National League Round 6It was celebrations all round for Bury Kings and Headingley as they ensured National League success in round six.

Bury beat Guildford Inferno and Southampton Stags to be crowned Super League champions, while Headingley secured the Division One title with victories over Guildford Ignite and Portsmouth Ducks. Kings were pushed hard by Guildford, who went into the final third in the lead, but Kings managed to edge ahead, eventually winning 64-57. By beating Southampton 82-55, Bury took their unbeaten record in the league to three seasons, winning every match in the process.

"It’s an incredible achievement and one we are all incredibly proud of," said head coach Ian Parker.

"We didn't play our best but all credit to Guildford they played brilliantly. I think that actually showed how impressive this record is. To be able to keep up that level of consistency for so long and to grind out results even when you’re not at your best shows what a special group of players we have."

Headingley knew two wins would guarantee them the First Division title and having an almost full-squad available coach Pete King could not have been happier as his players first defeated a strong-looking Guildford Ignite side 59-40 before easing past Portsmouth Ducks 64-29 in a champions-worthy performance.

"I am elated at the commitment and effort each and every player has given me over the course of the season," said King.

"At the start that’s all I asked of them and I couldn't be prouder of the achievement of the teams considering we were only formed in 2013. Although I have drawn on some experience from older players, it's been brilliant to be able to field new members as we've been able to develop more players through our system and get more players involved at National League level

This achievement has been the highlight of my coaching and playing career so far."

Guildford Inferno will now take on Southampton Stags to compete for the second place in the Super League during the final matches of the season. Guildford currently lie second having beaten Fareham Rhinos 60-47, while Southampton, who have two games in hand, beat Portsmouth Drakes 63-53.

Leeds are likely to finish fourth after beating Fareham 63-35 and Portsmouth 59-53. Portsmouth and Fareham face off on Sunday, both trying to avoid finishing bottom of the table, Fareham sitting four points behind.

It was a day of drama for Bury Saints and Bury Wolves as both won matches in the final seconds to secure a clean sweep of wins for the Suffolk-based club.

Saints, who finished second in the division, beat Guildford Ignite 49-47, before scoring in the dying seconds to beat Southampton Springboks in a thriller. Bury Wolves, the club’s under-18 team, could finish as high as fourth in their first season after again winning twice.

They beat Portsmouth Uni Pythons 66-65 with the final shot, putting to bed the demons of previous last-second losses.

For Leeds Cosmos it was a disappointing end to what could have been a title-winning season. Finishing third in the league, the side beat Southampton Springboks 63-42 before losing to Portsmouth Uni Pythons 51-47.

Ducks (fifth), Pythons (sixth), Ignite (seventh) and Stags (eighth), will now play their remaining fixtures with positions as high as fourth up for grabs.

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