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Lady Milne Trials
Sarah O'Connor, playing with Anne Rosen of London has finished second in the Lady Milne Trials and thus earned the right to be selected on the EBU team when the event is held in April in Birmingham. This will be Sarah's first appearance on the full England team, although she has previously represented England U25s and girls teams, and played in the Ladies invitation event in China in 2013.
Tracy Capal narrowly missed selection when a poor last two sets saw her drop from 1st to 6th.
The trials were won by Sally Brock, current holder of the Michelle Brunner Mixed Pivot teams, partnering Anita Sinclair.
Sarah, who lived in Manchester for a few years, is now resident in London, but still registered as a Manchester player.
The trials were held at Richmond Bridge Club on 23-25th January, full results are on the EBU web site.
John Currie and Rodney Lighton continued their recent run of fine form when they won the Pairs at Deva Bridge club on Saturday 17th January, just ahead of Dan Crofts and Gary Hyett with Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield third. In the consolation final Neil Thomas and Gillian McMullan won with an impressive 70% score.
Full results are on the Deva Club web site.
Manchester Congress 2015
Sixty years ago, in 1955, Sid Travers won the Manchester Teams. It was wonderful to see him, still in fine form, at this year's congress competing on Sunday and presenting the prizes.
In the pairs on Sunday Rodney Lighton and John Currie had a reasonable 56% first session to lie about fifteenth, but then had a fine evening session to just edge out Michael Byrne and John Atthey (who win the Men's pairs) and win this event both for the first time. Ed Jones and Shivam Shah were third, with Kath and Alan Nelson fourth also getting the Mixed pairs prize. In eighth place, visitors from Scotland, Lucia Barrett and Laura Middleton won the Ladies pairs. Shivam Shah won the prize for best junior over the weekend.
The intermediate prizes this year were based this year on an NGS grading of 10 or below, winning were John Moran and Andy Green with Duncan and Diane Ault second.
In the teams on Sunday Rob Myers, Adrian Kenworthy, Mike Goldsmith and Dave Debbage were half a match clear of last year's winners Marianne Farr, Rhona Goldenfield, Jim Luck and Bernard Goldenfield. In the B final Rodney Lighton (who won the B final last year) won again, this time with John Currie, Tom Slater and Alec Smalley and in the C final Karen Reissmann, Irene Davies, Gillian McMullan and Dave Hammonds were winners.
Raymond Semp and Michael Byrne provided quizzes to keep players entertained between sessions.
As usual the congress was most enjoyable, with many visitors from all over the country and a large contingent of junior players. Thanks to all the committee members and all those who helped with the organisation and to the directors for running the event smoothly.
The Player of the Year spreadsheet has now been updated, Alan Mould and Michael Byrne are now joint leaders.
There was a good turnout for the two events for inexperienced duplicate players, thanks to the organisers for running these events.
Results and photos are below.
If you have any comments (preferably constructive) about the congress please email Irene Davies
Team A Final
Team B Final
Team C Final
Team Qual Black
Team Qual Green
Team Qual Grey
More detailed scores (travellers etc.) are on the Manchester Bridge Club web site.
Michael Byrne's Quiz
1st Dianne Saxon / Liza Czyniewska and friends 59 /70
2nd = England U20s and friends 49/70
2nd = Liz Downie and friends 49/70
4th John Haslegrave / James Sheppard 43/70
Click here for quiz and answers
Players’ Progress Cup (Saturday)
1st Peter Berens & Paula Berens 60.00
2nd Peter Collinson & Kate Durham 59.58
3rd Annie Curtis & Jackie Lowrie 57.08
4th Mike Downie & Liz Downie 56.67
5th John Banbury & George Falzon 55.83
6th Hazel Powell & Geoff Densham 54.17
7th Vanessa James & Brigitte Grassick 53.33
8th Paul West & Rak Kapur 48.75
9th Malcolm Allum & Mark Saperia 47.92
10th Sue Jones & Carol Straffon 47.50
11th Sue Bloor & Sally Duncombe 44.58
12th E Czyniewska & Diane Saxon 42.08
13th Barbara Dickie & Cath Shekelton 39.17
14th Bernard Shea & Pat Shea 33.33
Kevin Comrie Cup (Sunday)
1 Gill Butterworth & Hari Gohil 61.31
2 Sheila Cornwell & Janet Bailey 61.01
3 Mike Kisil & Ralph Deane 59.82
4 Liz Downie & Margaret Kelly 58.04
5 Pat Denham & Del O'Sullivan 57.44
6 David Welsh & Andrea Mills 55.36
7 Annie Garry & Peter Watts 54.46
8= Peter Allison & John Attree 53.87
8= Rak Kapur & Linda Williams 53.87
10 Paul West & Hazel Powell 50.60
11 Leslie Jowsey & Ian Semmell 48.21
12 Annie Curtis & Jackie Lowrie 47.02
13 Pat & Bernard Shea 44.94
14 Joan Hinchliff & Peter Butterworth 44.64
15 Carole Whitehurst & Sue Berry 44.05
16 Denise Phythian & Elaine Preece 43.75
17 Lisa Czyniewska & Diane Saxon 42.86
18 Helen Herdman & Lilian Syme 42.26
19 Felicity Byrne & Reba Bhaduri 39.88
20 Catherine Shekelto & Sally Freeman 36.61