12th to 15th April - Away weekend at Crabwall Manor Hotel, Chester, CH1 6NE
Should you require a partner for either Monday or Wednesday afternoon please seek Sam`s assistance by phone, 01785 818682, mobile 07931702776, text or email.
It would be much appreciated if everyone could help in small ways at the start (getting scorecards etc out) and at the end of sessions (loading the dishwasher, checking the windows are closed and the room is tidy) don't leave the director to do everything!
Presently volunteers are requested to act as stand bys on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, please contact Terry if you are willing to do either of these dates.
If you would like to try your hand at scoring or directing please contact Terry Maltby or Michael Metcalf, more volunteers for these duties are always needed.
At all club sessions please arrive at least 15 minutes before play is due to start, 6:45 for 7 p.m. start, 7 for 7:15 start, 1:15 for 1:30 start. If you are running late please ring the club, 01785 246611, to let the scorer know you are on your way so that they can factor you in when setting up the movement and scoring systems.
A host system runs on Tuesday evenings whereby if you arrive at the club without a partner not later than 7 p.m. then the "stand by" for that evening will be called in to play with you.
2018 EBU Master Point Promotions
Three Star Premier Master (20,000 MPs incl 10GP)
One Star Master (10,000 MPs)
Advanced Master (7,500 MPs)
Master (5,000 MPs)
County Master (2,500 MPs)
District Master (1,000 MPs)
Area Master (500 MPs)
Club Master (200 MPs)
Local Master (100 MPs)
For 2017 and earlier entries see website. See also the leader board.
A number of members sadly have health issues effecting their immune systems. Members are politely asked to refrain from playing at the club when suffering from infections. Super clean hands too at all times please to prevent any infection passing via the cards.
It was decided at a recent meeting to hold the Bryan Baker handicapped pairs event on an ad hoc basis alternating between a Monday afternoon one year and a Friday evening the next. For 2018 it was to be on a Friday and it was finally played with a double hesitation Mitchell movement on Friday 30th November 2018 and the winners, after the handicap applied, were Ros & Clair, lovely to have new names on the trophy board. Second were Duncan & Margaret and third Frank & Sandy. Many thanks to Terry for the effort of having the handicaps ready prepared for the last several Fridays.
Eventually the two competitions were amalgamated into one single double hesitation movement. Anne & Kath retained their 2017 title in the ladies' group with Deirdre & Shirley second and Rose & Ann third. Between the top three men's pairs there was less than 1.5% with Ivor & Mike winners by a short head from Peter & Dave just ahead of John & Geoffrey. Many thanks are due to David for running the event as the non-playing director, scorer and cameraman. The chaps were all so quickly away at the end, indeed before the final scores were in, that no picture was taken of them. David had to spend happy hours with photoshop to get the picture!!!
The winners of the Arthur Bloxham Trophy were regular Wednesday players Penny & Liz, with Paul & Linda second and a tie for third between Adrienne & Harry and Alan Walters & Clare Lord. David was a non playing director, scorer and cameraman - many thanks David. This competition is primarily intended for regular Wednesday afternoon players and although anyone may take part only players who have attended 20 Wednesday sessions or more over the last 12 months are eligible for a prize. Previously this was known as the restricted pairs even.t
Click here for the scratch results of Round 1 played 11th October and here for scratch results for round 2 played 8th November. Round 2 results that include the handicap will be confirmed later. The full results of this handicapped event for round 1 were (scratch, handicap, total): 1. Maltby (4, 23, 27), 2. Eaves (4. 9, 13), 3. Hensby (-6, 18, 12), 4. Davies (46, -35, 11), 5. Clarke (20, -12, 8), 6. Seymore (37, -30, 7), 7. Metcalf (-9, 1, -8), 8. Drinkwater (-25, -9, -34). 9. Sleightholme (-71, 35, -36).
Twelve Stafford members, with mixed success, took part in the leagues during the 2017/18 season, six in division 1 and six in division 2. The final division 1 result only came in on May 17th! Congratulations to Geoff, who played in second placed Roger Keane's team along with Paul Cutler and David Beavon all of whom took part in the Shelley at Stafford during 2017/18. In the second division the Sleightholme team squeezed into 2nd place by just one point and thus gain promotion to the first division. The SSCBA League Results are also shown on the EBU site.
A very successful event, 7 tables, with the new club captain, Terry, in charge. The winners were Graham & Geoff, Pam & Mike came second with Pat & Steve third. Congratulations all, not least to Terry for all the organisation both beforehand and on the night. Your webmaster apologies for using an archive picture.
