Please note: For 2021, we intend this event to go ahead, whether online or live and whether with regional finals or only a larger national final. This means counties should continue to run their qualifying events.
The Garden Cities Trophy is the EBU's inter-county championship for club teams-of-eight.
Please note that the regulations have been completely re-written for this season’s competition. The purpose is not to make any substantive changes, but to improve clarity, and to cover a small number of situations where the intention behind the regulations may not have been clear.
The competition is for the winners of each County’s designated event for affiliated club teams of 8. If the winners are unable to participate, then the invitation is extended to the runners-up.
Each County is responsible for deciding the format of its designated event. In practice, some Counties hold a one-off qualifying event and others choose to use a season-long event such as a County League for club teams of 8.
Clubs which are affiliated to more than one County may seek to qualify in only one County in each season. They may play in the designated event in another County, if that County’s regulations permit it, but without standing to qualify for the Garden Cities Trophy representing that other County.
Any such clubs playing in the designated event in more than one County will be assumed to be seeking qualification to represent their County of primary allegiance, unless they notify the EBU Competitions Department, prior to playing in the qualifying event in any of the Counties concerned, that they are seeking qualification to represent another County.
The intention of the competition is that clubs are represented by their regular players or established members. Players must:
- be registered members of the club they are to represent continuously throughout the period commencing with the date three months before the relevant closing date, and finishing with the last stage of the competition in which they play; and
- play regularly at the club or for the club, or contribute to the club regularly in some other way (or have done so in previous years, yet be unable currently to do so through some personal circumstance, e.g. illness, work, childcare, etc.).
“Registered member” means a member of the club who is at all relevant times included on the list of members of the club registered with the EBU for the purposes of the Universal Membership Scheme.
For the purposes of these regulations the County stage of the competition is considered separately from the Regional and National stages, but the Regional and National stages are considered as a single stage. Accordingly, “the relevant closing date” means:
- for the County stages, the County’s closing date for entries to its designated event; and
- for the Regional or National finals, the EBU’s closing date for entries to the Regional Finals.
Players must also comply with any additional eligibility requirements stipulated by the County.
Players are not required to owe primary allegiance to the County they represent. Although all players must be EBU members, they are not required to be members of the County they represent, provided that the relevant County regulations permit this.
For the avoidance of doubt a club’s participation in the Regional Finals is not prejudiced by the fact that one or more players who have represented it in the County stages may have subsequently become ineligible to represent the club. Similarly, a club’s participation in the National Final is not prejudiced by the fact that one or more players who have represented it in the County stages and/or the Regional Finals may have lost their eligibility. This is subject to the overriding requirement that all players must have been eligible to represent the club on every occasion on which they actually did so at any stage of the competition.
Players may participate in qualifying competitions in more than one County (subject to meeting the eligibility requirements of that County), but only for one club within any one County in each season. Having once represented a club in a qualifying competition, a player may not subsequently represent some other club from the same County at any stage of that season’s competition. Furthermore, a player who represents one County in the Regional Final may not represent a different County in the National Final in the same season.
Entries to the Regional and National stages must be submitted by an authorised official of either the County or the Club which has qualified to represent the County. Both the County and the club have a responsibility to satisfy themselves that the players comply with all the eligibility requirements set out in these regulations (including any additional eligibility requirements stipulated by the County).
Teams are limited to eight playing members in each of the Regional and National Finals, although not necessarily the same eight in the Regional and National Final.
The Regional finals will be run as all-play-all events on Saturday 8th May 2021, and will start at 11.30am and finish at approximately 7pm. Up to 50 boards will be played, with the winners and runners-up in each region qualifying for the National Final.
The National final is played on Saturday 19th June 2021. Venue TBC.
Play will start at 11.30am and finish at approximately 7pm. Each team will play a 7-board match against each other team.
Entries to the Regional and National stages must be submitted by an authorised official of either the County or the Club which has qualified to represent the County. An entry form is supplied to County Secretaries for this purpose.
The prices for our online congresses and competitions are significantly lower than they would have been face to face (about 20% less), but reflect the fact that green-pointed events always attract a premium. Players are also saving a significant amount of money in travel and accommodation costs.
We have been working hard to keep bridge going since last March, but with no end to the pandemic expected soon, we also need to work hard to keep the EBU going. Despite taking advantage of all government support that has been available, making a number of staff redundant and cutting costs everywhere we can, we are still using our reserves at an unsustainable rate. With the furlough scheme coming to an end this will only get worse.
Competitions are one way of raising the money necessary for the EBU's survival and we will be following this pricing strategy for all our online congresses and major competitions.
Cheltenham: Val Constable, Judith Sanis, Patrick Shields, Richard Chamberlain, Tony Letts, Ben Ritacca, Allan Sanis and Paul Denning.
Please note this event did not take place in 2020 due to covid.
Saturday 8th May 2021
11.30am - 7.00pm
Saturday 19th June 2021
11.30am - 7.00pm
Qualifying round: 0.25 Green Point per 7-board match won (0.13 for a draw), other length matches pro rata.
Final: 0.50 Green Point per match won (0.25 for a draw), plus bonus ranking awards to the top three teams (3.50, 2.00 & 1.00 respectively)
Level 4 agreements are permitted in all events.