Sussex County Contract Bridge Association
Sussex County Contract Bridge Association

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Martin Pool's EBU Silver Award - Presentation

Martin was presented with his award (see below) at the EBU AGM on Wednesday November 23rd - see the article on the EBU site which includes links to a mini-autobiography and a picture of Martin with his award.

Hills Trophy
Hills Trophy
Congratulations to the winners of the Hills Trophy for 2016 who were the Bognor team of John Austin, Ron Seymour, Roger Bill and Paul Londesborough.  The runners-up were last year's winners - Nigel Urban, Neil Watts, Dave Franklin and David Gritt.
 
Many thanks to David and Andrea Galpin for directing the event in their usual efficient manner.  Also, thanks to all the other helpers and U3A for use of their equipment.  John Porteous provided the usual excellent tea and supper during the day.
 
Ernie Rivett
Chairman, Worthing BC
Tollemache Qualifier - November 19th/20th

Unfortunately, the Sussex team had a very torrid time in Birmingham this weekend and finished a disappointing eighth out of nine in their group.  See report by Non-Playing Captain Neil Watts and EBU website (Group C) for full details of the results.

Forthcoming SCCBA Events

Among the next SCCBA events is :-

  • the SCCBA New Year Swiss Teams - Sunday January 8th

You can enter this event by using an on-line entry form and pay via Internet or Telephone Banking or you can print off an entry form and post it with your cheque.  Why not go to the Entry Forms section and make your choice now?

1066 Trophy
1066 Trophy

St Leonards Bridge Club Chairman Andy Eames awards the 1066 trophy to the Hawkhurst team of Gary Rogerson & Andy King and Tony Adams & Jim Wortley on Friday November 18th - see St Leonards' web-site for full details.

 

 

East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs
East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs

This year's event on Saturday November 12th in Turners Hill was a sell-out with all the 15 tables that fit in the room occupied!!  A lot of new faces attended, including some very new to an event like this and, if the noise level was anything to go by, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.  Many thanks to Keith Norman for his admirable directing, to John Porteous' team of caterers (although John himself could not be there this time) for the usual lovely lunch and to organiser Helen Kent.

The results were stratified so all pairs were placed into one of three Stratification Levels (A, B and C) according to the higher of their two Master Point rankings.  Prizes were awarded in three groupings - Levels A+B+C (i.e. overall), Levels B+C and Level C only.

If you didn't come this year, make sure you get your entry in early for next November!!

Congratulations to overall winners Colin and Julie Hillyer.  Other prize-winners were ......

 

...... Hazel Ogden and Betty Lecky-Thompson who were overall runners-up and ......

...... Thomas Serkowski and Jim Downes who won the Stratification Levels B+C grouping and ......

...... Christine Jex and Joyce de Ath who won the Stratification Level C grouping.

EBU Silver Award for Martin Pool!
EBU Silver Award for Martin Pool!

It is with great pleasure that I convey the news that our President, Martin Pool, has been selected to receive an EBU Silver Award.  The presentation will be made at the EBU AGM on 23 November.

Martin first became involved in service to the Sussex association in the mid 1990s following retirement from his highly successful career as an airline pilot.  By the end of that decade he had become not only a member of the management committee and the county conduct committee but had also taken on the county’s tournament manager role, overseeing the delivery of a wide range of competitive events.  Development of this breadth and depth of experience in county bridge activities led to his election as Vice Chairman in 2000 and Chairman in 2002.  Whilst Chairman, he also helped to design and create the county’s first web site and took on the role of Webmaster for a year in 2006 as the use of the internet became more important to successful communications with the membership.  He was also appointed as a county tournament director in 2002 and served in that role for more than ten years.  He was re-elected as Chairman in each of the years 2003 to 2006 thus serving the full term allowed by the constitution.  He was elected as President in 2007 and some nine years later remains a very active President, taking a keen interest in the business of the management, tournament and other committees.

It will be evident from this brief summary that Martin has been very much the cornerstone upon which the success of Sussex bridge has been built over the last fifteen years or so.  In multiple roles, his untiring commitment of time and expertise has been and continues to be exceptional.  Whilst Chairman, his assured direction and mature leadership ensured that the county association went from strength to strength.  His subsequent years as President have seen the provision of thoughtful, perceptive and above all, supportive, advice to successive Chairmen and other Officers.  Quite simply, he remains the SCCBA’s most valuable asset and richly deserves the high level of recognition embodied in the EBU Silver Award.

Dick Wheeler (Hon. Sec. SCCBA)

2016 Invitation Pairs
2016 Invitation Pairs

One of the SCCBA's prestigious events - the Invitation Pairs - has been won for the third year in succession by Tim Dickinson and Shefton Kaplan.

In a close finish, .....

