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The AGM was well attended and was a constructive meeting. The Committee were asked to consider alternative partners for the Own Venue Project and to review the format of the Grand Prix Teams. In the pairs event which followed Mike Willoughby & Paul Hammond finished 1st but when the NGS handicaps were applied the winners were Louise Wilson & Helen Cameron.
Congratulations to John Dow and Patrick Eckersley, who beat Manel and Gavin Tringham in the Final to win the event for the second time.
In the Semi-Finals:
The event has raised £490 for the WhizzKidz charity, which raises funds for mobility equipment for disabled children.
There was a close finish in the Healey Cup. Droitwich led from the start but a strong finish by Worcester 1 saw them take the lead in the last match. Well done to Mike Vetch, John Dowbiggin, Dick & Jane Rutter.
The Chairman's Cup was won by Robert Grimer & David Campbell with an impressive score of 72.4%. Gina Butler & Margaret Guy were second and James Culcheth & Ian McAlroy 3rd.
Wall James Chappell sponsorship for the Worcestershire Contract Bridge Association (WCBA) annual Swiss Pairs Championship was very successful. The event was held on the 29th of October at the St John's Sports Centre in Worcester and was packed to capacity with bridge players from the Midlands areas. The result was close victory for the pair of Andy King & Peter Litchfield who managed to win by just two victory points in a keenly fought and tight event. Congratulations to the winners pictured above. The WCBA are very appreciative of the support that Wall James Chappell provides to this annual Worcestershire bridge event. Worcestershire Bridge is part of the UK initiative to promote bridge as a mind sports game suitable for all ages - a great game that gives both young and old the facility to be active both mentally and socially. WCBA is raising funds to acquire it own venue in order to provide educational and training facilities as well as improved playing conditions for bridge in the county.
The WCBA are also appreciative of the sponsorship by Bridge Overseas of the Swiss Teams Championship which was held on the 30th of October. Congratulations to the winners, John Atthey, Janine Griffiths-Baker, James Thrower & Phil Godfrey.
The No Fear/Intermediate Pairs was won by Kathy MacLaren & Richard Arrowsmith.
Thanks to the Congress Committee of Joyce Skelton, Martin Gill & Mike Vetch plus all the other volunteers who made the Malvern Congress a success.
Thanks to Tony Gervis for taking lots of good pictures at the Malvern Congress.
A large contingent of Worcestershire players attended the SBU Overseas Congress in Dubrovnik. Last year Tony Gervis challenged the Scots to a bridge championship and they took us on. We won comfortably. He was elected captain and as such now has the title “Captain of the English Bridge Team “ !!! The players dressed in red and white as can be seen from the photos and the trophy was “The Ashes“, being the ashes of two packs of cards. All good fun and a super Congress.
The AGM was held on Sunday the 15th of May, which was the first time we have held it on a Sunday. About 40 people attended and as well as the usual proceedings John Sansom gave a presentation on the the current state of the Own Venue Project. This was well received and it gave our Members a chance to ask questions. A verision of the presentation will be added to the website shortly. The official photographer was Tony Gervis and he has provided a lot of good pictures.
WCBA is sad to report the death of Roger Bowles following a fall at home over the Christmas period. This is terrible news and the County has sent our condolences to his wife Shirley and our sympathies go to his family at this sad time. Roger will be a huge loss to bridge generally - being a Grand Master and one of the top 100 players in the country according to the National Grading System.
Having started out as an English Teacher, Roger made a significant contribution to Birmingham’s Further Education during his working life, moving into Senior Management positions at Josiah Mason College. His bridge career can be traced back to the 1970s and, in the time that he played in Warwickshire with his friends Roger Flood and Pip Whitehouse, he won the County Championship Pairs seven times, the Goodman Cup six times and the Warwickshire Pairs League twice. He also won the Corwen Trophy, the national inter-County Pairs event, and was County Secretary for a number of years.
Moving to Wales, Roger won the Welsh National Pairs Championship and then the Perry Shield (mid-Wales winning for the first time ever) with John Waller. He went on to win the Webber Cup (the Welsh Teams of Four Championship) twice and the Welsh Teams of Eight with John, Keith Shuttleworth and Brian Nicholls. He also won the Bearne, representing the Shrewsbury club.
