The autumn season will start on Aug 27/28
Team BLACK are Champions
BLACK and HINDEN were almost neck-and-neck going into the last round.
On paper, HINDEN had the tougher draw, facing NATT, although BLACK had
to face a SUSHI team fighting for their lives.
Both were down at half time; 4 and 8 IMPs repectivey. Both fought back in
the second half to win by 13 something, but it was team BLACK who nicked
it just ahead of the strong HINDEN team. Congratulations to them both!
1st prize was £1.600 and second £600.
HILLMAN picked up the ascenders prize by scoring just over 27 V.Ps from
their last two matches. We have to say goodbye to RGBA and SUSHI for
a while, but will welcome two strong teams; McGUIRE and KA'POWNALL
from division 2 for the autumn.
We've reached the end of the first season scored by BridgeMates and with
cross-IMPs. I have made some mistakes and you have made some mistakes,
but on the whole I think it has worked pretty well and, no doubt, we'll all get
It would appear I did some shouting yesterday before start of play, about
players not taking their seats when urged to do so. Though it's no excuse,
I'd had a nightmare preparing for the evening due to a faulty dealing
machine, and I had not had time to eat (=grumpy). I'm sorry.
That said, I do think that the total lack of respect for organisers and authority,
that seems to be the norm in Bridge events in this country, is a problem.
Those of you lucky enough to have played eg. The Chairman's Cup in Sweden
or the like will know what I'm talking about; there, you get fined even if you
stand up at your table at starting time - and it's fantastic!
I can hear you now, asking "What possible difference can it make if we start
a few minutes after some of the other tables?"
Well, obviously it's not a big deal if the match finishes a little bit later, as long
as the nominated playing time is kept. The main problem is that it is
disrespectful and disturbing for the players who have actually started on time.
They, in effect, get punished for trying to do the right thing, and that doesn't
sound right to me.
Over the summer, I'll discuss these issues and a few others with the
Organising Committee, and we may decide to introduce some changes
I'm again, at the end of the season, utterly amazed at the way all of you
are treating each other with respect whilst still being so competitive.
I, for one, have thuroughly enjoyed every single match (except for the
results, obviously. Duh!). For this you have my sincere gratitude.
Enjoy your summer everyone!
The final accu-butler is now posted. Well done to Barry for topping it-
he wins a mentioning on the LSL home page.
We knew who would get promoted before the final round, so it was a very
relaxed evening. Only the ascender's prize was to be decided, and it went
to LEHTO for scoring a good win and a draw in their last two; £200.
It was McGUIRE who finished top and collected £500. They and KA'POWNALL
in second place (£300) were the two dominating teams this season.
We congratulate them and wish them all the best in division 1 come autumn.
PHOENIX had higher aspirations than third - that's for sure - but they have
to wait at least another season before they reach div 1, as I have no doubt
they will sooner or later. HATSTAND can also take heart from their fourth
place finish, and with a bit of consistency they could also challenge for
promotion. It goes without saying that both HARRIS and LEHTO would
love to be back in the top division soon, but I see progress in all teams in
the second division and, if one day we get a third division, they too will have
to show what they're made of.
As always, it has been an absolute pleasure to work with you in div 2 this
season. My heartfelt thanks for playing all your matches in the true LSL
Final accumulated butler posted today (Wed).
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