The CBAI Eastern Region Annual General Meeting will take place in Dún Laoghaire Bridge Club on Friday 25th May 2018 at 8 pm. All members/clubs are urged to attend.
44 pairs turned up this year to try to take the trophy from Carol Ann Cummins and John Noonan but in reality they were only competing for second place. John Royds did a fabulous job directing the 45 pairs and took all the last minute changes with the entries in his stride. Our president, Freda Griffin, was there to present the trophy to Carol Ann and John for the fifth successive year in a row. Well done to the perpetual winners, it certainly gives everyone a target for next year!!
Have a look at how the other 44 pairs did in the winners' gallery below and the detailed results.
President Freda Griffin congratulating the second placed pair Eileen O'Donovan & Maria Whelan
Freda Griffin, with third placed Denise O'Hagan & Michael Rowan
Patrick Belton & Nollaig Ó Ceallaigh pictured with the President finished in fourth position
The President with in fifth placed Keith Clarke & Clare Pippet
The winning Area Masters were Ann Howlin & Mary O'Meara
1st Intermediate A: Kevin Clark & Mary Bannon
2nd Intermediate A: Catherine Black & Eleanor O'Flaherty
Best Intermediate B: Nell McDowell & Philip O'Dwyer
1st Session: Mary Hodkinson & Merryn Keogh
2nd Session: Sandra Newell & Peter Stewart
First Session results can be seen by following this link.
Second Session results can be seen by following this link.
Overall results can be seen by following this link.
The Massey Bros League 2017/18 has now concluded. It was a great competiton, enjoyed by all and a special thanks must go to Fedelma Martin for her tireless work in organising the event. The winners this year are:
Do go to the Massey Bros. League page forl the full event report, the many well deservered thank yous and of course the photos of the winner (when they arrive!)
The Corn Cairdis match is an annual competition between England and Ireland - or more specifically teams representing the English Bridge Union (EBU) and Contract Bridge Association of Ireland (CBAI). It alternates between England and Ireland. The Eastern Region acted as host of the competition on April 28th & 29th 2018.
In brief, it was a great weekend with one small exception - England won by 3 VPs.
Follow this link for the full report with photos
A reminder of the upcoming competitions in the Eastern Region - make sure you get your entries in in good time for the following :
Entries to Brendan Martin 0872209152, 012763678 or email@example.com
The Arklow Cup has a new home this year
Also keep Sunday June 10th free
Most of the teams that qualified to play for the region in the National Final in January (see below) took their places in Ballinasloe. The great news is that inour teams took prizes in all three events.
In the Bankers Trophy for INermediate A teams, Fiona Nolan & Vincent Wallace, Noel Carthy & Linda McGeehan were third and coming in in the same place in the Civil Service Cup was our Intermediate B team of Ronan Nolan & Rose Wallace, Norman Maclachlann & Nicky Clark. Last year's winners of the Kelburne Cup David Jackson, Sandra Newell & Peter Stewart with Teresa Rigney almost retained the cup but had to satisfied with second place this year.
Some of our representatives are doing very well this year in national competitions. We all join in congratulating Carol-Ann Cummins and John Noonan won 3rd prize in the Davidson Cup and BJ O'Brien was on the winning team for both the IBU Senior trials and the Burke Trophy.
Congratulations also to our ladies who brought home the prizes with Dolores Gilliland and Maria Whelan winning their first international cap. The pair will be playing in Ostend on the Irish Ladies Team in the European Championships. Sandra Newell and Carol-Ann Cummins won the McMenamin Bowl and Dolores Gilliland, Maria Whelan and Eileen O'Donovan on the team that was third.
And, David Jackson was on the team that won the Geraldine Trophy and BJ O'Brien was third in both the Geraldine Trophy and the Revington Cup.
Well done all.
We have the very sad duty to report the sudden and untimely death of our dear friend Jill Kulchycky after a short illness. Jill was one of the region's and Ireland’s top Bridge players, attaining the rank of Life Master and representing Ireland at International level on a number of occasions. Only a week before her death Jill and her partner (Teresa Rigney) won the Irish Trials earning the right to play for Ireland in the European Championships in June.The previous week, she had been part of the Ladies prizewinning team at the Holmes Wilson.
We were honoured to have had her in the Eastern Region for over 30 years. Another great bridge player taken well before her time, Irish Bridge has lost another of its truly Great People.