To give all members an opportunity to take part SBC, new Captain Terry entered the club in to 3 separate events, each with a commentary. On the Tuesday and Wednesday all the table money was given to the charity. On the Friday players were invited to make individual donations and raised £106.60 which was added to the donated entry money of £19.00 and money raised at Friday morning lessons to a total of £136.60, Tuesday raised £120 and Wednesday £104.92 making a grand total of £361.52 which was sent off to ECATS 15/11/18 by Adrienne - profuse thanks received from the organisers. If you wish to look at the full results click here and then select the day, Friday, Tuesday or Wednesday, with options on the right hand side for overall, zonal, national or club listings. With sim pairs the ranking order overall may not be the same as for the Stafford session and the results can arrive at ECATS some time after the event so will continue to change until all partaking clubs have sent in their results. Best placed overall from Stafford were Friday players, Dave and Lesley, coming 26th but 5th in Stafford on the night! Jane and Simon first on the same night at Stafford came 38th overall (as at 16/11/18). Nicky and Eleanor, second at Stafford on Friday, were the only others from Stafford being placed in the first hundred of their event.
Despite the group using the showground there were five full tables so David ran the Sumner Cup. The results were:
Wednesday players were canvassed on July 4th when they voted in favour of taking part in this SSCBA event. 8 tables eventually played at Stafford with Ivor & Michael being the heat winners (4th overall). Gina & Wendy came second at Stafford (11th overall) and Beryl & Terry third (23rd overall). Many thanks to Terry, who acted as both director and scorer, for the session which ran like clockwork. The full results are available on the County website where the results have now all been combined, the combining process changes the order as compared with the Stafford results, a quirk of sim pair events! A total of 38½ tables participated at 5 clubs, Eccleshall, Newcastle, Stafford, Wolverhampton and Wrekin.
SSCBA Mixed Pairs - Played on Thursday 14th June at Wolverhampton
Very good to see 4 Stafford pairs taking part in this event. The winners being Stafford members Kath Adams & John Hartley. A most enjoyable all play all event.
A good turn out, 8 tables, but sadly the defending champions not able to take part this year. The winners were Rose & Alan with 62.7%, second Terry & Carol (a first time partnership?) with 58.2% and Ivor & Pat third with 57.1%. A good advertisement for Robin's lessons, three out of the top four players regularly attend the lessons. Congratulations all.
The competition was played on 15th February 2018. 8 teams, something of a director's nightmare! David put a lot of preparation in to make sure the 8 team movement ran smoothly and had time to take the pictures at the end! Winners Beryl & Michael M, Deirdre & Michael S, second Ivor & Pat, David & Janet and third John & Ann, Clare & Liz.
The winter annual event was played on a Monday this time, Monday 29th January
The winners at Stafford were Joy and Malcolm with Terry & Garry coming second and Pat Martin & Shirley Elphick third. Unfortunately board 4 was mis-boarded after round 3 so both the Stafford and the SSCBA combined results for 37½ tables, have made adjustment for this. Joy & Malcolm have come 2nd overall, many congratulations. Ann apologies for getting the PC and tablets confused amongst themselves during the session, luckily there is nothing the matter with the tablet's memory! Pam & Rachael playing at Chasetown were 3rd overall. The commentaries and hands are now available at the club and the hands also shown alongside the results.
The Dash Trophy competition was played Thursday 18th January 2018. Despite the 'flu keeping some away there were 9 tables for this handicap pairs competition. After the application of the handicaps the winners were Mike & Robin with Beryl & Michael 2nd and Glyn and Derrick 3rd. Picture courtesy of Eleanor.
Apologies for the delay. The results are finally confirmed as:
Many thanks to David Drinkwater, the non-playing director for the session in addition to his role as club photographer.
Towards the end of the session, three pairs were in serious contention for winning the trophy. Anthea and Eileen were leading and then into the penultimate round Pat & Carys had a good percentage lead and photographer even tipped off Pat to be available for the photo shoot. Then came the final three boards to see Anthea & Eileen finish third Pat & Carys second and the winners (who in fact had been lying second for much of the afternoon) were Adrienne & Harry on 66.67%.
A very good turn out for the club pairs,9½ tables played on October 19th. Ivor & Robin coming up on the rails at the end in a tight finish retained their title of last year, with Graham & Geoff second and Peter & Dave in third place. A number of Robin's class took part for the first time, great to see so many new faces.
The detailed final scores are up on the notice board. The winners were the Eaves team who came up from second place at the end of Round 6 to leap into the lead in round 7. 2nd Team Drinkwater, 3rd Team Pugh, 4th Team Jones, 5th Team Clarke, 6th Team Davies, 7th Team Sleightholme, 8th Team Metcalf, 9th Team Ullmer
Results for round 6 played on Thursday 8th March confirmed as: (raw, handicap, total when combined with the earlier rounds): 1. Pugh (-5, 0, 100), 2. Eaves (41, 0, 71), 3. Drinkwater (36, -22, 40), 4. Clarke (20, -25, -49), 5. Jones (-14, -7, -52), 6. Davies (83, -55, -83), 7. Metcalf (-22, -8, -146), 8. Sleightholme (-86, 25, -168), 9. Ullmer (-53, -5, -295). With the handicap the totals add to -97 each month rather than zero.
