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.
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!
After the seventh and eventful final round of the Shelley handicapped teams competition played on 12th April the first three positions are:
Full details (round 7 raw result and combined figures) are 1st Laughlin (+45, +108), 2nd Metcalf (47, +95), 3rd Whiteman (-71, +83), 4th Ullmer (-11, +42), 5th Drinkwater (-6, -24), 6th Eaves (-14, -39), 7th Pitt (-82, -48), 8th Clarke (+41, -59), 9th Sleightholme (-48, -64), 10th Davies (+99, -143) . The handicap totals -7 so the results will be "out" each month by -7.
After the sixth round of the Shelley handicapped teams competition played on 10th March the positions are, (round 6 raw result and combined figures) are 1st Whiteman (-57, +120), 2nd Laughlin (+67, +78), 3rd Metcalf (-13, +42), 4th Ullmer (-39, +25), 5th Drinkwater (+44, +9), 6th Pitt (-50, -11), 7th Eaves (-4, -23), 8th Sleightholme (-18, -37), 9th Clarke (+26, -65), 10th Davies (+44, -180) . The handicap totals -7 so the results will be "out" each month by -7.
After the fifth round of the Shelley handicapped teams competition played on 11th February the positions are, (round 5 raw result and combined figures) are 1st Whiteman (-17, +143), 2nd Metcalf (+30, +49), 3rd Ullmer (-56, +36), 4th Laughlin (+43, +26), 5th Pitt (-47, -6), 6th Drinkwater (-23, -8), 7th Eaves (+34, -17), 8th Sleightholme (-27, -40), 9th Clarke (+43, -56), 10th Davies (+20, -162) . The handicap totals -7 so the results will be "out" each month by -7. Next round to be played on March 10th.
After the fourth round of the Shelley handicapped teams competition played on 14th January the positions are, (round 4 raw result and combined figures) are 1st Whiteman (-16, +126), 2nd Ullmer (+28, +64), 3rd Drinkwater (-2, +42), 4th Metcalf (-8, +13), 5th Laughlin (+40, -2), 6th Pitt (-52, -4), 7th Sleightholme (-52, -34), 8th Eaves (+39, -49), 9th Clarke (+38, -64), 10th Davies (+13, -120) . The handicap totals -7 so the results will will be "out" each month by -7.
After the third round of the Shelley handicapped teams competition played on 10th December the positions are, (round 3 raw result and combined figures) are 1st Whiteman (-19, +108), 2nd Drinkwater (+59, +71), 3rd Ullmer (-48, +36), 4th Metcalf (24, +15), 5th Pitt (-33, +3), 6th Sleightholme (-9, -3), 7th Laughlin (-16, -27), 8th Clarke (-5, -67), 9th Davies (+53, -71), 10th Eaves (-6, -86). The handicap totals -7 so the results will will be "out" each month by -7.
Result for the Bryan Baker. After the handicap adjustments the placings were:
1st Ann Stevenson & Ernie Houghton (Ernie retained his title from last year!)
2nd Adrienne & Harry Jones
3rd Janet & David Drinkwater
Well done everyone, and, thank you to those that made the lovely tea. This time the scorers gave a bit more of a headache, they still remembered which table they were at on Thursday causing David a few extra grey hairs!
Despite early reluctance to enter by some there was a very good attendance on the day, the results were:
Many congratulations to you all. Courtesy of Mr Google and an Edinburgh Club, who put instructions on the "net", SBC's first time for scoring two simultaneous events with our "newish" BridgeTabs went more or less hitch free too! An enjoyable night all round.
After the second round of the Shelley handicapped teams competition the positions are, (round 2 raw result, handicap and combined figures) are 1st Whiteman (0, 34, 93), 2nd Ullmer (23, +28, +56), 3rd Drinkwater (46, -27, 39), 4th Laughlin (-21, -15, 4), 5th Pitt (-43, +45, -9), =6th Sleightholme (-10, +21, -15), =6th,Metcalf (-15, 6, -15), 8th Clarke (14, -35, -27), 9th Davies (43, -62, -62), 10th Eaves (-37, -2, -78), The handicap totals -7 so the results will will be "out" each month by -7.
Stafford entered in the Children in Need Sim Pairs on Tuesday 10th November. Nationally the best pairs at Stafford were both EW pairs, Mike Sherrff & Ivor Clarke and Deirdre Newsome & Michael Seavers: sadly not "Top of the leader board", at the time of writing 18:41, 15/11/2015, overall 32nd and 44th respectively out of 2069 pairs, results probably final. £139.80 was raised on the night at the club for Children in Need
Congratulations to Sylvia Hilton & Pauline Goggin, winners of The Arthur Bloxham Trophy with 2nd Anne Smith & Sam Holden and 3rd Joyce & Tony Brew. Bill Chester & Alan Westwood, not being regular Wednesday afternoon players were not eligible to be placed in this competition.
