Contact us about learning bridge & we'll put you in touch with our EBU-qualified teacher who runs classes at the Club, or visit www.bridgewebs.com/humberschool
Once you've started playing, come and improve your play at our friendly dupLicate sessions, with advice at hand if you wish. No partner required. Most Wednesday afternoons, Thursday evenings and some Sunday afternoons, depending on your level of play. Keep an eye on the calendar for dates.
Out of town success.
Ian Cook’s team of Waldemar, Tim Prior and Mark Ballantine won the Waddington Cup.
David Wilson, Waldemar, Ian Cook and Mark Ballantine represented Yorkshire B in the Northern League last October and have also been selected again this year. David Rose will replace Waldemar
Ian Cook, David Wilson, Waldemar & Mark Ballantine were runners up in the Scarborough Congress Swiss teams.
In the Yorkshire league Hull B and Hull C finished mid table and remain in Divisions 5 & 7 respectively. Hull A were undefeated and won Division 2 They will play in the top division next season.
Mondays: average of about 8 tables included 3 special competitions
Sundays: average of 6 tables. Celebrated Mamie Seal’s 100th birthday with flowers and cake and a photograph which was printed in the EBU magazine. Penny Joseph introduced a beginners playing with an experienced player on the first Sunday of the month. We have been making an effort to encouraging the less experienced players to attend Monday’s and Wednesday’s events and we are starting to see that happen.
The Monthly Pairs has been very encouraging. This year has seen an average of 6 tables.
We had 4 teams every month for our Thursday teams. It is now a qualifier for Waddington cup
The biggest disappointment was the Wednesday Cup where we averaged only 4 tables. For a major competition that is really not good enough and the chairman hoped that attendance would improve next year otherwise he might suggest removing it from the calendar
The annual Teams of 8 competition again proved popular and the result went to the wire with Hull B retaining the trophy by the margin of 1 IMP.
Handicapped teams. This was a new event. 7 teams took part and it was particularly nice to see that 3 of those teams were relatively inexperienced, particularly as regards team play.
The chairman thanked Tim Prior who produced booklets for Individual. Tim also led a series of lessons in the summer months.
The big undertaking this year of course has been the refurbishment. The chairman took office to get the refurbishment completed and other people like Toni Sales and Paul Witty stayed on the committee and David Rose joined in order to help him out. However, although the work will not be completed until the next committee is in situ the four of them have committed themselves to staying on as an ex-officio co-opted sub committee to oversee the completion of the work.
We have updated the scoring program to the latest version and we are hoping that it will be able to send team events for the National Grading Scheme to the EBU. The chairman thanked Mark Ballantine who had been co-opted onto the committee to deal with the scoring programme and to keep the web page up to date. The ‘Find a Partner’ aspect of the web page was up and running but disappointingly no-one seemed to be using it.
The chairman thanked the committee who had been of much help to him this year. All the committee have taken on myriad tasks and helped to keep the club running smoothly The chairman made special mention of Toni Sales who not only does so much behind the scenes to keep the club running but has in particular this year spent a great deal of time updating the fire regulations. Also Paul Witty without whose expertise in building work was invaluable in the planning and who has overseen all the work in the later stages. The chairman also thanked those people who, although not committee members, help towards the smooth-running of the Club. He emphasised that, whilst the committee members shoulder responsibility for the running of the club, it is everybody’s club and everyone should be prepared to help out with minor tasks.
For the benefit of members who may be interested in the origins of the club and the premises at Spring Bank, the following brief summary has been forwarded by David Wilson.
Hull Bridge Club was first formed in the early 1930s, playing in various places up to the opening of Spring Bank. For several years it used the Royal Station Hotel but also used the facilities at Recketts, BP, Blackburns and Croda (Premier Soaps) for a while just after the war.
Dennis Colley and Ken Richardson started bridge at Spring Bank in 1967 - 1968 and Hull and East Riding Contract Bridge Association used the premises until they bought the freehold in 1983 - 1984. Negotiations were supervised by the then chair, David Waxman, before he moved to Sheffield. David Rose took over as chair in 1984 and completed the purchase. The premises were purchased from Miami Beach Ltd., a company owned by Ken and Denis.
The following trophies have been won in the first 5 months of 2015
The Elsie Bailey Cup (Individual) was won by David Wilson with Frank Smith second.
The Monthly Teams was won for the second year in succession by Ian Cook, Waldemar Maciejewski, Tim Prior and Paul Witty. They will go on to represent the club in the Waddington Cup competition in July. It should be noted that this team are the holders of the Waddington Cup and we wish them the best of luck as they try to retain this trophy. We also are sad to report that Waldemar has now returned to Poland. He has had much success in the short time he has been with the club, and will be remembered as a highly capable and successful player.
The Wednesday Cup was won by David Wilson and Mark Ballantine for the second successive year, with newcomers Graham Wilson and Stuart Watts winning the handicap competition. Congratulations go to Graham and Stuart for their excellent performance in this competition.
The GV Moore Cup (Teams of Eight) was won yet again by the team known as "Hull B" (Ian Cook, Terry Childs, Alex Ainsworth, Cedric Grayburn, Tim Prior, Daniel Mogilnicki, Laurie Jackson and Mark Ballantine). This year they won by the very narrowest of margins (1VP) from Tony Sale's team.
The Championship Pairs was won by David Rose and David Wilson, with Phillip Scott and Pat Capron winning the Sophie Winer Cup for the handicap scoring of this event.
The John Colley Cup was won by Dick Hicks and David Coats.
The Cyril Harris Cup has been resurrected as a handicap teams competition and was won by David Wilson, Brian Smelt, Ian Cook and David Rose.
The J.L. Dunn Cup resulted in a tie for first place with David Wilson and Daniel Mogilnicki sharing the cup with Dick Hicks and Tony Haslip.
It has been an excellent year for Hull "A" who were promoted from Division 2 to Division 1 of the Yorkshire League, finishing as League champions of Division 2 with 7 wins out of 7. Hull "B" and Hull "C" also had good seasons in Divisions 5 and 7 respectively, but after very promising starts where promotion seemed possible, both teams had to settle for mid-table slots at the end of the season. The relevant league tables for all three teams are shown below.