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.

At the top of the table sit Bury Saints who beat Southampton Springboks 65-46 and Portsmouth Uni Pythons 63-48, showing they had built on last season’s best ever third-place finish.

Southampton Elks sit in third after beating Leeds Cosmos 48-46 in their other fixture, one place above Cosmos who beat Ignite, Guildford’s second-string side, 44-41.

Ignite ended the day fifth, one of six teams to finish the day with a win and a loss.

The other sides level on six points were Portsmouth Ducks and Headlingley Outlaws.

The fixture between the two was arguable as nail-biting and exciting as the Bury-Guildford match, again going to a last second finale, Portsmouth victorious 52-51.

It was a day of improvement, however, for Headingley who beat Portsmouth Uni Pythons 58-47 in their other match, pushing Portsmouth to the foot of the table.

In the Super League Bury Kings started the season how they finished the last, in pole position.

The opening game of the competition saw the Kings face up against title rivals Guildford Inferno.

In top form Bury beat Guildford by 68 points to 47, before finishing off a dominant day with an imposing 84-39 victory again Fareham Rhinos.

It was also a good day for Leeds Galaxy.

Having missed out on European qualification last season, the side was eager to improve, with Jill Hayhurst moving up to the first team.

Hayhurst was in impressive form as the side beat Rhinos 57-34.

Leeds then defeated Guildford, in what was a surprise to many, but not to the Leeds players, who made fewer mistakes as they triumphed 56-54. 

The competition returns on November 29, when Southampton Stags and Portsmouth Drakes will return to the Super League.

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