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Teltscher Trophy Trials
Trials for the Senior Camrose team took place at Solihull on 15-16th December. Manchester players participating were John Holland in the Hackett team and Alan Mould and Gary Hyett with Sally Brock and Bary Myers. Congratulations to John whose team won in a close finish just ahead of the Penfold team. Gary and Alan's team were a distant third.
Manchester Bridge Club - 40 Years
After 40 years at its venue on Palatine Road Manchester Bridge Club will be moving in the New Year. At a party at Palatine Road on Dec 9th plans were outlined for the club's future. The club will be moving to share premises with the Fallowfield Lawn Tennis and Bowls Club at 81 Wellington Road, Fallowfield M14 6BN (about half a mile from Palatine Road). The first event at the new venue will be the duplicate on Wednesday January 2nd. Building and fitting out work is currently taking place to prepare the new venue. See the Manchester Bridge Club web site for further details and news.
European Mixed Teams Trials
The play-offs for the team to represent England in the European Mixed event took place on 8-9th Dec. at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club. Congratulations to Michael Byrne playing with Fiona Brown, Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Sally Brock and Barry Myers who won both their semi-final and final matches convincingly. The European event will be in Lisbon in February.
Barry Myers, Sally Brock, Fiona Brown,
Michael Byrne, Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne
Ben Franks Pairs
Manchester's qualifier for the Corwen Trophy was held at Manchester Bridge Club on Sunday 2nd December. A small but select field of 14 pairs played three boards against each other pair. After the first session Alec Smalley and Barbara Lewis were leading ahead of John Holland and Rodney Lighton. These two pairs met in the final round of the second session, with Alec and Barbara still just ahead until the last board, when Alec, playing in a pushy three notrump, guessed to knock out the opposition aces in the wrong order and went down, converting a potential top into a bottom. Alec and Barbara finished third, with David Sarabowski and Sam Herman second. In fourth place and also qualifying for the Corwen were Karen Reissmann and Irene Davies.
Thanks to Ann Thornton for organising the event and to Jeff Smith for directing. Full results are on the Manchester Bridge Club web site.
League (30th Nov)
Another month and more results.
In division one Michael Byrne's St Titus team are off to a good start with three good wins, Justin Hackett's Mutton Madras are in second place some way behind. In division two Proteus (Frank Brown) with three wins and Sedgely (Bernard Kaye) are the leaders.
Petersfield (Eddie Thornton-Chan) have played one match in division three and won 30-0, Altrincham A (Geoff Hull) have a more realistic score averaging 19.8 after five matches. David Milne's Astrazeneca Stars have dropped to second in division four, just behind Haidee Tattersall's Conquering Hearts.
In division five Ray Hill's Monton Misfits have won five out of five matches ahead of Adam Wiseberg's lastminute.bid who have completed seven of nine matches already. Division six is still going slowly but 4 Bridgemates (Margaret Harris) lead with two good wins. In division seven Ruff Diamonds (Peter Shakespeare) have won their only match 30-0, Ashton United (Sheila Wimbleton) have had three good wins to lie second.
Llangollen Swiss Teams
Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock were on the winning team in the Welsh event on 24-25th November playing with Gillian and Joe Fawcett respectively Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, John Holland and Jackie Pye were third. Click here for the North Wales web site.
Senior World Championship
Congratulations to John Holland and Alan Mould who have been chosen to play for the England senior team in the World Championships in China next September. They replace Alan Mayo and Rob Cliffe in the Shelley team who qualified from the European championship earlier this year.