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Deal of the Week
The selection committee has picked the following team for the Tollemache Final at Brandon on February 16-17th. Michael Newman/Gary Hyett, John Holland/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock, Alan Mould/Ollie Burgess. This is the nearly same team that qualified in November. Ollie Burgess replaces Michael Byrne who is unavailable.
Blue Point Teams
Congratulations to Neil Thomas, Nicholas Greer, John Currie and Rodney Lighton who won at Preston on Sunday 13th January, just ahead of John Holland, Alan Mould, Jackie Pye and Jeff Smith. Results are on the Preston Bridge Club web site.
The tournament committee is meeting on 29th January to discuss the congress and future plans for it. Many participants filled in review forms at the event this year and these are very helpful. In addition we would like to hear the views of those who have previously attended and did not attend in the past year or two, especially giving the reasons why they did not attend. Please email any comments to Rodney Lighton and I will collate them and present them at the meeting.
Manchester Bridge Club at Wellington Road
Manchester Bridge Club is now well established in its new premises in Fallowfield at 81, Wellington Road, M14 6BN. The club has its own rooms in the Fallowfield Bowling and Lawn Tennis club. The main room is plushly appointed and nicely decorated with room for twelve tables. There is a small kitchen and a bar area which has room for a further half dozen or so tables. Car parking is plentiful with space available on Wellington Road if the car park is full. See the pictures below.
Another succesful and enjoyable congress was held at the Victoria and Albert Hotel over the weekend of 5-6th January. We were pleased to welcome guests from all over the UK and particularly two teams from Norway. David Debbage and Andrew Woodcock repeated their success of 2017 in winning the pairs by a smidgeon ahead of Michael Byrne and Andrew Murphy (who won the Men's Pairs Trophy). Helen Erichsen and Fiona Brown won the Ladies Pairs for the second year running and Sheila Shea and Edward Jones from North Wales won the Mixed Pairs Trophy. In the Teams final on a relatively unexciting set of boards John Holland, John Hassett, Jackie Pye and Jeff Smith won ahead of three of the Hackett family (Paul, Justin and Barbara) and Martin Taylor, with Fiona Brown, Helen Erichsen, John Currie and Rodney Lighton third. The B Final was won by Rhona and Bernard Goldenfield, Jim Luck and Marianne Farr. The consolation final was a mainly Welsh contest with Barry and Beth Wennell, Margaret Barnes and Wyn Williams winning on a split tie from Sheila Shea, Edward Jones, Howard Kay and Peter Jones. For the other prize winners see the photos below. A non-expert session was held each day.
Thanks to Irene Davies and all the other helpers, too numerous to name, for their hard work in organising and to directors Neil Morley, Nicholas Greer, Joan Lewis and Victor Ridding for running everything smoothly. Also to World Champion Sally Brock for presenting prizes and to Raymond Semp and Michael Byrne for the quizzes.
Michael Byrne's quiz was won by Mike Wood (57), second Adam Wiseberg (33), third Gordon Bickley (31). Prizes for the first two, answers here.
Rankings are below the photos, more detailed results are on the Manchester and Altrincham Bridge Club web sites.
PotY results have been updated, John Holland leads in the Expert category, Adam Wiseberg in the Intermediate category.
Players Progress Rankings
Kevin Comrie Rankings
Teams A Final
Teams B Final
Teams C Final