December 2015

First stage of Senior trials completed

The first stage of the trials for the Senior team to play in the European Championships took place 18th-20th December at West Midlands Bridge Club.

The team of Paul Hackett, Gunnar Hallberg, John Holland, David Mossop, David Price and Brian Senior finished top and will play the team of Sandra Penfold, Patrick Collins, David Kendrick, Norman Selway and Colin Simpson. This result has now been confirmed following an appeal which may have affected the second placed team.

The Sansom and Lawy finished in third and fourth, and just 3.36 VPs covered the first four teams. The final part of the trials takes place 22th-24th January.

England U20s win Channel Trophy in style; U25s + U25 Women perform well

England U20s have won the Channel Trophy in spectacular style.

Ben Norton & Sam Behrens, Kripa Panchagnula & Jonathan Clark and Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter (see picture here) won every match, and led from start to finish in a tremendous display of quality and aggression at the event held over the weekend of 18th-20th December at the headquarters of the Dutch Bridge Federation in Utrecht.

They came back from 15 imps down to beat France in the first match before demolishing the Netherlands 77-11 on vu graph on Friday night. Two solid wins against Belgium and another crushing of the Dutch meant they had a small cushion over France, who had won every other match to be hot on their heels. In the final match England built up a good lead and held on to win the match and the Channel Trophy.

This was an England Under 20 debut for Kripa and Jonathan, Ben and Sam have been capped many times and Liam and Daniel played in Tromso for the U15 team. This was a first win for all 6 players who acquitted themselves tremendously.

In the U25 event England - Shivam Shah & Freddie Illingworth; Alex Roberts & Ankush Khandelwal; Toby Nonnenmacher & Michael Alishaw (see picture here) - had a chance going into the final match but couldn't maintain their early lead against leaders France, and finished 3rd.

In the U25 women's event England (see picture here) fielded 3 young players, Jasmine Bakhshi, Megan Jones and Liz Gahan who were the youngest ever to represent their country along with two older, and more experienced players, Laura Covill and Katy Lee, and Helen Holmes, who was making her debut. Although they started very slowly they gained in momentum as the event went on and in the final matched destroyed the Belgium team to finish in 3rd place.

The NPCs were Alan Shillitoe (U25s), Michael Byrne (U20s), Sarah O'Connor (U25 Women).

Barry's blog #69

The EBU General Manager, Barry Capal, has posted another blog, looking back at 2015, and ahead to 2016.

Entries open for Nordic Junior Pair Championships & Camp

Entries are now being taken for the Nordic Junior Pairs Championship and training camp. The event takes place in Sweden from 23rd - 27th March 2016 and is open to all juniors. There is a Pairs Championship in the U25, U20 and 'Girls' categories.

For more information see this brochure.

Cope team wins Gold Cup

The 2015 Bridge Great Britain Gold Cup has been won by Simon Cope, Nicola Smith, John Holland, Peter Crouch & Ben Green (pictured left).

They beat the team of Barry Myers, Sally Brock, Chris Dixon, Taf Anthias (a picture of them is available here) in the final by 65 IMPs.

This was the sixth time Peter has won the event, the fourth time for Nicola, and the first wins for Simon, John and Ben.

The event is organised by Bridge Great Britain - full results from the finals weekend are available on the website of West Midlands Bridge Club which hosted the finals.

The Cope team are 'new entries' close to the top of the Player of the Year leaderboard, but the competition is still led by the majority of the Mossop team which won the Premier League, as they picked up a point for reaching the quarter final of the Gold Cup. The full leaderboard, and details of forthcoming events, are here.

Bristol B wins NICKO

The National InterClub Knockout (NICKO) has been won by Bristol B, who defeated Petersfield A in the final.

The team of David S Jones, Tim Brierley, Graham Hartley, Steve Tomlinson & Robert Covill beat their opponents by 42 imps over the 48 board final. Bristol took an early lead, and outscored their opponents in five of the six sessions of the very friendly and good spirited match.

The Petersfield team was Owen Leigh, James Clark, Mike Kinsey & Steve Preston, with Heather Maidment playing in earlier rounds.

Join the Women's Under 25 squad, under new leader Sally Brock

The EBU is pleased to announce that Sally Brock has been appointed as the Squad Leader for the Under 25 Women’s Squad. Sally was part of the Women’s team that recently won the bronze medal in the World Championships and she will be assisted by Fiona Brown (also a member of the bronze medal winning team) and Bryony Youngs (junior and Women’s international).

We are particularly keen to hear from young women who are interested in becoming part of the squad. The squad will train alongside the current U25, U20 and U15 squads, and participants in the U25 Women’s squad will be eligible for selection in all relevant categories.

If you would like to apply to join the squad, or want more information, please contact Dawn at the EBU - dawn@ebu.co.uk.