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League Update (20th Apr)
The league season is reaching its end. Some promotion and relegation issues have been decided, others depend on the final few matches.
In division one Mouldy Mutton Tours (Adrian Kenworthy) now need 1 VP from their final match to win the league. Isolated Menaces (Rhona Goldenfield) beat St Titus (Michael Byrne) 20-10 in their final match to finish 1 VP ahead of St Titus. In division two Cheshire Cheeses (Paul Roberts) and Tempo (Steve Mattinson) will be promoted, along with Rejuvenated (John Fitzgerald) unless DASH (Ian Kane) manage a big win in their final match. Graham Burns' Take the Money and Run have overtaken Roger Hopton's New Connections in division three. In division four Altrincham Z (Joan Lewis) are champions with City Aces (Ivor Rosenberg) also promoted. Trafford Tigers (Jean Santo) have won division five with Double Diamonds (Nigel Catterall) also promoted. Jems (Peter Elton) have won division six with The Biddables (Duncan Watson) also promoted. Finally in division seven there is one match to play. Bridge Under Troubled Waters (David Rigby) and 4 Bridgemates (Margaret Harris) seem likely to be promoted.
Congratulations to all teams that have won their division or been promoted.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM of the MCBA will take place on Wednesday 23rd May at 19.30 at Altrincham Bridge Club, St. Peter's Church Hall, Cecil Road Hale WA15 9NU.
All members of MCBA are welcome.
Motions for the AGM need to be sent to the Hon. Secretary a minimum of 3 weeks before the AGM. That is to email@example.com by Wednesday 2nd May at the latest.
Agenda and papers for the AGM will be circulated two weeks in advance, that is, on Wednesday 9th May.
Intermediate Swiss Pairs
The Intermediate Swiss pairs at Manchester Bridge Club on 8th April attracted a field of 21 pairs. Winners by a good margin were Scott Middleton and Roy Saleh with Graham Winn and Susan Triggs tying with Adrienne Stone and Mark Gomme for second place.
Thanks to Joan Lewis for directing and to Susan Triggs and Ann Thornton for organising.
More detailed reults are on the Manchester and Altrincham Bridge club web sites.
At the North Wales Swiss congress on 7-8th April leading Manchester pair on the Saturday were Joy and Irving Blakey in third place. In the Swiss Teams Kath and Alan Nelson with Raymond Semp and John Hassett were second, Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, Joy and Irving Blakey were third. Results are here.
Northern Easter Festival
At Leeds on 30-31st March Alan Mould and John Holland won the Swiss Pairs with Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield third. In the mixed pairs on Thursday John Holland and Jackie Pye were second. Full results are on the EBU web site.
The minutes of the council meeting held on March 27th are now posted.
We are sorry to report the death of Mary Costagliola on March 26th after several years of ill health. Mary was a keen and skilled player at clubs in South Manchester, especially Cheadle Hulme where she features innumerable times on the club honours boards. She also competed successfully at county level, where she won the Higson Cup and Plate, the mixed and ladies pairs and the Gazette cup. At national level her sole win was in the NICKO plate in 2006. A fuller obituary is on the Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club web site.
The EBU's mixed pairs event was held at multiple centres on Sunday 25th March. Many local pairs played at Brierfield where the most successful nationally were Eve Lighthill and Raymond Semp who, having lead overall after the first session, finished 18th. John Holland and Jackie Pye were just behind them. Full results are on the EBU web site.