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Worcestershire Contract Bridge Association
Objectives

The objectives of the WCBA are to promote and further the interests of bridge in the County and to organise Contract Bridge competitions. This Web Site will include details of future events, results of County competitions and other information concerning the organisation of bridge in the County.

Forthcoming Events

8th February - Grand Prix Teams (Heat 5)

14th February - Club Representative Pairs (11.am start) (Entry Form)

15th February - Pairs Ladder

22nd February  - Phillipps Pairs

29th February - Pairs Ladder

6th March - County Championship Pairs (11.00am start) (Entry Form)

7th March - Grand Prix Teams (Heat 6)

14th March - Phillipps Pairs

18th March - Inter Club Teams (Heat 4) Note this is being held at the Worcester Bridge Club

Latest News

I am sad to report the death of Nigel Laville. After not playing for a number of years he started playing at the the Malvern Bridge Club and his most recent success was being part of the team which won the Healey Cup last year. In his day Nigel was one of the best players in the County and had won all the major County Trophies many times. He regularly played for the County 1st Team and was part of the Worcestershire team that qualified for the prestigious Tollemache Cup in 1990/91. The County would like to send its condolences to his wife and family. The funeral will be on Monday the 8th of February at Little Malvern Priory at 2.30pm.

In the County Match against Gloucestershire the 1st team drew 10-10, the 2nd team lost 4-16 & the 3rd team lost 7-13. 

At the Christmas Charity Teams £225 was raised for Whizz Kidz who provide wheelchairs and mobility equipment to young disabled people to give them the chance to be independent and reach their potential. The clear winners with 94 IMPs were Eddy & Jette Blackburn, Nick Forward & Steve Allerston.

The following team represented 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. Mike Orriel, who was part of the team 25 years ago, would like to congratulate us and sends good wishes for the final. The players who represented Worcestershire in the qualifier and final that time included Mike Orriel, Ross Garratt, Geoff Rosser, Nigel Laville, Arthur Williams, Diana Williams, Jane Spence, Stuart McPhee, Simon Harrison, Paul Hammond, Hayden Dando & John Squibb.

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.

Recent Successes
Recent Successes

Tony Poole, Stewart Fishburne, Chris Philp & Mike Willoughby have won the Silver Plate. In the final they beat a team from Yorkshire by 10 IMPs over 48 boards.

At the Midlands Counties Congress Heather Westcott & Jennifer Romer won the Ladies Pairs. In the Swiss Pairs Nick Forward & Steve Allerston finished 2nd, only 1 VP behind the winners and having won all their matches, whilst Jimmy Ledger & David Thomas were 4=. In the Swiss Teams John Sansom, Richard Jephcott, Nick Forward & Steve Allerston were 2nd.

For full results see Midland Counties Congress website

At the Brighton Summer Meeting Sue Lane & Marian Wilcox were in the team that came 3rd in the Seniors Swiss Teams playing with a pair from Norfolk. James Taylor won the Bracketed Pairs 'A' Final and Brian Stanley won the One Day Swiss Pairs on a split tie. Pam Pearce & Jane Morton were one of the equal best East-West pairs in the Play With the Experts Pairs.

Jimmy Ledger & David Thomas had a convincing victory in the Gloucestershire & Herefordshire Green Point Swiss Pairs, finishing 12 VPs ahead of 2nd place and having played all their matches at Table 1.

At the Oxfordshire Midweek Congress Joyce Skelton & John Sansom came 3rd in the Swiss Pairs whilst John Sansom, Richards Jephcott, Simon Harrison & Roger Bowles came 3rd in the Swiss Teams.

Sue Evans & Dennis Loynes were 2nd in the Mixed Pairs at the Scottish Bridge Union's Overseas Congress in Corfu.

At the Ranked Masters Jimmy Ledger & David Thomas were 2nd in the Grand Masters Pairs and Nick Forward & Steve Allerston were 2nd in the Premier Life Masters Pairs.

Click for the latest results
Scoring Issues
 

Please send scoring queries to Paul Hammond

Venue for County Night

We play at Cutnall Green Memorial Hall with a start time of 7.20pm. We do not have a formal interval and players can help themselves to drinks when convenient. All drinks are now included in the table money of £3.50. Cutnall Green is on the A442 between Droitwich and Kidderminster, the address of the Hall is Addis Lane, Cutnall Green WR9 0NE. Addis Lane is opposite the Chequers and the Hall is about 100 yards down there on the left.

Results
1st Feb 2016
Phillipps Pairs
Director: Sue Lane
29th Jan 2016
Inter-Club Teams
Director: Paul Hammond
25th Jan 2016
Pairs Ladder
Director: Paul Hammond
24th Jan 2016
County Match against Gloucestershire (A)
18th Jan 2016
Mixed Pairs
Director: Jimmy Ledger
Calendar
8th Feb 2016
Grand Prix Teams
Director: Paul Tapster
Scorer: Eddy Blackburn
14th Feb 2016
Club Representative Pairs
Cutnall Green Memorial Hall 11.00am
Director: Paul Tapster
15th Feb 2016
Pairs Ladder Division 1
Director: Paul Tapster
Scorer: Stewart Fishburne
15th Feb 2016
Pairs Ladder Division 2
21st Feb 2016
County Match against Derbyshire (A)
Click for the latest results
Scoring Issues
 

Please send scoring queries to Paul Hammond

Venue for County Night

We play at Cutnall Green Memorial Hall with a start time of 7.20pm. We do not have a formal interval and players can help themselves to drinks when convenient. All drinks are now included in the table money of £3.50. Cutnall Green is on the A442 between Droitwich and Kidderminster, the address of the Hall is Addis Lane, Cutnall Green WR9 0NE. Addis Lane is opposite the Chequers and the Hall is about 100 yards down there on the left.

Results
1st Feb 2016
Phillipps Pairs
Director: Sue Lane
29th Jan 2016
Inter-Club Teams
Director: Paul Hammond
25th Jan 2016
Pairs Ladder
Director: Paul Hammond
24th Jan 2016
County Match against Gloucestershire (A)
18th Jan 2016
Mixed Pairs
Director: Jimmy Ledger
Calendar
8th Feb 2016
Grand Prix Teams
Director: Paul Tapster
Scorer: Eddy Blackburn
14th Feb 2016
Club Representative Pairs
Cutnall Green Memorial Hall 11.00am
Director: Paul Tapster
15th Feb 2016
Pairs Ladder Division 1
Director: Paul Tapster
Scorer: Stewart Fishburne
15th Feb 2016
Pairs Ladder Division 2
21st Feb 2016
County Match against Derbyshire (A)