I am delighted to have the opportunity to meet with you at the Eastern Region Presidents' & Delegates Night 7pm Friday 7th September Dún Laoghaire Bridge Club, 2 Clarinda Park North. Clubs please attend to collect club pack with CBAI Membership Cards, GDPR-compatible Club Membership forms, etc.; CBAI Newsletters; Eastern Region Programmes; buy CBAI Diaries; meet other clubs and Eastern Region committee over glass of wine and friendly game of bridge.
Well continuing on from yesterday's post (see below with some typos corrected but no editorial scrutiny by the congress committee), Saturday in Bray could easily be renamed Beauty and the Beast day. See what you think?
With a whopping turnout of. 62 pairs the prizes I believe went to:
LOC: Michael McAuliffe & Sandra Newell
AM: Ultan & Eileen McCabe
I think you can see what I mean with Beauty and the Beast
And you can see where the theme continues with the Inters. With an even bigger turnout of 64 pairs, some of those on the winners podium are definitely Disney material. Again, this is supposition on my part but it seems that's the way of social media currently, the winners on the night were:
Well done to them all and if I get any photos I'll share them with you so you can make an informed decision for yourselves.
Best of luck to everyone today and I'll post again with more news, fake or otherwise, as I get it.
The congress committee of Bray Bridge Club, underr the masterful direction of Anne Daly, has arranged another fantastic weekend for bridge players from near and far.
At the time of posting, we are halfway through day 2 but let me give you the details of the competitions completed so far.
42 brave novices played in Bray and I hope you all join me in congratulating them all for going out to such a big event. It's a big step from a club night to a room with more than 250 bridge players, the rules, the Bridgewater's, the whole razamataz. Give yourselves a good pat on the and a big cheer to the winners:
And there was also a spectacular entry for the Inter Bs. 17.5 pair competed in what was reported to be a lovely competition. It's good to see so many have caught the bridge bug and let's congratulate the winners:
And for the big match, 59 pairs from not only Ireland but a number of European countries have a super game of bridge with some surprising winners. Let's congratulate them all:
LOC - Dolores Gilliland & Peter Stewart
MA - Mary & Eoin Hodkinson
Inter A - Ursual Pattinson & Fred Duffy
36 brave souls fought it out in the gala pairs. The competition was very tough this year. The winners were:
Well done all. For the full results go the the results link on the navigation bar on the left. And come back to the site tomorrow for the report on the pairs competition and the correction of any mistakes posted in this report
Sunday 2nd @ 11:00
Congress Teams Swiss
John Noonan and Brendan Martin, winners of the bridge game in aid of Pieta House at CBAI AGM in Athlone. Congratulations to the winners.
It looks like the summer weather keep the crowds away this year. Only 29 dedicated pairs turned up this year. Congratulations to the winners.
1st - Pat Egan & Sean Mulvaney
2nd - Mairéad Haugh & John Noonan
Best Intermediate - Creeda Fitzgibbon & Colette O'Callaghan
Best Dún Laoghaire - Patrick Belton & Nollaig O'Ceallaigh
1st Session - Conor & Rory Moore
2nd Session - Joan Ryan & Hugh McDermott
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 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.
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
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!
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 CBAI online facility http://competitions.cbai.ie/. Closer to the date of each competitiom, it will become available in the events list. You will need to use your CBAI number to use the facility.
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.