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REPORT No. 89


LADY MILNE TEAM

The 2020 Lady Milne will be held on 17th to 19th April 2020 in England. With too few pairs applying to mount a sensible trial, the selectors decided to directly select the team. It is:

Maggie Pierce & Gilly Clench
Sarah Amos & Andrea Knox
Ceri Pierce & Mieke Deschepper
Reserves: Sue & Charlotte Ingham
NPC to be decided



Correction

Dear Presidents,

Due to human error, the recently published Supplementary Conditions of Contest for the European National Championships to be held in Madeira in June 2020 contained an incorrect age qualification for the Seniors events.

The correct information is as follows –

To participate in the Senior Series a player must have been born in 1958 or earlier.

We apologise for any confusion that may arise and hope to see your NBO represented in Madeira.

Kind regards

EBL Championships Committee

Report No. 88

TELTSCHER TROPHY TRIAL

Five teams applied to play in the Seniors trials. An odd number of teams doesn’t work well when we want to see head-to-head matches like in the Teltscher itself. This was plain in the Premier League with nine teams, and five teams is worse. So two teams were asked to play a match to reduce the field to four teams.

This has now happened, and thus the trial will involve the following four teams:

  • John Salisbury, Tim Rees, Gary Jones, Paul Lamford
  • Barry Jones, Bob Pitts, Diane Kurbalija, Filip Kurbalija
  • Paul Denning, Alan Stephenson, Tony Disley, Adrian Thomas
  • David Birt, Gilly Clench, Philip Felman, Gwynn Davis

The trial will be held on the weekend of 1st and 2nd of February, at Crossgates Community Centre near Llandrindod Wells.  The timings etc will be added here as soon as they are finalised.

Report No. 87

CAMROSE TEAM

The selectors have chosen the following team to represent Wales in the first Camrose weekend in Edinburgh on 10-12 January 2020:

John Salisbury and Tim Rees
Tony Ratcliff and Julian Pottage
Jake Dunn and Martin Jones
Reserves: Dafydd Jones and Adam Dunn
Npc: Barry Lloyd Jones

The team for the second Camrose weekend will be chosen, after the first weekend has taken place, from these four pairs and also Gary Jones and Paul Lamford.  As part of the team that won the Premier League, Gary and Paul should expect to play.
The second weekend is in Northern Ireland on 6-8 March 2020.

Report No. 86

PREMIER LEAGUE ARRANGEMENTS

The Premier League will be held on the two weekends of October 19-20 and November 2-3 in the Commodore Hotel, Llandrindod Wells.

There are nine teams; each round will see four matches and each team will sit out one match each weekend.  The alternative of playing double rounds in groups of three teams, each team playing two matches, was considered, but this causes problems of timing, less comparisons for each board, seating rights and security.

Each match will be 11 boards, with likely timing as follows.

Saturday: 1130-1300, 1310-1440, lunch, 1530-1700, 1710-1840, 1850-2020
Sunday: 1030-1200, 1210-1340, lunch, 1420-1550, 1600-1730.

Systems and conventions will be as laid down in the Camrose regulations.  Screens will be in use at all tables on both weekends.

The draw has now been made as follows:

  1. Missing team   2. Salisbury   3. Plackett   4. Davis   5. Pitts  6. Jarvis    7. Murphy     8. Birt     9. Wennell      10. D Jones

The first weekend order for sitting out will be 4, 3, 2, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5.  The second weekend order for sitting out will be 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.  The full draw is being emailed to captains.

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.

Report No. 85

LADY MILNE TROPHY  2020

The Lady Milne Trophy (Home Internationals for women) will be held on 17th to 19th April 2020 in England (venue TBC).

The trial to help select the Wales team will be held on the weekend of 25th and 26th January at Crossgates Community Centre near Llandrindod Wells.

Applications are invited from pairs, members of which must be WBU members and eligible to represent Wales in this event. The winning pair will be guaranteed selection for the Lady Milne. The other two pairs will be chosen by the selectors, with the trial result taken into account along with other performances.

Applications to compete in this trial should be made to Tony Disley (emerd@talktalk.net), who is coordinating these trials on behalf of the selectors. The closing date for applications is Saturday 30th November.

There is no entry fee for the trial, but table money will be charged to cover costs.

Report No. 84

TELTSCHER TROPHY  2020

The Teltscher Trophy (‘Senior Camrose’) will be held on 15th to 17th May 2020 in the Republic of Ireland (venue TBC).

The trial to help select the Wales team will be held on the weekend of 1st and 2nd of February, at Crossgates Community Centre near Llandrindod Wells.

Applications are invited from teams of four.  All members of a team must be WBU members and eligible to represent Wales in this event (Players in the Teltscher Trophy must attain the age of 62 before or during the calendar year 2020, that is born in or before 1958). The winning team will be guaranteed selection for the Teltscher Trophy.  The other pair will be chosen by the selectors, with the trial result taken into account along with other performances.

Applications to compete in this trial should be made to Alan Stephenson (alandst56@gmail.com), who is coordinating these trials on behalf of the selectors.  The closing date for applications is Saturday 30th November.

There is no entry fee for the trial, but table money will be charged to cover costs.