The event was played on Thursday 22nd October 2015. 18 pairs took part with Deidre Newsome & Michael Seavers winning, Mike Sherriff & Pam Ewan second and Harry & Adrienne Jones third. Congratulations all.
The first round of the Shelley handicapped teams competition got off to an excellent start on 8th October with 10 teams this year. Ten teams gave David something of a director's nightmare but with some careful planning all went very smoothly (movements for 9 or 11 teams are much easier!). Round 1 results, raw, handicap and combined figures are 1st Whiteman (25, 34, 59), 2nd Laughlin (55, -15, 40), 3rd Drinkwater (47, -27, 20), 4th Ullmer (-23, +28, +5), 5th Clarke (29, -35, -6), 6th,Metcalf (-12, 6, -6), 7th Pitt (-56, +45, -11), 8th Sleightholme (-47, +21, -26), 9th Eaves (-37, -2, -39), 10th Davies (19, -62, -43). The handicap totals -7 so the results will will be "out" each month by -7.
The match was well supported with 8 pairs from each Club, it was a most enjoyable event with a delicious buffet. The result was a clear victory for Stone!!!
As for the last two years the summer cup was played spontaneously when a suitable quorum was assembled. The results were:
Congratulations, Pat, Geoff, David and Ernie
Played 29th October 2009
1st Janet Drinkwater and Margaret Dash
2nd Pam Allen and Rachael Ashmore
3rd Maureen Allard and Joan Bradshaw
1st Derrick Balsom and Glyn Pugh
2nd Geoff Davies and John Sheppee
3rd= Alan Walters and Tony Aspras
3rd= Alan Ashmore and Michael Seavers
Played 4th November 2009
1st Leila Paull and Olive Morgan
2nd Bryan Purslow and Sheila Palmer
3rd Carys Catchpole and Shirley Elphick
Stafford Club Teams of Four: 24th November 2009
Margaret Dash, Arthur Bloxham,
Geoff Davies, John Sheppee
Derek Skinner, John Eaves,
Rachael & Alan Ashmore
Pat Andrews, Michael Seavers
Janet & David Drinkwater
Pauline Goggin, Alan Walters
Beryl & Michael Metcalf
Ivor Clarke, David Alderson
Pam Ewan, Shirley Elphick
Sylvia Ullmer, Ann Stevenson
Ann & John Whiteman
Congratulations to the winning team 5
Played 23rd March 2010
1st Linda and Paul Laughlin
2nd= Mike Sherriff and Pam Ewan
2nd= Pat Andrews and Ivor Clarke
1st Linda & Dave Rowley
2nd Janet & David Drinkwater
3rd Alan Ashmore & Mike Sherriff
Congratulations to Linda & Dave
The final round of the 2014/15 Shelley competition was played on Thursday 16th April. The results following the final round, with the inclusion of the handicaps, were: Sleightholme (166), Lord (69), Clarke (36), Davies (7), Laughlin (-11), Ullmer (-20), Eaves (-78), Metcalf (-93) and Drinkwater (-167). The handicaps are such that the scores for each month total -13 after inclusion of the handicap.
Club Mixed Pairs were played Thursday 26th March, there were 7½ tables for this event. The top three pairs fairly well separated with winners Ivor & Pat (67.01%), second Dave & Ann (61.11%) and third Sylvia & Glyn (55.90%). The next three pairs were much closer with a tie for 4th and 6th only a short head behind. Next stop, the County Mixed/Flitch pairs on Wednesday June 10th.
The results following the sixth round of the Shelley, played on March 12th, with the inclusion of the handicaps were: Sleightholme (154), Lord (46), Clarke (40), Ullmer (-10), Davies (-12), Laughlin (-31), Metcalf (-44), Eaves (-45), and Drinkwater (-176). The handicaps are such that the scores for each month total -13 after inclusion of the handicap. Please note, the last round of the Shelley will be played on April 16th so as to avoid preparations for the away weekend.
The Captain's team challenged the President's team for the annual teams event. This fun social event took place on Sunday March 15th, the President's team retained the trophy for another year by an undisclosed margin. Sadly the club photographer had still not recovered well enough from his recent illness to attend and the substitute camera woman's tablet was not up to the job as you can see. A wonderful selection of "eats" was produced and the tables looked splendid with beautiful table cloths. Everyone came away with a prize (thank you, Liz) and a bunch of daffodils (thank you, Beryl). We all wish David and Janet a speedy recovery, they were much missed at this event.
