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Deal of the Week
The selection committee has picked the following team for the inter counties team of eight final in Solihull on February 11th & 12th.
Michael Byrne & Michael Newman, Andrew Woodcock & Catherine Draper, John Holland & Alan Mould (playing captain), Alec Smalley & Tom Slater.
Congratulations to Ken Hassell and Ian Kane who scored 73.58% playing at Marple Bridge Club and finished first nationally for the sixth time in one of these events.
Full results are on the EBU web site.
With 73 entries for the pairs and 38 for the teams this was the best attended congress for several years. Everyone enjoyed a friendly and lively event.In the Intermediate category Sally Bray and Judith Dunkerley are joint leaders just ahead of Adam Wiseberg.
Result of the weekend was achieved by Barbara Moore and Lindsey Cuff, who play in division five of the Manchester League. They finished third in the pairs event ahead of many international players.
Congratulations to Andrew Woodcock and David Debbage winners of the pairs; Gary Hyett, Bill Hirst, Ben Norton and Sam Behrens teams winners.
Thanks to Irene Davies and her large team of volunteers and the directors for all their hard work.
Results are on the Manchester Bridge Club web site click here
For Pairs ranking click here
For Teams results click here
Michael Byrne's quiz was won by Mike Wood with Ross Allen second. Click here for more results and quiz answers.
Raymond Semp's quiz was won by Ross Allen with Toby Nonnenmacher second.
Player of the year points have been added. John Holland has increased his lead in the expert category ahead of Alan Mould now.
Gold Cup Upset
Congratulations to Raymond Semp's team (Toby Nonnenmacher, Jeff Smith and Alan Nelson) who beat Brian Senior's number seven seeded team in a third round Gold Cup match at Manchester Bridge Club on Friday 6th Jan.
League Update (1st Jan)
In division one Mouldy Mutton Tours (Adrian Kenworthy) are well ahead of Grasshoppers (Alec Smalley) but most teams still have more than half their matches to play. In division two last year's relegated teams The North Star (Mike Hart) and Team Mayhem (Neil Thomas) are leading both having played seven of their nine matches. In division three Smash the System (Irene Davies) have won four out of four with a VP average of 24.5, Bank (Nigel Pearce) have started with three good wins. In division four Manchester A (Ray Ashleigh) are leading, but it is all very close at the moment. In division five The Four Dummies (Karen Jones) have started well with three wins. In division six LastMinute.bid (Adam Wiseberg), Pack Choice (Christine Barrowclough) and Double Trouble (John Berry) have all started well. School of Slamwich, the University team captained by Henry Bissell and Jems (Peter Elton) are both averaging 25 VPs per match in division seven.
Blackpool Year End Congress
John Holland and Alan Mould won the Swiss Pairs on 28-29th December with overnight leaders Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield finishing fourth. In fifth place were Kevin Higgins and Richard Acaster who also won the B category prize.
In the Swiss Teams on December 30th Peter Jones was second with Paddy Murphy, Liz Commins and David Stevenson. Third and category B winners were Janet Tolan, Andy Green, Michael Wymer and Stephen Ward. Haidee Tattersall won the C category of the teams with Olwen Renowden, Edward Jones and John Councer.
Congratulations to all, full results are on the EBU web site.
Congratulations to The Four Dummies (Karen Jones, Lillian Syme, Barbara Eastabrook, Judy Yates) from division five who have beaten Tricksters from division two to set up a quarter final match against Michael Byrne's St Titus team.
Seniors and Juniors
Seniors Trials took place at the West Midlands Bridge Club on 17-18th December. John Holland and Paul Hackett were in the team which finished second.
Junior teams played in the Channel Trophy in London from 16th-18th December. Manchester's Alex Birchall was in the Under 26 team and Michael Byrne was npc for the U21s. All the junior teams finished second in their respective events. Results are on the EBU web site.