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White House Juniors event this week

England has two Junior teams competing in the White House competition in the Netherlands which takes place this week.

The event began on Sunday with a Pro-Am competition, and the main competition started on Monday, with the English teams competing against 22 other international junior sides.

England will be represented by:

  • A: Shivam Shah & Alex Roberts and Freddie Illingworth & Ben Norton
  • B: Toby Nonnenmacher & Michael Alishaw and Tommy Brass & Ankush Khandelwal
  • NPC for both teams: Alan Shillitoe
  • Matches will be shown on vugraph on Bridge Base Online each day. See the vugraph schedule for timings.

    Ireland win Camrose Trophy; England third

    The Republic of Ireland have won the Camrose Trophy, after an exciting finish.

    Going in to the final round the Republic of Ireland, Wales and England all had a chance of winning, and as each had different opponents the margins of victory would determine the final outcome. The Irish team won their final match 18.05-1.95 to take the title by less than 2 VPs from Wales, who were a further 3 VPs ahead of England.

    England, who were represented by Alexander Allfrey & Andrew Robson, Tony Forrester & David Gold, and David Bakhshi & Andrew McIntosh, were leading scorers on the second weekend, but could not overhaul the Welsh and Irish teams which had got off to a fast start on the first weekend. The team is pictured receiving the Pat Cotter trophy from NIBU Chairman John Bergin as a result of their head-to-head victory against Scotland.

    England had been represented on the first weekend by Heather Dhondy & Brian Callaghan, Sally Brock & Barry Myers, and Jonathan Mestel & Paul Barden.

    David Burn was NPC on the first weekend, and Godfrey King was assistant captain on the second weekend.

    Greats of English game honoured with Diamond Award

    Two greats of the English game have been presented with the EBU's Diamond Award.

    The Diamond Award has been introduced this year, and will be awarded to players in recognition of excellence and success over a sustained period for England's international teams.

    The inaugural recipients were Nicola Smith and Tony Forrester. They received their awards at the Lederer Memorial Trophy event (where Tony was part of the winning team).

    Nicola has been one of the top Women's players in the world since the 1970s and has won an unparalleled number of medals at World and European level in that time.

    Tony has been one of our leading players in the open game since the early 1980s. He has won a silver medal in the Bermuda Bowl, a Gold Medal in the 1991 European Championships and recently a Bronze medal in the 2014 European Championship. He has also won the BGB Gold Cup more times than any other player and represented England successfully in the Camrose on many occasions.

    Their biographies give more details on their achievements.

    Congratulations to them both.

    England retain Junior Camrose & Peggy Bayer trophies

    The England junior teams were once again dominant in the annual home international series which took place in Wales at the weekend. The Under-25s in the Junior Camrose were run close by Scotland in the first half, but pulled away with a strong second half to win by 19 VPs. In the Peggy Bayer, the Under-20s won every match, mostly by large amounts, to finish up 28 VPs ahead of second-placed Ireland. Congratulations to both teams.

    Junior Camrose: Shivam Shah & Tom Paske, Toby Nonnenmacher & Michael Alishaw, James Paul & Alex Roberts with NPC Jon Cooke.

    Peggy Bayer: Freddie Illingworth & Ben Norton, Nick Dean & Sam Behrens, Laura Covill & Stephen Kennedy with NPC Michael Byrne.