Highlights of Season 2014-15

East District

Stories and results from earlier in the year will appear here after they are retired from the main news page. Reverse chronological order.

Hunter Cup

Hunter Cup Winners 2015

The Hunter Cup is the East District Swiss Teams competition, and was held on Sunday 31st May 2015 at the New Melville Bridge Club in Edinburgh.

Congratulations to Liz McGowan, David Liggat, Jim McMenemy and Paul Maiolani, who won the event with 87 VP. Runners up were Harry Smith, Roy Bennett, Bob McPaul and Tony Wilkinson (85) with Iain Sime, John Matheson, John Murdoch and Jun Nakamaru-Pinder third on 84.

The silver prize was won by Willie Nelson, David Ritchie, Nicol Taylor and Stuart Thomson. The bronze prize was won by Ross and Anne Torkington, Robin and Jan Sharp.

Hunter Cup results

NO FEARS TEAMS at the Hunter Cup

There was a No Fears Teams event run on the same day as the Hunter Cup, Sunday 31st May 2015 at the New Melville Bridge Club in Edinburgh. No Fear Teams results.

In a very tight contest, the winners by 1 IMP were Diana Fairlie, Andy Younger, Alison and Robert Carmichael. Congratulations to them.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting was duly held on 20th April 2015 at the Carlton Bridge Centre. Here are some photos of the prizewinners (a full list of prizewinners is available on the season’s Archived News page).

Carlton Camden - MacLaren Cup Winners 2015 Greenwood, Peploe, Guy, Barrett, Middleton - Ladies’ Teams Winners 2015 Colinton Castle - Division 3 Winners 2015 Smith and Marshall - Cowan Cup Winners 2015 Comiston - Division 4 Winners 2015 Reg Drysdale - Faie Rosebowl Winner 2015

Fairlie Individual

Anne Young - Fairlie Individual Winner 2015

Congratulations to Anne Young who has won the national Alan Fairlie Trophy for District Masters and below.

Benjamin Individual

Congratulations to John Murdoch who has won the Benjamin Trophy for Grand Masters.

The other individuals were won by players from the West: Frances McKeon lifted the Shenkin Trophy for masters, while Steve Male took the Harrison.

Men’s Teams

Congratulations to Mike Ash, Arend Bayer, Miro Dragic & Paul Gipson — winners on 87VP of the Men’s Teams event for the Bowman Trophy. Runners up with 44VP were Jake Corry, Adam Dickinson, Jun Nakamaru-Pinder, John Faben, Paul Barton and Douglas Piper.

Men’s Teams results.

Women’s Teams

Peploe, Greenwood, Barrett, Guy, Middleton - Ladies’ Teams Winners 2015

Congratulations to Carolyn Peploe, Fiona Greenwood, Lucia Barrett, Veronica Guy and Laura Middleton — winners of the Women’s Teams event for the Jacqueline Bruce Smith Vase. Runners up, 2VP behind, were Liz McGowan, Anne Symons, Olivia Bailey, Soozy Nesom, Sheila Adamson and Yvonne Wiseman.

Women’s Teams results.

Freddie Short Quaich (Senior Pairs)

Congratulations to Tony Wilkinson & Bob McPaul (59.52%), who successfully defended the Freddie Short Quaich for Senior Pairs on Friday 10th April at the New Melville Bridge Club.

Harry Smith and Finlay Marshall were runners up on 58.10% and Alan Goodman & Iain Sime third on 56.19%.

Senior Pairs results at the Melville site.


Norma Bain has been appointed as the new Education Officer for the East District. Please contact Norma concerning matters of education, including the mini bridge initiative, at or 0131 6614345.

The SBU are encouraging the teaching of mini bridge in primary schools. Many of the skills developed in playing bridge are included in the National Curriculum and other regions have found that schools are delighted to have our input. At present there are very few schools in Edinburgh participating and we would like to encourage more to take part. We need volunteers to go into schools, deliver the course, and support the pupils. At the end of the first course we hope to arrange a mini event for all participating schools. Eventually our schools will participate in the Scottish schools event.