The results following the fifth round of the Shelley, played on February 12th, with the inclusion of the handicaps were: Sleightholme (139), Lord (33), Davies (25), Ullmer (20), Clarke (17), Metcalf (-39), Laughlin (-44), Eaves (-101), and Drinkwater (-115). The handicaps are such that the scores for each month total -13 after inclusion of the handicap.
Five clubs, including Stafford, who play on a Tuesday night took part this year. Apologies, it appears that the boards did not match the booklets! The wrong booklets were sent so Stafford's actual results should still be valid as the correct boards were played! Best placed Stafford pair were 6th overall Mike Sherriff & Pam Ewan, just ahead of Geoff & Robin in 7th place with Derrick & Glyn in 9th place.
The Dash Handicap Pairs event was played 22nd January with 8 tables taking part. After handicapping taken in to account the result was extremely close!
1st. Peter Collier & Dave Rowley 55.82%
2nd. Liz Clarke & Clare Lord 55.77%
3rd. Sylvia Ullmer & Helen Jones. 55.16%
The results following the fourth round of the Shelley, played on January 8th, with the inclusion of the handicaps were: Sleightholme (83), Clarke (33), Lord (31), Davies (17), Ullmer (-8), Metcalf (-42), Eaves (-47), Laughlin (-55) and Drinkwater (-64). The handicaps are such that the scores for each month total -13 after inclusion of the handicap.
The results following the third round of the Shelley with the inclusion of the handicaps are: Sleightholme (90), Clarke (44), Lord (29), Ullmer (19), Davies (17), Eaves (-23), Metcalf (-63), Drinkwater (-67) and Laughlin (-85). The handicaps are such that the scores for each month total -13 after inclusion of the handicap.
The results following the second round of the Shelley with the inclusion of the handicaps are: Sleightholme (50), Davies (38), Clarke (37), Lord (25), Ullmer (-7), Eaves (-19), Drinkwater (-29), Metcalf (-51) and Laughlin (-70). The handicaps are such that the scores for each month total -13 after inclusion of the handicap.
A thank you to those who took part in this nation wide and beyond sim pairs event. The top Stafford pair were Paul and Linda who came 43rd out of 2019 pairs. There were some challenging hands and an interesting booklet giving much food for thought. £203 was raised for Children in need on the night and subsequent donations at other sessions.
16 pairs took part in the Wednesday afternoon competition for the Arthur Bloxham Trophy. The results have now been corrected - with apologies - and the winners are Audrey Ratcliffe & Anthea Dean with 64.58%, 2nd Ghayur & Pauline and 3rd Adrienne & Harry. Well done all.
The winners were Geoff & Robin (66.37%) from Pam A & Rachael (60.05%) in second place and Mike & Pam E (57.67%) third; congratulations to you all. There was a very good turn out for the event, including plenty from Robin's class taking part.
The results following the first round of the Shelley with the inclusion of the handicaps are: Sleightholme (84), Lord (19), Davies (2), Clarke (-5), Ullmer (-9), Drinkwater (-14), Eaves (-15), Laughlin(-31) and Metcalf (-44). The handicaps are such that the scores for each month total -13 after inclusion of the handicap.
After handicapping taken into account the winners were Ernie and Ghayur (56.17), second Rachael & Alan (54.85) with Leila & Christine (53.04) third and Ivor & Liz (52.83) fourth. Great tea laid on by Sylvia and her team! A fun afternoon at the club while "Bargain Hunt" was filmed outside!
As last year this event was played on the spur of the moment on Tuesday 19th August when there were 7 tables. It is a handicapped event so it was decided that the pairs sitting at the tables would become a team. The results were:
The winners for the 2013/14 Shelley competition were Team Davies (+144), second Team Sleightholme (+94), third Whiteman (+42), then teams Clarke (+12), Drinkwater (-10), Ullmer (-27), Eaves (-45), Laughlin (-70), Metcalf (-167). Many congratulations to Team Davies who won this handicapped event by a country mile despite their very large negative handicap
The winners were Deirdre & Michael, second Ruth & Peter and third Linda & Paul in this keenly contested competition. Congratulations to you all.
A perfect number, 32, took part in the event this year making 4 teams for the Captain and 4 for the President. Each of the 4 teams played each of the opposing 4 teams, 6 boards per match. Players of all abilities and from all sessions at the club took part. A good fun event with a great afternoon tea thrown in! Picture shows the victorious Captain holding the cup - congratulations to his team.
Results after Round 6, including the handicap, were Davies (+113), Sleightholme (+100), Drinkwater (+38), Whiteman (+2), Ullmer (-5), Clarke (-5), Eaves (-34), Laughlin (-84), Metcalf (-148). Please note handicapping adds in -4 in each round so scores should now total -24 after six rounds.
