Review of 2018
February saw us at the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast, Australia. Our team of Roger O'Shea, Derek Paterson, Jason, Justin and Paul finished third where we were presented with a painting each by Aboriginal artist, Janet Golder.
Our foreign trips to Indonesia, China and Spain produced two wins for Jason in Oviedo and Cordoba.
There were two big disappointments as David Mossop, Alex Hydes, Diego Brenner, Jason, Justin and Paul lost their God Cup match by 2 IMPs to the Black team who were the eventual winners. Three days later Sandra Penfold, Norman Selway, Brian Senior and Paul lost the final of the Gerard Faulkner by 1 IMP.
The year ended better for Paul, winning the Open Aesean teams tournament in Manila with his Norwegian friends and then winning the Teltscher trials with David Mossop, Gunnar Hallberg, John Holland and Brian Sennior. This enables the team to represent England in the Teltscher Trophy due to be held in Edinburgh in April.
and Paul won the Imp Pairs at
Alistair Kent, Kevin Castner and
David Gold won the
At the Pakistan Invitational in March Jason and Justin, together with Mike Bell and Alex Hydes won the teams.
In Bankgok in April Paul and Eric Saelsiminde and his Scandanavian friends were the teams winners.
Jason and Alex Hydes won the pairs in April at Cascais, Portugal.
For the first time Justin and Paul have won the triple in the three leagues in which they play. Team mates in the Warwickshire League were Margaret Wort, Darren Evetts and Brian Senior. Staffordshire team mates were Dan Crofts, Barbara, Graham Weir and Edward Levy. In Manchester they were assisted by Barbara, Darren Evetts and Martin Taylor. The Warwickshire team also retained the Warwickshire handicap.
Roger O'Shea, Jason, Justin and Paul finished second in both the London and Norfolk Congress teams with Roger and Paul third in the pairs.
Winners of the Hamilton Cup in Stratford-Upon-Avon were Jason and Justin playing with David Mossop, David Price and Colin Simpson.
In the European Championships being held in Croatia Jason and Justin will be on the Open teams and Paul will be playing for the Seniors.
Jason (centre) and Alex Hydes (with trophy)
winning the 5000 Euro 1st prize in the Irish masters Bridge tournament
Gus Hansen (world famous poker player), Thomas McCormack President of the CBIA
and Feargal O'Boyle
Paul, Eric Salsaminde, Lim Teong
David Law finished second in the
Roger O’Shea, Jason, Justin and
back-to-back teams tournaments in the
Margaret Wort, Darren Evetts, Brian Senior Justin and Paul won the Warwickshire Handicap.
Dan Crofts, Edward Levy, Michael Goldsmith, Barbara, Justin and Paul did the double winning the Staffs and Shropshire League and also the Cup.
Alec Hydes, Ben Handley-
Probst and Jason finished second in
Paul won the Crockfords Cup with
Tony Waterlow, Tom Hanlon, Hugh McGann, Peter Lester and Ian
Martin Taylor and Justin finished second in the February Harrogate Congress, while John Sampson and Paul were second in the teams.
In the June Harrogate Congress Rob Myers and Jason were second in the pairs and they were joined by James Thrower and Paul in the teams where they were also second.
and Paul, together with Tom Hanlon and Hugh McGann, reached the
finals of the NEC Cup In Yokohama, Japan.
is now double World Champion
World Open Championships were held in the US. Following on
the Senior's World Championship last year Paul
Hackett continued his success at world level by winning the Rand
the Senior's event.
Jason won the Scarborough Pairs with Mike Bell.
For the seventh time in eight years Paul and Justin have won the Warwickshire Pairs league.
This year their teammates were Darren Evetts, Margaret Wort, Brian Senior and Edward Levy.
Barbara qualified to play for Germany in the Venice Cup, just missing out on a medal.
Paul and Edward Levy were runners-up in the Edgar Foster.
Paul and Roger O’Shea won the pairs at Kings Lynn.
In the Bearn, the qualification for the Corwen, Edward Levy and Paul finished 2nd and went on to finish 4th in the Corwen.
Dan Crofts, Edward Levy, Michael Goldsmith, Justin and Paul won the Staffs Cup and have qualified for the Pachabo.
Janet De Botton, Nick Sandqvist, Artur Malinowski, Andrew McIntosh won Crockfords and was the unbeaten team in the Spring Foursomes.
Paul and Olivia hosted a bridge cruise in conjunction with Fred Olsen and the EBU.
Ross Harper, Gunnar Hallberg, John Holland, Malcolm Lewis and Pat Collins won the Senior Camrose trials proudly wearing the new shirts from Pharon Independent Financial Advisers.
Ross and Paul also won the Pairs at the Shrewsbury Congress.Jason and Justin are in the European team for the Buffett Cup with Paul as captain which is taking place at Miskin Manor, Cardiff from 13th-16th September.
Paul and his Senior team, Gunnar Hallberg, Ross Harper, John Holland, David Price and Colin Simpson, winners of the Gold Medal in Brazil, won the trials and Peter Baxter, captain in Brazil, will be captaining them in the Senior teams in Ostende.
Barbara will also be competing, representing Germany in the Ladies.
Paul and Jason finished third in the pairs in the year end Congress in London and Paul went on to win the teams with Jonathan Davis, Gunnar Hallberg and Graham Osborne.Ross had a very nasty fall in Australia, cracking his skull but on his return to bridge after a three month forced lay off he proceeded to win the Pairs with Paul in Harrogate. The week after Paul and Tony Waterlow won the Premier Grand Master Pairs.
