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News Nov./Dec. 2013

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DATE FOR YOUR DIARY - 2014 NEBA CONGRESS
The Annual NEBA Congress for 2014 will be held in the Metrocentre Marriott Hotel over the weekend of 7-9 November.

2013 NEBA ANNUAL CONGRESS at the MARRIOT HOTEL
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Directors Nigel Durie, Ann Caygill and Norman Gray
with Congress secretary Gill Gold

BEST OF LUCK CLIVE
The trials for the England team for the Senior European Championships started on 20th to 22nd December with the Hackett and Senior teams reaching January's final.

The event, held at West Midlands Bridge Club, saw the Dixon team take the lead at the halfway stage, but the Hackett and Senior teams overtook them to claim the two places in the final to be held on 4th & 5th January 2014 at Richmond Bridge Club.

 

A THANK YOU EMAIL
Thank you for organising such an enjoyable weekend. We didn’t do very well at bridge but appreciated the friendly atmosphere, the tasty meals, comfortable hotel and  the competent Director. Even the weather was good! Hope to be there next year.

Marguerite Robson

- and a thanks to Ian Eckford for all his work behind the scenes.

Photographs by David Gold

The qualifying teams were:

Paul Hackett,
G.Hallberg, J. Holland, D. Mossop, D. Price and C. Simpson;

Brian Senior,
Clive Owen, D. Kendrick and B. Callaghan

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SWISS TEAMS WINNERS
Mike Ferguson, Dave Broadhead, Damian Hassan, Martin Kane

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MENS PAIRS WINNERS - Jeremy Harris & John Ellwood
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MIXED PAIRS WINNERS - Cheryl & Dave Duddell
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SWISS PAIRS WINNERS - Julian Gibson & John Atthey
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DEANE QUAICHE WINNER - Julian Gibson
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LADIES PAIRS WINNERS - Liz Marshall & Madeleine Bowden

PEEBLES SUCCESS
In the last action of 2013 Steve and Georgia Ray won the Swiss Pairs event at the SBU Congress in Peebles. In a large field of 120 pairs they won both sessions of play. Steve and Georgia also came 4th in the Swiss teams event playing with Liz McGowan and David Liggat.
Full results HERE


 

NEBA IN THE TOLLEMACHE 2013
At the weekend the North East team finished third out of nine in a strong section with a score that would have qualified in some sections.

We beat Lancs 12-8 Worcestershire 13-7 Staffs and Shropshire 18-2 Hants 17-3 and Cumbria 20-0 drew with the winners Manchester 10-10 but lost to the other qualifiers Kent 2-18 and our worst result 5-15 to Somerset.

Dear Club Secretaries & Representatives

 Thank you to those who have played their heats and sent me their results and entry fees.   I would be grateful to receive other heat results and fees from events which have been played.

To those who have heats arranged to be played in late November and early December please note the closing date for entries is 13th December and, therefore, you will need to send your results to me immediately after playing so that I can send you a qualifying letter.    If you can ask players on the night of your heat whether or not they wish to qualify this can simplify getting your entries in to me by the 13th. Also, if any players have a request for a specific venue please let me know.

Thank you all for your co-operation.
Jocelyn Gordon Tournament Secretary

CAMROSE
At the weekend the trials to select a team to represent England in the Seniors Camrose was held at the Richmond Bridge Club in Lindon . The Camrose is an event contested by all the Home Countries and will be played next year in Northern Ireland.  The team captained by Brian Senior and including Clive Owen from the North East and David Kendrick and Roger Gibbons form the Eastern Counties won having led from start to finish. In the final round they beat a team captained by Paul Hackett that include 5 players that had won the Seniors World championship.

This creates an unusual coincidence in that this is the first time a North East player has won an International Seniors cap and Clives son Chris was the first North East Junior to win a juniors cap. At open level Steve Ray has represented England on a number of occasions.item20a
Clive Owen, Brian Senior David Kendrick and Roger Gibbons.

 

SOUTH SHIELDS NEW WEB SITE
South Shields Bridge Club are developing a new web site which can be accessed at http://www.bridgewebs.com/southshields/ Best of luck!

 

CANCELLATION
A brief reminder that the Cramlington Teams Congress that was to be held on 24th Nov. HAS been cancelled.

SENIORS PAIRS - A DOUBLE TREBLE
Clive Owen and Brian Senior won the Seniors Pairs Championship at Daventry on Nov. 1st/2nd.

This is the third time Clive has won the event but with three different partners. His team currently holds the Gerard Faulkner Trophy which is  the National Seniors Teams Trophy - which also is for the third time.
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NEW CHAIR
At a special NEBA Council Meeting held at the Congress yesterday, Val Gibson was appointed as Chair of the NEBA and Liz Muir was Appointed as Vice Chair.  Both term of office run until the next NEBA AGM.

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