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News July/August 2015

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TOLLEMACHE
This year's team is Steve & Georgia Ray, Julian Gibson & John Atthey, Martin Kane & Damian Hassan, Val Gibson & Bill March

 
 

MORE ON THE HUBERT PHILLIPS BOWL
THE NEBA team of Val Gibson (Captain), John Atthey, Bill March and Clive Owen won the EBU Hubert Phillips Bowl on Saturday.

It is a National knock out competition for mixed teams where the partnerships change after every 10 boards so that all members of the team play with each other.
They won a very close final, played over 60 boards, by 1470 against Sally Brock, Phil King, Robert Sheehan and Barry Myers.
READ MORE about the match

 

HEXHAM BRIDGE CLUB
The Bridge Drive with Afternoon Tea held on Sunday 5th July at was a great success with 13 full tables and £700 raised for the Great North Air Ambulance.

 

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Winners - Phylllis Hands & James Grant, with Mark Stanners

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FREE ENTRY!!!
NEBA Executive have agreed to promote their two major teams competitions FREE of charge for the 2015/16 season. Please get your teams together and give your entries to David Gold. neba.cts@gmail.com before 30th September.

2015/16 PROGRAMME
The NEBA programme booklet has been printed and is now available from your local bridge club. David Gold has compiled and produced this year's booklet which now inludes photographs of event winners as well as a contacts, calendar and competition details. Graphics by Neil Aiston.

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Winners of the Swiss Pairs, Mike Stanbury & Frank Springett.

2015 NEBA SWISS PAIRS
A slightly disappointing 7 tables played in this event hosted by Chester-le-Street Bridge Club.
The unusual 11.30 am start - in the middle of the week - may take some time to catch on, but the shortened format, that leaves the evening free, could become for many retired players, more appropriate than the major weekend events of 48 boards.

The winners of the 2015 NEBA Swiss Pairs were Frank Springett and Mike Stanbury. Runners up were Ray Green and Gill Gold. and the NGS prize went to John Moor And Catherine Longley.

Director Norman Gray (and the 'Bridgemates') managed the whole event superbly.

NEBA NORTHERN OPEN PAIRS
An encouraging 15 tables competed yesterday, July 19th, for the NEBA Northern Open Pairs competition.

The event was, as always, efficiently directed by Norman Gray. Thanks also to Freda Simpkin and her helpers who provided a delicious tea and to Castle Morpeth Bridge Club who hosted the event. NEBA do seem to be providing and presenting their direct entry competitions rather well!

Congratulations to the winners, Frank Springett & Brenda Osborne, to runners up Mike Stanbury & Ajit Shivdasani and to Cecily Manghan & Ken Wharrier who won the NGS award.
FULL RESULTS
HERE

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HUBERT PHILLIPS BOWL WINNERS
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Bill March, Clive Owen, Val Gibson and John Atthey

CRAMLINGTON CONGRESS
The Cramlington Congress held yesterday, 9th August at the Holiday Inn Seaton Burn was a great success . The playing conditions were excellent, the results were available within seconds, the very good meal was served promptly with efficiency and courtesy and there were players from all across our region. Norman Gray directed the complex movement faultlessly and Anne Bell is again to be congratulated for the overall organisation.

The final result was decided on a split tie between Jim Hodgson & Chris Stenning and the eventual winners Phyllis Hands & James Grant from the Chester-le-Street Bridge Club. The Consolation final was won by Harold Wells & Allan Hoggan.

Full results are on the Cramlington Bridge Club website.

HUBERT PHILLIPS (FROM LAST MONTH)
Val Gibson (Captain), John Atthey, Bill March, Clive Owen

Round 1 beat Teshome S at home
Round 2 bye
Round 3 beat Senior B away
Round 4 beat Hackett J away
Round 5 beat Jones D away
Round 6 (Semi Final) versus Mitchell J away

I have just been informed that our team has beaten the Mitchell team and have reached the Final of this prestigious Knockout competition. A brilliant performance when playing against some of the best teams in the country!!!

