The 13th Annual Louise Willgrass Memorial Ladies’ Doubles Charity Tennis Tournament was held at East Anglia Tennis & Squash Club, Lime Tree Road, Norwich, on Wednesday 11th October 2017.

The weather was extremely windy, a great leveller, but otherwise dry, sunny and warm – 18 degrees centigrade!!

Four boxes of six pairs ensured everyone had plenty of tennis before the top two pairs from each group went through to the quarterfinals:

Liz Cubitt/Corrin Tulk (Framlingham/Acle) vs Val Woodhouse/Annie Cowper-Johnson (Cromer)

Sarah-Jane Bullock/Hilary Kerrison (Diss/Beccles) vs Judith Lee/Cheryl Buck (EATSC)

Susanna Cooper/Jo Gowing (Brooke) vs Beverley Barber/Jane Ray (Diss/Beccles)

Jenny Barton/Sara Worley (Wortham) vs Dawn Stocker/Liz Waller (Blofield)

Going through to the semis were:

Liz & Corrin vs Judith & Cheryl

Beverley & Jane vs Dawn & Liz

The final was a hard-fought, one set match with Beverley & Jane prevailing over Judith & Cheryl, 6-3.

Raffle prizes included a handbag from VANILLA, Libby Ferris orchids, Top Spin Tennis Racket Stringing Voucher, goodies from City Farm Shop (at Notcutts), a Lunch Voucher for the E Street Smokehouse (new sister restaurant to the Last Wine Bar) and two vouchers for Wine & Tapas at Jarrolds’ new Deli as well as six cans of tennis balls from Pilch.  Plus MANY, MANY gifts from the players themselves.

The raffle was held during a delicious lunch laid on by the club and many thanks must go to the hard work of Hannah, Sharon, Leanne and all the staff; not to mention Derek Perry, our own inimitable referee and sole male attendant!!

The prizes of flowers by Libby Ferris (Grove Road), kindly donated by Lucy Carne of REALITY Estate Agents (Grove Road) were presented by Ben Willgrass, son of the late Louise in whose memory this tournament is played.

The £800 proceeds of the event will be given to Cruse Bereavement Care Norwich, the chosen charity of the Willgrass family.  Caroline Morton from the charity thanked the ladies for their valuable contribution to the much-needed work they do helping bereaved people.






PHOTO ATTACHED:  L-R: Judith Lee, Cheryl Buck, Ben Willgrass, Jane Ray & Beverley Barber.