Results after Round 5, including the handicap, are Davies (+99), Sleightholme (+75), Drinkwater (+51), Ullmer (+30), Clarke (+1), Whiteman (-7), Laughlin (-46), Eaves (-52), Metcalf (-170). Please note handicapping adds in -4 in each round so scores should now total -20 after five rounds but is one out!!!!
Stafford were among the six clubs in the County who took part in this event. The results can be seen on the link. After scoring for 78 pairs a Stafford member playing at Eccleshall, Cliff Tayer, is in the third on the "leader board", with, in seventh position, Pat Andrews and Michael Seavers best placed Stafford members playing at Stafford.
Eight teams entered this competition played on Thursday 23rd January and the results were:
1st. Beryl & Michael Metcalf and Michael Seavers & Alan Ashmore
2nd. John Eaves & Derek Skinner and Pam Allen & Rachael Ashmore
3rd. John & Ann Whiteman and Clare Lord & Liz Clarke
Congratulations to you all.
Results after Round 4, including the handicap, were Davies (+89), Drinkwater (+58), Clarke (+54), Ullmer (+18), Sleightholme (+16), Whiteman (+8), Laughlin (-46), Eaves (-53), Metcalf (-159). Please note handicapping adds in -4 in each round so scores should now total -16 after four rounds but is one out!!!!
This is a handicap event and after applying the handicap the results were: 1st - Dave Rowley & Peter Collier (63.17%), 2nd - Beryl & Michael (57.83%), 3rd - Paul Laughlin & Anne Hidderley (51.83%) by a whisker (0.08%) from Pam Allen & Rachael Ashmore (51.75%). Congratulations to you all.
Results after Round 3, including the handicap, are Davies (+87), Clarke (+52), Drinkwater (+50), Sleightholme (+37), Eaves (-5), Laughlin (-18), Ullmer (-21), Whiteman (-35), Metcalf (-159). Please note handicapping adds in -4 in each round so scores now total -12 after three rounds.
The Ladies' Pairs were won by Pam Allen & Rachael Ashmore with Janet Drinkwater & Margaret Dash in second place and Shirley Elphick & Deirdre Newsome in third place.
The Men's Pairs were won by Ivor Clarke & Mike Sherriff, second Alan Ashmore & Michael Seavers and third equal Glyn Pugh & Derrick Balsom, Derek Skinner & John Eaves.
Results after Round 2, including the handicap, are Davies (+63), Sleightholme (+59), Clarke (+32), Drinkwater (+19), Eaves (+3), Ullmer (-21), Whiteman (-34), Laughlin (-37), Metcalf (-92). Please note handicapping adds in -4 in each round so scores now total -8 after two rounds.
On Tuesday 12th November the club entered the national Sim Pairs event in aid of Children in Need. £232.70 was raised from the Tuesday evening event together with donations from the Wednesday afternoon players, this is nearly £40 more than last year.
There will be some new names on the trophy boards this year, the winners were Ernie & Ken with Beth & Liz Cliffe second and Shirley & Liz Clarke in third place. Congratulations to all but particularly to the new champions. Thanks to David for doing the scoring and to Mike who put in many hours checking facts and figures beforehand.
Another success story for Geoff, this time playing with Rod, at the Summer teams event at Wolverhampton with a score of 155 VPs well ahead of the second placed team.
Following the lack of entries for the official Summer Cup event earlier in June an impromptu decision was taken on Thursday 27th June to play the event then and there as there were 5 full tables on the night. Apologies to anyone who had signed up for the official event and were not offered the chance to play on the day.
The results were
1st Margaret Dash, David Alderson, Ivor Clarke, Mike Sherriff 2nd Pam Allen, Rachael Ashmore, Derrick Balsom, Glyn Pugh 3rd Dave Rowley, Peter Collier, Janet & David Drinkwater
The final round of the 2012/13 Shelley Competition was played on April 11th.
The actual result on the night was: Team Davies +50, Alderson +35, Elphick +32, Drinkwater +28, Laughlin +23, Sleightholme +2, Goggin +1, Metcalf -4, Whiteman -35, Eaves -47, Ullmer -85.
After applying the handicap and accumulating the results over the six rounds the results were: Laughlin +142, Goggin +100, Sleightholme +72, Davies +53, Whiteman +26, Alderson -7, Metcalf -11, Drinkwater -12, Ullmer -44, Eaves -128, Elphick -191
Many congratulations, Linda, Paul, Glyn and Derrick
Following the Stafford heat of the Bearn, on February 28th, the following pairs have qualified for the final:
We wish them well in the final to be played at Stafford.
Many congratulations to Michael and his team.
