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Last updated : 20th Oct 2018 08:24 BST
Pottage Congratulations

Congratulations to John Pearson & Gordon Clarke, HIWCBA pairs champions for this season and winners of the 2019 Pottage Cup. They took the lead about half way through the 45 board final, and were never overtaken. Behind them a group of four pairs threatened, including last year's winners, Stuart Strachan & Eleanor Rice, the Semi-Final winners, Mac Nurmohamed & Phil Downham, and past winners Andy Hughes and Jeremy Dhondy. Lilias Lamont & Andrew Doye came with a late surge, but a less than sparkling last round saw them slip to fifth, and sent Mac & Phil into second place. The top four (I belive) pairs can now enter the Corwen Trophy - the national competition for the top pairs in each county's pairs championship - good luck to all who choose to compete.

Last updated : 16th Apr 2019 07:06 BST
Pottage Semi Final Complete

The finals of the HIWCBA Pairs Championship (The Pottage Cup) are approaching; The results of the semi-finals (held on saturday 23rd March) are in and 16 pairs (the top sixteen with reserves taking their place if anyone drops out) will compete in the final at Crosfield Hall on the 14th April. A total of 36 pairs competed for the sixteen places in the Final. As one competitor put it 'most of the usual bandits' did well: some good players qualified too! The new venue at Romsey School was OK and the event ran smoothly. TD managed to collect slightly too much table money. So if anyone thinks they are owed £2 shout now, or it will go to the Air Ambulance. Meanwhile please dont forget to enter the season's remaining HIWCBA events (see above and also also calendar).

Last updated : 26th Mar 2019 06:38 GMT
Hampshire Congress Congratulations


The Hampshire Congress at Otterbourne ( swiss pairs  and swiss teams )  is now complete having been smoothly run throughout by directors Colin Simcox and Phil Green (thank you). Congratulations to all winners and well done to all who took part. Winners of the pairs were Avon raiders Cathy & Andrew Smith (pictured top row left above) with the HIWCBA pair Jeremy Dhondy & Jeremy Baker equal second with Miles Cowling & Ron Davis (Dorset/Kent).   1st in the teams were Cathy & Andrew Smith, Ralph Smith & Steve Tomlinson (pictured top row right above).  Second were were a team that included the event organisers (Richard & Christine Ray, Nicholas Craik & Dave Hugget (pictured bottom row above)) and they are the winners of the catherine howell memorial trophy presented to the first all HIWCBA Team .

Saturday saw a sell out field compete in a 7 match Swiss Pairs event. Last years winners Miles Cowling and Ron Davis took an early lead and were clear of the field at the break after 3 matches.

Those who had chosen to have the excellent ploughman’s provided had made a good choice not least as it certainly wasn’t picnic weather.

After 5 matches the lead at the top had been closed to just 3VPs, Cathy and Andrew Smith now  in second. The penultimate round saw the Baileys record a large win and with the two Jeremys, Baker and Dhondy coming up fast on the rails a close finish seemed likely. However a large win for the Smiths over the Baileys gave them victory by a 5 VP margin as the two Jeremys beat Cowling and Davis by just enough to tie for with them for second place.

On Sunday, St Patrick’s day, 32 teams competed in the Swiss Teams event. Before proceedings  commenced thank yous were given and  congress secretary Christine Ray was presented with a  bouquet of flowers and received a well deserved large round of applause.

At the break after 3 matches our congress secretary’s team of Christine & Richard Ray, Dave Huggett and Nick Craik were leading the field. After overseeing the provision of a fine plated tea of homemade cakes and a selection of sandwiches Christine returned to the cards and continued to be amongst the front runners.

Going into the final round it appeared as though the Ray team had a clear lead from the Muller and Middleton teams, who were playing each other in the last round with the Rays playing the Smith team. The Muller team won and the Ray team lost, provisional results showing them equal first on 94 VPs and the Smiths in third. However, there was to be late drama, when it was realised that a result in the Smith vs Muller match in the penultimate round had been incorrectly entered, a -800 instead of a +800. This resulted in a swing of 10 VPs to the  Smith team leaving them clear winners on 101 VPs with the Ray team in second place on 94 VPs.

