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Gold Coast Congress
After the Commonwealth Games event had finished many England players went on to play in the teams event at the Gold Coast congress. Gary Hyett playing with Steve Eginton, Bill Hirst, Phil Gue, David Weston and Julian Foster qualified from twelve rounds of Swiss to reach the knock out stages where they lost in the semi-final to the Hinden team. The results are here.
This annual invitation event in London takes place on February 24th- 25th. Many of the world's top players are playing. The event is being shown on BBO. Manchester interest is provided by John Holland and Alan Mould who play for the Chairman's team.
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All the quarter-final matches have been completed now. In the semi-finals John Robert's team (Pete Foster, Alec Smalley, Tom Slater, Royce Alexander, John Currie) play Michael Byrne (Michael Newman, Alan Mould, John Holland, Gary Hyett, Rodney Lighton). Jeff Morris (John Hassett, Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock) play Raymond Semp (Henry Bissell, Kevin & Celia Comrie). The competition winners will represent Manchester in the Pachabo in June.
EBU Spring Congress
At Harrogate on 18th February Alan Mould, John Holland, Jeff Smith and Jackie Pye won the Swiss Teams; Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, Kath & Alan Nelson were third.
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.
Commonwealth Nations Bridge
Gary Hyett played for England A with Bill Hirst, Steve Eginton, Brian Callaghan and Chris Duckworth in Australia starting on Wednesday 14th February. Matches are being shown on BBO and the event web site is here. In the invitational pairs before the teams event Gary came 13th playing with Barbara Travis of Australia. In the teams event England finished eighth in the qualifying Swiss and then lost a close match to a Scottish team in the quarter finals.
The inter county teams of eight final took place in Coventry on 10-11th February. Manchester were represented by John Holland, Ollie Burgess, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock. Ollie Burgess replaced Gary Hyett, otherwise the team was the same as that which qualified in November. Rhona Goldenfield was non-playing captain. The other counties in the final were Cambs & Hunts, Oxford, Lancashire, Kent, Dorset, Hants & IOW and Berks & Bucks.
Manchester finished second, 1 VP behind Kent. Kent and Manchester were level going into the penultimate match when they played each other. Kent won 15-5 to establish a good lead, but in a tense finish Kent then lost 9-11 to Cambs. while Manchester won 18-2 against Dorset. Unfortunately not quite enough.
All the pairs were positive on the cross IMPs with Catherine and Andrew just edging out Michael and Michael for the highest scoring Manchester pair.
The inter club teams of eight took place at Altrincham on Sunday 4th February. An interesting set of deals with a large number of slams were played by ten teams representing five clubs. Manchester Bridge Club's top team won ahead of Cheadle with the third Manchester team winning the Intermediate trophy. Thanks to Ann Thornton and Barbara Lewis for organising and to Joan Lewis for directing. Full results are on the Altricham Bridge Club web site.
Senior's Trials for European
The first stage of the trials for the England Senior's European team took place on Feb 3rd-4th at Solihull. Four teams participated with the top two playing off in March. Manchester interest was provided by Alan Mould (with Barry Myers, Pat Collins and Norman Selway) and John Holland and John Hassett (with Gunnar Halberg, Paul Hackett, David Mossop and Brian Senior). John Holland and John Hassett's team won, but Alan's team finished third. Results are on the EBU web site.
In the Chester Congress pairs at Deva on 27th January congratulations to Nigel Pearce and Keith Boulton who finished third in the final and to Paul Murray and Peter Grauer who won the consolation final. Rodney Lighton and John Currie won the qualifying section.
In the Swiss teams Kath and Alan Nelson, Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield were third with Barbara Eastabrook, Ian Kane, John Fitzgerald and Karen Jones fourth.
Full results are on the Deva Club site.
League Update (25th Jan)
Many matches have been played since the last update in early December.
In division one Mouldy Mutton Tours (Adrian Kenworthy) haven't played any more matches, but lead ahead of Grasshoppers (Alec Smalley) and IMPs R US (Tracy Capal). Division two has seen many more matches played with Cheshire Cheeses (Paul Roberts) just ahead of Smash the System (Irene Davies). Roger Hopton's New Connections head division three, though they have only played two matches so far. Division four is headed by Conquering Hearts (Haidee Tattersall) and Ashton Aces (Gordon Bickley) now having played three and five matches respectively. Trafford Tigers (Jean Santo) still lead division five having now played four matches. Jems (Peter Elton) have now played three matches in division six and are top with a good average score. Finally in division seven 4 Bridgemates (Margaret Harris) have won the first three of their scheduled six matches to take a healthy lead.