Highlights of Season 2017-18

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.

Atholl Plate

The Atholl Plate 2018 has been won by the team of Patrick Home, Archie Bouverie, Finlay Marshall & Alistair White. In the final they beat the team of Bob McKinnon, Cathy Ferguson, John Hamilton & Mike Smith.

Hunter Cup

Results are at Melville site.

1st - Mike Ash, Miro Dragic, Ronan Valentine, Liam O'Brien

2nd - Liz McGowan, Fiona McQuaker, George Plant, David Liggat

Silver - Catriona Gardiner, Jim Wilkinson, Linda Delworth, Neil Macpherson

Bronze - Athena Chow, David MacCallum, Tadeusz Janowski, Krzysztof Nguyen

Bronze Challenge Teams

Results are at Melville site.

Congratulations to Athena Chow, Tadeusz Janowski, David MacCallum and Krzysztof Nguyen, who won the Bronze Challenge Teams on Saturday.

Top B3/4 were Andy Younger, Alan Roberts, Alison Millar and Mary Anderson.

Top B2 were Chloe Farrell, John Russell, Loraine Findlay and Pam Warner.

Top B1 were Joyce Clemie, Carolyn Girvan, Yvonne Elrick and Marge Gammie.

Goodman wins Atholl Cup

Congratulations to Alan Goodman's team, who beat Harry Smith in the Atholl final by 99 to 66 over 36 boards.

Renaissance win MacLaren Cup

Congratulations to Renaissance who beat Waverley to win the knockout cup.

Pictured are Denise King, Amanda Aberdour, David Hamilton, Marina Evans, Robert Waugh, Robyn Glynne Percy, Sarah Gunn and Katharine Bailey.

Promoting Bridge

Screening at 5pm, 3 June 2018 at Macrobert Filmhouse - a cinema at the University of Stirling. Here's some background.

It would be great if as many players and non-players were to attend this film screening. We really want people to spread the publicity round their local area, to get to non-bridge players …

Bring a non-playing friend!

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the East District of the Scottish Bridge Union was held on Thursday 26th April 2018 in the Carlton Bridge Centre. Trophies were presented by Denise King.

Div 1 winners – 49ers (see if you can spot them)

Div 2 winners – Colinton Castle (David & Wendy Chambers, Sandra Neil, Ian Thomson)

Div 3 winners – Orion (Rose Simpson, Moyra Forrest, Archie Docherty, Sheila McKay, Marjorie Gibbens)

Div 4 winners – Renaissance (Denise King, Marina Evans)

Div 5 winners – Diamonds (John & Patsy Allen)

Cowan Cup – Malcolm McCardle (& Derrick Peden) (you just have to pretend this is the Cowan)

Edinburgh Congress Trophy for Rayne qualifier – Liz McGowan (Iain Sime, John Murdoch, Douglas Piper)

Faie Rosebowl – Rose Simpson

Allan Flitch – Heather & Peter Braid

Women’s Teams – Liz McGowan (see others below)

Women’s Teams – Liz McGowan (see others below)

Women’s Teams

Won by Helen Gipson, Fiona McQuaker, Liz McGowan, Olivia Bailey with Anne Symons and Helen Kane playing in the first week 1 (Spirit was a late sub and played a storming match).

Runners up were Fiona Greenwood, Sara Duncan, Athena Chow and Sheila Adamson, with Maggie Szymanska playing week 1.

Men’s Teams

Won by Alan Goodman, Miro Dragic, Mike Ash, Paul Gipson and Brian Short in week 1.

Runners up were Iain Sime, Derek Sanders, Stephen Peterkin, Alex Adamson with John Murdoch in week 1.

Strathpeffer Congress

Congratulations to David Kaye and Irene Sime, winners of the Strathpeffer Congress Championship Pairs at the weekend.

Senior Pairs

Congratulations to Harry Smith & Finlay Marshall who won the Freddie Short Quaich (East District Senior Pairs). Runners up were Cathy Ferguson and Bob McKinnon.

Results are at the Carlton site.

Norman Cooper and Kenny Hunter won the Bronze 3/4 class, with Sue & Ian Campbell taking the B1/2.


Full results at the Carlton site at this link

Bronze Teams (East District Heat)

Winners of Bronze 1 section - Angela Marsland, Irene Carter, Neil and Clare Paterson

Winners of Bronze 2 section - Alison Littleboy, Graham Dempsey, Susan Gilchrist and Pam Martis

Winners of Bronze 3 section - Kenny Hunter, Norman Cooper, Adrian Eastwood and Kay Robertson

The results will be combined with those from other districts to produce a final winner of the event.

