Friday, 8 June 2012

Dublin 2012 - Ladies, Part 2

The European Women’s Bridge Championships take  place in Dublin between June 12 and June 23 alongside similar events for Open and Senior teams. You can follow all the action here with the regular blogs on the EBU website.  

The Women’s series will be played as a single complete round robin with all teams playing each other in matches of around 20 boards We have high hopes of our selected team:

Heather Dhondy & Nevena Senior
Nicola Smith & Sally Brock
Susan Stockdale & Fiona Brown

NPC: Jeremy Dhondy      Coach: David Burn

England last won the Women’s Championships in 2001 in Tenerife although there were numerous triumphs for Great Britain in the preceding years.  But this team offers a terrific blend of experience and youthful talent. Nicola Smith MBE,  for instance, has been a leading international player for over thirty years and was a member of the British teams which won the Venice Cup, the women’s world championship, in 1981 and 1985, and which finished second in 1976.

Sally Brock, meanwhile, played and won her first European Championships in in 1979, partnering Sandra Landy. She too was part of the Venice Cup-winning team of 1981.  Heather Dhondy won three European titles between 1997 and 2001 so she will be hungry for fresh success. Nevena Senior has represented Bulgaria as well as England (and Britain) and won the European Ladies Pairs as long ago as 1987.  Susan Stockdale and Fiona Brown don’t have quite the same medals to boast about (as yet)  but they have already played a key role in enabling this team to qualify for the Venice Cup.

Our team is talented, glamorous … and desperate to win!  

The top three ladies’ teams get medals, while the top six qualify to play in the World championships in Bali in 2013.

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