Busy Bridge week

Winners of the charity night event, Jean Macleod and Ross Woodburn.
Winners of the charity night event, Jean Macleod and Ross Woodburn.

As the 2013 – 2014 season draws to a close there has been a frenzy of activity at the Stornoway Bridge Club.

Last week two competitions were played, the Joe Jacek Cup and a charity event in aid of MacMillan Nurses.

There was a good turn-out for the Joe Jacek with five tables and it was good to see John Drummond and John Murdo MacLean back.

Their evening was perhaps slightly disappointing for them but as they haven’t had much of a chance to play this season it wasn’t surprising. That 4th spot has eluded the Johns this year! Harris MacKenzie partnered Henk Graauwmans and Jean and Derek were there for the second week running.

The winners of the Joe Jacek were Jean Macleod and Derek Mackenzie. They didn’t have a single bottom all evening and took advantage of some dodgy bidding on board 21 which helped towards one of their six tops. They finished the evening with 62%.

In second place for the second week running were Ken MacDonald and Dave Gormley. They ended with four tops, the only slam of the night and a very respectable score of 60%.In third place were Liz Carmichael and Jimmy Ogilvie. They had a score of 59% and six tops.

Then the highlight of the week was the Charity Event.

The competition was run by Ecats and they had over 11,000 pairs competing.Amazingly the local winners just missed out of taking one of the top 15 places but what a sterling effort by them.

The event took place at Iris Stewart’s home and she pulled out all the stops and made it a very memorable evening.

It was fantastic to see Sue Blair there (Alex would have loved it!) and great to see Pat and Alice Read too. Mike Norman and Susie were also in attendance and in total there were 22 players.

A magnificent sum in excess of £200 was collected which brings the total raised for charity by the club this year to more than £1,000.

Congratulations to Jean MacLeod and her partner Ross Woodburn who took the local top spot with 61%.