Atholl Cup Final

Walker, Steel, Wiseman, Barton and Corry - Atholl Cup Winners 2015

Congratulations to Yvonne Wiseman, Jake Corry, Les Steel and Dave Walker — winners of the Atholl Cup for Pivot Teams of Four. Paul Barton subbed for Dave in the final. Runners up by 20VP were Iain Sime, John Murdoch, Simon Gillam and Jun Nakamaru-Pinder.

MacLaren Cup

Congratulations to Carlton Camden, who have won the MacLaren Cup Knock Out event for the first time, beating Phoenix over 32 boards by 20420 to 18290 after handicap.

The champions were represented in the final by Graeme Williamson, Alison White, Christine Flannery, Moira Robertson, Hasan & Julie Choudhury, Alistair Rae & Maurice Franceschi.

En route they knocked out Ratten, Waverley, Hermitage and Scramblers with appearances by Peter Wright, Jim Herbert, Linda Delworth, Maggie Greer, Willie McGruer, Felicity MacGregor and Jessie Foulner.

East District Leagues

Congratulations to all of the division winners:

The victorious 49ers class of '15 included Paul Barton, Ian Cowper, Grant Dowie, John Matheson, Nigel Morecroft, Stuart Pinkerton, Iain Sime, Brian Spears, Les Steel, Dave Walker, Alex Wilkinson and Tony Wilkinson (with Julia Palmer appearing as reserve).

Atholl Plate update:

Allan Flitch

Congratulations to Andy and Jan Philip, winners of the Allan Flitch trophy for married couples. Full results.

Silver prize went to Peter and Heather Braid, with the bronze winners Jane & Andrew Carnegie.


Last weekend saw the closing Camrose weekend with Scotland turning to perhaps our youngest ever team, as Phil Morrison and Jun Nakamaru-Pinder made their débuts in the event, joining Iain Sime & John Matheson and Frazer Morgan & Philip Stephens who played in January. Scotland started and finished fourth, some way behind Wales, Ireland, and England.

The Scots recorded wins against both Northern Ireland teams and Wales, but lost heavily to England and the Republic of Ireland to deny them any chance of climbing the leaderboard. The team scored 4 VP more than the January weekend and against stronger opponents, but the final table shows that there is still plenty of improvement possible for our Open team.

News from the Borders

The Borders Association ran their Teams of 4 Competition at Jedburgh on Sunday 1st March. Seven teams took part, 2 Berwick Teams coming out on top, and a Kelso/Jedburgh team 3rd. Here are the results.

No Fear and Next Step Pairs

Congratulations to Arnott and Heather Kidd (right), winners of the No Fear pairs at the Carlton on Saturday with a big score of 70.83%. Runners up were Gordon Philip and Tierna Browne (left, 54.76%). Full No Fear results on the Carlton website.

Congratulations to Nicola Dean and Fiona McElhinney (right), winners of the Next Step pairs at the Carlton on Saturday with 61.01%. Runners up were Norma Kerr and Clare Douglas (left, 58.63%). Full Next Step results on the Carlton website.

Junior Internationals

Scotland finished second in the Junior Camrose (U25) in Porthcawl this weekend, well behind England but comfortably ahead of the rest of the field. In the Peggy Bayer (U20), England dominated as expected and Scotland lost out to Ireland for second place.

Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer results.

The East was represented by Jun Nakamaru-Pinder (U25), Katherine Dempsie and Olivia Bailey (U20). Anne Symons was NPC for the U25 side.

Scottish Mixed Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to David Liggat and Liz McGowan, who have comfortably won the Mixed Swiss Pairs event at Hutcheson’s GS.

In an excellent event for the East District, Jim Hay & Julia Palmer were runners up and Jake Corry & Lucia Barrett third in a top 10 dominated by the East. Peter & Heather Braid picked up the Silver Prize, finishing 10th.

