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League Update (1st Dec)
In division one Mouldy Mutton Tours (Adrian Kenworthy) are best placed after St Titus lost in November to Isolated Menaces. In division two last year's relegated teams The North Star (Mike Hart) and Team Mayhem (Neil Thomas) are leading with five out of five and five out of six wins respectively. In division three Smash the System (Irene Davies) have won four out of four with a VP average of 24.5. In division four Manchester A (Ray Ashleigh) are leading, but it is all very close at the moment. In division five The Four Dummies (Karen Jones) have started well with three wins, Winning Ways (Tony O'Neill) are close behind. In division six LastMinute.bid (Adam Wiseberg), Pack Choice (Christine Barrowclough) and Double Trouble (John Berry) have all started well. School of Slamwich, the University team captained by Henry Bissell and Jems (Peter Elton) have both started with two wins in division seven.
A perfect number of pairs (26) meant that everyone played two boards against every other pair over two sessions at Manchester Bridge club on Sunday 27th November. In a very close finish John Holland and Michael Byrne won, with Rodney Lighton and John Currie second, Alan Mould and Alec Smalley third and Nicholas Greer and John Parsons fourth. These pairs qualify for the Corwen Trophy in June. Andrew Jackson and Graham Campbell were the top placed intermediates, finishing in eleventh place. John Holland has now won the event seven times, more than any other player.
In the player of the year competition John Holland leads after two events. In the Intermediate category there is a four way tie for first place between Judith Dunkerley, Sally Bray, Chris Baker and Jim O'Neill.
Thanks to Ann Thornton for organising the event, Jeff Smith for directing and Irene Davies for presenting the prizes. Detailed results are on the Manchester Bridge Club web site.
EBU Selection Committee
Manchester's Alan Mould and Ollie Burgess have been elected to the EBU selection committee at the EBU AGM in November.
Tony Priday Award
Congratulations to Jeff Smith who has become the second recipient of the Tony Priday Award for an outstanding contribution to bridge.
Jeff has been involved in county administration and tournament directing in Manchester and Lancashire and has developed the scoring software used by the EBU and many of its clubs.
Congratualtions to Peter Foster, John Roberts, Neil Thomas and Gillian McMullan who won the teams event at Blackburn on Sunday 20th November.
Full results are on the Blackburn web site.
Tolly Qualy - Manchester Scrape Through
Manchester's finest played in the inter county teams of eight on 19-20th Nov. in Birmingham. The team of John Holland, Gary Hyett, Alan Mould, Ollie Burgess, Tom Slater, Alec Smalley, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman (npc Rhona Goldenfield), with Bernard Goldenfield substituting seven boards for Ollie Burgess, were drawn in group A against Leicester, Lancashire, North East, Berks & Bucks, Channel Islands, Norfolk, Derbyshire and Northants. After lying sixth after the first session on Saturday, and fourth at the end of Saturday, they spent most of Sunday battling for second place with Lancashire but miles behind Berks and Bucks. Eventually a ruling went Manchester's way and they scraped through by 1 VP.
Alan Mould and Ollie Burgess were best on the cross IMPs (apart from Bernard who led the whole field by virtue of his seven boards). John and Gary also scored respectably, while the Michaels and Tom and Alec were slightly negative.
A few Manchester players went North to the Aviemore congress on the 12-13th November. Winners of the consolation teams were Bill and Joyce White playing with Babs and Tim Matthews of Cumbria. Second were Neil Thomas, Gillian McMullan, Dave Hammonds and Corrine Ross who were also second in the Swiss Teams.
Results are here.
Bill & Joyce White, Babs & Tim Matthews
Pendle Witch Pairs
About a dozen Manchester pairs went to Brierfield on Sunday 13th November for the enjoyable Pendle Witch Pairs. Winners were Boris Ewart (making a rare appearance) and Peter Foster, with last year's winners John Currie and Rodney Lighton third and Andy Green and Janet Tolan fifth. Peter Jones and Adam Wiseberg were second in the non-expert category.Full results on the Brierfield club web site