Bronze Challenge Pairs

The Bronze Pairs event at the Carlton was a well attended event as always, 21 tables with abilities ranging from those starting out in classes to 3 Star masters. It was split into 3 sections. Liz McGowan prepared the hands and commentary for each of the sections, discussed the hands with entrants and kindly presented the prizes.

Bronze 1 winners

Michael Gray and Sandy Lyon won the B1 with 58.85%. Full results.

Bronze 1 runners up

Elizabeth Eckles and Kevin Palmer (who are in classes, well done!) were runners up.

Bronze 2 winners

David Nisbet and Ian Thomson won the B2 competition with 62.52% Full results.

Bronze 3 and 4 winners

This star master couple, David and Gill Simmons won the B3 & 4 with 62.43%. Full results.

Bronze 3 and 4 runners up

Alan Roberts and Andy Younger were runners up in B3/B4.

Johnston and Jesner

The East heats of these two were held at the Carlton on Sunday 5th November 2017.

ED heat results (combined events)

Overall national results (combined events, may not yet be complete)

Jesner heat winners Johnston heat winners

Congratulations to Tadeusz Janowski & Krzysztof Nguyen who came out top in the Johnston heat (for District Masters) and at time of writing also lead the national ranking list. Runners up locally were Athena Chow and Malgorzata Szymanska. In the Jesner (for Masters) the heat winners were Anne Laird and Bob Williams, with Norrie O'Neill and David Hamilton runners up.

Once the results from around the districts are added into the mix, these placings and percentages will change (they can change quite a lot!) Final tournament results will be posted once verified, or check the link above.

Jesner heat runners up Johnston heat runners up

Thea Teale Bronze Pairs

Won by Keith and Ishbel Clark, well done for finishing top of the combined national ranking!

Thea Teale full national results

Keith and Ishbel (heat and national winners)

Katharine Bailey and Amanda Aberdour (heat runners up) David Houston & Allan Ainslie (heat 3rd)

Heat runners up were Katharine Bailey and Amanda Aberdour, with Allan Ainslie and David Houston third.

Athena Chow and David MacCallum (heat 4th, and Bronze 1 winners) Jane Carnegie  and Andrew Carnegie (heat 5th, and Bronze 3 winners)

Fourth (and Bronze 1 winners) were Athena Chow and David MacCallum, while the Bronze 3 winners Jane and Andrew Carnegie finished 5th.

Autumn Bronze Congress at Peebles

The dedicated congress for Bronze players takes place at Peebles Hydro from 20th to 22nd October 2017 — Full Details and Entry Form — please note you don’t enter online for the congresses, it makes it easier to sort out hotel bookings, incomplete teams and so on, which can complicate congress management.

Bronze Individual Tournament

This was played at the Carlton on 17 September 2017 and was won by Amanda Aberdour. Follow the link for the results on the Carlton site. Second was Kairen Bergius, followed by Fiona Davies, Kate Affett and Carolyn Cuthbert.

Amanda Aberdour (1st)

Kairen Bergius (2nd) Fiona Davies (3rd) Kate Aggett (4th) Carolyn Cuthbert (5th)


The bronze prize was won by Anne Young, Norrie O’Neill, Tim Lambert and Robert Thornton (65) (with Fiona Greenwood presenting).


Another enjoyable summer of bridge. In a background of scandal, bad behaviour and downright cheating, an example on how the game should be played — with skill, consideration, and of course home baking. One team even called in their reserve to play for the opponents rather than make them forfeit. I have received several compliments on their behalf. Congratulations! We hope the summer has honed your bridge ready for the new season.

As for the results — Fife Aces won very closely followed by Grange in second and Hermitage Hibs in third. The winners are pictured from left to right — Gertrud Mallon, Nicola Dean, Sue Smith and Fiona McElhinney. Willie Davidson and Dave Dunn also played for the team but were not at the AGM.

Pos  Team                    P    W    L   AMPs   Pts
1    Fife Aces               4    3    1    25     9
2    Grange                  4    3    1    18     9
3    Hermitage Hibs          4    3    1     9     9
4    Hearty Hermits          4    1    3   -12     3
5    Whatsappateers          4    0    4   -38     0


This competition was for players in classes or new to competitive play. Indeed many in the winning team had rarely played more than 8 boards at once before!

Heebie Jeebies! Team captain Andrew Wells, Clare Paterson and Neil Paterson with the trophy, ably assisted by Anita Jaglarz, Roberto Venanzio and David Watts.

Very close behind were Diamonds Are Forever (last year’s winner). Third were All Hands On Deck.