No new names on the trophy boards this year! Margaret Dash and Janet Drinkwater, who won a few years back, were well ahead of the rest of the field in the Ladies' Pairs . Pat and Ann were second with Sylvia and Helen third. Geoff and Robin retained their title in the Men's Pairs with a slightly reduced lead as compared to last year. Second place was very keenly contested with Glyn and Derrick (2010 winners) on 55.56% and Dave and Peter on 55.09%. Congratulations all. Board 24 was interesting - Ed, sitting North, scored a bottom on this one, EW bid and made 6H!
Many thanks to all who supported this event and to Wednesday and Thursday players and A.N. Other who brought the total to match last year's £196 to send to the charity. Our best placed pair came 64th out of 2063 pairs playing in 117 clubs over 4 Countries when last checked with ECATS.
The winners of this competition, restricted to regular Wednesday afternoon players, were Pat and Agnes. Many congratulations to you both. Pat and Agnes are very frequent Monday and Wednesday afternoon players, they hardly ever miss a session. A very well desrved win and two new names for the trophy board. 2nd were Margaret and Joan with Liz and Beth 3rd. Sadly Z was not able to play and Pauline's "stand-in" partner had not attended the qualifying 20 times on a Wednesday.
The competition got off to a good start on October 18th with a record 11 teams thanks to Mike's organisation beforehand and David's directing on the night. The movement was quite complicated to accommodate some 2 and some 3 board contests! Provisional positions after the first round including handicapping are: Team 4, Goggin (+35), Team 6, Davies (+31), Team 8, Sleightholme (+24), Team 7, Laughlin (+21), Team 1, Drinkwater (+7), Team 9, Alderson (-1), Team 10, Ullmer (-3), Team 2, Whiteman (-17), Team 11, Metcalf (-20), Team 5, Eaves (-31) and Team 3, Elphick (-46). Next round Thursday November 8th.
The dates for the Shelley are the 3rd Thursday in October and February, none in December and the second Thursday in November, January, March and April - 6 Rounds. That is 18th October, 8th November, 10th January, February 21st, March 14th and April 11th. This year there are 11 teams requiring each team to play 30 boards so an early start will be necessary. The teams are (in no particular order!):
A most enjoyable afternoon took place at the club on Sunday 22nd July in the sun!!!! There was no problem at the gate, we were expected and able to park just outside the club in our usual spot. Olive had organised a wonderful spread for the players' afternoon tea. The final results were:1st Pam Allen and Rachael 64.67%2nd Sylvia Hilton & Michael Metcalf 56.94%3rd Ann Stevenson & Paul 54.06%Congratulations to you all.
Janet, David, Ann St & Sylvia
Pat A, Ivor, John W & Clare
Pam E, Mike Sh, Ann Sl & Sam
Glyn, Derrick, Rachael & Pam A
John E, Derek, Deirdre & Shirley
Please note that final round of this competition is now to be held on Thursday 6th September because of possible access problems at the end of August due to the Scope festival.
The Dash is played over seven months on the third Thursday of the month with the same partner. The best five scores over the period are used to decide the winners. Thursday 19th April was the final round and the results are:
1. Glyn Pugh & Derrick Balsom2. Shirley Elphick & Deirdre Newsome3. John Eaves & Derek Skinner
The Individual Trophy, played on Wednesday 18th April, has been won by Mike Sherriff by a length from Robin Adey. Behind Robin by just a short head was Michael Metcalf who in turn was only just ahead of John Whiteman. Congratulations to you all.
After 7 rounds and the handicaps taken into consideration the winning team was Team Sleightholme, second Team Metcalf and third Team Alderson. Full results will be found on - Recent Competitions. Thanks are due to David for keeping a cool head when last minute changes threatened the planned movement and to Mike for doing the scoring, often having to play detective with conflicting results and incomplete cards to work from!
The Mixed Pairs competition was played on March 22nd with the scores all being fairly closely grouped, in the range 50% plus or minus 6.7%. The winners were Margaret Dash and David Alderson with Pam Alan and Derrick Balsom second. Three pairs tied for third place!
Final round of the 2011/12 Shelley played on 12th April 2012
Round 7 card IMPs, handicapped and accumulated Round 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 results.
Teams: 1 - Drinkwater, 2 - Alderson, 3 - Ullmer, 4 - Elphick, 5 - Eaves, 6 - Sleightholme, 7 - Laughlin, 8 - Davies, 9 - Metcalf.
Raw Results for the evening: Drinkwater (+60), Davies (+33), Alderson(+23), Laughlin (+1), Sleightholme(-5), Elphick (-6), Ullmer(-6), Eaves (-22), Metcalf (-78),
Evening after Handicap: Sleightholme (+52), Ullmer (43), Drinkwater (+28), Elphick (-2), Alderson (-9), Laughlin (-13), Davies (-17), Eaves (-36), Metcalf (-46)
Over 7 Rounds: Sleightholme (+327), Metcalf (+110), Alderson (+61), Laughlin (-1), Davies (-12), Ullmer(-28), Eaves (-111), Drinkwater (-155), Elphick (-191)
Round 6 card IMPs, handicapped and accumulated Round 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 results.
