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Congratulations to Bill and Joyce White who won the Swiss Teams at the Cumbria Congress with Tim and Babs Matthews on Sunday 22nd March.
Nearly 440 pairs competed over the country in the National Mixed Pairs on Sunday 2nd March. Congratulations to highest place Manchester pair Joy and Irving Blakey at 13th just ahead of John Holland playing with Pat Davies of Wiltshire. Millie Jones was 25th with John Atthey and Eve Lighthill and Ian Kane were 31st. Full results are on the EBU web site.
Congratulations to Tony Coley and John Holland who have qualified for the National Pairs final in April by finishing seventh in the Northern Pairs at Bradford on Sunday 15th March.
League Update (20th March)
In Division 1 Grasshoppers (Alec Smalley) are 16 ahead of St Titus with both teams having a match against Bare Bones to play. Bare Bones (with four to play), Agamemnon (25 behind Grasshoppers with one to play) and Isolated Menaces (two to play) could, in theory, still win. Last year's champions Curry Eaters are now in the relegation zone. In division 2 DASH (Ken Hassell) have the best average well ahead of North Star. In Division 3 Sedgely (Bernard Kaye) have won the division with a fine average of 23 VPs. In division 4 Manchester A (Ray Ashleigh) have a good lead with three matches to play. Division 5 is very close; Davenport (Derek Bailey) have taken the lead while the previous leaders Trafford Tigers (Jean Santo) have dropped to sixth but the top seven teams are all in contention. In division 6 Enigmas (Heather Saunders) now lead ahead of Overtrick Lunatics. In division 7 3 Reds and a Rebel (Annie Curtis) are almost assured of promotion having completed their matches.
Congratulations to Gary Hyett who has won the 2014 Silver plate with Graeme Robertson, Dan Crofts and Andrew Thompson.
Mersey Green Point Teams
In the Merseyside Swiss Teams on Sunday 8th March congratulations to Bill and Joyce White who won with Babs Matthews and John Farmer of Cumbria.
Full results are on the Merseyside web site.
Green Point Pairs
The annual EBU/MCBA Green Point Pairs was held at Altrincham on Saturday 7th March. As usual the event was full and everyone had an enjoyable time. Thanks to Rhona and Bernard Goldenfield for organising and to David Stevenson and Joan Lewis for directing as well as other helpers from the MCBA.
Winners by a large margin were Alan Nelson and Jeff Smith with Peter Kauffman and Chris Pope of Merseyside in second place again well ahead of third. Congratulations to Stephen Ward and Chris Hine who came third belying their Intermediate status. Rodney Lighton and John Currie won their last match 20-0 and leaped a large number of places to finish fourth. More detailed results are on the Altrincham and Manchester Bridge Club web sites.
The player of the year spreadsheet has now been updated, John Currie has increased his lead over Alan Mould to two points and Alan is now two points ahead of Michael Byrne with several other players close behind.
1 Jeff Smith & Alan Nelson 112 4.00
2 Peter Kaufmann & Chris Pope 103 2.82
3 N Stephen Ward & Chris Hine 95 2.56
4 Rodney Lighton & John Currie 93 2.11
5= Michael Newman & Alan Mould 90 2.24
5= Tracy Capal & Paddy Murphy 90 2.12
7 Patricia Burrows & Michael Byrne 89 1.74
8 Craig Fisher & Peter Jones 88 1.37
9 Ken Hassell & Ian Kane 86 1.38
10 N Gwen Beattie & Peter Jackson 85 1.00
11= Jeff Morris & Kath Nelson 79 1.25
11= Gordon Bickley & Ann Farquhar 79 1.25
13 John Ashworth & Catherine Ashworth 78 1.00
14= Stu Matthews & Mark Weeks 77 1.13
14= Peter Foster & Boris Ewart 77 0.88
16= Rhona Goldenfield & Bernard Goldenfield 76 1.00
16= Eve Lighthill & Sidney Travers 76 0.88
18= Nick Woodcock & Sue Woodcock 75 1.00
18= Irene Bowers & Wynn Sutherland 75 1.00
18= Pauline Lang & Rod Franks 75 0.88
21 Babs Matthews & John Farmer 74 1.01
22= Mohammed Jabbar & Mariam Jabbar 73 0.75
22= Bill White & Joyce White 73 0.75
24 Peter Richmond & Roger Allison 72 1.00
25= Angela Parkinson & Ray Ashleigh 71 1.00
25= N Michael Wymer & James Sheppard 71 1.00
27= Tony Hodgson & Eddie Thornton-Chan 70 1.00
27= Julian Merrill & John Hampson 70 0.75
29 Max Richman & Sandra Richman 69 0.50
30 Trevor Hails & Chris Ryall 66 0.75
31= Gillian Whyte & John Holland 65 0.75
31= Kevin Higgins & Richard Sinton 65 0.63
33= Gordon Rice & Stefan Bielecki 64 0.88
33= Barbara Lewis & Alec Smalley 64 0.50
33= David Pennington & Bob Cooke 64 0.50
36 Liz Wattleworth & Bill Wattleworth 63 1.00
37 John Morrell & Marianne Farr 62 1.00
38 Chris Baker & Jim O'Neill 61 0.75
39 Roger Waddington & Bernard Kaye 60 0.50
40 Steve Mattinson & Tony Coley 58 0.75
41 N Karen Sandler & Vivienne Newgrosh 56 0.75
42 N Haidee Tattersall & Andy Green 55 0.88
43 N George Leigh & Sally Bray 54 0.63
44= Celia Comrie & Kevin Comrie 52 0.38
44= N Adam Wiseberg & Jonathan Engler 52 0.38
46 Irene Davies & Gillian McMullan 51 0.50
47 N John Browning & Jean Bryan 43 0.38
48 Martin Thorne & Margaret Howe 37 0.25
49 N Pat Dunningham & Peter Horn 34 0.50
50 N Barbara Eastabrook & Karen Jones 31 0.25
Congratulations to the Division 5 team Spinning Tops (Howard Rosemarine, Adrian Shiers, Jonathan Berg, Jeffrey Bor, David Marks) 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