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Deal of the Week
Congratulations to John Holland, Alan Mould, Jeff Smith and Jackie Pye who have reached the final of the Hubert Phillips with a good win over Heather Dhondy's team. This team has now reached the final in two of the last three years.
The following Manchester players were successful in the Cumbria Congress from 15th-17th March. Ladies Pairs 2nd Joyce White with Babs Matthews, 3rd Karen Jones and Barbara Eastabrook. Mixed Pairs 3rd Steve Mattinson and Pauline Lang. Championship Pairs 2nd Rhona and Bernard Goldenfield. Swiss Teams Winners Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock with Michael Prior and Keith Ashcroft, 2nd Joyce White with Babs Matthews, Tim Matthews, Ian Reeves, 3rd Steve Mattinson, Pauline Lang, Rod Franks with Margaret Howe. Full results are on the Cumbria web page.
St Titus Win League
Congratulations to Michael Byrne's team (Michael Newman, John Holland, Alan Mould, Rodney Lighton, Gary Hyett) who have won the first division. They won all their matches, mainly by good margins. This is the team's sixth win in the league, the first being in 2008 and the most recent three years ago, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Rodney and Gary have participated throughout since the team was formed in 2004.
Green Point Pairs
Manchester's annual green point pairs was held at Altrincham on Saturday 2nd March. Forty eight pairs competed with Sue Woodcock and Stuart Clarke winning by half a match ahead of Tracy Capal and Stuart Davies. Thanks to Rhona Goldenfield and Ann Thornton for organising, to Ken Johnston and Joan Lewis for directing and to Irene Davies for presenting the prizes.
Full results are on the Altrincham and Manchester Bridge Clubs web sites.
In the PotY competition Adam Wiseberg has retaken the lead ahead of Sally Bray in the Intermediate category.
European Mixed Teams
The first European Mixed Teams Championship took place in Lisbon from 22nd to 28th February. Playing for England was Michael Byrne with Fiona Brown, the rest of the team was Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Frances Hinden and Graham Osborne. For the event web site click here. Congratulations to all the team on finishing fifth which qualifies them for the World Championships in Wuhan in September.
League (28th Feb)
In division one Michael Byrne's St Titus team remain unbeaten with a narrow win over Jeff Smith's Inverted Minors, while Kath Nelson's Agamemnon remain second and Justin Hackett's Mutton Madras third. In division two the positions have changed dramatically with Eve Lighthill's DASH taking the top spot after beating Proteus (Frank Brown) 30-0, Sedgely (Bernard Kaye) are now second.
In division three Alan Tranter's Hindsight Convention remain top with Petersfield (Eddie Thornton-Chan) second and Altrincham A (Geoff Hull) third. In division four there is a complete change in the top positions since January. Chorlton Challengers (Bev Pardoe) have completed all their matches and are leading ahead of Trafford Tigers (Jean Santo) with David Milne's Astrazeneca Stars third.
Ray Hill's Monton Misfits are unbeaten after seven matches in division five, they lead ahead of David Tilley's Stretford Sabres with Adam Wiseberg's lastminute.bid third. In division six 4 Bridgemates (Margaret Harris) lead ahead of John Berry's Double Trouble. In division seven Ashton United (Sheila Wimbleton) have had four good wins, they are ahead of Ruff Diamonds (Peter Shakespeare) and Larkhill-1 (Estelle Megitt).
B and C Team Seminars
Michael Byrne will be holding seminars for B and C team players at Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club. The C team seminar will be on Sunday March 17th 12.30-18.00, the B team seminar will be on Saturday March 30th 12.00 to 17.30. Both seminars cost £5 and are by invitation. Invitations for the C team seminar have now been issued, invitations for the B teams seminar will be issued in early March. Any suggestions for topics will be welcomed. If you don't receive an invitation and you think you could benefit from attending please email Michael Byrne.