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Lady Milne Trials this weekend

The trials for the team to represent England in the Lady Milne Trophy - the competition for the Women's Teams of the Home Nations - take place this weekend.

As England is hosting the event it will be fielding two teams - 'England' and 'EBU'. The winning pair will play in the England team alongside Jane Moore & Gillian Fawcett and Sarah Teshome & Catherine Jagger. The next pairs will form the EBU team.

The Lady Milne Trophy takes place on 17th-19th April 2015 at the Birmingham Airport Holiday Inn.

Matches will be shown on Bridge Base Online from 7pm on Friday and across the weekend. Please see the vugraph schedule for more details on their broadcasts.

England third after first weekend of Camrose.

England are in third place after the first weekend of the Camrose Trophy, which was held in Edinburgh from 9th - 11th January.

The team of Heather Dhondy & Brian Callaghan, Sally Brock & Barry Myers, and Jonathan Mestel & Paul Barden (NPC: David Burn) won three of their five matches. The two defeats came against Wales and the Republic of Ireland who lie first and second respectively, separated by only 0.34 VPs. England are around 14 VPs behind.

The event concludes on 6th - 8th March, in Northern Ireland, with a second full round-robin. England will be represented by: Andrew Robson (captain) & Alexander Allfrey; Tony Forrester & David Gold; David Bakhshi & Andrew McIntosh; Assistant captain: Godfrey King.

Junior teams agonisingly close in Channel Trophy

The Junior teams all put in strong performances in the Channel Trophy, which took place in Lille, 19th to 21st December, with the Under 25s and Under 25 Women coming very close to victory.

The Under 25 Women - pictured left (L to R) - (NPC Alan Shillitoe; Laura Covill; Yvonne Wiseman; Carina Negreanu; Sinead Bird; Sarah O’Connor) were pipped into second place by less than 1 VP by the French team. A maximum against Belgium in the final round gave England a chance of victory, but the World Champion French team gained just enough in their final match to stay ahead.

The Under 25 team - pictured here - (James Paul & Alex Roberts; Tommy Brass & Ankush Khandelwal; Toby Nonnenmacher & Michael Alishaw; NPC Mike Bell) finished third, but were only 9 VPs behind the winners and a victory in the final match could have seen them defend the title they won in 2013. Defeat for the Dutch in the final match gave England a chance to win, but they couldn't beat a Belgian side who leapfrogged them into second by virtue of the win. Like the Women's team, 'so near but yet so far'.

The Under 20s - pictured here - (Freddie Illingworth & Ben Norton; Oliver Powell & Jonathan Derrick; Sam Behrens & Nick Dean; NPC Michael Byrne) finished third, recording three near-maximum victories during the event, and were closer to first than fourth at the conclusion.