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Western League v Somerset (1st December 2018)

Congratulations to the B and C Teams for winning their matches against Somerset today.

 

A Team (Dave Weller & Nick Duberley, Chris Chowney & Richard Croot) lost by 25 imps  (6-14  vps)

B Team (George Barrett & Steve Lawrence, George Richardson & Ken Williams) won by 35 imps (15-5 vps)

C Team (Jennifer Baker & Pam Crisp, Martyn Moxley & Neville Shorrick) won by 10 imps (12-8 vps)

Western League v East Wales (13th October 2018)

Hi all…..A great start to the Western League season yesterday against East Wales, with all three teams winning.

 

A Team (Peter & Mary Glanville, Chris Chowney & Richard Croot) won by 3 imps  (11-9  vps)

B Team (George Barrett & Paul Smith, Stephen Booth & Mike Ralph) won by 67 imps (18-2 vps)

C Team (Mike & Maggie Appleton, David Harris & Keith Stait) won by 34 imps (15-5 vps)

Western League v Cornwall (13th May 2018)

There were mixed fortunes in the matches against Cornwall yesterday.

 

A Team (George Barrett & Mike Ralph, Chris Chowney & Richard Croot) lost by 32 imps  (5-15  vps)

B Team (Ben Britton & Dave Weller, Roman Klis & Peter Watts) won by 24 imps (14-6 vps)

C Team (Mike & Maggie Appleton, David Harris & Keith Stait) lost by 35 imps (5-15 vps)

 

That was the last match of the season.

Overall for the season, the A Team came 6th (of 8) with three wins and four losses. The B Team came 2nd with four wins and three losses. The C Team had four wins and three losses and probably came 7th (there is a result outstanding).

As can be seen, it makes a big difference how many vps you win or lose by!!!

Western League v Dorset (7th April 2018)

There were mixed fortunes in the matches against Dorset:

A Team (George Barrett & Mike Ralph, Chris Chowney & Steve Lawrence) won by 49 imps  (17-3  vps)

B Team (Nigel Edmondson & Paul Smith, Peter & Mary Glanville) lost by 48 imps (3-17 vps)

C Team (Peter Flagg & Derek Wolfendale, David Harris & Keith Stait) won by 18 imps (13-7 vps)

Weston League v Devon (17th March 2018)

Well done to all three teams, who won their matches against Devon yesterday.

 

A Team (George Barrett & Steve Lawrence, Nick Duberley & Dave Weller) won 69-63 imps (11-9  vps)

B Team (Nigel Edmondson & Paul Smith, Ben Britton & Mike Ralph) won 103-87 imps (13-7 vps)

C Team (Mike & Maggie Appleton, David Harris & Keith Stait) won 108-88 imps (13-7 vps)

Western League v Avon (27th January 2018)

All three teams lost in the match against Avon.

A Team (George Richardson & Ken Williams, Nigel Edmondson & Paul Smith) lost by 101 imps (0-20 vps)

B Team (George Barrett & Mike Ralph, Ben Britton & Peter Watts) lost by 40 imps (4-16 vps)

C Team (John Crowe & Neville Shorrick, Pam Crisp & Jennifer Baker) lost by 66 imps (2-18 vps).

Western League v Wiltshire (13th January 2018)

Not such a good day for the A and C Teams who lost. The B Team won to maintain their position at the top of their league.

A Team (Roman Klis & Peter Watts, George Barrett & Chris Chowney) lost by 29 imps (5-15 vps)

B Team (Nick Duberley & Dave Weller, George Richardson & Ken Williams) won by 16 imps (13-7 vps)

C Team (Mike & Maggie Appleton, Pam Crisp & Maggie Eaton) lost by 37 imps (4-16 vps)

Western League v Somerset (2nd December 2017)

Another reasonably good day, with three very close matches. In the end, the A and C teams won, and the B team narrowly lost.

A Team (Nick Duberley & Dave Weller, Chris Chowney & Richard Croot) won by 28 imps (15-5 vps)

B Team (Ben Britton & Mike Ralph, George Richardson & Ken Williams) lost by 4 imps (9-11 vps)

C Team (John Crowe & Martyn Moxley, David Harris & Keith Stait) won by 7 imps (11-9 vps).

Western League v East Wales (14th October 2017)

A reasonable start to the season. Although the A Team lost, the B and C Teams both won.

A Team (Chris Chowney, Steve Lawrence, Nigel Edmondson, Paul Smith) lost by 55 imps (3-17 VPs)

B Team (George Barrett, Roman Klis, Peter and Mary Glanville) won by 99 imps (20 – 0 VPs)

C Team (John Crowe, Martyn Moxley, Mike and Maggie Appleton) won by 5 imps (11 – 9 VPs)

 

Gloucestershire & Herefordshire Swiss Pairs (22 July 2017)

The G&H Green Point Event Swiss Pairs was won by George Richardson and Paul Smith, with 100vps from 6 wins out of 7 matches. In all there were 86 pairs competing this year.

