World champions compete on the Isle of Wight (in a sport you may never have heard of!)

The series of friendly matches attracted past and present world champions to Ryde on the Isle of Wight, but can you guess what the sport is?

Shove 'ha penny competitors

Thanks to John Sands for sharing this great news with OnTheWight readers. Ed

Past and present world champions were part of the teams that came to Ryde recently to take part in a series of friendly shove ha’penny matches with Isle of Wight players.

The visitors were mainly from Newport, Wales with teams from Shepton Mallet, Somerset and Barnstaple, North Devon

Friday night saw team matches being played at the High Park Tavern, Ryde where the Isle of Wight Team triumphed at a packed evening.

On Saturday, the teams joined forces at the Simeon, Ryde, and a full pairs competition took place with one player from the Island pairing with one of the visitors.

Shove ha'penny competitors

Overall winning pair were John Amber from Newport, Wales with John Brownhill from the other Newport, Isle of Wight!

Plate competition winners were Mick Morgan, Newport, Wales and Richard Adams from Ryde.

Paul Bridges, the visitor’s organiser said

“Thanks for a great weekend, shove, beer, music and good company what more could you ask for?”

Pictured at the top are World Champion, Steve Short at the board with Simon Lyness from Ryde

Wednesday, 18th November, 2015 4:25pm



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Brilliant! Well done whoever organised the event!