..... David Dickson and John Frosztega were second and .....

.....  Ian Lancaster and Andrew Southwell were third.  Many congratulations to them all.

A special thank you to the Directors for their hard work - Julian Mitchell, Keith Norman, and Eddie Williams.

Andrea Galpin,
Event Organiser

EBU Club Director Courses at Worthing and Hastings

The following EBU courses for club directors will be held at Worthing over the coming months :-

  • Saturday December 10th - Judgement Rulings
  • Saturday January 14th - Assessment

And the following EBU courses for club directors will be held at Hastings in 2017 :-

  • Sunday April 9th - Essentials
  • Sunday May 14th - Book Rulings
  • Sunday June 11th - Judgement Rulings
  • Sunday July 2nd - Assessment

For further details or to register for a course, please see the English Bridge & Development web-site and the current schedule for all Club Tournament Director Training Courses.

Other County News

Unfortunately, due to insufficient entries having been received for the SCCBA Basic Bridge Pairs at Bognor on Sunday December 11th, this event has had to be cancelled.

But the New Year Swiss Teams will definitely be taking place on Sunday January 8th so book now!

Read Richard Fedrick’s latest (November 15th) update to see how Sussex Teams are doing nationally

Results
27th Nov 2016
Hills Trophy
12th Nov 2016
East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs
1st Nov 2016
Invitation Pairs - Round 8
30th Oct 2016
Autumn Congress Teams
29th Oct 2016
Autumn Congress Swiss Pairs
29th Oct 2016
Autumn Congress Welcome Pairs
16th Oct 2016
SCCBA Ladies Pairs
12th Oct 2016
Blue-Pointed SCCBA Midweek Swiss Pairs
9th Oct 2016
Kremer Dersch Trophy
7th Oct 2016
Invitation Pairs - Round 7
9th Sep 2016
Invitation Pairs - Round 6
24th Jul 2016
SCCBA/EBU Green Pointed Swiss Teams
Calendar
6th Dec 2016
David Pavey Heat
Eastbourne 1:30
7th Dec 2016
Mixed Pairs Heat
Avenue 7:30
11th Dec 2016
SCCBA Basic Bridge Pairs - CANCELLED
Bognor 11:00
11th Dec 2016
Open Swiss Teams
St. Leonards 1:00
13th Dec 2016
Mixed Pairs Heat
West Sussex 7:30
8th Jan 2017
SCCBA New Year Swiss Teams
Henfield 1:00
 Click for more information
9th Jan 2017
SCCBA Charity Sims Pairs
Clubs 9-13th
11th Jan 2017
Avenue Non-Swiss Pairs
Avenue 7:30
15th Jan 2017
SCCBA Sussex Pairs Final
Patcham 1:00
22nd Jan 2017
Open Swiss Pairs
Eastbourne 1:00

Unfortunately, due to insufficient entries having been received for the SCCBA Basic Bridge Pairs at Bognor on Sunday December 11th, this event has had to be cancelled.

But the New Year Swiss Teams will definitely be taking place on Sunday January 8th so book now!

Read Richard Fedrick’s latest (November 15th) update to see how Sussex Teams are doing nationally

Results
27th Nov 2016
Hills Trophy
12th Nov 2016
East Grinstead Basic Bridge Pairs
1st Nov 2016
Invitation Pairs - Round 8
30th Oct 2016
Autumn Congress Teams
29th Oct 2016
Autumn Congress Swiss Pairs
29th Oct 2016
Autumn Congress Welcome Pairs
16th Oct 2016
SCCBA Ladies Pairs
12th Oct 2016
Blue-Pointed SCCBA Midweek Swiss Pairs
9th Oct 2016
Kremer Dersch Trophy
7th Oct 2016
Invitation Pairs - Round 7
9th Sep 2016
Invitation Pairs - Round 6
24th Jul 2016
SCCBA/EBU Green Pointed Swiss Teams
Calendar
6th Dec 2016
David Pavey Heat
Eastbourne 1:30
7th Dec 2016
Mixed Pairs Heat
Avenue 7:30
11th Dec 2016
SCCBA Basic Bridge Pairs - CANCELLED
Bognor 11:00
11th Dec 2016
Open Swiss Teams
St. Leonards 1:00
13th Dec 2016
Mixed Pairs Heat
West Sussex 7:30
8th Jan 2017
SCCBA New Year Swiss Teams
Henfield 1:00
 Click for more information
9th Jan 2017
SCCBA Charity Sims Pairs
Clubs 9-13th
11th Jan 2017
Avenue Non-Swiss Pairs
Avenue 7:30
15th Jan 2017
SCCBA Sussex Pairs Final
Patcham 1:00
22nd Jan 2017
Open Swiss Pairs
Eastbourne 1:00