Picture Gallery: The Lophams are the victors at Breckland Village Games

The Breckland Village Games, Dereham. Pictured (from left) Thomas Savereux, Isaac Nunn and Freddie Rednall. Picture: Ian Burt The Breckland Village Games, Dereham. Pictured (from left) Thomas Savereux, Isaac Nunn and Freddie Rednall. Picture: Ian Burt

Sunday, June 22, 2014
3:28 PM

A tense final match of rounders settled a close competition to find Breckland’s representatives in the Norfolk Village Games.

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The district’s regional heats were held at Dereham’s Northgate High School as teams battled for a place in the county final at the UEA on July 13, by competing in sports including table tennis, badminton, tennis, football, tag rugby, archery and athletics.

The victorious team from The Lophams, the two neighbouring villages near Diss, will go into the final as regional winners for the third year running, and will be joined by runners-up Sporle, near Swaffham. The team from East Harling came third.

The Lophams’ team co-ordinator, 44-year-old farmer Jim Pursehouse, said: “We had about 45 people turn out, which is great for such a small village. It is a great get-together for the village. So often, you don’t see each other, but this gets everybody talking over a beer in the pub.

“A lot of the sportsmen in the village will be playing sports anyway, but the important thing about this is that it gets families coming out, and we have kids and their parents playing at the same time.

“We have been practising for it. We have started a tag rugby and rounders club during the week to get ourselves ready for the event.”

Ellen Vanlint, sports development project officer for Active Norfolk, which organise the games, said: “It has been a very close competition between the top two teams. Although there were only three teams involved we’ve had more than 150 people, including a few spectators. It shows that this is an event which the whole family can come out and take part in.”

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