It is my great pleasure to represent all the members of the Eastern Region for the coming year and I thank the Grand Slam Bridge Club for my nomination.
With only a few weeks to go to our new season I would like to give a 'Míle Buíochas' to our committee who work tirelessly behind the scenes. We look forward to welcoming many of you to our Presidents and Delegates evening which takes place on September 6th at 7pm in Dun Laoghaire.
The CBAI's Bridge Promotion is planned for August 16th and 17th. As well as radio interviews our committee have organised stands, with accompanying games of bridge, at shopping centres in Arklow, Greystones, Bray, Dun Laoghaire and Stillorgan. Another big 'Thank you' to the members of all the Bridge Clubs taking part, promoting our game by playing, discussing and dispensing literature about lessons and clubs in the Region. Any feedback would be gratefully appreciated and we look forward to seeing the results of our endeavours.
I am delighted that Sinéad Madden will be my VP. We are planning to play in as many of our Region's clubs as possible over the next couple of years to put faces on the names and hopefully encourage more entries for our Regional competitions.
Finally I wish you every success at the Bray Congress.
APPEALS PROCESS IN EASTERN REGION
In competitions organised by the Eastern Region appeals raised for the first session must be lodged within 30 mins following the end of the first session. Appeals for the second session up to the last round must be made prior to commencement of the last round Appeals for the last round of the second session must be made within 5 mins after play.
Unfortunately Scorebridge scoring system bugs outside our or the TD's control disrupted our second session and results were not available until Monday. We thank players for their patience. Thanks to our TD John Royds who put in many hours to recover and verify the results. Atlthough we have no photos we can congratulate the winners who are:
Bernadette Coggins & Jo O'Farrell
Sarann Doyle & Janet O Huiginn
First Session results can be seen by following this link.
Second Session results can be seen by following this link.
Overall results can be seen by following this link.
After a year of inter club matches we have winners. Congrats to:
See the report of finals that took place on Sunday 12th May on the Massey Bros. Leagues page.
And remember, when the sad time comes, we ask that you support our sponsors the funeral directors MASSEY BROS.
This year's Novice pairs competition for the Herman Rossiter trophy and Intermediate B paors competition for the Eileen O'Dohery trophy took place in Wicklow on Wednesday April 10th.
Bernie Rowntree, TD, and Gary Dowling, competition organiser, did a terrific job to get the 13 novice pairs and 12 Inter B pairs through their competitions. The reports are that everybody enjoyed the evening and plan to return, with their bridge friends, in 20120.
Congratuations to all the pairs who took part and a big cheer to the winning pairs:
Receiving the trophy from Gary Dowling are the 2019 winners of the Herman Rossiter Trophy
Noeleen O'Keefe and Ann Lynn
In second place
Michael Egleston & Tom Molyneux
In third position were
Anita Prunty & Geraldine Carty
Receiving the trophy from Gary Dowling are the 2019 winners of the Eileen O'Doherty Trophy
Robert Doyle & Tony DeCourcey
Liz Hurley & Sari Winckworth
Kathryn Ryan & Frances Donnelly
This year's Teams 4 Fun was back to the original format with the Novice and Masters playing in pairs against the Intermediate pairs. Everyone seemed to be very happy to be back with this format.
John Royds, TD, and Gary Dowling, competition organiser, did a terrific job to get the 13 teams through 24 boards - that was a tough night for those poor novices.
And lets give a big cheer to the winning teams:
The winning team - Cyril Goode & Michael Egleston
All the results are posted here
51 pairs took part in the Greystone Open this year. It was a tightly fought competition with the top spots going to:
Anne Daly & George Daly
The 2018/19 Regional Qualifiers for the National Teams was held in Greystones Bridge Centre on Sunday, January 27th 2019. 3 Inter B teams, 4 Inter A teams and 8 Masters teams took part in te competitions. The winners of each competition are:
Ann O'Kane, Nicola Power, Mary Patchell and her son-in-law Gary Dowling
Stephen Barr, John Connolly, Michael Donnelly and Nathan Doyle
The 2018/19 Regional Qualifiers for the National Pairs took place in Greystones Bridge Centre on Sunday, December 2nd 2018. The room was filled to the rafters and John Royds did a fantastic job to directing three competitions simultaneously. The highlights of the competion are:
With a fantastic entry of 16 pairs the prizes went to:
With a slightly smaller turnout of 15 pairs, the player were just as eager and the winners were:
In first place Mary Patchell and her son-in-law Gary Dowling
In second Joanne Gordon and Kay Hamilton
In third Freda Griffin & Anna Sherry
The first session winners were Helga and John Hautz
The second session was won by Gerry Ryan and Cathal P Drohan
Finally an amazing 29 master pairs competed for the Cleary Cuup and a big cheer to the winners:
And there was also a spectacular entry for the Inter Bs. 17.5 pair competed in what was reported to be a lovely competition. It's good to see so many have caught the bridge bug and let's congratulate the winners:
With a whopping turnout of. 62 pairs the prizes I believe went to:
LOC: Michael McAuliffe & Sandra Newell
AM: Ultan & Eileen McCabe
I think you can see what I mean with Beauty and the Beast
With an even bigger turnout of 64 pairs, the winners on the night were:
The congress committee of Bray Bridge Club, under the masterful direction of Anne Daly, has arranged another fantastic weekend for bridge players from near and far.