The Mixed Swiss Teams event the following day was won by Di Mambro, Jackson, MacDonald and Gaffin. Joint third from the East were Jim Hay, Julia Palmer, Laura Middleton & Derrick Peden.

British Winter Sim Pairs

Congratulations to Kenny Watson and Alex Shields of Peebles, who have won the British Winter Pairs event.

Smith and Marshall win the Cowan Cup

The Cowan Cup final took place at the Carlton on 1st February 2015. Congratulations to Harry Smith & Finlay Marshall – first with 64.34%.

Iain Sime & John Murdoch were runners up (60.11%) with Mike Young & Duncan Macdonald third on 56.43%.

Results are available at the Carlton site.

SBU Winter Congress

Congratulations to Phil Stephens, Phil Morrison, Alex Wilkinson and Frazer Morgan – winners of the Congress Teams.

Swiss Pairs results are here.

McGregor Cup

Friday November 28th 2014, 7pm at New Melville BC. Congratulations to Graham Bullock and Joan Forsyth (64.74%) who have won the McGregor Mixed Pairs event, with Julia Palmer and Derrick Peden runners up (59.78%). The results are on the Melville website.

ED Simultaneous Pairs

Congratulations to John Hughes & Fearghas Torrens (Dunfermline) who have won the ED Sim Pairs event by a large margin, with +100.12 Butler IMPs.

Joint runners up were Liz McGowan & David Liggat, and Ron McCarron & Les Sinclair, who both played in the Carlton heat and ended up with +65.42. Fourth were Veronica Guy and Fiona Greenwood (Melville) on +65.00, and fifth Val Johnstone & Marian Miller (Jedburgh) +60.75.

ED Sim Pairs final scores

East District Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to Yvonne and David Wiseman, who won the East District Swiss Pairs event, winning all their matches with a fine total of 122/140 VPs. Runners up were Kevin Strathern and David Ritchie (95) followed by Nigel Guthrie & Jim Forsyth (93) – tied with the Silver award winners, Jennifer Marshall and Diana Yates-Watson.

The Bronze prize went to Danny Hamilton and Anna Logan (9th overall with 83VP), and the runners up Norma Robertson and Marjorie Murray (21st with 71). The runners up in the silver event were Adam and Becky Dickinson (note that the overall runners up were also classified as silver).

Pictured above are the winning pair with the brand new trophy, presented by Norma Bain for the East District. Sunday 23rd November 2014 at 1pm in the Carlton Bridge Centre. Below we have the silver and bronze winning presentations. Photos by Sara.

Here are the full results from the Swiss Pairs event.

Camrose 2015 in Edinburgh

CamroseEdinburgh hosted (January 9-11) the first weekend of this season’s Camrose — see the event site at www.camrosebridge.com.

We were represented by John Murdoch & Gerald Haase, Philip Stephens & Frazer Morgan, and Iain Sime & John Matheson, with Sandy Duncan as NPC. Fair to say they will have wanted to score better. Leading the tournament at half distance are Wales, with the Republic of Ireland on their heels and England handily placed in third. The second weekend is in Belfast in March.

Edinburgh Congress Trophy and Rayne Cup Qualifier

Congratulations to Brian Short, Alan Goodman, John Matheson and Les Steel, who have won the Rayne Qualifier over two nights, and with it the Edinburgh Congress Trophy (134VP).

Runners up were Iain Sime, Patrick Home, Paul Barton, John Murdoch and Jun Nakamaru-Pinder (117) after a split tie with Derek Sanders, Stephen Peterkin, Sam Punch, Jack Paterson and George Plant.

Here is the 2014 Rayne scoresheet.

SBU Autumn Congress

Congratulations to Yvonne Wiseman & Jake Corry, winners of the Congress Pairs. Also congratulations to John Matheson, Les Steel, Sam Punch & Stephen Peterkin, who won the Congress Teams.

