Having managed to get through the District Finals as Runners-Up in the South Norfolk Village Games the day finally came when The Forncett Flyers travelled to the UEA Sportspark to compete against eleven of the best villages from all over the County in the small category in the Norfolk Village Games Finals.
After the opening ceremony (which in truth was not quite as impressive as Danny Boyle's effort) everyone went off to their respective events and this time we were able to enter into every one of the ten events which included Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Darts, Short Mat Bowls, Junior and Senior football, Fitness Triathlon, Rounders and Tennis. This was a huge achievement which not many of the other villages managed.
The day got under way and the weather was again kind with the sun shining but with a cooling breeze for our hard-working sports people. As we knew, competition was going to be tough. Everyone had put in a tremendous effort before the event, managing to fit in practice sessions around very busy lives. The venue was superb and as the day progressed some great performances took place and games were much closer this time around.
We were over the moon that are junior footballers, Felix, Luke, Elliot, James, Zach, Reuben and Tom, who were looked after by Luke's dad, Andre Hamling, again won their competition outright and the final competition of the day saw the brilliant Sam and Georgina Parfitt emerge as winners in the Tennis Tournament. As the day drew to a close the Flyers, in their vibrant orange T-Shirts, along with their many supporters, headed into the Sports Hall to find out the results.
Our football and tennis winners went up in front of the crowd and were presented with specially designed trophies to keep. Finally, the small category results were announced and we were all absolutely thrilled to find out we had come 3rd on the day, earning the same points as Docking who have won the competition for the last 6 years, narrowly missing out as runners-up on a count back. With much cheering and shouting we all went up to receive our bronze medals with huge smiles.
The whole experience has been very positive and the effort has been amazing - we were lucky to have the support of families such as the Chiltons who came along almost literally from an overnight journey from France and still managed to give their all; the Waitys who are table tennis stars and who took part in many badminton practice sessions beforehand, along with Pat Sharman who gave her valuable badminton experience; the Jordans who, as ever, gave their absolute all in everything they did; the Seeley, Chatten, Larner and Hamling families whom we relied on from the very start and who attended and helped to organise extra rounders practice sessions and gave fantastic support; the Allens and the Whites whom we managed to persuade to enter the Athletics and the Fitness Triathlon and who did us proud with their results; the Colemans who are always so supportive of village events; and of course all the Humphreys who put in such a huge effort to make sure we had entries in all of the events and who performed brilliantly.
We were also lucky to have the support of Michael Marlow, Tony Ottewell, Stephen Hibbler, Ben Aldous, Harry Hogg and Sam and Georgina Parfitt who came along and gave 100% on the day. Last but not least thanks to Peter Sharman for capturing our shining moments on video and to Helayna Jones and Andrew Coleman for doing the same with their cameras.