England Seniors - Camrose winners at Glasgow 2010
John Holland, Malcolm Lewis, Gunnar Hallberg, Patrick Collins, Ross Harper, Paul Hackett
interesting year with Paul
finally winning the coveted Gold Medal in the
D’Orsi Senior World Championships.
The family is thinking constantly of Mike Alexander, Ross Harper and Chen Yeh who are suffering health problems.
Paul is looking forward to captaining the English team in the Camrose in Edinburgh in January and the European team in the Buffett Cup which will be held at the Miskin Manor hotel, near Cardiff from the 13th-16th September
Next year Paul is doing a bridge cruise in conjunction with Fred Olsen Lines. The tournament directors will be John and Maggie Pyner and Olivia will be joining them.
They will be leaving Dover on the 3rd May and visiting Funchal, Santa Cruz, Las Palmas and Lisbon, returning on Saturday 15th.
Details from www.fredolsencruises.co.uk or phone 01473746170
news: July 2009:
Justin, Janet De Botton, Artur Malinowski and Nick Sandqvist finished ruuners-up in the Hubert Phillips.
For the second year running Roy Moore, Edward Levy, Brian Senior, Justin and Paul did the double by winning the Warwickshire League and the handicap.
Barbara is off to Brazil to represent Germany in the Venice Cup while Paul will also be there playing for England in the Seniors.
Susie married Luzasz Mermel at All Saints Church Stradbrook on June 12th.
news: April 2009:
Paul and Tom Hanlon finished third in the Yokohama Imp pairs.
Justin and Paul with team mates David Gold and Tom Townsend finished second in the round robin of the Yeh Bros Cup and were beaten by the eventual winners, The Netherlands, in the KO stage.
Jason and Justin with Janet de Botton and Nick Sandqvist won the North Wales Teams.
Dan Crofts, Edward Levy, Mike Goldsmith, Barbara, Paul and Justin won the Staffs and Shropshire League.
Dan Crofts, Gary Hyett and Paul retained the team’s title in the Shrewsbury Congress with Barbara as this year’s fourth player.
Suzy is getting married in Suffolk in June.The family attended a civic reception at Manchester Town Hall where Jason, Justin and Michael Byrne were honoured for their results in Beijing last year.
and Jason won
Gold Cup for the fourth time in an exciting finish coming
two boards to go and winning by 1 Imp.
Silver medal for English Open Team
Jason and Justin
of the English Open Team who won a Silver Medal in the Mind
The death of John
Armstrong shook our family to the core. Much has been written
but he was
an integral part of our lives. We miss him very much
Paul, Ross Harper,
Tony Waterlow, Ian Panto, Peter Czerniewski and Gunnar Hallberg
Senior trials and will be representing England in the Senior
be held at the Oxford Spires Hotel, Oxford from the 30th
Paul has qualified
play for England in the Europeans in Pau in June with John
Waterlow and John Holland. Jason and Justin have been invited to
Coming up soon - in
May the Spring Foursomes in Stratford on Avon followed by the
Regionals in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Then in June the
Championships in Pau, France followed by the Biarritz congress
then to North
America for the Nationals in Las Vegas with the Chairman's Cup
Sweden completing a busy spring and early summer for the
For the second year
in succession Paul and John Armstrong together with Jack Mizel
Senior qualified for the final of the Reisinger held this year
and considered by many as the world's toughest event. In the
final they improved on last year's performance to finish in the
Barbara won her
second Silver Medal in the Venice Cup in Shanghai, the world's
Championship. Her tally is now 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze.
Jason finished 9th, winning over £34000 in the London leg of the European poker tour, the first major tournament he has played live in Europe.
Paul and Ross Harper
won the pairs at the Easter London Tournament
3rd in the NEC Cup
Japan (Jason, Justin Paul, John Armstrong and Geir Helgemo)
Paul second with
Armstrong in Life Master Pairs at American Nationals in Honolulu
Jason and Justin won
the Camrose Trials (England selection) with Nick Sandqvist
Artur Malinowski (npc)Janet
It has been quite an unusual year. In the trials Paul beat Justin and Jason but failed to win the final. The Commonwealth Games saw John Armstrong and Paul winning the pairs. They then went on to Taiwan to play the Yeh Bros Cup with Justin and Geir Helgemo. We won the round Robin in convincing style but failed to capitalise in the knock out stage.
Paul won the
Shropshire Congress with Ross Harper while Justin and Barbara
Brian Cornelius and Gary Hyett to win the teams.
The World Championships in Verona saw Jason and Justin finishing 9th, while Paul and Tony Waterlow finished 11th in the seniors.
The support of Warren Buffett, who recently gave 31 billion dollars to the Melissa and Bill Gates Foundation, as well as Denis Robson and the Irish committee of Joe Moran, B.J.O’Brien and Paul Porteous, helped to put on a match between Europe and the USA. Called the Warren Buffett Cup, Paul is the captain of the European team, while Jason and Justin are members of the 12 man European contingent.
Barbara is our sole representative this year in the European Championships, representing Germany in the Ladies.
On a more personal note Jane and David Powell gave birth to a son, Erin May on the 3rd March.
Also Susie Hackett got a first in nutrition from Manchester University. As she has taken a job nearer her parents, Alison and Sam, we hope she still keeps in touch.
Olivia’s sister, Mary and her husband Arthur celebrated 50 years of marriage and we were delighted to join them at the Koh Samui on their special day.
Earlier in the year we met for the first time Rae and Norm Clarke, who live in Melbourne, distant relatives who have been helping me with the family tree.