Photos of all winners

Faie Rosebowl

Congratulations to Reg Drysdale, who was won the East District’s individual tournament, the Faie Rosebowl, at the New Melville BC. Deirdre Sanders was runner up with Liz McGowan third.

Faie results.

Watson Trophy result

Congratulations to Robert Clow, Eric Nolf, Jake Corry and Troy Van De L’Isle, who won the Watson Trophy on Sunday at the New Melville. Runners up were Sime, Murdoch, McQuaker and Cuthbertson and in third (also winning the bronze prize) were Steve Bailey, John McIntyre, Nicol Taylor and Stuart Thomson.

Watson Trophy results

Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championship

Scotland have been knocked out of CNBC in the Quarter Finals, losing 60-62 to India despite a stirring comeback. Scotland’s second team SBU failed to qualify from the Round Robin phase, but the third Scottish lineup also made the Quarter Finals under the name of the Scottish President’s team – but they also failed narrowly to progress further, losing 51-54 to England. All Scottish teams were parachuted into the Transnational Swiss Teams event, and the Scottish President’s team duly won that event!.

Congratulations to Sandy Duncan, Irving Gordon, Derek Sanders, Stephen Peterkin, Liz McGowan and Sam Punch.

Scottish Team wins Brighton Bowl

Congratulations to Stephen Peterkin, Derek Sanders, Sam Punch and (Welshman) Tim Rees.

NEBA Triumph in Berwick

ED welcomed NEBA (Newcastle area) to Berwick for their annual match.

The “A” team were represented by Liz McGowan & David Liggat, Iain Sime & John Murdoch, Peter Moss & George Plant and Tim McKay & Keith Youngs. They had a strong performance in the first three stanzas of 12 boards building a lead of about 120 imps before they tailed off in the last 12 boards but finish worthy winners by about 80 imps winning back the Newcastle Journal Trophy.

In the “B” match the team of Jake Corry & Martin Stephens, Fiona Lawson & Judith Louch, Julia Palmer & Rona Moss and Carolyn Peploe & Veronica Guy won all four stanzas for a very good day and +110 imps. They retained the Edinburgh Salver.

All in all, a good day for the East District.



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ED Trophy Winners 2014-15

Allan Flitch

Andy & Jan Philip

Atholl Cup

Yvonne Wiseman, Jake Corry, Les Steel, Dave Walker, Paul Barton (sub)

Atholl Cup Plate

Cowan Cup

Harry Smith & Finlay Marshall

Edinburgh Congress Trophy

Brian Short, Alan Goodman, John Matheson and Les Steel

Faie Rosebowl

Reg Drysdale

Freddie Short Quaich

Tony Wilkinson & Bob McPaul

Hunter Cup

Liz McGowan, David Liggat, Jim McMenemy and Paul Maiolani

Hunter Cup No Fear Teams

Diana Fairlie, Andy Younger, Alison and Robert Carmichael

Leagues (Teams of 8)

Div 1: 49ers
Div 2: Linlithgow
Div 3: Colinton Castle
Div 4: Comiston
Div 5: Berwick Bears

McGregor Cup

Graham Bullock & Joan Forsyth

MacLaren Cup

Carlton Camden

Men’s Teams

Mike Ash, Arend Bayer, Miro Dragic, Paul Gipson

Next Step

Nicola Dean & Fiona McIlhenney

No Fear

Arnott & Heather Reid

Sim Pairs

John Hughes & Fearghas Torrens

Swiss Pairs

Yvonne & David Wiseman

Watson Trophy

Robert Clow, Eric Nolf, Jake Corry and Troy Van De L’Isle

Women’s Teams

Carolyn Peploe, Fiona Greenwood, Lucia Barrett, Veronica Guy and Laura Middleton

Representative Matches

Borders v East District

NEBA v East District

East District ("A" Match), East District ("B" Match"