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Deal of the Week
This year's final was held on Thursday 23rd May at 7pm at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club between St Titus (Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Rodney Lighton and Gary Hyett) and New Connections (Roger Hopton, David Fussell, Gillian MacMullan and Neil Thomas). New Connections started well winning the first set by six, but St Titus then won the second and third sets to lead by 17, the final set also went St Titus's way for another 10 IMPs, but a well fought and enjoyable final. St Titus will represent Manchester in the inter county Pachabo competition in June, when the team will be Michael Newman, Michael Byrne, John Holland and Alan Mould.
John Armstrong Swiss Pairs
Congratulations to Paul Beckwith and Andy Green on finishing second in the Mersey Green Point Swiss at Deva on 19th May. Full results are on the Mersey and Cheshire web site.
National Swiss Teams Congress
Congratulations to Michael Byrne playing with Kieran Dyke, Toby Nonnenmacher and Ben Norton who won the Swiss Teams at Solihull over the weekend of 11-12th May. Full results are on the EBU web site.
Bramhall and Cheadle to Merge
Following overwhelming votes in favour by the members of both clubs, Bramhall and Cheadle Bridge Clubs will merge in September. The new club will meet at the current Bramhall premises with the Cheadle site closing. The clubs are taking advantage of a unique and timely opportunity to bring together two successful bridge clubs with between them a group of members who have the energy, enthuasism and commitment to create and grow a joint club with a full range of bridge activities. The new club will initially continue with the sessions currently run by both clubs and will be one of the largest in the county.
Schapiro Spring Foursomes
The EBU's prestigious double elimination tournament took place from 3rd to 8th May. By Sunday evening, after five rounds, Alan Mould and John Holland playing in the Penfold team and Michael Byrne playing in the Allerton team were still in contention, albeit each having lost one match. By Monday evening only the Penfold team remained, having won a very close quarter final, but they lost in the semi-finals on Tuesday; nevertheless an excellent result in a star studded field.
League (3rd May)
Congratulations to those who won their divisions or are promoted.
In division one Michael Byrne's St Titus team have won, winning all their matches. Kath Nelson's Agamemnon are second. In division two in the final match Proteus (Frank Brown) beat Manchester S (Kevin Comrie) by 30-0 to win the division. Also promoted are Eve Lighthill's DASH and Bernard Kaye's Sedgley.
In division three Petersfield (Eddie Thornton-Chan) have won with Alan Tranter's Hindsight Convention second. In division four Astrazeneca Stars (David Milne) have won just ahead of Chorlton Challengers (Bev Pardoe).
Ray Hill's Monton Misfits won division five unbeaten, Adam Wiseberg's lastminute.bid won their last match well to finish second. In division six in a very close finish John Berry's Double Trouble have won the division with Vera Lowson's Wild at Heart second. In division seven Ashton United (Sheila Wimbleton) are promoted along with Larkhill-1 (Estelle Megitt) after another close finsih.
Many thanks to Kath Nelson for running the league so efficiently for many years, she retires at the end of this season as league secretary, with Adam Wiseberg taking over next year.
Player of the Year
Congratulations to Adam Wiseberg who has won the Intemediate category of the Player of the Year just one point ahead of Josh Clarke. There are still results to be entered for the Goldstone final, but John Holland will win the expert category.
The finals of the Higson Cup and Plate were held at Altrincham on Sunday 28th April. Congratulations to Agamemnon who held on to their half time lead to win by 5 VPs ahead of St Titus in the cup. They started with the team of Kath and Alan Nelson, Bernard Goldenfield and John Hassett. Jeff Morris arrived at half time straight from the airport after a holiday in Ireland to replace Bernard for the second half. In the plate Monton Misfits (Rose Davenport, Ray Hill, Valerie and Ian Hempstock, Enid Noronha and Ron Lowe) won by a good margin ahead of The Four Dummies.
Thanks to Henry Bissell and Joan Lewis for efficient directing and to Adam Wiseberg for organising. Detailed results are on the Altrincham Club web site.