The Manx Bridge Union’s annual Mini Congress pairs event was held at Douglas Bridge Club recently and there was a strong entry with both sessions being keenly contested.
The first session held during the afternoon comprised 16 boards and was used to separate the field of 15 pairs into two sections for the second and final session.
The top eight pairs qualified to compete for the top prize, the Don Gwillim Bowl, while the remainder of the field competed for the NatWest Consolation Trophy.
Pat Laski and Shirley Lynch led the field at the end of the first session (63.02 per cent) with John Large and Tadhig O’Mahony (61.46), the pre-competition favourites, lying second with Chris Carter and Cary Ellis (58.93) lying in third.
The surprise of the session was the failure of Neil Kelly and Jenny Glanz, last year’s winners, to make the cut.
The evening session saw the eight qualifiers for the Don Gwillim Bowl fight it out over a further 21 boards. Laski and Lynch were less sharp than in the afternoon and they slipped out of contention.
Carter and Ellis produced another consistent session to move up to second place and Angie and Fred Kissack took third place.
However, it was Large and O’Mahony who came through with the fighting finish at the end and lifted the trophy with a fine overall percentage of 62.58, nearly seven per cent ahead of second placed pair.
In the Consolation Cup, Flora Simons and Stephen Tooley were the successful pair, with Ken Tomlinson and Marie O’Sullivan coming second and Neil Kelly and Jenny Glanz claiming third spot.