Pos  Team                    P    W    L   AMPs   Pts
1    Heebie Jeebies          5    4    1    44    12
2    Diamonds Are Forever    5    4    1    38    12
3    All Hands On Deck       5    3    2    -5     9
4    A Bridge Too far        5    2    3     2     6
6    The Elizabethans        5    1    4   -31     3
5    Jammy Dodgers           5    1    4   -48     3

Cowan Cup

Congratulations to Malcolm McCardle and Derrick Peden who won the Cowan Cup (East District Pairs Championship) on the 20th. Runners up were Liz McGowan and David Liggat.

Full results at the Carlton site at this link

Allan Flitch

Congratulations to Peter and Heather Braid, winners of the Allan Flitch Trophy for married couples.


Bronze Pairs

Congratulations to all who did well in the Bronze Challenge pairs at the Carlton at the weekend. Bronze 1 award went to Michael Gray and Sandy Lyon, B2 won by David Nisbet and Ian Thomson, with the highest ranking event taken by David & Gill Simmons (pictured left). Liz McGowan presented the prizes.

See the Bronze Page for more details and photos!

ED National Pairs Semi

Nat Pairs results

The Carlton semi of the National pairs took place on 20th January. 1st were Iain Sime and John Murdoch, followed by Adamson/Sanders, McGowan/Liggat, Bouverie/Home and Anne Symons/Alan Goodman.

District Pairs for the Cowan Cup

Cowan Cup poster

The Cowan Cup takes place at the Carlton on Sunday 11th March at 1pm. Entry is £20 per pair. The top 2 pairs represent the district in the Spence Cup on May 26th which will be held in the South District. Silver and Bronze prizes will be awarded!

McGregor Cup Mixed Pairs

Congratulations to John Hamilton and Fiona Lawson, winners of the McGregor Cup at the New Melville on 24th November 2017.

Rayne Cup

The district’s Rayne Cup qualifier takes place on Weds 1st and Weds 8th November 2017 at the New Melville BC with a 7pm start. The winners over 2 nights will receive the Edinburgh Congress Trophy, while the top 3 teams will represent the East District in the Rayne Cup Final on Saturday 25th November at Dundee Bridge Club.

Entry is £3 per player over and above table money. Enter online via this website, or contact .

Event poster

Atholl Cup Draw

Atholl Cup Draw

Jeff Bond drew the names out of a hat (well bowl) after the finalists and semi-finalists from last year had been placed in opposite halves of the draw. First round to be played by Nov 30th if at all possible.

As we have exactly 16 teams, the winning 8 will proceed to the 2nd round to be played by Jan 14th and the 8 losing teams will enter the Atholl Plate with the losers from Goodman & Fraser match playing the losers from the Home & Leith match and so on down the list of teams. 1st round of Atholl Plate to also be played by Jan 14th if possible.

McGregor Cup Mixed Pairs

Runners up were Iain Sime and Fiona McQuaker.

The Silver prize was won by Alex Sutherland and Anne Young.

The Bronze prize was won by Jane and Andrew Carnegie.

Full results are on the New Melville site.

ED Red Pointed Swiss Pairs

Congratulations to Elizabeth Peckham and Andrew Harborow, winners of the Red Pointed Swiss Pairs event at the Carlton on 19th November 2017.

Runners up were jointly Troy van de l'Isle/ Robert Clow and Joan Forsyth/ Diana Drysdale (pictured).

The Silver prize was won by Neil Macpherson and Linda Delworth.

The Bronze prize was won by Ken Blake and Douglas Buchanan.

Full results are on the Carlton site.

ED Sim Pairs

The East District Sim Pairs event on 6th/7th November was this year scored on eCats (session no. 4929) as a Match Pointed Pairs event. Heats in Berwick, Dunfermline, Carlton, New Melville, Jedburgh, Peebles.

The final results can be seen at this web page so, along with the usual full stats.

The final Top 10 is now confirmed as follows:

Top Dunfermline pair were Jane Carnegie & Gill Simmons (56.73%); top Jedburgh pair were John Miller & Marian Miller (56.72%).

Here is the competition hands booklet.

Edwin Berry Swiss Teams in Edinburgh

The Edwin Berry Swiss Teams at the Carlton was won by Iain Sime, John Matheson, Patrick Home and John Murdoch. Full details.

Dunbar Congress

Winners of the Dunbar Pairs competitions were Nicol Taylor and Robert Dickson.

Winners of the Dunbar Teams competitions were Dilys Gellatly, Kenny Hunter, Kay Robertson and Graham Clarkson.

