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Two medals, and other good results, for England at European Youth Pairs

England's Juniors have enjoyed a successful trip to Croatia for the European Youth Pairs Championships, leaving with two bronze medals and a number of other good results.

Tommy Brass & Ian Robson (pictured left) finished third in the U26 Pairs, with Stephen Kennedy and Michael Alishaw finishing in fifth place - England was one of only two countries with two pairs in the top 16.

Henry Rose and Oscar Selby (pictured right) claimed the bronze medal in the U16 Pairs.

The U26 Women's Pairs saw two English pairs narrowly miss a podium place, with Liz Gahan & Yvonne Wiseman finishing fourth, and Alex Birchall & Laura Covill finishing fifth.

In the President's Cup - the consolation event alongside the Pairs Championships - Jonathan Clark & Daniel Winter finished in second, with India Leeming & Hanna Tuus in sixth and Joshua Clarke & Henry Bissell in eighth.

The competition started with a Mixed Pairs in which a number of English pairs enjoyed good results. Alex Birchall & Shahzaad Natt finished 10th in the A Final. Louise Selway & Will Roper won the B Final, with Hanna Tuus & Tommy Brass in third, and Laura Covill & Nick Dean in fourth. India Leeming & Ian Robson made it four English pairs in the top ten.

Pictures copyright European Bridge League

England U16s reach final of Youth Online Championships

England's U16 team has reached the final of the WBF Youth Teams Online Championships after a victory over the USA. Squad leader Giorgio Provenza takes up the story....

"After a 42-board battle England prevailed over USA 102-89. The good guys took their first lead on the 3rd board and then fought off any attempt of the American kids to come back.

The finale was a thriller though. The Americans had reserved their rights on an early board where they thought they had been damaged by a misclick. Had an appeal been upheld, it could have overturned the outcome of the match.

After some back and forth, whilst the evening was turning into night, they eventually conceded and we could all go to bed, happy and victorious.

Here's a picture of the team (courtesy of David Emerson) taken at the Ardingly junior bridge camp: from left to right Dido Coley, Henry Rose, Roland Bourne, Jasmine Bakhshi, Liam Fegarty, Jamie Fegarty, Oscar Selby, Andy Cope."

The team are hitting form at an ideal time with the World Youth Team Championships just over a month away. We were delighted that Tetragon have become a primary sponsor of the U16 team, but there is still chance to donate to the fundraising to support all four teams heading to China. All donations, of any size, are gratefully received - see here for more information on the fundraising.

England juniors reach semis in Israel

The England U26 team continued their preparations for the World Youth Team Championships with a good performance at the Tel Aviv International Bridge Festival. Michael Alishaw & Stephen Kennedy and Shahzaad Natt & Ben Norton were narrowly defeated at the semi-final stage - by just 7 IMPs to the eventual winners. Michael and Stephen then went on to compete in the Pairs competition where they finished 13th of the 80 pairs in the A Final.

Support the junior teams
We are delighted that donations continue be made to the fundraising effort to support the junior teams competing in the World Youth Team Championships. The total has reached over £42,000, which is excellent, but we still hope to reach £60,000 by the time the teams fly east. If you would like to support them please donate through this page on the EBED website.

England U16s reach quarterfinals of world online teams

England's U16 team have reached the quarterfinals of the WBF Youth Teams Online Championships and will play France.

In the qualifying stage the U16s won five of their seven matches to finish in sixth place, and progress to the knockout phase. The team is: Jasmine Bakhshi, Dido Coley, Roland Bourne, Henry Rose, Liam Fegarty, Jamie Fegarty, Oscar Selby, & Andy Cope.

The U26 team lost only twice in their matches, finishing eighth of fifteen, but with only four team progressing from their pool they will not be in the knockout rounds. The team was: Toby Nonnenmacher, Kyle Lam, Yvonne Wiseman, Will Roper, Ben Norton & Shahzaad Natt.

Most of the participants in the two teams will be representing England in the World Youth Teams Championships in China in August. Information on making a donation to sponsor the squads can be seen here.