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Lancashire has a bridge club in most of its major towns. Several clubs have a host system to ensure you can get a game. Contact details and club times are on the Clubs page though its sensible to check before attending a new club. Clubs with beginners and intermediate classes are also listed on the Clubs page. The website has details of forthcoming competitions and results. If your club is not affiliated you may become a direct member of the EBU. This entitles you to play in all Lancashire competitions, be eligible for Lancashire Teams, and attend all Lancashire Council Meetings
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There were 10.5 Table at the Lytham Rosebowl at Lytham Bridge Club. Winners were Andrew Woodcock and Catherine Draper. Refreshments were excellent and the tournament was run efficiently by Dave Stevenson. The final results were:
Lancashire's team finished a creditable 4th in their 9 team Tollemache Qualifier Group at Daventry this weekend winning 4 matches and narrowly losing 3 matches. The team was Austin Barnes & Stuart Norris, Jeff Smith & Andrew Petrie, Paul Hepworth & Rick Bentley and Nick & Sue Woodcock. The full Group results can be found on the EBU Website.http://www.ebu.co.uk/documents/results-data/2013/tollemache/GroupC.htm
There were 16 Tables at the Pendle Witch Pairs held at Brierfield on 10th November. Overall winners were Jeff Smith and Jackie Pye also winning both sessions, 2nd was Tracy Capal and Paddy Murphy. As usual the food was excellent, and Paul Hepworth ran the event efficiently despite a late problem in the final scoring.
Full results available on Brierfield Website at http://www.bridgewebs.com/brierfield/
There were 18 Tables at the LCBA Swiss Pairs and 14 Tables at the LCBA Swiss Teams at the 2013 LCBA Congress. The Pairs was won by Peter Radley/Angela Booth on a split tie with Sheila Shea/Wynn Williams with Stuart Clarke/Sue Woodcock finishing third. The Teams was won by Austin Barnes/Rod Greenhalgh, Stuart Norris/Des King, with Stuart Clarke/Sue Woodcock, Bill Wattleworth/Anthony Butler second. See full details on the Results page.
The NBL Annual Meeting was held on Thursday 24 October at Bradford BC at 11am. The County entry for a team was decreased from £75 to £50. The player entry was increased from £10 to £12. There were no other major changes in the conduct of the League. Minutes of the meeting are available on the Northern Bridge League website.
The NBL final match was played on 12 October 2013. The Lancashire A team finished 2nd (of 5 teams), the B teams finished 1st (of 8 teams) and the C team were 5th (of 7 teams). Congratulations to the successful B Team pool of Mike Tomlinson, Ewart Evans, Stuart Clarke, Bill Carr, John Morrell, Marianne Farr, Richard Bentley, Paul Hepworth, Dagmar Fazackerley, Don Hilton, Nick Sutcliffe, Andrew Lum, John Brearley, Ross Shine, Brian Ripley, Barrie Newall, Alan Whittam, Paul Evans. A team will be chosen to represent the B Team in the English County Final next year.
Further details available on the NBL site at http://www.manchesterbridge.org.uk/NBL/index.html
Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield won the LCBA Mixed Pairs held at Bolton BC on 22 September, Gillian McMullan & Roger Hopton were second and Barrie & Julia Newall tied with Andrew Petrie & Catherine Draper in third place. There were 9 tables at the event. See Results page for the full details.
The winners of the Fylde League 2013-4 are:
Div 1 Preston
Div 2 Poulton A
Div 3 Bolton C
Div 4 Bolton D
Full details available on the Fylde League Site at http://www.fylde-league.co.uk/
Catherine Draper's Team (Andrew Petrie, Andrew Woodcock & Dave Debbage) beat Sue Woodcock's Team (Nick Woodcock, Bill Carr & Stuart Clarke) in the final of the Blackburn Cup and will represent Lancashire CBA in the EBU Pachabo Cup later this year.
There were 11 teams at Southport for the annual Hector Barker Pivot Teams. Winners were Dave Debbage,Andrew Woodcock, Andrew & Veronica Petrie, second Jackie Pye, Jeff Smith, Bernard & Rhona Goldenfield, third Bill & Liz Wattleworth, Anthony Butler. Full results to follow.
The LCBA Teams of 4 Competition has now reached the semifinal stage with:
Hepworth v Woodcock
Loveridge v Draper