The Tchoukball UK national league returned with a bang at the weekend with Bury sides sitting at the top of both divisions.

Division one saw some thrilling games, the Guildford Ignite and Bury Wolves game the pick of the lot, attracting a large crowd as the teams went toe-to-toe throughout the encounter.

Bury’s youth team had earlier beaten Portsmouth Ducks 58-55 in what was their first ever national league match and came within a whisker of claiming a second scalp, Guildford taking the win 51-50 in the final few seconds of an enthralling match.

Bury Saints have gone straight to the top of the East of England Regional League after wins against Broadland Bolts and Cromer.

Cromer, in their first competition, took on Bolts in the opening game, Bolts ending 59-32 winners.

The side improved throughout the match, going in confident against Bury.

The Yorkshire and Humber regional league got underway as Headingley Outlaws took on Divisional rivals Leeds Cosmos. Both teams were keen to get the season off to a positive start, with a a number of new faces in both line-ups. The match was started in a nervous fashion, with the scores still 0-0 after three minutes. Once both teams settled, Leeds Cosmos began to take the ascendancy, as experienced Team UK internationals Janine Lesiak and Jill Hayhurst rallied Leeds into an early first period lead of 18-8.

The National League season kicks off on Sunday 15 November as the Alexander sports centre in Bedford hosts the first round of Super League and Division 1 matches. Current Super League champions Bury Kings face a tough task in season opener as they are up against a resurgent Guildford Inferno side who have recruited well in the summer adding current senior UK men's international player James Skilton to their ranks. Guildford will be looking to improve on last year's 3rd place finish and taking first blood against the reigning champions could well help them achieve this.

Southampton win the DFM TournamentStags battled to victory in the Domini Fox Memorial Cup despite injury setbacks and absences.

The side beat local rivals Guildford Inferno 40-30 to take victory, with a solid defensive display securing the win. The tournament, in memory of former player Domini Fox, saw 14 teams and players from 6 nations take part. Player of the tournament Richard Latouche inspired Southampton to victory in an all British final.

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