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Deal of the Week
Manchester started the season well by winning all three divisions in the first round of matches on Saturday 14th July, the first time that I can remember this happening.
In Division A at Sheffield the Manchester 1 team of Rodney Lighton/John Holland, Alan Mould/Gary Hyett, David Barton/Leslie Klein, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater are ahead of Yorkshire 2 by 4 VPs. The Manchester 2 team of Irving & Joy Blakey, Raymond Semp/David Olliver, John Stell/Peter Jones, Gillian McMullan/Neil Thomas also competed. All four of the Manchester 1 pairs did well on the cross IMPs.
In Division B at Bradford Eddie Thornton-Chan/Tony Hodgson, Victor Ridding/Janet Tolan, Melvyn Pelham/Rod Franks, Howard Stubbings/Dhun Daji are 3 VPs ahead of Merseyside & Cheshire. Eddie and Tony and Howard and Dhun did well on the cross IMPs.
In Division C at Keighley Roger Hopton/Lance Bloohn, Jonathan Engler/Adam Wiseberg, Karen Reissmann/Irene Davies, Karen Jones/Barbara Eastabrook top the table 2 VPs ahead of Lancashire. The Manchester 2 team of Mary Green/Ann Thornton, Suzanne Beckett/Adele Hodari, George Leigh/Sally Bray, Roy Higginbottom/Joan Lewis also played. Jonathan and Adam were our best pair on the cross IMPs, with Roger and Lance, Karen and Barbara, George and Sally also doing well.
Full results are on the Northern Bridge League web site.
Congratulations to John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke (London) who have won their fourth round Crockford's match qualifying them for the multi-team final to be held in Solihull in September.
And then there was one. The Cheadle Hulme team of Alec Smalley, David Barton, Rodney Lighton and Royce Alexander (also John Currie, Tom Slater) lost their quarter final match to the holders, Tunbridge Wells, but Manchester, Michael Byrne, Gary Hyett, John Holland, Alan Mould (also Michael Newman) beat Allendale. Manchester now play Tunbridge Wells in the semi-final.
Summer Seniors Congress
Well done to Gary Hyett who won the B final of the pairs at Eastbourne on 6th-8th July with Alan Cooke. Gary and Alan played the Swiss Teams with John Jones and Adrian Fontes and finished third.
Llandudno Swiss Pairs
Several Manchester players and pairs went to Llandudno for the annual Swiss Pairs on 7-8th July run by the North Wales Bridge Association and ably directed by Sarah Amos assisted by her daughter, Rachel. Congratulations to Rodney Lighton and Neil Thomas who were first equal with Jason Hackett and John Sansom, also to Peter Greaves who finished third with Raj Gupta. Full results are on the North Wales web site.
Manchester and Merseyside & Cheshire have come together to initiate a membership campaign across the two counties. We have appointed Sara Miles as a Project Officer (very much part-time) to facilitate this work, she will start work in September. Sara plays at Deva Bridge Club and has been involved in campaigning to increase their membership. The EBU is also involved, paying half the costs of all materials used.
If you think your club could take advantage of this or if you want to be involved in the Membership Campaign working group please contact Irene Davies email@example.com
President's Cup - Scoring Error - Manchester Win
The annual inter county teams of eight was held over the weekend of 30th June to 1st July at Spondon, Derby. This year counties were allowed to enter more than one team. Only Manchester availed themselves of this opportunity, eight teams entered:- Derby, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Merseyside, North Wales, Hereford and the Manchester teams. At the end of Saturday Derby were leading and the Manchester B team were just ahead of Manchester A. On Sunday the Manchester B team changed completely and five of the Manchester A team changed. Manchester B dropped a little to fourth, but did well, Manchester A overtook Derby and just pipped Lancashire to win by 3 VPs. This is Manchester's third successive victory. Full results are on the Manchester and Altrincham club web sites.
Heading the cross IMPs were John and Alan on the Saturday and John and Rodney on the Sunday. Kath & Alan and Nicholas & John were also positive for the A team. For the B team, John Roberts and Howard Kay and John Stell and Peter Jones did well on the Saturday, Jeanne and Ron were our best pair on Sunday.
Playing for Manchester A were: on Saturday John Holland/Alan Mould, John Parsons/Nicholas Greer, David Barton/Leslie Klein, Andy Green/David Sarabowski; on Sunday John Holland/Rodney Lighton, Leslie Klein/David Barton, Tom Slater/Alec Smalley, Kath & Alan Nelson.
For Manchester B: on Saturday John Stell/Peter Jones, Eddie Thornton-Chan/Tony Hodgson, Steve Mattinson/Rod Franks, Howard Kay/John Roberts; on Sunday Jeanne & Ron Bayly, Roger Hopton/David Fussell, Paul Beckwith/Wei Chei Tham, Dhun Daji/Howard Stubbings
Summer Intermediate Pairs
21 pairs had an enjoyable afternoon at Altrincham Bridge Club on Sunday 24th June. Winners with a good score of 67.9% were Barbara Eastabrook and Karen Jones from the Altrincham club. Thanks to Joan Lewis for directing and to Barbara Lewis for organising.
Full results are on the Altrincham web site.
New (and old) players wanted.
Would you like to play in the Manchester League this coming season (starts in September)?
It's fun, you would be most welcome.
There are around 8 to 9 matches to be played (some home, some away) between September and April either in homes or in a local club.
We would like more entries for the lower divisions.
New or inexperienced players would enter the 7th division, more experienced players will be placed in a higher division.
Please e-mail Kath Nelson, the league secretary if you are interested.
If you only have a pair Kath may be able to fix you up with another pair to form a team.
The selection committee has met and selected the following teams for the first two rounds of the Northern Bridge League.
MiniBridge in Schools
Do you have any contacts in local schools who may be interested in the minibridge taster sessions, details below. For testimonials click here.
Would you like to end the school year on a high note, while giving both staff and pupils an opportunity to acquire a potential lifelong skill?
If so, we are sponsored by the Manchester County Bridge Association to provide free taster sessions in the simplified version of the card game bridge known as minibridge.
All you will need is a hall (or classroom) full of enthusiastic staff and pupils arranged in tables of four players sitting as individuals but playing in pairs North-South against East-West. All other materials will be provided on the day by our authorised schools officer and minibridge instructor.
Sessions are roughly two hours long but have often been extended without fuss such is the general level of engagement. Year 4 is the recommended minimum age group.
If you would like to take advantage of an end of term offer to bring bridge via minibridge to your school, sponsored by Manchester County bridge association, then please contact Jeff or David, details below.
National Youth Bridge Consultant
Director, Manchester Bridge Club T: 0161 445 3712
Schools Officer, Manchester County Bridge Association
National Minibridge in Schools Instructor T: 07958 802763