REPORT No. 3

2015 Lady Milne Trophy (Ladies Home Countries International)

Entries are invited from Pairs who wish to play in the WBU trial to aid selection for the team to represent Wales in the 2015 Lady Milne Trophy.

The Lady Milne is to be held on 17/18/19 April at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport.

The WBU trial will be held on the weekend of 24/25 January in the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells.

The entry fee for the trial, which includes afternoon tea on Saturday and a sandwich lunch on Sunday, is £40 per person.

Entries to the Chief Executive (welshbridgeunion@deepvault.com) by Friday 12th December.

A specially negotiated rate has been arranged for players who wish to stay at the Metropole for dinner, bed and breakfast. Ring 01597 823700 and quote Bridge Trial to receive the negotiated rate of £49.00 per person per night sharing a double/twin room, £59.00 per person per night in a single room, or £74.00 per person per night in a twin/double for single occupancy.

The Chief Executive can provide details of alternative accommodation, including hotels that permit smoking.

The format of the trial will be decided once entries are known. The Scottish Lady Milne trial is being held on the same weekend and it has been agreed that the pairs X-imping element of the trial will incorporate the Scottish results.

Any queries concerning this trial can be addressed to Gwynn Davis (gwynndavis@btinternet.com).

 

2015 Teltscher Trophy (Senior Camrose) 

Entries are invited for the trial to aid selection for the 2015 Teltscher Trophy. The trial will take place at the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells on 7/8 February 2015.

The Teltscher Trophy is to held on 15-17 May 2015, in Ireland.

The entry fee for the trial, which includes afternoon tea on Saturday and a sandwich lunch on Sunday, is £40 per person.

A specially negotiated rate for players who wish to stay at the Metropole for dinner, bed and breakfast has been arranged. Contact the Metropole on 01597 823700 and quote Bridge Trial to receive the negotiated rate of £49.00 per person per night sharing a double/twin room, £59.00 per person per night in a single room, or £74.00 per person per night in a twin/double for single occupancy.

The Chief Executive can provide details of alternative accommodation, including hotels that permit smoking.

Entries to the Chief Executive (welshbridgeunion@deepvault.com) by Friday 9th January.

Any questions or comments concerning this trial should be directed to Alan Screen (ascreen.bridge@sky.com).

REPORT No. 2

PREMIER LEAGUE/OPEN TRIALS

The second weekend of the Premier League was as successful as the first, with 98 boards of intense competition. The Tedd team (Mike Tedd/John Salisbury; Patrick Jourdain/Tony Ratcliff; Tim Rees/Gary Jones) confirmed their recent fine run of form, emerging as clear winners. In second place, and well clear of the remaining teams, was Kurbalija (Filip Kurbalija/Patrick Shields; Julian Pottage/Richard Plackett). The Kurbalija team actually enjoyed two narrow wins over Tedd, but suffered a heavy defeat to Denning which dented their chances of the overall win.

CAMROSE SELECTION

The selectors had committed themselves to offering the winning team at least one of the two Camrose weekends. Even had they not done so, the Tedd team’s recent run of form, most notably in the trials for the Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championship, and then in winning the event itself, would have made a very strong case for selection. Accordingly, the team for the first Camrose weekend, to be held in Scotland on 9/10/11 January, is:

Mike Tedd/John Salisbury;

Patrick Jourdain/Tony Ratcliff;

Tim Rees/Gary Jones

Reserve pair: Filip Kurbalija and Patrick Shields

NPC: Paul Denning

The team for the second Camrose weekend will be selected after the first series of matches has been played.

LADY MILNE

This season’s Lady Milne Trophy (home countries ladies international) will be held in England (venue yet to be determined) on the weekend of 17/18/19 April. Trials to assist selection for the Welsh team will be held in mid Wales on the weekend of 24/25 January. The precise format of the trials will be decided after entries have closed and we know how many pairs will be playing. Further information, including the closing date for entries, will be published shortly via this blog and on WBU websites.

It is likely that, just as last year, we will collaborate with the Scottish selectors in X-imping results across both fields of trialists. Having a larger field, provided it is of good standard, reduces the randomness inherent in pairs X-imping. It is also possible that there will be a teams element within the trial, but that has not been finally decided.

If anyone is uncertain about whether they are qualified to play in the trial, or would like more information about any aspect, including possible partners, feel free to contact Gwynn Davis (gwynndavis@btinternet.com).

SENIORS CAMROSE (TELTSCHER TROPHY)

The 2015 Teltscher Trophy is due to be held on the weekend of 16/17 May (venue yet to be determined). The trial to assist selection for this event is being organised by Alan Screen (alanscreen@sky.com) and will be held on the weekend of 7/8 February. Further information, including the closing date for entries, will be published shortly.

JUNIOR CAMROSE (under 25) and PEGGY BAYER (under20)

It is a matter of regret to all those concerned for the future of Welsh bridge that in recent years Wales has been unable to field teams in these two events. However this year, thanks in large part to the efforts of our Junior Co-ordinator, Mark Roderick, there is every prospect of Wales fielding teams in both competitions. This is timely as Wales is scheduled to host this year’s Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer, to be held in Llandrindod Wells on the weekend of 20/21/22 February. It should be an exciting occasion!

Mark is still on the look-out for players, so if you know of junior players (under 25s) who might like to join his squad, please get in touch with him (mark.roderick@ntlworld.com). Mark is hoping to run a training day for junior players in December. This will probably be on the weekend of 20/21 December. Anyone who would like to participate in this training day, no matter what their current level of bridge experience, is encouraged to contact Mark. Mark would also welcome offers of assistance from senior players.

TRAINING DAYS

As advertised elsewhere on WBU websites, a training weekend for current and aspiring international players (Open, Seniors, and Ladies) will be held on 18/19 October at two venues: Gwent Bridge Academy in Newport, and the Colwyn Bay Cricket Pavilion. If you are thinking of attending, or would like advice as to whether the weekend is appropriate for you, contact Alan Screen (alanscreen@sky.com).

MENTORING

One development that the selectors are keen to encourage is the offer of assistance from a senior player to pairs who are looking to improve their level. Whether or not you mean to attend the training weekend, if you and your current bridge partner(s) think you might welcome such assistance, contact Paul Denning (pjdbridge@talktalk.net) .

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