Highlights of Season 2015-16

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.

Bronze National Pairs

National Pairs Heat Winners National Pairs Heat Runners Up

The inaugural SBU Bronze Pairs for the Thea Teale Trophy was played on Sunday 16th October at 6 district centres. The heat winners from the East District were Gints Freimanis and Liam O’Brien with David McGrouther and Marion Dick runners up. Once the results were combined the final winners were Jean Parker and Mary Thomson from Ayrshire.

Results are here.

The SBU will be running further bronze events - keep your eyes on the website for details.

Watson Trophy for Teams of Four

Watson Trophy 2016 Winners

Watson Trophy 2016 Winners (with Fiona Greenwood presenting)

The Watson Trophy for Teams of Four took place on 4th September at the New Melville. Congratulations to Joan Forsyth, Keith Youngs, Lucia Barrett and Laura Middleton.

The Silver Award went to Pam Leith, Rona Moss, Nicol Taylor and Stuart Thomson.

The Watson results are on the club web site.

Half of the Watson Trophy 2016 silver winners

Half of the Watson Trophy 2016 silver winners (with Fiona Greenwood presenting)

Watson Trophy 2016 Runners Up

Watson Trophy 2016 Runners Up (with Fiona Greenwood presenting)

World Bridge Games

Congratulations again to the Scottish Ladies’ team who finished a fabulous fourth in a largely pro field at the World Bridge Games in Wroclaw. Well done to our team of Sam, Anne, Helen, Fiona, Liz and Paula. Photo by Danny Kane.

Tournament knockout scores are here … and the main tournament website is here.

Participation of clubs in SBU events like the Simultaneous Pairs and Easter and Autumn Pairs helps us to finance our teams abroad and every little helps.

European Champions

Olivia Bailey and Jun Nakamaru-Pinder - European Champions Olivia Bailey and Jun Nakamaru-Pinder - European Champions

Congratulations to Jun Nakamaru-Pinder and Olivia Bailey, who have won the Gold Medals for the Mixed Pairs at the 13th European Youth Bridge Pairs Championships tournament in Latvia.

Watch the EBL video of the event here.

Novice Teams and Summer Teams

Diamonds Are Forever (Eleanor Bailey,Graeme Towers,Carolyn Girvan,Joyce Clemie,Karolina Towers,Penny McKerrow) with the Novice League Trophy

Diamonds Are Forever (Eleanor Bailey, Graeme Towers, Carolyn Girvan, Joyce Clemie, Karolina Towers, Penny McKerrow) with the Novice League Trophy

Final result for the novice Summer League — Diamonds Are Forever, Joyce Clemie’s team, get the trophy by winning 4 out of 6 of their home and away matches. Ruff Diamonds and Whatsappateers, Margaret Innes and Johnny Everett’s teams tied with 3 wins each and with 2 Ruff and Ready, Tim Wilkinson’s team. Very close and a very enjoyable and worthwhile summer. Thanks for all their work and indeed to to the Ruff Diamonds who provided home baking for their home matches!

Summer Teams for the slightly more experienced …

Sue Smith, Nicola Dean, Gertrud Mallon and Fiona McElhinny receive the Bronze Salver for the 2016 Summer Teams

Sue Smith, Nicola Dean, Gertrud Mallon and Fiona McElhinny receive the Bronze Salver for the 2016 Summer Teams

First were Fife Aces, Fiona McElhinny’s team, with 12 points. Second were Grange (Hilarie Howarth) with 11 points, Third — Hermiston S (Sarah Gunn) 9 points, Fourth — Warriston (Eldrydd Robinson) 5 points, Fifth — jointly between Invunerables (Christine McLaren) and Hermiston J (Jane Mackie). A lot of positive feed back received and will probably be repeated next year.



NEBA (North East Bridge Association....Newcastle area) welcomed the East District to Berwick for their annual matches. The A team were represented by Liz McGowan & David Liggat, Brian Short & Fiona McQuaker, Fiona Greenwood & Veronica Guy and Derrick Peden & Tim McKay.

The match was played over four stanzas of 12 boards. Their first set was -18 imps, recovered in the second to go 5 imps ahead but after losing 17 imps in the third had a deficit of 12 imps going in to the final set. They managed a +10 to narrowly lose a very close match by 2 imps...so the Newcastle Journal Trophy travels south.

Representing the B team were Lucia Barrett & Jake Corry, John Hamilton & Gordon Kirk, David & Wendy Chambers and Jim Wilkinson & Catriona Gardiner. They got off to a good start being 19 imps up in the first set but lost the next three sets to lose their match by 20 imps. The Edinburgh Salver also heads south.

This was a reversal of the 2015 results and Eastern District will be hoping to regain both trophies in 2017.



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ED Trophy Winners 2015-16

Allan Flitch

Wendy & David Chambers

Atholl Cup

Iain Sime, John Murdoch, Jun Nakamaru-Pinder, Simon Gillam

Atholl Cup Plate

Harry Smith, Roy Bennett, Tony Wilkinson, Bob McPaul

Bronze Challenge Pairs (1)

Iain & Fiona McLaren

Bronze Challenge Pairs (2)

Ishbel & Keith Clark

Bronze Challenge Pairs (3)

Catriona Gardiner & Jim Wilkinson

Cowan Cup

Liz McGowan & David Liggat

Edinburgh Congress Trophy

Douglas Piper, Malcolm Cuthbertson, Derek Sanders, Stephen Peterkin

Faie Rosebowl

Liz McGowan

Freddie Short Quaich

Liz McGowan & David Liggat

Hunter Cup

Sam Punch, Stephen Peterkin, Alan Goodman, Brian Short

Leagues (Teams of 8)

Div 1: 49ers
Div 2: Scramblers
Div 3: Falcon
Div 4: Unusual Suspects
Div 5: Melbas

McGregor Cup

Laura Middleton & Mike Ash

MacLaren Cup


Men’s Teams

Tim McKay, Derrick Peden, Jake Corry, Troy van de l'Isle

Sim Pairs

Kenny Watson & Alex Shields

Swiss Pairs

Neil MacPherson & Linda Delworth

Watson Trophy

Joan Forsyth, Keith Youngs, Lucia Barrett and Laura Middleton

Women’s Teams

Liz McGowan, Anne Symons, Fiona McQuaker, Sheila Adamson, Sam Punch & Soozy Nesom

Representative Matches

Borders v East District

NEBA v East District

North East Bridge Association ("A" Match), North East Bridge Association ("B" Match")