Excitement grew to fever pitch as the Pre Match Entertainment of Uckfield Rugby Football Club’s Conkers match took place before the URFC v Crawley match started on Saturday.
Rugby Club members Dickie Pearce, Mick Hall, Shona and Mike Cranfield could not wait to get started.
Each game lasts five minutes. If neither conker has broken a shoot out takes place. Each player has three sets of three hits and the one who lands most clean hits is the winner
After a tense set of hits Mick Hall came out the winner
Contestants are not allowed to use their own conkers. Nuts are supplied for each game after being gathered and strung by the organisers.
As with any game with a long tradition, conkers has an almost-equally-long tradition of cheating, Officially, anybody caught cheating is frowned upon, even shunned, but a successful cheat is almost as lauded as a successful player.
Cheating includes; using last year’s conker (a laggie), brief baking, time on a hot radiator, pickling, soaking and drying and coating with varnish (fresh conkers are shiny, and kept so by constant polishing
Mike Hall said that he will be very happy for anyone to check his conkers next year when he defends his title
ALL IMAGES by Ron Hill (HillPhotographic)