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The league season is nearly over and more places, promotions and relegations are now decided.
In division 1 Isolated Menaces (Rhona Goldenfield) and Agamemnon (Kath Nelson) have finsihed third and fourth respectively behind Grasshoppers (Alec Smalley) and St Titus (Michael Byrne). The relegation places are dependent on the three remaining matches that IMPs R Us (Tracy Capal) have to play.
In division 2 DASH (Ken Hassell) North Star (Mike Hart) and Leaders with Attitude (Jeanne Bayly) are promoted - congratulations. In Division 3 Sedgely (Bernard Kaye) have won the division with a fine average of 23 VPs, the remaining promotion place is undecided. In division 4 Manchester A (Ray Ashleigh) and Altrincham Z (Roy Higginbottom) are promoted and all the matches are played. Division 5 has been very close all season; Davenport (Derek Bailey) are promoted but the other promotion place could be taken by several teams . In division 6 Enigmas (Heather Saunders) are champions but the other promotion place is undecided . In division 7 3 Reds and a Rebel (Annie Curtis) have won the division, again the other promotion place is undecided.
The Manchester University team of Kirstyn Fuller, Mitchell Dytham, Kelvin Lau and Max Sampson (Alex Combe in earlier rounds) did well to reach the final of the Universities event by beating Oxford, but lost to a strong Cambridge team in the final at the Portland Club in London on 11th to 12th April.
Yeh Bros Pairs
Congratulations to Michael Byrne playing with Mike Bell of London, who won the pairs event at the international Yeh Bros event in Shanghai by a large margin ahead of Paul Hackett and Tom Hanlon, beating many international stars and current and former world champions.
In the teams England had qualified for the knock out event but lost to India. The other two pairs were Sally Brock/Barry Myers, frequent visitors to the Manchester Congress, and Brian Callaghan/Heather Dhondy.
Congratulations to Rodney Lighton and John Currie who won the Green Point Swiss Pairs at Telford on 11th April. Third was Gary Hyett playing with Dan Crofts. In the Swiss Teams on Sunday Gary and Dan won with Ollie Burgess and Ed Levy.
Full results are on the Staffs and Shrops web site.
Knutsford Bridge Club
At an EGM on 31st March 2015 the members voted to disband the EBU affiliated Knutsford Bridge Club due to low attendances. Their last meeting will be on 14th April.
A successful weekend for Alan Mould and John Holland at Ilkley in the Northern Easter Festival. They were second in the Open Pairs on Good Friday, third in the Swiss Pairs on Saturday and won the Swiss Teams with Gary Hyett and Willie Crook on Easter Sunday. Joint second in the Swiss teams were Nicholas Greer, David Debbage, John Parsons and Ed Levy, with Millie Jones, John Atthey, Val and Julian Gibson. Full results are on the YCBA site.
Meanwhile at London, Rob Myers was fourth in the Swiss Pairs with Dan McIntosh and Michael Byrne and Ollie Burgess were second in the Swiss Teams with David and Heather Bakhshi. Results for London are on the EBU web site.
Norfolk CongressCongratulations to Peter Greaves who won the Mens Pairs at the Norfolk Congress on 27th March playing with Malcolm Thompson of Norfolk.