News Jan./Feb. 2012


2012 Tollemache Final

It shows how far North East bridge has progressed when we feel slightly disappointed in finishing 2nd in the final.

We arrived at Hinkley as defending champions. The final this year was on paper significantly stronger than in 2011, one of the main reasons being the extremely powerful Middlesex team who did not qualify in 2011 were there in strength.

The event began unbelievably well when we beat a strong Kent team (containing 5 internationals) 20-0. We followed this up with another 20-0 win with Manchester (5 internationals), then unfortunately had a very poor result against a Yorkshire team who had a disappointing weekend except against us and we lost 16-4. We finished the day by beating Surrey (7 internationals) so that at the end of the first day we were 2 points ahead of Middlesex with Cambridge and Hunts a further 9 points behind.

Day 2 started well when we beat Cambridge and Hunts 13-7 (3 internationals) and Suffolk 14-6 (3 internationals). This left us in the position where we were entering the last match against Middlesex (8 internationals) leading Middlesex by 1 point. Unfortunately the team had a disastrous match, losing 20-0 but this was still good enough to see us finish 2nd.

As can be seen, the team had 5 extremely good wins and 2 poor matches. Considering the team had never finished above 6th in this prestigious final 2 years ago, I think we can be proud of the fact that we have been winners and runners up 2 years in a row, although it is disappointing to lead from Round 1 to Round 6, only to fall at the final hurdle this year. - Clive Owen - 14th Feb. 2012

2012 Tollemache Final

After leading for most of the competition, the NEBA team, of
Chris G Owen, Martin Kane, Val Gibson, Damian Hassan, Julian Gibson, Bill March, John Atthey, Clive Owen, Steve Ray and Dave Roberts were pipped at the post by a very strong Middlesex team.
Coming second in this National final was a superb performance and even more impressive
because the North East players Steve Ray and Dave Roberts came joint 3rd in the Butler ranking.

The full Butler ranking list is HERE and the final results can be found HERE -

12th Feb 2012

Most EBU masterpoints earned in 2011

Congratulations to the three NEBA players in the top ten!

February 2012

SBU Winter Fours

The Scottish Bridge Union ran its Winter Fours competition in Falkirk on the weekend of the 20th-22nd January. It is run on similar lines to the English Bridge Unions Spring Foursomes where you are not eliminated until you have lost 2 matches.

Clive Owen partnering Brian Senior and teammates Charles and Violet Outred  remained undefeated throughout the whole competition beating the team of Sam Punch Tim Rees  Mike Ash and Alan Goodman in the final by 42-21. The Punch team had beaten a team captained by Les Steel in their semi final match.
February 2012

25,000 Page Views

This month the NEBA website recorded over 25,000 page views and nearly 5,500 visits. Both of these figures are records for the site.

February 2012


North Regional Club Committee

The second meeting of the Northern Regional Club Committee is imminent.These committees were instituted so that views of members and clubs could be passed on for consideration and discussion by the National Club Committee so this is YOUR chance to get these views aired!

Any aspects of current practice/policy you think could, or should, be improved/changed? Also any positive views? Did your club, for example, participate in the trial EBU Sims Pairs? Your views?

The EBU is naturally wanting to encourage more participants to the game and wants to hear of examples of good practice. 

Has your club ideas on introducing/integrating beginners into clubs? Recently my club ( Middlesbrough) organised a Pro/Am evening which was enjoyed by all and I know other clubs have organised similar events. Other  successful ideas which could be passed on?Have any clubs introduced the new system of stratification and if so with what degree of success?

Any suggestions/views both positive or negative welcomed !

Please email at terencesaunders@btinternet .com

- Gail Saunders ( Middlesbrough Bridge Club)
February 2012


2012 Manchester Congress

At this year's Manchester Congress held at the Renaissance Hotel on 7th and 8th January the teams winners were Liz Muir and Tracy Capal (Missing from photograph were Ted Revely and Stu Matthews).
January 2012



Marion Chipperfield

I'm not sure how many people will remember Marion Chipperfield who played at Newcastle and Cramlington for many many years with Doris Henshaw, Marion then moved down South

I had a Christmas card from her  and quote 'I play Bridge three times a week and in the Winter League for the Bourne Bridge Club and the Surrey County team'

I think that it is great that she is still playing and doesn't regret moving

- Anne Hauxwell Dec. 2011