Paul see off Mousehole in Hump Trophy boules match
THE battle to give away the famous Hump Trophy took place on Saturday, with Paul coming away 31-21 winners against rivals Mousehole.
In the culmination of Paul's traditional Cornish feast week, 2013 saw around 16 competitors from each village play the annual boules match.
With both teams vying to award the other the rather unfortunately designed trophy – an oddly shaped, gold-coloured camel featuring a clock – Paul once again managed to succeed for a second consecutive year.
Team captain Keith Ayres said the day had its usual fun and joviality and was pleased with being able to come away without the Hump this year.
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"It went quite well for us," he said. "We won pretty convincingly – some years it's been a lot closer.
"I felt quite relieved. The trophy is not nice," added Mr Ayres.
However, Paul's leading man did mention the fixture is just a "bit of fun" – and there is no love lost between the villages.
"It's a great event between us both," he explained. "It's a laugh and a jolly. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the weather was good."
Mike Atkinson, Mousehole's captain, shared the sentiments – noting the great sense of tradition and fun in coming together as one community.
"All ages take part – everyone is welcome to get involved. You don't have to play boules to participate," he said.
"We had a great day. It's about reviving an old pastime."
But Mr Atkinson did joke his side would be preparing more readily in the build-up to the match next year: "We've decided to go into training next summer."
The game was rekindled from an event held between 1830 and 1890 on the village's old boules green, now the car park of the King's Arms.
Played on the original site, it begins as the "cock crows three times in the afternoon" and precedes dinner in the pub before the feast's final church service on Sunday.