The World Conker Championships, at Braaid Hall, were hotly-contested with the highest turnout in a number of years.
he event on Saturday saw 41 entrants in the children’s contest, with many of their parents then taking part in the adults’ category.
Last year’s winner was triplet William Quaye, aged 11, and this year it was his brother Alfie who was victorious.
He beat Giles Beaumont in the final after having a convincing win in the semi- final, completely smashing Jonty Bregazzi’s conker.
Alfie was presented with the Mary Sommerton Cup, named in memory of the competition’s founder.
A total of 23 players competed in the adults’ category.
The winner was Maurice Bellando who had upped his game from last year, when he reached the final.
He beat Susie Bregazzi, Jonty’s mother, in the final.
Marg Magee said the standard of competition this year was ‘very, very good’.
To ensure fair play, competitors are supplied with conkers that have already been drilled and stringed by committee members of Braaid Young Men’s Club.
The strings are marked so competitors don’t get an advantage by holding them too far down.
Under the strict rules, games last two minutes in a knock-out style competition.
If by the end of that time, the conkers are still whole, each player has five turns, with the one who hits the other’s conker the most times proceeding to the next round.
If that has not separated the players then it goes to a sudden death round.