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Callaghan and Heather Dhondy as runners-up, and in the

Hamilton Cup the team of Mary Gordon-Smith, Szczepan

Smoczynski and Stefano Tommasini were equal second.

The National Swiss Teams was won by Toby

Nonnenmacher and Kieran Dyke, with Ben Green third. At

the Spring Bank Holiday Congress the Championship Pairs

was won by David Gold, with Shahzaad Natt and Stefano

Tommasini third, Richard Bowley was third in the Pairs B

final and in the Swiss Teams Heather Bakhshi, Claire

Robinson and David Bakhshi were second.

The Fox Shammon Seniors Pairs was won by Christine

Tomkin & Peter Saies with Sonia Griffiths & David Muller

second and John Stimson & Ben Hackenbroch third.

The sixth Tonsleys Café Bridge event attracted a record 80

pairs and was won by Simon Prager & Dick Jordon, with

Jackie Herring and Jennifer Giles second and Lynn Arch &

Sue McLaren third. The event raised £2000 for Age UK


Diary dates: 14 Sep, LMBA AGM, YCBC 7pm. The next Café

Bridge event will be in Brook Green on Tuesday 12th

September, this time in aid of Mind - the mental health

charity. The LMBA Mixed Pairs Championship will be held

on Sunday 17 September at 2pm at the YCBC. The Men's and

Women's IMP Pairs will be held

2.00pm at YCBC. All enquiries and entries to


MANCHESTER Bridge Club have qualified for the final of

the Garden Cities Trophy after winning the Bradford Regional

Final in early May. Congratulations to Alan Mould & Michael

Newman, John Holland & Rob Myers, John Hassett & David

Debbage, Catherine Draper & Andrew Woodcock.

MCBA Player of the Year for the 2016-17 season was

shared between John Holland & Alan Mould in the Expert

Category. The Manchester CBA Intermediate Player of the

year was awarded to Adam Wiseberg.

At the Annual General Meeting held on 25 May Michael

Newman retired as Secretary having served for ten years.The

new Secretary will be Alan Mould. Haidee Tattersall retired as

Treasurer and will be succeeded by Peter Green. Ken Hassell

also retired from the selection committee after several years

including a couple as chair. Adam Wiseberg was elected to the

selection committee.

Congratulations to Michael Byrne who won three

national events in the space of a month - the National Swiss

Teams Congress, the Spring Bank Holiday Swiss Teams and

finally the Corwen Trophy in which he represented

Manchester playing with John Holland. John Holland

previously won this event in 1991.

Two teams from Manchester Bridge Club have reached the

last eight of the NICKO.

Higson Cup and Plate:

The finals of the Higson Cup and Plate competitions took

place at Manchester Bridge Club in early April. The

Higson Cup was won by Inverted Minors (Irving Blakey,

Jeff Smith, David Barton & Leslie Klein). The Higson Plate

was won by The Four Dummies (Barbara Eastabrook,

Richard Acaster, Susan McGeechan & Judy Yates).

Goldstone Final:

The Goldstone Trophy (Manchester's qualifier for the

Pachabo) has been won by Team Morris (Jeff Morris, John

Hassett, Catherine Draper & Andrew Woodcock). They

beat Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Gary

Hyett, Alan Mould & Rodney Lighton in a closely fought

final in May.

John Armstrong Pairs:

Steve Mattinson and Pauline Lang came second in this

event held on Merseyside on 21 May.

Diary dates: 23-24 Sep, Premier League, Manchester Bridge

Club .


CONGRATULATIONS to David Flacks & Paul Roberts who

retained the John Armstrong Trophy (County GP Swiss


Well done to Stuart Matthews, Julian Merrill, Paul Roberts

and Mark Weeks who finished second in the Shropshire

Congress teams in mid-April.

Paul Roberts & Julian Merrill also finished a

commendable 8th in the Corwen Trophy.

On the weekend of the 27-28 May a County team played

the annual match v Dublin (we were the away team this time).

Well done to everyone who took part. We won by 673 IMPs to


In the Merseyside League the major winners were Div 1

PSA; Div 2 NWAS; Div 3 New Faces.

Knock-out Cup:


Championship Pairs:

1st, Bernard Krasner & Dave Shaw; 2nd, Mike & Denise


Diary dates: 20 Aug, County match v Derbyshire. 12 Sep,

Andrew Rosebowl (mixed pairs,) LBC. 15 Oct, Chester Bowl

(charity pairs), Deva BC.

North East

CONGRATULATIONS go to Frank Springett who has had a

most successful season and is the 2017 NEBA Player of the


A new 'Teams of Four' competition is to be introduced for

the 2017-18 season. This event, to be called the North East

InterClub Knock Out (NEICKO), will be a re-format of the

Kempson Cup with the North East League (NEL) being


In September (dates to be confirmed) Chris Benneworth

is to run two seminars for TDs relating to the changes to take

effect by the introduction of the new EBU Law Book.

The 2017 NEBA Congress is again to be held in the

splendid bridge facility at the Marriott Metro-Centre Hotel

from 3-5 November 2017. Events on all three days will be

green-pointed (Friday Open Pairs, Saturday Swiss Pairs and

Sunday Swiss Teams).

In an extremely close encounter, the Club Champion

Teams event held in mid-May was won on a split tie by Bishop

Auckland BC (Audrey Bainbridge, John Dobson, Brian


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