Eagles swoop for England at European Dodgeball Championships

The England ladies' dodgeball team
The England ladies' dodgeball team

Bedford Eagles dodgeball players helped England to a hat-trick of victories at the 2014 European Championships at the Vienna Sports University.

The men’s team went into the tournament as four-time previous champions, and they lived up to their tag as favourites by going unbeaten throughout the competition.

The England women – three-time previous winners themselves – had a close fought battle in the semi-finals against Italy, but Eagles duo Jo Horwood and Charlotte Josiah helped to get the job done in over time.

Competing for the men were Bedford’s Matthew Josiah and Thomas Stonehouse, along with Ryan Knight, Ben Alsop, Bret Koenig, Alex Harrison and Daren Skilton.

As well as Horwood and Charlotte Josia, the England women were boosted by strong displays from Eagles representatives Bethany Dix and Gemini Mawson.

Matthew Josiah said: “The whole England squad played to their full potential, demonstrating their dominance once again and having the best Euros to date.”

Bedford Eagles train on Tuesdays and welcome interest from players aged 14+ of any ability.

A team consists of six players with three balls, and the aim is to throw the ball at your opponent to hit them out. Balls can be travelling at speeds of up to 70mph.

Last year the women won the ladies’ Dodgeball Premier League and the men got promoted into the men’s DPL.

For further information, please email dodgeball@mightyeagles.co.uk