Last updated : 21st Mar 2019 06:45 GMT
Valentine & IBM Congratulations

Congratulations to Fred Hotchen & Steve Preston, Dave Huggett & Nick Craik (pictured above), winners of the Valentine Teams on 17th February. First and second at half time were also first and second at the end. At half time the directors team (Guy Lawrenson & Hugh Kevill-Davies, Andrew Bennett & David Hinkin) were tied first but the winners pulled away in the  second half. Well done to Guy for directing and playing.
In the Derek Gibbins Victor Ludorum, Tim Smith was lucky - he played badly in the Valentine event but still managed to increase his lead. Steve Preston is now in second place in that competition.

The IBM cup charity simultaeneous was played in 9 HIWCBA clubs during the previous week and congratulations go to two pairs who played in Winchester - winners Guy Malcolm & Ray Crawford with Peter Crouch & Geoff Oldfield 2nd and well done to Winchester for fielding 3 of the top 4 pairs in the event.

Last updated : 2nd Mar 2019 08:28 GMT
Candlestick Congratulations

The last weekend of january was thrilling for Martin Garvey. First AFC Wimbledon pulled off a FA Cup shock by beating West Ham. Second Ian Swanson & Martin Garvey  (pictured above) pulled off a rather less shocking succesful Surrey raid on the HIWCBA Candlestick Swiss pairs . Like last year, the position at the end of round 5  was swiss working like it should with the top two pairs playing each other in the last round. This year Helen Kinloch & Tony Page were the potential Hampshire heroes - needing a 12-8 last round win for victory. According to director Mike Kinsey, who did a stirling job of directing, they got off to a good start but unfortunately they failed to maintain that momentum and lost 12-8 to finish 2nd. During the last round Mike announced that all would be playing people of similar standard and could perhaps look to form a team for the valentine teams with their opposition - well it cant have felt like that at the bottom of the field with the final ranking showing all of the bottom five pairs losing the last round 20-0.
And what about the Derek Gibbins victor ludorum trophy? Well, going into the candlesticks as part of the pair defending the trophy, Tim Smith had high hopes of extending his lead. In practice though he only did just enough to keep his lead and now has defending Derek Gibbins champion Andy Hughes  close behind in 2nd place.
The next HIWCBA event in Romsey is the Valentine Teams on the 17th February and we hope to see you all there.

Last updated : 28th Jan 2019 07:24 GMT
Mid Winter Congratulations

The Mid Winter Teams on the 13th January was a well organised 10 team all play all event well run by playing director Guy Lawrenson and technical director Michael Yeo. 1st and 2nd were the same at half time as at the end with the clear winners being camera shy Jeremy Baker & Alan Wilson playing with John Sherringham & James Guiton (pictured above). Second place was, however, close at the death. Team Dakin (John Dakin, James Clark, Tim Smith & Tony Truluck) had slipped to 3rd 5 imps behind 2nd with only board 39 to play; John & James were at the table and Tim & Tony thought it unlikley that a big swing would result. However, luckily for them, John & James managed to defeat 4H for a 13 imp swing and 2nd place. The result leaves members of those two teams (Tim & Jeremy) in first & second place in the Derek Gibbins Victor ludorum.  Congratulations to the winners, the directors and all who played and hope to see you all return later in the season - e.g. to the blue pointed Candlestick Swiss Pairs at the end of January and the Valentine Teams in mid february

Last updated : 14th Jan 2019 19:50 GMT
Yuletide & Chidwick congratulations, Merry Xmas and a Happy bridge playing New Year

The Yuletide HIWCBA Xmas event was a happy event (merry xmas again to all) with spot prizes, raffle and £250 raised for Hampshire Air Ambulance. The swiss teams event ended with a successful family raid from Dorset in the form of Hugh Kevill-Davies & (camera shy) Jon Holland, Lucy & Philip Norman (winners and pictured above) who chose the event to give Lucy Norman her first county level tournament success as a junior. Congratulations indeed to that team.  The event was well directed by Mike Kinsey who achieved his second HIWCBA second of the month when his team (Mike Kinsey, Tony Olech, Tim Smith & Tony Truluck) came second overall. This gives Tim Smith a narrow xmas lead in the Derek Gibbins Victor Ludorum.

