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Deal of the Week
Annual General Meeting
The AGM of the MCBA took place on Wednesday 23rd May Altrincham Bridge Club.
League and Player of the Year awards were presented.
Joy Blakey replaces Peter Green as treasurer and John Roberts replaces Steve Mattinson as a selector. The selectors are Alan Mould, Michael Newman, Adam Wiseberg, John Roberts and Roger Hopton.
The meeting voted to retain the current method of determining Intermediates for the Player of the Year and to explore developing a membership campaign in conjunction with Merseyside and Cheshire.
Agenda and papers for the AGM are below. Minutes are now on the minutes page (25th May).
Swiss Pairs Events
Ten Manchester pairs competed at Deva in Merseyside's John Armstrong Green Point Swiss on Sunday 20th May. Rodney Lighton and John Currie were in third place with one match to go. They beat Roger Hopton and Lance Bloohn 18-2 while Richard Acaster and Kevin Higgins just beat the leading pair 12-8. This meant that Rodney and John won, Richard and Kevin were third and Lance and Roger finished seventh. Full results are on the Deva web site.
Meanwhile at Huddersfield in the Castle Swiss Pairs Gillian McMullan and Neil Thomas were fifth, Irene Davies and Karen Reissmann were seventh. Full results are on the Huddersfield web site.
Blackburn Swiss Pairs
Blackburn held their annual Open Swiss Pairs on Sunday 13th May at their new premises at Blackburn Northern Sports Club. Several Manchester pairs competed, Rodney Lighton and John Currie won with Dhun Daji and Howard Stubbings third. Results are on the Blackburn web site.
We are sorry to report the death of Ken Hassell on 5th May after several years of ill health. A graduate of Manchester University in the sixties, Ken won a few national events in the early seventies, including the Field Cup with Peter Watson, the National Swiss Teams and the Northern Foursomes. He then played little for many years while bringing up a family and pursuing a career in education. On return to playing he formed an effective partnership with Ian Kane and played for the DASH team in the higher levels of the Manchester league. He played regularly at Altrincham and Marple Bridge Clubs and with Ian won national simultaneous pairs events a phenomenal six times. He also played regularly for the Manchester B team in the Northern Counties league and won the National final twice. He was a selector for the MCBA for several years, chairing the committee until he retired last year. A friendly and keen competitior, he will be sadly missed. Our condolences to his family.
Another obituary and funeral details are on the Altrincham Club site.
Schapiro Spring Fours
The prestigious double elimination knock out teams took place from 4th to 8th May near Warwick. Manchester players were out in force. Michael Byrne was on the Allerton team. John Holland and Alan Mould played on the Penfold team. Ollie Burgess, Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, Barbara Hackett and Martin Taylor played together. Henry Bissell and Josh Clarke were on Josh's team. Kath and Alan Nelson teamed up with Jeff Smith and Greer Mackenzie. Results are on the EBU web site.
On Sunday morning the Allerton team and the Penfold team were unbeaten, the Nelson team was once defeated.
By Sunday evening the Allerton team and the Penfold team were once defeated, the Nelson team was eliminated.
Allerton lost in the quarter finals and Penfold conceded because of illness.
League 1st May
In division one Mouldy Mutton Tours (Adrian Kenworthy) won their final match against Paul Hackett's Curry Eaters to win the league by a comfortable margin. Curry Eaters are relegated. 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) are promoted, along with Rejuvenated (John Fitzgerald). Roger Hopton's New Connections have won division three with Graham Burns' Take the Money and Run also promoted . In division four Altrincham Z (Roy Higginbottom) 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 (Maggie McPhillips) also promoted. Finally in division seven 4 Bridgemates (Margaret Harris) are champions with Bridge Under Troubled Waters (David Rigby) also promoted.
Congratulations to all teams that have won their division or been promoted. Thanks to Kath Nelson for her hard work all season running the league and cup.
Player of the Year
With only the final of the Goldstone Trophy to be played, the expert category has been won by Alan Mould ahead of Michael Newman, with John Holland third.
The intermediate category was very close with Sally Bray and Judith Dunkerley joint winners just one point ahead of Barbara Eastabrook and Karen Jones. Congratulations to all, prizes to the winners will be presented at the AGM.