Sport Is Booming
is booming in Hethersett with football, cricket and cycle speedway teams
all meeting with success.
Athletic and Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club have had county-wide
success, whilst Hethersett Hawks Cycle Speedway Club have found themselves
mixing and beating the best at both county, regional and national level.
cricket club is celebrating one of its most successful seasons in its long
and colourful 147 year history.
The 2007 season has
just ended with the first eleven winning the Knights Norfolk League
Division Two, the second eleven winning Division Seven and the thirds
finishing a very creditable fourth in Division Ten. The Sunday side won
the Mid Norfolk Sunday League Division Two Title and finished runners-up
in the Broke Knockout Cup.
The midweek 20-20
team were runners-up in the Wensum Cup and reached the semi-finals of the
prestigious Bernard Matthews Cup.
There was also good
news on the youth cricket front with a number of youngsters making it into
the club’s main sides. On top of this the Under-15s finished third in
the South Norfolk Community League and the club’s Under-11s competed in
the Norfolk Alliance for the first time.
The club certainly
won’t be resting on its laurels, however, with Norfolk Alliance cricket
the ultimate goal.
“The 2008 season promises
to be an exciting year for the club with the emphasis very much on a push
towards the Norfolk Alliance. The
first team will be playing in Division One of the Norfolk League and the
seconds in Division Five. The club is always on the lookout for new
players and I would be particularly keen to hear from anyone who would
like to join for our 2008 campaign,” said club secretary Richard Ellis
who can be contacted on 01508 470795
Hawks have been flying the cycle speedway banner far and wide and picking
up British titles on the way.
club’s Under-16 team have taken no fewer than four major titles –
recently adding the British championship to the Norfolk, East Anglian and
club also has Norfolk champions in Dave Martin at senior level and Jazz
Abbott at Under-19 and Under-16. Jazz also reached the semi-finals of the
World Junior Championships and narrowly missed a place in the final. In
addition the club’s senior side finished as runners-up in the Norfolk
and Suffolk League.
“While our main
aim has always been to give as many people as possible the
opportunity to experience sport — our members currently range from ages
5 to 57 and both sexes — it gives the whole club a buzz when we get
success on the track and for village youngsters to beat the best of
Norwich, Ipswich and Leicester is a great achievement," said club
secretary Mel Perkins.
football, Hethersett Athletic has just kicked off the new season with 15
teams covering both sexes and all ages.
club is one of only a handful in Norfolk to hold the prestigious Community
Charter standard. Last season the men’s first team finished runners-up
in the Norwich Sunday League Premier Division.
ladies team won the Eastern Region Division One East and this season are
competing against the cream of East Anglian teams in the Premier Division.
season also saw the Under-11 Girls team win the Norfolk Women’s and
Girls League Under-11 title and the Under-9B side take the South Norfolk
Youth League Plate competition.
Athletic is delighted to be able to contribute and be part of a very
successful sporting village,” said club chairman Peter Steward.
of Hethersett Parish Council Charlotte Land has underlined the importance
of sport in the village:
“All our sports
clubs enable local people the opportunity to take part in sport and become
part of a team. It is important to remember that the success of these
clubs relies on the dedication and hard work of committed individuals and
their families. Hethersett is a thriving and vibrant village. May