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The Pavilion, Lammas Park, Culmington Road,
Ealing, London W5 5JH


Red Clothes Day



The field in the Grand National the day before may have reduced in size, but the entry for the annual Charity One-Ball Heat at Ealing was the biggest yet, at 15 runners.

Competitors were rewarded with warmish sunshine and lawns in excellent condition, with lawn 3 in particular becoming impressively fast in the afternoon. Frequent were the cries of frustration that could be heard as another approach slid past the hoop.

The format was a flexible Swiss, with players having as few or as many games as they fancied. By lunchtime the leader in the clubhouse was Julian Berry, with a perfect 4 wins out of 4. Only Lindy Jordan had a chance to catch him, with 3 wins out of 3 and one game to play.

At that point Julian and a few others needed to leave, so a provisional prize ceremony was held, involving a splendid new trophy – The Choco-One-Ball – designed and created by John Hutchinson using his 3-D printer.

In the end Emma Bowen-Docherty overcame Lindy to snatch second place, with 4 wins out of 5.

A very generous £170 was raised for the British Heart Foundation, giving us two places in the final at Surbiton on May 5th, where Julian and Emma will represent the club. Players sported a variety of red items of clothing – the BHF house colours – and the huge cherry tree by lawn 1 put on a superb display of white blossom.

Many thanks to everyone who played for their generous fundraising and for making it such a pleasant day. It was great to see some of the less seasoned tournament players doing so well.

Simon Tuke

Photographs: David Whitestone

Note: David will supply copies of individual photographs on request.