A splash of humour from the Ryton BC scorer - To protect the integrity of those who turned up to play despite the weather, I have changed names in the ranking list. Hopefully you will be able to recognise yourselves ....
Drougth Turner & Dorrain Quick - Audrey Harflood & Doug Younderwater
Storm Carruthers & Dive Hendrick - Cheryl Thunderson & John Sunkern
Peter Squalsh & Dave Dampsie - Drain Gowans & Jim Culvertoun - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -June 29th
NEBA v E.D. SCOTLAND
The teams to play the annual match against the East District of Scotland on Sunday 1st July are:
‘A’ Ian Rankin & Mike Stanbury/ Inga & Neil Aiston/ Janet & Frank Springett/ Clive Owen & Norman Stephenson
‘B’ Pauline & Nigel Durie/ Sue & Dick Davies/ Mike Crowe & Dave Turner/Fred Robinson & Alan Lester.
HETTY JACKSON & DAVID GUNN
Arthur who was a member of Newcastle Bridge Club for a great many years died on June 5th aged 94 years.
He will be remembered by many of the Members as a great player and Team member.
Hetty and David were overall winners of the Tuesday heat of the EBU Simultaneous Pairs Competition, and will be featured in the next edition of 'English Bridge'.
They are regular players at the popular Castle Morpeth Club and scored an impressive 70% to win the event.
JOYCE MARY OWEN
It is with great sadness we report the death of Joyce Mary Owen known universally as Joy on 11th June. Joy was a founder member of the Hurworth Bridge Club and an ever present on the committee for many years where her loyalty and hard work were enhanced by strong opinions many ahead of their time.
However many of the older members of the NEBA will remember her best when she was Congress Secretary for the Hurworth Bridge Congress which she ran for nearly 20 years.
In those days there were 50 tables and a waiting list. If only numbers like that could be achieved today!!
SHARING THE STAGE WITH JOAN BAKEWELL & DAVID ATTENBOROUGH
Whilst watching 'The Grammar School A secret History', on BBC 4, I was surprised and delighted to see one of our old friends from Ryton Bridge Club and now a regular player at Hexham Bridge Club Mabel McCoy. Mabel shared her memories of how she failed to get into Manchester Girls school but still achieved her goal of becoming a research scientist. Catch the programme on BBC i player
DURHAM BRIDGE CLUB
Watch out for the Durham Bridge Club column that will appear in the Durham Times. Note that results will always be a week in arrears as the last time to submit the column is Tuesday morning. (Still a pointer for other clubs though!)
RECOGNITION FOR DIRECTOR'S WORK
Cramlington B.C. committee has agreed that as from 8th June 2012, on the evenings when a member is acting as director, in recognition of this service to the club, neither the director nor his/her partner will be charged table money.
(Another good innovation.)
NEBA SUCCESSES IN THE EBU SIMS EVENTS
TOP OF THE TREE
Very well done to Hetty Jackson and David Gunn from the Castle Morpeth club. Their final percentage of 70.28% put them at the very top of the 1029 pairs that played in the Tuesday event.
A brilliant result.
In the Wearside event it was great to see John Wooton who has been very ill recently and his regular partner Phyllis Hands achieving 6th place with an impressive 67%.
1165 pairs played in this event on Wednesday 9th May.
ANOTHER TOP TEN PLACE
In the Monday event, Liz Muir and Doug Curran from the Brunton club were only one place lower when another impressive 67% put them in 7th place with 1034 participating pairs.
In the Thursday heat that attracted 1295 pairs, the Hexham pair of Jocelyn Gordon and Pam Niven came 10th with another superb score of 68%. Well done to them all!
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Martin Kane, the NEBA 'Player of the Year' for the third year in succession.
John Atthey and Damian Hassan were 2nd and 3rd respectively.
GARDEN CITIES 2012
Congratulations to the Hurworth team of Clive Owen, Martin Kane, Chris Owen, John Atthey, Val Gibson, Bill March, Julian Gibson and Damian Hassan who have qualified for the National final of the Garden Cities for the fourth time in five years maintaining the North East's strong showing in National Teams events over the last few years. This is an event for Counties teams of eight.
Hurworth won the North East League for a record seven times in arrow and followed this up by finishing second in the Northern final behind Sheffield but ahead of strong teams from Manchester and Liverpool.
Can anyone put a name to the lady with a wide collar in the centre of the photograph? She may have played at Whitburn or Wearside Bridge Clubs.
The group are some of the founder members of Brunton Bridge Club, photographed round about 1980
NORTH EAST LEAGUE
Congratulations to Hayden Dando’s team who won the North-East League earlier this evening (15th May).
The team of Hayden Dando, Martin Kane, Mike Ferguson, Dave Broadhead & Damian Hassan will represent NEBA in the Pachabo.
Some of you may know that Bill had a fall recently and he is presently in ward 23 of the RVI in Newcastle. He has been fitted with a new hip, and is progressing well. Bill hopes to be out of hospital on Tuesday 22nd May and we wish him a speedy recovery.
SCOTTISH CUP SUCCESS
The north east Pairing of Clive Owen and John Atthey together with the Glasgow pair Charles and VI Outred have reached the final of the Scottish Cup by beating a Scottish International team captained by Liz McGowan in the semi final.
A 64 board final will be played in Edinburgh on the 12th May and will be shown live on the BBO web site. Their opponents with will be John Matheson Les Steel Brian Short and David Walker.