Round 7 THE FINAL will be a home match against Sally Brock's team.

AND WOW!!!
Val Gibson, Bill March, Clive Owen and John Atthey WON the Hubert Phillips Bowl yesterday, 25th July 2015.
They beat a very strong team in the final.

This is a SUPERB ACHIEVEMENT!!!

NEBA GREEN POINTED CONGRESS
Advance notice for the annual NEBA congress at the Marriott Hotel in Gateshead - Nov. 6th - 8th
More information
HERE.

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A' Team - Inga Aiston, Liz Reese, Bob Watts, Neil Aiston, Don Reid, and Liz Muir (C)
Clive Owen and Damian Hassan were the other two team players.
B' Team - Aileen Cunningham, David Milner, David Joy, Nicola Cockerill Smith, 
Bev Godfrey, Mary Page, Nigel Durie (C) and Pauline Durie.

ARE YOU SINGLE?
THE FIRST DATES RESTAURANT IS OPENING ITS DOORS ONCE AGAIN.

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FIRST DATES is the Channel 4 series that helps find you a partner
and films your first date together.

We’ll be in Newcastle on Saturday 11th July & we’re particularly on the lookout
for MEN OVER 50 who want to find their perfect match.

If this is you and you’re looking for love or companionship, apply now:
www.firstdatescasting.co.uk - or - tweet us @FirstDates_Team
or call us 0207 424 7743

Hi Neil,
I work for the Channel 4 hit series First Dates, which sets two single people up on a real first date in a genuine restaurant and then films the date as it happens.

I’ve been speaking to Kathleen Armstrong from the Newcastle Bridge Club about potentially putting an advert out on the NEBA website and she suggested I drop you an email.

We’re currently casting for the fourth series and we’re in the North East this Saturday. We’re particularly short on older applicants, especially men.

I’ve attached a poster with all the information on. Please feel free to pass my direct number on to anyone who would like an informal chat or more information - 0203 301 8646. Many thanks, Michelle.Barratt

BRIDGE TEACHERS

Particularly because NEBA has been promoting bridge through the distribution of 1000 flyers, this is a gentle
reminder, that if you do - or wish to - teach bridge, you can advertise your classes on the NEBA website - (accessed from the home page).
We need to know where to direct people who contact us!

A group of 10+ in the Whickham area have asked for teaching and we have nowhere to direct them.

SCOTTISH CONGRESS SUCCESS
The team of Damian Hassan and Clive Owen from the North East playing with Charles and Vi Outred from Scotland won the Championship Teams Final at the recent Scottish Bridge Union Summer Congress. For Damian this was a debut win as he not played at the congress previously.


2015 NEBA v E.D. SCOTLAND


Well it is a well worn cliche - but yesterday, Sunday 5th July, NEBA brilliantly succeeded in grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory against the East District of Scotland 'A' team.

After the first 12 boards NEBA were +9. We Gained another +19 in the 2nd set and at the interval NEBA were leading by a fairly comfortable +39 IMPs.

After Steak and Kidney pie and a trifle the NEBA 'A' team generously returned the 39 IMPs - and a couple more - to show appreciation to their hosts for another friendly match.
The 'A' team lost by 4 IMPs!

This had been a real opportunity to reverse the last few year's disappointing results by NEBA in this annual match. Annoying!!

Our 'B' team, who won last year, had a similarly poor last round and lost by 34 IMPs

LEAVE YOUR SANDWICHES AT HOME.
Bridge, a light lunch, and get back in time
for tea!
This new event will take place at Chester-le-Street on WEDNESDAY19TH AUGUST. Starting time is 11.30 am!

Then get your entry in for the the KING CUP for ladies. Both of these events include a meal.
More information
HERE.


WHAT A BRILLIANT INITIATIVE !!

