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Green Point Swiss Teams
Sunday 19th July Altrincham - 26 teams maximum.  Early entry advised.
Click here for details

Summer Intermediate Pairs
A one session event at Altricham Bridge Club on Sunday 7th June for players below the rank of Regional Master
Click here for entry form and further details

EBU Events
Click here for the EBU calendar

Click here for the Manchester Handbook
Goldstone Final
The Goldstone Trophy has been won for the fourth year running by Team Byrne, Michael Byrne, Rodney Lighton, Michael Newman, Alan Mould, John Holland (and Gary Hyett in earlier rounds).  They beat Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Ollie Burgess, Rhona Goldenfield by 28 imps. 

The match was close throughout and team Morris were leading by 2 imps at half time. A big third set saw Byrne pull away and in the fourth set two key finesses failed in a game and a slam to make the result seem deceptively comfortable. 

This event is the qualifier for the Pachabo, the inter-county teams of four championship in which Manchester finished 2nd last year; this year the final is on June 6th/7th. 

John Holland increases his number of wins in the event, he has won it 13 times, then Gary Hyett on 11 and Michael Byrne/John Hassett with 9 victories each.


Michael Byrne, Michael Newman and Rodney Lighton.
Presenting the trophy organiser Roger Hopton.
(Missing from photo Alan  Mould, John Holland)

Bernard's 50th Killarney Congress
To honour Bernard Goldenfield's 50th appearance at the annual Killarney congress he was appointed honorary president of the congress.
Manchester players won many events at the congress - click here for results.


Bernard bottom centre.

Regional Improvers Pairs
Congratulations to Howard Rosemarine and Jonathan Berg who won the Manchester heat of the Regional Improvers Pairs on Sunday 17th May at Manchester Bridge Club with Eamonn Scott and Roger Galletly in second place.  This event was played simultaneously at four centres in the Northern counties.  Results for the Manchester heat are on the Manchester Bridge Club web site and the overall results are on the Yorkshire CBA web site.

The selectors met on 12th May and selected the following teams for various events.

Sunday June 28th
National Leagues Final - A Division
John Holland and Gary Hyett
John Currie and Rodney Lighton
Michael Byrne and Michael Newman
Tom Slater and Alec Smalley

President's Cup - June 27th and 28th
David Barton and Alan Jones
John Holland and Gary Hyett
John Currie and Rodney Lighton
Tom Slater and Alec Smalley

Joy and Irving Blakey
Jeff Morris and John Hassett
Ken Hassell and Raymond Semp
Neil Thomas and Gillian McMullan

Derbyshire Match - July 5th
Irene Davies and Karen Reisssmann
Marcelo and Elena Rosenbaum
Richard Sinton and Kevin Higgins
Sylvia Massey and Herbert Potts
Dhun Daji and Howard Stubbings
Jeanne and Ron Bayly

The AGM of the association will be held at Altrincham Bridge Club on Wednesday 27th May at 19.30, all welcome.

Garden Cities Regional Final
The Manchester Bridge Club team, who qualified as our county representatives by winning the Gazette Trophy, have qualified for the National final of the Garden Cities by finishing a close second to Bolton Bridge Club in the regional final at Bradford on Saturday 9th May.  The players were Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Alan Mould, John Holland, John Hassett and Jeff Morris.

The league season is now finished with the final match in Division 3 having been played - congratulations to all division winners and promoted teams.
In division 1 Isolated Menaces (Rhona Goldenfield) and Agamemnon (Kath Nelson) have finished third and fourth respectively behind Grasshoppers (Alec Smalley) and St Titus (Michael Byrne).  Relegated are IMPs R Us (Tracy Capal), Petersfield (Eddie Thornton-Chan) and Vicki Christina Barcelona (Graham Burns).
In division 2 DASH (Ken Hassell), North Star (Mike Hart)  and Leaders with Attitude (Jeanne Bayly) are promoted. In Division 3 Sedgely (Bernard Kaye) have won the division with a fine average of 23 VPs, New Connections (Roger Hopton) are also promoted.  In division 4 Manchester A (Ray Ashleigh) and Altrincham Z (Roy Higginbottom) are promoted.  Division 5 has been very close all season; 
Spinning Tops (Howard Rosemarine) are promoted along with
Trafford Tigers (Jean Santo) who won their last match 30-0 to just snatch second place.  In division 6 Enigmas (Heather Saunders) are champions with Overtrick Lunatics (Faye Georgiou) also promoted.  In division 7 3 Reds and a Rebel (Annie Curtis) have won the division, with Nemesis (Denise Phythian) also promoted.

Player of the Year
Congratulations to Peter-Carey Yard who has won the intermediate category of the Player of the Year competition, just ahead of last year's winners Stephen Ward and Christopher Hine.  In the Expert category John Currie has won followed by Alan Mould and Michael Byrne.

The rules for the intermediate category will change dramatically next year if approval is given to proposals at the AGM on 27th May.

Madeline Berney
Congratulations to Neil Thomas and Gillian McMullan who were first equal in the Swiss Pairs in Lancashire on Sunday 3rd May.  Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield were third.  Full results are on the Lancashire County web site.

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