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Deal of the Week
Trials for the England team to play in the Teltscher Trophy (Senior Camrose) take place from 14-15th December in Solihull. Alan Mould and John Holland are playing in the Mossop team. Results will be on the EBU web site and matches will be shown on BBO.
Tollemache Final Team
The following team has been selected to represent Manchester in the inter-counties team of eight final in February.
Andrew Woodcock/Catherine Draper, John Holland/John Hassett, Alan Mould/Michael Byrne, Tom Slater/Alec Smalley. NPC Rhona Goldenfield, reserve Michael Newman.
League and Higson Cup
The leaders in each division are displayed on the league page of this site. In division one Michael Byrne's St Titus are winning on average VPs, but they have only played one match, so Justin Hackett's Mutton Madras in second place with an average of 20 VPs provide a more realistic state of affairs. In division four Monton Misfits have started with two maximum wins, but The Four Dummies are not far behind with three good wins.
The Ben Franks pairs took place at Manchester Bridge Club on Sunday 1st December. This is Manchester's qualification event for the Corwen Trophy with the top four Manchester pairs qualifying. This year non Manchester pairs were allowed to play, resulting in a much increased entry of 31 pairs. Thanks to John Roberts for organising and to Henry Bissell for directing. The winners were David Stevenson and Paddy Murphy from Merseyside and North Wales. Top Manchester pair were Alan Mould and John Holland in second place with the other Manchester Corwen qualifiers being Peter Foster and John Roberts, Christopher Hine and Stephen Ward, Joy and Irving Blakey. The handicap prize went to Sheila Wimbleton and Christine Richardson.
Detailed results can be found on the Manchester Events web site
European Open Trials
The second stage of the European Open trials took place from 22nd-24th November at Derby. Congratulations to Michael Byrne who played with Kieran Dyke of London. They won the trial, leading throughout most of the weekend, only losing two of fifteen matches. They now progress to the third and final stage of the trial in London in January where the seven pairs who qualified from the second weekend will join three exempted pairs.