Individual Tournaments

The Faie Rosebowl has been won by Rose Simpson who becomes the first player since John MacLaren to retain the trophy. Follow the link for the results on the Carlton site.

The Bronze 1 and 2 event was won by Amanda Aberdour. Follow the link for the results on the Carlton site, and visit the Bronze page for photos.

Watson Trophy

Watson results

Congratulations to Harry Smith, Roy Bennett, Sandy Duncan and Bob McPaul, winners of the Watson at the New Melville on 10th September 2017. Sandy first won this trophy 51 years ago.

Runners up (after a tie on 86 — split on the head to head record) were Charles Outred, Vi Outred, David Gerrard & Cathy Gerrard. Third place (78) went to Mike Ash, Liz McGowan, Brian Short and Alan Goodman. 3rd place was determined after a three way tie using Total IMPs.

The bronze prize was won by Anne Young, Norrie O’Neill, Tim Lambert and Robert Thornton (65) (with Fiona Greenwood presenting).

The silver prize was won by Pam Leith, Rona Moss, Sally Douglas and Alan Douglas (64).

Charles may have lost the split tie but he got some lovely pens.

MacLaren Cup Draw

Here is the MacLaren Cup draw

The new league and cup fixtures have being processed in preparation for the new season and are now available on the league page - please double check your own match details against the calendar! Changes can be made without penalty until 29th September. After this the league rules require penalties to be applied for date changes.

Online event registration

You can now register online for any East District event at www.sbu.org.uk/districts/east-district-online-entry

You can also see a list of who has already entered from the same page.

You will need the names and SBU Master Point numbers for all the players in your entry (whether individual, pairs or teams). Also enter any special requirements you may have.

The booking system runs in a self contained area on the SBU web site. Conveners will require a login to the SBU web site to access detailed entrant information for their events.


Date        Home                   Score    Away                Score   Result AMPs
06/06/17    Diamonds Are Forever    5090    Jammy Dodgers        2870    3-0    11
19/06/17    A Bridge Too Far        2770    Jammy Dodgers         280    3-0    17
26/06/17    Elizabethans            1260    Heebie Jeebies       7260    0-3   -17
04/07/17    Elizabethans            4120    All Hands On Deck    4460    0-3    -4
10/07/17    Elizabethans            3980    Diamonds Are Forever 6520    0-3   -11
12/07/17    Jammy Dodgers           3010    All Hands On Deck    4630    0-3   -11
13/07/17    Heebie Jeebies          3630    Diamonds Are Forever 3100    3-0     6
18/07/17    All Hands On Deck       3200    A Bridge Too Far     5860    0-3   -12
20/07/17    Heebie Jeebies          4960    A Bridge Too Far     2910    3-0    12
25/07/17    Jammy Dodgers           4170    Elizabethans         3740    3-0     5
01/08/17    Diamonds Are Forever    5560    A Bridge Too Far     4180    3-0     9
01/08/17    Heebie Jeebies          5720    All Hands On Deck    6330    0-3    -5
14/08/17    Diamonds Are Forever    6650    All Hands On Deck    3210    3-0    13
15/08/17    Heebie Jeebies          7830    Jammy Dodgers        3350    3-0    14
22/08/17    Elizabethans            5860    A Bridge Too Far     5060    3-0


Date        Home                   Score    Away                Score  Result  AMPs
21/06/17    Fife Aces               7670    Hearty Hermits       4530    3-0    10
04/07/17    Hermitage Hibs          7780    Whatsappateers       6150    3-0     8
06/07/17    Whatsappateers          7210    Grange               9330    0-3    -8
11/07/17    Hemitage Hibs           8310    Hearty Hermits       6660    3-0     8
13/07/17    Fife Aces               6840    Grange               7470    0-3    -5
26/07/17    Grange                  6040    Hearty Hermits       4860    3-0     8
02/08/17    Whatsappateers          5710    Fife Aces            8080    0-3   -10
09/08/17    Hermitage Hibs          4840    Grange               4600    3-0     3
16/08/17    Fife Aces               7790    Hermitage Hibs       5160    3-0    10
16/08/17    Hearty Hermits          7700    Whatsappateers       4230    3-0    

NEBA Match

ED won A match — Brian Short & Fiona McQuaker, Iain Sime & John Murdoch, George Plant & Peter Moss, Liz McGowan & Tim McKay

NEBA won B match — the ED team was Veronica Guy & Carolyn Peploe, Reg & Diana Drysdale, David & Denise King, Katharine Bailey & Marina Evans



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ED Prize Winners 2017-18

Pairs Events

Teams of Four

Teams of Eight

Individual Events

Representative Matches

Borders v East District

NEBA v East District