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Deal of the Week
This annual event for inexperienced tournament players was held at Manchester Bridge Club on Sunday 26th February.
25 pairs had an enjoyable introduction to a County bridge event. The event was organised by Barbara Lewis and ably directed by Joan Lewis, with sponsorship from the Cantor family - resulting from their generous donation to MCBA. Manchester Bridge Club provided an excellent afternoon tea.
1st Neville Toft & Mathew Stibbe 66.80
2nd Tim O'Connor & John O'Connor 65.82
3rd David Rigby & Malcolm Allum 60.65
4th Vicci Johnson & Robin Johnson 58.30
5th Jan Lancaster & Ann Morris 56.59
6th Shirley Leak & Phillipe Noel 55.43
7th Sheila Wimbleton & Chris Richardson 54.58
8th Vera Lowson & Stephen Fernley 53.91
9th John Rudd & Mike Whiteoak 53.72
10th Josh Clarke & Josh Roberts 53.40
11th Richard Aubery & Mike Faust 52.89
12th Suzanne Beckett & Roy Beckett 52.48
13th Richard Mallard & Lynn Mallard 52.31
14th Pat Shea & Bernard Shea 52.17
15th Carole Whitehurst & Sue Berry 50.17
16th Sue Freeman & Diana Gruber Milne 49.64
17th Rocky Bullin & Peter Chua 49.02
18th Edmund Ross & Henry Bissell 47.24
19th Nigel Campbell & Tessa Connolly 46.11
20th Simon Burgess & Lauren Robertson 42.41
21st Dave Moules & Hilary Moules 37.72
22nd Gillian Maguire & Diane Kelsall 37.34
23rd Peter & Anne Shakespeare 36.33
24th Julia Faulkner & Lynn Parkin 34.97
25th Mike Kilkenny & Debbie Kennedy 32.80
Detailed results are on the Manchester Bridge Club web site
League Update (25th Feb)
In division one Mouldy Mutton Tours (Adrian Kenworthy) are ahead of Grasshoppers (Alec Smalley), Adrian's team have played four matches so far. In division two last year's relegated teams The North Star (Mike Hart) and Team Mayhem (Neil Thomas) are leading both having played most of their nine matches. In division three Bank (Nigel Pearce) have won seven out of seven in front of Smash the System (Irene Davies) who have won five out of six. In division four Manchester A (Ray Ashleigh) are leading with Hydrangeas (Gordon Johnson) second, both well ahead of the third placed team. In division five The Four Dummies (Karen Jones) have completed all their fixtures and now lead narrowly from Ashton Aces (Gordon Bickley) who still have three to play. In division six Overtrick Lunatics (Faye Georgiou) have jumped into the top spot with LastMinute.bid (Adam Wiseberg) second and Double Trouble (John Berry) third. Jems (Peter Elton) is averaging 25 VPs per match in division seven, but School of Slamwich, the University team captained by Henry Bissell has dropped to second place.
Our current treasurer, Haidee Tattersall, will be giving up the post from the end of May. See below for an advert for someone to replace her.
Manchester finsihed sixth in the inter counties team of eight final in Solihull on February 11th & 12th. The team was never in contention, winning three out of seven matches. Playing for the county were Michael Byrne & Michael Newman, Andrew Woodcock & Catherine Draper, John Holland & Alan Mould (playing captain), Alec Smalley & Tom Slater. Full results are on the EBU site. Alan and John were our best pair on cross IMPs just ahead of Catherine and Andrew.