In front of a packed Cityspace, the home team kicked off proceedings in the annual event with a convincing win.
Deciding to take to the floor first, the Stars performed an almost flawless routine, much to the delight of coach Liam Heslop who praised his squad on their achievements: “That’s the best they’ve ever performed the routine. Better than practice and previous competitions and I’m delighted for them.”
The Teeside Wildcats also exhibited a strong performance despite suffering an injury blow in the practice and with a substitute having to replace a member who had failed to show up.
Scott Thurlow of the Wildcats was still pleased with his side’s efforts saying: “We did better than expected and it’s only the second time this full team has competed together so we can be proud.”
The two judges scored Teesside at 27 and Sunderland at 30.25 out of 50 for the routines based on different categories, ranging from Tumbling to Chanting.
Sunderland club President Carly Newton was delighted with the third successive victory for the Stars adding: “It’s my third year now and we’ve never lost so I had to inspire the team to keep our winning record in tact!”
The result gave Sunderland a 1-0 lead in overall standings with the dance following.