Graves Cup 2015: Burnell and Morgan Roll Out the Barrel

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In recent years it has often been said that the 3rd round of the FA Cup has rather lost its lustre and is no longer one of the standout weekends in the sporting calendar. Many reasons have been put forward for this decline, from the tightening of the Premier League's soulless corporate grip on the game to the fielding of weakened teams to the disappearance of boggy January mudbath pitches and John Motson's fabled sheepskin coat. Happily, however, the first weekend in January hosts another legendary sporting occasion, one that gets better and better every year - which is more than can be said for many of its participants - and which is ready and waiting to fill the New Year void in the British sporting consciousness. Not showing its age and past its best like the Cup (apart from maybe Mike Fenn), nor garish and brash like the darts at Ally Pally (imagine Bunyan doing a darts-style walk-on - the mind boggles*) the Ipswich Tournament for the Graves Cup stands ready and waiting to be discovered as the standout national post-Christmas sports event.

 

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Ipswich Tournament 2014: Any Port in a Storm

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The 2014 Ipswich Tournament took place at the weekend, with the usual assortment of Ipswichians past and present plus guests taking part in a splendid weekend of Fives. Seb Cooley and Charlie Blackmore emerged from the wreckage of the Saturday night dinner to take the title, defeating Will Gibbons and Karen Hird in the final.

 

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