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EWBA Committee Meeting
EWBA Committee Meeting

The next EWBA meeting is scheduled for 2:30pm Monday the 8th May via an online Zoom session.

Zoom details to be published nearer the date.

Sophie Cunningham

WBU Newsletter





Welcome to East Wales Bridge Association
The Perry Shield, Spickett Bowl and Presidentís Cup 2023

The Perry Shield, Spickett Bowl and President’s Cup 2023 will be held at Gwent Bridge Academy on the 8th and 9th July.

The EWBA is looking for pairs to represent the Area in the Perry (Open) and Spickett (Ladies)

Please could interested pairs contact Jennifer Wardell
by Wednesday 31st May

Chepstow Archway Bridge Club will provide the team to represent the Area this year in the President’s Cup

4th European Winter Games - Winners
4th European Winter Games - Winners

Richard wins the European Winter Games


EWBA's very own Richard Plackett playing for 'Team Orca' has won the prestigious  Les Etincelles Cup played in Tignes, France. Richard and his team won by 131-86 imps in the semi-final.

The match was broadcast on BBO VuGraph and you can see the match via the Vugraph Archive on BBO.  



team Orca - Erik Berg, Peter Crouch, Richard Plackett, Mikael Rimstedt, Espen Erichsen, Ola Rimstedt


Team Orca - Erik Berg, Peter Crouch, Richard Plackett, Mikael Rimstedt, Espen Erichsen, Ola Rimstedt

For those without a BBO account you can see the hand records HERE


Presidents Cup - Teams of 8

The President’s Cup is an inter-county teams of eight green pointed competition run by Merseyside & Cheshire Bridge Association for English counties, Scottish districts and Welsh areas, traditionally in the North and Midlands of England and Wales, plus some others. This year it will take place on Realbridge on 24th-25th June. The cost is £162 per team for the entire weekend.

We have not entered a team for this in recent years but will do so if enough EWBA members want to take part. The entry fee will have to be shared between the participants though (it comes down to £10 per person per day). If you are interested, please send the names of your partnership to EWBA secretary Keith Edwards ( before 1st May. Although it is a team of 8 event, we are allowed to enter 16 players in total, so you could enter even if you can only play one of the days.

Note that this event is not to be confused with the President’s Cup teams event which is run by the WBU alongside the Perry Shield and the Spickett Bowl during the WBU AGM weekend.

EWBA committee

EWBA League and Knock-out 2022/23
EWBA League and Knock-out 2022/23

The East Wales League and Knock-out competitions are run by Mia Deschepper:
The 2022/23 teams are as follows
Division 1 Division 2 Division 3

Archway (Chepstow)

One Off In a Laydown 

Cardiff All Stars

Chepstow Chancers


Penarth Menagerie

Royal Bulawayo

Rhiwbina Diamonds

Rhiwbina Ruffnecks

Brecon Bees

Newport Dragons

Chepstow Archers

The Allsorts

Bedwas on Tour


A Bridge Too Far

Ace of Clubs



Bees Buddies


Lisvane Lemmings

Latest League results are HERE  Updated 11/05/2023


To see the names of captains, their contact numbers and team members click here. Updated 17/01/2023

To see the fixtures for Division 1 click here.

To see the fixtures for Division 2 click here.

To see the fixtures for Division 3 click here.

Knock-out - Winners

Congratulations to the Ace of Clubs from Division 3 for winning the final of the knockout defeating the Chepstow Chancers of Division 1.

The winning team were Adrian Trickey; Justin Cooper; David Simpson; Bev Cox; Keith Butler and Will Rowlands.

Commiserations to the runners up of Pete Smith, David Smith, Sheila Montgomery and Ray Mardon.


For the final KO results, click here.  Updated 14/05/2023

Western League - new season 2022-23

Western League Bridge

Come and try it: You may even enjoy it

The Western League is made up of 8 counties, Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Herefordshire, Somerset, Wiltshire and East Wales.

We play 7 matches, roughly once a month from September to April.

We play online on Realbridge on a Saturday from 2pm-5.30pm, playing 24 boards, made up of two stanzas of 12 boards each

the match dates are :

  ♠   ♣  24/9,  5/11,  3/12,  14/1,  4/2,  11/3,  1/4   ♣ 

We enter 3 teams, an A, B and C team. Each has a criteria for selection, but the C team is the starting point and you and your partner need to be below Premier Regional Master (50 greens).

It is a friendly and enjoyable way of spending a Saturday afternoon and whilst reasonably competitive, offers a good start for regular club players if they haven’t experienced team competition before. You can earn green points or parts of green points for each match you win.

The current C team comprises John Dewsnap, Iain Brisbane, Mike Clarke, Keith Edwards, Enid Snelgrove, Alan Snelgrove, Ann Kelly, Bob Hellier, Michael Jones and Richard Welsford.

We would welcome new pairs to put themselves forward to join us.

We will try and ensure that each pair plays at least one game in the season, but if we are inundated with new pairs, this may need to be spread over a couple of seasons

If you and your partner would like to put your names forward, please send your details, name, email address, phone number, club and ranking to Richard Welsford, (

Pairs who are interested in playing in the A or B team in the league should contact Mike Best.  Both are keen to attract new recruits. 

The Western League co-ordinator is Richard Welsford (, who also runs the C Team.

The A and B Teams are selected by Mike Best (

♠   ♣  

Click here to view 2021/22 players and results.

For A Division standings click here.

