The Healey Cup was won by Nigel Laville, Geoffrey Herbert, Heather Westcott & Jennifer Romer, representing Malvern Bridge Club. Joint second were Ronnie Moore, Veronica Enticknap, Mark Stretch & Barry Sayers representing Evesham Bridge Club and Pam Pearce, Susan Sharp, Marian Wilcox & Jane Morton representing Marcle Bridge Club.
The following team has been selected to represent Worcestershire in the Tollemache Cup this year - Richard Jephcott, John Sansom, Steve Allerston, Nick Forward, Mike Willoughby, Stewart Fishburne, Roger Bowles, Simon Harrison & Ian Thompson with Sue Evans acting as non-playing captain. At the end of Saturday the team were second in their group on 97 VPs with Middlesex leading on 101 VPs & Oxfordshire 3rd on 94 VPs. They increased their total to 105 VPs on Sunday to maintain second place and so qualify for the final in February. The only match they lost was to Middlesex who were clear winners of the group. It is 25 years since Worcestershire last qualified for the Tollemache Final so well done to the team.
In the County Match against Staffs & Shrops the 1st team lost 3-17, the 2nd team won 17-3 and the 3rd team won 12-8.
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.
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.