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The season may not have ended on a golden note, but there was still plenty of reason for Ultimate Dodge to be positive after the weekend’s British Championships.

Ultimate Dodge Newmarket. Picture: Philip J Vernon
Ultimate Dodge Newmarket. Picture: Philip J Vernon

The Newmarket-based club’s Under-16s, Under-13s and Under-11s all competed in Nottingham, with the majority of each side much younger than their opposition.

And while top spot on the podium eluded each side, the Under-16s and Under-11s won silver medals, while the Under-13s returned to base with bronze medals to show for their efforts.

Coach Michael Grant said: “We were a little disappointed to not come away with at least one gold, especially in the categories where we got silver because we felt we were strong in both of those.

“But it is was so close. Literally the whole day, even the side that finished third, one catch could have moved them to the top.

“The fact that we were so consistent at each age group shows we have a good conveyor belt coming through.

Ultimate Dodge Newmarket. Picture: Philip J Vernon
Ultimate Dodge Newmarket. Picture: Philip J Vernon

“It was tiny little margins and just the smallest things need tweaking.

“You could see the players were disappointed not to have won gold and in a way that is a good thing – it shows the expectation they have of themselves.”

While they came up just short in the battle for gold on this occasion, Grant believes the result and performances point to a bright future.

Most of the Under-16s team won the Under-13s Championship last year, with the Under-13s and Under-11s also predominantly made up of players playing well above the age group.

“It has been really positive. When we set out at the start of the season and looked at goals, realistically what could we achieve knowing our players were under-age in their categories? We wanted to win a tournament in each age group and we did that,” added Grant.

“Other clubs have stepped up this year and we have as well, which really shows where we are at. Hopefully we can push on from that.

Ultimate Dodge Newmarket. Picture: Philip J Vernon
Ultimate Dodge Newmarket. Picture: Philip J Vernon

“Next year we might win a few, but it is a three-year plan to win the British Champs and so it is the year after that that should be our year.

“The players are going to be much older, much stronger and have plenty of experience.

“They have exceeded what we were expecting from the season and there is so much potential going forward.

“These are really exciting times for the club and it will be great when things get going again.”

The club will now have a break until returning to competitive action in October.