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Deal of the Week
EBU Holiday Congress
Congratulations to Joy and Irving Blakey winners of the Swiss Teams at Halkidiki with Tom Gisborne and Sandy Davies of Yorkshire on 15th October. Second were Bill and Joyce White playing with Babs and Tim Matthews of Cumbria. Results are on the EBU web site.
NBL Final Matches
The Manchester A1 team left it late this year, going into the last round of matches they were level with Lancashire and only a few ahead of the Yorkshire teams. However, a solid performance at Bolton left them winners by a clear margin. John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Alec Smalley, Tom Slater, John Currie and Rodney Lighton won all their matches to finish 23 VPs clear of Lancashire. The Manchester A2 team produced their best ever performance, David Barton, Leslie Klein, Peter Foster, John Roberts, Howard Stubbings, Dhun Daji, John Stell and Peter Jones were second on the day but remained sixth overall. Top on the cross IMPs were John and Alan with Alec and Tom second overall.
In the B division at Bradford Manchester won by a huge margin on the day which moved them from sixth to third overall. The team was David Olliver, Howard Kay, Robert & Joyce Jones, Gillian McMullan, Neil Thomas, Herbert Potts and Sylvia Massey. Gillian and Neil were top on the cross IMP rankings with all pairs positive.
In the C division at Manchester the team of Joan Lewis, Roy Higginbottom, Liz & Steve Halstead, Susan Triggs, Graham Winn, Tricia Blum and Simon Townsend finished second on the day, but did not improve their overall position. Susan and Graham were the best Manchester pair on cross IMPs.
Thanks to all the players who have turned out for the county this season.
More details and results to follow later today.
The Manchester A1 team minus John Holland
Rodney Lighton, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman
Alec Smalley, Tom Slater, John Currie
Great Northern Swiss Pairs
Congratulations to John Holland who won at Leeds with Clive Owen on the 30th Sept to 1st Oct. They previously won this event in 2005. Full results are on the EBU web site.
Cumbria GP Weekend
Congratulations to Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield who won the Swiss Pairs at Kendal on 24th September. For results click here.
Rhona and Bernard Goldenfield
Premier League in Manchester
Manchester Bridge club hosted the second weekend of the Premier League for the top two divisions on 23rd-24th September.
Manchester players participating are Michael Byrne, Alan Mould and John Holland in division 1, Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Alec Smalley and Tom Slater in division 2 and Ollie Burgess in division 3.
Results are on the EBU web site. At the end of the second weekend Michael Byrne is in the second team in division one and Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Alec Smalley and Tom Slater are second in division two.
League and Higson Cup
67 teams have entered the league this year, the same as last year and 50 the Higson Cup and Plate.
Some matches have already been played in the league, to see the results for both competitions follow the links on the league and cup pages which which take you to the relevant page on the EBU web site.
Michael Byrne will give two seminars for county players this autumn.
The first will be held at Manchester Bridge Club on Saturday afternoon 28th October for county C players and other interested players.
The second will be at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club on Saturday afternoon 2nd December for county B players and other interested players.
Invitations will be sent out by the match secretary in the next few days, but if you are interested in attending please contact him.
There is plenty of space so as many of the county's members are welcome as is practical.
The selection committee has made the following selections.