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Finals Night » 7th April 2010

Knockout Cup Final
This year's final was a showdown between the 2 teams that have stood head and shoulders above the rest of the League this season, Walpole & Cookley and Knodishall A.

The first 2 games of the evening were shared, with one win apiece for each team, but Walpole's win was 9-1 while Knodishall's was a much closer 11-7, meaning that Walpole led 16-12 overall, a lead, but hardly a decisive one.

However the next session saw Walpole stretch their legs, taking one game 9-4 and the other by what looked at the time to be a match winning 18-5, taking the overall score to 43-21 and leaving Walpole with a massive 22 shot advantage going into the final pair of games.

It looked as if it was going to be too much to ask for Knodishall to get back into the game, and so it proved. Having won their first game 18-5 James' block had another impressive victory, this time 13-5, while the other game finished 5-5.

The final tally was Walpole & Cookley 61 Knodishall A 31, making Walpole the first team to take the title 3 years in succession.

Heritage Plate Final
In contrast to the Cup, this was a much more closely fought affair, although it might not have looked that way early on.

Reydon were the first team to draw blood as they took both of the opening games, 10-4 and a much closer 5-4. Two games in and Reydon already had a healthy 7 shot advantage as they led 15-8 overall.

However that lead was not to last long as Wenhaston came back to win both of the next pair of games, 11-7 and 9-6 to tie match 28-28 at the break.

And the match stayed that way well into the final set of games, with neither team holding much of an advantage until the second half of the games when Reydon started to inch ahead.

In the end they won both games by 6-4 and 7-2 to take the overall victory by a score of 41-34.

February 2010

January 2010

As we come to the end of January we enter the business end of the season. It is time for the next installment of Jordan's corner but he is too busy to write it.

James Rous

Division 1

Having put themselves into title contention Sizewell B have recently suffered heavy defeats away to Walpole and away to Knodishall A, realistically making the title a 2 horse race. Knodishall A continue their devastating home form and are set to re-write the HCCBL history books with a record points tally. Walpole are fighting hard to stay in contention and the title will probably be decided when the teams meet each other.

At the foot of the table Wissett, LSMFC and Knodishall B will all need a strong end to the season if any of them are to avoid the drop. Kelsale are still within range and will be looking for a few good results to avoid being dragged into a relegation dog-fight. Reydon's excellent home form has pushed them into a position well away from the drop zone. They will now be looking to maintain their position in the top 4 with Snape hot on their heels and Wenhaston not far behind.

Division 2

As expected, last season's relegated sides have made a charge to the top of the table and are starting to open up a gap between themselves and most other teams in the division. Riverside do have a game in hand over the top two meaning they are still strong contenders for a top 3 finish. Orford also have a game in hand and would have to be considered title favourites as things stand, although there is still
a long way to go.

November 2009

As we enter December and have just one league game left before the Christmas break it is time the next instalment of Jordan ’s Corner.

Division 1

With some recent good results Sizewell B have pushed their way to the top of the table, giving them their best start to a season in recorded league history, Could this be the season that they break into the top 3 after several seasons of mid table finishes? Walpole , Snape and Knodishall A occupy 2nd, 3rd and 4th spots and look to be going along quite nicely at the minute. Knodishall have 2 games in hand on the leaders but it is worth noting the old adage “Points on the board are better than games in hand”. The three promoted teams are not fairing too well at the minute but do all have a slight hope of survival at present with Wenhaston A down there in the mix. Wenhaston will no doubt be keen to put a run of good results together to haul themselves up the table.

Division 2

I am still sure that the title race in the second division this year is going to be the closest for many a year.

The top four teams are separated by only 7 points with the top 3 having only 3 points between them. Sizewell A will no doubt be keen to get straight back to the 1st Division after last years relegation, this being their first season outside of the top flight since the 2002/2003 season. Middleton are still in with a shout at promotion and a good result in their game in hand will put them right back in the melting pot for promotion. Amber, Yoxford and Saxmundham have all had disappointing starts to the season and will be hoping that they can find some good results to try to catch up with the leading pack.

As my next league round up will not be until the New Year here’s wishing you all a happy Christmas and an enjoyable New Year.

October 2009

Now that we have completed the first full month of fixtures it is time for the first league round up of the year.

Division 1

Knodishall A raced out of the traps with two 14-0 home wins against two of the newly promoted teams, giving them a baptism of fire, and picking up where they left off at the end of last season keeping up their phenomenal home record. Knodishall A are now unbeaten at home in over 4 seasons. Wenhaston and Sizewell B have also made great starts averaging more than 8 a game from their first 3 games. Of the newly promoted sides the football club have made the better start picking up 26 points from the four games that haven’t involved Knodishall A but I am sure that Reydon and Wissett will find their feet soon and we could be in for a couple of shock results later in the season. Last years winners Walpole and Cookley have played just 2 fixtures so far leaving them propping up the table. Could there be a shock relegation on the cards here?

Division 2

A very close start to the season for the top teams in division 2 with the top 4 separated by only 5 points. I think that this year’s division 2 title race could be very exciting. There was a mixed start to the Season for last years relegated sides with Darsham heading the table at the end of the month after 4 good results and almost averaging 10 points per game while Orford, who have played only 2 games, are currently struggling second from bottom. A big win for Yoxford in their 4 game could see them close the gap to the top 4 considerably and potentially make it a 5 horse race for the Christmas lead.

Jon Jordan

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