CONGRATULATIONS to Andrew McIntosh on
winning the EBU Premier League second division
and to Neil Rosen & Martin Jones who finished
second and gained promotion. Congratulations
also to Tony Waterlow on winning the
Eastbourne Bowl at the Autumn Congress.
Middlesex won their group at the Tollemache
qualifier. Elections at MCBA AGM - Chairman: Peter
Hasenson; Vice Chairman: Paul Wilson; Treasurer: Pradip
Shah; Secretary: Harish Patel. Shareholders: Peter Hasenson,
Harish Patel, Harold Schogger.
Diary dates: 21 Feb, Rank Masters Pairs. Championship
Pairs Semi-finals. 2 Mar and 3 Apr, Championship Pairs
Semi-finals. 12 Mar and 6 Apr, Mixed Pairs Semi-final.
WE ARE delighted to extend hearty
congratulations to our Chairman Liz Muir upon
her receipt of the prestigious EBU Dimmie
Fleming Award - see page 34.
The 2016 NEBA Congress is again to be held in the fine
bridge facility at the Marriott Metro-Centre Hotel from 5-7
November 2016. All main events, Saturday Swiss Pairs and
Sunday Swiss Teams will be green pointed.
THE COUNTY is very pleased to learn that David
& Joan Burgess have both been awarded the
Dimmie Fleming Award - see page 34. A formal
presentation was made by the county chairman at
the Xmas Pairs event.
Notts had a rare success against Oxfordshire winning the
coumty match 20-0 in the first team and 12-8 in the second.
In the Senior Congress teams Sandy Fulton & Willie Crook
were in the 5th placed team.
SOME 30 children took part in the Oxford Junior
Congress in November. Winners of the MiniBridge
section were Alice & Jacob Hathaway.
Freya Baldwin & John Wood won the section for
Novice Bidders and Arthur & George Anstis won
the section for Experienced Bidders - see page 31.
SOMERSET won all of their matches against
Hereford - A 15-5, B 16-4, C 11-9.
Tollemache - Somerset were 4th in their group
which is the best performance for some years
although did not qualify for the final. The team was
John Cockram & Tom Gibbard, Roger Sweet & Colin
Juneman, Colin Flood & Eric Cummings and Alan &
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Bowl & Butterworth Langley Trophy Semi-Finals (Blaby).
5 Mar, Leicestershire Green Point Swiss Pairs (Spondon).
9 Mar, Stanley Trophy Round 6 (Glenfield). 10 Mar, Pairs
League Round 3 (Rothley). 20 Mar, Midland League vs
Warwickshire (Away). 5 Apr, Mercury Learners Trophy
(County BC). 6 Apr, Gimson Trophy Semi-Finals (Rothley).
10 Apr, Charity Swiss Teams (Glenfield).
of the 2015 winning Gold Cup team. At the
Autumn Congress Kieran Dyke shone, coming
equal first in the Eastbourne Bowl and second in<firstname.lastname@example.org team of Paul Chapman & Graham Pollack,
Tim Chanter & Helen Wildsmith were third in the
Eastbourne Bowl; Alan & Olivia Woo and Alex Hydes were
third in the Burlington Cup; and Anne Catchpole & David
Wing were second in the Sussex Cup.
The Platinum (70th) Lederer Memorial Trophy will be
held at the RAC in Pall Mall on 27-28 Feb. Entry for
spectators will be free this year, but pre-notification is
Diary dates: 7 Feb, Ian Gardiner Trophy (Championship
Teams). 10 Apr, London Championship Pairs11.30am at
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MANY congratulations to John Holland on
winning the Gold Cup, Britain's most
prestigious competition, for the first time.
John and partner Ben Green played every
board in the final stages beating the holders (Allfrey, Robson,
Forrester, Gold, Bakhshi, McIntosh) in the quarter finals and
Peter Lee's team in the semis by 98 IMPs.
The final weekend of the Premier League finished with
Jason & Justin Hacketts' team winning and the twins top of
the cross IMPs. Michael Byrne's team survived in sixth place,
but John Holland's team was relegated. In the second division
Paul Hackett, John Sansom, Alan Mould, Ollie Burgess, Jeff
Morris and John Hassett dropped to third place after leading
Llangollen Swiss Teams - Michael Byrne & Gary Hyett
playing with Irish teammates won this event in mid-Nov.
Diary dates: 7 Feb, Gazette Cup Teams of Eight,
Altrincham BC. 28 Feb, 1.30pm, Cantor Cup (Newcomers),
Manchester BC. 5 Mar, 11.00am, Green Pointed Pairs, St
Peters Assembly Rooms (Altrincham BC).
CONGRATULATIONS to Bob Pitts and
Barry Jones who were selected to play for the
WBU team in the first weekend of this year's
Camrose event. Well done to David
Stevenson & Liz Commins, who, with Steve & Georgia Ray
won the teams event at the NEBA Congress.
Diary dates: 7 Feb, County trials. 21 Feb, Jean Keen
trophy (Women's pairs) MBC, 6 Mar, Eric Howarth trophy
(GP teams), 20 Mar, Portland Pairs, 24 Apr, Preece Rosebowl
(Ladies pairs) BBC, 22 May, John Armstrong trophy.