Jill will be sorely missed and we extend our sympathies to her mother Bridie, sister Alison and family, and her many bridge friends.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Linda Saunders. As well as being a loyal supporter of bridge in the Eastern Region over many years, she was also a past Presidient and was actively involved in the rewording of the constituition of the CBAI. She will be remembered as a forward thinker and her work in developing the website foir the region was invaluable. We extend our sympathies to her family, may she rest in peace.
This year's Teams 4 Fun had a new format with the Novice and Intermediate B playing in pairs against each other while their Intermediate A and Master joined up to compete agaist the other Masters and As. The new format was a resounding success and the Novice and B pairings enjoyed the evening witouth the pressure of playing with a master.
John Royds, TD, and Gary Dowling, competition organiser, did a terrific job to get the 12 teams through twenty boards with relatively little pain, although it appears that Jack Murphy cannot do without negative double.
And lets give a big cheer to the winning teams:
The winning team - Carol Pye & Michael Egleston, Cathal Louth & Edward Kilcoyne
All the results are posted here
The Intermediate Bs and Novices pairs competitions were hosted in Wicklow on Wednesday 11th April. The support fot both compettitions was up this year and Bernie Roundtree did a fantastic job directing both competitions and putting all the players at their ease.
The Bs have come back out to play this year with 7½ tables for the Eileen O'Doherty. It was a very close competition and the winners took the trophy with less than 1 matchpoint!! Let's hope that this will encourage more Bs to take part in the coming years. And this year also saw a great turnout in the novice section with 6½ tables. Well done to all our teachers for encouraging their fledglings to fly the nest.
The Eileen O'Dorerty Memorial trophy went to Mia Nelson & Donla Twomey.
Caroline Brown, pictured here, came third with her partner Carmel Moore
Joe Farrell and Justine Carbery won the Patricia Rossiter Herman..
Second in the Patricia Rossiter Herman, Jane Murphy & Marion Fox.
The pair who came, Ann Houston & Betty Cassidy Nevin, had to dash to the airport and were not around for the prize giving!!
click here for the full results of the Eileen O'Doherty Memorial Trophy
click here for the full results of the Patricia Rossiter Herman Trophy
Well done all and make sure bring more of your bridge friends to thee next competition.
The Eastern Region held the teams qualifying competition on Sunday January 28th in Greystones Bridge Centre. John Royds did a fantastic job running all three competitions with the assistance of the committee of the Sugarloaf Bridge Club, who were hosting the event.
Four teams took part in the Intermediate B competition, the winning teams were
There were seven teams competing for the A prize. The cup went to:
Fiona Nolan & Vincent Wallace,Noel Carthy & Linda McGeehan
Eight master teams competed in the Milo Broderick. The winners were:
Congratulations to all.
What a weekend in Bray. The first full congress that Bray Bridge Club has held for 40 years was a terrific success. Bridge players from all over the country turned up to play on all three days. Everyone involved in organising and running the congress can be very proud of how the competitions for all grades were attended and run.
A special thanks to John, Joe and Bernadette, the TDs for the weekend who kept things moving despite the huge numbers.
The results of all the competitions are posted on our website - congratulations to all the winners.
Finally, well done to Anne Daly, Brendan Martin and the others on the congress committee for organising a fantastic event.
We're looking forward to next year's congress already!
This year there was a fantastic turn out for the competition. Happily, for the region, there were enough novices playing to allow a seperate novice competition to be run. Congratulations to the winners:
You can see the results in full by following the links
We are very grateful to Massey Bros, Funeral Directors for their generous sponsorship of the league.
The final matches were played on Sunday 14th May in Foxrock Golf Club. Sixteen teams played their matches and there were five and a half tables in the open pairs. In all, a total of 91 people, including three representatives of the sponsors, enjoyed a very pleasant evening, with a fork supper provided by FCG. Trophies were presented to the winning teams by Dermot Laide of Massey Bros.The final victors were:
Confined Master: - Dun Laoghaire (Fagan)Dun Laoghaire (Fagan)
Div 1: - Errigal
Div 2: - Dun Laoghaire( O'Ceallaigh)
Div 3: - Blackrock College (Power)
Intermediate B: - Blackrock College (Sheerin)
Photos will follow!
The Eastern Region President and committee wish to congratulate the winners and to thank everyone who came along for the final night and all who took part in the league throughout the season.
You can enter regional competitons using the online facility by selecting Online Competiton Entry on the Navigation bar at the left side of the page.
At all region competitions we place a guide to good behaviour on each table. A copy of the ER Behaviour Guide.pdf document can now be downloaded for use in your club.
Downloadable versions of the IMP – VP conversion scales for club team events are now available at this CBAI Link.