The BT Super Series Division Two returned with a bang earlier this month when all eight of our second tier sides came together for a packed weekend of games at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium.
West Coast Burn couldn’t have wished for a better start to their season, winning all five of their games including a well-contested final with Caledonian Crushers.
The Southport-based side managed to beat Liverpool-RGC (48-27), Gloucester Titans (45-34) as well as Crushers (40-33) before continuing their fine run of form into Day Two with a semi-final win over Westcountry Hawks (47-37) before a narrow 41-37 victory over Crushers in the final. A coaching team of GB stars past and present in the shape of Alan Ash and Danny Dawoud helped steer Burn to the top spot heading into the second league weekend next month.
It was an equally impressive weekend for Crushers, who could rely on the experience of former GB pair Mike Kerr and Coral Batey, as well as Ciaran Pryce’s return to the team, having gained plenty of Division One experience with Team Solent Sharks. All three were recognised in the individual awards at the end of the weekend.
After losing to Burn in the opening game of the weekend, Crushers ended the day second in Pool A before going on to beat Yorkshire (52-50) in the semi-final on Day Two before a narrow final defeat to Burn. After finishing bottom of the league last season Crushers will be raring to go again after the great start at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium.
Yorkshire Lions topped Pool B on Day One with wins against Hawks (48-46), Ospreys (54-25) and Stoke Mandeville Maulers (72-28) before meeting their match on Day Two, missing out on a place in the final by two points. They bounced back in the 3rd/4th play off to keep hot on the heels of Crushers with a 70-32 win over Hawks.
Maulers marked their debut in Division Two with a 59-49 win over Ospreys in Pool B and were able to end the weekend in seventh place. Hawks, Gloucester and Liverpool all endured a mixed bag of results as they occupy 4th, 5th and 6th place respectively, whilst Ospreys will head into October still looking for their first win of the season after a tricky opening weekend leaves the South Wales side in eighth position.
The individual award winners were:
Ciaran Pryce Caledonian Crushers 0.5/1.0
Mike Kerr Caledonian Crushers 1.5
Tony Stackhouse Liverpool Lions-RGC 2.0
Domonic Chadwick West Coast Burn 2.5
Stuart Robinson West Coast Burn 3.0/3.5/4.0
Coral Batey Caledonian Crushers MVP