England U16s reach final of Youth Online Championships

England's U16 team has reached the final of the WBF Youth Teams Online Championships after a victory over the USA. Squad leader Giorgio Provenza takes up the story....

"After a 42-board battle England prevailed over USA 102-89. The good guys took their first lead on the 3rd board and then fought off any attempt of the American kids to come back.

The finale was a thriller though. The Americans had reserved their rights on an early board where they thought they had been damaged by a misclick. Had an appeal been upheld, it could have overturned the outcome of the match.

After some back and forth, whilst the evening was turning into night, they eventually conceded and we could all go to bed, happy and victorious.

Here's a picture of the team (courtesy of David Emerson) taken at the Ardingly junior bridge camp: from left to right Dido Coley, Henry Rose, Roland Bourne, Jasmine Bakhshi, Liam Fegarty, Jamie Fegarty, Oscar Selby, Andy Cope."

The team are hitting form at an ideal time with the World Youth Team Championships just over a month away. We were delighted that Tetragon have become a primary sponsor of the U16 team, but there is still chance to donate to the fundraising to support all four teams heading to China. All donations, of any size, are gratefully received - see here for more information on the fundraising.

Littlewoods, & Dhondy team, win at Summer Seniors

The Summer Seniors Congress has made its traditional trip to Eastbourne, with the Littlewoods and the Dhondy team picking up the main prizes.

Paul & Fiona Littlewood (pictured) were winners of the Championship Pairs, finishing with 58.69%. They were exactly 2% ahead of Kathy & Denis Talbot, with Celia & Derek Oram in third with 56.36%.

The B Final was won by Gary Hyett & Alan Cooke, with Brian Crack & Shirley Goldwin in second, and Andrew Parkes & Richard Samter in third.

The Swiss Pairs - for non-qualifiers in the Championship Pairs, and those joining the Congress on day two - was won emphatically by Joan Peel & Geoffrey Peel. They were undefeated in their seven matches finishing with 124 VPs. Nigel Wolfendale & Dick Davey were second on 101 VPs, and Lorne Anderson & Warner Solomon were third with 99 VPs.

The Swiss Teams competition was a little closer, though the winners - Jeremy Dhondy, Bill Hirst, Peter Law & Clive Cubitt (pictured here) - were also undefeated. They finished 9 VPs ahead of Gary Hyett, Alan Cooke, John Jones & Adrian Fontes, with the Davey team in third a further 2 VPs back.

U16s reach online semis; team to be sponsored by Tetragon

England's U16 squad has continued its preparations for the World Youth Team Championships by progressing to the semifinals of the WBF Youth Teams Online Championships, after a narrow victory over France.

We are also delighted that Tetragon will be sponsoring the U16 squad. We are very grateful for their donation, and this takes the fundraising through the £50,000 barrier.

We are getting close to our fundraising target, so further contributions of any size will be very welcome. Donations can be made through the EBED website. Alternatively, please support West Midlands BC's fundraising Swiss Pairs taking place on 18th July.

Giorgio Provenza, squad leader for the U16s, has written another blog with further news on the squad's activities - that can be read by clicking 'read more'.

100 juniors play in Stamford inter-schools event

100 young players have taken part in Stamford Youth Bridge Academy’s 2nd inter-schools event.

10 schools competed in the over-subscribed competition, and received awards from Gordon Rainsford, and from local MP, Nick Boles.

More details are available on EBED's website. Photos can be seen here, via Stamford BC.

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