REPORT NO.62

LADY MILNE TROPHY

The following team has been chosen to represent Wales in the Lady Milne (Ladies’ Home International), to be held in Edinburgh on the weekend of 13-15 April:

Ceri Pierce & Maggie Pierce

Sue Ingham & Charlotte Ingham

Eleanor Price & Jennifer Wardell

Reserve pair: Mieke Deschepper & Helen Houston

We wish the team the best of good fortune.

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REPORT NO.61

NPC APPOINTMENTS

The following captaincy appointments have been made:

Wales team for the second Camrose (Home International) weekend, to be held in Dublin on 2-4 March: TONY DISLEY

Wales Open Team for the European Team Championships, to be held in Ostend, Belgium, starting 6 June: JONNY RICHARDS

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REPORT NO. 60

LADY MILNE AND TELTSCHER TROPHY TRIAL ARRANGEMENTS

The number of pairs entered for these two trials is identical (eight in each case), and so is the format, so this notice covers both events.

The trials will be held at Crossgates Community Centre, four miles north of Llandrindod.

Play will start at 11.30am on Saturday; 10.30am on Sunday. Please ensure that you arrive in good time to make the draw and to receive the director’s instructions prior to the start of play.

Screens will be in use.

Time penalties will be in accord with international regulations and will be strictly enforced.

Neither smoking (including e-cigarettes) nor the consumption of alcohol is permitted in the playing area.

If any pair intends to employ ‘Brown Sticker’ conventions, this must be communicated to the other players at least seven days in advance of the event, along with suggested defences.

There will be a random draw for pair numbers/starting positions.

The movement will be completely ‘balanced’, with each other pair spending an equal amount of time on the same and on the opposite polarity to every other pair. This will require some pairs to change polarity at the mid point of some matches.

Scoring will be by X-IMPs against the other three tables in play, the total IMPs per board, plus or minus, being divided by 3.  The maximum win per 14 board match will be capped at plus 57 IMPs. There will be no cap on minus IMPs.

The match timetable is as follows. (Note that there will be a thirty minute refreshment break each day.)

SATURDAY

11.30-13.25

14.00-15.55

16.05-18.00

18.10-20.05

SUNDAY

10.30-12.25

12.35-14.30

15.05-17.00

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REPORT NO.59

CAMROSE TROPHY: FIRST WEEKEND

5-7 January saw the first weekend’s play in the Camrose Trophy. It took place in Belfast and Wales were represented by Paul Denning/Richard Plackett; Tim Rees/John Salisbury; and Julian Pottage/Simon Richards.

All the Welsh  matches were close. We defeated the Republic of Ireland and England, and lost to Scotland, CBAI (the Republic’s second team) and Northern Ireland.

Rankings after the first weekend.

England    64.03

CBAI          59.10

Republic   53.47

Wales         48.01

N. Ireland  40.34

Scotland    35.05

The second Camrose weekend will take place in Dublin on 2-4 March. The Wales team for that weekend will comprise: Tim Rees/JohnSalisbury; Paul Lamford/Gary Jones; Mark Roderick/Paddy Murphy.

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