BRIDGE is generally thought to be one of the world’s more complicated card games, but for a group of primary pupils it has become child’s play.

Since Christmas, about 60 year two children at St Margaret’s CE Primary in Durham have been taking weekly bridge lessons.

Bridge enthusiast Gianna Ulyatt has been visiting the school to teach the basics of the game in a weekly 45-minute lesson.

During the sessions, the six and seven-year-olds learn a wide variety of maths skills through playing the game as well as other skills such as collaborating with fellow players, hand/eye co-ordination when dealing the deck and taking turns.

Year two teacher Amy Bell said: “They have absolutely loved it and learned lots of skills without even knowing they were learning.

“There is a lot of mathematics, a lot of logical thinking and a lot of forward thinking, predicting what other children would do rather than guessing."

One problem the young children have had to overcome is holding so many cards in their small hands, so they each had support boards made to help them play.

Mrs Ulyatt, a member of Durham and Chester-le-Street Bridge Clubs, said: “It’s a fabulous hobby and the children thoroughly enjoy playing bridge, they get very excited during lessons."

Mrs Ulyatt said she is willing to teach bridge to other groups of children and any school interested in introducing the game can contact her via giannaulyatt@hotmail.co.uk
From the
NORTHERN ECHO

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Director, Norman Gray presented the Ian Spoors Trophy to Brenda Osborne & Frank Springett, winners of the Northern Open Pairs.

MARGARET WATTS MEMORIAL TROPHY

This popular annual charity event will be held on Sunday August 2nd at St Georges Darlington 2pm-6.30pm approx.

The event concludes with a buffet meal and prizegiving.

PLEASE SUPPORT THIS WORTHWHILE CHARITY
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Full details
HERE

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EBU NATIONAL PAIRS

Starting in 2016 the National Pairs will have a new structure without club heats and with an increased number of Regional Finals, open to all EBU members who wish to enter. EBU hope that this will encourage greater interest in the event and lead to a national final of quality.

The Regional Finals will take place at nine venues (including St Georges at Darlington)on Sunday 13th March 2016, starting at 1.00pm and ending at approx. 8.30pm.

As in the past, the competition will culminate in a National Final contested by the top 50 pairs.

More details HERE

OMAR SHARIFF
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Probably the most famous bridge player in the world, Omar Shariff died on Friday at the age of 83.

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TENACE
Leander Paes, (The nephew of Brunton, and Cramlington bridge player
Lenny Paes) playing with Martina Hingus, won the Mixed doubles final at Wimbledon yesterday. - 12th July 2015.

Even at the age of 42, it took Leander
and his partner only 41 minutes to win this competition 6-1, 6-1.

NORTHERN BRIDGE LEAGUE

Players are always welcome to represent
NEBA in the Northern Bridge League.
We play in the B Division and there are 4 matches over the summer and early autumn.
This years dates and venues are:

1st August                Leeds
29th August             Blackburn
12th September       Keighley
10th October            Bradford

For more information or to express an
interest, please contact Pauline Durie 

pmdurie2004@yahoo.co.uk

'CHARITY GARDEN OPEN DAY

A Charity Garden Open Day is again to be held at the
home of Alison & Godfrey Young (Bishop Auckland Bridge Club members) near Crook under theNational Gardens Scheme on Sunday 12th July 2015.

Entry £3.50 

Plant Sale  -  Teas/Refreshments available to purchase.

NGS yellow signs will be posted for routes from

Brancepeth, Waterhouses, Stanley, Crook.

Post Code for SatNavs  DL15 9AP

EUROPEAN OPEN TEAMS

Shivam Shah is playing in the European Open Teams with Tom Pake, David Gold and Kevin Castner.

They have ended the qualifying in 5th place from over 100 entries and now enter the knockout segment at the round of 16.
JULY 25TH -
The England Under 25s have finished 4th in the European Youth Bridge Championships.

Results are HERE

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