Midland Teams Challenge Bowl (2nd July 2017)

Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire & Shropshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire each send two teams to this two session event.

The HBA Team of Chris Chowney, Steve Lawrence, Nigel Edmondson and Paul Smith won on a split tie from a Worcestershire team.

Western League v Cornwall (14th May 2017)

The results of yesterday’s Western League matches against Cornwall:

A Team (George Barrett & Mike Ralph, Chris Chowney & Ben Britton) drew (10-10 vps).

B Team (Dave Weller & Nick Duberley, Roman Klis & Peter Watts) won by 45 imps  (16-4 vps).

C Team (Mike & Maggie Appleton, Maggie Eaton & Derek Wolfendale) lost by 17  imps (7-13  vps).

National Pairs Final (8th and 9th April 2017)

George Barrett and Mike Ralph have come 12th in the National Pairs Final

Western League v Dorset (1st April 2017)

The results of yesterday’s Western League matches against Dorset:

A Team (Richard Croot & Peter Watts, Chris Chowney & Steve Lawrence) won  by 32 imps  (15-5 vps).

B Team (George Barrett & Roman Klis, George Richardson & Paul Smith) lost by 61 imps (2-18 vps).

C Team (Maggie Eaton & Bob Underhill, John Crowe & Martyn Moxley) lost by 73 imps imps (1-19  vps).

Western League v Devon (18th March 2017)

The results of the Western League matches against Devon:

A Team (George Barrett & Mike Ralph, Chris Chowney & Steve Lawrence) lost by 6 imps  (9-11 vps).

B Team (Dave Weller & Nick Duberley, George Richardson & Paul Smith) lost by 48 imps (3-17 vps).

C Team (Roy Milnes & Sue Shore, John Crowe & Martyn Moxley) lost by 59 imps imps (2-18  vps).

National Pairs South-West Regional Final (12th March 2017)

In the National Pairs Regional Final at Bristol, George Barrett and Mike Ralph came 2nd with 58.96%, and have qualified for the National Final.

Western League v Avon (29th January 2017)

In the match against Avon, there were good wins for the B and C Teams, with only the A Team losing.

So far this season the B and C teams have both won 2 and lost 2, whereas the A Team have lost all their matches.

A Team (George Barrett & Mike Ralph, Chris Chowney & Ben Britton) lost by 33 imps  (5-15 vps).

B Team (Richard Croot & Christoph Malik, Roman Klis & Peter Watts) won by 80 imps (19-1 vps).

C Team (Mike & Maggie Appleton, John Crowe & Martyn Moxley) won by 42 imps (16-4 vps).

Western League v Wiltshire (14th January 2017)

Another bad day, with all three teams losing.

A Team (George Barrett & Mike Ralph, Chris Chowney & Peter Watts) lost by 61 imps  (2-18 vps).

B Team (Nigel Edmondson & Paul Smith, Nick Duberley & Dave Weller) lost by 56 imps (2-18 vps).

C Team (Maggie Eaton & Peter Flagg, John Crowe & Neville Shorrick) lost by 36 imps (4-16  vps).

Western League v Somerset (3rd December 2016)

Some better results today, with the A Team losing and the others winning.

A Team (Chris Chowney, Steve Lawrence, Mike Ralph and Dave Weller) lost by 20 imps (71 – 91)  (7-13 vps).

B Team (Richard Croot, Christoph Malik, Paul Smith and George Richardson) won by 50 imps (108 – 58) (17-3 vps).

C Team (Jennifer Baker, Pam Crisp,  Peter Flagg, Derek Wolfendale) won by 32 imps (89- 57) (15-5  vps).

Western League v East Wales (15th October 2016)

Not a good start to our Western League campaign, with all three teams losing.

A Team (Ben Britton, Chris Chowney, Nigel Edmondson, Paul Smith) lost by 16 imps (7-13 vps).

B Team (George Barrett, Steve Lawrence, Peter and Mary Glanville) lost by 5 imps (9-11 vps).

C Team (John Crowe, Martyn Moxley, Roy Milnes, Sue Shore) lost by 53 imps (3-17 vps).

Western League v Cornwall (15th May 2016)

It was a good end to the Western League season on Sunday. The A and C Teams both won, and the B Team drew.

A Team (Ben Britton & Mike Ralph, Chris Chowney & Richard Croot) won by 48 imps (17-3 vps)

B team (Peter Watts & Nigel Edmondson, George Barrett & Dave Weller) drew  (10-10 vps)

C team (Neville Shorrick & Evie Whitfield, John Crowe & Pam Crisp) won by 11 imps (12-8 vps)

The final league positions are:

A Team 6th (with three wins)

B Team 8th  (with a win and a draw)

C Team 6th  (with two wins)

Western League v Dorset (2nd April 2016)

There were some close fought matches in yesterday’s Western League fixture against Dorset, but at the final whistle only the A team had won.

