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A large number of players who attended the Devon Congress at the TLH Toorak Hotel from 6 to 8 April 2018 reported illness after returning home from the final session on Sunday 8 April. From information received by the DBA and the General Manager of the Toorak, it has now been established that this was a norovirus type infection and not in any way caused by food served at the hotel. As there had not been any previously confirmed sickness at the hotel, it seems likely that it was brought into the hotel by a person or persons staying that weekend, or playing in the congress.
The hotel advises bridge players that if they have caught the virus then they must stay confined to their houses for at least 48 hours after the last time that they have been ill; use hand sanitiser on a regular basis after to prevent spreading the virus; if travelling to future events and are unwell to stay at home; if players do get ill during a congress to stay in their rooms until they feel better and not mix with other people until they are at least 24 hours clear of any symptoms.
Sally Anoyrkatis was in the England team that came second in the Home International Ladies' Championship.
Warner Solomon, Alex Maddocks, Jim Grant and Stefan Lindfors have reached the last 16.
Irish Seniors' Congress
Howard Kent Webster playing with Ian Hamilton won the Gala open pairs and was also in the winning team in the Teams' Championship.
Junior Camrose and Peggy Bayer Trophies 2018
These events are played against the home nations, the Junior Camrose is for players under 26 and the Peggy Bayer for those under 21.
Sam and Theo Anoyrkatis were in the England team that won the Peggy Bayer Trophy.
Harry Anoyrkatis was the NPC of the EBU team that came 2nd in the Junior Camrose event.
The Congress was played at the Toorak hotel, our new venue after the Palace closed last summer. The numbers were down a little and the weather wasn't very spring-like, but we all had a great weekend in Torquay.
Congratulations to Pat Davies and Warner Solomon who won the Swiss Pairs
and to Jacek Pietrzycki, Magdalena Cisek, Jackie Davies and Rob Richardson, who won the Swiss Teams.
Terence Treeby has organised the congress for many, many years and is now stepping down. Geoff Clements presented Terence with six bottles of wine in recognition of his hard work over the years. We are now looking for someone to take over the organisation.
Thanks to David Jones and his team who ensured that the event ran so smoothly.
The teams selected for the match against Somerset on 21 April are:
A Team: Stefan Lindfors, Jim Grant, Alex Maddocks, Warner Solomon.
B Team: David Southcombe, Graham Clark, Norman Massey, Betty Golding, Margaret Mardlin, Don Pearson, Mike Anderson, Terry Hirst.
C Team: Chris Bray, Richard Watkins, Jonathan Jenkins, Tom Cook, D Carpenter, G Tompkinson, Ngel & Kathy Richardson.
Full minutes from the March meeting can be found here