REPORT NO. 55

PREMIER LEAGUE UPDATE

The Premier League will take place over the two weekends of 21-22 October and 4-5 November in The Commodore Hotel, Llandrindod Wells. Sarah Amos will direct. Table money will be £40 per player per weekend. Light refreshments will be provided on both days.

Systems and conventions will be as laid down in the Camrose regulations.

Screens will be in use at all tables on both weekends.

Seven 14  board matches will be played each weekend.

The draw has been made – see Post 54.

Timetable:

Saturday: 11.30 – 1.25; 14.10 -16.05; 16.15 – 18.10; 18.20 – 20.15

Sunday: 10.30 – 12.25; 12.35 – 14.30; 15.15 – 17.10

Subject to Pairs having played at least 50% of the boards, all members of the winning team will be guaranteed selection for at least one Camrose weekend, and the Pair finishing top on X-imping will likewise be guaranteed at least one Camrose weekend. The Camrose weekends are: 5-7 January 2017 (Northern Ireland) and 2-4 March 2017 (Republic of Ireland).

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REPORT NO. 54

PREMIER LEAGUE DRAW

Sarah Amos, who will direct the event, has made the draw for this season’s Premier League. The following are the respective team numbers.

  1. HOUSTON
  2. MURPHY
  3. PITTS
  4. SALISBURY
  5. PIERCE
  6. JARVIS
  7. PLACKETT
  8. DAVIS

The draw is as follows. Note that the first named team is the ‘Home’ team and has seating rights for that match. The draw remains the same for the second weekend, but seating rights will be reversed.

SATURDAY

Match 1:  7 v 1; 6 v 2; 3 v 5; 4 v 8

Match 2: 1 v 6; 2 v 5; 3 v 4; 8 v 7;

Match 3: 5 v 1; 4 v 2; 8 v 3; 7 v 6

Match 4: 1 v 4; 2 v 3; 7 v 5; 8 v 6

SUNDAY

Match 5: 1 v 8; 2 v 7; 3 v 6; 4 v 5

Match 6: 2 v 8; 3 v 1; 4 v 7; 5 v 6

Match 7: 1 v 2; 7 v 3; 6 v 4; 8 v 5

Further information will follow.

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REPORT NO. 53

PREMIER LEAGUE UPDATE

A further team has been added to this year’s Premier League. The full list is now as follows. Teams of four may still add players, but the teams list is now complete.

TEAMS

DAVIS (Davis/Ingham/Gottschalk/Rochelle/Atkinson/Cavalarri)

HOUSTON (Houston/Dewan/Evans/Deschepper/Barsby/Webb)

JARVIS (Jarvis/Forrest/Haworth/Maddox)

MURPHY (Murphy/Roderick/Disley/Chen/Pottage/S. Richards)

PIERCE (C. Pierce/M. Pierce/Birt/Clench)

PITTS (Pitts/B.Jones/Stephenson/Kaufmann)

PLACKETT (Plackett/Pownall/Denning/Thomas)

SALISBURY (Salisbury/Rees/G.Jones/Lamford)

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REPORT NO. 52

PREMIER LEAGUE

The following teams have entered this season’s Welsh Premier League, the trial to aid selection for the Camrose series.

The dates are 21/22 October and 4/5 November and the venue is The Commodore Hotel, Llandrindod Wells.

TEAMS

DAVIS (Davis/Ingham/Gottschalk/Rochelle)

JARVIS (Jarvis/Forrest/Haworth/Maddox)

MURPHY (Murphy/Roderick/Disley/Chen/Pottage/S. Richards)

PIERCE (C. Pierce/M. Pierce/Birt/Clench)

PLACKETT (Plackett/Pownall/Denning/Thomas)

PITTS (Pitts/B. Jones/Stephenson/Kaufmann)

SALISBURY (Salisbury/Rees/G.Jones/Lamford)

Teams may add players, up to a total of six.

We would welcome an eighth team.

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REPORT NO. 51

COMMONWEALTH NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE

There have been some changes to the team that will represent Wales in this event, to be held in Australia in February.  That team will now comprise: John Salisbury; Tim Rees; Gary Jones; and Paul Lamford.

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REPORT NO. 50

COMMONWEALTH NATIONS BRIDGE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The selectors have received one application from a team wishing to represent Wales in the above event, due to be held on Australia’s Gold Coast from 14 to 18 February 2018.

Accordingly, the following team, who are in fact the holders of the trophy, will carry Welsh colours, seeking to retain the title that they won four years ago:

Mike Tedd; John Salisbury; Tim Rees; Gary Jones; Tony Ratcliff.

It is possible that a sixth player will be added.

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REPORT NO. 49

2017 PREMIER LEAGUE

Applications are now invited from TEAMS wishing to compete in this season’s Premier League. The main purpose of the Premier League is to assist the selectors in choosing teams to represent Wales over the two home international (Camrose) weekends. The result of the PL may also have a bearing on selection for the 2018 European Teams Championships.

The Premier League will be held on the two weekends of October 21/22 and November 4/5 in The Commodore Hotel, Llandrindod Wells.

Teams may comprise up to six players, all of whom must be eligible to represent Wales this season. If a team entered is of fewer than six players, additional players, up to a total of six, may be added subsequently.

Acceptance of entries to the Premier League is at the discretion of the selectors, bearing in mind the purpose of the PL as outlined above. Application should be made to Paul Denning, whose email address is pjdbridge@talktalk.net

The closing date for entries is 31 July. There is no entry fee, but table money will be charged at a rate to cover the cost of the trial.

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REPORT NO. 48

COMMONWEALTH NATIONS BRIDGE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championships is held every four years to coincide with the Commonwealth Games. Wales are the current title-holders.

The next Championships will be held on Australia’s Gold Coast, from 14 to 18 February 2018. Wales can send two teams, both of whom will be entitled to bid for the title of Commonwealth Champions.

Applications are invited from PAIRS and/or TEAMS wishing to represent Wales in these Championships. Pairs or teams wishing to apply should contact Paul Denning,  Chairman of selectors, no later than 30th June. Paul’s email is pjdbridge@talktalk.net

The reason for this early deadline is that travel costs may be significantly reduced if teams are able to make early flight bookings.

Note: WBU management has indicated that no financial support will be provided for this event.

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REPORT NO. 47

CAPTAINCY APPOINTMENTS

LADY MILNE

The following have accepted appointment as NPCs for the two Welsh teams in this season’s Lady Milne:

WALES:  Barry Lloyd Jones

WBU: John Salisbury

TELTSCHER TROPHY

John Salisbury will be the playing captain of the Wales team in this season’s Teltscher Trophy (‘Senior Camrose’).

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REPORT NO. 46

TELTSCHER TROPHY TEAM SELECTED

Following last weekend’s trial, the selectors have chosen the following team to represent Wales in the Teltscher Trophy (‘Senior Camrose’), to be held in Northern Ireland on the weekend of 19/20/21 May.

Gary Jones & Paul Lamford

Filip & Diane Kurbalija

John Salisbury & Mike Tedd

Reserve pair: Simon Gottschalk & Chris Rochelle

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