The start of the competitive year would see the Crushers taking the long journey down to Buckinghamshire to take part in Super Series 1, which this year was being held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.
Up first would see a 10:45 tip-off against the Maulers. The Crushers would go into this first game as favourites, and the game itself went to form, with the Crusher taking an early lead, which was comfortably extended and eventually winning 39 – 27.
The second game would see the Crushers, full of confidence, play the Ulster. The game was tight all the way through will Ulster ultimately winning by five points, 39 – 44. One that most definitely got away.
Final game of the afternoon the Crushers would face the Bull’s development team, which ended again in another five-point loss, 36 – 41. Frustratingly another one that got away.
Day 2, game 1 the Crushers had an early start with tip-off at 9:00am against the Sharks. The Crushers dominated the game throughout and had a comfortable 49 – 23 victory. Thought the final game of the weekend would turn out to be another frustrating loss, this time by only three points, 43 – 39 to the Titans.
Buy the end of the weekend, the Crushers found themselves 6th in the table, though there was some conciliation in that Coral was awarded MVP by her fellow players.
The whole weekend can be summed up as ‘so near’.