Around & About
BEST CONGRESS YET CLEAN SWEEP
IN THIS year’s Eastern Counties League, Hertfordshire have won
each of the three divisions. It is believed that this is the first time
the same county has won all three divisions in the same year.
Moreover the captains of the three teams were all ladies – is this a
first as well? – Celia Oram (A team), Helen Robinson (B team)
and June Ball (C team).
The Eastern Counties League is for teams of eight, and consists
of seven counties (Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambs and Hunts,
Northants, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire) plus Cambridge
University and has separate divisions for A, B and C teams.
All three Hertfordshire teams will now compete in the Inter-
League finals which will be held at the West Midlands Club on
Sunday, July 7. Here they will compete against the winners of the
other regional county leagues.
Justin Hackett presents the Michelle Brunner Trophy
to Pairs Champions Liz Muir and Tracy Capal WINNERS EVENING
THE 14th ANNUAL Manchester Congress was regarded by many as
the best yet. This Black Pointed event held in January in the
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luxurious Victoria and Albert Hotel in the heart of the City attracted
record numbers. On the Saturday afternoon 54 tables were in play,
on the Sunday there were 46. Players from London, Cardiff, Bristol,
Dublin, Edinburgh, the north-east and surrounding northern
counties travelled to Manchester for the event. One team travelled all
the way from Norway and besides playing good bridge almost drank
the hotel bar dry. A host of international players graced the congress;
the quality of the entry for the Championship events was very high,
as the results posted on the MCBA website indicate.
A particularly pleasing and encouraging aspect of the Congress
was the number of up-and-coming young players who competed.
A notable feature was the success of the two recently introduced
events which ran alongside the Championship events. These two
competitions for ‘Players New to Tournament Bridge’, organised by
Paul West, attracted 30 pairs on the Saturday and 20 on the Sunday.
Thanks go to Tournament Committee, Directors and helpers
who worked very hard and were deservedly rewarded with a most
Experts Gunnar Hallberg and Gad Chadha
enjoyable, friendly and successful congress.
with winners Kitty Schreiber and Billie Stephens
IN NOVEMBER last year, Wimbledon Bridge Club held their
MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS annual charity pairs event which raised more than £4,000 for two
highly regarded local charities – Macmillan Nurses and Faith in
As a member of the English Bridge Union, Action, which helps the homeless. The prize for the lucky winners
you can receive the following benefits: of the pairs, Kitty Schreiber and Billie Stephens, was a subsequent
game with bridge experts Gunnar Hallberg and Gad Chadha.
• HMCA healthcare benefits
The Winners Evening took place at the end of January and was
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a delightful event. It started with drinks and nibbles, and then the
• EBU Prizes used to pay at Puma Hotels
participants were treated to a hilarious session of Gunnar being
• Household Insurance Scheme (Osbornes Insurances)
‘interviewed’ by Gad about his bridge experiences. This was much
• Club Insurance (Osbornes Insurances)
appreciated by everyone and the two experts were made Honorary
• Car Hire Life Members of the club.
Read all about it at www.ebu.co.uk The committee and members are very grateful to Gunnar and
type http://goo.gl/xAiNY into your browser Gad for their support by making the evening so special, and hope
there may be similar ones in the future.
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