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Higson Cup and Plate
The draw for round 2 of the Higson Cup has been made and is on the Cup page. The tie of the round is Michael Byrne's St Titus against current league leaders Justin Hackett's Mutton Madras. The draw for the plate will be made next week when the outstanding matches in the first round of the cup have been played.
From the late sixties through to the early eighties the Manchester team of Bernard Goldenfield, Denis Robson, John Buck and Raymond Semp were one of the finest in the North. They reached the Gold Cup final in 1983 after which John Buck retired from competitive bridge. We are sorry to report that John died recently. Click here for an obituary written by his long time partner and friend Raymond Semp.
Congratulations to the Manchester team Tom Slater/Alec Smalley, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, John Holland/John Hassett, Michael Byrne/Rhona Goldenfield who qualified in the inter county teams of eight at Daventry on 16-17th November, winning their group comfortably. All four pairs were positive on cross-IMPs with John and John the best of our pairs. Results are on the EBU web site.
Manchester will now play in the final in February against Middlesex, Devon, Cambs & Hunts, Kent, Surrey, Berks & Bucks and Gloucestershire.
Online Entries for Competitions
There is now a bridgewebs web site for entering Manchester competitions online and which will also have the detailed results of any competitions played.
It can be accessed at www.bridgewebs.com/manchesterevents
It has the entry forms for the Ben Franks Trophy and the Manchester Congress (Main and Jack high events).
The third and final weekend of the English Premier League took place on 9-10th Nov in Solihull. Manchester players involved were 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 and Josh Clarke and Henry Bissell in the Junior team in division 3.
The Leslie and Penfold teams were first and second in division two and are promoted for next season, the other teams with Manchester involvement did less well, but Josh Clarke did well on cross IMPs.
Results are on the EBU web site.
EBU Seniors Congress
In the Seniors at Daventry over the weekend of November 1st to 3rd Rhona Goldenfield and Raymond Semp finished third in the A Final with Gary Hyett playing with Alan Cooke fourth. Congratulations to all, results are on the EBU web site.
Thirty pairs took part in the Intermediate Pairs at Altrincham on Sunday 3rd November. Prizes were awarded at two levels, Intermediate and Less Experienced. Thanks to Karen Jones for organising and to Joan Lewis for directing. Detailed results are on the Altrincham web site.
League and Higson Cup
The league and Higson Cup are now well under way, with matches having been played in all but one of the league divisions and some first round matches in the Higson Cup. Follow the links on the league page to see league results or go to the EBU knockout page for the Higson Cup results.
The first division of the league has been the busiest so far, with Justin Hackett's Mutton Madras setting the early pace with two big wins and a draw.
In the Lancashire Congress at Preston Bridge Club on 26-27th October, John Currie and Rodney Lighton won the Swiss Pairs by a good margin, winning all their matches. In the Swiss Teams Paul Beckwith, Andy Green, Stephen Ward and Paul Morrell were second. Results are on the Lancashire web site.