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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 (email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
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 (email@example.com).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) .