Round 5 results played on Thursday 8th February now confirmed as: (raw, handicap, total when combined with the earlier rounds): 1. Pugh (32, 0, 105), 2. Eaves (16, 0, 30), 3. Drinkwater (0, -22, 26), 4. Jones (-1, -7, -31), 5. Clarke (+9, -25, -44), 6. Sleightholme (-79, 25, -107), 7. Davies (57, -55, -111), 8. Metcalf (-8, -8, -116), 9. Ullmer (-26, -5, -237). With the handicap the totals add to -97 each month rather than zero.
Round 4 was played on Thursday 11th January. Following a discrepancy the corrected results after round 4 were (raw, handicap, total when combined with the earlier round): 1. Pugh (17, 0, 73), 2. Drinkwater (81, -22, 48), 3. Eaves (20, 0, 14), 4. Jones (6, -7, -23), 5. Clarke (-4, -25, -28), 6. Sleightholme (-77, 25, -53), 7. Metcalf (4, -8, -100), 8. Davies (9, -55, -113), 9. Ullmer (-56, -5, -206).
All 9 teams turned out despite the icy road conditions for Round 3 that was played on Thursday, 14th December. The results, after round 3, were (raw, handicap, total when combined with the earlier round): 1. Pugh (36, 0, 33), 2. Clarke (3, -22, 1), 3. Sleightholme (-14, 25, -1), 4. Eaves (-12, 0, -6), 5.Drinkwater (-13, -22, -11), 6. Jones (2, -7, -22), 7. Davies (25, -55, -67), 8. Metcalf (11, -8, -73), 9. Ullmer (-38, -5, -145).
The results from the second round played on 9th November were confirmed by Mike as being (raw, handicap, total when combined with the earlier round): 1. Drinkwater (30, -22, 24), 2. Clarke (47, -25, 23), 3.Eaves (-15, 0, 6), 4. Pugh (-9, 0, -3), 5. Sleightholme (-29, 25, -12), 6. Jones (-4, -7, -17), 7. Davies (42, -55, -37), 8. Metcalf (-17, -8, -76), 9. Ullmer (-45, -5, -102).
Nine teams of four took part in the opening round of the Shelley competition played Thursday 12th October. There were several spectacular slam hands. The results from the first round were (18.10.17) confirmed as being (raw, handicap, combined): 1.Eaves (21, 0, 21), 2. Drinkwater (38, -22, 16), 3. Clarke (26, -25, 1), 4. Pugh (6, 0, 6), 5. Jones (1, -7, -6), 6. Sleightholme (-33, 25, -8), 7. Davies (31, -55, -24), 8. Metcalf (-43, -8, -51), 9. Ullmer (-47, -5, -52).
As there were an odd number of complete tables, thus an easy movement, on Thursday 14th the decision was made to play the competition. A fair few of past and present committee members were there to agree to this on the spot decision. The results were:
9 tables took part in this event at Stafford (Ed thinks more tables than at any of the other clubs taking part). Many thanks are due to David for ensuring that the event ran smoothly not only by dealing the cards beforehand but also directing and scoring on the night. Such is the scoring system that when the results are combined with those from other clubs the order of pairs may be changed from that at their local club. This year the winners at each location get a prize in addition to the overall winners, 1st at Stafford were Geoff and Graham, 2nd Deirdre & Michael and 3rd Rachael and Alan. It was good to see so many of Robin's class taking part and others who are not regular Tuesday evening players.
Mixed Pairs were Thursday 23rd March. The winners were Sylvia & Glyn just ahead of David & Janet with Robin & Ann not far behind in third place. A good evening with six tables, but for illness would heve been even more as with the recent teams event.
The President's Cup was played Sunday March 12th. 12 players on each team. The Captain's team were the victors by quite a few imps. Pat and Liz laid on a wonderful tea, many thanks. A very enjoyable stress free afternoon with some interesting hands thrown in. After Thursday's excitement with the tablets it was back to scoring by hand - movement would have taken a while to set up on the tablets but maybe next year..........
Congratulations Liz, Adrienne and Harry. In 2016 the top Local Master Point scorers in the club, as recorded by the EBU,were Liz (1150), Adrienne and Harry (1090). The EBU year runs Jan-Dec the SBC year runs Apr-Mar so there will be differences.
SSCBA No Fear Pairs was played on Thursday 23rd February at Wolverhampton. 8 of Robin's pupils took part, 2 more had to cancel late on unfortunately. All SBC players played EW. A wonderful lunch was laid on as ever and there were 14 tables. A very enjoyable day.