For B Division standings click here.

For C Division standings click here.

URGENT - Junior Bridge
URGENT - Junior Bridge

Urgent - Junior Bridge

In 30 years there may be few people left to play bridge against in Wales, as we are an aging population with hardly enough youngsters to field a Junior Team.  This has GOT to change, so please help if you possibly can.

Volunteers to help mentor or coach new young players needed.

Can you let me know if you are able to help in any way please.  It is time to give something back.  02920 615245 / 07877 460847


WBU News

Welsh Bridge Union News





WBU News
Arthur James & Beatus Cup winners
Arthur James & Beatus Cup winners

Congratulation to Mike Best and Kevin Maddox (above) winners of the Arthur James trophy, held at Cardiff Bridge Club on Sunday 14th May.

Mike Clarke & Guy Thomas were the winners of the Beatus Cup.

Full results can viewed on the Cardiff Bridge Club website - here

Western League - Game Week 6

EWBA Teams lost by 3 - 0 to Dorset on Saturday 1st April. 

A Team:  Tony Ratcliff, Julian Pottage, Gwynn Davis, Sue Ingham. Lost 3/17 
B Team: Adrian Trickey, Simon Brindle, Jo Copping and Joan Marray. Lost 6/14 
C Team: Enid & Alan Snelgrove, Michael Jones and Richard Welsford. Lost 3/17


Gwent Claret Jug

Congratulations to Steve Webb and Martin David winners of the Gwent Claret Jug.

Gwent Claret Jug
Lisvane Claret Jug - Winners
Lisvane Claret Jug - Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the two Claret Jug competitions. 

Anna Milton and Merril Stone were the winners of the Tuesday night competition, with Chris Moseley and John Basford winning the Monday night competition  

Abergavenny Claret Jug

Congratulatiokn to Richard Welsford and Jo Copping, winners of the 2023 Abergavenny Claret Jug.

Abergavenny Claret Jug
Brecon Claret Jug

Congratulations to Brenig Price and Huw Morgan, winners of the Brecon Club's Claret Jug competition for 2023.

Brecon Claret Jug
EWBA February Congress

The winners and runners up in the EWBA February Congress are pictured below. A good weekend of Bridge with a good atmosphere.

Its great to play face to face!

The winners of the Swiss Pairs were Kevin Maddox & Tony Haworth with the runners up of Ann Slee & Richard Lingham.

The Swiss Teams event on the Sunday was won by Richard Plackett & Mia Deschepper with Patrick Shields & David McAndrew. The runners up in the teams were Tim Rees & John Salisbury with Julian Pottage & Tony Ratcliff.

EWBA February Congress
EWBA Mixed Pairs Result

Congratulations to Gwynn Davis and Sue Ingham for winning the EWBA mixed pairs event held on Sunday 11th December.

Full results of the competition can be seen here.

East Wales Congress Swiss Teams

Congratulations to Richard Lingham & Vivienne Mably, Ann Slee & Graham Hoare, winners of the East Wales Congress Swiss Teams. Full result below. 

East Wales Congress Swiss Teams
East Wales Congress Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to Richard Plackett & Mia Deschepper, winners of the East Wales Congress Swiss Pairs.  Full result below. 

East Wales Congress Swiss Pairs
EWBA Pair Victory in Eastbourne
EWBA Pair Victory in Eastbourne

Congratulations to Richard Plackett and Mia Deschepper on winning the Swiss Pairs Championshiop at the EBU's summer festival of Bridge at Eastbourne.

The pairs event was played over two days and attracted a very strong feild making the victory all the more amazing.

Final results here

Claret Jug Winners
Claret Jug Winners

Congratulations to Phil Reed and Ann Jeremiah, winners of this year's Claret Jug competition at Crickhowell Bridge Club.

Perry Shield, Spickett Bowl - Winners

EWBA Teams won both the Perry Shield and Spickett Bowl in a dramatic final in Llandrindod Wells, that saw both teams snatching victory in the last round of the match.

Congratulations to Gwynn Davis (Capt) & Susan Ingham, Steve Webb & Tim Barsby, Sophie Cunningham & Paul Cunningham, winners of the Perry Shield.

Congratulations to Helen Houston (Capt) & Mrunalini Dewan, Gilly Clench & Mel Thomas, Angela Gilbert & Jo Copping, winners of the Spickett Bowl


Perry Shield, Spickett Bowl - Winners
WBU Teams of 8 finals
WBU Teams of 8 finals

Congratulations to Penarth + for winning the final of the WBU Teams of 8 

The winning team comprised Mike Tedd & John SalisburyAdrian Trickey & Simon Brindle, Jennifer Wardell & Mrunalini Dewan, and Richard Stevenson & Rosemary Allen

EWBA 2022 Team Knockout

Congratulations to the winners of the EWBA KO Teams - the "Outsiders".  The winning team was made up of Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock, Gerald Tredinnick, Diane Greenwood and captained by Gilly Clench.

Runners up were the "Chepstow Chancers"  of Dave Smith, Sheila Montgomery, Ray Mardon and their captain Pete Smith.


Click here for full results

Arthur James Bowl

Congratulations to Leighton Williams & Martin David, winners of the Arthur James Bowl. Full result below.   

Beatus Cup

Congratulations to Angela Gilbert & Bob Drinkall, winners of the Beatus Cup. Full result below.   

EWBA Swiss Team
EWBA Swiss Pairs
EWBA Mixed Pairs
GP Swiss Teams