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Deal of the Week
Manchester won the annual match against Derbyshire by 13 IMPs. In a closely fought competition Manchester scored particularly well in the slam zone to clinch the match. Hosted at East Midlands Bridge Centre in Spondon the match was played on Sunday June 17th.
Well done to: Barbara Eastabrook/Karen Jones, Gordon Bickley/Ann Farquhar, George Leigh/Sally Bray. Wei Che Tham/Daniel Kelsall, Joan Lewis/Roy Higginbottom, Howard Stubbings/Dhun Daji.
Gordon Bickley, Dhun Daji, Joan Lewis, Roy Higginbottom, Sally Bray, Karen Jones,
Daniel Kelsall, George Leigh, Barbara Eastabrook, Ann Farquhar, Howard Stubbings, Wei Chei Tham
The selection committee has met and selected the following teams for the first two rounds of the Northern Bridge League.
MiniBridge in Schools
Do you have any contacts in local schools who may be interested in the minibridge taster sessions, details below. For testimonials click here.
Would you like to end the school year on a high note, while giving both staff and pupils an opportunity to acquire a potential lifelong skill?
If so, we are sponsored by the Manchester County Bridge Association to provide free taster sessions in the simplified version of the card game bridge known as minibridge.
All you will need is a hall (or classroom) full of enthusiastic staff and pupils arranged in tables of four players sitting as individuals but playing in pairs North-South against East-West. All other materials will be provided on the day by our authorised schools officer and minibridge instructor.
Sessions are roughly two hours long but have often been extended without fuss such is the general level of engagement. Year 4 is the recommended minimum age group.
If you would like to take advantage of an end of term offer to bring bridge via minibridge to your school, sponsored by Manchester County bridge association, then please contact Jeff or David, details below.
National Youth Bridge Consultant
Director, Manchester Bridge Club T: 0161 445 3712
Schools Officer, Manchester County Bridge Association
National Minibridge in Schools Instructor T: 07958 802763
Manchester Win Pachabo
Congratulations to the Manchester team of John Holland, Rodney Lighton, Michael Byrne and Michael Newman who won the inter-counties teams of four at Bedford on 9-10th June. The team started well on the Saturday, neck and neck with Hampshire throughout the day, ending second by about 4 VPs. The Sunday morning session saw Manchester win all five of their matches by good margins to lead by about 15 VPs. On the Sunday afternoon Manchester managed to avoid snatching defeat from the jaws of victory despite losing four of their five matches, fortunately by not too large margins, to finish just ahead of Nottingham who had a late surge to push Hampshire into third place. This result continues Manchester's fine run in the last five years; first, second, second, first, and second.
Full results are on the EBU web site.
John Holland, (Jeremy Dhondy EBU Chairman), Michael Byrne, Rodney Lighton, Michael Newman
The European Championships took place in Ostend from June 6th to 16th. The Open event started on the 6th, the Womens and Seniors Teams on the 10th, with pairs events from 6th to 9th June. Playing for the England Women was Catherine Draper with Gillian Fawcett, Sally Brock and Fiona Brown, Heather Dhondy and Nevena Senior, they finished fifth, qualifying for the Venice Cup. Click here for the event web site.
The selection committee has met and selected the following teams.
Manchester and Merseyside & Cheshire counties are working together to organise a membership campaign starting in the Autumn. The counties are looking for a Project Officer to lead this campaign. If you are interested please see this job description and contact Irene Davies.
Well done to Irene Davies, Karen Reissmann, Nicholas Greer and Henry Bissell who finished second in the B final of the teams at Harrogate on 3rd June.
Congratulations to John Holland and Alan Mould who won the inter-county pairs event at Daventry over the weekend of 2nd-3rd June. They lead virtually throughout to finish just ahead of a Middlesex pair. This is John's second consecutive win, he won with Michael Byrne last year. The other Manchester participants who qualified via the Ben Franks last December were Eddie Thornton-Chan & Graham Currie, Phillip Taylor & Ross Allen, Paul Murray & Peter Grauer. Results are on the EBU web site.
Two Manchester teams have now reached the quarter finals of the National Inter Club Knock Out. Cheadle Hulme (Alec Smalley, Tom Slater, John Currie, Rodney Lighton, Royce Alexander) will play a team from Kent. Manchester Bridge Club (Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Alan Mould, Gary Hyett) will play a team from the South-West.