Unbelievably over £2,000 was raised at the Charity evening organised by Vin and Jan Grima and held at the Club on 5th September!
All the money raised through an auction, raffle and ticket sales helped towards the cost of installing a soft play area in Tiger Ward, the Children's paediatric oncology unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Woolwich and SPARKS research into children's illnesses.
A really really great evening was had by all...Read all about...
TIGER, Tiger Ward, shining bright
In Queen Elizabeth Hospital tonight,
Lots of smiles and loving care
For the children who are held so dear
An amazingly successful Disco and Thai Dinner Fundraiser was held at Sundridge Park Tennis and Squash Club on Saturday 5th September. Organised by Vince and Jan Grima, the Club was packed out with friends, family and Club members all determined to both enjoy the evening and raise funds for SPARKS - one of the Club’s longstanding charities, and, for a soft play area in Tiger Ward, at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich.
Prizes available in the auction included Dinner at Madhuwan, Bromley (Stewart being the highest bidder, who surprising everyone and no doubt feeling guilty about spending so much time playing squash at the Club, was desperately trying to make amends by taking long suffering wife Tina out for a nice meal).
The main prize was a pair of Theo Walcott's signed and unused football boots ('Unused?', we chortled to ourselves at the bar, 'knowing him, that means anything up to five games old, the way he plays'), for which our MC for the auction, Dave Ballard was the lucky(?) recipient, courtesy of spirited bidding by his glamorous spouse.
The other prize of note...to some...was two Chelsea tickets, which surprisingly even after being comprehensively and deservedly trashed by Crystal Palace in their last league match, still found a bidder willing to pay well in excess of three figures.
Dang's flavoursome fragrant Thai Curry was devoured enthusiastically as well as Jan's delicious Lasagne, and the DJ, providing background music at the early stages of the evening, then took centre stage after a few words from Dr Ildiko Schuller about Tiger Ward, a paediatric oncology shared care unit (POSCU) at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich. Tiger Ward, she passionately explained, works closely with the Royal Marsden Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College Hospital to provide chemotherapy and supportive care to children and their families who are being treated for a cancer diagnosis. Patients have direct access to Tiger Ward at all hours of the day and night and a friendly voice at the end of the phone offers support and advice whenever it is needed.
The evening also raised funds for one of the club's favorite charities – SPARKS, which funds pioneering children's research into any medical condition affecting children's health, from ground breaking research projects across the whole spectrum of rare diseases to research into the most common illnesses.
The evening raised well over £2,000 for the Tiger Ward soft play area project and Sparks charity and, as carriages arrived late in the evening, all those present departed with a smile on their face, having had a thoroughly enjoyable evening, in great company and also, having raised funds for two really worthwhile causes!
Well done to Vin and Jan, Jan's glamorous sisters and nieces, the always beguiling Tracey, taking care of matters behind the bar the ever willing and helpful Steve ably assisted by our wonderful new barmaid, Rachel, and of course thanks to Dang, the donors and all those involved in the organisation of a truly memorable evening!
Canary Wharf Squash Classic March 27th 2015
World champion Nick Matthew overwhelmed his great rival James Willstrop to claim his fourth Canary Wharf Classic title. Matthew's high-paced attacking game and astonishing court coverage nullified Willstrop's best shots. Matthew clinched an 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 victory in just 51 minutes, the shortest final on record.
Four years ago these two players battled to a standstill in an epic semi-final at the East Wintergarden that finished with Willstrop collapsing with cramp after two hours and seven minutes. More recently, Matthew beat his Yorkshire neighbour in the National Championship final in Manchester lasting 76 minutes.
The sell-out crowd at this spectacular venue must have been disappointed that this showdown was over so quickly, but were spellbound by the sheer quality and intensity of Matthew's performance. At 33, he is one of the fittest players on the PSA World Tour and ran his rival ragged for most of the match. Willstrop made an uncharacteristically high number of errors, which hastened his decline. As five of his shots found their way into the tin in the first game alone, Matthew was driving the ball to a dying length in the back corners.
Matthew began the evening attending a photocall with fellow world champion Laura Massaro. He ended it lifting the Canary Wharf trophy for a fourth time to draw level with Willstrop and joked: “I was aware before the game that James had four titles and I had three. So we’d better come back next year to fight for the fifth title and then both hang up our rackets together.”
He added: “I said to Laura she was going to inspire me this week so when you say something like that you have to back it up. I’m so proud of her.
“Me and James both got through to this final fresh and it was one of the first time I was ready to start strong because I knew that he was on great form.
“And maybe that worked in my favour that he’d not quite been pushed, because he’s sometimes more dangerous when he’s had a four-setter, because then he gets more time to practise those backhand drops.
“Maybe he didn’t have enough practice on those but there was still some amazing shots, and I think it’s the best I’ve moved all year and that really helps.
“I got my tactics right this time but he’ll get his right next time, and it could be his turn.”
The players exchanged some dialogue as Willstrop complained about crowd noise during the rallies. Matthew added: “Me and James differ slightly on the noise level. It’s the more the better for me, and James prefers less. I see his point. It’s not like us to have two different opinions…”
After lifting the trophy in front of a batter of cameras, Matthew turned to his opponent and said: “James, we’ll have some battles, there’s no doubt about that. I can’t play like that every time.
“I thought you would be used to the noise now with a young son. I’ve got that to look forward to with our first baby due later this year.”
Willstrop countered: “I just want to correct Nick – it’s not the noise I have a problem with, it’s the, sort of, intermittent thing. I love the noise.
“The best venues, like Canary Wharf, like the Tournament of Champions, have brilliant atmospheres and people getting involved, so I’m just putting you right there, Nick.”
He added: “Congratulations to Nick. I just have to take my hat off. I don’t know if it looks like it off the court, but I really gave it everything tonight.
“I feel spent and I’ve tried my best, but Nick is on top form, he’s had a great year.
“I can’t really say anything more – he’s given me a bit of a trouncing.
“So I have a lot to learn and many congratulations to him. And thanks to the crowd for turning up, I know it wasn’t a great final, but I hope there were some decent rallies.”
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Kent Closed Championships Glory
The Kent Closed Championships were held last week at Bromley Indoor Tennis Centre.
Our members grabbed lots of places on the list of winners...
Henry Whyte retained his Men’s Singles title and was runner-up in the Mixed competition.
Aaron Robinson won the boys 9 & Under
Daisy Carpenter won the girls 8 & Under
William Everett lost in the semi-final of the 12 & Under
Luke Ralph lost in the semi-final of the boys 10 & Under
Annabel Nuijens lost in the semi-final of the girls 8 & Under
Matt Doran won the Men's consolation event
Mollie Miller won the Girls 18 & Under consolation event
For a non-Performance rated club, this was a fantastic result! Well done to everyone else who participated too.
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