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EBU Autumn Congress
Congratulations to Ollie Burgess who won the Two Stars Pairs at Stratford at Daventry with Heather Dhondy on 19th October (he also runs half-marathons). In the teams John Hassett won playing with Dave Debbage, Paul Hackett and John Sansom.
Full results are on the EBU web site.
Northern Bridge League 2020
Dates and provisional venues for the 2020 season are on the calendar page. Please note that the start time has been brought forward to 11.30 for 12.00 and the table money will be £13 - an increase of 50p.
North Wales Green Point Pairs
Congratulations to Rhona Goldenfield who won at Northop on Sunday 13th October with Jeff Smith of Lancashire. Click here for results.
NBL Manchester Win A and C Divisions
Manchester have won two of the three divisions in this year's Northern league, congratulations to all those who played.
In the final matches on Saturday 13th October the Manchester 1 team were first equal at Bolton with the Manchester 2 team recording their best result of the season finishing fourth. Manchester increased their lead over Yorkshire 1 from 1 VP to 12 VPs. The Manchester teams were Gary Hyett/Rodney Lighton, Irving & Joy Blakey, David Barton/Leslie Klein, John Roberts/Pete Foster and Howard Stubbings/Dhun Daji, Royce Alexander/Tom Slater, Kath & Alan Nelson, Rhona Goldenfield/John Stell. Irving and Joy were our best pair on cross IMPs closely followed by Gary and Rodney.
At Bradford the B team finished sixth on the day, but held on to second place overall. The team was Janet Tolan/Victor Ridding, Eddie Thornton-Chan, Tony Hodgson, Eve Lighthill/David Sarabowski, Gillian McMullan/Neil Thomas. Eddie and Tony were our best pair on cross IMPs.
In the C division at Preston we had two teams, the Manchester 2 team finished above the Manchester 1 team in third and sixth place respectively. However the Manchester 1 team managed to hold onto the lead overall ahead of Yorkshire NW. The teams were Adam Wiseberg/Jonathan Engler, Paul Murray/Peter Grauer, Gil Fletcher/Richard Acaster, Peter Green/Michael Wymer (1) and Pearl Epstein/Avril Mattinson, Elena & Marcelo Rosenbaum, Karen Jones/Barbara Eastabrook, Michael Greaney/Peter Carey-Yard (2). Michael Greaney and Peter Carey-Yard headed the cross IMPs for the whole division with the other Michael and Peter also doing well.
The A and C teams will play in the National League Finals next summer.
Thanks to all players who have played for the Manchester teams this season, the selectors and Michael Byrne, the match captain.
Gold Cup Finals
The finals of Britain's main knock out competition take place in London over the weekend of 13-14th October. Manchester participation consists of Alan Mould and John Holland playing in the Senior team. John and Alan lost a close semi-final match on Saturday.
The first weekend of the English Premier League took place on 5-6th Oct in London. Manchester players involved are Ollie Burgess, Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock in Jeff Morris's team in division 1, Michael Byrne in Tim Leslie's team and John Holland and Alan Mould in Sandra Penfold's team in division 2, Peter Foster, John Roberts and Peter Jones in Peter Foster's team in division 3.
The Penfold and Leslie teams did well in division two, the other teams with Manchester involvement have some catching up to do.
Results are on the EBU web site.
Cumbria & Westmorland GP Pairs
Congratulations to Eddie Thornton-Chan and Tony Hodgson who were second in this event on Sunday 29th September at Kendal.
Results are on the Cumbria web site.
World Championships Silver for Seniors, Bronze for Women
The World Championships were held in Wuhan, China from 14th-28th September. England had a team in each of the four events: Open, Women, Mixed and Senior. Manchester players involved were John Holland and Alan Mould in the Seniors and Michael Byrne playing with Fiona Brown in the Mixed and Catherine Draper playing with Gillian Fawcett in the Women's. Some matches will be on BBO.
Congratulations to all the England teams who qualified for the knock out phase. The Open team were seventh, the Women fifth, the Seniors fourth and the Mixed team won by over a match.
In the quarter finals, the Open team lost to USA 1 after leading by a large margin, the Women won comfortably against Poland, the Seniors scraped a four IMP win against China with John and Alan playing throughout and the Mixed team won against Latvia, having been 20 down after the fourth set.
And then there was one. The Seniors turned their semi-final against The Netherlands round with an amazing 79 IMP win in the fourth set and won by 77 IMPs. The Women lost heavily to Sweden conceding with one set to go. The Mixed team have done very well, but lost a fairly close match to the USA by 28.
In the Seniors final England lost to Denmark, therefore getting a silver medal. Congratulations to the team especially John and Alan who played every board in the knock out phase and most of the qualifying matches.
The Women won their bronze medal match in a dramatic finish, overtaking the Netherlands on the last board, many congratulations to Catherine and the team.
The Mixed Team got close to overhauling Romania in the last set when Michael and Fiona bid and made two slams not bid by the opponents, but our other pair pressed too hard on a couple of boards and Romania won by 24. Congratulations to all the team who have done very well to finish fourth in the inaugural World Mixed Teams.
LCBA Mixed Pairs
Congratulations to Rhona Goldenfield and Jeff Morris who won the Lancashire Mixed Pairs at Poulton on Sunday 22nd September.
Results are on the LCBA web site