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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
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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
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).
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
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.
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.
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