Archive News 2016
Club Championship 2016
Congratulations to Kevin Jones, winner again by a good margin. Peter Snape returned for a full year of competitions and finished second equal with Jon Wilkinson. Samya Abdullah achieved her best ever result in fifth place.
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One Day Tournament 3rd April
The 14th annual Manchester tournament was held at Manchester Bridge Club. 56 entrants turned up from as far apart as London and Newcastle. The usual format was a qualifying afternoon of five five point matches with the top sixteen qualifying for the Main final and the rest for the consolation. Ten year old Eli Nixey qualified for the Main final for the second year in a row. Eli was not our youngest competitior, eight year old Emily Shimwell entered the one point KO and nearly beat the Main winner Matthew Fisher in her first match.
The Main final was an all Birmingham affair with Matthew Fisher playing David Pritchard. At 3-0 to David, Matthew doubled and closed David out with three checkers on the bar, looking fairly sure to get a gammon. Then as Matthew bore his checkers off David threw smaller and smaller numbers until backgammon seemed likely. Then Matthew was forced to leave a shot, David hit but Matthew immediately threw a double six, raced round and still got the backgammon to lead 6-3. A couple of games later Matthew wrapped it up. The consolation was won by Manchester's Brian Lever, who beat Yorkshire's Rachel Rhodes. The Last Chance final featured our tallest and shortest adult competitiors, with victory going to Ana Mancino against Peter Snape. In the one point event Mark Manley threw well in a race to overtake Jon Barnes and win by one throw.
Excellent buffets were provided for lunch and tea. Thanks to Lorraine Lighton for the tea (lunch was provided by a catering firm) and to Kevin Jones for directing on the day. Also to Annette Jones for scoring and Rodney and Lorraine Lighton for administration, to club members for helping set up the room and clearing up and to Manchester Bridge club for hosting the event.