Ashwellthorpe sent a team to the Alternative Village Games held at the Sportspark, University of East Anglia, last Sunday 12 January 2014. Its team of 9 contained the smallest number of competitors, with many of the other 24 teams entering 40+ people and it was the smallest village to enter. Other village/town teams included North and South Lopham, Downham Market, Sporle, North Walsham, Diss and the Walpoles. The competition events were volleyball, dodgeball, rush hockey, handball and ultimate frisbee and the Ashwellthorpe teams competed in two events – Ladies’ Handball and Men’s Dodgeball.

The Ashwellthorpe team comprised Andy Day, Andrew Gibbons, Laura Gibbons, Gillian Silver, Raf Silver, Julie Ann Stevens and  Lisa Vincent with its Women’s Handball team coming 3rd (out of 3 teams) and the Men’s Dodgeball team finishing 6th (out of 6 teams). So you might say last in both events but I say well done for entering such an innovative competition and for participating in sports which many of us will not yet have heard of. But we have now, and who knows……………there may be more interested competitors from Ashwellthorpe to join in next year.

Meanwhile, it’s only five months until the first South Norfolk heats are held for the Norfolk-wide Village Games on 8 June 2014; so why not think about entering into Ashwellthorpe’s team for that event which has many different sports to choose from.  Last year Ashwellthorpe and its team were a part of the 16,000 people from 181 villages which competed. Why not join in this year?

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