Earlier in advent more money was raised for Hampshire Air Ambulance by the Chidwick Cup charity simultaneous in clubs. Congratulations go to the winners Fred Hotchen & Andy Hughes with Mike Kinsey & Gabriel Hearst second.

Last updated : 17th Dec 2018 18:27 GMT
Wessex / Bloxsom Congratulations


Congratulations to Tim Smith, Lilias Lamont, Mike Fithyan & Mike Kinsey (top picture) winners of the wessex/bloxsom teams event on 2nd December. They win the Wessex trophy. Congratulations also to Bob McRobert, Chris Kinloch, Geoff Oldfield & Peter Crouch (bottom picture) who were second and winners of the Bloxsom trophy. The event was run as a multiple teams and standings were not available until near the end. Team Smith & Team McRobert were playing each other in the last round and with 4 (and then 5) of the last round of 6 boards  scored for that match team smith were just 1vp ahead and Tim/Lilias could see that their last score was not good. Fortunately for them though, Mike F and Mike K managed to bring home 4S on board 12 to increase their winning margin and secure victory. A good event enjoyed by all and well directed by Keith Bennett.

Last updated : 3rd Dec 2018 07:51 GMT
Tollemache Qualifier Result

The HIWCBA tollemache team of Jeremy Dhondy,Andy Hughes,Sonia Zakrzewski,Gareth Birdsall, Jeremy Baker,Guy Lawrenson,Steve Preston,Dave Huggett, Adam Dunn and Graham Allan competed in Group A of  the 2018-19 Tollemache qualifier on the weekend of 17th-18th November and almost qualified in a hard qualifying group. With two teams qualifying they were in the pack competing fiercely for the second qualifying spot, eventually missing out by 3vps.

Last updated : 1st Dec 2018 07:53 GMT
Jubilee Congratulations and Tollemache Hopes

Congratulations to Jeremy Dhondy & Jeremy Baker, Jason Frost & Fred Hotchen, Clare & Ian Fearon, John Folkes & Tony Page – winners of the Jubilee Cup for teams of 8 on Sunday 11th November because they scored the most victory points even though  Guy Lawrenson & Christine Bradley, Richard Vessey & Claire Hillyard,Janet Smith & John Gardner Mike Jackson & Michael Yeo (2nd overall) won all their matches and therefore accumulated the most masterpoints. Of course it wouldn't be the Jubilee Cup without a scoring issue! But the director, Mike Kinsey, says he has now put in the missing scores and generated the correct results.

This was enough to put Jeremy Dhondy into the lead of the derek gibbins victor ludorum.

The next HIWCBA adventure is competing in the Tollemache (National inter county teams of 8) Qualifier and good luck to the selected team of Jeremy Dhondy,Andy Hughes,Sonia Zakrzewski,Gareth Birdsall, Jeremy Baker,Guy Lawrenson,Steve Preston,Dave Huggett, Adam Dunn and Graham Allan who are competing in that event on the 17th/18th November.

Last updated : 12th Nov 2018 18:37 GMT
Simple System Congratulations

Congratulations to Phil Johnston & Robert Hills of Meon Bridge Club - the winners of the simple systems pairs in clubs between 29th October and the 2nd November. Full results here.  112 pairs took part - 4 more than last year - obviously an enjoyable event that people return to. The event has raised nearly £200 for Air Ambulance.

Last updated : 8th Nov 2018 18:09 GMT
Nearby Non HIWCBA Event News 27/28 October

The weekend of 27th/28th October was not a HIWCBA event weekend, but there were teams events in/nearby Hampshire on both days. Petersfield Bridge Club held its blue point swiss teams event on Saturday 27th with victory for HIWCBA members Steve Preston, Richard Ray & Christine Ray playing with Miles Cowling (Dorset) with Peter Crouch, Geoff Oldfield, Bob McRobert(all HIWCBA)  & Arun Suri (Surrey) second.  On Sunday 28th some HIWCBA members  travelled to the Dorset Flemmich Cup teams event  and  the all HIWCBA team of Roger Johnson & Michael Gwilliam, John Jones & Adrian Fontes  triumphed, beating the  combined HIWCBA/Dorset team of Philippa Bateman & Lesley Lewis,Tim Dunsby & Robin Wright. Congratulations to all who won and all who did well

