They came, they saw and with their usual flair they conquered at Fenland championships

THEY came, they saw and on Friday they conquered at the annual championships held by Wisbech Lions at the Oasis Centre.

The annual conker championships have been running for more than 10 years and attracted about 80 people, 70 of them entrants.

As is usual the competition was hard and contestants fought for the right to be the Fenland Conker Champion of 2011.

Sue Burgess from March Catholic Church, a ladies champion for the past two years came up to strong opposition in the ladies quarter-finals and lost to Yvonne Hunt from ‘The Nutters’.

The other half of the ladies matches seemed to be dominated by slightly younger players with sixteen year old Imogen Pope from Peterborough beating friend Nicola Langton to reach the finals.

The men’s competition was a much noisier event with a partisan crowd cheering their favourites.

Teams from Peterborough Lions Club, Kings Lynn Lions Club, March and Crowland were quickly eliminated.

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Team prize went to Hunstanton but the men’s final was between Wisbech Lion Keith Haines and colleague Kevin Rodgers who declared that he was playing for March Catholic Church. Justice was soon restored in less than a minute with Keith smashing his opponents’ conker with only his third strike.

About �350 was raised by Wisbech Lions Club to be spent on local charities and good causes.