Arriving in Worcestershire in 2013, Roger soon established himself as a force within the county, winning the Championship Pairs at his first attempt and helping the County to qualify for the Tollemache Final for the first time in over twenty-five years. He initiated a mentoring scheme to bring on promising players: this has just very successfully completed its pilot phase and, as it continues into 2016, will form a permanent reminder of how much he contributed to the County’s bridge in the short time that he lived in Worcestershire.
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.
The Wall James Chappell Swiss Pairs Championship was won by Diane & Filip Kurbalija. (Press Release)
The Origin Financial Ltd Swiss Teams Championship was won by Warner Solomon, Taf Anthias, Richard Samter & Pat Davies.
The Irene Allen Non-Expert Swiss Pairs was won by Wilf Atkinson & Sally Martin. The Richard Lewis Trophy was won by Vic Laver & Eric Myers.
With one match to go in the final heat of the Inter-Club Teams Worcester 2 were neck-and-neck with Droitwich 1. Worcester 2 beat Bewdley 11-9 whilst Droitwich 2 beat Worcester 1 14-6 and won the competition finishing 3 VPs ahead of Worcester 2. Droitwich 2 were represented by Nick & Steph Forward, Sue Evans, Dennis Loynes, Eddy & Jette Blackburn.
The Healey Cup was closely contested but in the end Pershore A (Alan Boyes, Peter Kershaw, Ted Phillipps & Mary Portman) triumphed with 85 VPs. Malvern & Bromsgrove B were equal 2nd with 74 VPs, Bromsgrove C were 4th with 72 VPs andEvesham were 5th with 69 VPs.
At the 2014 Malvern Congress the Swiss Pairs was won by Jack Terry & Ian Walsh with Jeffrey Jones & John Pugh taking the Non-Expert prize. The winners of the Swiss Teams were David S Jones, Alan Jones, Tim Brierley & Jack Terry with Richard Jephcott, Roger Bowles, Nick Forward & Steve Allerston coming second and Dick & Jane Rutter, Eddy & Jette Blackburn coming 5th. The Non-Expert prize was won by John Brandon-Joyce, Vanessa O'Callaghan, David Beacham & Simon Rye.
Thanks to Tony Gervis FRPS for the photographs.
The County First Team has won the Inter-County League A Final. The team was John Sansom & Richard Jephcott, Ian Thompson & Simon Harrison, Nick Forward & Steve Allerston, Stewart Fishburne & Mike Willoughby. Photograph courtesy of Ian Mitchell.
The Swiss Pairs at the Malvern Congress in 2013 was won by Geoff Fogg & Saleem Sachek. That makes 2 years in a row for Geoff as last year he won playing with John Turner.
There was a tie for the Swiss Teams which was split in favour of Robert Procter, Sandra Claridge, Allan & Judith Sanis. The team they tied with was Sue O'Hara, Nelson Stephens, Steve Tomlinson & Chris King.
Photographs by Tony Gervis.
The Irene Allen Non-Expert Swiss Pairs was won by James Taylor & Linda Wright. The Richard Lewis Trophy was won by Jane & Felicity Somervell.
At the EBU overseas congress in Fuerteventura Marian Wilcox and Maureen Hannah won the Ladies Pairs. In the Swiss Teams Jimmy Ledger, Maureen Hannah, Paul Tapster & Paul Hammond came 2nd.
The Healey Cup was won by the team from the Worcester Bridge Club consisting of David Thomas, Jimmy Ledger, Ross Garratt & Mel Downing. It was very close for 2nd place with 4 teams within 3 VPs of each but almost the same team from Wyeside who won the competition last year prevailed. The team from Marcle came 3rd and the early front runners from the Malvern Hills Bridge Club ended up 6th.
Worcestershire players did well in the Green Pointed Swiss Pairs at the Malvern Congress. Nick Forward & Steve Allerston won, Dennis Loynes & Sue Evans came 2nd and Dick & Jane Rutter came 4th.
The Green Pointed Swiss Teams was won by Tim Brierley, Jack Terry, Alan Jones & David Jones. Worcestershire players again did well withJohn Sansom, Richard Jephcott, Nick Forward & Steve Allerston finishing 2nd and Joyce Skelton, Ross Garratt, Stewart Fishburne & Steve Gore finishing 3rd.
The Irene Allen Non-Expert Swiss Pairs was won by Lorna Fellows & Terry Collins,whilst Wendy & Eric Silverstone retained the Richard Lewis Trophy.