In the County Match against Nottinghamshire the 1st team won 11-9, the 2nd team won 19-1 and the 3rd team won 16-4.
As of the 6th of October Bromsgrove Bridge Club have a new venue and will be playing at the The Life After Stroke Centre, Church Lane, Bromsgrove, B61 8RA. Thus is the same venue used by Spadesbourne Bridge Club.
At the first heat of the Inter Club Teams the current holders, Droitwich 1, made a good start winning both their matches and are leading with 35 VPs. They are closely followed by Worcester 1 & Worcester 2 who have 34 VPs.
As you may be aware this week saw the Judicial Review take place to consider Sport England's position that bridge is not a sport. The hearing concluded on Wednesday and the EBU have made a press release which summarises their position and some of the points which were raised. (Press Release)
In the first County Match of the new season against Leicestershire the 1st Team lost 6-14, the 2nd Team won 15-5 & the 3rd Team won 13-7.
John Sansom is a member of the team which is leading the Second Division of the Premier League after the first weekend.
This year there is no qualifying heat for the County Championship Knockout Teams, instead all the teams who enter will go directly into the first round draw. This gives an opportunity for players who do not play on Monday Nights to enter the County's premier teams event. There will also be a Plate Competition for teams who lose their first match. At present 8 teams have entered and more teams would be welcomed. The closing date for entries was the 12th of September but has been extended to the end of the month so there is still time for you to enter a team. Current entries.
I am sad to report that Brian Standish has passed away. He has played bridge in Stourbridge and the County for many years and was County Chairman 30 years ago.
An update on the Own Venue Project has been added to the Members Only area of the website. 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.
The Rules of Competition have been updated to reflect changes agreed at a recent Committee Meeting :-
- Closed Teams - there will no longer be a qualifying 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 compulsory 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 Veterans Pairs has been increased to 70.
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.