The first friendly competition of the season saw the Crushers crossing the Irish sea to take on the Ulster Barbarians, DMG Bulls and an Irish development team in the Barbarian’s first Blitz Tournament. Day one was an early rise for the Crushers as they took on the hosts for a 09:00am tip off at the Antrim Forum Leisure Centre. After their loss to the Barbarian in Super Series one the Crushers were keen to make amends, and sure enough they did, winning the game 52 – 30.
Next game on the schedule would be a strong and functional Bulls team and sure enough they were just too much for the Crushers, winning 45 – 36.
The second day and the Crushers would play an Irish development team. This game would be far more evenly matched, it was nip and tuck all the way with only a point or so either way, with the Irish eventually taking the game by only four points 45 – 41.
The final game of the very successful tournament would see a rematch with the Irish development team and after their loss to the Irish the Crushers need no encouragement. If their previous game was close then this meeting proved to be even closer, with the same outcome a win for the Irish again but only by two points 43 -41.
The Barbarian were great hosts and lots of fun, and the Crushers are looking forward to participating in the next one.