News Sept./Oct. 2014
GAZETTE CUP WINNERS
Yesterday, 26th Oct, 52 pairs competed for the Gazette Cup at the Cramlington Bridge Club in Stannington. The professionally run competition, brought a number of newcomers into tournament bridge & the event was played in an excellent spirit of friendly competitiveness
Congratulations to the Gazette Cup winners Don Reid and David Brickland and to the winners of the Gazette Shield - Irene Burns and Joan Crompton shown below with the event Director Norman Gray.
PEEBLES AUTUMN CONGRESS
In the Congress Teams of Four final at Peebles,
Clive Owen / John Atthey / Charles Outred / Vi Outred, were 2nd in Section 'A'. In the 'B' section, the NEBA team of Norman Gray / Rosemary Gray / Frank Springett / Mike Stanbury, were also 2nd.
Relative newcomers to bridge, the NEBA pair, Ken Goddard & Sue Goddard achieved 57.92% to put them 4th out of 22 in their section of the Pairs qualifier on Saturday night, 18th Oct.
A splendid result! Qualifying 5th in the same section were Rosemary & Norman Gray. Well done to both pairs.
It is with great sadness that I have to report that Belle died this morning 28th October, just a few days before her 100th birthday.
GAZETTE CUP - TRAFFIC PROBLEMS
On Sunday Oct 26 you should expect delays travelling to Stannington on the A1 and the A19 and you should allow extra time if travelling along these routes. A1 northbound will have a contraflow section between Coalhouse roundabout and Metro Centre and A19 will be closed northbound at the Seaton Burn roundabout.
The recommended route to avoid problems is A19 north to Moor Farm roundabout; A189 north for about 1 mile and exit sliproad A192 Bedlington/Morpeth; A192 west then north for about 3 mile and turn left along Stannington Road (signed A1 North & South), across main railway line and turn south to approach Stannington from the north.
NORTHERN BRIDGE LEAGUE
Results for yesterday and overall placings:
4th yesterday in the final match
Overall placing is 4th = with 2 other teams and 1 point behind Manchester who were 3rd
Team were David and Gill Gold who did well, finishing 7th in the Butlers
Dick and Sue Davies, David Milner and David Joy, John Boughey and Eddie Nord.
FURTHER INFORMATION HERE
Many of the older members of the NEBA will remember Norman Brydon.
Over the past few years he lived in the North West and played little bridge. Sadly he passed away shortly after returning from a holiday in the Loire Valley with his wife Hilda where no doubt he enjoyed the odd glass of fine wine. Norman was a fine player who won many North East competitions and represented the North East on many occasions usually in partnership with Norman Stephenson or occasionally with Eric Bell.
He was an accomplished organ player and a fervent supporter of Sunderland Football Club. He was very keen on gadgets and was often the first to try out new ideas in bidding theory usually with great success but as our wonderful game teaches us sometimes with disastrous consequences. He was a very generous and thoughtful man but could be abrasive when he thought the opponents did not live up to his high ethical standards .
I finish by quoting his long time friend and partner Norman Stephenson ‘As you know Norman was a very fine player capable of international level accuracy, but also of idiot-like blunders(0-5%) of the time in any given session.
Clive Owen 6-10-2014
EBU SILVER PLATE SUCCESS
The Silver Plate is a national knock out competition for those teams eliminated in the first two rounds of the Gold Cup.
Three players from the North East,
Clive Owen, John Atthey and Chris Owen playing with Phil Godfrey from Yorkshire and Charles and Vi Outred from Glasgow have reached the semi finals where they play a team based in Sussex. In the quarter finals they beat a Kent team captained by Brian Crack by 63 imps.
SENIORS PAIRS TROPHY Presented by Pauline Dury. Congratulations to
The winners Alex Mathers & Steve Gibson
Brian Lumsden & Frank Springett who were 2nd
and to the highest NGS - Carole Newton & Helen Hardy.
about this event from
As you may be aware, due to changes in the format of the printed English Bridge magazine it has been necessary to make some changes to County News. We have introduced two new columns that will appear in the ‘online version’ of the magazine: ‘Local Results’ and ‘In Memoriam’.
I have included a link to this from the NEBA CLUBS page and have coloured it yellow as the link will take you out of this website. Enjoy!
EVENING CHRONICLE ARTICLE ON THE KATHY PIKE CHARITY EVENT AT NEWBURN FOR CANCER RESEARCH.
KATHY PIKE CHARITY EVENT IN AID OF
CANCER RESEARCH UK
A Duplicate Bridge event held at Newburn Activity Centre has become an annual event in the local bridge calendar.
The first competition was held three years ago to support the efforts of Warren Rose, a local bridge player who was dying of cancer and raising funds for Cancer Research UK.
Last year another well respected player, Kathy Pike, lost her very courageous fight against cancer.
Her daughters donated a beautiful trophy to be played for in a second memorial event now named the 'Kathy Pike Charity Trophy’.
The Duplicate Bridge event, organised by Mary Page and members of Brunton Bridge Club, last year was an instant sell out and raised over £900.
This year another 20 tables were packed to bursting point and after 20 strenuous boards of Duplicate Bridge, participants enjoyed tea and cakes and a raffle with all prizes donated by friends.
This year, the all ticket event again sold out immediately, but since Kathy’s death last year, one of her daughters Katie, who lives in Bristol, has started to learn Bridge.
Katie came up to Newcastle to play in the event and played as the Bridge partner of her mum’s life partner, Brian Lumsden.
Again over £900 was raised. Winners were Don Reid and David Gold. Student winners were Mary Sharp and Pat Ford.
Well done to all concerned. More pictures HERE
Brian Lumsden and Katie Pike with the Newcastle 'Journal' photographer who ran the story.
MORE SUCCESS IN EBU AUTUMN SIMS
Congratulations to Malcolm Dawson and David Thompson playing at the Bishop Auckland Bridge club are presently leading the National rankings for the Thursday heat of the EBU Autumn Sims.
AILEEN AGAIN - A HAT TRICK OF WINS
After winning the NEBA Swiss Pairs on Saturday, and being England's highest ranked player in the EBU Sims, on Monday, Aileen Cunningham won again at Castle Morpeth Bridge Club playing with Steve Wright.
Currently they are 3rd (now 10th) in the National rankings.
Only about 64% this time though!!
MORE SUCCESS FOR AILEEN
After winning the NEBA Swiss Pairs on Saturday, Aileen Cunningham playing with Chris Stenning at the Morpeth Bridge Club, came top of the National rankings in the EBU Simultaneous Pairs on Monday with a healthy 70%
WINNERS OF THE NEBA PAIRS HELD AT DURHAM
Congratulations to Aileen Cunningham & Mary Page who won the NEBA Swiss Pairs competition held at Durham Bridge Club on 6th Sept.
PLEASE MAKE THE EFFORT
Click HERE for pdf posters that advertise the next two NEBA competitions.
Please help to promote these competitions by printing and displaying them in each of our NEBA affililiated clubs.