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Deal of the Week
The draw for this year's Goldstone Trophy is on the Goldstone page. The winning team will represent Manchester in the Pachabo Trophy in June, where Manchester hope to keep up their excellent run of 2nd,1st, 2nd, 2nd, 1st in the last five years.
Manchester teams played the second round of four of the Northern league on Saturday 11th August at Bradford, Leeds and Bradford in the A, B and C divisions respectively. In the C Division Manchester 1 won again to increase their lead, Manchester 2 improved their position compared to the previous round. In the A division Manchester 2 did well to finish second on the day ahead of Manchester 1, Manchester 1 actually increased their lead at the top of the table. Unfortunately in the B division Manchester had a poor day and dropped to fourth overall.
Teams were A Division: Manchester 1 John Holland/Alan Mould, John Currie/Rodney Lighton, Irving & Joy Blakey, Alec Smalley/Michael Newman. Manchester 2 Kath & Alan Nelson, Raymond Semp/Henry Bissell, Nicholas Greer/John Parsons, John Roberts/Pete Foster. John and Alan topped the cross-IMPs with Raymond and Henry, John and Pete, Alec and Michael also doing well.
B Division: Eve Lighthill/Howard Kay, Andy Green/David Sarabowski, Steve Mattinson/Rod Franks, Jeanne & Ron Bayly. Steve and Rod were our best pair on cross-IMPs.
C Division: Manchester 1 Stephen Ward/Michael Wymer, Victor Ridding/Mary Green, Elena & Marcelo Rosenbaum, Phillip Taylor/Josh Clarke. Manchester 2 George Leigh/John Moran, Wei Che Tham/Daniel Kelsall, Gordon Bickley/Ann Farquhar, Sally Bray/Judith Dunkerley. Elena and Marcelo, Gordon and Ann, Phillip and Josh, Stephen and Michael, Victor and Mary were all positive on cross-IMPs.
All results are on the NBL web site (may need a refresh F5 to see latest results)
Preston Blue Point Pairs
Several Manchester pairs participated at Preston on Sunday 5th August. Congratulations to Rod Franks and Ann Thornton who finished second, also doing well were Janet Tolan and Andy Green in fourth place and Daniel Kelsall and Wei Che Tham who were sixth. Results are on the Preston web site.
All the leagues have now been set up, see the league page for details. There are 69 teams entered this year, a slight increase on last year.
Scarborough Summer Congress
Congratulations to John Holland who won the teams at Scarborough on the 27th July with Jackie Pye, Jeremy Dhondy and Bill Hirst and to Gary Hyett who was third in the Seniors Pairs on 26th July with Alan Cooke. Gary and Alan were also third in the Swiss Pairs on 28-29th July.
Green Point Teams
There was a full house at Altrincham for the Green Point Teams on Sunday 22nd July, including visitors from the US and Australia. However, the winners were the Southport team of Roger Allison, Peter Richmond, Bill & Liz Wattleworth who won their last two matches against illustrious opposition to finish ahead of Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, Joy & Irving Blakey, with Karen McCallum, Axel Johannsson, Alan Mould and Michael Newman third.
Thanks to Rhona Goldenfield and colleagues for organising, Rob Dixon and Joan Lewis for directing. Detailed results are on the Altrincham and Manchester Bridge Club web sites.
Michelle Brunner Memorial
Sixteen teams played a mixed pivot Swiss Teams at Manchester Bridge Club in aid of Christie Hospital and St Ann's Hospice on Saturday 21st July. Over £1860 was raised for the charities. Winners were John Holland, Alan Mould, Jackie Pye and Jeff Smith well ahead of Sally Brock, Michael Newman, Rodney Lighton and Axel Johannsson. A full report and results are on the Manchester Bridge Club web site.