REPORT No. 74

SENIORS TRIALS

The selectors invite entries for the Seniors Trial to be held in Cardiff on February 2-3 2019.  The Teltscher Trophy is on 5-7 April 2019 in Edinburgh.

Having invited comments on the proposed format and carefully reviewing the replies, the selectors have decided on adopting a Teams structure for this year’s trial.  This was requested by a clear majority of the respondents.

Entries should be sent to Tony Disley [ emerd@talktalk.net ] by December 17th, and may be from teams of four or from pairs. The selectors will endeavour to form teams acceptable to both pairs for those without team mates.  We urge as many eligible players as possible to take part.

The winning team is guaranteed selection with the third pair to be chosen by the selectors.  £100 will be paid to each member of the selected team as a contribution to their expenses.

REPORT No. 73

THE 1st EUROPEAN MIXED TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIP

A new European Mixed Teams Championship is being held in Lisbon from 22-28 February 2019.  Details can be found at:
http://www.eurobridge.org/2018/06/25/european-national-mixed-team-championships-2019/

Wales are able to send one team to this event, so the selectors would welcome applications from teams of four, five or six players who wish to play.  If more than one team applies a one day play-off will be organised.  If a pair would like help finding team-mates, please contact Paul Denning (pjdbridge@talktalk.net).

Please note that no expenses are available for this event.  Players will be responsible for the full costs including the entry fee.

Please apply to Paul Denning (pjdbridge@talktalk.net) by Sunday 16th December.

REPORT No. 72


LADY MILNE TRIALS 2019

The Lady Milne is the Home Internationals for Women’s Teams.

Applications are invited from PAIRS wishing to enter the trial to aid selection for the team to represent Wales in the 2019 Lady Milne.

The trial will be held in the Crossgates Community Centre on the weekend of 26/27 January.  Paul Denning is the selector responsible for organising the trial.

Play will start no earlier than 11.30am on the Saturday.

Screens will be in use at all tables.

Refreshments will be provided on both days.

Applications to play in the trial should be sent to Paul, whose email  address is pjdbridge@talktalk.net

The closing date for entries to the trial is Sunday, 16 December. There is no entry fee, but table money will be charged at the rate of £40 per player.

The Lady Milne itself will be held in Ireland, on 12/13/14 April 2019. The Pair finishing in 1st place in the trial will be guaranteed a place in the Wales team.

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REPORT No. 71

CAMROSE TEAM

Following the Premier League, this team has been selected for the first weekend of the 2019 Camrose, on 4th to 6th January:

Mark Roderick & Paddy Murphy
Simon & Jonny Richards
Tim Rees & John Salisbury

The reserves are Julian Pottage & Tony Ratcliff, and the NPC will be Alan Stephenson.

The venue is the Beaufort Park Hotel in Mold, North Wales.  Play starts at 7pm on Friday 4th, and spectators are very welcome.

REPORT No. 70

SENIORS TRIALS

The selectors will soon be inviting entries for the Seniors Trial planned to be held in Cardiff on February 2-3 2019. The Teltscher Trophy is on 5-7 April 2019 in Edinburgh.

We are considering whether to hold this trial as a pairs trial (as in recent years) or as a teams trial, and would welcome comments about this from people intending to play in the trial.

We feel the teams format of the Premier League, used for Camrose selection, has worked well. It leads to good teams representing Wales, and helps cohesion of the selected teams.

If a teams format were adopted, we would expect to invite entries from teams or from pairs (whom the selectors would then help form into teams). Teams would only be teams of 4. One would expect the selected team to include the winning team and the leading pair on a cross-imp basis, unless the margins were quite close.

Please send comments to Tony Disley (email emerd@talktalk.net) by Monday 19th November.

MDT

REPORT No. 69

PREMIER LEAGUE UPDATE

After a couple of additions, the teams are now:

1.  Richard Plackett, Paul Denning, Mike Pownall, Tony Disley
2.  Ceri Pierce, Maggie Pierce, Gilly Clench, David Birt
3.  Bob Pitts, Barry Jones, Peter Kaufman, Alan Stephenson
4.  Gwynn Davis, Sue Ingham, Chris Rochelle, Simon Gottschalk
5.  Steve Jarvis, Nick Forrest, Tony Howarth, Kevin Maddox, Peter Milewski, Anthony Stevens
6.  Julian Pottage , Tony Ratcliff, Mark Roderick, Paddy Murphy, Simon Richards, Jonny Richards
7.  Steve Webb, Tim Barsby, Geoff Evans, Helen Houston, Mia Deschepper
8.  John Salisbury, Tim Rees, Gary Jones, Paul Lamford, Mike Tedd

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

SATURDAY

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

The timing of the matches each weekend is expected to be:

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; 15.00 – 16.40

MDT

Report No.68 – Teams

2018 PREMIER LEAGUE UPDATE
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There will be eight teams in this year’s Premier League. They are:

Gwynn Davis, Sue Ingham, Chris Rochelle, Simon Gottschalk
Steve Jarvis, Nick Forrest, Tony Howarth, Kevin Maddox
Ceri Pierce, Maggie Pierce, Gilly Clench, David Birt
Bob Pitts, Barry Jones, Peter Kaufman, Alan Stephenson
Richard Plackett, Paul Denning, Mike Pownall, Tony Disley
Julian Pottage, Tony Ratcliff, Mark Roderick, Paddy Murphy, Simon Richards and Jonny Richards
John Salisbury, Tim Rees, Gary Jones, Paul Lamford
Steve Webb, Tim Barsby, Geoff Evans, Helen Houston and Mia Deschepper

The event will take place over the two weekends of 20-21 October and 3-4 November in The Commodore Hotel, Llandrindod Wells. Sarah Amos will direct. Table money for each weekend is expected to be £180 for a team of 4 plus £30 for each additional player involved that 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 will be made in advance and posted here together with the timetable. Play is expected to start at 1130 on the Saturdays and finish soon after 5pm on each Sunday.

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: 4-6 January 2019 (in Wales) and 1-3 March 2019 (in England).

REPORT NO. 67

2018 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 in 2019 (January 4-6 in Wales, March 1-3 in England).

The Premier League will be held on the two weekends of October 20-21 and November 3-4 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 Mike Tedd, whose email address is mike.tedd@aber.ac.uk

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

MDT

REPORT NO.66

TELTSCHER TROPHY SECOND WALES TEAM

As is normally the case, there will be a sixth team participating in the Teltscher Trophy (‘Senior Camrose’), which this year will be held in Mold, North Wales on the weekend of 18/19/20 May.  The inclusion of a sixth team avoids the need for a long sit-out. In the past, when the event was sponsored, that sixth team was the ‘President’s Team’, which included the event sponsor. Now that Bernard Teltscher is no longer sponsoring the event we do not have a President’s team, but Wales – as this year’s hosts – have been invited to field a second team.

The following pairs have been invited to make up this second Wales team:

Dave Birt & Gilly Clench

Barry Jones & Bob Pitts

Tony Disley and Philip Felman

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REPORT NO. 65

JUNIOR CAMROSE

The Junior Camrose (u26) and Peggy Bayer (u20) home internationals will be held this coming weekend (16-18 February) in Coventry. Wales will be represented in the Junior Camrose by:

Stephen Loat & Sarah Greener

Jonny Richards & Jason He

NPC: Paddy Murphy

Good luck to the team. Jason is given special dispensation to represent us as he is now over the age limit.

Wales is unable to field a team in the Peggy Bayer.

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