IWAKUNI, Japan - Military personnel competed in a round-robin dodgeball tournament at the IronWorks Gym sports courts here June 24.<br /> <br /> Marines and sailors from Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12, Marine Aircraft Group 12, Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 and Combat Logistics Company 36 created eight teams to participate in the seven-round, round-robin dodgeball tournament.<br /> <br /> At the end of the 28-game tournament, Team Epic and Aiming for the Fat One were tied with six wins and one loss each, resulting in a final tiebreaker game.<br /> <br /> Team Epic managed to knock off all six Aiming for the Fat One team members on the court duringthe 29th and final game of the tournament, becoming the champions.<br /> <br /> “We try to have a well-rounded sports and activities program for the Marines in the community,” said Thomas F. Durning, IronWorks Gym athletic director. “Plus, people like to come out and let out a little aggression and throw the dodgeballs at other commands.”<br /> <br /> This tournament is put on twice a year. Each time new teams form, new names are acquired and new abilities tested in this fast-paced, sometimes fierce, dodgeball tournament.<br /> <br /> “It’s great physical fitness; it’s great exercise; it’s a different form of PT,” said Durning.<br /> <br /> Although this tournament took place during the participants’ lunch time, they didn’t seemto mind as they dodged, ducked, dipped and dived balls and returned fire with force.<br /> <br /> “Last year we had a team and we came in second,” said Kameron D. Olson, Team Epic team member. “We had three different teams because we have a lot of people who like to support our squadron, and we wanted to try and take the championship.”<br /> <br /> Team Epic kept their wins tied with Aiming for the Fat Ones throughout the tournament.<br /> <br /> “It was a ride coming this far,” said Olson. “There were a couple games where we thought we might lose. We were scared about the two games against the [Aiming for the Fat One].”<br /> <br /> The Aiming for the Fat Ones put up a good fight as it competed against Team Epic for the championship.<br /> <br /> “We wanted to bring the trophy to MALS-12,” said Kevin M. Polosky, Aiming for the Fat One team member.<br /> <br /> This competition was not only good for the team members to work together, but it also helped with the camaraderie between units.<br /> <br /> “It’s disappointing that we made it this far and lost,” said Polosky. “Our team had a good shot, we worked together and made it to the finals.”<br /> <br /> This tournament is not only open to military members, but also to all Status of Forces Agreement and Japanese Security Guard personnel. As a semi-annual event, one tournament is held in the summer season and one in the winter.<br /> <br /> Dates for the next dodgeball tournament have yet to be decided.<br /> <br /> If you would like to participate in the next dodgeball tournament, be sure to check in with the Iron-Works Gym and check the Marine Corps Community Services emails as the winter season rolls around.