season with Super Cup success while several players picked up individual honours.

Bury Kings finished the season off in style, adding the Tchoukball UK (TUK) Super Cup to their national championship title.

A third Super Cup was in danger following injuries and absences to key players.

But Kings beat Southampton Stags 55-53 in a closely fought match to secure cup success, having earlier come from behind to beat Leeds 56-49 in the semi-final.

Following the win, Kings were named Team of the Year by TUK at its annual awards ceremony.

The side not only completed a third year in the national Super League without dropping a point, but also prevented a losing bonus point being scored in all but four matches.

In March, the three-time reigning Bury Sports Club of the Year side finished sixth in the European club championships.

Numerous individual TUK honours followed at the ceremony with Martin Cates named Players’ Player, Ian Parker named Coach of the Year for the second time, 16-year-old Sam Clark named Club Volunteer of the year and Abdullah Muhammad chosen as the competition’s Best Male Newcomer.

Tom Crichton and Niamh Farrelly were named Best Under-18 Male and Female Players respectively, the second year in a row for Farrelly.

In the other competitions Bury Wolves, the club’s Under-18 side, made their first senior final in the Challenge Cup.

Having defeated Guildford Ignite in the semi-finals they were beaten by Portsmouth Ducks in the final.

Bury Saints finished third in the Andrews Cup after being knocked out in the semi-finals by Headingley Outlaws.

Head coach Parker said: “What a year. We are a very successful club but even I couldn’t have predicted this at the start of the season.”