Major League Dodgeball’s inaugural trip across the Tasman took place at the Wellington Invitational Dodgeball Tournament on Saturday, December 22, 2014.
MLD submitted two teams into the tournament – Men’s and Mixed – located at Hutts Indoor Sports Centre.
In a mammoth day of Dodgeball, both teams played nine matches during the Group Stages, with some fantastic results along the way.
The Men’s team won three, drew one and lost five of its nine group matches. Two matches were only decided by the solitary point – falling the way of our opponents – which ultimately cost the Men’s team a Finals berth.
Conversely, there were some fantastic highlights along the way, including the team’s 5 – 0 demolition over Dodgeball Sydney (N.S.W) and the Steven Bradbury come from behind draw. In the dying moments of the match againstWellington Thunder, with only 40 seconds remaining before the commencement of the final round, the local side lead the tie 2 – 1.
Somehow, out of nowhere, the boys rallied together to demolish the opposition and eliminate their six opposing players in a matter of only 35 seconds. It might not have been a victory, but it sure felt like one!
The Mixed team fared well, but unfortunately dropped off in the second half of the tournament. Following the nine group games, the Mixed team won three, drew two and lost four.
After a commanding start – winning three of its opening five games – the team lost the impetus as the tournament carried on, and unfortunately missed out on sealing a place in the Finals Series.
The playing conditions were little different, with altered rules and the use of rubber balls taking some time to get used to. Nonetheless, both teams performed well and importantly, had a great trip over in New Zealand.
From everyone associated with MLD, thank you to Wellington Dodgeball for your hospitality, and hosting such an enjoyable tournament. We look forward to many more Trans Tasman meeting with our local neighbours.
MLD Men’s Team:
Mitch Hartshorn (c)
Robert Di Fabio
MLD Mixed Team:
Laura Beattie (c)