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The Wainwright Cup is the Fylde League’s annual teams of 8 knock-out tournament. It is a handicapped tournament, based on which division of the Fylde League players represented their clubs in the preceding league season.
Brierfield A, fresh from their success in securing promotion to the A Division, were somewhat fortunate to be in the final following a 1 imp semi-final win, the lowest possible winning margin in this form of bridge. We now faced a strong and experienced Poulton side who had reached the final by beating Brierfield B in the other semi-final.The 4 pairs who represented Brierfield A in both the semi-final and the final were Alan Purdy/Brian Irlam; David Akhurst/David Briggs; John Spencer/David Bowyer; Pam Cox/Ashley Rosen.
In theory, the two finalists were evenly matched. The complicated handicap system resulted in the teams being rated equal in strength. However, unlike the tense semi-final, Brierfield made a great start and increased their lead as the match progressed. At half-time, after 12 boards, we were winning by 14 imps, 52-38. Continuing to play solid bridge, Brierfield won the second half by a further 39 imps, 61-22. So, the final score was a win by 53 imps, 113-60. We would like to thank Poulton for playing the match in such a sporting way including lining up to shake the winners’ hands at the end of the match.
Congratulations to all our players! The only thing missing at the moment is the Trophy itself - we are currently looking for it, last seen somewhere in Bolton!
It's taken a long time but it is good to see that Jean is recovering from a stroke last year - she is in a home in Chatburn but is much better. Here she is on an outing to Waddington. She sends her best wishes to all at the club.
Charity Event in Aid of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation
A sincere ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped and supported the event on Wednesday the 3rd of April 2019, which was in aid of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.
I was privileged to have a few special friends, who has travelled from Essex, Guilford, London and Liverpool with me on the day. They had been busy knitting, sewing and baking in preparation for the event. They had a terrific time running their home-made craft stall - which raised over £200.
A special thank you must go to Christina Halstead, for her coordination of the event. Although there are too many people to single out, I am so grateful to our regular members who organised and drew the raffle, as well as those that ran the home produce, tombola and bottle stalls. The event could not have run so smoothly without the many people helping behind the scenes before, during and after the event, with roles such as ticket sales, afternoon tea and the bridge competition itself.
We have raised over £2000, which is a staggering amount, and it is down to the generosity and kindness of you all. I am humbled and overwhelmed by this fantastic sum, which will be donated to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.
I can now ‘retire’ from running the catering at the club on a high!
Thank you once again,
BRIERFIELD PROMOTED IN DRAMATIC FINAL MATCH.
Brierfield’s A team has secured promotion to the Fylde League’s 1st division with a resounding 18-2 win against nearest rivals Clifton A in the last match of the season. This win not only ensured promotion from the 2nd division but also resulted in Brierfield drawing level with long term leaders Lytham A at the top of the table. However, Lytham have been declared champions as they won the head to head fixture with Brierfield earlier in the season.
Brierfield went in to the final match knowing that any result better than a 15-5 loss would ensure promotion. However, nothing could be taken for granted against a strong Clifton side so Brierfield needed a good start to calm the nerves. The team played well to win the first half of 12 boards by a margin of 32 imps. This good start gave the side great confidence and the team ran away with the match in the second half to win by a further 39 imps. The overall winning margin of 71 imps converted to a winning VP score of 18-2.
After a quiet start to the season, the team has achieved promotion thanks to an astonishing run of 5 successive wins from November. In these 5 matches, the team has scored 86 VPs out of a possible 100, including one 20-0 whitewash and three 18-2 victories.
The Fylde League is a teams of 8 competition. The A team has used 12 players this season including 4 newcomers to our team: David Briggs, David Akhurst, John Spencer and Alan Purdy. The other 8 members who played were: Alan Crabtree, David Spencer, Rosemary Price, Tony Price, Pam Cox, Ashley Rosen, Brian Irlam and captain Dave Bowyer. Well done to all of them!
Another busy Open Day at the club with many people signing up to start lessons.
Thanks to all our members who came to help and make this another successful day.
see photos above
Bridge Library News
The library has now 18 DVD bridge tutorials available to borrow by members.
Instructions are displayed at the club.
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Moved 21st September