BKL 2022 Champions
Birmingham Bulls proved too strong for a tired Glasgow Unicorns team as they ran out 48-18 winners in the final of the inaugural British Kabaddi League.
Glasgow had spent their energy winning a thrilling semi-final 33-31 against the much-fancied London Lions.
However, minus the tournament’s top raider Piotr Pamulak through injury, they never threatened the Bulls.
England skipper Someshwar Kalia and Felix Li anchored Bulls’ defence, while Vinay Gupta led the charge in raids.
The Bulls, with George Wellington sent in for the do-or-die raids, had already come through a pulsating play-off match on Saturday, beating Wolverhampton Wolfpack 42-41.
Manchester Raiders, whose first defeat in the competition had come in a 44-33 semi-final loss to the Bulls, eclipsed London Lions for third place in another nail-biting match, winning 52-51.
Amo Singh, co-owner of the Bulls, said the title success was testament to the dedication of the players and the backroom team.
“I’m so delighted,” Singh added. “We worked so hard to get past Manchester in the semis and I’m really pleased the players kept the momentum going in the final against Glasgow.
“We’ll be even stronger next year when it comes to defending our title. It’s been a brilliant tournament.”