Buttercross, August 28, 2015: Much to enjoy on Swaffham’s sporting front

The Buttercross in Swaffham. ENGANL00120140402155632

The Buttercross in Swaffham. ENGANL00120140402155632

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Anyone reading these articles will know that, every now and again, Buttercross comments on any town sport he may hopefully know something about.

It is an eternal shame that our town’s leaders do not offer more support to those participating in sport, especially our younger people who we all profess to care about.

As a town we do not have enough out of school activities and sport, of all kinds, fills a need here.

There are many comments nationally about how our younger people lack fitness and how better to rectify this than to get young bodies and minds focussed on physical activity.

Starting with our not so young sportsmen and women, our town bowls club is now finishing another league season, a season where the A team have performed well, looking as if they will finish at the worst, mid-table. The B team have struggled unfortunately.

How this well established club with a green that is the envy of the county could do with more active members. A town of our size should do better. Perhaps as our town further expands they may attract the size of membership they warrant.

Our cricket club started the league season very impressively, topping their league by some distance. They have had some impressive players turning out for them this year, one being 19 year old Jasper Payne, who has kept his form right through the season.

The first team have slipped a bit recently but nevertheless the club’s fortunes appear to be on the upturn. No doubt England’s performances in the Ashes have got some youngsters wanting to play the game. Now they require encouragement from their elders.

I can’t report too much on our rugby club except to say that they are competing in the same league as last year when things did not go too well.

From the recently published press photo of this Season’s squad they appear to have plenty of players to call on, and of a good size also.

With regard to the Football Club, the major news coming from Shoemaker’s Lane has been that Jack Defty, the old King’s Lynn and Lowestoft centre forward, is turning out for them this year.

Jack unfortunately broke his leg whilst playing for Lowestoft last year and intended then to retire. Well done to the Swaffham powers that be in persuading him to turn out for us. Jack is known as “ the beast “ but his style is far more subtle than that.

We all hope no doubt that it goes well for Jack and of course our town team who this year, following promotion, are playing in the Thurlow Nunn Premier division.

It’s a big step up for Town and they need all the support they can get so let’s hope attendances at the ground are an improvement on last year.

Good standard senior football in our town is quite an achievement and it requires good and constant support for that level to be maintained.

Of course, there are also other sports in town that I have not unfortunately mentioned. Perhaps we can save them for another day.