Northern Bridge League
The NBL is a teams-of-eight competition between the County Bridge Associations of Northern England and North Wales. There are three divisions: A and B for the former County A and County B teams, and C for teams of good club standard. There is also a Junior division.
The League now has its own website:
National Inter-County League
The Yorkshire team won the ‘B’ division this year, so they will represent Yorkshire at the Inter-County Final, scheduled for 14th June 2020 at Coventry Bridge Club.
The team will be
- George Bak/Steve Blackburn (captain)
- Roy Garthwaite/ Heather Hobson
- Terry Read/Bob Marchbank
- Keith Joules/Barney Nisbet
Inter-County Player Selection
The YCBA Board delegates responsibility for selection of players for the Northern Bridge League, Presidents Cup and Tollemache to selection committees. There are many factors to take into account in selection decisions, but the main considerations are:
- Established partnerships;
- Success in teams events, rather than pairs;
- More weight given to good performance in high quality teams events, against less familiar opposition;
- Consistent results over several years.
The current composition of the selection committees can be found in the ‘About YCBA’ section.
If you would like to be considered for any of Yorkshire’s teams, please make yourself known to the chair of the selection committee.
The NBL season has four fixtures, all on Saturdays, usually between July and October
YCBA pays the entry fees, but there is a charge made at the venue to cover the cost of catering & hire of the venue, part of which is paid by the YCBA.
The entry fees for the Tollemache Cup and President’s Cup competitions will be paid in full by the YCBA. If an overnight stay is required, the YCBA may make a contribution to the cost of the stay.