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News March/April 2019

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CONGRATULATIONS TO DURHAM UNIVERSITY!!
I’m pleased to report after a hard fought weekend we have returned triumphant.
On Saturday we played UCL 'B' and win by a substantial margin before our final on Sunday against Cambridge 'B'. (They invert their teams so the top players have fewer transport costs).

Stanzas one and two saw us 58 imps out before three and four gave us 35 back. Set five was flat for one out and set six was very tense before coming in for a stunning +51. 
Final score - Durham 115 - Cambridge 88

Thank you very much for your support in this competition!
We’re glad that we could at least bring back gold :) 
Best wishes and many thanks for this opportunity*
Charlie Bucknell (Durham University PC)
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MORE on the EBU website
*NEBA offered a small grant to assisist in the teams travelling costs.

NELSON ROSEBOWL
Congratulations to the team of Pearl Murphy (yorks) Val Gibson, Nichola Cockerill-Smith and Bev Godfrey who won the Nelson Rosebowl yesterday. 10th April.

This Yorkshire Ladies teams event was held at Harrogate Bridge Club and attracted a field of 15 teams

DURHAM UNIVERSITY 'A' IN THE PORTLAND BOWL SEMI FINAL
I am pleased to report the success of the Durham University "A" Bridge Team in the annual national inter universities cup - "Portland Bowl", we have currently reached the semi finals which are to be held in the prestigious Portland Club in London and will take place this coming weekend on the 13th and 14th of April. The final four are the two Cambridge teams, us and UCL. We are playing UCL in the semi finals and then one imagines a Cambridge team in the final (or 3rd 4th playoff, but I am optimistic :)

Our journey has seen us face off both Nottingham teams with some close matches, pipping the Nottingham A team by 6 IMPs. 
Our team is made up of 
Dominic Price, Euan Sarson, Edmund Lea, Charlie Bucknell (PC)
Charlie Bucknell

PORTLAND BOWL
A teams-of-four knock-out competition played by British Universities and Higher Education Institutions for which Green Points are awarded. The English Bridge Union administers this tournament on behalf of the world famous Portland Club in London.

NEBA wish Durham University every success in the semi final.

ADVANCED DIRECTOR'S COURSE
It's some time since there was an advanced TD training course in the NEBA area, so we are planning one for June 30th at St. Georges.
Chris Benneworth will run the course and further details can be found HERE

 

SCOTTISH WOMEN'S NATIONAL PAIRS/TEAMS
42 pairs competed in the 2019 National Pairs held on March 27th. Congratulations to Val Gibson and Pearl Murphy who won the Pairs event and to Marion Curran & Margaret McCabe who were 8th.
In the teams event, the runners up (and winners of the Beatrice Craig Cup) were Pearl Murphy, Val Gibson, Bev Godfrey and Nicola Cockerill-Smith.  This team was joint second overall and won on the head-to-head.

NEBA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
As per the Constitution, nominations are invited from NEBA members for five positions (Chair, Vice Chair,
Treasurer, Secretary and Chief Tournament).

Nominations should be received by the Secretary (at nebasec@btinternet.com) by 5.00pm on Friday June 7th for inclusion on the Agenda.

Nominations should be proposed and seconded by NEBA members, and the nominee should indicate their willingness to be nominated for the named position.

Nominations may be received at the Annual General Meeting to be held at Stannington (Cramlington Bridge Club) on Friday 14th June.


Adrian Darnell
 

DIRECTOR'S COURSE
PLEASE NOTE - The ASSESSMENT DAY has been changed to JUNE 16th

EBU VENUE CHANGES
The Garden Cities Midlands Regional Final is now at Stamford, rather than Peterborough.

T
he Pachabo Cup Final will be held at the Holiday Inn, Hinckley Road, Coventry CV2 2HP.

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KEMPSON VASES WINNERS
item15Congratulations to the winners of the NEBA Kempson Vase teams competition - Julian Gibson Anthony James Pettengell, Val Gibson, and Martin Kane who qualified from Darlington Bridge Club. Runners up were the Brunton team of Don Reid, David Brickland, Brian Lumsden, and Isi Mitrani
 

SIMS SUCCESS
Apologies that this success was not reported earlier, but Frank Springett and Mike Stanbury were the National winners in the Tuesday heat of this competition played at Castle Morpeth Bridge Club. There score of 71% was almost 3% higher than 2nd place
FULL RESULTS

If you are aware of any information that may be of interest PLEASE drop me an email at neilaiston5@gmail.com

NORTHERN BRIDGE LEAGUE
The NBL 2019 season starts on July 13 and runs for four Saturdays (dates and venues below).  It is a competition in which we enter a team of 8 in the B division only (for experienced club players like those that regularly play in the NEBA inter-club competition for your club).  The team will not be the same for each date because some pairs are not always available and we want to encourage as many pairs to participate as possible.

BRADFORD - 13th July
ALTRINCHAM - 17th August
PRESTON - 21st September
BRADFORD - 12th October


SCOTTISH MATCH
The Scottish Match involves two teams of 8 (so plenty of volunteers needed) and takes place on 7 July in Berwick.



If you would be interested in playing as a pair (or a person who might be able to be paired up) please let me know as soon as possible (by the beginning of April at the latest).  Just let me know the pairing and which dates you can manage (all 5 would be great). 

by email:  ndurie@yahoo.co.ukNigel Durie


 

DOPING BAN
This item is from the SPORTS section of 'The Times.
item13Bridge authorities should look at the sport's "totally unsuitable" anti-doping rules after world number one Geir Helgemo was banned for a year, says the Monaco Bridge Federation.

Helgemo, who is Norwegian but represents Monaco in the card game, tested positive for banned substances Clomifene - a female fertility drug - and synthetic testosterone.

"We regret that a talent such as Geir Helgemo is sanctioned under an anti-doping regulation that is certainly adapted to physical sport but totally unsuitable for brain sport.

Duplicate bridge is already considered a sport by the tax authorities of Austria, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Belgium, but not by Ireland and Sweden.
It was classified as a sport by the International Olympic Committee in 1998.

KEMPSON VASE QUALIFIERS - Sat. 9th March Stannington

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MARION CHIPPERFIELD
I found this article in the Surrey & Hants News giving details of Marions 100th birthday celebration at Bourne Bridge Club.
CLICK HERE

MABEL McCOY
We are sad to report that Mabel, a regular player at Ryton and Hexham Bridge Clubs. passed away last week at the age of 96.
The funeral is due to take place on Tuesday 2nd April at 13:30 at the Hexham cemetery.

INTER CLUB 4
I have been approached by a number of people who have been unable to access the 4th round results.
IF this cannot be remedied with a simple click on your computer's 'refresh' button or by emptying the computer's cache, please contact me at neilaiston5@gmail.com
 

 

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