A Team (Ben Britton & Chris Chowney, George Barrett & Mike Ralph) won by 26 imps (14-6 vps)

B team (Peter Watts & Nigel Edmondson, Stephen Booth & George Richardson) lost by 6 imps (9-11 vps)

C team (Martyn Moxley & Neville Shorrick, Jennifer Baker & Pam Crisp) lost by 17imps (7-13 vps)

Western League v Devon (19th March 2016)

In yesterday’s WL match against Devon,  the A Team lost by 48 imps (3-17vps), the B Team won by 11 imps (12-8vps) and the C team lost by 41 imps (4-16 vps).

A Team: Mike Ralph & Dave Weller, Sue Evans & Dennis Loynes

B Team: George Richardson & Paul Smith, Chris Chowney & Steve Lawrence

C Team:  Maggie Eaton & Peter Watts, John Crowe &  Neville Shorrick

Western League v Avon (30th January 2016)

All three teams lost in yesterday’s matches against Avon. The A Team lost by 57 imps (2-18 vps), the B Team by 7 imps (9-11 vps) and the C team by 50 imps (3-17 vps).

The teams were:

A Team: Roman Klis & Peter Watts, Sue Evans & Dennis Loynes

B Team: Ben Britton & Rahim, Stephen Booth & George Richardson

C Team: Jennifer Baker & Pam Crisp, Martyn Moxley & Neville Shorrick

Western League v Wiltshire (16th January 2016)

We had our first wins of the season in yesterday’s match against Wiltshire. The A Team won by 10 imps (12-8 vps) and the C Team won by 52 imps (17-3 vps). But the B team lost by 79 imps (1-19 vps).

The teams were:

A team: Mike Ralph & Dave Weller, Nigel Edmondson & Paul Smith

B Team: Ben Britton & Rahim, Roman Klis & George Richardson

C Team: Jennifer Baker & Pam Crisp, John Crowe & Neville Shorrick

Western League v Somerset (5th December 2015)

Another bad day! All three teams lost, albeit the C Team only lost by 3imps. (This follows losing by 9 imps in the last match!)

A Team (Ben Britton, Mike Ralph, Nigel Edmondson, Paul Smith) lost by 28 imps (5-15 vps)

B Team (George Barrett, Roman Klis, Stephen Booth, Bob Underhill) lost by 45 Imps (4-16 vps)

C Team (John Crowe, Neville Shorrick, Maggie Eaton, Peter Watts) lost by 3 imps (9-11 vps)

Western League v East Wales (31st October 2015)

It was trick not treat in yesterday’s Western League match against East Wales, with all three teams losing.

A Team (George Barrett, Mike Ralph, Ben Britton, Chris Chowney) lost by 46 imps (3-17 vps)

B Team (Nick Duberley, Dave Weller, Steve Lawrence, Rahim) lost by 58 imps (2-18 vps)

C Team (Roy Milnes, Sue Shore, John Crowe, Pam Crisp) lost by 9 imps (8-12 vps)

Not the start to the season we would have liked.

President's Cup (27th/28th June 2015)

This is a teams of 8 event for (mainly) Northern counties. This year the counties were: Cumbria, Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Manchester, Merseyside & Cheshire, Mid Wales, Northamptonshire, North-East, North Wales, Staffs & Shrops and Yorkshire.

The team of George Barrett, Roman Klis, Chris Chowney, George Richardson, Ben Britton, Mike Ralph, Nigel Edmondson and Paul Smith came 9th out of the thirteen teams competing, with six wins.

Full results are on the Merseyside & Cheshire website.

Midland Counties Bowl (21st June 2015)

This event is for two teams of 4 from each of Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Staffs & Shrops, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. This year it was hosted by Worcestershire.

The Herefordshire team of Ben Britton, Chris Chowney, Stephen Booth and Peter Watts were leading at the halfway stage, but fell back to finish 4th.

Full results are on the Worcestershire website.

Western League v Cornwall (16th May 2015)

At yesterday’s final Western League match of the year, the A Team lost but the B and C Teams both won.

A Team (George Barrett, Chris Chowney, Nigel Edmondson, Paul Smith) lost by 10imps (8-12 vps)

B Team (Stephen Booth, Richard Croot, Maggie Eaton, Peter Watts) won by 31 imps (15-5 vps)

C Team (Peter Flagg, Derek Wolfendale, Neville Shorrick, Evie Whitfield) won by 5 imps (11-9 vps)

For the season as a whole, the A Team won 4 and lost 3 and came 3rd, the B Team won 3 and lost 4 and came 6th, and the C Team won 6 and lost 1 and came 3rd.

Well done to all who played during the season to give us a far, far, better record than last season.

Cheltenham Congress Swiss Teams (3rd May 2015)

Carol and Albert Brown were in the team that came 5th equal.

Western League v Dorset (28th March 2015)

A reasonable day for our teams yesterday in the match against Dorset. The B and C Teams both won, and the A Team lost (after leading with one set to play).

