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Deal of the Week
Well done to Joy and Irving Blakey who finished second in the Swiss Pairs in a field of 58 pairs at the EBU event 22nd April to 1st May. In the teams Joy and Irving Blakey, Rhona and Bernard Goldenfield were third and in the senior pairs Joy and Irving were second with Rhona and Bernard third. Rhona and Bernard won the mid-week pairs and Joy, Irving, Rhona and Bernard won the seniors multiple teams. Full results are on the EBU web site.
League Summary (Apr 28th)
All promotion and relegation positions have now been determined, the only remaining matches of significance are in division 3, which will determine which team wins the division. Congratulations to those promoted, commiserations to those relegated. We look forward to everyone participating next year; the entry form will be on the league page in July.
Division 1: St Titus clinched the league title by losing to Bare Bones by 13-17. Congratulations to Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Gary Hyett, Alan Mould, Rodney Lighton and Toby Nonnenmacher. St Titus have now won the league five times in nine years with Gary Hyett having a record 17 titles. Bare Bones have finished second, congratulations to Jason Hackett, Ollie Burgess, Rob Myers, Ed Levy and Adrian Kenworthy in their first season with a new line-up.
Division 2: IMPs R Us (Tracy Capal, David Stevenson, Ted Revely, Paddy Murphy, Liz Commins, Stuart Davies) have won the division with an excellent average VP score of 22.9 to bounce back into the top division next year. Tempo (Bob Cooke, David Pennington, Rod Franks, Gill Griffiths, Steve Mattinson, Pauline Lang) beat Manchester S (Kevin Comrie) 29-1 in their final match to overtake Cheshire Cheeses (Paul Roberts). Tempo and Cheshire Cheeses join IMPs R Us in promotion to the first division.
Division 3: Rejuvenated (John Fitzgerald, Peter & Rita Jordan, Stuart Hunter, Jame Perrins, Roz Bavin, Barry Keen) and Uppercut (Stephen Ward, James Sheppard, Michael Wymer, Christopher Hine, Linda Williams) are promoted, but the league winners are yet to be determined.
Division 4: Splinter Group (John Moran, Andy Green, Yvonne Barnes, George Leigh, Janet Tolan) have won the division. Skaters (Karen Sandler, Lance Bloohn, Barry and Vivienne Newgrosh) have taken the second promotion place.
Division 5: Midland Railway (Simon Townsend, Ted Cadman, Iain Mackie, Philip Eagle, Tricia Blum) have won the division on a split tie ahead of Chorlton Challengers (Bev Pardoe, Colin Skelton, Anthony Yates, Mark Garrod).
Division 6: In the first division to complete all the matches, The Unconventionals (Pam Hegarty, Anthony Shortell, Peter Harrison, Mark Gomme, Christine Brierley) won their final match 23-7 to win the division on a split tie ahead of Double Diamonds (Nigel Caterall, Philip Hayward, Michael Green, Ann Wood, John Bridgman).
Division 7: Many congratulations to Adam Wiseberg's Lastminutebid.com (Jonathan Engler, Sally Bray, Judith Dunkerley and Peter Jackson) who have won the division in their first season in the league, winning six out of seven matches. Adlan (Edward & Helene Adam, Eric & Janet Langer) have taken the other promotion spot.
Player of the Year
In a closely fought contest for the Intermediate category Graham Campbell and George Leigh share the prize just two points ahead of Karen Jones in third place, with Chris Baker, Jim O'Neill and Barbara Eastabrook in joint fourth place a further two points behind. The new format for Intermediates appears to have been successful with more players scoring points in events, leading to a more exciting contest.
Michael Newman has won the Expert category ahead of Ollie Burgess with Alan Mould third. The Goldstone final is yet to be played, but this will not affect the final standings.
John and Michael in Paris
The French Bridge Federation are holding their Open trials with a novel format this week (19th-21st April). They have invited six pairs from England to play against their top six pairs. John Holland is playing with Ben Green and Michael Byrne with Mike Bell. To follow their progress and that of the French pairs click here.
Exciting finish in Division One relegation battle
In the final match of division one of the league at Cheadle Hulme on Monday 18th April, Team Mayhem (Neil Thomas, Peter Foster, David and Jean Keen) just failed to stay up. One more IMP in their match against DASH would have led to Agamemnon being relegated. To go down with an average score of 14.4 is somewhat unlucky.
St Titus beat DASH in the Goldstone semi-final to set up the final against Jeff Morris's team. The first 24 boards were closely fought with St Titus being 11 ahead, but they easily won the last set, bidding two slams missed by DASH and various other swings totalling 48 IMPs. The winners qualify for the Pachabo.
As a result of this win Michael Newman wins the expert category of the Player of the Year category, his second win in this competition.
In the Intermediate category Graham Campbell now leads by one point ahead of George Leigh with the league points still to be added.
President's Cup Selections
The following team has been selected for the inter county event at Bradford on June 18-19th.
Both days: Raymond Semp/Toby Nonnenmacher, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater. Saturday Michael Byrne/Gary Hyett, David Barton/John Currie. Sunday Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Kath & Alan Nelson.
The Higson Cup and Plate Finals took place at Manchester Bridge Club on Sunday April 10th.
In the cup the top league placings were reversed when Bare Bones, who were one VP behind St Titus at half time overhauled them to win by a margin of seven VPs. Congratulations to Robert Myers, Adrian Kenworthy, Mike Goldsmith and Ed Levy. Third place went to Isolated Menaces.
In the plate Splinter Group (John Moran, George Leigh, Janet Tolan and Andy Green) won by a substantial margin ahead of The Four Dummies (Karen Jones, Barbara Eastabrook, Susan McGeechan and Judy Yates) who won the Higson Salver for lower division teams.
Thanks to Kath Nelson for her hard work running the league and cup this season and to directors Jeff Smith and Joan Lewis.
Detailed results are on the Manchester Bridge Club web site.