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Guildford remain top of the Tchoukball UK Super League after another two wins to extend their unbeaten run. Guildford Inferno now have four wins from four after victories against Bury Saints and Headingley Outlaws, while the club’s second team Ignite also won their third and fourth games of the season to match their club mates record for the season. Both Guildford sides remain top of their respective divisions after continuing their unbeaten starts, despite last minute changes leaving Inferno a player down.
King Edward VI School (KES) in Bury St Edmunds and the Bury Schools Partnership (BSP) have become vital to Tchoukball in Suffolk in recent years. The sport's popularity in the county has flourished this school term with a variety of Tchoukball events held at the school since September.
Young players from Fareham Green, the club's youth side, competed in the opening day of the South East Regional League in Division 2. Their debut game against Portsmouth Uni Pingus game was a massive step forward for the youth team, playing in their first full 45 minute game, their first game against adults and starring in the first game in the South East Regional league Division 2. The youth team started off very nervously and the first 5 minutes featured many mistakes, but the team calmed down to finish the 1st period with a lead of 2 points.
Guildford player/coach Mack Hofberg said he was "chuffed" to win the tournament, adding: "It’s a team effort and although some players played more minutes than others we couldn’t have done it without the group as a whole."
Tchoukball players, coaches and volunteers were celebrated at the 2016 annual Tchoukball UK Awards Ceremony in Kettering. Among the main prize winners was veteran UK and Bury Kings player Martin Cates, who, in his final season as a UK player and coach, was named Player’s Player.
Cates' name was sung and he was given a standing ovation as he collected his trophy. Guildford players Mack Hofberg and Eithne McCarthy were named Sportsman and woman of the year respectively. McCarthy was also named Sports Personality of the Year by her fellow players for infectious personality on and off the court.