Bury youth team beat league leaders
It was six wins out of six for the three teams of Bury St Edmunds Tchoukball Club in the Tchoukball UK national league on Sunday.
Bury Wolves, the club’s under 18 team, shocked spectators as they defeated top of division one, Leeds Cosmos, their second win taking them to fourth in the division.
There were also wins for Bury Kings, who maintained their winning streak in the Super League and Bury Saints, who have given themselves a slim chance of winning the division one title.
Wolves’ win was the most remarkable.
Having suffered narrow, last minute defeats in each round of the championship so far, it looked like it could be another nail-biting finish as the side took on Leeds, who started the day at the top of Division One.
Led by the superb defensive work of Niamh Farrelly, the side built an early lead, but were then pegged back by Leeds.
Just a point ahead, things got worse as pivot Ellie Eden was injured and the side was forced to play with six players.
Bury seemed to be motivated by this and their defensive strength, coupled with mistakes from Leeds, allowed them to again build their lead, eventually winning 59-54.
Saints also defeated Leeds, by an impressive 73-51 scoreline.
Also winning against Portsmouth Uni Pythons, the club’s second team have given themselves a slim chance of winning the title, sitting in third, ten points behind leaders Headingley Outlaws, but with two games in hand.
The club’s first team Bury Kings ensured their winning streak in the national league reached three years after beating Leeds Galaxy, Portsmouth Drakes and Fareham Rhinos to stay top of the league.
The side have not dropped a point in the league since April 21, 2013, and with no fixtures until April 24, they have secured another impressive milestone.