Players young and old impressed for Bury at the Bournemouth Beach International Tchoukball Festival as the first team walked away with yet another title.
Bury St Edmunds Tchoukball Club — nominated for St Edmundsbury club of the year at the St Edmundsbury Sports Awards — sent two teams to Bournemouth’s annual beach tchoukball tournament, with Bury Kings finishing as champions for the fourth successive time.
The decorated team, which included 16-year-old Max van den Oort, eased their way to the title, dominating the competition from start to finish.
However, even more satisfying than the championship win for the Kings were the performances of an inexperienced Bury Saints team.
The team, made up of 12-16-year-olds, played in some extremely close games, twice losing by only two points, before finally getting the win they deserved against another team of under-18s from Marlborough.
Mike Harman, coach of the Saints, said: “It’s hard for the kids playing in a competition against adults who are stronger than them.
“Nevertheless, they have come here, worked as a team, played their own tactics, changed things when it has gone wrong and left securing a win in the very first tournament of the year.”
The season now moves indoors for Bury’s tchoukball players as they look to build on their winning start.