LUTTERWORTH’S Meteors dodgeball team made their mark in the sport’s East England Championship.
They achieved a high-placed finish after beating district rivals Harborough Hurricanes in the play-off stages.
Highy-ranked Meteors, from the premier league, made it through to the quarter-finals but had some mixed fortunes on the day.
They started off proceedings with a close-fought match against division one champions Reepham Raiders, of Norwich.
Meteors won the first and fifth games but Reepham won all three of the middle games to secure a 3-2 victory.
Meteors then got on track and after being held to one game all by Snoop Dodge (Leicester) they fired off three in a row to win by four games to one, thanks to some fine attacking play from Brett Koenig and captain Simon Jones.
The Lutterworth team finished off round one with convincing 4-1 win over Ipswich Diablos, Jones, Koenig and Kip Wise leading the team with some big hits.
Meteors’ quarter-final was against Minotaur Dodgeball and the Lutterworth lads struggled to cope with the Leicester team’s excellent catching, and even though the games were close they fell three games. They then rallied with a close three player-to-one win in game four followed by a big 6-1 win thanks to Jones and Koenig smashing out their Leicester opponent. The sixth went Minotaur’s way, however, as Meteors went behind early and struggled to recover, putting the city side through to the semi-finals.
That meant a Harborough district play-off for fifth place in the contest, with Meteors meeting Harborough Hurricanes.
An epic battle of power throwing ensued, with all but one of the seven games ending as a six-player- to- nil result. Meteors were fronted in the throwing contest by Koenig, Lawrence Hill and Jones and Harborough by Ollie Magee, Ed March and Chris Partridge. Meteors won the first game and this was followed by the only non-6-0 game, which ended with the teams equal with two players remaining; Meteors then forged ahead and looked to be in control at 3-0 up after four games but Hurricanes came blasting back to win the three remaining games and take the match into a one-minute overtime session. The decider was a tense, cautious affair, as neither team wanted to lose but it was Meteors who came out as winners by a single player, at 4-3.
East England champions were Reepham Raiders, who defeated Leicester City Ligers in the final in overtime.
Lutterworth Dodgeball Club hold practice at Lutterworth Sports Centre every Tuesday from 7 to 8pm. More details are available on Lutterworth Dodgeball Facebook page or email Simon Jones on firstname.lastname@example.org.