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EWBA Committee Meeting
EWBA Committee Meeting

The next EWBA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday the 5th December.

Meeting will be online via Zoom - link to be posted nearer the date.

Sophie Cunningham

Upcoming non-EWBA events



WBU Newsletter





Welcome to East Wales Bridge Association
EWBA Club Representatives
EWBA Club Representatives

Club Representatives – In accordance with the constitution, EWBA affiliated clubs are reminded to nominate a representative(s) to represent their club on the EWBA committee – all such representatives have full voting rights and all major decisions and communications will involve nominated club representatives.

Clubs are entitiled to nominate one representative for every 50 club members.

Please email the EWBA Secretary to update your club's reps details

Tollemache Cup - Entries

The EWBA would like to invite players to represent the district at the EBU's Tollemache Cup.

The event is an inter-county championship event for teams of 8 but larger squads are permitted

Qualifier: 11th – 12th November 2023, RealBridge
Final: 17th – 18th February 2024, Coventry BC

Players who wish to be considered should write to

♠   ♣  Full details can be found on the EBU website here. ♠   ♣ 

Western League - NEW SEASON 2023-24

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 :

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September 30th : Avon v East Wales

November 4th : Devon v East Wales

December 2nd : East Wales v Somerset

January 13th : East Wales v Wiltshire

February 3rd : Cornwall v East Wales

March 16th : Herefordshire v East Wales

April 6th : East Wales v Dorset


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.

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 to play in the C team, 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 (

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Final results for the 2022-23 season are below. Well done to the B team coming joint 2nd 

For A Division standings click here.

For B Division standings click here.

For C Division standings click here.

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

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

Congratulations to GAMA , Bedwas on Tour and Clams for winning their respective divisions.

Final 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

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


Barrivale Claret Jug 2023
Barrivale Claret Jug 2023

Congratulations to Chris Jones and Moira Currie, winners of this years EWBA claret jug for Barrivale Bridge Club.

Perry Shield, Spickett Bowl and Presidents Cup Winners
Perry Shield, Spickett Bowl and Presidents Cup Winners

The Perry, Spickett and Presidents Cup competitions were held at the Gwent Bridge Academy on 8th & 9th July.  The winning teams were presented with their trophies by WBU President Gilly Clench.

Perry Shield won by East Wales: Gwynn Davis, Sue Ingham,  Paul Denning, Diane Kurbalija, Ceri Pierce, Tim Rees

Spickett Bowl won by North Wales: Suzy Lawson, Joan Murray, Loretta Murphy, Mollie Evans(not pictured)

President's Cup won by Rhiwbina: Pam Stacey, Gillian O'Keefe, David Bonello, Bernadine O'Beirne and not pictured John Gracey and Cath Simpson.

Thanks to everyone involved in making it such an enjoyable competition.

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.   

Stan Berger - Green Pointed pairs
Gwent Bridge Academy
EWBA Swiss Team
EWBA Swiss Pairs
EWBA Mixed Pairs
Sun 1st Oct 2023
Patrick Jourdain team's event - Green :Pointed
Cardiff Bridge Club 11am
Sun 10th Dec 2023
EWBA mixed pairs
Cardiff Bridge Club
Sat 10th Feb 2024
EWBA CONGRESS - Green Pointed Swiss Pairs
Gwent Bridge Academy
Sun 11th Feb 2024
EWBA CONGRESS - Green Pointed Swiss Teams
Gwent Bridge Academy
Sun 12th May 2024
EWBA AGM /Arthur James/Beatus Cup
Cardiff Bridge Club