Children in Need Sim Pairs - November
The late Geoff Thomas made the club a generous donation in his will. This has been used to purchase a trophy for the winners of the 65 club competition and Adrienne has had the cup engraved with the names of the past winners.
Geoff played primarily at Wolverhampton but also at Stafford on Wednesday afternoons, with Peter Tallon, Audrey Clarke, Sylvia Hilton, Polly Green and Peggie McCombie. Geoff also played in the SSCBA league and came occasionally to the Stafford American Suppers.
Should you require a partener 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!
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.
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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.
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.
In the event 7 teams took part, the eighth team was unable to play due to a tree blown down by storm Doris. The results of the first 3 were very close being:
Well done everyone.
8 tables took part in this handicapped event, could even have been 9 but for illness. The results, including handicaps, were:
Pat and Michael, top at Stafford, have finally, now that all the results are in, come top overall out of 62 pairs, congratulations both, see the County site for the combined results. It has been nip and tuck with a pair from Oswestry originally showing as top and, as more results came in, Pat and Michael finally pipped them to the winners spot. A commentary on the hands was available. Stafford is indebted to John Withers for dealing the cards while Stafford Duplimate machine being serviced.
Stafford entered 6½ tables in the Children in Need sim pairs on Tuesday, November 15th. The overall results and individual placings. Always interesting to see how the relative positions of club members change when the scores combined with others. The final total raised by SBC was £182, many thanks to all who contributed to this
The Arthur Bloxham Trophy was played on Wednesday 9th November. The winners were Harry & Adrienne, now regular Wednesday players - just making the entry requirement of 20 Wednesday sessions, with Sylvia and Pauline 2nd and Ruth and Helen 3rd. Congratulations all.
Despite a number of players sadly having to pull out at the last minute due to illness there were 8 tables on the night. With a convincing win new partnership, Ivor & Robin, were top of the leader board from David D & Janet in second place with another new partnership of Steve and David A in third spot. Congratulations all.
Round 7 was played Thursday 13th April. Unfortunately a player had to pull out at the very last minute so team 1 missing caused the director to scratch his head a bit! The results after round 7 played Thursday 13h April including the handicaps were: 1. Ullmer 109, 2. Davies 57, 3. Clarke -46, 4. Metcalf -94, 5 Drinkwater -123 , 6. Laughlin -148, 7. Jones -215, 8. Eaves -219, 9. Sleightholme -238. The handicaps are such that each month the totals will be -131 so anyone with a positive score has done really well! Many congratulations to 2016/17 winning team Ullmer players, Sylvia, Rose, Helen, Dave and Peter.
The results after round 6 played Thursday 9th March including the handicaps were: 1. Ullmer 83, 2. Davies 60, 3. Clarke -44, 4. Metcalf -83, 5 Drinkwater -91 , 6. Laughlin -103, 7. Jones -163, 8. Eaves -210, 8. Sleightholme -235.
The results after Round 5, including the handicaps, played Thursday 9th February were: 1. Ullmer 90, 2. Davies 46, 3. Clarke -36, 4. Metcalf -56, 5. Laughlin -92, 6. Jones -113, 7. Drinkwater -124 , 8. Sleightholme -181, 9. Eaves -189
The results after Round 4, including the handicaps, played Thursday 12th January were: 1. Davies 58, 2. Ullmer 41, 3. Laughlin -40, 4. Drinkwater -54, 5. Clarke -58, 6. Metcalf -62, 7. Jones -74, 8. Eaves -135, 9. Sleightholme -200 . The handicaps are such that each month the totals will be -131.
The results after Round 3 played Thursday 8th December including the handicaps were: 1. Laughlin 74, 2. Davies 36, 3. Ullmer 1, 4. Metcalf -18, 5. Drinkwater -48, 6. Clarke -91, 7. Eaves -99, 8. Jones -100 9. Sleightholme -148, . The handicaps are such that each month the totals will be -131 so anyone with a positive score has done really well!
including the handicaps were: 1. Laughlin 57, 2. Drinkwater 13, 3. Davies 9, 4. Metcalf -15, 5. Clarke -19, 6. Ullmer -22, 7. Eaves -82, 8. Sleightholme -93, 9. Jones -110.
including the handicaps were: 1. Davies 35 (89 imps, -54 handicap), =2. Ullmer 17 (7, +10), =2 Laughlin 17 (52, -35) , 4. Metcalf 7 (17, -10), 5. Clarke -9 (26, -35), 6. Drinkwater -19 (13, -32), 7. Sleightholme -46 (-71, +25), 8. Eaves -65(-60 -5), 9. Jones -68 (-73, +5).
There had been some questioning of the decision to stage the Summer Cup on an ad hoc basis when suitable numbers were present on a Thursday evening in recent years. After discussion at a recent committee meeting, it was decided to continue with the ad hoc basis. The Summer Cup was eventually played on Thursday 8th September there being exactly seven tables. Teams were selected by lot. The winners were David & Janet playing with Geoff & Graham, second David A & Margaret playing with Glyn & Derrick and third Anne & John Seymour playing with Liz & Michael S. A most enjoyable evening and congratulations to the winners.
Six clubs, Basford, Chasetown, Newcastle, Oswestry, Stafford and Wolverhampton took part in the S&SCBA sim pairs on Monday 15th August, making a total of 37 tables. The winners were Penny Grocott & Albert Pankhurst playing at Basford, second Paul Leese & Harold Godwin playing at Newcastle and third Nat White & Mary Bound playing at Oswestry Congratulations to you all. Best placed Stafford members were Geoff Davies & John Seymour, playing at Newcastle, coming 4th overall. Best placed of those that played at Stafford were Malcolm Roberts & Janet Woodward coming 8th.
The mixed pairs were played on Thursday 24th March with 11 pairs including a visiting pair. The results were first Michael and Deirdre, second Robin and Ann and third Pat and Ivor. The visitors actually had the second highest score but, as visitors, were not placed in the event.
The results were:
1. David & Janet and Ivor & Pat
2. Paul & Linda and Glyn & Derrick
3. Peter & Dave and David & Margaret
The County Sim Pairs were played on Tuesday 26th January at 6 clubs including Stafford, a total of 37½ tables, 6½ from Stafford. The winners were Ruth Timmins & Ron Stevenson playing at Eccleshall. Runners up were Geoff Davies & Paul Cutler playing at Stafford. Second placed in Stafford were Adrienne & Harry, they came 9th overall after the scoring was completed and verified.
Handicapped pairs competition. First Micheal Seavers & Pat Martin, second Ivor & Liz, third Rachael & Pam Allen, fourth Rose & Ann and fifth Dave & Peter. Sixteen pairs took part this year. Apologies to all for the delay in publishing the result, a slight technical hitch! Many congratulations to Michael and Pat, they are not a regular partnership. Pat on great form, she went on to win EW on Friday too with a player she has never partnered before!