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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 China.

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.

All 3 England teams qualify for World Championships!

England's campaign at the European Team Championships has ended with all three teams qualifying for the World Championships. Although no medals will be coming back across The Channel, England can be pleased to be one of four European nations represented in all three competitions in China next year.

The Senior team had out-performed many expectations by lying within a VP of second place before the final day. That results went against them on the final day, seeing them slide down to eighth, should not detract from the performance of a team all making their debuts at this level. France were the convincing winners.

The Women's team fell tantalising short of another international medal, finishing just 2.56 VPs behind the bronze medal place. But for a team which at one stage was 20th of the 23 teams, their strong comeback to finish in fifth will be a consolation. Scotland also qualified, finishing in seventh, and the competition was won by Poland.

Like the Women, the Open team had to recover from indifferent early results. Rarely in the top ten in the first week, the team remained resilient, and found form in time to record eight victories in the last ten matches and move up the table. They finished seventh, with Norway taking the top prize.

The NPC's have written blogs from the event, and the start of the most recent posts can be seen by clicking 'read more' (go to the foot of the page and click the article to link through to the full blog entry).

Well done to all the teams, which were: While the opening rounds of the competition for the Open Teams took place, there were Women's and Seniors' Pairs competitions. The leading English performers were Fiona Brown & Helen Erichsen who finished 10th.

U26 Women's team for World Championships selected

The team to represent England in the U26 Women's competition at the World Youth team Championships has been selected.

The team is:

  • Yvonne Wiseman & Liz Gahan; Olivia Bailey & Ewa Wieczorek; Laura Covill & Siyu Ren; NPC: Sally Brock

Yvonne, Olivia, Ewa and Siyu were part of the medal winning team at the 2017 European Youth Team Championships. Liz played in the last World and European U16 events and is moving up to the U26 team this year. Laura has made numerous international appearances, dating back to 2013.

This is the fourth and final team to be selected, so the line-ups for China are now set.

Donations to support the teams continue to come in, with the total now reaching £37,000. Many thanks to everyone who has donated so far. There is still lots of time to make a donation before the young players fly to China - the event is not until August - so we can still hit our target of £60,000. No donation is too small, and all are gratefully received. Individuals can make a donation through this page on the EBED webpage so gift aid can be reclaimed. Any bridge clubs, counties, or other organisations should contact us to find out how to donate.

Scotland wins Teltscher Trophy; England second

Scotland has won the Teltscher Trophy - the 'senior Camrose' competition - with England finishing second.

At the event in Mold, in Wales, Scotland were undefeated in the double round-robin, scoring 147.67 VPs. England finished with 131.71 VPs, a long way ahead of Ireland (89.33) in third.

The England team was: Sandra Penfold, Norman Selway, Tony Forrester, David Kendrick, Brian Senior, NPC: Derek Patterson (John Holland was selected but was unable to participate).

The winning Scottish team was: Iain Sime, John Matheson, Gerald Haase, John Murdoch, James Forsyth, Nigel Guthrie (NPC: Anne Perkins)