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Once again this year saw a full entry of 96 players and although several people dropped out in the days running up to the event, there were plenty of reserves on hand to fill in.

As usual everyone would play 5 games, each time with different players, against different players and on different mats.

Round 1
Off to the best start were Neil Jolly, Elaine Knightsbridge and Jane Coulon who picked up 14 shots in their first game.

Three shots behind them were a couple of blocks comprised of Peter Fellingham, Alan Smith, Marion Bull, John Brace, Sue Davey and Glyn Catchpole.

Round 2
Twenty three players won for a second time and in contrast to the first round the majority of the games were close with only one team managing to reach double figures. Unsurprisingly two from that team were now in the top three.

Leading the way on 25 shots was Neil Jolly and five shots behind were Glyn Catchpole and Sam Runnacles. Two shots further back on 18 was Alan Smith and on 17 shots were Marion Bull, Vivian Grant, Colin Barnes and John Brace.

Round 3
Remarkably none of the top 9 won their third games and only 7 people picked up a third win.

The biggest win of the round was an 18-0, a result which gave us a new leader. John Whiting leapt up from 16th to 1st with 6 points and 32 shots. Six shots back in second was Sue Gilder who was 2 ahead of Peter Frost. Pam Reynard and James Jordan were one further back on 23 shots and the two remaining players who still hadn't dropped a point were Stephen Woodley and Brian Pryke who had 19 shots.

Round 4
The ranks of those with a perfect record were reduced to just 4 now, although a further 6 were on 7 points, still unbeaten and in with a chance.

John Whiting still led the way and with 46 shots was 10 clear of his nearest rival, Sue Gilder. Stephen Woodley was third on 33 shots and Pam Reynard was fourth on 30 shots.

Behind them, having dropped just 1 point each were Peter Fellingham, Neil Jolly, Sam Runnacles, Glyn Catchpole, John Brace and John Austin.

Round 5
History tells us that everything changes in the final round. And history turns out to be right.

Of the top 4 two were playing in the first half of the final session and two in the last half. John Whiting with a substantial shot advantage simply needed a win to be pretty much sure of taking overall victory, but unfortunately he lost on the last end of his game. For Stephen Woodley it was the same, a loss which meant that he too would finish on 8 points.

That left Sue Gilder and Pam Reynard as the only ones still left with perfect records, having won 4 out of 4.

However, despite a late comeback, Pam also lost, so it was all down to Sue. Going into the final end with a 4 shot lead and 3 down with an opposition wood still to come, she used her last wood to take second, secure the win and finishing as the only person on the day to win all 5 games.

The next 4 spots were taken by the players who had dropped just one point, Peter Fellingham (53 shots), Neil Jolly (52), Glyn Catchpole (46) and Sam Runnacles (43).

Final Standings



1st Sue Gilder



2nd Peter Fellingham



3rd Neil Jolly



4th Glyn Catchpole



5th Sam Runnacles




We would like to thank everyone who took part and look forward to seeing you all again next year.


Suffolk's annual Charity Fours event was held at Needham Market on Saturday 7th January.

This year attracted an entry of 40 teams with teams coming from Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire as well as from across Suffolk.

As with last year, since there isn't enough time for any knockout rounds, all the teams were placed in one big group, with the winners being the team who had the best record from their 4 games.

Round 1
A totel of 19 teams won their first game with URC Felixstowe C leading the way with a 12-2 win. Close behind were Copdock & Washbrook A (10-3) and Kelsale and Elmstead Market (both 10-4).

Round 2
Eleven teams repeated their first round wins with URC Felixstowe A now taking their turn at the top. Their 15-6 win put them onto 4 points and 23 shots. Kelsale won 12-2 to put them one shot behind the leaders and one shot further back after an 11-8 win were Copdock & Washbrook A. Burstall won 11-7 to move onto 20 shots and URC Felixstowe C won 7-3 and were now on 19 shots.

Round 3
The third round saw all but 3 teams lose their perfect records. They were Kelsale (7-5 win) who were now on 6 points and 29 shots, Spades & Flowers (8-6 win) were on 6 points and 23 shots and Bentley (6-4 win) taking them to 6 points and 18 shots.

Behind them, and still in with a shout were Burstall, URC Felixstowe C, Knodishall B and Polstead who had each won two and lost one.

Round 4
In the end only one team finished with a perfect record, although 2 others remained unbeaten.

Spades & Flowers suffered a 7-4 defeat to lose their chance of overall victory.

A draw for Bentley in their final game meant that they also fell out of the running, but maintained their thrid place with 7 points and 25 shots.

Of the teams who had been on 5 points after the third round, the only ones to win were Polstead with a narrow 6-5 victory, which was enough to elevate them to 2nd place overall, finishing on 7 points and 29 shots.

But it was Kelsale who came home in first place as the only team to win all four games, finishing on 8 points and 40 shots.

We would like to thank everyone for their support for the event which raised more than £1000 for this year's chosen charity St Elizabeth Hospice.

We hope to see you all again next year.

Winners Kelsale with Nigel Donkin from St Elizabeth Hospice

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