Bury are in Europe’s top eight

VALUABLE EXPERIENCE: Bury's Martin Cates in action in the European Cup PICTURE: Fergus Muir
VALUABLE EXPERIENCE: Bury's Martin Cates in action in the European Cup PICTURE: Fergus Muir
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Bury St Edmunds Tchoukball Club were eighth in their second European Cup, with a range of European debutants and former 
internationals involved.

The squad of 10 players travelled to Neuchatel in Switzerland for the three-day tournament and secured some good victories along the way.

Club chairman Mike Harman said: “The team should be proud of their achievements over the course of the tournament.

“Last season we tried so desperately to win the tournament and came away disappointed.

“We know we will be playing in this tournament for years to come so we valued the experience more so than the results.

“For this team, ushering in a new generation of players, to finish as high as they did is a tremendous achievement.”

Bury were drawn in a tricky group consisting of the Swiss, French and Italian national champions and early tournament nerves prevailed during a 79-47 loss to Geneva.

The second game, this time against Italian national champions Saronno Castor followed a similar story as Bury Kings lost 65-46.

Bury improved on the second day and defeated Paris 62-45 and RT Phoenix 72-59 to guarantee eighth place.

The final game of the group stages pitted Bury Kings against Chambesy Panthers, who had beaten Bury heavily the previous season.

A spirited performance could not avoid the inevitable and a 62-53 reverse followed.

Bury were placed in a knockout tournament between Geneva, Rovello Sgavisc, and TuS Oeckinghausen to determine the fifth to eighth placings, but narrow defeats to German Champions TuS Oeckinghausen and Italians Rovello Sgavisc saw them end up eighth.

Harman added: “The experience helps us become better players.

“We had to experience a full range of emotions, and scorelines, which will help each player in the run-up towards the end of the National League season.”