A Team (Ben Britton & Chris Chowney, Sue Evans & Dennis Loynes) lost 71-83 imps (8-12 vps)

B Team (Nick Duberley & Dave Weller, Nigel Edmondson & Paul Smith) won 86-68 imps (13-7 vps)

C Team (Maggie Eaton & Peter Watts, Peter Flagg & Derek Wolfendale) won 83-40 imps (16-4 vps)

Western League v Devon (21st March 2015)

Not such a good day!

A Team (Ben Britton, Mike Ralph, Richard Croot, Noel Downes) won by 5 imps (11-9 vps)

B Team (George Barrett, Roman Kliss, Nick Duberley, Dave Weller) lost by 13 imps (8-12 vps)

C Team (Chris Chowney, Sue Shore, Martyn Moxley, Neville Shorrick) lost by 89 imps (0-20 vps)

National Pairs Regional Finals (15th March 2015)

Congratulations to Sarah Mathews & Peter Watts and Stephen Booth & George Richardson who qualified for the National Pairs Final by coming 3rd and 4th in the Bristol Regional Final.

Western League v Avon (31st January 2015)

Another good day for our teams yesterday. The C Team continued its unbeaten run, and the A team beat the previously undeafeated (this season) Avon team.

A Team (Ben Britton, Dave Weller, Mike Ralph and John Thacker) won by 9 imps (12-8 vps)

B Team (Chris Chowney, George Richardson, Roman Klis and Bob Underhill) lost by 73 imps (1-19 vps)

C Team (Maggie Eaton, Peter Watts, Jutta Shadforth and Neville Shorrick) won by 35 imps (15-5 vps)

Especial thanks to Jutta for being a last minute substitute.

Western League v Wiltshire (17th January 2015)

Another successful Western League match yesterday against Wiltshire.

The A Team (Ben Britton, Chris Chowney, Mike Ralph, John Thacker) won by 86imps (20-0 vps)

The B Team (Paul Smith, George Richardson, Terry Meadows, Ian Murray-Watson) lost by 6 imps (9-11 vps)

The C Team (Neville Shorrick, John Crowe, Roy Milnes, Sue Shore) won by 30 imps (15-5 vps)

The C Team have now won all three of their matches so far, and are second in their league in terms of average VP’s per match. The  A Team are third having won two and lost one (narrowly).

Western League v Somerset (6th December 2014)

Another victory for the C Team. That's 2 out of 2! Let's hope this continues. The A Team also won.

The A Team won by 15 imps (13-7 vps), the B Team lost by 43 imps (4-16 vps) and the C Team won by 27 imps (14-6 vps)

A Team: Ben Britton & Mike Ralph, Richard Croot & Noel Downes

B Team: George Barrett & Roman Klis, Peter Watts & Bob Underhill

C Team: Jennifer Baker & Pam Crisp, Peter Flagg & Derek Wolfendale

Western League v East Wales (1st November 2014)

A much better start than in previous years to our Western League season.

The A Team lost by 6 imps (9-11 vps), the B Team won by 19 imps (13-7 vps) and the C Team won by 7 imps (11-9 vps).

A Team: Ben Britton, Chris Chowney, Richard Croot, Noel Downes

B Team: Nigel Edmondson, Paul Smith, Steve Lawrence, Anne Ingram

C Team: Martyn Moxley, Neville Shorrick, Jennifer Baker, Evie Whitfield

Malvern Congress (25th/26th October 2014)

In the Swiss Pairs, Ron Carter & Kanwar Rahim came third, and Ben Britton & Mike Ralph came 9th equal (out of 122).

In the Swiss Teams, Chris Chowney (playing with Jackie Davies, Cliff Short and Anne Short) came 7th equal, and Carol and Albert Brown (playing with David Schiff and Ian Plewis) came 9th equal (out of 60 teams)

West of England Congress (3rd October 2014)

Ben Britton and Mike Ralph won the Men's Pairs with 61.02% at the West of England Congress.

Edgar Foster Cup (21st September 2014)

This is a pairs event for four pairs from each of the County Bridge Associations of Derbyshire, Gloucestershire,  Herefordshire, Staffordshire & Shropshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Ian Murray-Watson & Terry Meadows came 3rd, Roman Klis & Peter Watts 6th, Nigel Edmondson & Paul Smith 8th and Ben Britton & Mike Ralph 16th.

There is also a  trophy for the county with the three best performing pairs in which we were narrowly beaten by Warwickshire.

The full results can be found on the Staff and Shrops website

Garden Cities Regional Final (10th May 2014)

In the South-West Regional Final, the Hereford Team came 3rd, one VP behind Bath who qualified for the National Final along with the winners Worcester.

Western League v Cornwall (10th May 2014)

In yesterday’s matches, the A team won by 3imps (11 - 9 vps), the B team lost by 16 imps (7 - 13 vps). The C team had their first win of the season by 13 imps (12 - 8 vps).

