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Deal of the Week
Introductory Offer for Non-Affiliated Clubs
The EBU is offering four months free affiliation for non-affiliated clubs. For further details click here.
There is an opportunity for someone to volunteer as
Tournament Secretary. Each individual tournament run by
the county has an organiser, but we need someone to coordinate
them. The pay is not vast, the hours are intermittent,
but the people you would work with are nice. Anyone
interested please contact Irene Davies, the county chair.
The inter county team of eight final took place in Coventry on 15-16th February. Congratulations to the Manchester team who finished second behind Middlesex. This is the fifth time since 2000 that Manchester have been second, a win in the competition still eludes them. John Holland and John Hassett were our best pair on cross IMPs.
Manchester qualified in November, winning their qualifying
group. The team for the final was Michael Byrne/Alan Mould,
John Holland/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock,
Alec Smalley/Tom Slater, npc Rhona Goldenfield. The
other counties playing were Middlesex, Devon, Cambs &
Hunts, Kent, Surrey, Berks & Bucks and
Gloucestershire. Results are on the EBU web site.
European Mixed Trials
The trials for the England team to play in the Mixed Event in the Europeans in June took place from 7th-10th February in London. Michael Byrne played with Kay Preddy, Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Heather Dhondy and Joe Fawcett. There were four teams. They played a double round robin from Friday to Saturday and then the top two teams played a knock out match on Sunday. Michael's team topped the round robin comfortably, winning all their matches. They then played a 112 board match against Catherine Seale's team, which lasted 64 boards before the Seale team conceded. Congratulations to Michael and team.
There will now be three Manchester players competing in the Europeans in Funchal, Michael Byrne in the Mixed, John Holland in the Seniors and Catherine Draper in the Womens.
The Trials Winners
Kay Preddy, Michael Byrne,
Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Heather Dhondy, Joe Fawcett
League and Higson Cup (7th Feb)
There is a summary of the current league placings written
by Adam Wiseberg on the league page.
The inter-club teams of eight competition was held at
Altrincham on Sunday 2nd February. Ten teams competed
with Besses of the Barn being a new entrant.
Congratulations to them on winning the Intermediate
prize. The competition was won by the Manchester
Bridge club A team with their B team finishing second.
Senior European Trials
Trials for the Senior European Team took place in London
on 1st-2nd Feb. There were two teams: David
Mossop's team included John Holland, Jeremy Dhondy's team
included John Hassett. The Mossop team won a
fluctuating contest by 31 IMPs and go on to represent
England in the championships in Funchal, Madeira in
June. Results are on the EBU web site.
The congress at Deva on 25-26th January was well attended
as usual with a fair number of Manchester
participants. Neil Thomas and Paul Beckwith were
fourth in the pairs final, Steve Mattinson and Ann
Thornton third in the consolation pairs final. In
the Swiss Teams Steve Harris, Mike Parr and Joyce White
were third with Babs Matthews of Cumbria. Click here for the Deva Club website.
The French Bridge Federation played their trials for Europen Open selection on the weekend of 24-26th January. They invited six English pairs to play against their participants. Among the English pairs were John Holland and Alan Mould and Michael Byrne playing with Kieran Dyke.