One of Newcastle's newest sports clubs kicked off their season with an outstanding performance in their first competition.
Despite only joining the Athletic Union in September, the Newcastle Kings travelled to Middlesbrough for the North East Open on 2 December.
The Kings were very much the underdogs, up against a team from Sunderland University, two teams of Hartlepool Mavericks and the Borough Bombers. These more established teams had previous competitive experience to fall back on, but the fresh-faced Kings quickly made their mark on the tournament.
As the first few matches went the Kings' way their confidence grew, and the newcomers started to dominate proceedings. Their expected defeat never quite came, and they finished the afternoon at the top of the table, unbeaten.
Their coordination as a team and ability to perform under the pressure of competition stands them in good stead for the rest of the season. With more tournaments coming up after Christmas, the club hopes to enter multiple teams at future competitions and continue their rise up the rankings.