The Charity Rubber Bridge Knock-Out was won by Martyn Hills & Glen Thorney, who beat Jessie Newton & John Turner in the final.
The Phillipps Handicap Final was won by Maureen Ledger & Mike Vetch, both with and without the handicaps being applied.
Worcester Bridge Club has won the Garden Cities Qualifier and will represent Worcestershire in the Regional Final.
With one heat of the Pairs Ladder remaining Stewart Fishburne & Mike Willoughby cannot now be overtaken and so will win the competition for the 2014-15 season.
The Score-with-the-Experts event was played as a normal pairs event using cross-imp scoring to reward teams tactics. The boards were taken from the 2011 Bermuda Bowl semi-final between Italy and the Netherlands. We were taking the place of one of the Italian pairs so that the NS pairs were scoring up with Lauria & Versace whilst the EW pairs were scoring up with Bocchi & Madala. Having checked all the score sheets the winning NS pair were Linda Gervis & Paul Tapster with +36 IMPs, with Ross Garratt & Brian Stanley in 2nd place with +28IMPs. I apologise for the mistakes on the NS summary sheets which made it harder for the NS pairs to calculate their total so that on the night Linda & Paul had claimed a total of +26 IMPs and Ross & Brian had claimed +35 IMPs so that we believed that Ross & Brian had won. As far as the EW pairs were concerned Roger Bowles & Richard Jephcott were the best pair with a total of +66 IMPs. I have included the totals for all the pairs in the Information tab of the results. If you are interested here are links to the commentary and hand records from the Bermuda Bowl match although some of this is in Italian.
Commentary for boards 1-16
Commentary for boards 17-24
The Rules of Competition have been updated to reflect changes agreed at a recent Committee Meeting :-
- Closed Teams - there will no longer be a quaifying event. Entries will be asked for and a random draw made with the semi-finalists from the previous year seeded. There will also be a plate event for first round losers.
- Mixed Teams - this will no longer include a compulsary change of partner.
- The qualifying age for the Seniors Pairs has been increased from 55 to 60, which is in line with EBU events for seniors. The qualifying age for the Vererans Pairs has been increased to 70.
Richard Jephcott & John Sansom have finished at the top of the Phillipps averages for the 2014-15 Season.
The Grand Prix Teams has been won by Worcester Grant (Sue Evans, Dennis Loynes, Jean & Jessie Newton), who were so far ahead that they could not be overtaken in the final heat.
The County Championship Pairs has been won by Roger Bowles & Simon Harrison, who finished just ahead of Joyce Skelton & Ross Garratt with Martin Gill & Paul Slater in 3rd place.
A new edition of WCBA News has been published - February 2015 Edition.
The Club Championship Pairs has been won won by Suzanne Griffin & Rufus Ulyutt representing Droitwich Bridge Club. Behind them were Joyce Skelton & David Thomas (Worcester Bridge Club) in 2nd place & Eve Doyle & Terry Blackman (Droitwich Bridge Club) in 3rd place.
We have received an invitation from Derbyshire for pairs to compete in the Mixed Pairs Championship for the East Midlands Bridge Academy Plate. This competition is specifically for mixed pairs from all over the region and incorporates the Flitch Cup for married couples, a Midland League event. The competition will take place at 2.00pm on Sunday 3rd May at The East Midlands Bridge Academy, The Old School, Chapel St., Spondon, Derby DE21 7JR. The entry fee is £32 per pair, which includes a two-course meal between the two sessions – a vegetarian option is available. They have provided a Poster and an Entry Form.
The County Mixed Pairs was won by Jane Morton & Stewart Fishburne, with Jane & Dick Rutter in 2nd place.
In the County Match against Warwickshire the 1st team lost 3-17, the 2nd team lost 7-13& the 3rd team lost 3-17.
The Committee are looking for a new Editor for Worcestershire Bridge News. If anyone is interested in do this then they should talk to Mike Willoughby, the current editor, or another Committee Member.
The WCBA Committee has been giving considerable thought to the feasibility of acquiring bridge premises for the use of Worcestershire bridge players that would be available 7 days a week, with the ability to cater for the growing demand for daytime bridge.It is envisaged that the premises will support at least a 20 table session with room for matches, teaching and storage with a basic level of catering. The planned venue will include adequate facilities for parking, toilets, heating etc. A few documents are available in the Members Only area of the website, one asking for feedback and one being a feasibility review. To access the Members Only area of the website for the first time you will need the Membership Registration Code which you can get from Paul Hammond or other Committee Members.