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Enderby Dodgeball star in an ‘underdog story’ …with a very happy ending!

Leicester Ligers celebrate their victoryWe did it! A true Underdog story as The Leicester City Ligers were crowned UKDBA National Dodgeball Champions for the first time in our History, writes Simon Moody.

The Leicester City Ligers Dodgeball team from The Enderby Dodgeball Academy ventured up to Sheffield for the UK Dodgeball National Championships, the biggest prize in UK Club Dodgeball.

The Ligers faced a group with the reigning champions The Meteors from Lutterworth, Northern Dodgeball League (NDL) rivals The Leeds Snipers and Irish team Kapow!

16 of the best teams from across the UK took part in this event. The Ligers were a wildcard entry after missing out on original qualification at the Midlands Qualifying event.

First up for the team was the reigning Champions The Meteors. The team were in full control from the start, accurate strong throws and exceptional catching from the Ligers lead to the team securing a very impressive 7-3 victory.  A very big win and a great start to what was to be a memorable day.

The Ligers then followed up this win with 8-2 wins over Leeds and Kapow! The team were in control and confidence was high as we moved in to the Quarter finals against NDL rivals the Manchester Killer Bees.

A tight quarter final

This quarter final was exceptionally tight – the two teams had fought for the League title all season with the Ligers always getting the edge over their Manchester rivals. The match was tied at 4-4 and going in to the 5th and deciding game the Ligers were down to 1 player against 5 with 30 seconds to go.

Like something from Dodgeball The Movie, Jake Hurman took 2 stunning catches with Scotty Whitelaw hitting a player out which gave the Ligers victory! Jubilation followed as the team made it to their second National Semi final the last one being in 2008.

Next up for the team was Warwick University –  3 time Nationals Champions – who had recently been relegated to the NDL after years of being in the Dodgeball Premier League (DPL).

The confidence in the team was high and we felt unbeatable. The team took apart Warwick piece by piece with stunning catches, unbelievable Dodging and hits that were just devastating. The team were in full control and got in to their first Major Nationals Final after an 8-2 victory.

The final…

The final was against Leicester rivals The Minotaurs who also were in their first Nationals final and knocked out last years finalists The Bedford Eagles in the Semi finals and knocking out last years Champions The Meteors in the Quarters. The Minotaurs were overwhelming favourites for the match.

The Minotaurs took the first game with the Ligers winning the next 3 games to be 6-2 up in games. The Ligers were in control and the team were 1 game away from being crowned the National Champions when they had a minor setback with the Minotaurs taking the 5th game it was 6-4 to the Ligers.

The 6th and final game saw a changing moment. Richie Gray took two unbelievable catches and the team were 2 v 2 on players when Richie and Jake took down their last two players with accurate and strong throwing and won the National Championships!

Leicester Ligers Dodgeball Team
(l-r) Top Row. Ben Lowen, Simon Moody, Richard Moody, Tom Mason, Shaun Scott,
Bottom Row, Jake Hurman, Scotty Whitelaw, Robert Lee, Richard Gray


The scenes that followed were utter joy and celebrations! The team that qualified via the Wildcard Playoffs became the first team to win The Nationals as a wildcard entrant and a complete outsider to take the National Trophy home.

This season the team have won the North Division League 1 Title, The Wildcard Tournament, The East Midlands Christmas Trophy and The UK National Championships!

Quote from the Captain Simon Moody:

“ The Nationals title win caps off an incredible season after winning the League Title.

“A dream come true and so proud of how well the team has played all year.

“We felt after the Meteors win at the group stage anything was possible. Its taken 9 years of hard work, but we finally did it! A true Underdog story.

“We overcame the reigning National Champions, the Meteors, in our group – along with Kapow and Leeds Snipers.

“We then progressed to the quarter finals where we faced Manchester Bees in a very close match where we won in the last dying seconds.

“We then overcame a semi final match against Warwick University followed by a great final against fellow Leicester Rivals the Leicester Minotaurs.

“The team are delighted to add this silverware to our Christmas Open, NDL 1 North League Title and Wild Card Playoff.”

Junior Dodgeball Club launches in Enderby

Enderby Dodgeball Academy LogoEnderby Dodgeball Club has passed another milestone in its exciting mission to establish the Enderby club as a major hub on the national dodgeball map.

In December 2013 the club was awarded funding to set up a Junior Club at the start of 2014 and the first session took place at Enderby Leisure Centre on Saturday 25th January. The new Junior Club runs between  1.30pm until 3.30pm

This means the Club has been able to attain Academy status and develop dodgeball talent across ages 5yrs to 40yrs+.

Enderby Dodgeball Junior Welcome PackEach new junior player gets a free welcome pack on arrival. Anyone requiring more information or who wishes to register interest can email enderbydodgeball@googlemail.com or click on the Junior Section area of the Club’s website http://www.enderbydodgeball.co.uk/

The cost to join in is a snip at just £2 per player!

Enderby Dodgeball Club formed in January 2009 and the Academy status is a personal ‘dream come true’ for the club’s Chairman and driving force, 30yr old Simon Moody. Together with the club’s Head of Youth Development, Liam O’Sheehan, Simon will oversee the new junior sessions.

The Junior Club sessions have been arranged in two parts on each Saturday with the first hour being for members 5-10 yrs of age (1.30pm – 2.30pm) and the second hour for those 11-14 yrs of age (2.30pm-3.30pm).

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Chairman and Head Coach Simon Moody: Academy is ‘a personal dream come true’.

In June 2011 the club’s girls team, the ‘Leicester Ligresses’ finished up 3rd in the UK National Championships (see the EYE archived news item here). Later that same year they won the award ‘Blaby Sports Team of the Year’. Since then all sections of the club have distinguished themselves in the sport and the club has staged its own championship event.

In May 2012 the club received a guest from the Japanese Dodgeball League and in July 2012 an American NDL player attended the Club.

Dodgeball is officially recognised as a sport in the UK by Sport England. The National Governing Body for Dodgeball in the UK is the United Kingdom Dodgeball Association (UKDBA).

In UK Dodgeball Rules the main objective is to eliminate the opposing team by hitting them with thrown balls or catching a ball thrown by the opposing team. In the UK Version there are only 3 balls in a game and each team has 6 players.

Dodgeball is a great sport to keep fit, meet new friends, and is a sport that involves both team and individual work.

To read more about the club visit the Enderby Dodgeball Academy website

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Fun and healthy way to start 2013…

dodgeball coverThose looking for a fun way to make a healthy start to 2013 could try a new sport that is quickly growing in popularity.

Now 4 years old, the award winning Enderby Dodgeball Club are on the look-out for both new male and female players for 2013.

The Enderby Dodgeball open sessions start on 03 January and will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 8.30pm to 10.30pm at the Enderby Leisure Centre on Mill Lane.

Sessions are for those aged 15 and above, and beginners are welcome with no experience required. New members get their first session free.

The Club was named UKDBA (United Kingdom Dodgeball Association) Club of the year in 2012 as well as winning the Lord-Lieutenant’s Diamond Jubilee Award and Blaby Sports Award Coach of the year! Come along and become part of our success story.

Further information is available from Simon Moody on (07743) 098544 or by email at: enderbydodgeball@googlemail.com and website www.enderbydodgeball.co.uk

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