Uckfield Rugby Club Annual Conkers Challenge

Excitement grew to fever pitch as the Pre Match Entertainment of Uckfield Rugby Football Club’s Conkers match took place before the URFC v Vigo match started on Saturday.

10 people of all ages entered into the competition for a chance to win “The Golden Conker ” and could not wait to get started. You get your conker on a piece of string then you get three swings each at each other’s conkers, taking it in turns, until one of the conkers is smashed.

Each game lasted five minutes. If neither conker was broken a shoot out took place. Each player had three sets of three hits and the one who landed most clean hits is 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

Mick Hall , last years winner, said that he was very happy for anyone to check his conkers before he defended his title but after a tense set matches and hits Mick Fahey came out the winner this year and was presented with the Golden Conker by URFC Chairman Gordon Buckland.


ALL IMAGES by Ron Hill (HillPhotographic)