42 brave novices played in Bray and I hope you all join me in congratulating them all for going out to such a big event. It's a big step from a club night to a room with more than 250 bridge players, the rules, the Bridgewater's, the whole razamataz. Give yourselves a good pat on the and a big cheer to the winners:
And for the big match, 59 pairs from not only Ireland but a number of European countries have a super game of bridge with some surprising winners. Let's congratulate them all:
LOC - Dolores Gilliland & Peter Stewart
MA - Mary & Eoin Hodkinson
Inter A - Ursual Pattinson & Fred Duffy
36 brave souls fought it out in the gala pairs. The competition was very tough this year. The winners were:
Well done all. For the full results go the the results link on the navigation bar on the left. And come back to the site tomorrow for the report on the pairs competition and the correction of any mistakes posted in this report
John Noonan and Brendan Martin, winners of the bridge game in aid of Pieta House at CBAI AGM in Athlone. Congratulations to the winners.
It looks like the summer weather keep the crowds away this year. Only 29 dedicated pairs turned up this year. Congratulations to the winners.
1st - Pat Egan & Sean Mulvaney
2nd - Mairéad Haugh & John Noonan
Best Intermediate - Creeda Fitzgibbon & Colette O'Callaghan
Best Dún Laoghaire - Patrick Belton & Nollaig O'Ceallaigh
1st Session - Conor & Rory Moore
2nd Session - Joan Ryan & Hugh McDermott
The CBAI Eastern Region Annual General Meeting will take place in Dún Laoghaire Bridge Club on Friday 25th May 2018 at 8 pm. All members/clubs are urged to attend.
The Massey Bros League 2017/18 has now concluded. It was a great competiton, enjoyed by all and a special thanks must go to Fedelma Martin for her tireless work in organising the event. The winners this year are:
Do go to the Massey Bros. League page forl the full event report, the many well deservered thank yous and of course the photos of the winner (when they arrive!)
The Corn Cairdis match is an annual competition between England and Ireland - or more specifically teams representing the English Bridge Union (EBU) and Contract Bridge Association of Ireland (CBAI). It alternates between England and Ireland. The Eastern Region acted as host of the competition on April 28th & 29th 2018.
In brief, it was a great weekend with one small exception - England won by 3 VPs.
Follow this link for the full report with photos
The Eastern Region held the teams qualifying competition on Sunday January 28th in Greystones Bridge Centre. John Royds did a fantastic job running all three competitions with the assistance of the committee of the Sugarloaf Bridge Club, who were hosting the event.
Four teams took part in the Intermediate B competition, the winning teams were
There were seven teams competing for the A prize. The cup went to:
Fiona Nolan & Vincent Wallace,Noel Carthy & Linda McGeehan
Eight master teams competed in the Milo Broderick. The winners were:
Congratulations to all.
Congratulations and Best Wishes to Rose Dowling who celebrated her 100th birthday last week. Rose plays three times a week in Ace of Clubs, Foxrock & Victor Bridge Clubs. We wish Rose and all her friends and partners many more years of happy and competitive bridge.
Pictured before her 'Bridge & Birthday Party' organised by Ace of Clubs BC are Rose and Gary (no relation!) Dowling
You can enter regional competitions using the CBAI online facility http://competitions.cbai.ie/. Closer to the date of each competition, it will become available in the events list. You will need to use your CBAI number to use the facility.
At all region competitions we place a guide to good behaviour on each table. A copy of the ER Behaviour Guide.pdf document can now be downloaded for use in your club.
Downloadable versions of the IMP – VP conversion scales for club team events are now available at this CBAI Link.