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Deal of the Week
League Update (21st Mar)In division one Mouldy Mutton Tours (Adrian Kenworthy) lead ahead of Grasshoppers (Alec Smalley) with a good average of 22.33 after six matches. Division two has seen many more matches played with Smash the System (Irene Davies), Cheshire Cheeses (Paul Roberts) and Tempo (Steve Mattinson) looking likely to be promoted. Graham Burns Take the Money and Run have overtaken Roger Hopton's New Connections in division three. Division four is now headed by Altrincham Z (Joan Lewis) with City Aces (Ivor Rosenberg) second. City Aces have played all their matches and Altrincham Z have one to play. Both teams look likely to be promoted. Trafford Tigers (Jean Santo) still lead division five having now played five matches. Jems (Peter Elton) have played six of their seven matches in division six and are top ahead of The Biddables with both teams favourite to be promoted. Finally in division seven Bridge Under Troubled Waters (David Rigby) and 4 Bridgemates (Margaret Harris) are leading by a good margin.
Karen Reissmann and Irene Davies were second at Bradford on 18th March, Gary Hyett was third with Margaret Howe, Catherine Draper fourth with Andrew Petrie and John Holland and Tony Coley were sixth. Congratulations to all, Gary & Margaret, Catherine & Andrew, John & Tony qualified for the national final.
Congratulations to Karen Jones and Barbara Eastabrook who won the Ladies pairs, Steve Mattinson and Pauline Lang who retained their Mixed Pairs trophy at Cumbria and to Andrew Woodcock and Catherine Draper who won the congress pairs. Several Manchester players competed over the weekend 9-11th March. Results are on the Cumbria web site.
Senior European Trial Play Off
The Senior's trial play off took place in Solihull on 10-11th March. John Holland and John Hassett played with Gunnar Hallberg, Brian Senior, Paul Hackett and David Mossop against the Shelley team. The Shelley team won by 24 IMPs.
Green Point Swiss Pairs
The Green Point Swiss Pairs at Altrincham on Saturday 3rd March was dominated by Lancashire and Merseyside pairs. Winners were Bill Carr and Sue Woodcock. Bill only agreed to play as an emergency substitute in the morning. Second were Liz Commins and David Stevenson from Merseyside with Sue Fjortoft and Nick Woodcock third. Michael Byrne and Michael Newman, who came fourth, managed a remarkable 89% in one of their matches. Thanks to Rhona Goldenfield for organising and to directors Rob Dixon and Joan Lewis for running the event efficiently.
In the Player of the Year competition Alan Mould is still top in the expert category; Sally Bray and Judith Dunkerley have taken the lead in the intermediate category.
Detailed results are on the Altrincham Bridge Club web site.
Peter Green our current treasurer will be stepping down from the post in May because of work committments.
If you would like to help the county association by volunteering for this role the chair, Irene Davies, would be delighted to hear from you.