County Champions at Last
Hethersett and the Meltons were crowned Norfolk Village Games Champions at the UEA Sportspark on July 13th, 2014, after finishing runners-up for three consecutive years.
We finally lifted the county trophy after a day of nailbiting competition which once again saw us finish level on points with arch rivals Diss. We won the title on the countback system thanks to winning five of the 13 sections, compared with Diss' three victories.
A 44 strong Hethersett team took part in 13 competitions with the eight top scoring counting to the overall score. We finished tied on 86 points with Diss but, in a reversal of last year, won the title thanks to wins in tag rugby, fitness triathlon, darts, badminton and tennis.
The days' competition was split into three sections - small villages, medium villages and villages/market towns with populations of under 9,999. In our section we came up against Diss, Fakenham, Aylsham, Downham Market and Gorleston.
Hethersett and the Meltons' positions were: First place in tennis, badminton, fitness triathlon, darts and tag rugby; second place in rounders; third place in short mat bowls and athletics; fourth in senior table tennis, junior archery, junior table tennis and fifth in senior archery, five-a-side football.
Members of the winning Hethersett and the Meltons team included: Sam Fieldhouse, Gavin Hatt, Helen Lawn, Lyndsay Yellop, Paul Suggitt, Paul Rodgers, Diane Picton, Tony Norgate, Thomas Munro, Ian Fieldhouse, Steve Walker, Tim Hudson, Peter Steward, David Neal, I. Lowe, Peter Pearce, D. Norfolk, Paul Harris, Jenny Melvin, Stephen Jessopp, Ellie Baillie, Will Bussey, Aaron Walker, Ollie Hudson-Church, Charlie Bion, Mark Attfield, James Attfield, Aaron Bradford, Leo Rodgers, Millie Abel, Maisie Billman, Freya Scott, Evie Sayer, Ben Fieldhouse, Henry Baillie, Ollie Yellop, Jacob Scott, Michael Lemmon, Matthew Lemmon, Josh Denny, Richard Manington, Jack Raven, Matt Butcher.
Players who took part in the South Norfolk area finals but who were unavailable for the county finals included Laurie Bedson, Dom Doggett and Cara Fieldhouse.