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League Update (27th Feb)
The first division is now likely to be won by Grasshoppers (Alec Smalley) or Isolated Menaces (Rhona Goldenfield) after St Titus failed to beat Petersfield by a sufficiently large margin. Grasshoppers recorded their first loss against Inverted Minors to give Isolated Menaces a slight edge. The head to head match between these teams will be critical. In division 2 DASH (Ken Hassell) have the best average well ahead of North Star. In Division 3 Sedgely (Bernard Kaye) now have a substantial lead and with one to play are virtually guaranteed promotion. In division 4 Manchester A (Ray Ashleigh) have a good lead, but four matches to play. Hydrangeas (Gordon Johnson) were the first team to complete all their matches. Division 5 is very close; Trafford Tigers (Jean Santo) have taken the lead ahead of Davenport (Derek Bailey), but the top seven teams are all in contention. In division 6 Double Diamonds (Nigel Catterall) lead ahead of Overtrick Lunatics. In division 7 3 Reds and a Rebel (Annie Curtis) are well ahead with only one to play.
Congratulations to the Division 5 team Spinning Tops (capt. Howard Rosemarine) who have beaten Tempo (Division 2) to reach the semi-finals of the Goldstone Trophy. All the quarter finals are now complete. St Titus (Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Rodney Lighton, John Holland, Alan Mould, Gary Hyett) play Manchester S (Peter Jones, Craig Fisher, Kevin Comrie, Celia Comrie) and Jeff Morris (John Hassett, Rhona Goldenfield, Ollie Burgess) play Spinning Tops in the semi-finals.
The Cantor Cup for inexperienced duplicate players was held at Manchester Bridge Club on Sunday 22nd February.
There were eight tables, including several students - good to see them.
Everyone enjoyed the afternoon, directed by Joan Lewis and with scones and tea/coffee in the break.
Thanks to Joan for directing and to Irene Davies and Barbara Lewis for organising the event.
Also thanks to the Cantor family for their continued sponsorship of this event.
1st Peter Allison & Donald Walton 71.96
2nd Annie Curtis & Jackie Lowrie 63.23
3rd Joan Missira & Kate Stec 61.57
4th Henry Bissell & Corin Hoad 55.82
5th Geoff Densham & Hazel Powell 54.30
6th Lisa Czyniewska & Diane Saxon 50.00
7th John Bridgeman & Paul Batstone 47.88
8th Mark Bradbury & Dave Eason 47.35
9th Nigel Campbell & Jackie Mickelson46.28
10th John Davies & Alan Swarbrick 45.90
11th Rocky Bullin & Joshua Clarke 44.71
12th Mitchell Dytham & Kirstyn Morris 43.72
13th Shirley Leak & Phillipe Noel 42.32
14th Julie Woodhead & Diane Warburton 42.20
15th John Curtis & Mike Whiteoak 41.73
16th Wendy Verber & Simon Alexander 40.48
Harrogate Spring Congress
The EBU congress at Harrogate takes place from 20th to 22nd February.
Congratulations to Joyce and Bill White who won the Mixed Pairs on Friday and to Gary Hyett and Alan Mould who won the Swiss Teams with Willie Crook and Richard Winter.
Full results are on the EBU web site.
We are sad to report that Derek Gray died on February 19th. Derek was a long standing member of Cheadle Hulme Bridge Club and made many contributions to the Club: as chairman, developing bridge lessons, starting the Tuesday evening duplicates, organising a club bar, and being instrumental in the move to the current club premises. His endeavours on behalf of the club consolidated its position in the Manchester bridge community and have enabled it to continue as a leading club within the MCBA.
The inter county teams of eight final took place on Feb 14-15th at West Bromwich. The Manchester team of Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Jeff Morris/John Hassett, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater, Gary Hyett/Alan Mould/Ollie Burgess were leading after four matches on the first day. They then lost to Berks and Bucks to drop to second, followed by a good win against London to go virtually level with Middlesex who they played in the final match. Manchester were leading early in the match, but unfortunately fell behind to finish second overall. This equalled Manchester's best ever result achieved recently in 2011, 2010 and 2003. Congratulations to Alec and Tom who were second best pair overall on the cross IMPs. Jeff and John also scored well on the cross IMPs and Gary and Ollie did well together. Full results are on the EBU web site.