A Team: Richard Croot and Noel Downes, Roman Klis and George Barrett

B Team:  Bob Underhill and Pat Jenkins, John Griffiths and Sarah Mathews

C Team: Evie Whitfield and Jane Morton, Jennifer Baker and Pam Crisp

That was the last match of the season, so the final league positions are:

A Team: 7th equal (2 wins and 5 looses)

B Team: 5th (2 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses)

C Team: 8th (1 win and 6 losses)

Shropshire Congress (27th April 2014)

The team of Ben Britton & Dave Weller and George Barrett & Mike Ralph came 3rd in the Swiss Teams.

Beck Cup (13th April 2014)

The Beck Cup is Oxfordshire's premier Teams of Four event and is competed for by representative teams from neighbouring counties and the leading teams from Oxfordshire. The Herefordshire team of Bob Underhill, John Griffiths, Terry Meadows and Ian Murray-Watson came 4th of the eleven teams.

Western League v Dorset (5th April 2014)

In yesterday’s matches, the A team lost by 19imps (7-13 vps) after being ahead with ten boards to play. The B team also had a bad last set, but still won by 21 imps (14-6 vps). The C team lost by 92 imps (0-20 vps).

A Team: Ben Britton and Chris Chowney, Dave Weller and Mike Ralph

B Team:  George Barrett and Roman Klis, George Richardson and Paul Smith

C Team: Martyn Moxley and Neville Shorrick, Jennifer Baker and Pam Crisp

Western League v Devon (22nd March 2014)

Another disappointing set of results yesterday, with two losses and a draw.

The A team lost 82-93 imps (8-12 VPs)

The B team had a losing draw 82-83 imps (10-10 VPs)

The C team lost 77-124 imps (3-17 VPs)

The players -

A Team:  Ben Britton & Chris Chowney and George Barrett & Mike Ralph

B Team: Paul Smith & Peter Watts and Dave Weller & Nick Duberley

C Team: Martyn Moxley & Neville Shorrick and Derek Wolfendale & Peter Flagg

Western League v Avon (1st February 2014)

There were mixed results in the Western League match against Avon on 1st February.

The A Team (Richard Croot, Noel Downes, George Barrett, Mike Ralph) lost by 47 imps (3-17 in VPs)

The B Team (Stephen Booth, Chris Chowney, Nigel Edmondson, Paul Smith) won by 59 imps (18-2 VPs)

The C Team (John Crowe, Martyn Moxley, Peter Flagg, Derek Wolfendale) lost by 29 imps (5-15 VPs)

 

Western League v Wiltshire (18th January 2014)

There was a much improved performance on Saturday in the match against Wiltshire with a win, a draw and a narrow loss, and we were a bit unlucky as well.

The A Team won by 14 imps (13-7 in VPs), the B Team lost by 1 imp (10-10 draw in VPs) and the C Team lost by 3 imps (9-11 in VPs).

A Team: Richard Croot & Noel Downes, Ben Britton & Chris Chowney

B Team: Nick Duberley & Dave Weller, Ian Murray-Watson & Bob Underhill

C Team: John Crowe & Neville Shorrick, Jane Morton & Evie Whitfield

Full League Tables are on the EBU Website under “Leagues”, “Western League 2013-14”.

Midland Counties Congress (5th January 2014)

Congratulations to Heather Brace, Ken Nelson, Jutta Shadforth and Mark Browne who won the Swiss Teams, winning all their matches.

Western League v Somerset (7th December 2013)

Another unsuccessful match! The A Team lost 1-19 vps, the B Team 7-13 and the C Team also 7-13.

A Team: Mike Ralph & John Thacker, Ben Britton & Chris Chowney, Paul Smith & Nigel Edmondson, George Barrett & Roman Klis

B Team: Sarah Mathews & Peter Watts, Ian Murray-Watson & Bob Underhill

C Team: John Crowe & Martyn Moxley, Jennifer Baker & Pam Crisp

Full League Tables are on the EBU Website under “Leagues”, “Western League 2013-14”.

Healey Cup (24th November 2013)

This interclub event organised by Worcestershire for Worcestershire and Herefordshire clubs was won by a team representing Marcle Bridge Club - Pam Pearce, Susan Sharp, Jane Morton and Marion Wilcox.

Full details can be found on the Worcestershire website.

Tollemache Qualifying (23rd/24th November 2013)

The Herefordshire Team came bottom of their qualifying group which consisted of Channel Islands, Deven, Dorset, Essex, Gloucestershire, London, Surrey and Warwickshire. The two counties qualifying for the final were London and Gloucestershire.

The Herefordshire Team was Ben Britton & Chris Chowney, Richard Croot & Noel Downes, George Barrett & Mike Ralph, Nigel Edmondson & Paul Smith, George Richardson & Peter Watts.

Western League v East Wales (2nd November 2013)

This was not a very good start to the season!

