Mark wins in Suffolk
For the third year running a Norfolk boy has won the Suffolk Under 17 Bronze tournament. This year it was Mark Robinson from Lingwood who progressed easily through his group to meet Alan Thompson (Leicestershire) in the semi-final. Mark played consistently well and won 21-11 to set up a final against Smuel Murray from Essex, which he comfortably won 21-12 to take the title. In the girls doubles, Norfolk's Holly Bowen and Sophie Piper played to a very high standard and were unlucky to lose in the final 21-14. But it was heartbreak time again for Sophie in the singles. Playing well and leading 16-15 in the final, she slipped and badly damaged her knee, forcing her to concede the match. In the Shires League, the county Under 15s team had a comfortable 13-7 win over Cambridgeshire. All the team played well, getting the match off to a flying start by winning all the mixed doubles and then maintaining a good standard throughout the match,
which they hope to continue in their last two games of the season, later in the month. Playing for Norfolk were Tom Hinks, Josh Kent, Niko Schilling, Ben Tozer, Emma Piper, Devon Minnis, Ellen Bugg and Katie Witting.
* The Veterans wound up their season with mixed fortunes, with the Over 60s beating Lincolnshire 8-4 and the Over 45s finishing up at the wrong end of a "losing draw" against Leicestershire. The Over 60s match was closer than the score suggests, with five of the games going to three sets. For the Over 45s, the men won three of their four level doubles but, unfortunately, the women, lost all four, leaving Norfolk to take the four mixed doubles to win the match outright. The first three games went Norfolk's way, but they lost the fourth, so the match was decided on "count back" of sets, ending up 14-13 in Leicestershire's favour - a very close end to the season.
Representing Norfolk were: Over 45s: Norma Bowen, Sally Bridgstock, Jenny Longmore, Sandra Robinson, Mark Bennett, David Guy Eddie Simmons and Steve Thacker.
Over 60s: Ann Hutchin, Gillian Holman, Lois Ash. Pam Mace, Alan Palmer, Copper, Bob Collinson and Martin Whatson.