Last updated : 29th Oct 2018 20:07 GMT
HIWCBA Members In Gold Cup Final

Last weekend saw two HIWCBA members - Peter Crouch & Jeremy Dhondy - who had both competed in the first HIWCBA event of the season (the candover teams),  shun the second (the HIWCBA Mixed and married pairs at Crosfield hall - see below)  in order to compete in the BGB Gold Cup finals - with the equivalent result to our own candover teams result. i.e. Peter's team triumphed over Jeremy's team  who were runners up. Congratulations and well done to both. Hopefully this will inspire more HIWCBA teams to enter the competition - although in practice some dont get very far!

Last updated : 21st Oct 2018 09:31 BST
Mixed and Married Pairs


Congratulations to Madeline Lawson & Mahmood Nurmohamed (above left) winners of the mixed and married pairs in a busy Romsey on 14th October (Lots of cars in the car park and lots of enjoyable bridge in the crosfield hall).  Richard & Christine Ray (above right), retained the married pairs trophy for the third year in a row although only 4th on the day with Angela Clark & Rob Paton and Jenny Ashby & Rick Assad also ahead of them.

Last updated : 20th Oct 2018 08:20 BST
Candover Congratulations - 2018-2019 HIWCBA Season Up And Running
Candover Congratulations - 2018-2019 HIWCBA Season Up And Running

The 2018-2109 HIWCBA season is now upon us and has has started with an exciting, well directed  Candover Teams (full results here), in 'Danish' teams format which worked flawlessly and resulted in the top four teams being within 5 Vps of each other with one match to go. Team Cowling (Miles Cowling & Bob McRobert, Peter Crouch & Geoff Oldfield) triumphed, beating Team Lamont by more than Team Dhondy beat Team Baker. Congratulations to all and especially the director Mike Kinsey who somehow also managed to play in the event.
The winning team were not photographed at the event but some 2017-18 trophies were presented at tea - see above.
All county league and knockout competitions have been drawn and all HIWCBA events up until the end of 2018 can be entered now (as highlighted above) The first Dave Huggett seminar takes place on the 30th September - these seminars are always enjoyed by all who attend - so dont miss out.  The next HIWCBA pairs event in Romsey - the mixed and married pairs - is coming up on the 14th October. The HIWCBA simple systems competitions in clubs also occurs at the end of october - clubs please confirm when you wish to hold a heat

Last updated : 17th Sep 2018 21:45 BST
2107-2018 Season Final Review

Congratulations to all HIWCBA members who achieved success in 2017-2018. This includes all HIWCBA trophy winners, plus remember:

The Petersfield team of 8 (Steve Preston,James Clark, Mike Fithyan,Tony Truluck,Gabriel Hearst,Mike Kinsey, Lilias Lamont,Andrew Doye) reached the final of the Garden Cities trophy.
The HIWCBA Tollemache team (Jeremy Dhondy,Andy Hughes,Sonia Zakrzewski,Gareth Birdsall, Jeremy Baker,Guy Lawrenson,Steve Preston,Dave Huggett, Adam Dunn and Graham Allan) reached the Tollemarche Final. 
and in other ebu reported  events since June:
Andy Hughes's Crockfords Team reached the Crockords final, although the team seemed to miss Andy's leadership in the final.
Andy Hughes & Jeremy Dhondy finished 7th in the EBU summer meeting main pairs event.
Bill Taylor was part of the winning team in the riviera congress.
and any others the webmaster has unintentionally missed/forgotten.


Last updated : 17th Sep 2018 21:47 BST
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Sun 28th April 2019
Ranked Pairs and AGM
Crosfield Hall Romsey
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Mon 29th April 2019
Bayer No Fear Pairs
29th to 3rd(May) in Clubs
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Sun 5th May 2019
Philip Graham Teams
Yarmouth Isle Of Wight 2pm
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Pottage Final
Crosfield Hall Romsey
Pottage Semi Finals
Romsey School
Valentine Swiss Teams
Crosfield Hall Romsey
IBM Cup Dup Pairs
11th to 15th In Clubs