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The county knock out competition to determine who plays for Manchester in the Pachabo has reached the semi-final stage. Last year's winners Byrne (Newman, Lighton, Hyett, Mould, Holland) play Tempo (Bob Cooke, Rod Franks, Dhun Daji, David Pennington, Gill Griffiths) and Blakey (Joy, Irving, Jeff Morris, John Hassett) play Tricksters (Kevin Higgins, Richard Sinton, David Matthews, Ann Thornton).
Camrose Weekend Two
The second weekend of the Camrose Home Internationals took place at the Park Inn Hotel on 7-9th March.
A good sized audience turned up to watch play in the open rooms and in the vugraph room, where Michael Byrne and Alan Mould, assisted by Jim Luck and Patrick Jourdain kept them entertained with a running commentary on a very interesting set of deals.
Thanks to Kevin Comrie, the match manager, and his team of helpers for organising the weekend and to the BBO operators who enabled thousands of people to watch the match online.
Well done to the England team who won ahead of Northern Ireland.
Green Point Swiss Pairs
The annual Swiss Pairs event at Altrincham attracted a full house of 24 tables. Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield reached the top table quickly and seemed to remain there all day, winning by a comfortable margin ahead of Pat Burrows and Michael Byrne.
Thanks to Rhona and Joan Lewis for all their hard work in organising and setting up and clearing away. Also thanks to David Stevenson and Joan Lewis for directing a smoothly run event.
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Full results are on the Altrincham Bridge Club web site.
Manchester League (8th Mar)
In the last month Alec Smalley's Grasshoppers have improved their chances of winning the first division without playing a match! Michael Byrne's St Titus lost 21-9 to Tracy's team, to only leave them slim chances and Curry Eaters (Justin Hackett) beat Bare Bones (Ed Levy) 20-10, to reduce both their teams' chances.
In the second division Eddie Thornton-Chan's Petersfield team are leading comfortably having won all but one of their matches, they seem likely to be promoted along with Team Mayhem (Neil Thomas) and Hindsight Convention (Alan Tranter).
In division 3 Jeanne Bayly's Leaders with Attitude have stormed into the lead with three good wins in the last month.
In division 4 Ashton Aces (Gordon Bickley) and City Aces (Phil Reed) have established a small lead.
In division 5 Transfers (Jeffrey Marks) are a bit ahead of several teams fighting it out for the promotion spots.
In division 6 Jim Regan's Radbroke Bandits lost their unbeaten record in the last match, but still finshed with a fine average of over 20 VPs..
In division 7 Eureka led by Ann Morris are also well ahead, although they have lost 1 match narrowly.
EBU York Congress
At the York Congress from 28th Feb to 2nd March the major Manchester success was provided by John Holland and Michael Byrne who with their respective partners Ben Green and Andrew Murphy won the Swiss Teams. Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield and Joy and Irving Blakey were third in the same event.
Full results for the whole congress are on the EBU web site.
Congratulations to Martin Taylor and Mike Bell who won the Life Masters pairs by a good margin on 22nd-23rd February.
This is Martin's first National win.
Martin Taylor and Mike Bell
(photo courtesy of EBU)
After a number of years of sterling work, our Treasurer Joan Hinchliffe has decided to retire from the post at our AGM in May.
We are therefore looking for someone to take over from her. The person would need to have a computer and be reasonably computer savvy and ideally have some basic financial acumen.
If you think that you could fit the bill and/or would like some further information, please contact Bob Cooke (tel. 0161 969 0889; mobile 07766051282 or e-mail email@example.com) or any member of the committee.
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