The final round will be played on Thursday 12th April
Fifth round of the 2011/12 Shelley played on 8th March 2012 following missed round in February
Round 5 card IMPs, handicapped and accumulated Round 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 results.
The sixth round will be played on Thursday 29th March
The winners were Margaret Dash & David Alderson with runners up Linda & Paul Laughlin tying in second place with David and Janet Drinkwater. Congratulations to you all.
Would board 2 be a good one for the Forum? Most NS pairs made 6 Spades and only bid 2! If EW had led hearts it would have been held to 5, nevertheless everyone missed game. Board 10 had 5 EW, out of the 8, making 3H but one pair bid 4, were doubled and made 2 overtricks!
The results of the Teams of 4 competition on January 26th were 1st: Team Laughlin (by a country mile!), 2nd: Team Drinkwater, 3rd: Team Davies, 4th: Team Ulmer, 5th: Team Seavers, 6th: Team Alderson, 7th: Team Eaves and 8th: Team Sleightholme. Many congratulations Paul, Linda, Derrick & Glyn.
As ever David rose to the occasion having to rearrange the movement from the simple 9 team to an awkward 8 team at the last minute and spent the hours before repreparing the movement cards.
Round 4 (played on 12th January 2012) card IMPs, handicapped and accumulated Round 1, 2, 3 and 4 results.
The fifth round will be played on Thursday 9th February
Third round of the 2011/12 Shelley played on 8th December. When to stay silent and when to overcall! On Board 7 EW could have achieved 6H but how many were brave enough to outbid the NS spades? Board 20 may have caused a few problems with West as dealer taking North's 1 Heart opener giving NS a much better score than if they had bid hearts themselves!
Round 3 card IMPs, handicapped and accumulated Round 1, 2 and 3 results.
Teams: 1 - Drinkwater, 2 - Alderson, 3 - Ullmer, 4 - Elphick, 5 - Eaves, 6 - Sleightholme, 7 - Laughlin, 8 - Davies, 9- Metcalf.
The fourth round will be played on Thursday 12th January
Eight pairs entered each of the Ladies' and Men's pairs events on Thursday, November 24th.
The winning ladies were Pat Andrews and Pam Ewan with runners up Shirley Elphick and Deirdre Newsome just ahead of Sylvia Ulmer and Ann Stevenson.
The winning men were Robin Adey and Geoff Davies with Ivor Clarke and Mike Sherriff tying with David Alderson and Alan Ashmore in second place.
Congratulations to you all.
Apologies for the delay - the webmaster was out when they came through!
Second round of the 2011/12 Shelley. Board 27 may have caused some upsets, a small slam was on, some did not bid to game! Was it only Duplimate who found 7 Diamonds on Board 18?
Round 2 card IMPs, handicapped and accumulated Round 1 and 2 results.
The third round will be played on Thursday 8th December
Team No.1: David Alderson, Peter Collier, Beryl & Michael MetcalfTeam No.2: David & Janet Drinkwater, John & Ann WhitemanTeam No.3: Ivor Clarke, Pat Andrews, Ann Sleightholme, Pauline Goggin Team No.4: John Eaves, Derek Skinner, Joan Bradshaw, Maureen AllardTeam No.5: Mike Sherriff, Pam Ewan, Sylvia Ullmer, Ann StevensonTeam No.6: Paul & Linda Laughlin, Deirdre Newsome, Shirley ElphickTeam No.7: Rachel Ashmore, Pam Allen, Derrick Balsom, Glyn Pugh There will be 6x4 board matches played on June10, July8, July29 & August12 - scratch competition.
Captains to sort out subs if required otherwise refer to Mike.
17 pairs took part in the competition for the Arthur Bloxham Trophy on Wednesday November 2nd. Previously known as the restricted pairs competition this event is open only to regular club Wednesday afternoon players. A Mitchell movement with the last round "arrow switched" was used.
The winners were Anthony Moore and Malcolm Roberts. Many congratulations to you both.
9 teams, including 2 players from Chasetown and 2 players from Wolverhampton, took part in the first round of the 2011/12 Shelley.
Round 1 card IMPs and handicapped results.
The second round will be played on Thursday 10th November
The final round was played on Thursday 11th August and it was a very tight finish with just 8 competition points separating the score of the first team with that of the last. Congratulations Ivor and team with 19 points overall coming just one point ahead of the joint second placed teams with 18 points, David and Sylvia's teams.
