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.

Smith & Wilson, and Solomon team, win at Riviera Congress

The EBU's month at the seaside started this weekend with the Riviera Congress in Torquay.

The Swiss Teams was won by Warner Solomon, Alex Maddocks, Bill Taylor & Robert Miller, with 105 VPs from seven matches. They are pictured receiving the Wing Trophy from donor David Wing. Rob Lawy, Andrew Thompson, Jim Grant & Stefan Lindfors, finished second, 7 VPs behind. Tim Chanter, Helen Wildsmith, Graham Pollack & Andrew Whittome were third. The 'non-expert' prize was won by Martin Baker, Dave Strawbridge, Norman Botton & Ian Dalrymple, who finished fifth.

The Swiss Pairs was won by Janet Smith & Alan Wilson (see picture here). They finished level with Rob Lawy & Andrew Thompson on 162 VPs after 12 matches, but took the title by virtue of victory in the head-to-head match. There was also a tie for third place between Dan McIntosh & Tim Gauld, and Diane Kurbalija & Filip Kurbalija, who finished on 155 VPs. The 'B' Stratification prize was won by Stuart Bridge & Roger Karn, who finished 14th. The C Stratification prize was a tie between Bill Luscombe & George Delafield and Hanna Tuus & India Leeming.


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