 A Team (Chris Chowney, Ben Britton, Mike Ralph, John Thacker) lost 3-17vps (50-96 imps)

B Team (Stephen Booth, Nick Duberley, Peter Flagg, Derek Wolfendale) lost 1-19vps (55-135 imps)

C Team (Evie Whitfield, Jane Morton, Martyn Moxley, Neville Shorrick) lost 7-13vp’s (-18imps)

Full League Tables are on the EBU Website under “Leagues”, “Western League 2013-14”.

Gloucestershire & Herefordshire Green Point Events (20th and 21st July 2013)

The Swiss Pairs on the Saturday was won by Alan Wearmouth and Tony Hill with 126VP’s. Second were Simon Gottschalk and Aida Aris (107VP’s), with Peter Randall and Diana Thorne (98VP’s) third. The non-expert prize was won by James Hastie and Andrew Bull.

Leading Herefordshire Pairs were Jutta Shadforth with Mike Gander (5th with 95VPs), Nigel Edmondson & Paul Smith (13th with 83 VPs) and Evie Whitfield with Jane Morton (14th with 82 VPs).

In the Swiss teams on the Sunday, the winners with 108 VP’s were Babs Matthews, John Farmer, Bill White and Joyce White. Second were Alan Wearmouth, Tony Hill Martin Garvey and Cas O’Donnell (99VP’s) and third Dinah Lintott, Andrew Lintott, John Slater and Helen Lawton-Smith. The non-expert prize was won by the Ross team of Jo Baker, Richard Manuel, Denise Robertson and Lindsay Ray.

Leading Herefordshire Teams were Peter Watts, Sarah Mathews, Paul Smith and Nigel Edmondson (5th with 92 VPs), Carol Brown, Albert Brown, Pat Jenkins and Ian Murray-Watson (8th with 84 VPs), and Chris Chowney, Mike Ralph, George Barrett and Richard Croot (9th with 83 VPs).

Garden Cities Regional Heats (18th May 2013)

As the winners of the HBA Club Teams of 8, Marcle represented Herefordshire in the Garden Cities regional qualifying held on 18th May.

The Marcle team just missed qualifying for the national final and finished third out of the 9 counties competing at the South West Regional Final.

The home team (Bristol) won and Cheltenham (Gloucestershire) came second.

 Well done for an excellent performance to the team of Evie Whitfield (captain) & Jane Morton, Sue Evans & Dennis Loynes, Marian Wilcox & Sue Lane, and Kanwar Rahim & Pam Crisp.

Western League v Cornwall (11th May 2013)

We finished the Western League fixtures for this season on a high. All three teams won in the match against Cornwall.

A Team (Chowney, Britton, Barrett, Ralph) won by 46 imps (17-3 VPs)
B Team (Richardson, Underhill, Weller, Duberley) won by 17 imps (13-7 VPs)
C Team (Baker, Crisp, Crowe, Whitfield) won by 29 imps (15-5 VPs)

Well done! Let’s hope this type of result continues next season.

Western League v Dorset (6th April 2013)

Some better results in the Western League match v Dorset.

The A Team (Ben Britton & Richard Croot, George Barrett & Chris Chowney) won by 122 to 90 imps (16-4 in VPs)

The B Team (Bob Underhill & Peter Watts, Nick Duberley & Dave Weller) won by 103 to 88 imps (13-7 in VPs)

The C Team (John Crowe & Neville Shorrick, Jennifer Baker & Pam Crisp) lost by 53 to 160 imps (0-20 in VPs)

Western League v Devon (23rd March 2013)

The results of Saturday’s match against Devon were:

A team lost by 53 imps (2-18 VPs) –  Team: Richard Croot, Noel Downes, Paul Smith and Nigel Edmondson

B Team lost by 30 imps (5-15 VPs) – Team: George Barrett, Roman Klis, Stephen Booth and Peter Watts

C Team won by 31imps (16-4 VPs) – Team: Martyn Moxley, Neville Shorrick, Heather Brace and Sue Shore

Western League v Wiltshire (23rd February 2013)

Not a good day in the Western League against Wiltshire yesterday.

The A Team (Mike Ralph & John Thacker, Stephen Booth & Chris Chowney) lost by 31 imps (4-16 VPs)

The B Team (Peter Watts & Bob Underhill, Dave Weller & Nick Duberley) lost by 58 imps (1-19 VPs)

The C Team (Evie Whitfield, John Crowe, Martyn Moxley & Neville Shorrick) lost by 7 imps (9-11 VPs)

Western League v Avon (2nd February 2013)
We started the new year with two wins and a loss in the match against Avon.

A Team lost 63-108 imps (3-17 vp's)
B Team won by 81-72 imps (12-8 vp's)
C Team won 142-49 imps (20-0 vp's)

A Team: Mike Ralph & John Thacker, Paul Smith & Nigel Edmondson
B Team: Peter Watts & Chris Chowney, Stephen Booth & George Richardson
C Team: John Crowe & Evie Whitfield, Tim Young & David Grace
Healey Cup (18th November 2012)
In this inter-club event organised by Worcestershire, the team of John Griffiths, Bob Underhill, Steve Booth and Chris Thomas came second, and Pat Jenkins, Ian Murray-Watson, Albert and Carol Brown came 5th. The event was won by a Worcestershire team (after Herefordshire successes in recent years). Full details can be found on the Worcestershire website.
Tollemache Cup Qualifying (17th/18th November 2012)
The county had their worse Tolle result in recent years, coming bottom of their qualifying group and only winning one match. The sad story of the full results can be found on the EBU website.

