December 2018

2018 High Scores

2018 is drawing to a close, so we thought it would be fun to wrap up the year with a few facts and figures. Who got the highest score of the year? What was the largest NGS increase? Where was the strongest bridge played? Read more to find out.

Mossop wins Senior Trials

The Mossop team have won the Senior Trials, which took place at West Midlands Bridge Club at the weekend, and will be representing England in the Teltscher Trophy next year. The team of David Mossop, Paul Hackett, Gunnar Hallberg, John Holland and Brian Senior finished undefeated, with the Penfold team close behind and then a large gap to third.

The Teltscher Trophy will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 5th-7th April 2019.

England finish 2nd/3rd/3rd in Channel Trophy

The three England teams finished in the middle of the pack at the 2018 Channel Trophy at the weekend in Lille, France. The U26 team did the best, finishing second, with the U26 Women and U21 teams finishing third, but comfortably ahead of fourth place. The event features four nations, with England facing strong competition from France, Belgium and The Netherlands. The home team swept all three series.

The England Teams were as follows:

Under 26s (Juniors):

Under 26 Women (Girls):

Under 21s (Youngsters):

Extra online games over Christmas and New Year

This Christmas again sees online games on on all public holidays with Funbridge, including an extra one on Boxing Day.

Whether you're already an avid Funbridge player, or a first timer, Christmas is a great time to play, as there will also be a free game on New Year's Day.

As always, games will start at midnight, and you can play at any time up until 10pm, stopping and starting as often as you like - so you should be able to fit it in around any festivities.

If you are spending time with any bridge playing friends or family over the holiday period, then do encourage them to have a go and have some friendly competition among yourselves. The free New Year's Day game is an ideal opportunity for them to see if they enjoy Funbridge.

Remember there are two ladder competitions, and plenty of chances to win a cash prize this month, with ten games remaining. Check out your current standings.

If you like online bridge games, you may also enjoy our 2019 EBU Online Knockout. Entries are now open (closing on 14th January). It is for teams of four (from a squad of up to six), all of whom must be members of the 'home union' federations - so tell your friends in all corners of the British Isles.

Welwyn Garden City win NICKO Plate

The NICKO Plate - the 'consolation' competition for teams losing in the early rounds of the National Inter Club Knock Out - has been won by Welwyn Garden City E.

The Welwyn Garden City E team (pictured, from left to right – Jonathan Osgood, Sally Bennett, Simon Mostyn, Piers Fuller) won by 19 IMPs (106-87) in a tight match against British Rail A.

In addition to the players pictured, Anthony Golding and Francis Morton played for the Welwyn Garden City E in earlier rounds of the competition.

British Rail were well represented by Roger Mallinson (capt), David Marshall, Mary Marshall and Andy Wells. Congratulations to all involved.

Membership Campaign Update

Since joining in September, Membership Development Officer Tim Anderson has been hard at work setting up the new EBU Membership Development Campaign Website, a permanent link to which has been added to our home page.

Included as part of the website will be regular blog posts looking at ways to expand membership in your area.

Read the first blog post titled 'Promoting bridge in your area with a dedicated web site', here.

The website also has some great resources for membership campaigns and case studies from clubs that have run successful campaigns.

Hinden Team Wins Mixed Team Trials

This weekend saw the semi-final and the final of the trials to represent England in the European Mixed Teams Championships.

The final was been won by the team of Frances Hinden, Graham Osborne, Sally Brock, Barry Myers, Michael Byrne & Fiona Brown (pictured). They won their semi-final, against the Sinclair team, and the final, against the Seale team who had earlier beaten the Bell team to reach the final, with both of the Hinden team’s matches being conceded after 48 of the scheduled 64 boards played.

The European Mixed Teams Championships will take place in Lisbon, February 2019.

Autumn 2018 Club Management Focus newsletter now available

The Autumn 2018 edition of the Club Management Focus Newsletter is available now here.

It contains news, articles to help you in the running of your clubs, details of forthcoming events, and important information about club administration. If you need any advice, or have any suggestions for issues you would like covered in the next newsletter, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.