Team No.1 Janet & David Drinkwater, Rose Jessop, Olive Morgan, Tony AsprasTeam No.2 Glyn Pugh, Derrick Balsom, Michael & Beryl Metcalf, Joyce & Tony Brew, Michael SeaversTeam No.3 Rachael Ashmore, Pam Allen, Pauline Campbell, Pat Martin, Alan Ashmore, Michael SeaversTeam No.4 John Eaves, Derek Skinner, Clare Lloyd, David AldersonTeam No.5 Pat Andrews, Ivor Clarke, Shirley Elphick, Deirdre Newsome, Joan BradshawTeam No.6 Peter Collier, Dave Rowley, Pauline Goggin, Margaret Dash, Arthur Ballham, Leila Paull, Ann SleightholmeTeam No.7 Pam Ewan, Mike Sherriff, Sylvia Ullmer, Helen Jones, Alan Ashmore
The Summer Cup third round was played on Thursday 14th July.
Well how close is that! Only 5 competiton points separate the first from the last so the final round, to be played on Thursday 11th August, is all important..Team No.1 Janet & David Drinkwater, Olive Morgan & Tony AsprasTeam No.2 Glyn Pugh & Derrick Balsom, Michael Metcalf & Michael SeaversTeam No.3 Rachael Ashmore & Pam Allen, Pauline Campbell & Pat MartinTeam No.4 John Eaves & Derek Skinner, Clare Lloyd & David AldersonTeam No.5 Pat Andrews & Ivor Clarke, Shirley Elphick & Deirdre NewsomeTeam No.6 Margaret Dash & Arthur Ballham, Leila Paull & Ann SleightholmeTeam No.7 Pam Ewan & Mike Sherriff, Sylvia Ullmer & Helen Jones
The Stone match, played on Friday 17th June at Stone, was a very friendly affair. 18 pairs took part, 9 from Stafford and 9 from Stone. The top pair scored 18 points, 2nd 17 points etc. The full results are on the club notice board. Stafford scored a total of 79 points to Stone's 94. Stafford was represented by David and Janet(16), Ivor and Pat(14), Beryl and Michael(13), Mike and Pam(11), Polly and Geoff(8), Rachael and Pam(7), Olive and Ghayur(5), Tony and Rose(4), Sylvia and Ann(1). How good to see members from both the afternoon and evening club sessions taking part.
The Summer Cup , Round 2 - played on Thursday 9th June. The results:
Players on 9th June:
Team No.1 David & Janet Drinkwater, Tony Aspras & Olive Morgan Team No.2 Derrick Balsom & Glyn Pugh, Joyce & Tony Brew Team No.3 Rachael Ashmore & Pam Allen, Alan Ashmore & Michael Seavers Team No.4 Derek Skinner & John Eaves, David Alderson & Clare LordTeam No.5. Ivor Clarke & Pat Andrews, Shirley Elphick & Joan Bradshaw Team No.6 Dave Rowley & Peter Collier, Pauline Goggin & Ann StevensonTeam No.7 Mike Sherriff & Pam Ewan, Sylvia Ullmer & Helen Jones Next round Thursday. 14th July
The Summer Cup started on Thursday May 12th with 7 teams taking part. The results:
Team No.1 David & Janet Drinkwater, Tony Aspras & Rose JessopTeam No.2 Derreck Balsom, Glyn Pugh, Michael Seavers & Michael Metcalf Team No.3 Rachael Ashmore, Pam Allen, Pat Martin & Pauline CampbellTeam No.4 Derek Skinner, John Eaves, David Alderson & Clare LloydTeam No.5. Ivor Clarke, Pat Andrews, Shirley Elphick & Deirdre Newsome Team No.6 Dave Rowley, Peter Collier, Pauline Goggin & Ann SleightholmeTeam No.7 Mike Sherriff, Pam Ewan, Sylvia Ullmer & Ann Stevenson Next round June 9th
Congratulations to you all.
The final round of The Dash Competition was played on April 21st. Ivor and David had an excellent final round and came in well ahead of the 2nd placed pair who had been in the lead at the start of the evening.
Ivor Clarke & David Alderson
Pauline Goggin & Ann Sleightholme
Michael & Beryl Metcalf
Congratulations to Ivor & David
The Individual Trophy, played on Wednesday 20th April, has been won by Pat Andrews with Sylvia Ullmer second just ahead of Ivor Clarke in 3rd place. Congratulations to all three. There were 16 players competing, the perfect number of this event. Each player played 2 boards with each of the other 15 players, 30 boards altogether. Something of a nightmare for David doing the scoring with each player submitting a scoresheet, some more legible than others!