HBA Team: Noel Downes & Richard Croot, Mike Ralph & John Thacker, Chris Chowney & Ben Britton, Paul Smith & Nigel Edmondson, Peter Watts & Sarah Mathews
Western League v Somerset (10th November 2012)
Our Western League season continued with two losses and a draw against Somerset.
The A Team (team of eight match) lost by 36 imps (8-12 in VPs), the B Team lost by 86 imps (0-20 in VPs) and the C Team lost by 1 imp (10-10 in VPs).

A Team: Mike Ralph & John Thacker, Ben Britton & Chris Chowney, Paul Smith & Nigel Edmondson, Peter Watts & Sarah Mathews
B Team: George Barrett & George Richardson, John Crowe & Evie Whitfield
C Team: Martyn Moxley & Neville Shorrick, Jennifer Baker & Pam Crisp
Western League v East Wales (3rd November 2012)
In the first match of the season, the B team won with a strong last set. The other two teams lost.

The A Team were -23 imps (6-14 VPs), the B Team +7 imps (11-9 VP's) and the C Team -49 imps (2-18 VPs).

A Team: Noel Downes & Richard Croot, Peter Watts & Chris Chowney
B Team: John Griffiths & Bob Underhill, Roman Klis & Stephen Booth
C Team: Jennifer Baker & Pam Crisp, Derek Wolfendale & Peter Flagg
Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Green Point (21/22 July 2012)
In the Swiss Pairs, John Crowe and Martyn Moxley finished 16th equal of the 76 pairs

In the Swiss Teams, George Barrett, John Thacker, Mike Ralph with David Athey (Glos) finished 3rd of the 44 teams
Midland's Teams Challenge Bowl (8 July 2012)
The Herefordshire team of John Griffiths, Roman Klis, George Barrett and Chris Chowney came 2nd of the twelve teams in this event for teams from Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire & Shropshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire (two teams per county).
Western League v Cornwall (12 May 2012)
The County completed its Western League season with two wins and a defeat against Cornwall.
 
The A Team built steadily after being 3 imps behind after the first 10 boards to win by 44 imps (18 -2 in vps), the B team recovered after being behind by 3 imps at half-way to win by 32 imps (17 -3), but unfortunately the reverse was true for the C team who led early on but slipped to a 46 imp defeat (2 - 18 in vps).

Western League v Dorset (31 March 2012)
Another tough day for the County in the long trip toDorchester, the A team lost 19 -1 being in catch up from the first few boards, agood result came from the B team who recovered from a poor start to win by 6imps (11 - 9 in vps), while the C team were in contention until the last phase,but this went badly and another 19 -1 loss came our way.
Western League v Devon (3 March 2012)
A mixed set of results yesterday in the away matches against Devon.
 
The A Team lot by 64 imps (1 - 19 in vps), going down in each of the first three sets of 10 boards, but winning the fourth. The B Team gained an early lead were pegged back a little but had a good last set to win by 22 imps (14 - 6 in vps), while the C team recovered early losses to lead after 3 sets but went backwards in the last set to lose by 26 imps (5 -15 in vps).
Newent Bowl (26 February 2012)

Herefordshire players did well in therecent Newent Bowl. John Griffiths, George Barrett, Ron Carter with Alan Landerwon the event, Jutta Shadforth was in the team that came fourth, and Albert andCarol Brown were in the team that came fifth.

Western League v Avon (4 February 2012)
The County won one match and lost two to Avon yesterday.
 
The A Team won by 40 imps (17 - 3 in vps) winning 3 of the 4 sets of ten boards, while the B team although leading after the first set deteriorated to lose by 114 imps ( 20 - 0 in vps). Meanwhile the C team were beaten by 47 imps (18 -2 in vps) losing the first set heavily but generally holding their own thereafter.
Western League v Wiltshire (21 January 2012)
The County had a draw and 2 big wins against at home to Wiltshire yesterday.
 
