The Niche Flowers event drew 20 pairs from all over the east to compete in a round robin, with the top eight going through to a knock-out competition.  The semi-finals saw Susanna Cooper & Jo Gowing (Brooke) beat Kate Smith & Sarah Jane Bullock (Beccles/Diss) and Jenny Barton & Sara Worley (Wortham) beat Jane Ray & Liz Stacey (Diss/Harleston).  In the final, Susanna & Jo were the victors 6-1 (good to see them win having been in so many finals.)

The VANILLA tournament saw 16 pairs compete in the initial round robin followed by the knock-out quarter finals.  Sadly, rain stopped play at this point so we all had lunch preceded by a very interesting and informative fashion show presented by VANILLA owner, Anita Vadhir.  The semi-finalists would have been Sara Worley & Ann Nicholls (Acle) vs Sally Arnold & Sarah Wells (Diss) and Susanna Cooper & Jo Gowing (Brooke) vs Kate Smith & Jane Ray (Beccles/Diss).  The prize flowers were auctioned off adding £114 to the funds raised by the raffle. 

Beautiful bouquets, provided by Niche Flowers, were presented to the winners and runners-up.   A total of £714 was raised from the raffles with proceeds going to HEADWAY Norfolk & Waveney (

The 14th annual Louise Willgrass Memorial tournament sponsored by Reality Estate Agents, Norwich, was held on a drizzly, murky day despite which our 23 pairs made no complaints and enjoyed some competitive tennis.  Familiar names competed in the semis – Sarah Wells & Sarah-Jane Bullock (Diss) beat Kate Smith & Sally Lambert (Beccles/Lowestoft) and Sara Worley & Andi McCombe (Acle) beat Jane Ray & Beverley Barber (Diss).  In a closely contested final, Sara & Andi beat Sarah & Sarah-Jane, 6-4.

Once again the stunning prize flowers were provided by Niche Flowers.  Proceeds from the entry fees and and raffle totalling £1,000 will be sent to Cruse Bereavement Care, Norwich (

Many thanks must go to EATSC for providing the venue, Sharon Watts for the delicious lunches and referee Derek Perry for orchestrating proceedings.