'Can't dodge' UTV team at WPFG

Published Friday, 09 August 2013
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The end of the World Police and Fire Games culminates in one very special tournament of the honourable sport of dodgeball on Saturday- and will feature some of UTV's finest athletes.

'Can't dodge' UTV team at WPFG
The UTV team will battle it out in the charity dodgeball tournament on Saturday. (© UTV)

The charity event on Saturday will see the UTV team 'U Can't Dodge Us' take on members of the PSNI in a battle for glory.

Dodgeball is a game in which players on two teams try to throw large balls at each other while avoiding being hit themselves.

There are many variations of the game, but the main objective of each team is to eliminate all members of the opposing team by hitting them with a thrown ball, catching a ball thrown by a member of the opposing team, or forcing them to move outside the court boundaries when a ball is thrown at them.

UTV news presenter Marc Mallett, who brought the formidable team together, said: "I am gutted not to be making it on Saturday.

"But I know that the team will do me proud and will be a force to be reckoned with!"

Sports presenter Ruth Gorman isn't normally involved in this particular sport in her role at UTV, but she is familiar with it nonetheless.

"I played it in school and I was as competitive at it as I was with all the other sports," she said

"I'm going to give 110% - we will win!"

Daybreak presenter Rita Fitzgerald is also gearing up for the game.

"After seeing some of the professional players today I wish two things, either that I hadn't joined the team or that I had hit the gym recently," she said.

"But seriously, the Games have been brilliant so far and it's brilliant to be a part of it."

PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie challenged UTV to play in the tournament.

Commenting on the conclusion of the games she said: "The 2013 World Police and Fire Games were a prime example of why Northern Ireland is renowned for its warm and friendly welcome and the opportunity to meet and greet so many local, national and international colleagues and visitors has been just fantastic.

"I feel very proud, of all of our serving and retired colleagues as they stood shoulder to shoulder with fire service and prison service colleagues in Team Northern Ireland.

"But I am also extremely proud to have been part of this wonderful event that has brought such colour, vibrancy and enjoyment to so many and which I hope will leave a lasting legacy for Northern Ireland for many years to come."

A police spokesperson was not revealing any information on their game plan on Friday.

They said: "PSNI do not discuss operational matters...wait until tomorrow!"

The proceeds of the competition at Queen's Physical Education Centre are going to the official charities of the Games; Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children, SOS Bus and Special Education Needs Advice Centre.

The confidence in the squad is high, but whether or not the team live up to their name will have to be proven on Saturday.

© UTV News
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