The A Team an early lead, which was pulled back and more by Wiltshire, but the home side gained imps late on to force the draw. The B and C matches followed similar lines to each other and imps were gained steadily through the matches, the B team winning by 69 imps (19 -1 in vps) and the C team winning by 52 imps (18 - 2 in vps).
EBU Year-end Congress Swiss Teams (30 December 2011)
In the Swiss Teams at the EBU Year-end Congress in London, Ben and Tom Paske were in the team that came 9th equal (out of 109 teams). Alice Kaye was in the team that came 12th equal.
Healey Cup (27 November 2011)
This year's Healey Cup was won by a Wyeside Team (Steve Booth, Chris Thomas, John Griffiths and George Barrett) with a Marcle team coming second (John Crowe, Neville Shorrick, Heather Brace and Jutta Shadforth). Another Wyeside Team came 11th.
The Healey Cup is a teams of 4 competition for Worcestershire and Herefordshire clubs. The full results can be found on the Worcestershire website: Healey Cup Results
Western League v East Wales (5 November 2011)
This match was not a good day for Herefordshire, we did not get the best from some very swingy boards.
The A Team lost 9-11 (-3 imps), the B Team drew 10-10, and the C Team lost 1-19 (-66 imps)

Western League v Somerset (8 October 2011)
Not the best of starts for the new Western league season as Somerset won all three matches on Saturday.
 
The A team were behind from the start and won only 1 of the 4 sets losing 16 -4, the B team after making a promising start drifted to a 17-3 defeat, while the C team recovered from a half-way deficit to lead with 10 boards to go, but a poor last set saw them lose by 11-9 (just 4imps).
Western League v Cornwall (7 May 2011)
We completed our Western League season with 2 defeats and a win yesterday.
 
The A Team held an early lead but slipped to a 32 imp defeat (16 - 4 in vps), while the B Team reversed the situation recovering from a poor start to win by 10 imps (12 - 8 in vps). The C Team were in contention at half-time but dropped back in the last set to lose by 54 imps (19 - 1 in vps).
Western League v Dorset (2 April 2011)
A tough day for the County teams yesterday with the high-riding Dorset winning all 3 matches.

The A Team were level going into the last set but conceded 20 imps to lose 14 - 6, the B Team had 3 even sets but one bad set contributed to a 17 -3 defeat, while the C team had 4 close sets but ending 15 down were beaten by 13 -7 in vps. Although disappointing, credit must go to the opposition who were very competitive and in the end made fewer mistakes/judgment errors than ourselves.
Western League v Devon (5 March 2011)
A mixed bag of results from last Saturday, with the A Team winning a very swingy match 12 - 8, the B team drawing 10 -10 and the C Team losing 18 - 2.
National Pairs Qualifying (8 February 2011)
At a heat held at Hereford Bridge Club, the following pairs have earned the right to play in the Regional Finals:
Jo Copping & Chris Forbes
Tony Voogd & Roman Klis
Chris Chowney & Steve Booth
Pam Crisp & Jennifer Baker
Sarah Mathews & Peter Watts (reserve pair)

See Hereford BC website for full results
Western League v Avon (5 February 2011)
The County travelled to Bristol on Saturday for the latest round of Western League matches. Both A and  B teams lost 17 -3, while the C Team won 13 -7. The A Team were level at halfway but conceded 38imps over the last 20 boards, while the B team lost a few imps each set to lose by 39 imps. On the other hand, the C team gained an early advantage, which they maintained throughout to win by 16 imps.
Lady Milne Trials (22/23 January 2011)
Alice Kaye partnering Bryony Youngs came 3rd in the Lady Milne Trials at the week-end and will play in the full England Ladies team at the event to be played in Ireland.
Note : - The Lady Milne is the Home International Tournament for Ladies. The qualifying involved 17 rounds of 7 boards played over an evening and 2 days.
Western League v Wiltshire (22 January 2011)
A very successful away match with three wins.
The A Team won by 5 imps, the B Team by 29 imps and the C Team by 32 imps.
Healey Cup (28 November 2010)
The Healey Cup in Worcestershire was well supported by HBA Clubs with 6 of the 18 entries, finishing  Second (Marcle), Third (Wyeside), 8th (Hereford), 14th (Fownhope), 15th (Birches) and 18th (Fownhope). Good turnout with Worcester BC winning.
Western League v East Wales (13 November 2010)
In our last Western League matches before 2011, we had 3 close matches against East Wales on Saturday. The A Team lost by 7 imps (11 - 9 in vps), 34 imps  down over the first 10 boards being key to the match result. The B team won by 3 imps ( 11 - 9 in vps) hanging on to defend a decent lead gained in sets 2 and 3, while the C team lost by 23 imps ( 14 -6 in vps) steadying the ship after early losses but unable to recover sufficiently.
Western League v Somerset (9 October 2010)
This was our first Western League match. The A Team played a team of 8 cross-imped match and went down by 20 -0 after a steady start. The B Team drew 10 -10 after a 1 imp victory, while the C team were beaten by 6 imps ( 8 - 12 in vps).
Midlands Pairs (19 September 2010)
This involves 4 pairs from each of 6 counties. It was held in Derby with the event won by a Derbyshire pairing. Herefordshire Pairs finished 8th (Nigel/PeterW), 12th (Steve/Pat), 13th (BenB/ChrisC), 19th (Cathy/Karin). Competition was strong as expected including Paul Hackett following the Ryder Cup style bridge competition held in Cardiff last week. It proved a good curtain raiser for our Green Point next week-end and the forthcoming season beginning with home match against Somerset on October 9th.