Congratulations to the Captain and his team, David, Janet, Pat and Alan. This is the second competition at the club within a month where David has captained the winning team, Janet better clear a large area for all the cups!
Overall results for the Shelley
The winning team, by a couple of country miles, was David Drinkwater's followed by Pauline Campbell's with third, not far behind, Mike Sherriff's. These three were the only teams, out of the eight, with positive scores for the evening!!!
Congratulations to Margaret and Arthur for winning this closely contested event, less than two and a half percentage points separated first from third place. In second place were Pam and Mike and third were Beryl and Michael.
Round 6, played 10th March, card IMPs, handicapped results and running total scores
* Team 3 result after 5 matches will be adjusted later on
Congratulations to Pam Ewan and Pat Andrews on winning the Ladies' pairs event with Margaret Dash and Janet Drinkwater, the defending champions, as the runners up. The event had been put off from the autumn and by happy coincidence 8 pairs had entered the pairs event and 8 pairs, mostly chaps, had not. This led to a great arrangement the ladies played North/South and the gents played East/West. The illustration does not reflect this correctly!!!
Round 5 (played 10th February 2011) card IMPs, handicapped results and running total scores.
18/3/2011 Apologies all, your webmaster had "cut and pasted" the wrong intermediate table on to the website, the handicaps themselves rather than the results after the handicaps!!!! The running total table was correct. Hopefully all correct now, only one keen reader spotted the mistake.
* Team 3 result after 4 matches will be adjusted later on
Teams: 1 - Alderson, 2 - Bradshaw, 3 - Campbell, 4 - Davies, 5 - Drinkwater, 6 - Eaves, 7 - Laughlin, 8 - Metcalf, 9 - Ullmer.
The session played on January 27th decided the Bearn qualifiers being:
First reserves: Beryl and Michael Metcalf
Second Reserves: Clare Lord and Ann Sleightholme
John Eaves and Derek Skinner were the winners of 2010/11 club pairs event played on January 20th. One new name for the trophy boards and one second appearance - congratulations to you both. Thanks to Mike 16 pairs competed and the top three places were keenly contested with less than 3 percentage points between them. Runners up were David and Janet Drinkwater by a very short head - 1 match point - from the third pair, 2009/10 men's pairs winners, Derrick Balsom and Glyn Pugh.
The 4th round of the Shelley was played on Thursday 13th January with all 9 teams participating.
Round 4 card IMPs, handicapped results and running total scores
* Team 3 result after 3 matches will be adjusted later on.
All 9 teams took part in the third round of the Shelley to celebrate the reopening of the club following the ice, snow and the car park resurfacing. Mike has done battle with the score cards, not all were in complete agreement!!!!!!
Round 3 card IMPs, handicapped results and running total scores
* Team 3 result after 2 matches will be adjusted later on
Round 2 card, handicapped and running total scores Apologies for the delay, a little computer language problem with interpreting the results from Mike's spreadsheet onto the webmaster's spreadsheet. In the process some of the handicapped results not correctly read by webmaster.
Something of a dream movement for the director as all 9 teams were present the move at the end of each round was the same every time, players down 2 tables, cards down 1!
* Team 3 result after 1 match will be adjusted later on
Played 21st April 2010
Congratulations, Ivor, winner of the individual competition on Wednesday 21st April. Margaret Dash and John Sheppee were joint equal runners up.
Following the final round of the competition played on 13th May the results are:
1st Team Davies
2nd Team Alderson
3rd Team Laughlin
Congratulations all. The final result, after applying the handicaps to the combined scores over the 6 months period of the competition, can be seen on the results page..
Played 6th June 2010
1st - Rachael Ashmore & Ghayur Zaidi
2nd - David Drinkwater & Mike Sherriff
3rd - Leila Paull & Ivor Clarke
Congratulations to you all. (Apologies Pat and Leila for earlier error.)
Results of rounds 1, 2, 3 and 4 played on 10th June, 8th & 29th July, 12th August
Congratulations to team 7, Rachael, Pam, Derrick & Glyn, winners of the Summer Teams Cup 2010
Eight of the nine teams entered played in the first round of the Shelley. The actual scores, shown in red - to check against your score card, are given below together with the handicaps. The total shown is for the results after the application of the handicaps.
Board 14, shown above, was an interesting one having the potential for a big swing, dealer - East, vulnerabilty - none. A North/South small slam in Spades was on as was an East/West small slam in hearts! North's courage to bid 6 Spades with only 4 points was the deciding factor.
The Laughlin team top of Division 2 in Staffs and Shrops league.
Played 18th February 2010 having been postponed from January due to the weather
1st Mike Sherriff and Pam Ewan
2nd Linda Laughlin and Dave Rowely
3rd David Alderson and Peter Collier